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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #148

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    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 29th-November 4th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Iron Traitor

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    THE IRON TRAITOR by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on October 29, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE IRON TRAITOR is the second book in author Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series.

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    Release day is almost here! It’s almost HERE!!!!

    I am totally stoked that THE IRON TRAITOR is releasing this week. I have had it pre-ordered for ages and ages and I am so excited to finally be able to own a finished copy.

    I love, love, love this spinoff series and I cannot wait until everyone gets the chance to read this second book, to find out what happens with Keirran and Ethan. I am reading it right now and it’s making me very, very nervous. I’m sort of afraid of how it will end and whether I’ll be screaming in frustration while I wait for the next book.

    As I have spotlighted this amazing book for my Book Watch post, I won’t ramble on about it right now. Especially as I’m so tempted to talk about what I’m reading, what’s happening, and what I think is going to happen.

    So I will just say once again that while I am anxiously awaiting all the books I have on order, I am ecstatic that THE IRON TRAITOR will be in my possession in just a few short days.

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    In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. 

    After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.

    But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.

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    In the Age of Love and Chocolate

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    IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE by Gabrielle Zevin will be released in the U.S. on October 29, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 304 pages.

    IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE is the third and final book in author Gabrielle Zevin’s Birthright series.

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    I have fallen behind on this series, but there was no way I wasn’t going to pre-order this final book in the trilogy – IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE. And I can’t wait for it to download on Monday Midnight.

    Of course I am kicking myself for taking a peek at the description which is SUPER SPOILER-Y for a certain event that happened in book two. And which makes me that much more curious about what the “misjudgment” is that “leaves Anya fighting for her life.”

    I had no idea this was only a three-book series. But now that this final book is releasing I will definitely have to read it to its conclusion. I love this author’s voice and I was fascinated by this series’ premise which is so very different than any other YA book I’ve read. I both listened to and read the first book in this series, and I plan on listening to both subsequent books in audio format.

    So, even though I will be adding this to my Kindle book collection, I will be ordering the audio from iTunes on release date. And hopefully I’ll be able to listen to both books in early November and find out where Anya’s choices have led her.

    Description…

    All These Things I’ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school years in trouble with the law. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win.

    Still, it is Anya’s nature to soldier on. She puts the loss of Win behind her and focuses on her work. Against the odds, the nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like she is on her way and that nothing will ever go wrong for her again. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices and to let people help her for the first time in her life.

    In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the story of growing up and learning what love really is. It showcases the best of Gabrielle Zevin’s writing for young adults: the intricate characterization of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the big-heartedness of Elsewhere. It will make you remember why you loved her writing in the first place.

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    Sentinel

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    SENTINEL by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on November 2, 2013 in paperback format. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 360 pages.

    SENTINEL is the fifth and final book in author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Covenant series.

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    I don’t have SENTINEL pre-ordered as it’s not yet available to pre-order in Kindle format. But as soon as it is available to buy, I will be adding this to my collection.

    I cannot believe that this is the fifth book in the series. What’s more, I cannot believe how far behind I am on this series that I’d been dying to read ever since I first learned about it. But I have to catch up. I have to know what’s been happening with Alex. I have to know if Aiden is still in the picture.

    I have not read the description, though I couldn’t help but see its first line which mentions something about a war. *GULP.* So I don’t know what’s in store for any of the characters in this final book.

    And as I haven’t taken a series to its conclusion with this author, I don’t know whether she’ll be kind or cruel to her characters. But I am hoping for a happily-ish ever after. Because from the moment I met Aiden I wanted one for him and Alex.

    Since I am so far behind it might take awhile for me to get caught up. But I don’t see it as a challenge to do so… it’s more like an adventure. And I plan on restarting this series from the beginning and taking it to its end this December.

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    It’s a beautiful day for a war.

    As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

    And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

    In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

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    Horde

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    HORDE by Ann Aguirre will be released in the U.S. on October 29, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 432 pages.

