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    The Dark Days Are Coming

    I cannot tell you how excited I am that the Dark Days Fall ’11 Tour will be headed West with some of my favorite authors – old and new!

    The publisher, HarperCollins, has shared some information about the tour with me, so I thought I’d share the deets here on the blog.

    I’ve already posted the trailer during this month’s The Trailers post, but I’ve popped it in here just in case you missed it. And also, if you didn’t grab it when I posted The Extras post the other week, there is a downloadable sampler of all five books which can be found through the links below.

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    Are you ready for the DARK DAYS ahead?

    Discover five new books from authors CLAUDIA GRAY, KIERSTEN WHITE, ANNA CAREY, JOCELYN DAVIES, and AMY GARVEY, on tour this fall.

    Prepare to experience romance, suspense, and a touch of darkness in their new YA books:

    • SUPERNATURALLY (released 7/26/2011)
    • FATEFUL (released 9/13/2011)
    • COLD KISS (on-sale 9/20/2011)
    • A BEAUTIFUL DARK (on-sale 9/27/2011)
    • EVE (on-sale 10/4/2011)

    DARK DAYS authors will be traveling to Lynnwood, Huntington Beach, Highlands Ranch, Boulder, and Naperville meeting fans and signing copies of their brand new books.

    Check below to see which authors will be hitting the road and for a full tour schedule check Pitch Dark Books out on Facebook!

    Lynwood Tour Stop

    WHEN: Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 PM

    WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, WA

    WHO:  Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)

     Huntington Beach Tour Stop

    WHEN: Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 PM

    WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 7881 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

    WHO: Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)

    Highlands Ranch Tour Stop

    WHEN: Friday, October 14th at 7:00 PM

    WHERE: Tattered Cover, 9315 Dorchester Street, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

    WHO: Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

    Boulder Tour Stop

    WHEN: Saturday, October 15th at 1:00 PM

    WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 2999 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

    WHO: Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

    Naperville Tour Stop

    WHEN: Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 PM

    WHERE: Anderson’s, 123 West Jefferson, Naperville, IL

    WHO: Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

    *LIVESTREAM EVENT

    Be Sure to RSVP on Facebook

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    To check out exclusive content and enter to win free books, visit Pitch Dark Books on Facebook

    To become a DARK DAYS insider or to download DARK DAYS digital essentials, including chapter excerpts, countdown widgets, and an eBook sampler from the official fan kit, CLICK HERE.

    Fall ’11 Dark Days Trailer

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    The Trailers: September

    They’re back – after a very long summer hiatus! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for some of the recently released and upcoming books for September.

    I am a bit late, as many of the September books have already been released. But once again, I say better late than never.

    And I know I missed July and August completely, but it seems that during the summer, book trailers aren’t released quite as early or as frequently as they are throughout the remainder of the year and so my July trailers post still sits in drafts with only a tiny handful of trailers.

    But, they’re back…and I’ll be posting my October trailers post in the next couple of weeks.

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    And because I just couldn’t resist posting one of the many trailers I missed from the August 30th releases…

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

    Release date: August 30, 2011

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Vanish by Sophie Jordan

    Release date: September 6, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

    Release date: September 6, 2011

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Fateful by Claudia Gray

    Release date: September 13, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

    Release date: September 13, 2011

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – Not a trailer. The author talks about the book

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    After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel

    Release date: September 13, 2011

    (Bloomsburykids)

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    The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

    Release date: September 20, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author talks about the book

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    The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

    Release date: September 27, 2011

    (Torforge)

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

    Release date: September 27, 2011

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

    Release date: September 29, 2011

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    And for just a peek at what’s happening on the Fall 2011 Dark Days tour…

    Fall ’11 Dark Days

    (HarperTeen)

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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 #37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Extras: September

    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.

    I know I’m a little late this month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff! And since I am a little late, I’ve included a peek at an October release I can’t wait for.

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    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series. The title really says it all. According to the description, when Ethan Wate returns home, Gatlin has gone haywire and is in complete chaos. If that wasn’t enough, his dreams, which are haunted, don’t seem to be staying dreams anymore.

    But the worst thing of all is that the description promises, “this time there won’t be a happy ending.”

    Oh. No.

    To get a look at the first thirteen pages, CLICK HERE.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book in a new series of the same name. The second book, Crown of Embers is slated for publication in 2012 and the third book, The Bitter Kingdom in 2013.

    This is the story of a girl who is meant to fulfill a prophecy, who is secretly married to a king and whose enemies hunt her. It’s a story of a princess who meets a man who sees her differently from everyone else and to whom she may just fall in love.

