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    ECHO IN TIME Blog Tour: “Dystopian Fashion” Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am thrilled to be a stop on C.J. Hill’s ECHO IN TIME Blog Tour hosted by Fire and Ice. I read and loved the first book in the series, ERASING TIME, last year for the tour for that book, and I am super excited to continue the series with this sequel.

    I am also super excited to be able to share this guest post by the author in which she shares her thoughts on fashion in dystopian societies. I love the idea that fashion trends will get more outrageous versus become more austere in the future. Without something catastrophic intervening, I can totally imagine that things will get bigger, bolder, brighter and possibly become utterly ridiculous.

    Though, judging by the photos of celebrities that were included with this post, we’re not so far off from that right now. Yikes.

    But whether the future ends up being ravaged by an apocalypse, society becomes oppressed under militaristic rule or the citizens of the future go a little color crazy with their fashion sensibilities, I think it’s fantastic that C.J. Hill, a.k.a. Janette Rallison, chose a colorful, quirky and bizarrely clad future for her dystopian society.

    Anyway… enough about my thoughts. The author’s thoughts are much more interesting and include photos. Just check out the guest post immediately below.

    And if you’d like to learn a little bit more about this series, the descriptions and places to find both books online follow below the post. There is also some info on the author and places to find her online.

    Just below that is a giveaway for a hardcover copy of the first book in the series, ERASING TIME. So if you haven’t yet had a chance to check out this series, be sure to follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win a copy.

    And finally, if you’d like to check out the other stops on tour, I’ve included the schedule with direct links to previous stops. There are already some fab reviews if you’d like to see what other bloggers have to say about ECHO IN TIME.

    So… after this very long intro, let me turn the blog over to C.J. Hill.

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    The Guest Post

    Dystopian Fashion by C.J. Hill

    Authors of science fiction novels often take aspects that exist in our society and exaggerate them in their futuristic novels. We already have a society where Big Brother not only watches us. He records our phone calls, tracks our shopping habits, and predicts what we want to buy next. (Which is why you shouldn’t ever look at creepy toys online for a blog about bad Christmas gifts. You’ll get zombie gnomes and animal butt magnets popping up on your sidebar forever.)

    Dystopian novels portray a future where the government is so invasive they control things like: who people marry, what professions they’re allowed to have, and when citizens die. Dystopian novels are cautionary tales. In Echo in Time, information in society is limited. People aren’t allowed to leave their cities. Religion is banned. Children are raised in government run facilities. All very dystopian—and why you shouldn’t really want to live for hundreds of years. Apparently the future isn’t so bright.

    That said, there are a few aspects of Echo in Time that are quite different than other dystopian books. Frequently in futuristic novels the characters are forced to wear plain uniforms. I don’t see this happening any time soon. Our society tries to emulate celebrities, and a large segment of them dress like expensive clowns. Seriously, I keep thinking that their outfits can’t get more outrageous—but they always do.

    Take these celebrity getups. Famous people not only wore these outfits to events where they knew their pictures would be taken, we can assume they actually paid large amounts of money for them. This isn’t the type of clothing you can buy off the rack at The Gap.

    Here’s Cher doing a fine impersonation of a trampy bride of Frankenstein.

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    Whoopi Goldberg appears to be one hat short of Mad Hatter status. (Eat your heart out, Johnny Depp.)

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    Lady Gaga shows us than one can never have enough shoulder pads–especially in a swimsuit.

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    In one of her more tasteful outfits, Nicki Minaj appears to be wearing a scribble.

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    Ah, tasteful didn’t last long. I would call this outfit sister-act-priestess-of-the-devil but I’m pretty sure Satan has more fashion sense.

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    To prove that men can be just as tasteless, here’s Elton John wearing an ostrich.

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    And fashion designer Marc Jacobs wore a black lace dress, white boxers, and pilgrim shoes to the Met gala–because crazy is always in style.

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    Really, when fashion designers are wearing black lace, white boxers, and pilgrim shoes, how long will it be before the rest of us are dressed like this?

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    Be afraid of the future. Be very afraid.

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    About Echo In Time

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    Description…

    Echo in Time delivers on “the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel” (Kirkus Reviews) to Erasing Time.