    HORDE is the third and final full-length book in author Ann Aguirre’s Razorland trilogy.

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    I own each of the books in this series… well, I will once HORDE downloads to my Kindle this Tuesday… but I haven’t yet started it. I just know that this series is going to be awesome so I’ve added each book to my collection on its release date.

    It sounds dark and gritty and chilling and action-packed. It’s a world I desperately want to visit. Okay, maybe not in reality, but definitely in fiction. And I’m excited to be able to read this series all at once from start to finish, meet Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan and find out who are the victors.

    The title of this final book sounds ominous. So I’m not entirely sure that all the characters will survive. But as I have not yet read a book by Ann Aguirre, I don’t know whether she’ll leave me in tears or shouting, “Yesssss!” at the series conclusion.

    I love kick-a** battles, I love dark storylines. So I cannot wait to finally start this one and see just how “epic” it is.

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    The epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling trilogy.

    The horde is coming.

    Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they’re not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn’t run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade’s love.

    Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn’t been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.

    This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.

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    The Shadowhunters Codex

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    THE SHADOWHUNTER’S CODEX by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis will be released in the U.S. on October 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON (a deluxe edition is also available) and BARNES & NOBLE (a special edition is also available).

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am really curious to see what this illustrated guide looks like on my Kindle. Yes, I pre-ordered the eBook version of THE SHADOWHUNTER’S CODEX, not the print edition. So I think I need to charge up my Kindle Fire before its release date so I can take a peek.

    I am not someone who typically buys illustrated guides. I’m not sure I ever was, even as a child. But I am curious about Clary’s sketches. I am curious to see what other information about the Shadowhunters is included in this guide. And I want to hang on to this world for just a little bit longer.

    I have a feeling the artwork in this book will be stunning and the special edition and deluxe edition will be even more gorgeous. But as I am far more likely to read and keep it if its in electronic format I decided to test that edition out.

    While this is not the type of book I’d read cover to cover, I will definitely be perusing it when it downloads on Monday Midnight.

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    Delve into the details of all things Shadowhunter with this illustrated guide to the knowledge and lore of the Shadowhunter world.

    Since the thirteenth century, the Shadowhunter’s Codex has been the one and only manual for Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper stele use, and discover just what exactly a pyxis is. Featured in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a necessity for any young Nephilim on their journey to becoming a Shadowhunter. Beautifully illustrated, the Codex contains images of the famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, as well as depictions of demons and other Downworlders.

    But this isn’t just any copy of The Shadowhunter’s Codex. It’s Clary’s copy, and as an artist herself, she’s sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and scrawled helpful advice in the margins. Of course, she couldn’t exactly stop Jace or Simon from adding their thoughts either. Part encyclopedia, part history, part training manual—complete with commentary from Shadowhunters who have seen it all—this beautiful guide is a perfect supplement to the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

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    Other Books of Note

    AlteredALTERED (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin

    Pub. Date: October 29, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Life. Possibility. Choice.

    All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

    But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

    In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

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    WaterfellWATERFELL (The Aquarathi #1) by Amalie Howard

    Pub. Date: October 29, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE QUEEN

    Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

    Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

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    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children GNMISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean

    Pub. Date: October 29, 2013

    Publisher: Yen Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Ransom Riggs’s haunting fantasy bestseller adapted to a graphic novel!
    As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive.

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    Other Releases

    SORROW’S KNOT by Erin Bow

    FRACTURED (Guards of the Shadowlands #2) by Sarah Fine

    RELIC (Book of Eva #1) by Heather Terrell

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    I could have sworn I’d pre-ordered WATERFELL by Amalie Howard, but since I haven’t I will be waiting until just after its release date to order it for my Kindle. I’ve kind of gone a little spend crazy this month and I want to wait for November 1st before adding yet another item on my credit card statement.

    I will also likely buy ALTERED since I have CREWEL on my Kindle, even though I haven’t yet had the chance to read it. The description for the sequel sounds epic, so I can’t imagine not having it as part of my collection.

