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    Heartbeat Blog Tour: Elizabeth Scott Interview + Giveaway

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    Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Hopeful. Amazing. HEARTBEAT is an incredible, absolutely gorgeous and emotional story and I am absolutely thrilled to be a stop on its tour. I cannot thank Kismet Book Touring and Harlequin Teen enough for including me.

    I was completely stoked to be able to ask Author Elizabeth Scott just a few questions about HEARTBEAT, herself and her writing. And I’m excited to finally be able to share her answers below. But first I just had to share the book’s details and some information about the author, in case you haven’t yet had the chance to get to know them. The Q’s and A’s will make much more sense if you do.

    And if you happen to be reading this on the blog during the HEARTBEAT Blog Tour, be sure to take a peek at the sidebar to check out a few short swoon-worthy lines from the book’s back cover.

    HEARTBEAT released this week, on January 28th, and I can’t wait for everyone to get the chance to read it and discover just how amazing it really is. It had me in tears from start to finish, which doesn’t happen very often, and it’s now my new favorite book by Author Elizabeth Scott. It is, without a doubt, a must read.

    If you’re in the US or Canada and you’d like the chance to win a signed copy, just enter in the Rafflecopter a bit further down in this post. Each stop on the tour is offering up a signed copy of HEARTBEAT, so be sure to follow the tour for more chances to win. There’s also a seriously amazing Grand Prize Giveaway. Details on that are below.

    But if you’d like to know just how the author describes HEARTBEAT, find out what her favorite scene to write was, or get to know what job other than writing was her favorite, scroll down just a bit for the interview.

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    About Heartbeat

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    Life. Death. And…Love?

    Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

    But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

    Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma—the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia—New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death—and maybe, for love?

    Release date: January 28, 2014
    Pages: 256
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS

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    About Elizabeth Scott

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    ELIZABETH SCOTT grew up in a town so small it didn’t even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She’s sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn’t want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, and firmly believes you can never own too many books.

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    The Interview

    Q. If you had to describe HEARTBEAT in fifteen words or less, how would you describe it?

    Your world shatters. You can’t cope, but you have to. How do you?

    Fiktshun: Wow, that’s a perfect way to describe HEARTBEAT.

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    Q. For those who haven’t yet met Emma and Caleb in HEARTBEAT, what is it about Emma’s situation that causes her to be drawn to him?

    I think it’s the opposite. I think Caleb sees that Emma is hurt in a way that most people would be angry about and he gets that. And then he gets to know her better, and she gets to know him…

    Fiktshun: Oh I totally agree. I may have been trying to fish for some further speculation about whether they would have been a “them” if it weren’t for the fact that he “gets” it. Because before, the way she was and the way he was….

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    Q. If you could pick one quote from HEARTBEAT that completely captures who Emma is, what would that be?

    I have no idea. I haven’t read the book since I did the page proofs. I can’t read my own books. But without quoting, I would say that Emma is a broken girl who manages to put herself back together.

    Fiktshun: Simply and beautifully said. And as someone who has read HEARTBEAT and loved it, there are so many passage that together capture what Emma is going through and who she is at various moments in the story and they’re all breathtaking and heartbreaking and beautiful.

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    Q. What was your favorite scene to write about in HEARTBEAT (and why)?

    I loved writing the scene with Caleb and Emma and cotton candy. It was just so them and a chance to have them be together, even if only for a little while, without everything else hanging over and around them.

    Fiktshun: I believe I know which scene that is. And I will not spoil it, as much as I’d love to include a teaser from that scene.

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    Q. In many of your novels, the main character is trying to cope with a difficult situation and HEARTBEAT is no exception. What are some of the challenges you have as a writer in tackling these tough topics? What do you like most about writing these emotional scenes and stories?

    The only challenge I’ve faced in writing stories about darker subjects is being banned. That hurts, especially when the adult in question hasn’t even read the whole book. As for writing about difficult things, I’ve never thought about it that way. I’m writing about real life. Real life is messy and wonderful, which is what makes it so awesome.

    Fiktshun: Oh no that’s terrible. I had no idea. I despise censure and close-mindedness. But I love your positive view of life.

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    Q. You’ve written a number of YA contemporary novels. What is it about the genre that piques your interest as a writer versus other genres within YA?

    You know, it’s one thing to be a girl who has to save the world or deal with mythical creatures. It’s something else to wrestle with something even bigger–the real world, with all its problems that can’t be solved even though you want them to be. That’s why I like contemporary YA. Contemporary heroines don’t save the world. They save themselves.

    Fiktshun: That’s a fantastic way to look at YA Contemporary heroines. And I love that your heroines have the strength to save themselves. With everything they have to go through, it’s always wonderful to see them make it through to the other side.

