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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #178

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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 May 27th-June 2nd that I have pre-ordered.


    City of Heavenly Fire

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    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 752 pages.

    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is the sixth and final full-length book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.


    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is my most anticipated read this week. I have been waiting forever and ever for this book’s release and I cannot wait until it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I will be reading it the moment it arrives.

    I love this series, and I am totally heartbroken that it will be ending. But at the same time I can’t wait, as I feel like I’ve been waiting forever.

    I have not read the description, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to know until I read about it in the book. And while I normally take forever and ever to read a series-ending book, I don’t want to have this series’ ending spoiled for me, so I hope to be able to read it in one sitting. No matter how late I’ll have to stay up to do so.

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    ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

    I am coming.

    Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!


    Take Me On

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    TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 544 pages.

    TAKE ME ON is the fourth full-length novel in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. A novella, BREAKING THE RULES, is slated for release on December 30, 2014.


    love this series by Katie McGarry. I hope it never ends. I got the chance to read TAKE ME ON just a little bit early and I love, love, loved it. So of course I can’t wait for the finished copy to download and get added to my permanent collection.

    I would love to talk about West and Haley but as I plan on posting a review just after my tour stop next week, I don’t want to ramble on here. But I will just quickly say that Katie McGarry brings her amazing writing and characters to this fourth book in the series. And it’s every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I adored West before I read this book, but now I adore Haley too. And while I won’t be re-reading it just yet, I will definitely be re-reading all the books in this series some day soon.

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    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


    The Girl with the Windup Heart
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    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 400 pages.

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is the fourth full-length novel in Author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.


    I had the opportunity to read THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART early but I just couldn’t bring myself to (possibly) say goodbye. As much as I want to know what’s going to happen with Finley, Griffin, Jack, Emily, Sam, Jasper and even The Machinist, I am just not ready for these characters’ stories to end.

    The finished version will be downloading to my Kindle this week and I am planning on buying a print copy for my collection. But it may take a few more weeks for me to be ready to part with this series.

    I am excited about learning more about Mila who we briefly got the chance to meet in the previous book. I’m not sure whether I’ll like her, given that Jack seems to have taken a fancy to her. But if this is really the series-ending book, I hope he gets a happily ever after. I just kind of still wish for it to be with Finley.

    I know I won’t be reading it this week, but I hope to read it in June. I really don’t want to risk having this ending spoiled for me. So I might just have to be brave. We shall see.

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    In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

    London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

    Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

    Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.


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    THE DARK WORLD by Cara Lynn Shultz will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 384 pages.

    THE DARK WORLD is the first book in Cara Lynn Shultz’s series of the same name.


    I love Cara Lynn Shultz’s writing and can’t wait for THE DARK WORLD to download to my Kindle on Tuesday. When I first heard that the author was writing a new series and that it involved demons and demon slayers, I immediately pre-ordered a copy.

    The description, which is somewhat vague, totally piqued my curiosity. But it revealed enough to make this read a must. Magic and warlocks and demons and a Dark World sound so totally awesome.

    It sounds like such a “me” book. And I can’t wait to dive in. So I hope I can manage to sneak it in next week. If not, it will definitely be the week thereafter.

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    Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


    Guardian
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    GUARDIAN by Alex London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 352 pages.

    GUARDIAN is the second book in Alex London’s Proxy series.


    I can’t believe that GUARDIAN, the sequel to PROXY, releases this week. I had every intention of reading the first book just before its release so that I could read both books back to back when this book downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

    I definitely have some catching up to do.

    As I don’t want to risk spoilers by reading the description, I don’t know what happened with Knox and Syd. I don’t know what happens during their flight across the country. I haven’t met the rebels.

    But I can’t wait to do so, especially now that this sequel is out. And I hope to be able to read both books in a couple of weeks.

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    The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

    In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger.

    People are falling ill—their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned.

    This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page.

    A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.


