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    The Trailers: September and October

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books that released in September and October, a peek at a few of those coming out in November and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at a few authors talking about their books.

    While I may have already included a few of those September trailers in the August peeks, some were just too good not to repost.

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    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Outpost by Ann Aguirre

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (Fierce Reads)

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    Origin by Jessica Khoury

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Entice by Jessica Shirvington

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Hidden by Sophie Jordan

    Release date: September 11, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

    Release date: September 11, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    The Diviners by Libba Bray

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (Spencer Hill)

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    What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (Jay Kristoff)

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    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (Maggie Stiefvater)

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    Ten by Gretchen McNeil

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (EntangledPublishing)

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    Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

    Release date: September 25, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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    Dodger by Terry Pratchett

    Release date: September 25, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (cchunterbooks)

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    Breathe by Sarah Crossan

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (BloomsburyPublishing)

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    Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (hupulse)

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    Red Rain by R.L. Stine

    Release date: October 9, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – NOT YA

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    Second Chance by Heather Brewer

    Release date: October 16, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos

    Release date: October 16, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Hidden by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

    Release date: October 16, 2012

    (houseofnightbooks)

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    Crewel by Gennifer Albin

    Release date: October 16, 2012

    (Fierce Reads)

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    Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    The Beautiful Creatures Novels (Beautiful Redemption) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (SimonSchusterAU)

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    The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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    The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (Mara Dyer) – Teaser Trailer

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    The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Venom by Fiona Paul

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    For just a peek at what’s coming in November and beyond….

    Reached by Ally Condie

    Release date: November 13, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

    Release date: December 11, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

    Release date: December 25, 2012

    (Stephanie Rice)

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    And for a look back at a few we may have missed….

    Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Starling by Lesley Livingston

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Inbetween by Tara Fuller

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (Tara Fuller)

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    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

    Release date: September 11, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – the author talks about her recently released book

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    The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda

    Release date: September 25, 2012

    (HCChildrensBooks) – the author talks about his recently released book

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    Breathe by Sarah Crossan

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (HarperTeen) – the author talks about her book

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    Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – the author talks about her book

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    Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (Tahereh Mafi) – the author talks about her eNovella

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    Rootless by Chris Howard

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (ScholasticTeens) – the author talks about his book

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    Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (HarperTeen) – the author talks about her book

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    Rebel Heart by Moira Young

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (SimonAudioBooks) – the narrator, Heather Lind, talks about the book

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #88

    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 4th-September 10th that I have pre-ordered.

    Envy by Elizabeth Miles releases in the U.S. today, September 4, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Envy is the second book in The Fury Trilogy by author Elizabeth Miles. Eternity the third book in the series is slated for release in 2013.

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    I have not yet read Fury, the first book in the series, but I do own it and plan on reading it very, very soon. I can’t believe that the release date snuck up on me so quickly for book two. But I have Envy pre-ordered and it will be downloading to my Kindle any second now. I hope.

    I love that this series is about the Furies. I love that it’s described as “a chilling paranormal trilogy where revenge rules the day.” I love that Emily and Chase were chosen in book one to pay for the mistakes they made. And I’m so curious to find out if the price was a deadly one for him.

    I did take a peek at the description for this sequel – I just couldn’t help myself. And I can’t wait to meet Drea, Crow and Skyler. I’m curious to see who the Furies will target in this book and to find out just why their power is growing.

    This series sounds so incredibly dark and alluring. I may have not had the chance to read book one last year, but there’s no way I’ll be able too pass up the chance to read these first two books in the series before the end of the fall season. Though I hope to read them both in October. Of course then I’ll have that long wait until the final book in the trilogy’s release. But I think it will be worth it.

    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr releases in the U.S. today, September 4, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I can’t believe that Carnival of Souls is releasing this week. I don’t know where the time went. I started reading this book a couple weeks ago, had to set it aside for a review book, and did not get the chance to finish it. I suppose I’ll continue to read it on my Kindle, though I like the fact that the ARC doesn’t have this scary cover.

    I did not get very far into the book but I love the writing and the story pulled me right in. I just know it can only get better and better, as all books I’ve read by this author do. And I can’t wait to see how this story ends.