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    Q. Your bio mentions that you’ve held quite a few jobs. Aside from being a writer, what was your next favorite job (and why)?

    I liked working in the hardware store. I learned a lot about how things work and I met so many interesting people. Plus, what other job could I have where it would be okay for me to say “So, do you regret getting that tattoo?” and not get in trouble? (And yes, I did spend a whole day asking people that and every single one of them said yes. It’s the reason I never got a tattoo. Hard to argue with 100% regret)

    Fiktshun: 100% regret? Yeah, there’s no arguing with that!

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    Q. If you could go back in time to high school and get a “do over” would you take it or would you leave it? And why?

    Leave it. SO leave it. I wasn’t the nicest person back then, and I’d rather not repeat some of the things I did.

    Fiktshun: Hmm… maybe I should have added, “…if you knew then what you know now.”

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    Q. You mention Judy Blume being a writer that spoke to you as you were growing up. What other writers made an impression on or influenced you? And what was it about their writing that impacted you?

    Dead honest here, my local library didn’t carry Forever or any of the other YA titles/authors that authors my age adore, though I did and still do love many of Judy Blume’s MG novels. Fact is, I went straight from those Judy Blume books to adult books. I read Wifey when I was in fifth grade. (Forver, not allowable. But Wifey, sure! YA banning works in odd ways) Also, my parents never censored what I read, and so I read everything I could get my hands on. What I learned is that words have power. They can take you somewhere else. I was in awe of that. I still am.

    Fiktshun: It’s so unfortunate that there is YA banning. And I agree, it does work in odd ways. If your parents weren’t restrictive, they really shouldn’t have been.

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    Q. What one non author-related fact would you like your readers to know about you?

     I always seem to love books everyone else hates. I don’t know why, but there it is.

    Fiktshun: So very curious which books top your list.

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    I cannot thank you enough for answering all of these questions. I loved getting to know more about you and your writing through your answers and I know my blog’s readers will as well.

    HEARTBEAT is an emotional and beautiful and heartbreaking and so very real story and I’m so glad that I got the chance to read it and meet Emma, Caleb, Olivia and Dan.

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    The Giveaway

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    Courtesy of Kismet Book Touring and Harlequin Teen I have a SIGNED copy of HEARTBEAT to give away to ONE winner.

    There is also a tour-wide Grand Prize Giveaway that includes Harlequin Teen’s White Hot Kiss, Crash Into You, The Queen’s Choice, Anything to Have You, The Secret Diamond Sisters and Grim.

    Both giveaways are open to US/Canada and end on February 14th.

    For more chances to win, be sure to visit all the stops on tour. The full schedule is below and on Kismet Book Touring’s website, which you can visit by clicking the banner at the top of this post or the Kismet logo at the bottom.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Monday, January 14th – Harlequin Blog – Natashya (Editor) Interviews Elizabeth Scott

    Week Two

    Monday, January 27th – Swoony Boys Podcast – Author Interview

    Wednesday, January 29th – Actin’ Up With Books – Guest Post

    Friday, January 31st – Fiktshun – Author Interview

    Week Three

    Monday, February 3rd – Book Briefs – Guest Post

    Wednesday, February 5th – Oops! I Read A Book Again – Character Interview (Caleb)

    Friday, February 7th – Readiculous Reads – Guest Post

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #161

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    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 January 28th-February 3rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Up From the Grave

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    UP FROM THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Avon, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UP FROM THE GRAVE is the seventh and final full-length novel in the Night Huntress series by Author Jeaniene Frost.

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    I am so excited and so terribly sad that UP FROM THE GRAVE is releasing this week. I’ve been waiting forever for its release and I can’t wait to see what this final installment holds for Cat and Bones. But I’m also heartbroken that it is the end for them.

    I may have only just met these characters in the past few years, but I instantly fell in love with them. I could read story after story about Cat and Bones and their adventures, which makes it even harder to let go.

    I refuse to read the description to see just how things might end. And I’m not sure if I’ll be devouring UP FROM THE GRAVE the instant it releases. I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to say goodbye. But I might just have to, or steer clear of Twitter for the next few weeks until the buzz dies down. We shall see.

    I don’t always root for a happy ending, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for Cat and Bones. And I’m keeping my ears covered and eyes closed until I discover the end for myself.

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    There’s always one more grave to dig.

    Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

    A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

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    Uninvited

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    UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UNINVITED is the first book in a new series by Author Sophie Jordan. A release date has not been set for the sequel.

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    I can’t wait for everyone to read UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan and I’m totally stoked that my finished copy will be downloading this week. I already read it and spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not just as anxious for it to hit shelves.

