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    The Extras: Teasers #8

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

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    There were quite a few passages to choose from, all of which tease, so it made things very difficult. I tend to love all things sarcastic, but decided to go for something a bit more on the steamy side without being too revealing.

    Because, I figure, if you want to know more, you’ll just have to read it yourself. This is a teaser after all.

    Alex and Aiden:

    Breathing became difficult as we continued to stare at one another. His dark waves had fallen forward into his eyes. He wasn’t moving, and I couldn’t even if I’d wanted to. I didn’t. Oh, gods, I didn’t want to move ever. I saw the moment he recognized the change in me. Something shifted in those eyes of his and his lips parted.

    This is one book that’s not all about the love story. It’s eerie so I knew I had to choose a passage that fit. And while I would have loved to tease something about the closet it would have been just too revealing.

    And so here’s just a little something to lure you into Frost House.

    Leena:

    Over the summer I kept thinking what good luck it was I’d stumbled upon Frost House that day. If I’d believed in anything more mystical than textbook facts back then, I might have wondered if it had been fate. I have no idea, now, if fate exists. But I do know one thing about the day I found Frost House:

    Good luck had nothing to do with it.

    When I think of the word “teaser” when it comes to this book, the first – and only – thing that comes to mind is Mirko. He is such an unbelievable tease.

    While there are many, many scenes which showcase just what a tease he is, I thought this one about a completely innocent training session was totally tease-worthy.

    Brooke and Mirko:

    We intertwined and melded our bodies together in intimate ways. I tried not to think about that, but there were moments when his warm breath blew across my neck, or his leg stroked the inside of my thigh, which kept the thought fresh in my mind.

    In this epic book there were a lot of wonderful scenes to choose from. From heartbreak to longing to despair, the entire story feels like one long tease. So I tried to find a passage that has just a little bit of everything in it.

    And because it’s a teaser, I won’t say who the boy is.

    Elisa and…

    Even more than the cold, I’m frozen by the sadness in his beautiful eyes, deep and true. He squeezes them closed a moment and breathes deeply through his nose. Then, with one swift movement, he cups the back of my neck with a strong hand, pulls my head forward, and presses his lips to mine….

    This book is romantic and charming and sweet with so many lovely moments that will just draw you into the story.

    But the biggest tease, and my favorite, has to be in the preface, which I’ve only included just a tiny glimpse at.

    Liz and…

    “Your boyfriend won’t mind if you dance with someone else?” a familiar voice whispered in my ear, barely audible over the loud, trancelike music….

    He pulled me closer before I could respond to the question. His arms wrapped around my waist, and I rested my head on his shoulder, closing my eyes and inhaling the sweet scent of pine coming off his skin.

    I included my favorite line in my review, which came from a much longer scene that I loved.

    Well, just to tease a little more, here is a peek at the paragraph right before that one line.

    Elise and…

    And I liked the feeling of being almost crushed, of being so much smaller than him, of his body enveloping mine, and of his mouth hot against my lips.

    It was tricky to find a short enough passage to tease without giving anything away about where this story is headed or just how this story ends.

    So, here is just a small one that gives a little insight into how Anya thinks.

    Anya and Win:

    I knew I wasn’t supposed to care what Win thought of me anymore, but I did. Had I known he was coming, I might have had time to steel myself against him. I might have refused him altogether. But my feet kept walking me ineluctably toward the table where he sat…

    As with the first book in this series there are so many beautiful passages. But since I had to choose something that teases, I thought I’d choose one that pulls you into this story right from the start.

    It certainly left me dying to read more. And yes, I am not revealing who the characters are on purpose.

    He’d moved in closer. While her eyes were closed, he’d stepped forward until the back of his hand brushed the bare skin above her elbow. The contact made her ache to close what little space was left between them. It stirred something deep within her. Every inch of her became super sensitive, her flesh reaching out for him, knowing he was the source of some unknown thrill.

    The only way to tease this book is with just how frightful and disturbing Furnace Penitentiary is. And since most of the book is set in Furnace, it’s all pretty much the stuff of nightmares.

    So, here is just a little something that hints at what Furnace has to offer its residents. And it isn’t even one of the more gruesome ones or ones that top my list of favorites. But it’s still seriously awesome.

    Alex:

    The wail of the siren cut out, and at the same time a thousand red lights embedded in the prison walls burst into life. I was plunged into a thick, choking silence, like someone had thrown me into a pool of blood. I saw the world in shades of red and black, and quickly found myself praying for night again. At least you can hide in the dark.

    As I mentioned just days ago, this entire book is filled with gorgeous, amazing and enticing passages. I listed one of my favorites in my review, but here’s another peek at just one more.

    Amazing, right? Do I even have to ask?