    There are a pretty decent number of books releasing this week, but thankfully it’s not an overwhelming number. So I’m hopeful of getting caught up just a little bit in anticipation of the crazy number of books releasing in 2014.

    Last week I did have another book on order, BLACK AND BLUE (Otherworld Assassin #2) by Gena Showalter. But as it isn’t a YA title I figured I’d just mention it here rather than list it as “missing” above.

    And, while I don’t normally list eNovellas, I just have to mention, to anyone who may have missed it, THE MOTH IN THE MIRROR (Splintered #1.5) by A.G. Howard released last week. I’ve been trying to decide whether to read it before or after I read UNHINGED. I’m definitely thinking before.

    Anyway… I hope you have all your bookish pre-orders lined up for the week. And if there are any books I’ve missed, please, please, please let me know.

    Happy bookish buying!

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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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    My Reading Pile #82

    I had a bit of a surprise in this week’s mailbox. While I was expecting one of the books – as it’s for a giveaway – I did not expect the other. And as it’s one of the few books I’ve wishlisted that I don’t actually own, I’m totally psyched… at least I think I don’t own it….

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    Thanks to HarperCollins I got an ARC of ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill for the GIVEAWAY for my tour stop post. As I hadn’t specified in the giveaway what format – as I wasn’t sure if I’d be getting a finished copy or an ARC – I will leave it up to the winner and buy a finished copy if they prefer it. But who doesn’t love an ARC?

    Anyway… the amazing folks at HarperCollins also sent a copy of TWO OR THREE THINGS I FORGOT TO TELL YOU by Joyce Carol Oates. I had my eye on this book and may not have added it to my collection yet, so I’m super thrilled to have received a surprise ARC which I hope to get the chance to read really soon.

    I also received another audiobook copy (not shown) of OUTPOST by Ann Aguirre for review thanks to Macmillan Audio. As I’d been in the process of moving when they sent the first copy, they sent out another copy to my new address. I don’t quite feel right keeping this copy so I’ll have to check if they’d like it back or if they’d like me to offer it up for giveaway.

    I’m really hoping to be able to add ENCLAVE and OUTPOST to my pile next week, but for now…

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

    (October 7 – October 13, 2012)

    First up on the pile is COVET by Melissa Darnell. I’m on the blog tour for this book later this week and while I don’t have to read it for review, I want to. It’s quite the addictive series.

    I read CRAVE last week and wanted to pick this one up right away but had to read another review book first. Then I got a bit sidetracked. But I thought CRAVE was a lot of fun and I am super excited to find out more about Savannah, Tristan and the Clann.

    The ending to CRAVE was a bit cliffhanger-y and I did find myself immediately opening up COVET and reading the first few sentences before I had to drag myself away.

    I loved the forbidden love aspect and all the secret-keeping both Sav and Tristan were involved in. It created some really nice tension throughout. I hope to see more of the same in this book, which, from checking out the description, seems very likely.

    I am so curious as to just what Tristan does to “fight for the girl he loves” and am dying to find out just what those forces are that take them in directions “neither could have foreseen.”

    The description promises that not everyone will survive and I’m very nervous as to just who won’t.

    Now I just need to decide whether to read the eARC I have from the NetGalley courtesy of the publisher or the finished copy I have on my Kindle. Decisions… decisions….

    Next up on the pile is BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD by Gabrielle Zevin. I have the finished copy on my Kindle, but I will be listening to the audiobook edition I received for review. That is if I can get the computer set up that syncs with my iPhone this weekend so that I can listen to it. Otherwise I may do a mix of both.

    I listened to the first book in the series, ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE, in audiobook format and loved the narrator and the way she brought the story to life. But more than that I absolutely loved the book and couldn’t wait until the sequel was released.

    I’m so excited to finally go back to Anya Balanchine’s world and see what happened after that ending… which I won’t talk about as it is spoiler-y. But I’m really worried about the way things start out after having read the description. Especially about what’s going on with Win.