    I will not go on too long here as I spotlighted this book a couple weeks ago in my Book Watch post. But I’m equally fascinated, excited and terrified to read this book. I love this author’s imagination, I love the characters she creates, and I love the worlds she builds. Even if this book’s setting just happens to be a carnival.

    This story sounds dark and dangerous and I can’t wait to uncover the secrets of the carnival, find out just what happens with Mallory, and see just how the allure of the Carnival of Souls affects her.

    Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama releases in the U.S. today, September 4, 2012, in hardcover, audio and ebook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 3o4 pages.

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    I have heard so many amazing things about this book. I did not get the chance to read it early as I’d hoped, but I will be reading Monstrous Beauty in the very near future because it sounds just so awesome.

    I am very curious about why these “powerful forces” don’t want Hester to know about this “long ago” tragedy that befell Syrenka. And I’m even more curious to know more about Ezra – both Syrenka’s Ezra and Hester’s. Are they, in fact, one and the same?

    I can’t wait to take the journey with Hester and Ezra as they investigate Hester’s family’s past. I am morbidly curious as to why these answers she seeks are in the “graveyard” and the “crypt.” And I am already wondering whether she’ll be able to prevent any further tragedy in her family’s future.

    Of course, I’m most curious to find out just how the book’s title, Monstrous Beauty, fits in with this story. I hope to find out in October as I think I’ve waited long enough to get those answers.

    Origin by Jessica Khoury releases in the U.S. today, September 4, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 393 pages.

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    I have heard a lot of buzz around the blogosphere about this book. While I haven’t taken a peek at any of the reviews or ratings it received, I decided after checking out the description that I just had to pre-order Origin for my Kindle.

    I am intrigued. While not typically drawn to stories with a scientific component, I am so curious to know more about Pia. The description mentions she was created by scientists, but is she human? Is she something other? And was this hole in the fence that allowed for her escape made intentionally?

    The description mentions that the truth about Pia’s original has “deadly consequences” and I can’t wait to find out what those are. It also promises mystery, romance and a “new way” of looking at immortality.

    Now that I my attention has been drawn to this book and it will be downloading to my Kindle today, I don’t know how long I’ll be able to let it sit on my TBR pile. I just hate the not knowing.

    Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs releases in the U.S. today, September 4, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Sweet Shadows is the second book in the Medusa Girls series by author Tera Lynn Childs. The third book in the series, Sweet Legacy, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I was so very excited when the first book in this series released last year. It looked like so much fun and I couldn’t wait to take a peek. Of course I did not get the chance to read it just yet. But I will. Hopefully sooner rather than later. But in the meantime, I’ll keep buying the books.

    Sweet Shadows should be downloading to my Kindle any second now and I can’t wait to have it in my collection. I am so excited to get the chance to meet Gretchen, Greer and Grace, the three descendants of Medusa.

    I hope Gretchen is able to teach her sisters how to fight the monsters that have “escaped from the abyss.” I hope that Greer does not get so wrapped up in her social life that she ignores her second sight. And I hope that Grace finds out just what Thane has been hiding and is able to figure out where he is.

    This series sounds so absolutely adorable and I can’t wait to meet all three girls and see what life as Medusa’s descendants is like for them.

    Blood Forever by Mari Mancusi releases in the U.S. today, September 4, 2012, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Berkley Trade, the print edition is 256 pages.

    Blood Forever is the eighth and final book in the Blood Coven Vampires series by author Mari Mancusi.

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    I am not ready to say goodbye to this series. I had no idea Blood Forever was the eighth and final book until just a couple days ago. The description was very quiet about that fact.

    I am a couple of books behind on this series, but now that the series has ended, I’m a bit hesitant about catching up too quickly. So maybe I’ll just take a little more time before I put this on the top of my reading pile. Though it sounds so awesome.

    From the description I’m guessing this book might be told from both Sunny and Rayne’s points of view. Though I’m kicking myself just a little bit for peeking. Because of that one line about Jareth….

    I love the way the author decided to conclude her series. I hope that the girls’ decisions are ones that will allow for a happy ending. Though from the sound of it, a lot can go very, very wrong. With the idea that things can “spiral out of control” and potentially destroy “the entire human race” I am not entirely confident that all will end well.

    I suppose I’ll know just what happens when I’m finally ready to say goodbye. Which hopefully will be this year…. But that remains TBD.

