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    FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 23, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 464 pages.

    FINALE is the fourth and final book in author Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series.

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    Will love conquer all?

    Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.

    Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

    But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

    As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

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    FINALE is an exciting conclusion to the Hush, Hush series. With secrets, lies, betrayal, addiction, heartbreaking loss and a battle looming on the horizon, this story will keep fans of the series engaged, in suspense and anxious to see how Nora and Patch’s tumultuous love story ends.

    When Nora faced down her enemy she thought she was finally safe and that there was nothing left that could keep her and Patch apart. She thought they could finally have a happily ever after. But defeating her enemy wasn’t the finale Nora hoped it would be.

    Now forced to choose sides, forced to make a decision that could cost her either her own life or the life of the boy she loves, Nora is desperate to find another solution. Even if it means having to put her trust in someone who was once an enemy. Even if it means having to lie and deceive those who have put their trust in her. And even if it means having to make a deal that could destroy much more than just herself and her fallen angel.

    Because with time running out, if she doesn’t make her choice, one will be made for her. And if that happens everything and everyone will be lost.

    Author Becca Fitzpatrick has written a series conclusion that completes the story arc for the main characters, giving readers an ending that while bittersweet, will satisfy. In FINALE she creates yet another obstacle for Nora to overcome, one that puts her character in a life and death situation, one that makes Nora to lie to those she loves, and one that makes this read a real page-turner.

    FINALE is fast-paced, with exciting new developments and enough action to make this a thrilling installment in the series. But in its rush to the finish line, there were a few inconsistencies that may pull readers away from the story and a few loose threads about the minor characters that may leave them with questions.

    And while the story comes to a conclusion that ties up the major plot points, there are certain conveniences that make the ending feel more fairytale than paranormal/urban fantasy.

    However, for a series with its ups and downs, especially as regards the main character Nora, this final book does manage to end on a high note. While not without its flaws, FINALE is a captivating read from start to finish. It gives fans scenes to swoon over, scenes that will bring tears to their eyes and an ending that will make the journey worth every heartbreaking, maddening, tension-filled, moment.

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    On a personal note…

    I read FINALE immediately after having read SILENCE because I just couldn’t walk away from the series after that awesome book. I couldn’t not continue the characters’ stories until the very end.

    I couldn’t not find out what happened with Patch and Nora – whether they got their happily ever after or whether they were destined for an unhappily ever after.

    And while I did read FINALE in one sitting, devouring it from cover to cover without wanting to set it aside, I didn’t fall in love with it in quite the same way as I did SILENCE. I loved it. Just not quite as much as its predecessor. I suppose that is the problem with reading series books back-to-back, where one is all sorts of amazing and another one is awesome but has a few flaws.

    What I loved most about this final book – and every book in the series – was the author’s character Patch. Though so as not to spoil anything from FINALE I won’t go into all the reasons why he was my favorite part of this book. I will just say that the swoon-worthy lines he delivered throughout were a major part of that reason.

    But in addition to being awesome in this final installment, he just so happened to be my favorite character in the series and the reason I kept coming back book after book. I loved how over the course of the series, especially the final two books, he managed to turn from bad boy to good boy. And in FINALE he was near-perfect. Though I thought he was pretty perfect as the bad boy, bringing electricity and tension to the story with nearly every scene he was in.

    Nora reverted to some of her maddening behavior in this last book in the series, but not so much as to make me wish all the bad things for her like I did in CRESCENDO. I still wanted her to end up with Patch and for her story to end happily. Even though I did want to scream at her for being so very, very flawed. And frustrating. And for not being as strong as she was in the previous installment.

    But it wasn’t Nora that took away some of my enjoyment for FINALE, but rather some of the inconsistencies, dropped threads and a certain “too convenient“ development and ending for one of the characters.

    While I don’t want to give away too much, the severity of one character’s addiction seemed to fluctuate. It was supposed to be an all-consuming problem, but yet at various points it was as if it wasn’t an issue. As if the character wasn’t bothered by their addiction in the least.

    And while there were a few other minor things that pulled me away from the story, like Nora’s mother’s lack of reaction to what happened in SILENCE and her sort of disappearance from this story after she’d grounded Nora – never really following through on her punishment – it was the “surprise revelation” about one of the characters that felt just a bit too perfect, too much of an afterthought. And one that seemed completely unnecessary to the story.

