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    The Extras: Teasers #8

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

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

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

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

    Alex and Aiden:

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

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

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

    Leena:

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

    Good luck had nothing to do with it.

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

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

    Brooke and Mirko:

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

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

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

    Elisa and…

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

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

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

    Liz and…

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

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

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

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

    Elise and…

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

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

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

    Anya and Win:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Alex:

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

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

    Amazing, right? Do I even have to ask?

    Juliette and…

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

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    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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    Review: Frost

    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 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, a division of Harper Collins, 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.

    Goodreads description:

    Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate: confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena’s anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself.

    Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste’s brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. Frost is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological . . . well, which answer would let you sleep at night?

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    Moving into Frost House for senior year wasn’t just a curiosity it was more like a compulsion for Leena Thomas.

    The fact that Leena would be among the first female residents of the previously all-boys dorm meant little to her. Frost House, from the moment she saw it, drew her in. It was home. A safe haven.

    It was an old house. There were bound to be quirks. A cold breeze, a musty scent, the feeling that someone was watching – all were explainable phenomenon. As were the broken vase, torn skirt and the erratic knocking. Anyway, why should she believe her roommate, Celeste, that it was something more? Celeste was the eccentric one, it was probably just her imagination.

    And just because everything in Leena’s life was beginning to fall apart didn’t mean it was the house’s fault. Frost House was the only thing that made her feel safe, reminding her of a time in her childhood when things were okay.

    When she was curled in the corner of her closet, breathing in the comforting scent that wafted through the grating, permeating her senses, there was nowhere she’d rather be. She could think much clearer when she was tucked away in its depths. And the voice she heard was just her own subconscious, even though it didn’t always sound like her.

    She just had to be patient. Things looked bad now but everything would be all right in the end. And no matter what anyone said she would not leave Frost House. She would not leave her home. No matter what the cost.

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    Frost is the thrilling, ominous and definitely spooky, nail-biting debut novel from author Marianna Baer. Right from the start, readers know that there is something not quite right about Frost House, but just what is wrong is left until the very end to be revealed.

    The author drops in bits of information, building the mystery, suspense and sense of foreboding, while at the same time slowly breaking apart the main character’s life. And as Leena’s life begins to fracture, readers will be left wondering what the real cause is – the house? Celeste? David, Celeste’s overprotective brother? Is it all just a prank to get Celeste to move out? Or is it Leena?

    On first glance, Leena appears to be confident, a leader and a good student with an active role in school activities. She is hard-working and seeks to help better the school and herself by forming a peer counseling group. She decided to put a moratorium on dating and focus on her schoolwork until she is assured of a place at a college of her choosing.

    And for her senior year she thought it would be great for her and her friends to move into Frost House. But when she gets the surprise news that she’ll be rooming with Celeste Lazar, a more than slightly eccentric and potentially unstable girl, her perfectly envisioned senior year is destroyed.

    From the very start things begin to fall apart. And as Leena tries to keep the peace between her housemates she only seems to make matters worse. She soon finds herself isolated from the people she had called her friends since her first year at Barcroft Academy, with only Celeste and David to keep her company. But she’s not sure just how much she can trust either of them.

    As Leena fights desperately to keep everything together, she doesn’t know what to believe, as secrets about Celeste and David’s family history come to light and a rumor surfaces about something dark that happened in Frost House a long time ago.

    Frost will keep readers in suspense as to what is really happening until the last moment. And with each dark turn in the story, as more pieces of the puzzle are revealed, the more there is to question.

    Author Marianna Baer does a fantastic job of setting the dark tone of this story, which makes itself known from the very first words – Before I lived there, before any of this happened, I imagined Frost House as a sanctuary.

    And as it progresses, the darkness grows and completely envelops the story and the main character. Frost is eerie without being frightening and mysterious without being confusing. It will keep readers glued to the story as the events unfold, always wondering what will happen next and when the final blow will hit.

    As a standalone novel, Frost really delivers, leaving no loose ends. It is a definite recommended read for fans of stories about haunted or possessed houses, ghost stories or paranormal mysteries with a psychological component.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I wanted to read Frost ever since I saw the cover and so I had to request it for review. I absolutely loved reading this book and I could not put it down. Just knowing right from the beginning that things were going to go terribly wrong had me completely hooked.