    The Lost
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    THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 MIRA, the print edition is

    THE LOST is the first book in Sarah Beth Durst’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series, releasing in 2014 and 2015, are entitled THE MISSING and THE FOUND.


    I am so excited about this new series by Author Sarah Beth Durst. I love her writing and can’t wait to read THE LOST when it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    While this isn’t a YA series, it sounds every bit as fascinating and thrilling as the books she’s written for the genre. I can’t wait to find out more about this town called Lost. I can’t wait to see whether Lauren is able to escape.

    The setting sounds amazing and I love stories that involve fate. And if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to get this on the pile next week.

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    Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. *

    Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we’ll discover just what it means to lose one’s way….

    It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

    Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.


    Meridian
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    MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 464 pages.

    MERIDIAN is the second book in Josin McQuein’s Arclight series.


    I was told that I must read the first book in the series, so I added it to my collection and pre-ordered MERIDIAN. Now that both books are out I will definitely be reading them back-to-back.

    I haven’t yet met Marina, Tobin or Anne-Marie, so I don’t know whether they all survive an encounter with the Fade. And while it seems that Marina might have, I don’t know what she has become.

    I refuse to peek at the description for this book, though I am super curious. I’ll just have to wait until I can get both books on the pile to find out. I’ll just have to be patient.

    As things are a little crazy IRL and with required reads for the blog, I will have to wait just a bit before I can try to get this on the pile. But I hope to be able to do so before the end of June.

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    Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans’ enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they’d never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all.

    The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.


    Divided
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    DIVIDED by Elsie Chapman will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    DIVIDED is the second book in Elsie Chapman’s Dualed series.


    I have had DIVIDED pre-ordered since the moment I noticed it was available to order it for the Kindle. While I haven’t yet read DUALED, it was one of my most anticipated releases. So of course I had to order the sequel.

    And while I received an invite for an eARC of DIVIDED, I wasn’t able to get both books on the pile prior to DIVIDED’s release. But this is another series where I definitely plan on reading both books back-to-back, and I hope to do so mid-June.

    I can’t wait to discover this world, meet West and find out whether she’s met her Alt. I can’t wait to learn what misstep caused her to lose confidence. And I can’t wait to find out why not only her Alt, but love, can destroy her.

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    The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

    West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

    The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

    How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.


    Novellas

    Just One NightJUST ONE NIGHT (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman

    Pub. Date: May 29, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Children’s

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace.

    Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective.

    Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.


    The Best Things in DeathTHE BEST THINGS IN DEATH (The Memory Chronicles #1.5) by Lenore Appelhans

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this Memory of After e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other.

    Having recently saved Level 2 from the Morati and been reunited with her boyfriend, Felicia decides to make up some lost time with Neil before moving on to the mysterious Level 3.

    In this e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other from their past lives on Earth.


    Tiger's PromiseTIGER’S PROMISE (The Tiger Saga #0.5) by Colleen Houck

    Pub. Date: June 1, 2014

    Publisher: CreateSpace

    Find it: AMAZON

    Description:

    Before the curse, there was a promise.

    A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

    Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.


    Other Books of Note

    We are the GoldensWE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

    When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.


    PlayedPLAYED (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    This Game Is Getting All Too Real

    He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

    She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.


    While We RunWHILE WE RUN (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan’s no ordinary girl – she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi’s time, 100 years later.

    Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.

    A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality – and mortality, too.


    Circa NowCIRCA NOW by Amber McRee Turner

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Twelve-year-old Circa Monroe has a knack for restoring old photographs. It’s a skill she learned from her dad, who loves old pictures and putting fun digital twists on them. His altered “Shopt” photos look so real that they could fool nearly anybody, and Circa treasures the fun stories he makes up to explain each creation.

    One day, her father receives a strange phone call requesting an urgent delivery, and he heads out into a storm. The unimaginable happens: a tornado, then a terrible accident. Just as Circa and her mom begin to pick up the pieces, a mysterious boy shows up on their doorstep, a boy called Miles who remembers nothing about his past. The only thing he has with him is the photograph that Circa’s dad intended to deliver on the day he died.