    After being pulled 400 years into the future, twins Taylor and Sheridan have found some refuge from the government of Traventon, which used the dangerous Time Strainer to yank the girls from the past. Yet the threat of the dangerous technology still looms. Taylor and an ally, Joseph, are selected to go on a mission to destroy the time machine and weapon. But their actions before they do may have major consequences for the future and the past.

    Action-packed and romantic, this futuristic sequel to Erasing Time is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and Matched by Ally Condie.

    Series: Erasing Time #2
    Release Date: December 23, 2013
    Pages: 400
    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

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    About Erasing Time

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    Description…

    When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

    The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

    Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions,Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

    Series: Erasing Time #1
    Release Date: August 28, 2012
    Pages: 368
    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    ERASING TIME is now on sale at Amazon and B & N in eBook format for 99 cents.

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    About C.J. Hill

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    CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. (New books will include: dangerous dragons, time travel to dystopian worlds, and flesh-eating beetles.) Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym: The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother’s pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children’s books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft.

    Most writers’ first novels aren’t publishable. CJ Junior’s first novel wasn’t, but somehow was published anyway. Now, even though it is out of print, it remains forever available on Amazon, where it taunts her with its badness. This was another good reason to use a pen name.

    CJ Hill has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble. She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS YOUTUBE

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    The Giveaway

    The author is offering up a hardback copy of the first book in the series, ERASING TIME to ONE winner – US Only.

    The Deets…

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US only
    • Prize will be sent by the author
    • Giveaway ends on January 7th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and have 24 hours to respond with their details

    Just enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Dec. 24th – Fire and Ice – Kick Off
    Dec. 27th – Candace’s Book Blog – Review
    Dec. 28th – Clean Teen Fiction – Review
    Dec. 30th – Fiktshun – Guest Post
    Jan. 2nd – Getting Your Read On – Review
    Jan. 3rd – Two Chicks on Books – Ten’s List
    Jan. 4th – Bittersweet Enchantment – Review
    Jan. 5th – Tressa’s Wishful Endings – Review
    Jan. 6th – Literary Time Out – Review
    Jan. 7th – Min Reads and Reviews – Review

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    Book Watch: Echo in Time

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    ECHO IN TIME by C.J. Hill will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in paperback 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 400 pages.

    ECHO IN TIME is the second book in Author C.J. Hill’s Erasing Time series.

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    The week of December 17th is a super quiet week for releases but ECHO IN TIME is a book that I’m totally excited for. I loved the first book in this series, ERASING TIME, and I can’t wait to continue Taylor and Sheridan’s story in this sequel.

    The description promises a mission to destroy the time machine that was responsible for them being transported into the future. But it also mentions that the actions taken may have serious consequences. And I’m so curious as to what those might be.

    As little else is revealed about what happens in this next book in the series, I’m dying to find out for myself. I had so many questions after reading ERASING TIME and I hope that some, if not all, of those questions will be answered in this book.

    I really want to know how Echo factors into this sequel, if he’s the reason the book is titled as it is. I’m also curious to find out if this story will be told from Taylor’s POV and whether Sheridan’s POV will be included or if the story will reveal things from Joseph’s perspective.

    As I have no idea what to expect and I was so surprised by how different the first book was from what I anticipated it to be, I won’t even bother guessing and will just wait patiently – or as patiently as I can – for its release in just three weeks.

    While I am also very interested in reading the other book releasing the week of December 17th, I’ve had ECHO IN TIME on my radar since the very moment I devoured ERASING TIME, it’s a book I’ve been anxiously anticipating for the past few months, and is the book that I think totally deserves to be in the spotlight.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on YOUTUBE

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Echo in Time delivers on “the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel” (Kirkus Reviews) to Erasing Time.

    After being pulled 400 years into the future, twins Taylor and Sheridan have found some refuge from the government of Traventon, which used the dangerous Time Strainer to yank the girls from the past. Yet the threat of the dangerous technology still looms. Taylor and an ally, Joseph, are selected to go on a mission to destroy the time machine and weapon. But their actions before they do may have major consequences for the future and the past.

    Action-packed and romantic, this futuristic sequel to Erasing Time is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and Matched by Ally Condie.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here is another awesome book releasing the week of December 17th:

    ASHES TO ASHES by Melissa C. Walker

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    Erasing Time Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

    I was totally thrilled when I was invited to be on the blog tour for ERASING TIME hosted by Fire and Ice. I’d been dying to read this book which sounded super awesome and it gave me the incentive I needed to move it to the very top of the pile.