    I was totally surprised by how awesome this book was. Not because I thought the author wasn’t awesome already, but because I didn’t expect to love this story as much as I did based upon the description.

    It was amazing. And thought-provoking. And heartwarming. And nerve-wracking. And I am dying to get my hands on the sequel to see what happens next. Which is another reason why I’m anxious for its release. Because that means it’s one day closer to the sequel’s release.

    While I won’t be re-reading UNINVITED this week, I will definitely be re-reading it some time in the next month or two. It’s just that fantastic of a read and I’m curious to see what other chilling thoughts re-reading will bring to mind.

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    The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

    When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

    Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

    The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

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    Cruel Beauty

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    CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I can’t believe that release day is just about here for CRUEL BEAUTY and my Kindle copy will be downloading on Monday Midnight. I feel like it was just yesterday when I first learned about it and added it to my list of pre-orders.

    I am currently in the middle of reading this book and will hopefully be finished reading it tonight. And oh my gosh do I love it. I wasn’t entirely sure I would, as the Beauty and the Beast tale has been done quite well before. But this story is gorgeous and is surprisingly unique.

    What I’ve devoured already has gotten me hooked. The description wasn’t lying when it called it a “sweeping fantasy” and I definitely do feel a bit dazzled.

    As I haven’t yet reached the end, I don’t know how far it will deviate from the fairy tale’s ending. And even if I did know, I wouldn’t reveal that here. But I can’t wait to finish writing this post so I can get back to reading it. It’s wonderfully, deliciously addictive.

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    Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

    Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

    Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

    With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

    But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

    As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    The instant I read the description for Elizabeth Scott’s HEARTBEAT I added it to my list of pre-orders, and I can’t believe its release is just about here. I have an early copy and have managed to read most of it and plan on finishing it tomorrow, but I am still just as excited for the finished copy to land on my Kindle.

    I don’t want to say too much about this story, in part because if I started rambling I might reveal too much, in part because this post is already super long, and in part because just thinking about it brings me to tears.

    So I will only just say that it’s heart-wrenching and beautiful. And I can’t wait for everyone to read it, bawl and fall in love with it.

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    Life. Death. And…Love?

    Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

    But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

    Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

    Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

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    Anything to Have You

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    ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I love Paige Harbison’s writing and I’m totally stoked that ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU is releasing this week and the finished copy will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday. While I didn’t get the chance to read it early, I will definitely be reading it in the next couple of weeks.

    I can’t wait to meet Natalie and Brooke and find out what the repercussions will be for the night Natalie spent with Aiden. I am super curious to know whether their friendship will be strong enough to get past what happened or if Natalie’s actions will have destroyed what they had.

    The description gives absolutely no clue about just what direction this story will take, so I’m dying to find out what happens. And I hope to be able to do so in the next couple of weeks.

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    Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

    Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

    Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can’t remember and Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, can’t forget. Suddenly there’s a question mark in Natalie and Brooke’s friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.

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    And We Stay

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    AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 240 pages.

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    I only recently discovered AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard but I immediately added it to my list of pre-orders because the style the story was written in sounded incredibly intriguing. And the story itself sounded heartbreaking but hopeful.

    While I received an eARC for review, I haven’t had the chance to read it just yet, so I’ll likely be reading the finished copy when I do get it on the pile. But I did end up taking a peek at the first several pages and, as I hoped I would be, am intrigued by the style the story is told in.

    I can’t wait to see how the author presents this tragic but hopeful story. I can’t wait to see how the spirit of Emily Dickinson is able to help. And I hope to be able to do so in just a few weeks.

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    When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

    This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.

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    Manor of Secrets

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    MANOR OF SECRETS by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Point, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I have been dying to read MANOR OF SECRETS but haven’t yet been able to get it on the pile, though I did read the first few chapters. I have an ARC, but as my finished copy will be landing on my Kindle on Tuesday I will likely be reading that version instead.

    I can’t wait to discover all of the Manor’s secrets, get to know Lady Charlotte and Janie even more, and find out just what happens when rules are broken. The description is rather vague about the details which piques my curiosity all the more.

    Katherine Longshore is a fantastic writer and I just know I’ll fall in love with her latest release. I am anticipating romance and mystery and a gorgeous setting and I can’t wait to dive back in.

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    The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .

    Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.

    Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn’t sure she possesses the courage — or the means — to break free and follow her passions.

    Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.

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    Her Dark Curiosity

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    HER DARK CURIOSITY by Megan Shepherd will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 432 pages.

    HER DARK CURIOSITY is the second book in Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2015.

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    I did not read the first book in Megan Shepherd’s series, but I own it and just had to pre-order HER DARK CURIOSITY. I have heard such amazing things about that first book that I couldn’t resist adding this second book in the series to my collection.