    As Circa tries to help Miles recover his identity, she begins to notice something strange about the photos she and her father retouched-the digital flourishes added to the old photos seem to exist in real life. The mysteries of the Shopt photos and Miles’s past are intertwined, and in order to solve both, Circa will have to figure out what’s real and what’s an illusion.

    With stunning prose, captivating photographs, and a hint of magic, Circa Now is a gripping story full of hope and heart.


    Allies & AssassinsALLIES & ASSASSINS (Enemies of the Prince #1) by Justin Somper

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sixteen-year-old Jared is the newly crowned Prince of All Archenfield, ascending the throne after his older brother’s mysterious death. But Jared feels reluctant and unprepared to rule the Princedom and its dangerous and powerful court. Like each Prince of All Archenfield before him, Jared must rely on the Council of Twelve to advise him. But he knows he can just as easily be at their mercy–especially when it appears that one of the Twelve might have orchestrated his brother’s untimely death. Propelled by his rage over the loss of his brother and wary of all his advisors, Jared can trust only Asta: a clever, strong-willed girl from the settlements, currently serving as the Physician’s apprentice. Asta and Jared take it upon themselves to hunt down his brother’s assassin–though the assassin may be hunting them, as well.

    Murder, betrayal, and intrigue abound in Justin Somper’s thrilling YA series debut. Exploring the political machinations of the medieval-esque court and the lives that hang in the balance, Allies & Assassins is a gripping tale of a teen torn between duty and revenge.


    OblivionOBLIVION by Sasha Dawn

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Lisa McMann’s Dead to You meets Kate Ellison’s The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

    One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.” But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

    Since that fateful night, she’s been plagued by graphomania — an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie’s mind and through her pen don’t seem to make sense — until now.

    As the anniversary of Hannah’s vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she’s buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.


    IgnitedIGNITED (Sense Thieves #3) by Corrine Jackson

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Nobody hides forever.
    Ever since Remy O’Malley discovered her dual identity as a Healer and a Protector, she’s kept alive by staying one step ahead of both sides in this centuries-old war. Now someone’s trying to draw her out of hiding, using her kidnapped father as bait.

    To save him, Remy will need every friend she’s got. But as new alliances form, old bonds fray. Her boyfriend Asher is losing his powers, becoming more mortal every time she touches him. Meanwhile, Remy finds herself growing closer to Asher’s brother Gabe, even as a family tragedy drives her sister Lucy farther away.

    On a rescue mission to London, Remy decides she’s tired of being the hunted. It’s time to end this war once and for all, as Protectors and Healers alike hurtle towards a final, violent confrontation that not everyone will survive.


    Perfectly MessyPERFECTLY MESSY (Effortlessly With You #2) by Lizzy Charles

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Swoon Romance

    Find it: AMAZON

    Description:

    Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

    But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

    For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

    Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.


    Other Releases

    GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenoff

    GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

    SURROUNDED BY SHARKS by Michael Northrop

    THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

    BAD LUCK GIRL (The American Fairy #3) by Sarah Zettel

    CHORUS (Coda #2) by Emma Trevayne

    BLUR (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James

    CURSES AND SMOKE: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter


    It is another insane week for releases and it seems that I have eight books and two novellas pre-ordered. Only one of which I’ve read pre-release. Plus there are a couple of other books of note that I really want to add to my collection, which means even more dollars and an even bigger TBR Pile.

    And with a ton of releases coming out through early June, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read them all. Ack!

    Anyway… as this post is long enough already, and it is a holiday weekend and a gorgeous day outside, I’ll stop rambling. But I hope that one or two of your long anticipated reads is releasing this week and that you’ll get the chance to add them to your collection.

    And I hope that if one of those books is a series-ending book, it won’t be too tough to say goodbye.

    Happy release week and happy reading week!