    I first heard about ERASING TIME a few months before its release. I loved the title, so I checked it out and the premise was so cool I just had to pre-order it immediately. And while the book wasn’t at all what I was expecting when I finally got the chance to read it, I thought it was pretty amazing in a totally different way and now I’m just dying to get my hands on the sequel.

    My stop on the tour is a review stop, but there’s also a giveaway which follows below, along with links to the rest of the blog stops on the tour. Be sure to check them out, too!

    Erasing Time by C.J. Hill was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Erasing Time is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author. The sequel, Echo in Time is slated for release in 2013.

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    Goodreads description:

    In this high-action and romantic futuristic adventure, there is no escape from the future for two contemporary girls pulled out of their own time.

    When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

    The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The moblike Dakine fights against the government, and somehow Taylor and Sheridan find themselves in the middle. The only way to elude them all is to trust Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

    Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

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    The year is 2447. And in Traverton, scientists have discovered a way to find and bring someone from the past into their future.

    But their very first attempt to find the scientist, Tyler Sherwood, has failed. Instead they’ve brought two time-riders to them, Sheridan and Taylor Bradford. Identical twins. And they have no way of sending them back to the twenty-first century.

    Trapped. Unfamiliar with the language and customs of the twenty-fifth century, they must rely upon Jeth and Echo, two wordsmiths – historians – who have studied their century, to keep them safe.

    Safe from the scientists who would seek to wipe their minds of all knowledge of their failed attempt. Safe from the Dakine rebels who would seek to capture them and use them against the government. Safe from the Vikers who would kill them without a moment’s pause.

    And safe from the government who would never allow free-thinking and un-trackable visitors from another time to roam free.

    With no way of returning home and no one else who seems willing to help, they’ll have to put their trust in Echo. Even if it means ignoring the fact that he has been keeping secrets. Even though he has a dark and mysterious past. Even if he hasn’t always told the truth. And even if his motives for helping them are suspect.

    Because without his help, their chances at surviving in a future that’s almost as alien to them as being on another planet are almost non-existent.

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    ERASING TIME is a clever, engaging and immensely entertaining story set in a future where the government keeps a tight leash on its citizens, where your actions are monitored, your beliefs are restricted and your ranking is what determines your worthiness. Full of surprises, twists and a fascinating look at today from the perspective of those in the future, this story will keep readers guessing and keep the pages turning.

    More than just a time-travel adventure story and a love story with a dystopian setting, ERASING TIME offers readers food for thought as they are introduced to this society that exists over four hundred years in the future. Told through the eyes of Sheridan Bradford, one of two identical twins who has traveled time to land in the year 2447, and Echo Monterro, a citizen of Traverton who has studied the past and knows enough about the twenty-first century to be able to interact with Sheridan and her time-riding sister Taylor, readers will get to experience the future through the perspectives of someone familiar with the world and someone new to it.

    Author C.J. Hill has imagined a world that feels both familiar and strange yet utterly believable. In her futuristic society, citizens live in controlled cities for their “protection,” religion has been banned, knowledge and learning are limited to a select few, science and technology are prized above history and language, animals are non-existent and movement is closely watched by both the government and the opposition.

    And in this future, the powers that be use a ranking system to keep control, keep their citizens in line and keep them focused on something other than the fact that their lives are so restricted.

    The author has created an incredibly likable and relatable character in Sheridan Bradford. She is smart, strong, firm in her beliefs, unafraid to take a stand, protective of those she cares about and willing to sacrifice herself for what is important. But she’s also kind, humble, vulnerable and not so perfect as to be unsympathetic.

    While Echo Monterro remains much of a mystery throughout the story, the author gives readers enough of a peek at who he is as a person, what he knows and what he’s willing to do to make him just as easy to connect with as Sheridan.

    ERASING TIME is a quick and captivating read that explores the implications of time travel, the bonds of siblings and the evolution of our society. And with surprise revelations throughout that will keep readers on edge, and with plenty of story left to tell in the sequel, this book is a must for those looking for an exciting, futuristic story that offers a bit more than just action, adventure and romance.