    I don’t want to take a peek at the description for the sequel as I’m not sure what happened with Juliet Moreau in that first book and I don’t want to happen upon any spoilers. If it’s as amazing as everyone said it was, I can only imagine that I’ll be heartbroken if even a moment of it is spoiled.

    I recall the first book’s description giving me chills – Dr. Moreau’s experimentation is so unbelievably creepy – and I can only guess that this sequel’s description is just as chilling. But as I refuse to read it I don’t know for sure.

    As much as I’d love to dive into both books immediately, I’m wondering whether I should wait until closer to book three’s release. I guess it will depend upon just how long I’ll be able to live with being curious.

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    To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

    Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

    As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

    As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

    With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

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    Into the Still Blue

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    INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 400 pages.

    INTO THE STILL BLUE is the third and final full-length book in Author Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series.

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    I cannot believe that this series is ending and I haven’t yet read the first book. I am absolutely heartbroken. I own each of the books in this series – including the novellas – and have INTO THE STILL BLUE pre-ordered.

    I just know I’m going to love this series madly. Everyone whose opinions I trust was crazy about this series. I’ve heard that many hearts were broken knowing this series was concluding. I imagine the same will be true for me when I devour it in its entirety.

    The description – yes I peeked just a tiny bit at the blurb – mentioned it was “earth-shattering” and I’m excited to find out just why that is. But I haven’t read beyond that blurb as I don’t want to know anything more.

    Now that the series will be available to read back-to-back-to-back, I do plan on reading it in the very near future. And by that I mean next month.

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    The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

    Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

    The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

    Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

    Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

    In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

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    The Unbound

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    THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE UNBOUND is the second book in Author Victoria Schwab’s The Archived series.

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    I love Victoria Schwab’s writing and while I haven’t finished reading THE ARCHIVED I just had to pre-order THE UNBOUND. I just can’t believe its release date is almost here. I really had hoped to get caught up before its release.

    I can’t wait to find out what happened to Mackenzie and see what happens to her in this sequel. The world the author created was so very different from any I’d read before and I’m curious to see whether this sequel takes readers back there.

    As I haven’t yet finished reading the first book, and I have a feeling this sequel’s description will be spoiler-y, I haven’t taken a peek. But I am dying to know whether this will be the final book in the series or if there is a third book planned. So if anyone knows, without revealing spoilers, I would love to know.

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    Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

    Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

    Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

    With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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    INFINITE by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 432 pages.

    INFINITE is the third and final full-length book in Author Jodi Meadows’ Newsoul series.

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    I own both previous books in this series and have had INFINITE pre-ordered for ages, but I haven’t yet had the chance to dive into this series that had me captivated since before book one’s release. And it wasn’t just each book’s stunning cover that drew me in.

    I have wanted to meet newsoul Ana. I have been curious as to whether she has no soul. I’ve been hopeful that she doesn’t just have the one life to live. And I’ve been dying to find out whether Sam is willing to risk being with her even if she does.

    I don’t know what happened in INCARNATE or ASUNDER, but I hope to be able to find out everything that did. I hope to be able to devour all three books and the novella some time next month or the month after that. I kind of love the idea of getting to spend all this time with the characters in their world. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen as planned.

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    The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

    FLIGHT
    Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

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    The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

    With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

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    Other Books of Note

    The Queen's ChoiceTHE QUEEN’S CHOICE (Heirs of Chrior #1) by Cayla Kluver

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

    When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen’s mantle herself.

    Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined….

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    TimestormTIMESTORM (Tempest #3) by Julie Cross

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    The breathtaking conclusion to the time-travel trilogy that is “both tender and electric” (Publishers Weekly)

    The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

    As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also amongst a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their life and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Doctor Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between freewill and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

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    Forever coverFOREVER (Temptation #3) by Karen Ann Hopkins

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    All I want is my happily-ever-after.

    That’s all I’ve wanted since meeting Noah Miller.

    From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I’m carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there’s a storm on the horizon, and it’s sure to cause serious devastation.

    If we can get through this, we’ll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever.

    But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off.

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    FireFIRE (The Englesfors Trilogy #2) by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: Overlook Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Praised by Lev Grossman as “stunning, …raw, real, smart, very thrilling and very, very wicked,” The Circle, the first book in the internationally bestselling Engelsfors Trilogy, introduced a group of high school girls with special powers who became the Chosen Ones. As book two, Fire, begins, Minoo, Vanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin and Ida have been struggling with their own demons all summer long. Now school is back in session, and whether they like it or not, the five Chosen Ones must stick together stronger than ever before.

    Evil is back in Engelsfors and it threatens to engulf everyone and everything—and only if the five girls accept their strengths and trust each other unconditionally will they have any chance of defeating it.