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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 #113

    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 February 26th-March 4th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Goddess Inheritance

    THE GODDESS INHERITANCE by Aimee Carter will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 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.

    THE GODDESS INHERITANCE is the third (and final?) full-length novel in Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test series.

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    think that THE GODDESS INHERITANCE is the final book in the Goddess Test series. I’m not sure I want it to be, but I think it is. While I may be a little behind on the series, I love the characters – yes I love Henry – and I can’t wait to read this next installment.

    I did end up taking just a small peek at the description and I cannot believe the choice that Kate must face in this book. For those who are behind on this series I will say no more, as that description is super revealing about what happened in book two, GODDESS INTERRUPTED.

    But I cannot wait to read both of these books back-to-back this March. As soon as I clear a couple more books off the pile I am going to reboot the series and read all three books.

    If this is the final book, I hope that Kate and Henry get their happy ending. And I hope that the choice Kate makes doesn’t cost her everything. Although, as this is based on mythology, I’m not entirely certain it is even possible for it to end happily. Those stories always seemed to end tragically.

    And even though I won’t get the chance to read this for a few more weeks, I’m super stoked that my copy will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    Dualed

    DUALED by Elsie Chapman will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 304 pages.

    DUALED is the first book in author Elsie Chapman’s new series of the same name. The sequel, DIVIDED, is slated for release in February 2014.

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    I can’t believe DUALED is finally releasing this week. When I first noticed this book, which seemed like a lifetime ago, I thought release date was so incredibly far away. Well it’s here. And now I’ll finally be able to take a look at this book that caught my eye those many months ago.

    As DUALED was the book I spotlighted for my Book Watch post a few weeks back, I won’t go on and on here. Because I’ve already let it be known that this was the book I was most excited for this week.

    I’ll be hiding from all reviews until I’ve had the chance to read it. Because I don’t want my read of this story to be swayed by someone else’s opinion. But if the description holds true and DUALED is as suspenseful and fast-paced and thought-provoking as promised, then there is no way I won’t fall madly in love with this story of “Alternate’s” and the harsh future it imagines.

    I am hopeful I’ll be able to sneak in a read of this book in early March.

    The Trouble with Flirting

    THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING by Claire LaZebnik will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

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    I loved reading EPIC FAIL by Claire LaZebnik and so I’m super excited for the release of THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING. Of course I’ve had this pre-ordered since the moment I heard about it and I’m hoping to take a peek when it downloads on Tuesday.

    This sounds like such a fun and delightful story. The description promises “mixed messages and romantic near-misses” and I cannot wait to see which messages are mixed and just who is sending them. Franny? Alex? Or is it Henry?

    I have a feeling that Franny will get herself into just a little bit of trouble in this story, as the title hints. But I’m curious to see if there is a happy ending to her summer romance.

    If I don’t get to devour this book in the next couple of weeks, I may take it on vacation with me at the end of March/beginning of April. It sounds like the perfect vacation read.

    Pulse

    PULSE by Patrick Carman will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 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 384 pages.

    PULSE is the first book in author Patrick Carman’s new trilogy of the same name.

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    I was immediately drawn in by the cover for PULSE and when I received an early copy for review my curiosity was definitely piqued by the description. While I didn’t get the chance to read it prior to its release, I knew I had to pre-order a copy so that I could have this book in my collection.

    I love stories dubbed “fantasy-adventure” and ones that promise to be “of epic proportions” are ones that will always find their way onto my radar. I am also, and have been for as long as I can remember, fascinated by telekinesis. So this story sounds like my kind of book.

    I can’t wait to meet Dylan and Faith. I can’t wait to see how they both use their abilities. The description hints at action and a love story, but little else, so I’m dying to know just what happens in this first book in the series.

    I am going to try and read this next week, especially as a reviewer I trust recommended it to me. Though, if not next week, then definitely the week after.

    The Madness Underneath

    THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH by Maureen Johnson will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 304 pages.

    THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH is the second book in author Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series. The third book in the series is entitled THE SHADOW CABINET.

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    I have not yet read the first book in this series but I’ve had THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH pre-ordered for quite some time. I don’t know how many books are going to be a part of this series, but I wanted to have this sequel in my collection before I even considered beginning the Shades of London.

    I loved getting the chance to read two of Maureen Johnson’s books back-to-back in 2011. And I wanted to be able to do the same with this series which sounds very different from that other one but equally as entertaining… if not more so.

    I took a peek at the description – yeah, I can’t seem to help myself this week, can I? – and of course I’m fascinated by the fact that this sequel promises to be filled with “spectacularly gruesome details” and will “keep [me] on the edge of [my] seat until the very end.” I love books that make me cringe, shudder and want to race through them to see just what happens.

    So, yeah… I am so unbelievably excited to finally get the chance to read THE NAME OF THE STAR and follow it up instantly with THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH. Even the title of this sequel is wicked, wicked awesome.

    If I can’t squeeze these books onto my crowded reading pile in March, then they will definitely top the pile in early April. 

    Fragments

    FRAGMENTS by Dan Wells will be released in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 576 pages.

    FRAGMENTS is the second book in author Dan Wells’ Partials Sequence series.

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    I have not read PARTIALS by Dan Wells, but I have heard so many amazing things about it that I had to order the sequel, FRAGMENTS. Not only am I am majorly in love with both covers, but the story itself sounds incredible.

    A society on the brink of extinction. A character, Kira, who must make a “desperate decision” to save her race. And not one but two books in this series the descriptions call “pulse-pounding.”

    I cannot wait to meet Kira and find out what decision she made. And I cannot wait to see just what will happen to Kira, to the humans, to the Partials, in FRAGMENTS.

    I am really, really hoping to be able to devour this series – including the novella, which I also own – this April, even though it sounds like there will be additional books in the series that will force me to wait as anxiously as others have had to wait for FRAGMENTS to be released.

    The Watcher

    THE WATCHER by Lisa Voisin officially releases in the U.S. on March 4, 2013 in paperback format. And it is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Inkspell Publishing, the print edition is 508 pages.

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    I am so excited for the upcoming release of THE WATCHER by Lisa Voisin next Monday. While the paperback edition is already shipping, I’m hoping that it will be available electronically on March 4th so that I can read it on my Kindle.

    If not, I suppose I’ll cave and buy the print edition because this book sounds seriously awesome. And with two of my favorite angel series having ended, I am desperate for a new story to fill the void.

    I especially love stories about fallen angels. And a story where an angel fell because of someone sounds all sorts of amazing. If it was for love, that’s the ultimate in swoon-worthiness. If it was for revenge, that’s totally epic.

    I cannot wait to meet Mia and Michael. I cannot wait to learn about this “past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge.” And I cannot wait to find out whether her story will end happily or end in destruction.

    If it does release in eBook format I will definitely be reading this some time next week. If it is only releasing in print, then it’ll be the week thereafter. Either way I cannot wait.

    Other Books of Note

    What We Become

    WHAT WE BECOME (Those That Wake #2) by Jesse Karp

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Scandal

    SCANDAL (The Ivy #4) by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Me Him Them

    ME, HIM, THEM, AND IT by Caela Carter

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

    REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY by Elizabeth Eulberg

    Pub. Date: March 1, 2013

    Publisher: Point

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Look

    THE LOOK by Sophia Bennett

    Pub. Date: March 1, 2013

    Publisher: Chicken House

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Some editions of EMBLAZE are being made available on March 1.

    I’ll include it again next week as that’s when my pre-order will be available!

    Emblaze

    EMBLAZE (The Violet Eden Chapters #3) by Jessica Shirvington

    Pub. Date: March 1 and March 5, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Also Known As

    ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    [Update]

    I had one other book pre-ordered that I can’t believe I forgot to mention above!