    I’m intrigued.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Enthralled by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Vincent and many, many more, will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Enthralled is an awesome collection of paranormal stories written by some of the top authors in the genre, including Rachel Vincent, Claudia Gray, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, with the common thread of “journeying” to tie them together.

    This has been a book I’ve been dying to get my hands on for months. I’m glad the wait is now less than two weeks.

    To get a nice long look inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Cold Kiss is author Amy Garvey’s young adult debut and it sounds absolutely heartbreaking. Wren loses her boyfriend in a car accident. She brings him back from the dead, but it sounds as if Danny isn’t quite who he used to be and she begins to fall for someone else.

    No matter what she chooses to do, I can’t imagine any of those choices being easy or being painless, and I do expect there might be some tears involved with this read.

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

    Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Beautiful Days is the second book in the Bright Young Things series. If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (See the very next Extra in this post.)

    This series is set in 1929 during the Jazz Age in New York and follows Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur and Astrid Donal. This sequel continues their story during an age when the nights are filled with parties and excitement.

    And with a description that hints at even more danger, heartbreak and romance, this is a new series I can’t wait to discover.

    To get a sneak peek courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen was released in the U.S. on October 12, 2010.

    This is the first book in a series set during the Jazz Age in 1929 New York. Two small town girls, Cordelia and Letty, head to the big city, one seeking stardom and the other trying to track down her father. And when they arrive, they discover a world that is opulent, exciting and dangerous.

    The story also introduces Astrid, a beautiful and wealthy flapper, who comes from a family with much to hide. Bright Young Things is just the beginning of each of their stories.

    Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and includes Bonus Material.

    To download the eBook from Amazon, CLICK HERE.

    To download the eBook from Barnes & Noble, CLICK HERE.

    Fateful by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    This new book, with its beautiful cover, by author Claudia Gray is set aboard the Titanic where the passengers consist not only of humans, but of werewolves. While the future of the ship is certain, the fates of Tess, the main character, and Alec, the boy she falls in love with, are not.

    Whether it’s Alec’s dark past or the ship’s tragic end, things do not look promising for the future of these two characters, who have the odds seriously stacked against them.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    Drink Slay Love sounds like it will be a whole lot of fun and a story filled with all sorts of sarcastic goodness. The main character is a teenage vampire who happens to develop a conscience after being stabbed by a unicorn. A unicorn! And since she is able to see her reflection and walk around during the day, she may just be becoming human.

    As someone who is now straddling both worlds, she’ll eventually have to make a choice who to side with.

    And according to the description there will also be a few “gorgeous vampires,” and “handsome were-unicorns.” Yum?

    To take a peek inside on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    And for another chance to take a peek at some of the books that are available now, check them out, below.

    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey was released in the U.S. today, September 8, 2011.

    This story had me hooked from its opening lines, which coincidentally can be found in the long look inside provided by the publisher. Braden Michaels leaves for Belle Dam in an attempt to protect his Uncle. What he finds there, aside from the utterly gorgeous Trey, is a town that is in the middle of a feud.

    The line has been drawn between two families of powerful witches. Jason Thorpe on the one side and Catherine Lansing on the other.

    And caught somewhere in the middle of it all is Braden, with an incredible power that is important that he hide. Witch eyes. Which give him ability to see the world as it actually exists and to unravel any magic spell he encounters.

    To get a look at the first five chapters of Witch Eyes, which released today, CLICK HERE.

    Vanish by Sophie Jordan was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This is the second book in the Firelight series by author Sophie Jordan. As I haven’t yet read the first book, I’ve been hiding from all conversation about this sequel and have refused to look at the description for fear of spoilers.

    But if this sequel is anything like Firelight is described, then this story will be just as magical and heartbreaking as the first and will continue the story for Jacinda, a girl descended from dragons, and Will, a hunter and enemy of her kind.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Pitch Dark’s Dark Days Sampler features excerpts from Supernaturally, Fateful, Cold Kiss, A Beautiful Dark and Eve. It was released on September 6, 2011.

    When I noticed this on Amazon last week I had to pre-order it. Although I have all the upcoming books pre-ordered, own a few of the ARCs, and have already read one of them, I just couldn’t pass up this free eBook sampler.

    While I have links in this post to excerpts of a couple of the books in the sampler, those links are to online reads, and by downloading the sampler you can take it with you almost anywhere.

    It is currently available as a free Kindle eBook download at Amazon, HERE.

    The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This book’s description tells a rather heartbreaking tale. It is the story of a teenage girl who loses her parents and her brother in a car accident. Her life in turmoil, she develops a connection with the boy whose mother also died in the accident and whose father is in a coma.