    The second installment of the Engelsfors Trilogy—an international sensation with rights sold in 26 countries—Fire sees the past woven together with the present, the living with the dead, our human world with demonic forces. This spellbinding novel takes the reader on a wild journey in a world where the stakes are higher than life-and-death.

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    MindersMINDERS by Michele Jaffe

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist,MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

    Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

    Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

    Q: What if the crime is murder?

    Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

    Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

    Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford’s life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

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    Face of DeathFACE OF DEATH (Touch of Death #3) by Kelly Hashway

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi’s enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her–the punishment doled out by the very people she’d sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.

    Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.

    Jodi’s one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa’s blood.

    But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she’s faced yet.

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    No PlaceNO PLACE by Todd Strasser

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    When Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless, issues of injustice rise to the forefront in this relatable, timely novel from Todd Strasser.

    It seems like Dan has it all. He’s a baseball star who hangs with the popular crowd and dates the hottest girl in school. Then his family loses their home.

    Forced to move into the town’s Tent City, Dan feels his world shifting. His friends try to pretend that everything’s cool, but they’re not the ones living among the homeless. As Dan struggles to adjust to his new life, he gets involved with the people who are fighting for better conditions and services for the residents of Tent City. But someone wants Tent City gone, and will stop at nothing until it’s destroyed…

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    Secret coverSECRET (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

    Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.

    And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

    SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.

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    TapeTAPE by Steven Camden

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Record a voice and it lasts forever…

    In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

    In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

    Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

    This is their story.

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    Other Releases

    SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Someone to Love #2) by Addison Moore

    FIRSTBORN by Lorie Ann Grover

    BREATH OF YESTERDAY by Emily Bold

    THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON by Paige Toon

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    What an absolutely insane week for new releases this is. I have eleven books pre-ordered that I know about. It’s entirely possible there will be more downloads to my Kindle than just those eleven. *GULP.* I’m not even going to check to see if there are eNovellas releasing or this post might take me another few hours to complete.

    While I’ve managed to read a few of this week’s releases, there are so many releases that I haven’t read that are part of series that I’m behind on. I’m starting to think that I might never catch up.

    And while I would love to keep rambling about all the amazing books releasing this week, this post is long enough. And I really would like to try and actually read one more of the books I have the opportunity to read pre-release. So I’m going to run off and do that right now.

    I hope that I haven’t missed any of this week’s releases. I really, really, hope so. Because my wallet and my TBR pile couldn’t handle it if there were more. And I hope that a few of this week’s releases are books you’ve been anxiously awaiting, because it means the wait will soon be over.

    As ever, a happy book birthday to each of this week’s releases and happy bookish acquiring and reading in the week ahead.

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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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    HEARTBEAT Promo Blitz Tour + Giveaway

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    I am thrilled to be able to participate in the promo blitz tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring for Elizabeth Scott’s upcoming novel HEARTBEAT, which releases on January 28th from Harlequin Teen.

    Ever since I first learned about this upcoming title from Author Elizabeth Scott I couldn’t wait to get the chance to read it and immediately added it to my list of pre-orders. It sounds beautiful and heartbreaking and full of hope. And as I already know and love the author’s writing I am even more excited for its release.

    I can’t wait to meet Emma and find out whether meeting Caleb will help her overcome her grief. I can’t wait to find out if there’s hope for love. And most of all I can’t wait to find out whether there is hope for life after death.

    I know that I am going to love this story and I know, after having read the description, that there will be tears. But I am hopeful that some of those will be happy tears. And I am hopeful that even if this is a bittersweet tale that there will be moments that will make me smile.

    HEARTBEAT releases in just over six weeks, so the wait for its release isn’t too long. And while I am fortunate to have received an early copy to read, even if I did have to wait I just know that it would be totally worth it.

    I don’t typically participate in promotional blitzes or spotlight posts. But I just had to sign up for HEARTBEAT’s promo event because of my excitement for this title’s release and because I absolutely adore this author’s writing and I want to be able to help spread the word about her new book.

    I am also stoked to be able to share a promo-wide giveaway for an ARC of HEARTBEAT to ten winners at the end of this post.

    But before all that, be sure to check out the description for HEARTBEAT, as well as places to find it online, along with Author Elizabeth Scott’s bio and places to find her online. She is most definitely an author to follow.

    About Heartbeat

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    Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

    But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

    Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma—the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia—New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death—and maybe, for love?

    Release date: January 28, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 256
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Praise for Heartbeat

    “An intense examination of a family coping with grief, this absorbing character study easily keeps pages turning.”