    Wicked Kiss

    WICKED KISS (Nightwatchers #2) by Michelle Rowen

    Pub. Date: February 26, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    [End of Update]

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    And so begins the storm. The calm is over. I have six books pre-ordered, one book I’m definitely ordering on release date, one book I’m waiting for the eBook release of and two other books I just know I’m going to end up buying – SCANDAL, as I own the other books in the series, and ALSO KNOWN AS, because that book looks like a lot of fun.

    The fact that I got not one bit of reading done this past weekend has made me very, very, very nervous about the toppling pile of books I already have. With a potential ten… or more… new adds this week alone and I’m freaking out. BIG TIME!

    Well, I suppose I’ll just have to keep taking it one book at a time and hope that some day I’ll have all the time in the world to just keep reading. Something I want to do right now. Instead of rambling any further on this post.

    So….

    I hope a few of those titles above are ones you have been waiting on and now have less than a day to wait for their release. And I hope that if they are books in a series the wait for the very next installment isn’t too torturous.

    And… if you are heading to the bookstore to buy those lovely tomes in print, I wish you luck in finding the reads you want and not getting too carried away with those “impulse buys.”

    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: Dualed

     

    DualedDUALED by Elsie Chapman releases in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 304 pages.

    DUALED is the first book in author Elsie Chapman’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, DIVIDED, is slated for release in February 2014.

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    There are a ton of awesome books releasing the week of February 26th, but there is no book I’m more excited for than DUALED by Elsie Chapman. I have been pining for this book ever since I first noticed it last spring and with release date less than three weeks away the wait is finally almost over.

    I did not have instant cover love for this book. Nor was I immediately attracted to its title. While the shadowed image of the girl, which highlighted the fact that she was carrying both a knife and a gun and that the shadow wasn’t a true shadow, might have piqued my curiosity eventually, it was the tagline that claimed my full attention.

    Two of you exist. Only one will survive.

    Yeah. Those two simple sentences alone raised more than a few questions – Why are there two? Are they clones? Are they twins? Why must only one survive? What kind of world did this author create?

    And they were questions I definitely wanted answered. So, of course I checked out the description which made me that much more desperate to get my hands on a copy.

    DUALED sounds amazing. As the description hints, it does sound like it will provide a lot of food for thought about this society, about the survivors, about who best deserves a chance to live. And I cannot wait to discover for myself just what questions this story raises for me.

    But I also cannot wait to meet West Grayer and to find out what the “tragic misstep” was that causes her to question her own worth. I am also very curious to see how the author introduces the “Alts” and whether she brings them to life only to destroy them in the course of this story.

    This dark, dystopian society reminds me a little bit of the one in King’s The Long Walk, so I’m incredibly interested in diving in when it releases later this month.

    The description promises a story that has “fast-paced action” and “unexpected romance” along with those ideas to ponder. Which make this first book in the author’s series one that I think definitely deserves the spotlight.

    So, without a doubt, DUALED is my choice for the book to watch this week. Even with all those other awesome releases.

    And if you don’t want to have to wait for release and would like to listen to an audio excerpt on YouTube, CLICK HERE.

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    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author on PINTEREST

    The author’s TUMBLR

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

    The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

    Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

    Elsie Chapman’s suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a bunch of wicked cool books releasing the week of February 26th:

    THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING by Claire LaZebnik

    THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson

    FRAGMENTS (Partials #2) by Dan Wells

    PULSE (Pulse #1) by Patrick Carman

    SCANDAL (The Ivy #4) by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

    WHAT WE BECOME (Those That Wake #2) by Jesse Karp

    ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway

    EMBLAZE (The Violet Eden Chapters #3) by Jessica Shirvington (March 1)

    THE LOOK by Sophie Bennett (March 1, in stock Feb. 8)

    ME, HIM, THEM, IT by Caela Carter

    REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY by Elizabeth Eulberg (March 1, in stock Feb. 8)

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