    Juliette and…

    Everything is on fire. My cheeks my hands the pit of my stomach and I’m drowning in waves of emotion and a storm of fresh rain and all I feel is the strength of his silhouette against mine and I never ever ever ever want to forget this moment. I want to stamp him into my skin and save him forever.

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    My Reading Pile #24

    Well, although my mail is still MIA with a few of the books I’m expecting, I did get a bunch of my much anticipated books this week. Especially those that I bought for giveaway.

    I was so excited to hear my signed copies of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead had shipped from University Bookstore. The one on the bottom of the pile is mine, then one for a friend, and finally the one in today’s giveaway is on top.

    Also, I received three of my early copies of Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey, which I ordered from Flux. Amazon used UPS so I won’t get the rest until Monday. But I love the finished copy, it’s absolutely gorgeous. And way prettier than the ARC was.

    I received a copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi from the publisher, HarperTeen, for review and I love the shiny cover. I’ve heard such amazing things about this book and I can’t wait to read it. I also received a finished copy of Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik from HarperTeen for review and I’m excited to see if this modernized version of Pride and Prejudice will pique my interest in the Victorian Era classics. Plus, I love the title.

    Finally up is my very first audiobook I received for review by Macmillan Audio. It’s Dreamland by Alyson Noel. It wasn’t the audiobook I was expecting, but I’m excited to check this out, though I haven’t yet read the first two books in the series.

    I can’t wait to read Bloodlines and re-read (for the third time) Witch Eyes, but they’ll have to wait, as…

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

    (August 28-September 3 2011)

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    First up is Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik. I received a finished copy from the publisher, HarperTeen, last week for review and I’m excited to dive into this story which modernizes Pride and Prejudice.

    I’m not a huge fan of stories from the Victorian Era, so I’m trying to read updated versions of them and this sounds adorable. Plus, I love the title Epic Fail.

    Epic Fail sounds like a super fast and fun read. Elise, the main character, is attending the prep school in Los Angeles where her father is the principal and has to deal with all that entails. She meets Derek Edwards, the son of a Hollywood celeb and the arrogant boy who basically owns the school. And instead of setting her sights on him, she goes after Webster Grant, a social pariah.

    From the description on Goodreads, this looks to be a charming story filled with all the drama, angst and excitement that comes with falling in love in high school.

    Next up is Lie by Caroline Bock. I received a printed ARC from the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin, for review a while back. As it’s coming out this week, I’ve added it to the pile.

    When I first heard about this book, I checked out the description and was immediately captivated by this story. While this is not a long book, only 224 pages, it is a heavy story dealing with a serious subject.

    The main character, Skylar Thompson, was witness to an assault. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, who she has always seen as her protector, stands accused, and his accomplice, Sean, is given the opportunity to accept a plea and to testify against him.

    Both Sean and Skylar must decide whether or not to remain silent or to testify against Jimmy, but they must first discover why they haven’t come forward with what they know.

    This story sounds really grabbing. I’m not sure whether or not Jimmy is guilty, but it seems like he must be. I’m curious to see just how much I’ll love or hate the main character for her decision to stand by the boy she loves or to keep quiet and let a crime go unpunished and a criminal go free.

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    Once again, I decided to add only two books to my pile as I still have a scattered mix of books to be read from the previous few weeks’ reading piles. I’m definitely making progress, but it’s not going as quickly as I’d like. I’m still hopeful for a mid-September catch-up, but by then there will be those October releases to contend with.

    Since I haven’t requested any new books from publishers and I have stayed hidden from NetGalley, I really hope to catch up by end of October with all my reading.

    I am still devastated that I can’t read Bloodlines this week as it looks absolutely way more gorgeous in person than it looked like online.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Shatter Me is my only wishful thinking read this week. I still can’t afford to be wishfully thinking about anything right now, but I can’t help it. I’ve managed to get my hands on a few copies of this book, which I’ve passed along to other readers, but now that I have a copy for myself, with its shiny, beautiful cover, I can’t wait to finally find out what the story is about.

    All I’ve heard is that it’s amazing. I actually haven’t read the description (that I can remember) or any reviews, but I will allow myself to be swayed to move this up toward the top of the pile based on the high praise it’s received.

    Those left behind:

    Just The Power of Six from last week. I was still working on some of the books from my previous piles, one of which I had to set down mid-way through, which I absolutely hate to do. I am also behind on a review, which was due yesterday, but I will have it up on the blog on Sunday.

    I’m really liking this committing to two books only each week, though that just means I’m falling behind more and more on my personal reading challenge. Still, it takes the pressure way off. I shouldn’t have set such a lofty goal when adding in the fact that I would be reviewing these books and blogging about them in addition to simply reading them.