    While this book sounds like it will be so terribly, terribly sad, I am hopeful that the connection these two characters make will bring a spark of joy to this tragic story.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    Blood Bound is an utterly addicting new series by author Rachel Vincent, aimed at an adult audience. This new world she created in the Unbound series is dark, gritty and electrifying.

    In this world, filled with the Skilled who have the ability to track you down with something as simple as a name, the danger of being found and bound to one of the two crime families that control the city is always present.

    This first book is Liv and Cam’s story and is definitely one not to be missed.

    To take a peek at the first chapter of this book on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This sequel to I Am Number Four in the Lorien Legacies is Seven’s story. The six that remain of the original nine who escaped from the Mogadorians are still in hiding. But Seven is ready to fight and has just been waiting for a sign.

    And John Smith’s escape may be just that.

    To check out the first five chapters on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    Dream Dark by Karmi Garci and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    This short eBook novella, which also includes a peek at the first five chapters of Beautiful Chaos, is the story of Link’s transformation and is set before the events in the upcoming third book in the series.

    So as not to spoil anything for those who haven’t met Link, I have been purposely vague about just what kind of transformation Link’s going through.

    But for those who want to know more, a quick peek at this novella is available, HERE.

    Haunting the Night by Mara Purnhagen was released in the U.S. on August 1, 2011.

    This novella in the Past Midnight series is set before Beyond the Grave, the third full-length book. According to the description, instead of going to Prom and spending time with her boyfriend Noah, Charlotte Silver is looking for answers about everything that happened to her and her family.

    And it seems she may just get some.

    It is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Really, what more can I say. Anyone who’s stopped by the blog knows just how much I love this book about these incredibly unique gods and goddesses and especially Ashline Wilde, a Polynesian volcano goddess with a serious kick-butt attitude.

    And for anyone looking for an ending that will absolutely rock your world, Wildefire is a book not to be missed.

    In case you haven’t yet decided to grab a copy, the publisher, Simon & Schuster, is still offering a nice peek inside, HERE.

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    I have read a few, but not all of the books in the above list. And I have grabbed all the free eBooks for both my nook and my Kindle – which at the moment is DOA – but that’s what the Kindle App is for.

    I am super excited about these upcoming releases, and for those that have already released, well, they are some of my favorites. Most of these books I either own or I have pre-ordered, but for the ones I haven’t yet have a chance to discover, getting a free download or being able to take a long look inside is such a great thing.

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

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    Book Watch: Fateful

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

    Published by HarperTeen the print edition is 336 pages.

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    The other book releasing the week of September 13th that I would have wanted to spotlight was Frost, but as I reviewed it just this week it took the guesswork out of it for me. Because Fateful by Claudia Gray is definitely one worth highlighting.

    I pretty much keep an eye on anything my favorite authors are up to, and Claudia Gray has been one ever since I discovered her Evernight series after I started reading young adult books. Since that series has ended, I’ve been wondering what was up next.

    When I heard that she had a book coming out called Fateful I couldn’t wait to find out more. Anything involving fate absolutely intrigues me. And when I saw the cover, I thought it looked absolutely gorgeous and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

    Even after I had one sitting on my shelves, which I still plan on reading before release date, I hadn’t really bothered finding out what the book was about. I knew two things – author I love and cover I love – so no matter what, I was going to read it. But when another blogger told me it was about wolves on the Titanic I became skeptical for about a heartbeat, but then I thought that the idea sounded totally cool.

    Especially after I read that the book’s release this fall would occur at the same time as the beginning of the publicity surrounding the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912.

    Aside from the fact that being on the RMS Titanic could mean that Tess and Alec are ill-fated lovers, the fact that they are from different classes in society – Tess is a girl working in the employ of a family heading to America and Alec is a first-class passenger – and that they are being pursued by werewolves, makes their relationship sound doomed.

    With all these obstacles to their love story, I can only hope that they are among the survivors of the shipwreck, that the werewolves who hunt them are unsuccessful and that they don’t let societal labels stand in their way. But I tend to be an optimist, even when a book is titled Fateful.

    I can’t wait to find out what happens with Tess and Alec and hope that this story doesn’t end in heartbreak.

    Fateful is a book definitely worth spotlighting. It sounds like it has all the elements of an amazing young adult paranormal romance – danger, enemies, a tragic love story, and werewolves – with a well-known historical setting that is, well….fateful.

    ***The Goodreads description is much more spoiler-y than the back cover synopsis***

    Goodreads description:

    It’s about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that’s not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who’s ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she’d rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf … one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You’d think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn’t you?

    But no. Their biggest problem — though they don’t know it yet — is that they’re aboard the RMS Titanic.

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