    It seems Anya will be taking a journey in this book. And the description hints that her heart “will be tested,” so of course I’m just dying to find out by whom.

    I really hope that I will be able to listen to it in its entirety this week, because I won’t be able to resist the urge to dive into the print edition if I can’t get the audiobook on my iPhone in time.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I really wish I could read the second book in Kresley Cole’s The Arcana Chronicles. But as it’s not yet out… and not even close to being released… I’ll just have to pine. For a long, long time.

    But if I could add another book to the pile this week it would once again be Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. Yeah, I am still wishing I was reading it right about now. I may not be able to resist its lure for much longer and so it may end up being a “read” book this week instead of just a wish.

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    Those left behind:

    While I’m still behind on older reading piles, I am not behind on last week’s pile. I read CRAVE early in the week, though I still have to write the review, and then devoured and reviewed ERASING TIME.

    But I did add a couple other books to the pile since I finished last week’s reading pile on Monday. I read POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole because I just couldn’t resist. It had been tempting me for ages and I gave in. And was so not disappointed. Well… I’m disappointed that I’ve finished it. But not at all disappointed at what I discovered.

    I also started reading, and will be finished by the time I start on this week’s pile, LOTHAIRE by Kresley Cole. No, it’s definitely not YA, but after Rachel of Parajunkee’s View mentioned it was really good on Twitter, I just had to take a peek. And then a longer one. I was going through intense KC withdrawal and just needed to read something more by her.

    Yeah, it was so worth it. And will be the perfect way to return to those non-YA reads I plan on reviewing on my non-YA blog.

    I am still hoping to sneak in QUARANTINE this week and STARLING which has been screaming at me. Loudly. Very, very loudly. Plus I will be reading DEVOUR ME because it’s all about Warner. Enough said.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I’ve managed to steer clear of NetGalley this week, though I’ve been tempted to stop by as I heard they have had a complete redesign/overhaul. But so far I’ve been good. But my strength is waning. And I think I’ll be checking it out this weekend.

    While I’ve been more motivated than I have been in the longest time to read this week, for some reason I’ve been exhausted. I’ve woken up most nights on the sofa, lying atop my Kindle. And woken up in bed in the morning in a similar situation.

    And while I’ve had every intention on getting ahead on my blog posts, that might have been too lofty a goal. I’ve managed to get a post up each day and even a few on my other blogs. But I’m definitely not ahead of the game.

    I am also, once again, just a bit behind on reviews. A situation I hope to remedy this week, if I can just get ahead on formatting those tour posts – and resisting the urge to read ahead in the read along for SWEET EVIL – I just might be able to catch up.

    I still haven’t found the charger for my Kindle, but I have more than one Kindle so I haven’t been too worried. Though I really hope to find it this weekend. Anyway… I’m rambling….

    I’d love to know what books you plan on reading this week and if you got any amazing books in the mail. And I hope that your reading week past was and your reading week ahead is successful.

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #90

    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 18th-September 24th that I have pre-ordered.

    The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    The Crown of Embers is the second book in author Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns series. The Bitter Kingdom, the third book in the series, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I have been dying to read this sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns which I had the chance to read early last year and loved. It was epic and I couldn’t wait for the sequel’s release. I think I’ve had it pre-ordered months.

    While I haven’t had the chance to read The Crown of Embers before its release, I will definitely be reading it in the next month. Because I can’t wait to find out what happens next with Elisa and Hector. And I am excited to take the journey with Elisa as she tries to find the source of the Godstone’s power.

    The description promises that this sequel will be “breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous” and I am anxiously awaiting the chance to dive in and find out for myself.

    Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Because It Is My Blood is the second book in the Birthright series by author Gabrielle Zevin.