    — Kirkus on Heartbeat

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    About Elizabeth Scott

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    ELIZABETH SCOTT grew up in a town so small it didn’t even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She’s sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn’t want a career burning CDs.

    She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, and firmly believes you can never own too many books.

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    Harlequin Teen and Kismet Book Touring are offering up an ARC of HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott to 10 Winners. See Rafflecopter for details.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #37

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

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

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    Frost by Marianna Baer will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 400 pages.

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

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    Frost was a book I was desperate to get my hands on and I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy for review. And I loved it. It was a total nail-biter and deliciously spooky. The bluish grey tones to the cover and, well, everything about that cover, including that creepy house, made me want to read it. And then there was the description.

    A “cozy dorm,” “mysterious happenings” and “desperate measures” all added up to a book that I knew I just had to have. I hadn’t read too many haunted house books, but this one hinted that it might be something more.

    I knew I wanted this for my permanent collection, regardless of the fact that I received the ARC, and so I added it to my list of pre-orders ages ago. I can’t wait for it to download on Monday Midnight because I had given the ARC away. But I also want to check this book out in the stores, because if the cover is as beautiful as it seems to be online, then I might just break my rule and pick up an unsigned copy for my collection.

    Fateful by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

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    I have been dying to read Fateful for ages and I can’t believe I wasn’t able to read it before release. While I still have the ARC, I have Fateful on my list of pre-orders for download for the permanent collection. And just like with Frost, I absolutely love this cover and I will be checking out the hardcover to see if it might just find a home with my print books.

    I’ve been a huge fan of Claudia Gray’s ever since she blew me away with the twist in the first book of her Evernight series. I did not see that coming. At all. And I thought it was just so clever and different.

    I have talked this book up quite a bit, because it has been one of my most anticipated reads and I did spotlight this for my Book Watch post a few weeks back so, as always, I’ll try not to ramble too much.

    While the concept of werewolves on the Titanic when you boil it down to that simple phrase may raise some eyebrows, when you actually read the description it doesn’t seem as unusual as it sounds. It’s a love story. Possibly an ill-fated one. The only thing certain is that the ship will sink. The questions that remain are whether either Tess or Alec, or both of them, will survive the ships untimely end, and whether the cause is the ship’s destruction or the werewolves that have been hunting Alec.

    Though I will not get to read this before release, I will be reading this very, very soon. For me, this is a must read.

    After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    When I added After Obsession to my list of pre-orders I had no idea what it was about, just that it was a new Carrie Jones book and it wasn’t part of her Need series. I managed to trade for an ARC which I didn’t get a chance to read and sent along to another blogger for review.

    I thought the cover was really pretty, but it was solely my fandom for the author that put this one on my list of early orders. While the title was definitely intriguing, I hadn’t even looked at the book’s description until I sent it along a week or so ago. But it sounds absolutely creepy.

    As a fan of Stephen King, I absolutely love books set in “a cold Maine town.” Some of my most favorite reads have been set in Maine. It just evokes a feeling of isolation, which is perfect for a story involving a suspected haunting which actually turns out to be a demon possession, according to the description.

    But this book is not just about the chilling events surrounding the possession, it also promises romance.

    So, now, of course, I am dying to read the book, though it might be October before I get the chance. But I’m glad to have this one back in my collection this week and to see just how different this collaborative effort will be.

    Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 400 pages.

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    I first noticed this book because of the play on the book’s title with that other book, which I have not read. I was also drawn to it by its eye-catching cover. I was hoping to get an early copy, but sadly wasn’t able to. And haven’t had a chance to read it through Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program.

    I decided to add it to my list of pre-orders just this past week after taking a longer look at the description when pulling together my Extras post. And it sounds like it will be a really great read.

    Just the idea that the main character, a teen vampire, gets stabbed by a unicorn, makes me want to find out more. What kind of world has this author created where vampires and unicorns co-exist? And how a vampire manages to get stabbed by one brings up so many questions. Questions I want answers to. So, of course, I’ve got to read on to find out.

    But I am also interested in discovering the rest of the story, where the effects of the above incident seem to be turning Pearl into a human, or at least more human-like. And where she begins to fall for a vampire hunter.

    I have to say that it all sounds like such a perfect read for me and I hope to get this book on the pile really soon.

    Perfect by Ellen Hopkins will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 640 pages.

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    I have read only one Ellen Hopkins book before, and I thought it was beautifully written. I absolutely loved how her words played across the printed page and just grabbed me. I have only read the one, as I have been an eBook fanatic for a few years and didn’t think her books would translate well to the format of an eReader.

    I traded for an early copy of Perfect, but knew I wouldn’t be able to read it prior to release and so I passed it along to another blogger who would. And I also hadn’t read Impulse, which is a companion novel to Perfect. So, even though it’s not necessary to a read of this book, I wanted to experience that one first.