    Outpost by Ann Aguirre releases in the U.S. today, September 4, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Outpost is the second full-length book in the Razorland series by author Ann Aguirre. The third book in the series, Horde, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I have not yet read Enclave but I’m dying to read it so I can find out just what happens in Outpost. I love the sound of this series – though I’ve only read the description for Enclave.

    It sounds so dark and deadly and this post-apocalyptic world is one I just can’t wait to discover. With its hunters, breeders and builders and especially its freaks, this series is one I just know I’ll love.

    Of course I don’t know what this second book in the series has to offer. And I’m so incredibly tempted to take a look. But in the event that I might spoil something I really don’t want spoiled, I’ll refrain. Which is not at all easy.

    I am dying to find out whether the enclave wised up in time or if their steadfast insistence on sticking with custom cost them everything. Especially since this second book in the series likely involves an outpost. And I’m curious to know what exactly happened with Deuce and if she’s the one living at this outpost at the start of book two.

    This sounds like an absolutely perfect fall read and I can’t wait to dive in.

    An excerpt is available on the publisher’s website – CLICK HERE – though I haven’t peeked. I am trying so very hard not to find out anything before I’ve at least read book one. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to withstand the temptation to take just a brief glance, however….

    Entice by Jessica Shirvington releases in the U.S. today, September 4, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the print edition is 464 pages.

    Entice is the second book in The Violet Eden Chapters by author Jessica Shirvington. The third book in the series, Emblaze, is slated for release on March 1, 2013.

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    I discovered this series when checking out one of the many cover reveals that seemed to be everywhere around the blogosphere a few months back, prior to the U.S. release of Embrace. I loved the sound of the books and bought the first one for my Kindle. While I haven’t had the chance to read it yet I, of course, had to go ahead and pre-order the second book in the series.

    I can’t wait to meet Violet Eden. The description for Embrace mentioned that Violet had some important choices to make – Angel or Exile and Lincoln or Phoenix. And I’m just so curious to see what – and who – she chose. I have my suspicions about the “what,” I just have no clue about the “who.” And I can’t wait to check this series out to find out.

    The series’ first book seems to have received quite a bit of praise from the editorial media, according to the description, and it does promise love triangles, Angel mythology and all the action of the Vampire Academy series. So it definitely makes me glad I have both books on my Kindle. Now I just need to sneak them onto the top of my reading pile.


    Crimson Rising by Nick James will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2012 in paperback format. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The eBook was released on September 1, 2012.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 360 pages.

    Crimson Rising is the second book in the Skyship Academy series by author Nick James.

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    I kept finding myself drawn to the cover of the first book in the series, The Pearl Wars. And while I normally might not have gravitated toward a science fiction story, there was just something about the description that pulled me in. And I ended up buying it for my Kindle while standing right in front of its table placement at Barnes & Noble.

    While I haven’t yet had the chance to read it and meet Jesse and Cassius I am so very curious about both boys and just what their shared secret is. And I’m very interested in finding out just what “shocking secret” there is about the pearls.

    I can’t wait to find out what powers they gained and to see if they were able to elude the government’s reach. And I can’t wait to find out what happens to both boys in this sequel. Hopefully nothing too bad.

    I did take a peek at the description and it definitely grabbed my attention when it mentioned an enemy who planned on wiping out the human race. But my curiosity was really piqued by the fact that it mentioned Jesse and Cassius would be the ones to “trigger mankind’s destruction.”

    I really hope that’s not the case. But I can’t wait to find out for myself later this fall.

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    Well, it seems it’s been a quiet week for releases this week. Okay, maybe not quiet, but after last week’s fourteen books I added to the collection, nine books seems very few in comparison. And from the look of things, the next few weeks won’t be much quieter, either.

    Six of the nine books releasing this week that I’ve pre-ordered are sequels and I am not caught up on any of the six series. So I have quite a bit of reading in my future. But I’m most excited to catch up on Ann Aguirre’s RAZORLAND series and Elizabeth Miles’ FURY trilogy as I’m in the mood to read something dark.

    And while I absolutely love the BLOOD COVEN books by Mari Mancusi, once I saw the author’s comment on Facebook that this is the series ending book, I’m not rushing to say goodbye to Sunny and Rayne. Heck, I still haven’t said goodbye to the WICKED LOVELY or EVERNIGHT series….

    Anyway….