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    I loved the first book in this series by author Gabrielle Zevin and have been so curious to find out what will happen next in Because It Is My Blood. Especially with how things left off at the end of book one. I pre-ordered it for my Kindle just as soon as I noticed it was available and can’t wait for it to download on the 18th.

    I also had an early copy that I traded for, but I didn’t get the chance to read it before release, and as I’ve just received the audiobook for review I’ll be listening to it instead. I “read” the first one in audiobook format, too, so I’m excited to be able to experience this one in the same way.

    I read the description, which is very spoiler-y for book one, so I won’t talk about it here, but I’m really hopeful that things end up okay for Anya Balanchine. Things sound like they’ll be pretty difficult for her at first, but I hope that on this journey she’ll be taking, all will end well.

    I love the author’s writing style and the interesting characters she’s created. And I loved the narrator’s voice for this audio edition, so I can’t wait to listen to it in early October. 

    Ten by Gretchen McNeil will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 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, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I have wanted to read this book forever. Even more so when I heard that Ten was inspired by Agatha Christie’s book. I just hadn’t had the time to read it before release, even though I had an early copy.

    I have it pre-ordered for my Kindle and I hope to sneak in a read in the next couple of weeks. Because I really can’t wait to see what happens to those teens trapped on the island, to see if the mystery is solved, if there are any further deaths than the ones mentioned in the description, and if there is something even more dark and sinister going on.

    I love the first line of the description, “And their doom comes swiftly.” Talk about ominous. I can’t wait to see if I’m able to figure out who the killer is before the main character in the story does. And I can’t wait to find out just how things end.

    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and audio formats Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 416 pages.

    The Raven Boys is the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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    The Raven Boys is one of my most anticipated releases this week. I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post a few weeks ago, so I won’t go on endlessly here. But I was so thrilled when it finally was available to pre-order for my Kindle at Amazon.

    I can’t wait to meet Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah. I am dying to find out what it means to be a Raven Boy. And I am desperate to see whether it’s true that whoever Blue falls in love with is doomed to die.

    I hope to be able to read this book very soon after release, to dive into this “strange and sinister world” and be just as captivated by this book as everyone I know that had the chance to read it early was.

    Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Thomas Dunne Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Stormdancer is the first book in author Jay Kristoff’s The Lotus Wars series. The second book in the series is yet to be titled.

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    Stormdancer is a book that I saw on Parajunkee’s blog and fell in love with based on the cover and description. I pre-ordered it for my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. While I am not entirely sure if it is a YA book, I just had to list it here because I’ve been waiting for its release for the longest time and it sounds unbelievably epic.

    I am very curious about the Lotus Guild and this world of blood-red skies and “toxic pollution.” I can’t wait to go on the “impossible quest” to capture a legendary “thunder tiger.” And I am excited to meet Yukiko.

    I am dying to find out just how she and the crippled thunder tiger will challenge an empire. I am anxious to see if the friendship they form will be one that ends in heartbreak. And I really hope I can take this journey with them next month.

    What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. it is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 352 pages.

    What’s Left of Me is the first book in Kat Zhang’s The Hybrid Chronicles. 

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    This book sounds awesome. And a little bit eerie. When I first heard of What’s Left of Me when I was offered a copy for trade I just had to go ahead and pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I love the idea that in this book the norm is that two souls are contained in one body at the onset of life and that one is supposed to fade with time. And I love that Eva and Addie are different – that they’re hybrids.

    I am super curious to find out what happens to Addie and Eva, why hybrids are such a threat and just what the author imagined life to be like for one body that contains two souls. I hope that Addie/Eva don’t get caught, I hope that Eva finds a way not to be trapped anymore. I hope that things end happily.

    And I really hope I can read What’s Left of Me at the end of October.

    Glass Heart by Amy Garvey will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Glass Heart is the second book in the Cold Kiss series by Amy Garvey.

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    I still have to read Cold Kiss, but as I loved the description for that book I just had to pre-order this sequel. I’ve been wanting to meet Wren and find out what happens with her, Danny and Gabriel and I hope to do so really soon.