    I did end up purchasing Impulse for my Kindle, and while I still haven’t had a chance to read it, from a quick glance I think the format looks fine. So I decided to add this one to my list of pre-order downloads.

    As with every Ellen Hopkins book that I’ve seen, this one has incredibly high ratings on Goodreads. Once again this author tackles a tough subject, but one that is so important to be talked about. Being perfect.

    And this line from the description really captures this book’s focus brilliantly: “Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?”

    I am looking forward to discovering how this amazing author approaches this subject in her new book as it was one that I struggled with when I was a teenager and beyond.

    Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    I hadn’t heard of this book until one of the people I traded with sent me a copy just because. While I ended up giving it away on the blog as I knew I wouldn’t read it prior to release, I found that I had developed a morbid curiosity for it and so I pre-ordered it.

    Everything about this book is creepy. From the title, to the scary, slightly evil-looking girl on the cover, to the description. I will not be reading this one at night or alone. No way.

    According to the description, the main character Willa’s estranged father murders his family and is coming after her and her brother. And as the story unfolds, she finds out that her mother has been keeping secrets. But apparently so has she.

    Of course I have to read this to find out just what those secrets are. But nothing about this book makes it seem like there will be anything remotely close to a happy ending. And, in fact, much of this sounds downright frightening.

    While I have been a fan of the horror genre, I haven’t been a fan of books about serial killers or horror stories with more of a realistic spin. And although this doesn’t claim to be a horror story, the events are certainly pretty horrific. Whatever genre it’s categorized as, between the title, cover and description, this book certainly gets its point across loud and clear.

    As that cover completely creeps me out, I’m glad I’m only getting the eBook version on Monday Midnight. I think the stare that girl is giving the camera can only be described as malevolent.

    As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on September 15, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, a division of Penguin, the print edition is 224 pages.

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    I first noticed this book appearing on the blogs shortly after BEA. The cover is absolutely stunning and I definitely developed a case of cover love. I didn’t add it to my pre-orders or my TBR pile at the time because I never got the chance to check out its description until recently.

    And this one sounds very different from any of the YA stories I’ve read, in a really good way. The main character Ava has amnesia and the few memories she begins to recover are those of a completely different existence to the one she’s presently living. She’s not sure what to believe, but when she meets the boy from her memories, he claims to have answers.

    I am intrigued. Most definitely. My mind is coming up with all sorts of possibilities as to what those memories really mean. Is her family not really her family? Are her friends not truly her friends? And if not, why would they lie? And why was Ava in the hospital in the first place?

    I’ve got to know. And sooner, rather than later. That’s for sure.

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    Another book worthy of mention that is releasing this week in the U.S. on September 13, 2011, is Jenny Downham’s You Against Me, available in hardcover and eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    I do not have this one on my list of pre-orders, but plan on checking it out after its release. I own Before I Die by the author but haven’t had a chance to read it quite yet. It was actually next up for a read just before I started blogging, and well….

    But I’ve seen this book around the blogosphere and I am curious to see if this will be a book for me.

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    Another great release week. Seven books this time and I don’t think I missed any. While I had received a few ARCs of the above books through trades, most of which I’ve since sent on to other readers, the only book I have read is Frost, which I received for review from the publisher.

    Of the books that I had but didn’t get a chance to read, I am most excited about Fateful by Claudia Gray, because I’ve been such a fan of the author’s writing. And for the books that I haven’t had an early copy sitting on my shelves, I’d have to say I’m most looking forward to finally getting Drink, Slay, Love, because it really sounds like just one of those “me” books.

    I think all seven of the above books will make great additions to my eBook collection, though I’m wondering whether I’ll end up grabbing Frost and Fateful in print. That remains to be seen.

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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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #21

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

    These are books for the week of May 24th-May 30th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 256 pages.

    Between Here and Forever is a book that I spotlighted for my Book Watch post and one that I can’t wait to read. I love Elizabeth Scott’s writing and the cover of this new book is so pretty.

    The description sounds different from some of the other books of the author’s that I’ve read, but has me intrigued. I can’t wait to find out what Abby’s plans are to bring Tess back, and just how Eli fits into the picture.

    I’ve had this on my list of pre-orders for a couple of months and I’m so glad it will finally be released this week.

    The Girl in the Steel Corset is the debut young adult novel by Kady Cross. It will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover format and on June 1, 2011 in eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 480 pages.

    I can’t wait to see what the cover looks like on the finished copy. The ARC I have doesn’t do justice to its beauty. This is one of the few books that I have decided to purchase in print versus eBook format because of its cover. I did swing by my local bookstore, but sadly they didn’t have copies of this book in early.