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    There are three books on NetGalley that I’ve been dying to request, and at least two that I’d love to reach out to the publisher for, but I’ve kept firm in my decision to stay away from any new requests for at least a few weeks until I get caught up.

    I am still hoping to discover the secret that will allow me to keep ahead of my stack of books. Sadly, I think the only way that will happen is if I were able to do this full-time and that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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    The Extras: August

    Yes we’re back with this month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not August yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation. Besides, wouldn’t you rather read the excerpts before the books are released? I know I would.

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    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    This story sounds just as cool and creepy as its cover. A boy who hunts and kills the dead ends up in a town where a ghost, Anna Dressed in Blood, has been murdering everyone who enters her home, except him.

    Anna was murdered and still wears the dress she was killed in, but now it’s covered in blood. Definitely creepy.

    The publisher, Tor, is giving readers a look inside, HERE.

    Hades by Alexandra Adornetto will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Hades is the sequel to Halo which was released last year and it continues Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany’s story. In this installment, Bethany gets tricked into taking a motorcycle ride into Hell and if she wants to be freed she has to agree to a bargain that may just not be worth it.

    The description is very mysterious and cryptic, but perhaps the excerpt can shed some light as to what we can expect.

    The publisher, Feiwel and Friends, a division of Macmillan, is giving readers a long look, HERE.

    Twisted by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Twisted is the third book in the Intertwined series. And from the description things just keep getting worse for Aden Stone. With everything that has happened to him over the course of the past two books he now has a darkness within him that just keeps growing.

    It doesn’t sound like things are going to end on a happy note at this book’s conclusion.

    The author is giving readers a peek at Twisted on her website, HERE.

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This book, set in the same world as the Vampire Academy series, is about Sydney – yay – and Jill Dragomir and takes place at a human school in Palm Springs, California.

    And according to the description some of the characters we’ve known from the series will make an appearance in this book.

    Penguin Young Readers is offering a look at the first chapter of Bloodlines, via Scribd, HERE.

    Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    The description promises flirting and fun for Elise and sounds like it might be a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Set at a prep school in Los Angeles, Elise is the principal’s daughter, the hot boy is Derek Edwards, and to round out this love triangle is the sexy outcast, Webster Grant.

    Epic Fail sounds like it just might be an win.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a nice long look inside, HERE.

    Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    It is the second book in The Lying Game series. Emma is still trying to solve her twin sister’s murder. The sister she never knew she had. She is living as her sister while trying to uncover who the killer could be. In this sequel there are even more suspects and Emma is in even more danger.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a super long look inside, HERE.

    Eternal by Gillian Shields will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    Eternal is the third book in the Immortals series. This installment is about Sarah Fitzalan who is fighting to keep the sisterhood together and prepare for an attack by the dark coven. Everything is up in the air as Evie and Helen aren’t as dedicated to the sisterhood as they once were, possibly leaving Sarah on her own to fight for them all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek at Eternal, HERE.

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Supernaturally is the second book in the Paranormalcy series. Evie is trying to fit into the normal world with limited success. She decides to do some work with IPCA, but things keep going wrong. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to avoid Reth, who tells her something about her past that is completely shocking.

    Once again HarperTeen is giving readers a long look, HERE.

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    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Nightspell by Leah Cypess was released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011.

    It is a standalone companion book to Mistwood. Darri heads to Ghostland to rescue her sister but in order to do so she must face a number of obstacles, including a “handsome ghost prince.” And she will be forced to make a decision that will threaten the “balance of power between the living and the dead.” Sounds like a pretty epic journey.

    Yet another peek inside by the awesome HarperTeen, HERE.

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell was released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011.

    Jana Webster thought she’d be with Michael Haynes forever. But when she turns up in Dead School alone and it doesn’t seem Michael’s in any rush to join her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Because if they can’t be together in life, they may as well be together in death. It’s what Romeo and Juliet did, after all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek inside, HERE. This is definitely a book worth checking out. But, as I’ve said before, be warned because once you start reading you will won’t be satisfied with just the excerpt.

    Immortal by Gillian Shields was released in the U.S. on August 4, 2009.

    Evie Johnson is forced to attend the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies. She is lonely and having a difficult time fitting into life at the school until she meets Sebastian. But he is keeping secrets about his past, and as the story unfolds she learns things about Sebastian and about herself that she never could have imagined.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a chance to take a look at the entire book in anticipation of Eternal’s release, HERE.

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    I haven’t read all of these books, but I have read a few of them. And I managed to stay strong and not check out any of the excerpts. I plan on buying all of the upcoming books without a peek, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to take a long look inside before making a purchase.

    So, I’ve included them here for your reading pleasure. Happy reading!

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