    I ordered Glass Heart solely based on my interest in the first book as I refuse to check out the description even though it is linked above. I just don’t want anything to be spoiled about book one, and I have a feeling it will be if I read this description.

    I want to find out for myself why Gabriel DeMarnes can sense Wren’s abilities. And I want to know how things end with Danny. I just don’t want to get those answers from the description.

    I really hope to read both books back-to-back in November. I don’t know if there is a third book planned in this series, but if there is, I don’t want to wait until just before its release to have read both of these books. 

    Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian will be released in the U.S. in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Burn for Burn is the first book in a currently untitled trilogy by the authors. The second book in the series, Fire with Fire, is due out in 2013 and the final book in the trilogy, Ashes to Ashes, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I heard of Burn for Burn months and months ago and pre-ordered it just as soon as I did. I haven’t yet had a chance to read anything by Jenny Han, but I have read a book by Siobhan Vivian and loved it and wanted to see what a collaboration between the two was like.

    I can’t wait to meet Lillia, Kat and Mary and see just how they exact their revenge. Each of their stories sounds so different and I imagine that how they go about getting even will also be quite different.

    I hope that Lillia is able to prevent what happened to her from happening to her sister. I hope that Kat is able to quiet the rumors, insults and jokes that have caused her so much pain. And I hope that Mary is able to prove just how different she is to the boy that caused her to uproot her life.

    I am so curious as to whether their plans for revenge will work or whether they’ll backfire. And I’m even more curious to find out just what the two other books in the trilogy are about – whether they are a continuation of these three characters’ stories or stories of revenge for new characters.

    Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout will be released in the U.S. in hardcover format. An eBook edition is likely to be available on release day. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I got an early copy of Cursed though I haven’t had a chance to read it just yet. But I have it at the top of my pile and can’t wait to read it. As it is not available to pre-order in eBook format, I plan on buying it on release date if it is made available. Because I must have this book in my collection.

    I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing and I really want to meet Ember McWilliams and find out more about her curse – whether it really is a curse or a gift as Hayden Cromwell thinks it is.

    As I’ve already talked about this book endlessly in my Reading Pile post the other week, I won’t go on and on. But I can’t imagine an existence without the ability to touch anyone and I’m so hopeful that Ember will be able to find a way to break this curse. Though I really hope the price for answers isn’t her life.

    I will be reading this book in the next few weeks and I expect to be as enchanted with this new story as I have been with every book of Jennifer Armentrout’s that I’ve read.

    The Diviners by Libba Bray will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 608 pages.

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

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    I haven’t read very many books by Libba Bray but she’s gotten such high praise for her writing that I just had to pre-order The Diviners. The world in this book sounds utterly fascinating and I can’t wait to find out more.

    I love that the description uses the word “pos-i-toot-ly,” which totally gives me an idea of just who Evie O’Neill is as a character. I can’t wait to see this version of old New York with its speakeasies, dancing girls and “movie palaces.” And I can’t wait to find out more about the museum her uncle is curator of – “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”

    This book sounds wonderfully imaginative and I am excited to find out what Evie and her Uncle Will’s investigation turns up about the “occult-based murders.” I am also super curious to learn just what “mysterious power” Evie has. I hope it helps them catch the killer.

    I think this book will make a great late-fall read and I hope to be able to dive into it then. And as it is over six hundred pages, I’m so glad that I’ll have it on my Kindle instead of in print as it will be much, much lighter.

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    I’m adding ten new books to the pile this week. All of which are being added to my TBR pile. I really hope that next week is just a bit quieter as I don’t know when I’ll ever get caught up on my reading with all these amazing books coming out each week.

    I may just have to start thinking about wish-listing books instead of pre-ordering them, as I’ll never in this lifetime get through them all. Maybe next year… or the one after that… as there are just way too many books I’m dying to read coming out this year and early next year.

    Anyway….