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    On a personal note:

    I did not expect to love ERASING TIME for the reasons I did love it. I expected to get caught up in a dystopian or post-apocalyptic society that was so completely alien to our own it was barely recognizable. One that was violent and harsh and savage. I expected to find myself following along as Sheridan and Taylor fought to return to their time in the twenty-first century while fending off criminally dangerous enemies at every turn.

    I did not expect to be given as much to think about as I was. I did not expect to be as fascinated by the science, the technological advances or the natural progression of the language as I was. But I was completely and totally riveted.

    I did not expect society to be as advanced and yet as repressed as the author made it. But it felt very real, very possible and very scary. The author created a world where every move could be monitored, every action questioned, every independent thought a risk.

    I was skeptical at first about the futuristic fashions and the unusual names of the characters that were introduced early in the story. While I was immediately drawn in by the first line in the book – “It was as good a day as any to plan treason.” – I was unsure if I could connect with a character like Echo and a world that at first appeared garish and strange. But I did.

    I worried that both of these things would be too much a stereotype, too outlandish and too unnecessary to the plot. But each of these elements was very much in keeping with the story and with the development of society.

    ERASING TIME was a one-sit-read for me. The author’s writing had such an easy flow and I got lost in the words, the ideas and the world she created. I found Sheridan to be a character I very much connected with, although I had an instant dislike for her identical twin sister Taylor.

    While at first Sheridan appeared to be the weaker character, she was the stronger of the pair. She stood up for what she believed in, was willing to sacrifice herself for not only the ones she loved but the greater good, and saw the importance of things beyond science and technology.

    There are so many things I want to talk about that I loved about this story – the twists and turns, surprises and how certain puzzle pieces were put together – but as they are all total spoilers I can’t. While I may have guessed most of them, I still found myself just as excited when my suspicions turned out to be true as I would have been if I hadn’t guessed correctly or at all.

    This book really got me to thinking about a lot of things – government, religion, politics, beliefs, history, language – which I did not anticipate going in. Which made me love it all the more. Because it wasn’t just a futuristic adventure. It wasn’t just a love story. And it wasn’t just a main character trying to overcome challenges. Though it was all of those things, too.

    I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I just know there are so many obstacles ahead for the characters. I’m curious as to just what will happen next on their journey and whether they’ll be able to find what they’re looking for.

    And no, I can’t say any more about just what I’m hoping will happen, or I will give away the ending. Which is not a cliffhanger, exactly, but which leaves so many questions for the next installment that it’s just as torturous as if it were.

    I definitely need to re-read this book soon, as I want to see if there were a few subtle points I might have missed, things I might have overlooked in my haste to reach the story’s end. Things about the Dakine, the Doctor Worshippers and the Vikers. Messages the government might have been trying to push on its citizens. And just a bit more insight into Echo Monterro.

    I love when I’m surprised by a book. I love when a book is more substantive than I anticipated. And I love being able to connect with characters that I never thought I could connect with. And ERASING TIME was the perfect unexpected surprise for me.

    I am definitely looking forward to not only the next installment in the series, but other books by this author.

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    Favorite Passage

    There are three passages that I call favorites but they are all a little bit… or majorly… spoiler-y. So I chose to include just a part of one of the three that doesn’t reveal too much.

    A voice somewhere in her mind said, This is a mistake. But then another voice countered, What does it matter now that everything you knew is gone? All that was left of her world were artifacts in vacuum-sealed boxes. It felt comforting to have someone’s arms around her. It made her feel like she wasn’t quite alone, like things could be normal again.

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    To take a long look inside ERASING TIME courtesy of the publisher, HarperCollins, CLICK HERE.

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    About the Author

    C. J. Hill is the mother of twins. They aren’t identical, but this doesn’t mean she always calls them by the right name. In fact, she occasionally calls all her children by the wrong names (she has five) and has even been known to throw the dog’s name into the mix. Laugh now, but you’ll do the same thing when you have kids.

    If C. J. had a time machine and could visit another century, she would probably go to the Regency era instead of the future. According to all the novels she’s read, the past was filled with a multitude of dashing lords and viscounts who were always on the lookout for damsels in distress, whereas the future is populated by scary dystopian societies.