    Like with each of the books in this series, however, I was instantly able to connect to the story. I was interested in the characters’ plights. I was on edge when things got to be dire. I was anxious about Nora and Patch’s future. I was heartbroken when… no, I won’t be revealing that. And I was glad that there weren’t any major questions left at the story’s conclusion.

    And even though this book released last fall, I don’t want to be spoiler-y about how it all ends. So I won’t talk about what I think of the ending. I won’t say whether I cried happy tears or sad ones. I won’t say a word about who lives and who dies. And I won’t say whether Nora and Patch got their happy ending.

    But I will say that there were some swoon-worthy moments in this story. There were moments that were incredibly exciting and suspenseful. There were a couple of surprises. There was definitely some heartbreak. And after having read FINALE I wanted to go back and read HUSH, HUSH all over again.

    Favorite passage…

    There are a lot of awesome passages in FINALE, but one of them stood out to me from all the others.

    Patch hooked his elbow around my neck and dragged me into a kiss. “Every time you strip my sword, I owe you a kiss. How’s that sound?”

    I bit my lip to keep from giggling. “That sounds really dirty.”

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #95

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

    These are books for the week of October 23rd-October 29th that I have pre-ordered.

    The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 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 544 pages.

    The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book in author Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer series. The third book in the series, The Retribution of Mara Dyer is due out in 2013.

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    I am totally enamored of this series. I was intrigued prior to the release of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I’m even more excited for it now with the release of The Evolution of Mara Dyer, although I still haven’t been able to add book one to my reading pile.

    A situation I definitely plan to remedy this fall. But I just had to pre-order this second book in the series so that when I do get the chance to dive in, I will have both books to read.

    I did take a peek at the description – I know, I know, I really shouldn’t be doing that – but I am so curious to see what will happen in this second book. And it sounds even more intriguing than the first. Because I love when synopses are written in the format this one’s written in, which totally teases the story without revealing too much.

    It makes me want to know why Mara Dyer can’t run from her past. It makes me curious as to just what problems she’s having. It makes me desperate to know why the boy she loves is still keeping secrets. And it makes me anxious about just what choices “prove deadly.”

    And with the title of the third book in the series, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, I am very nervous about just where this series is headed. Though I can’t wait to find out.

    The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, 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 400 pages.

    The Lost Prince is the first book in author Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten spin-off series. The second book in the series, The Traitor Son, is slated for release in September 2013.

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    I am dying to read The Lost Prince. I have been dying to read it for a couple of months now, actually. But I still haven’t read The Iron Knight due to my aversion to ending the series I love. So I’ve had to wait.

    But now that I have the finished copy on my Kindle just begging to be read, I think I will finally be able to read The Iron Knight so that I can start this book, which I’ve already heard is amazing.

    I loved Meghan’s little brother Ethan in The Iron Fey series. And being able to read a series about him when he’s just a bit older and revisit this imaginative world the author created is so exciting.

    Of course I am just slightly hesitant to start on it due to the description’s warning that I will be demanding book two when I’ve read it. Which I have no doubt will be the case. So, I should probably wait until closer to the release of The Traitor Son.

    But somehow I don’t think that will happen. Not when the description mentions that “destiny comes for Ethan” and that “there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.”

    Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 464 pages.

    Finale is the fourth and final book in author Becca Fitpatrick’s Hush, Hush series.

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    I can’t believe this series is ending. Even if I didn’t allow myself to believe it, the title, Finale, sort of forces me to. When I heard of its upcoming release I stalked Amazon until it was finally made available for the Kindle so that I wouldn’t miss the chance to pre-order it. And it’s now officially in my collection.

    I am still behind on the series – I haven’t read Silence – but I decided at some point after that book’s release that I would wait until the final book in the series released and start the series from the beginning. Because I loved Crescendo but had an iffy reading experience with Hush, Hush due to bad Kindle formatting and a horrendous plane ride.

    So, I want to be able to re-experience the first two books, and then get the chance to move right into the final two books, so that I can follow Nora and Patch’s relationship from start to finish. I still can’t believe this series has ended!