    I hope you’ve found some great new books to add to your collection this week. If there is a book that I absolutely must read that’s not being added to my Kindle this week, please let me know.

    If I do take my own advice next year and resist buying every single book I want, I’ll want to have all the books I possibly can available for me to read before then.

    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: 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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    Review: All These Things I’ve Done

    All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Books for Young Readers), a division of Macmillan, the print edition is 368 pages.

    All These Things I’ve Done is the first book in the Birthright series.

    Goodreads description:

    In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty.

    And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.’s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend.

    That is until her ex is accidentally poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight–at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

    My brother Leo was supposed to take my father’s place as head of the family if anything happened to Daddy. He was the oldest after all and I was just a girl.

    But Leo was injured in an accident and he just wasn’t the same as he used to be. An accident that was really an attempt on Daddy’s life. An accident which not only took away the Leo I knew, but also took my mother from me. That was a long time ago. Back when Daddy was still alive.

    Someone got the job done, eventually. Natty and I saw them when they came for Daddy. We were right there, hiding beneath his desk. Natty still has nightmares. I do, too.

    It’s up to me to to be in charge of our family now. Nana is still our official guardian, but she isn’t well. So I have to look after Leo and Natty. I am responsible for us all. I just have to stay away from trouble.

    But trouble seems to want to find me. First Gable Arsley, my newly ex-boyfriend, gets poisoned by the chocolate my family sells. The illegal chocolate. Did I mention that in 2083 chocolate is illegal?

    Then of course I have to fall for Win Delacroix, the son of the new Assistant District Attorney. If that isn’t asking for trouble, I don’t know what is.

    So now, instead of keeping quiet and taking care of my family, I’m being questioned for Gable’s poisoning. And because of my involvement with Win, I’m in the spotlight. I may only be in high school, but already I feel like I need forgiveness for all these things I’ve done.

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    All These Things I’ve Done takes readers to a future in which water is scarce, paper is practically non-existent and coffee and chocolate are illegal, which has given rise to organized crime.

    And in New York City in 2083, the Balanchine family is one of the most powerful crime families, even without Leo Balanchine at the helm. Because the chocolate they manufacture is some of the best available and people don’t care whether it’s illegal or not. They just want it.

    The story centers around Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the deceased head of the business, Leo Balanchine. While she has no plans to enter the family business, she can’t escape her family name and all that comes with it.

    She may not know exactly what she wants to do, but for now she’s happy that her Nana Galina is still alive and glad to be rid of her boyfriend Gable as she starts her Junior year at Holy Trinity.

    But when Gable gets poisoned by her family’s chocolate, they are quick to point fingers at her. And if she can’t clear her name and get herself out of trouble, she’s at risk of losing everything and everyone she cares about.

    All These Things I’ve Done is a story about one girl’s struggle to keep her family together against tremendous odds. At just sixteen Anya is trying to juggle her responsibilities to her brother and sister and to her extended family, with her own interests, which includes trying not to fall victim to Win Delacroix’s charms. A battle she is most definitely losing.

    Author Gabrielle Zevin has written an incredibly engaging, heartwarming and heartbreaking story. The world she has laid the foundation for in this first book in the series is intriguing – a crime-ridden city, officials on the take, natural resources scarce and caffeine illegal. Quite the bleak and not so distant future.

    The main character, Anya Balanchine is strong, but not too tough, smart in the ways of the world, if not as book smart as her sister and intensely loyal to and protective of her family. She is likable and sympathetic, if not immediately lovable. She is not quick to forgive and forget, but her life experiences have made her that way.

    The story doesn’t end on what would typically be considered a cliffhanger, but there are quite a few loose ends as far as Anya, Win and Leo Jr. are concerned, and the door is left wide open for any number of possibilities.