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    THE TOUR

    October 1   Fire and Ice – Kick-off Post
    October 2   Ravenous Reader – Excerpt
    October 3   Fiktshun – Review
    October 4   I’m A Reader Not A Writer – Guest Post
    October 5   Books Complete Me – Review
    October 6   The Mod Podge Bookshelf – Deleted Scene
    October 7   Portrait of a Book – Q&A
    October 8   LDSWBR – Review
    October 9   PageTurners Blog – Guest Post
    October 10 Reading Teen – Guest Post
    October 11  YA Bliss – Review
    October 12 Wastepaper Prose – Q&A

    The publisher has generously donated one copy of ERASING TIME for giveaway at each blog stop. It’s US ONLY and you must be 13 or older to enter.

    Giveaway ends on October 12th at 9:01 p.m. Pacific.

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    My Reading Pile #81

    I was completely surprised to find out that I received an audiobook for review this week in the mail. Aside from a book supposedly sent to me, which I have yet to receive, I did not expect anything in the mail. And yet my mailbox wasn’t empty.

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    Thanks to Macmillan Audio I received an audiobook copy of OUTPOST by Ann Aguirre for review. I was not expecting it at all so it was an awesome surprise. And it gives me the perfect excuse to read the first book in the series, ENCLAVE, which I’ve been dying to read. It sounds like such a “me” series that I can’t wait to read book one and listen to book two. Which will definitely happen in a couple of weeks.

    Though I’d love to be able to pick both books up this week I will have to clear a few books off the pile first. But I can’t wait to finally get the chance to experience this series for myself.

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

    (September 30 – October 6, 2012)

    First up on the pile is ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill. I’m on the blog tour this week and my stop is a review stop so I can’t wait to finally check this book out and share my thoughts.

    I’ve been dying to read this book since I first heard about it. I love that the two main characters somehow end up trapped in the future in a world that’s completely different from the one they came from. And I can’t wait to see just how they manage to flee the government that brought them there.

    This book promises “adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions” and I can’t wait to read them all. This sounds like an awesome adventure story and I’m so super excited to meet Taylor and Sheridan and take the journey with them.

    I really hope they are able to escape with Echo and get back to their time. But I’m guessing with a sequel planned for next year, it might not happen at the end of book one.

    Next up on the pile is CRAVE by Melissa Darnell. Though I may end up finishing it before I finish ERASING TIME as I happened to pick it up just the other day and may not be able to set it down.

    I’ve been wanting to read this book since before its release. I even got an early copy, but wasn’t able to read it… until now. I love the idea behind this book and can’t wait to find out just how this story ends. I’m on the book tour for COVET in October and while I don’t have to read both books for review, I want to.

    I want to know more about The Clann and just why they are so afraid of Savannah Colbert. I want to know what’s so wrong about her being with Tristan. While I’ve read enough to know just what’s going on with Savannah, I still can’t imagine why The Clann is so wary of her. But I can’t wait to find out more.

    The cover for this book is awesome and so far it’s been a super fast and easy read and I’m hoping if I read quickly enough I’ll be able to sneak a couple other books onto the pile this week that I’m really looking forward to reading. But especially the sequel, COVET.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I have two wishful thinking reads this week, but as I am still not settled into my new place and I have a few “must read” books for review, I can’t add either one to the pile this week. The first is Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. It releases this week and I so desperately want to devour that book. It sounds just so utterly amazing I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist the temptation to read it.

    The next book is Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I think I’ve blathered on and on about this book enough, so I won’t do it again, but I’m desperate to get just a few hours to read this book. And I’m wishing, begging, pleading, that I’ll find those hours this week.

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    Those left behind:

    I have not had the chance to read QUARANTINE just yet. But I will be reading it this week after I finish ERASING TIME. So I’m not too far behind. What I am behind on are reviews. Which I must get caught up on by next week.

    And I really would love to get the chance to read a few of those “left behind” books from older reading piles. I have so many print books stacking up that I’d like to be able to pass along. I just have to read them first.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I’ve been good. No NetGalley this week. Although the lack of internet access for most of it was definitely a reason I was able to stay away. But I am getting so very curious to see what’s coming up that I may have to check. Especially now that I’ve halted all trading.

    I’ve learned one thing this past week and that’s moving and blogging don’t mix. Not only did I have zero time to write posts and post them, I didn’t have any energy left at the end of each long day to read.

    So, my reading pile has grown. Though I’ve managed to catch up on a few television series I’d downloaded on iTunes prior to getting stuck completely offline for a few days. Such a guilty pleasure.

    But now that I’ve found my Kindle I have no excuses. So it’s back to reading. Anyway….