    I was immediately pulled into the story by the dark and foreboding feeling the author created. And she kept that feeling going throughout the story as things just kept getting worse and worse for her main character.

    Even though, as a huge horror fan, I’ve read a ton of books about mental breakdowns, ghosts and possessed or haunted houses, I was completely entertained by this book. I didn’t have that “yeah, yeah, this again” attitude I so often have when reading these types of stories.

    I am always one to blame ghosts, rather than any of the more rational explanations, but this wasn’t quite so clear-cut and even at the story’s end I still wasn’t completely sure what to believe. Which for me is a really, really good thing.

    While there is a lot left to the imagination, especially Leena’s backstory and the history of Frost House itself, enough was revealed to keep me intrigued and make me want to keep guessing.

    I’m not sure how much I liked Leena, but I don’t believe she was supposed to be completely likable. Half the time I sympathized with her and the rest of the time I either thought she was completely blind to what was going on or was maybe just a little bit crazy.

    I really loved Celeste. I thought she was a unique and very interesting character and really kept this story off-balance, which is a must for me.

    I would have loved it if the book had ended prior to the last two chapters, but then again I don’t mind an ending which leaves everything a mystery in these types of books. I can’t say too much or it will completely spoil the story, so you’ll just have to read it for yourself and see if you feel the same way.

    It didn’t take away from the story for me, at all. I will definitely re-read this one day, and plan on adding the finished copy to my collection, but there were some ideas about one of the characters that were brought into the story at the end that felt just a bit out-of-character for them.

    I am so glad that I asked for a copy for review. I was very happily surprised by this book. I knew from the description it would be a story I’d enjoy but I didn’t expect to get as caught up in it as I did. And it’s nice to read a standalone supernatural book every once in a while.

    And I can’t wait to see what Marianna Baer’s sophomore effort will be.

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    Frost is a standalone novel. To listen to a podcast of the author talking about, and reading from, her book on HarperTeen’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Marianna Baer’s next YA novel, which will be published in 2012, is called Immaculate.

    This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher, HarperTeen, in exchange for an honest review.

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    Quickie ARC Giveaway: Frost

    I received an ARC of Frost by Marianna Baer from the publisher, HarperTeen. As I’ve finished reading it for review I thought I’d pass it along to another reviewer so it can be be read and reviewed prior to release date.

    It was a quick, entertaining and definitely spooky read. I know I’d never set foot in the Frost House…


    So as with my other ARC giveaways, to honor the spirit and purpose of the ARC, this one is only for readers who will be willing to review it. You don’t need a blog. Goodreads or LibraryThing or other review site will be fine.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International.

    4. You agree to review the book on or before release date. (I will be checking – and maybe discovering a really cool new blog. If you don’t post a review, you will no longer be eligible for future ARC giveaways.)

    5. You must have a blog or a place where you will post your review, such as Goodreads, LibraryThing, etc.

    6. Your review does not have to be positive. It just needs to be an honest one. And if you are on Goodreads, please add the book to your “to read” list.

    7. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on August 14th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on August 15th.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word to other reviewers who might be interested that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you to everyone who entered. The contest is now closed. I will be drawing names and announcing the winner here on the blog in the morning.

    And the winner is….

    Congratulations Harpreet! I have reached out to you by email and heard back so I will be sending out the book to you on Tuesday. I look forward to reading your review and hearing what you think about Frost. Remember, your review just needs to be honest, there is no requirement for you to like the book.

    Happy reading! And I will be having a giveaway for another ARC shortly.

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    My Reading Pile #20

    It was a bit of a small mailbox week, but size doesn’t always matter. Yes, that’s a copy of Rachel Vincent’s upcoming novel, Blood Bound, which I received for review. But as it’s not personally signed to me I’ll be sending it along to one of my favorite bloggers when I’m done. And, yeah, I will be reading it this week.

    I also got duplicate copies of Shatter Me and Don’t Breathe a Word which I received from a trade with another blogger and which I’m donating to the YA Crush Tourney along with a couple other books.

    I hope to read Shatter Me and Don’t Breathe a Word really soon, but in the meantime…

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

    (July 31-August 6, 2011)

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    First up is Blood Bound, the first book in a new adult series by Rachel Vincent. I received this signed advance copy for review from the author and I just couldn’t wait until next week to start reading it, so I added it to this week’s pile instead.