    All These Things I’ve Done is an exciting start to this new series with a mystery that needs to be solved, a forbidden love story and ultimately one where one girl must decide whether or not to claim her birthright.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    About the audiobook:

    Audiobook: Unabridged Compact Discs

    Length: 8 Discs/Approximately 10 hours

    Read by: Ilyana Kadushin

    Ilyana Kadushin was the perfect reader for Anya Balanchine. The tone of her voice was a close match to how I might have imagined Anya’s to be. She did a wonderful job with the pacing, making it easy for this first-time audiobook reviewer to follow along and become engaged with the story.

    She also did a great job for many of the other characters in this book, especially Nana Galina, changing her voice just enough to enable me to easily distinguish one character from another.

    While I didn’t enjoy the voice she used for Gable, he had the least amount of dialogue in this story, so I didn’t find that it detracted from the overall experience.

    I would definitely listen to another audiobook by this narrator and may just continue listening to this series if Ilyana Kadushin is the narrator.

    On a personal note:

    I really loved getting to know Anya Balanchine. She was the very best part of this story. She was an incredibly sympathetic character. And as tough a front as she put up, and as strong as she wanted to be, she just couldn’t keep that wall up. And that was because of Win. Who I absolutely love.

    Win brought out the very best in Anya, even though she fought against him. He was kind and patient and almost, but not quite, too perfect to be true. He is the ideal book boyfriend.

    I really feel like I got to know Anya and her family in this story. The author did an amazing job in developing her character and her family’s history. And I can’t wait to see just what decisions Anya will make about her future with the family business, her brother, the very intriguing Yuji Ono and of course Win Delacroix.

    Although this story is set in the future, it almost feels like it’s one set in the past, back when organized crime took hold during Prohibition. While the law tries to maintain control, it’s really the criminal enterprises that hold the power, especially as so many officials are being bribed. And I can’t wait to see just what Win’s father, the Assistant District Attorney, plans to do if he wins the election and becomes the new DA.

    In the next book, I would love to learn more about this world that the author has introduced in this first book in the series and to hear why certain things were made illegal versus others.

    Anya has some really tough choices to make, and from what I’ve learned so far about her, she might not make the right ones. But I am excited to see just what she’ll do next.

    As this was my first audiobook for review, I have to talk just a little bit about that experience.

    I was totally afraid that I wouldn’t enjoy listening to an audiobook. I’d only listened to one before. But I really enjoyed Ilyana Kadushin’s reading of this story. I found it easy to follow along and her voice had just the right pitch so that I didn’t find it in the least bit annoying.

    The audiobook was the perfect companion when I was walking around. I thought my visual surroundings would distract me from what I was listening to, but in the case of this narrator, I was easily able to stay focused. I also found it great to listen to at night when I just didn’t feel like reading, although the narrator did have a soothing voice so I may have drifted off once or twice.

    While the audiobook will never replace the printed page for me – I still enjoy discovering the story on my own – I will definitely now be listening to audiobooks in addition to reading them.

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    To get a look at the first 30 pages from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for All These Things I’ve Done:


    This review is based on an audiobook I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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    Quickie Audiobook Giveaway: All These Things I’ve Done

    I received a set of audiobook CD’s of Gabrielle Zevin’s All These Things I’ve Done for review from the publisher, Macmillan Audio. As I’ve listened to them and written my review, which will be posted in a few hours, I thought I’d pass along the audiobook CD’s.

    Besides, I have the eBook in my collection, which I plan on reading closer to release of the second book in the Birthright series.

    So, to give someone else a chance to listen to this fun book about a future where coffee and chocolate are illegal….

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    One set of audiobook CDs of All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin that I received from the publisher for review. They are in the original packaging and have only been listened to once.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International.

    4. Audiobook CDs will be sent via U.S. mail.

    5. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 19th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on September 20th. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

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

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you to everyone who entered. I will be drawing names shortly. Stay tuned…

    Congratulations Heather! You’re the winner for the All These Things I’ve Done audiobooks. I will be contacting you by email and you will have 48 hours in which to send me your details or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thanks again to everyone who entered. I’m sure I’ll be giving away something off the bookshelves later this week. Happy reading!

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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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