    I hope you have an awesome reading week ahead with some envy-inducing reads on your pile.

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #87

    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 August 28th-September 3rd that I had and have pre-ordered.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Embers & Echoes is the second book in the Wildefire series by the author. The third and final book in the trilogy, Afterglow, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I had Embers & Echoes pre-ordered from the second it was made available for eBook download. And I also pre-ordered a copy of the hardcover because I just had to see if it was every bit as gorgeous in real life as it seemed online.

    While I had the chance to read it early. Twice. I know I’ll be reading this book again and again and it will be so much easier on my Kindle. And as I have read and reviewed it, I can’t speculate as to what might be happening with Ash as she leaves her life in California behind for an adventure in Miami, because I already know. But I can say that this Polynesian Volcano goddess does not have an easy road ahead.

    There are battles. There is danger. There is heartbreak. And there is page after page of captivating story that makes me wish I could pick it right back up again.

    Speechless by Hannah Harrington was released on August 28, 2012 in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    Speechless is the second book of Hannah Harrington’s that I’ve pre-ordered. And while I still haven’t had a chance to read Saving June, I couldn’t resist putting her next book on my list of books to buy.

    This book sounds incredible. I can’t wait to meet Chelsea Knot and find out if she’ll be able to stick with the vow of silence she’s taken. I am curious to learn just how tough it will be for her to keep silent in the face of the “ridicule” and attacks she has to endure. And I really want to know if she’ll be able to forgive herself for the part she played in almost getting someone killed.

    I’m not sure when I’ll get to read this sequel, but I’m hoping to be able to add it to the pile this fall. Because I’ve been dying to read a book by this author as I’ve heard such amazing things about her writing. And because this story sounds fascinating and possibly heartbreaking.

    Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers the print edition is 448 pges.

    Enshadowed is the sequel to author Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.

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    I think I’ve talked about Enshadowed enough. I’ve had it pre-ordered since early 2011. It was my only remaining pre-order for 2011, in fact. And it’s finally been released. Which means I will be devouring it as soon as I finish my current read.

    I have missed Varen and Isobel. I have been dying to find out what will happen to him. Things were left in a dark and haunting place. And I want to see if they’ll get even darker or if there is any possibility for a happy ending.

    I have no idea if this is the final book in the series or if there is more to come. And I don’t want to know. Because I have got to read this book right now. Even if it means after this long, long wait that I will have to say goodbye to the characters and story forever.

    I loved the connection the author made with Poe in her first book and I can’t wait to see just how much Poe and his stories play a role in this sequel. I probably will miss many of the more subtle connections, but I am looking forward to trying to discover them all. Which will hopefully be in a day or two.

    The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

    The Blood Keeper is the second book in author Tessa Gratton’s The Blood Journals series.

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    The Blood Keeper is another book I’ve had pre-ordered for the longest time. I fell head over heels in love with Blood Magic last year and was dying to get to read more from author Tessa Gratton. She is a gorgeous writer and has such a beautiful, poetic way with words that make her stories just cling to me.

    I love the dark aspect to her stories and can’t wait to see how the darkness blends with the beauty in this one. I’m excited to meet Mab and to see just how blood magic affects her life. And I really excited to find out whether any of the characters from that first book make an appearance in this one.

    The Blood Keeper is another book that I hope to read this week. I don’t think I can wait any longer than that to find out what happens with Mab and Will and the “dangerous force” that is seeking “its own dark power.”

    Isolation by Dan Wells was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print length is 75 pages.

    Isolation is a prequel novella in the author’s Partials series.

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    While I have not yet read Partials, I just had to pre-order Dan Wells’ novella Isolation. I’ve been in love with the covers for these books and I’ve been dying to dive into Partials for awhile now. Especially as I’ve heard such amazing things about it from a few bloggers I know.

    I can’t wait to see what life is like in this novella set long before the events in Partials, when the world was in a war of isolation and energy was at a premium. I’m super curious to find out how the author handles the power struggle of the various nations and where “ambition far outstrip[s] its foresight.”

    And I am excited to meet Heron and see just what she discovers on her mission into enemy territory. I’m still debating whether to read this prior to reading Partials or if I should just wait and read the books in the order the author intended.

    Starling by Lesley Livingston was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Starling is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Lesley Livingston.