    I hope you found some awesome books releasing this week that you just can’t wait to add to your collection. I’d love to hear what books you’re most excited about owning and reading. And if there’s anything I missed that I absolutely must read, please let me know.

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

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

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    Review: Entice (Need series book 3)

    Entice by Carrie Jones is the third book in the Need series. It was released in hardcover, audio and eBook formats on December 14th in the U.S.

    Goodreads description:

    Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out.

    For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he’s been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it’s taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?

    And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn’t just turned. She’s Astley’s queen.

    Bedford is under attack, and with Nick gone, Zara will have to team up with Astley in order to try and keep the residents of Bedford safe from pixies. She’ll also need the help of her friends, but now that she’s a pixie queen she’s not sure they trust her enough, especially with Astley at her side.

    As Zara becomes more and more dependent upon Astley’s help, her feelings for him develop into friendship and maybe something more. But with Nick stuck in Valhalla, and her heart still belonging to him, she cannot serve as Astley’s queen and lead the pixies – her people – to battle the evil forces of Frank’s rogue army that terrorize Bedford’s citizens.

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    Entice is the third book in the Need series by author Carrie Jones. It continues Zara’s story and her quest to find Nick and bring him back from Valhalla into the land of the living. But her journey is not a simple one and the price to bring Nick back may just be the lives of those she loves. Will her love for Nick be worth the cost even if he no longer loves her? Will she be willing to risk the life of her king in order to save him?

    Carrie Jones is such a clever storyteller. All three books in this series are charming, fun and humorous but also heart-rending. Her character Zara is loyal, kind, quirky and wonderfully optimistic. These traits are what draw her friends to her and what has made Astley fall in love with her. And though in this book Zara has turned into a pixie she has managed to retain her humanity.

    Entice is just as engaging as the previous two books, although Captivate’s ending was so staggering that it’s difficult to compare these two books side-by-side. But Entice can stand on its own and has its own merits. It brings the reader along as Zara struggles with her acceptance of her new species, as she finds an inner strength that she never knew she had and shows her steadfast resolve to find her lost wolf.

    In this story readers will get a chance to learn a lot more about Astley – and that he is not just the guy that pixie kissed Zara taking away her humanity. And, as with the other two books, there are moments in this story that are joyous and heartbreaking. At the book’s end there is a lot more story left to tell, and readers will definitely be awaiting the fourth book in this series.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I fell in love with this series just over a year ago. I read Need just before Captivate was due out and couldn’t wait for its release. But wait I did, as Captivate wasn’t available as an eBook on release date. Released on Tuesday, it took me until Saturday before I ran out to buy my copy of the book in print. And I’m so happy that I didn’t wait, as it was even better than the first book.

    This year, fortunately, Entice was made available as an eBook so I was able to download it to my reader just after midnight on release date and start reading. It did take awhile for the action to pick up, probably at the forty percent mark, but then so many, many things happened from then on – and I’m not telling so you’ll have to read it. The entire story was written beautifully and that first section was necessary to the development of the story, though I would have given the first part a four star rating and the latter sixty percent a five plus.

    I loved the fact that although Zara was being pulled toward Astley she holds true to her love for Nick. Astley becomes such a likable character in this book that it is sad that his love is mostly unrequited, but at the same time Zara wouldn’t be as lovable if she just gave up on Nick and ran off with Astley.

    Though I miss the various different phobias explained with each chapter, the chapter headers in this were a riot. I loved the Tweets, blog posts, chats and texts from the very worried folks in Bedford that introduced the beginning of each chapter. And as always the cover artwork for the book was stunning.

    Biggest drawback: The next book probably won’t be available for another year.

    Book trailer for Entice:

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    Book Watch: Entice

    Entice by Carrie Jones will be released on December 14, 2010 (in the U.S.) and 3 January 2011 (in the UK) in print, audio and eBook formats. It is finally available for pre-order on the Amazon Kindle and this year readers won’t have to wait, as it’s scheduled to release as an eBook on the same day as the print version. Entice is the third book – of at least four – in the Need series, and with the most amazing cover yet in the series it looks to be even more thrilling than the first two.

    Goodreads description:

    Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out.

    For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he’s been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it’s taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?

    And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn’t just turned. She’s Astley’s queen.

    Book trailer for Entice:

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