    I’ve been stalking this book since the moment I heard about it on Rachel Vincent’s blog. I loved seeing the different cover options that were being debated, but it was the synopsis that intrigued me. A paranormal tracker searching the criminal underworld for a missing girl and being forced to rely on a forbidden lover to assist her, sounds both thrilling and tantalizing.

    This story holds the promise of danger and desire, with fast-paced action, an exciting paranormal element and a twisty-turny plot. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a non-young adult book and I’m excited for it to be Blood Bound.

    Next up is Frost by Marianna Baer. I had requested and received an advance copy from the publisher for review. I had acquired another copy from a trade – yes, I clearly wanted this book – but I passed that one on to another blogger.

    Frost won’t be released until mid-September, but as an early review was requested, I’ve added it to the pile this week.

    I wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover a few months ago. The bluish-grey tones called out to me. Then I checked out the description and knew I had to read this book.

    Frost is set in a boarding school, and the main character, Leena Thomas, gets a new roommate for her senior year. Odd things begin to happen, but whether they stem from Leena, the new roommate, or something else, is what remains to be discovered. Frost sounds eerie, disturbing and chilling and is one of those books that is right up my alley.

    I haven’t decided whether this will be one of my late night reads, or one that is best left for daylight hours. Either way, I can’t wait to find out what happens at Frost House.

    My third book of the week is Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany. This is the second book in the 13 to Life series and it was released back in February. I will be reading an eBook finished copy which has been sitting in my to be read pile for way too long.

    I’ve added this book to the pile this week as I have a review copy of Bargains and Betrayals from the publisher, which I plan to read prior to its release date in mid-August. I can’t wait to get back into this series as I’ve really missed Jess and Pietr and I’m dying to find out what happens next.

    I had every intention of reading this on release date, but as is typical with blogging, favorite reads get set aside for required ones. But now that the third book in the series is a required read for me, I am not complaining about having to add this book to the pile this week.

    According to the book’s description, there is more danger and even more of a paranormal element than in 13 to Life. I can’t wait to find out if the Rusakova’s are able to free their mother and just where in the paranormal realm the author will take me.

    Last, but definitely not least, is Possess by Gretchen McNeil. I won an ARC of Possess in a charitable auction and as release date is right around the corner I decided, with a little help from Kreag of I Devour Books, to add this one to the pile this week.

    I just spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, and was completely drawn into Bridget Liu’s story. And yes, it’s dangerous to skim a book before actually reading it, but I did not venture into the last half of the book when doing so.

    Bridget has the ability to hear demons and banish them, and she uses her gift to help out a priest with his demonic possession cases. But getting involved with anything demon-related is asking for trouble and it seems that Bridget must figure out what the demons are planning before someone she knows gets hurt.

    After my brief “glances” through the book, and maybe getting caught up in the first five or ten pages, I knew that I would enjoy Possess. It feels like a quick read with a main character who will be incredibly entertaining to follow.

    As this is my fourth book on the pile this week I hope it doesn’t overlap with next week’s reads.

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    What a terrible Witch Week this was. Although I had several witchy posts, I only ended up re-reading Witch Eyes and reading The Near Witch. And I still have to write my The Near Witch review for Monday or Tuesday’s post.

    Would I like to read Witch Eyes again? Yeah. It’s one of those books I can just escape into, but as it’s heading off to the post office to be delivered to another blogger, I am forced to say goodbye.

    And I really hope to do better this week, but I make no promises.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I actually don’t have a true wishful thinking read for this week, because I am reading Forgotten Souls by Tiffany King and I’m making that my wishful thinking read. Forgotten Souls is the sequel to the author’s first book, Meant to Be and continues the story of Krista and Mark.

    I can’t say too much about it as I’m only about ten percent of the way through and I haven’t read a description of it, but I’m excited to see where this leads.

    Those left behind:

    This is one of those shame-spiral sections this week. I did not read Once a Witch or Always a Witch and I’m so disappointed that I didn’t get to read them. I will try to read them this week, or at least the first book in the series, and I will try my hardest not to let them move too far down in the to be read pile.

    I also have some catching up to do on previous week’s reads, but I may add them back into a future reading pile just so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

    And once again, I am ever hopeful of tackling all four books in this week’s pile. I’m keeping not only my fingers crossed but my eyes crossed too!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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