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    I have been a huge fan of author Lesley Livingston for the longest time. I feel in love with her Wondrous Strange series long before I started blogging and I’ve been desperately waiting for Once Every Never to be available for the Kindle.

    So when I heard that she had a book called Starling coming out I instantly added it to my list of books to buy. And while I did get an early copy through a trade, I didn’t get a chance to read it. But I will be reading my eBook copy very, very soon. Possibly as soon as I finish this post….

    I was tormented by the quote in the description – “Love is just the beginning… of the end.” Absolutely, maddeningly cruel. In the best possible way.

    I can’t wait to meet Mason Starling. and I can’t wait to see Fenn again, as I am dying to find out why he’s lost his memory and whether he’ll get it back. I am so intrigued by the promise of Norse mythology and I am excited about the fact that this book has both “sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.”

    Waiting any longer to read this book is just not an option.

    Defiance by C.J. Redwine was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Defiance is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author.

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    I have been fascinated by this book ever since I saw its cover and title. I added Defiance to my list of pre-orders in part because of cover love, in part from the promise of what the story would hold based upon its title and in part because the main character can “deftly wield a sword.”

    I hope to be able to read this book very, very soon. I want to see what’s going on in Baalboden. I want to meet Rachel Adams. And I definitely want to meet Logan McEntire. But most of all I can’t wait to see what happens as they “battle their way through the Wasteland.”

    This story sounds epic. The main character sounds fiery. The protagonist sounds swoon-worthy. And any book with monsters, assassins, romance and heartbreak is one I am sure to enjoy.

    Don’t Tun Around by Michelle Gagnon was released in the U.S. on August 28, 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.

    Don’t Turn Around is the first book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE Trilogy.

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    I first learned about Don’t Turn Around just before the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and instantly added it to my pre-orders. I loved the sound of this world from the moment I read the description.

    Intrigue. Hackers. Mystery. Amnesia. Danger. And romance.

    Yes, this book has just about everything I love. And as I haven’t read anything quite like it in YA before, I’m excited to meet the characters and see just how the author presents the story. I’m very curious to see just what secrets they hold and whether they’ll be able to find the answers they need before it’s too late.

    While I know I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I am really hoping to read it mid-September.

    The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and ebook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    The Iron Legends is the bind-up of three former eBook only novellas, Winter’s PassageSummer’s Crossing, and Iron’s Prophecy.

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    I love that all three short eBook novellas are contained in a bind-up. I pre-ordered The Iron Legends in ebook format although I have the first two…possibly all three… stories already as eBooks. But I love that I’ll be able to read all three without having to search for them on my Kindle.

    And I love that this has a little something extra something called the “Guide to the Iron Fey.”

    I’ve read Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing but I still have to read Iron’s Prophecy. So I will be reading it from this eBook bind-up versus trying to track it down wherever it lives on my eReader.

    Julie Kagawa wrote such a delightful series with her Iron Fey books. And while I still haven’t been able to say goodbye to the series, I am glad that I have yet another peek into the world with the Guide, which I will be checking out next weekend.

    Erasing Time by C.J. Hill was released in the U.S. on August 28, 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, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    Erasing Time is yet another book I pre-ordered based on cover and title before even checking out the description. I was fascinated with the idea of erasing time and so curious to see what that meant in context with the story that I just had to buy it no matter what the description might say.

    And then I checked that out too and was even more curious to read this book. The idea of waking up four hundred years in the future is terrifying. And to a world that exists under domes, where the language spoken is hardly recognizable, is even more frightening.

    I can’t wait to meet Taylor and Sheridan and find out how they manage to survive in this futuristic world. And I’m very interested to learn more about Echo and find out just what secrets he holds.

    This story promises heartbreak and “adrenaline-injected chases” and I can’t wait to read all about it.

    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    The Lost Girl sounded so unbelievably heartbreaking I just had to add it to my list of pre-orders. The idea of the story – a girl created to replace someone else in the event of their death – is both chilling and just so very sad.

    Just reading the description and I already feel my heart aching for Eva and for Amarra’s family. I can’t imagine what Eva’s life must have been like just knowing she could be ripped from her home at any moment and be forced to step into someone else’s life and play the part of them for the rest of her life.

    I am so curious to see what choice Eva will make – stay an echo or become an original. And I’m so interested in finding out more about Eva, what it was like to have to study Amarra and then have to become her, and just how this story will end.