    Finley Jayne is a great new character – I had a chance to first meet her in the free eBook prequel novella being offered by the publisher. And The Girl in the Steel Corset is an amazing read for someone new to the world of steampunk. For some reason I expected steampunk to read like a science fiction novel – very technical and somewhat difficult to follow for someone who wasn’t in the know.

    But the author’s writing style really gives newbie readers a good look at a completely foreign world in a way that is exciting and easy to follow. I cannot wait to get my print copy this week.

    To read an excerpt from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for The Girl in the Steel Corset:

    Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats from Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Angel Burn was released as Angel on October 1, 2010 in the U.K. in paperback and eBook formats.

    Published by Candlewick, the print edition is 464 pages.

    I am so excited that Angel Burn will finally be released. I read this over a month ago and I can’t wait to get my finished copy. I absolutely loved this book and its completely different take on angels.

    Vampiric, soul sucking, life stealing angels are definitely not the angels I’ve grown to know and love in all the young adult books I’ve read. And Alex and Willow make such great main characters.

    This is quite a thrilling story and I just wish the second book in this series were out already so I can find out what happens next.

    If you would like to check out my review, click here.

    Book trailer for Angel Burn:

    Alex teaser trailer for Angel Burn:

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover, library binding and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 416 pages.

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

    I’ve talked way too much about this book, so I will try not to be repetitive. Blood Magic has been on my list of pre-orders since long before the release date was bumped from April to May. I had added it to my list as soon as I saw the amazing cover. It is absolutely dark and gorgeous. And the birds will completely make sense as soon as you read the book.

    This was another book I tried tracking at the bookstore early, but was unsuccessful. I’ll have to check back on Tuesday to see if the print edition is even more amazing than the ARC, but I’m betting it will be.

    If you would like to check out my review, click here.

    Book trailer for Blood Magic:

    Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison is the third book in the Avery trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats and is currently available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 256 pages.

    I haven’t yet read any of the books in this series but just recently purchased the first two. This looks like such a great series and one that I’m glad to get all at once with no wait in between books.

    The heroine, Avery, sounds like she is pretty fierce. And a series filled with reapers, dark angels and time travel sounds like it could be pretty wild.

    This trilogy will be the first books I’ve read by the author, but the descriptions of these books sounded so amazing that I just had to grab the first two and added this upcoming release to my pre-orders.

    I hope to be able to read this entire trilogy soon, as I don’t want them falling to the bottom of the pile.

    Book trailer for Something Deadly This Way Comes:

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    This is a great week for new releases. I have all five of these on pre-order and can’t wait to get the finished copies for both the new books and those I’ve already read.

    There are a couple books I’m currently reading for review that I will be ordering shortly after release date, but aren’t on my list of pre-orders – Awaken and Putting Makeup on Dead People. So this will most likely be a seven book buy week.

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

    Please let me know if there is a “must read” that I’ve missed. I do not like to miss out on owning great books, even if I can’t read them right away.

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    Book Watch: Between Here and Forever

    Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon in both formats and at Barnes & Noble in hardcover format.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    I decided to spotlight Between Here and Forever for my Book Watch post because I love the author’s writing style and the concept of this upcoming book is quite mysterious. I have the book on pre-order for my Kindle and if I didn’t already have an eARC I would be reading it if not on release date, then very soon after.

    Just before I started blogging I began reading contemporary YA fiction. Previously, I had only read paranormal/urban fantasy young adult books. Elizabeth Scott’s The Unwritten Rule was one of the first contemporary young adult novels I picked up. I thought it sounded cute and fun and the description reminded a little bit of the chick-lit books I used to read. It was everything it promised to be.

    I see that I gave it a five star rating in my non-reviewer capacity on Goodreads, and I don’t think I’d change that if I were to re-read it now. I did end up buying a couple of her other books, but they are sadly still in my TBR pile waiting to be “Just Discovered” and reviewed here on the blog.

    When I saw Between Here and Forever on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab newsletter, I downloaded it immediately. I knew I wouldn’t get a chance to read it until closer to release date, but I was so excited to get the opportunity to read another book by this author.

    I’ve been advised that I should read her book, Bloom, before I read this book, and I will definitely try to, especially as I already own that for my Kindle.

    From the description, this book sounds so different from The Unwritten Rule and I cannot wait for its release just so I can get another look at Elizabeth Scott’s writing. Besides, I am really curious to see if Abby’s plans to bring Tess out of her coma are successful and to find out just what secret she discovers.

    Goodreads description:

    Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

    Until the accident.

    Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it’s nothing compared to living without her.

    She’s got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.

    Abby is about to find out that truth isn’t always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could…

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