    I did take a peek at the description for this book, too. And I am very nervous about whether their love story will end happily or whether it will end with them as the enemies they’re meant to be. I am also very curious about which friend betrays them both.

    I plan to start my series read in December and I don’t think it will take more than a week to devour all four books. I am hoping by reading all four books in a row that it will keep me so wrapped up in the world that I’ll forget the series has ended and that I couldn’t possibly let that happen by reading Finale.

    Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 454 pages.

    Beautiful Redemption is the fourth and final book in the authors Caster Chronicles.

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    I am heartbroken that this series is ending with Beautiful Redemption. But I am glad that I now have Ethan and Lena’s entire story, even though I am not caught up on the series.

    Yes, another series that I love that I’ve fallen behind on. But with my new reading goals, and with the entire series now released, I will be reading Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption very soon.

    The title for this last book in the series is my favorite, though Beautiful Chaos is a close second, and has me so very curious about just who will be redeemed. I am so very hopeful that their love story will end happily and that they will be able to “rewrite their fate.” Though I’m very nervous that won’t happen.

    As I’ve nattered on and on in my Book Watch post the other week, I will only say that I am keeping my fingers crossed that Lena’s vow to “do whatever it takes” to get Ethan back won’t be the very thing that keeps them apart.

    Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, 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 448 pages.

    Sacrifice is the third book in author Cayla Kluver’s Legacy series.

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    I have yet to read the books in the Legacy series but I just had to add Sacrifice to my collection this week. I own the first two books in the series – Legacy and Allegiance – and I couldn’t resist the chance to add this third book.

    Because this series sounds unbelievably epic. Battling Kingdoms. Dark legacies. Magic. An ill-fated love story. And now two main characters whose stories intertwine.

    I am just so curious to meet Alera and Shaselle. I want to know just what they are conspiring and if it will lead them to freedom. The description hints that in order for them to succeed they must each sacrifice something. And I am eager to find out just what that is.

    I hope to add this entire series to my reading pile this winter as there’s nothing quite like an epic and magical story to make me forget how short the days are.

    Wolf Pact (Part Two) by Melissa de la Cruz releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in eBook format only and is available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Disney Hyperion, the print length is 43 pages.

    Wolf Pact (Part Two) is the second of four installments that comprise the author’s full-length novel, Wolf Pact, the first in this spin-off series.

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    As I’m a fan of eBooks, and because the print and eBook editions of the complete book were unavailable to pre-order, I’ve pre-ordered each installment in Wolf Pact. Though I don’t plan on reading them until they’ve all been released.

    I am super excited that this series is finally being released. I feel like I’ve waited forever to read Bliss Llewellyn’s story. While Jack and Schuyler will always be my favorite characters from Blue Bloods, I can’t help but be curious about Bliss’s story.

    And I am very curious to see just what happens when she finds the Hounds of Hell and meets Lawson.

    Foundation by Ann Aguirre releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in eBook format only and is available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Books, the print length is 18 pages.

    Foundation is a short novella in the author’s Razorland series.

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    Ann Aguirre’s Razorland series is one I just know I will love. I own both eBooks and have Outpost in audiobook format, so I just had to buy this short novella, Foundation. Especially since it tells the story of why humans were forced below ground.

    But, I’m also definitely curious about just whose point of view the story is told from, since the description mentions it’s someone with “influence over the fate of many.”

    I will be reading – and listening to – this series in November, though I will have to try and resist the urge to read this story first.

    Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

    Pub. Date: October 23, 2012

    Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Destiny Rising (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol. 1) by L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: October 23, 2012

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    What the Spell (Part 2) by Brittany Geragotelis

    Pub. Date: October 23, 2012

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    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    With five full-length books and two shorter eBooks being added to my collection this week, I have quite a bit of reading to do if I want my TBR pile not to get too out of control… or any more OOC than it already is.

    But there are some seriously amazing books releasing this week, with two series I love coming to an end. As I am behind on each and every one of them I have a lot of catching up to do. But as every one of those series is on my must reads list I have no doubt I will be reading them soon.

    I’m sure I’m missing some wicked awesome books as I haven’t had the chance to scope out the publishers’ catalogs as of late. So if there are any books I’ve missed that are a must, I would love it if you let me know.

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

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

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