    This sounds like an incredible debut novel and one I cannot wait to get the chance to read. Hopefully I’ll have the time to sneak it in early this fall.

    Inbetween by Tara Fuller was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Inbetween is the first book in a new series entitled Kissed by Death by author Tara Fuller.

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    I had the chance to read Inbetween just a little bit early, but I did not get the chance to finish it. I’m so glad that I pre-ordered the eBook as it will be much easier to read the finished eBook version.

    This story has romance and reapers, a good boy, a bad boy, a good girl and an evil one. It’s sweet and fun and I am very curious to find out what I missed between where I left off and where the story ended. Yes, I took a peek.

    I don’t want to say too much more as I might completely, and very unintentionally, spoil the ending. But I will definitely be picking this book back up to catch up with all that stuff inbetween.

    Silver by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2012 (thought it’s official release date is September 8, 2012) in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 386 pages.

    Silver is the first book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. The second book in the series, Gold, is slated for release in 2013.

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    Oh my gosh I can’t wait until Silver downloads to my Kindle this weekend. I absolutely loved this book from the moment I met it. I had no idea I would. It took me completely by surprise. And it was an absolutely awesome one at that.

    I didn’t discover this book because of its cover – but it’s a gorgeous cover. I’d heard of the author for quite awhile on Twitter, but I hadn’t realized that Silver was her book and that it was coming out in September. Not until I was invited on the tour.

    So, yes, I decided to read it early. Yes, I’ve written my review. Yes, I completely and totally loved it and am now suffering the long wait until Gold is released next fall…2013 that is.

    I cannot pretend to guess what might happen in this book because I know exactly what happens. And I didn’t forget one single moment of action, romance, nail-biting suspense or heartbreak.

    And I could never forget how easily I connected with the story and the beautiful and enchanting writing that was used to deliver it. Writing such as this, from a quote included in the description – “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

    Oh I may have just sighed again. And I may just have to re-read this book the moment it downloads next weekend. Because I still haven’t lost that connection with Brianna, Blake or Austin and I’m not sure I’m ready to let go just yet.

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    UPDATE: I apparently have yet another book pre-ordered this week that hadn’t been included on my post earlier today….

    Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2012

    Published by: Harlequin TEEN

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I KNEW I couldn’t possibly have missed Iron Prophecy’s release! I knew I owned, and read, the first two novellas in the bind-up, but I wasn’t sure about this one. Well, clearly, since it hadn’t been previously released, it couldn’t possibly live anywhere on my Kindle.

    And while I already have this eBook included as part of the bind-up, I still plan on purchasing this short novella separately. Why not, right?

    END OF UPDATE

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    I had thirteen fourteen books pre-ordered – not nine or ten as I’d thought! Twelve of which have already downloaded and which are vying for my attention on my Kindle. Fortunately I’ve already read a couple of them, though I want to read both of those again. But not counting those potential re-reads, that still means books in the double digits are being added to my TBR pile. And I don’t even want to think about what this quantity of books is doing to my wallet.

    Especially since next week there are a ton of new releases, too.

    I have been waiting a very long time to read quite a few of these books, some of which I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to read early like I’d wanted to. And others I didn’t have the opportunity to read in advance, but am dying to read this week. I really hope I’ll have that chance. But that remains TBD.

    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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    The Trailers: August

    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 releasing in August, a peek at a few of those coming out in September and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at an author talking about their book.

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

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    Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Rift by Andrea Cremer

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Wake by Amanda Hocking

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (AuthorAmandaHocking)

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    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (heatheranastasiu)

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    Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    And because I just had to…

    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    The Kill Order by James Dashner

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (hellogiggles)

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    The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Defiance by C.J. Redwine

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Erasing Time by CJ Hill

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (azwriter1) – unofficial trailer (?)

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    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (SanguMandanna)

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    Speechless by Hannah Harrington

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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

    Outpost by Ann Aguirre

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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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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    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Because it is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Venom by Fiona Paul

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

    Release date: January 15, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – Level 2 Cover Reveal

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    And for a look back at one or two we may have missed….

    The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

    Release date: July 10, 2012

    (Lisa M. Stasse)

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    Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

    Release date: July 10, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Here’s what one author is saying…

    False Memory by Dan Krokos

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (hyperionteens) – the author talks about his recently released 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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