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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #178

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

    These are books for the week of May 27th-June 2nd that I have pre-ordered.


    City of Heavenly Fire

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    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 752 pages.

    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is the sixth and final full-length book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.


    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is my most anticipated read this week. I have been waiting forever and ever for this book’s release and I cannot wait until it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I will be reading it the moment it arrives.

    I love this series, and I am totally heartbroken that it will be ending. But at the same time I can’t wait, as I feel like I’ve been waiting forever.

    I have not read the description, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to know until I read about it in the book. And while I normally take forever and ever to read a series-ending book, I don’t want to have this series’ ending spoiled for me, so I hope to be able to read it in one sitting. No matter how late I’ll have to stay up to do so.

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    ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

    I am coming.

    Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!


    Take Me On

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    TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover 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 544 pages.

    TAKE ME ON is the fourth full-length novel in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. A novella, BREAKING THE RULES, is slated for release on December 30, 2014.


    love this series by Katie McGarry. I hope it never ends. I got the chance to read TAKE ME ON just a little bit early and I love, love, loved it. So of course I can’t wait for the finished copy to download and get added to my permanent collection.

    I would love to talk about West and Haley but as I plan on posting a review just after my tour stop next week, I don’t want to ramble on here. But I will just quickly say that Katie McGarry brings her amazing writing and characters to this fourth book in the series. And it’s every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I adored West before I read this book, but now I adore Haley too. And while I won’t be re-reading it just yet, I will definitely be re-reading all the books in this series some day soon.

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    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


    The Girl with the Windup Heart
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    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover 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 400 pages.

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is the fourth full-length novel in Author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.


    I had the opportunity to read THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART early but I just couldn’t bring myself to (possibly) say goodbye. As much as I want to know what’s going to happen with Finley, Griffin, Jack, Emily, Sam, Jasper and even The Machinist, I am just not ready for these characters’ stories to end.

    The finished version will be downloading to my Kindle this week and I am planning on buying a print copy for my collection. But it may take a few more weeks for me to be ready to part with this series.

    I am excited about learning more about Mila who we briefly got the chance to meet in the previous book. I’m not sure whether I’ll like her, given that Jack seems to have taken a fancy to her. But if this is really the series-ending book, I hope he gets a happily ever after. I just kind of still wish for it to be with Finley.

    I know I won’t be reading it this week, but I hope to read it in June. I really don’t want to risk having this ending spoiled for me. So I might just have to be brave. We shall see.

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    In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

    London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

    Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

    Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.


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    THE DARK WORLD by Cara Lynn Shultz will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover 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 384 pages.

    THE DARK WORLD is the first book in Cara Lynn Shultz’s series of the same name.


    I love Cara Lynn Shultz’s writing and can’t wait for THE DARK WORLD to download to my Kindle on Tuesday. When I first heard that the author was writing a new series and that it involved demons and demon slayers, I immediately pre-ordered a copy.

    The description, which is somewhat vague, totally piqued my curiosity. But it revealed enough to make this read a must. Magic and warlocks and demons and a Dark World sound so totally awesome.

    It sounds like such a “me” book. And I can’t wait to dive in. So I hope I can manage to sneak it in next week. If not, it will definitely be the week thereafter.

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    Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


    Guardian
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    GUARDIAN by Alex London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 352 pages.

    GUARDIAN is the second book in Alex London’s Proxy series.


    I can’t believe that GUARDIAN, the sequel to PROXY, releases this week. I had every intention of reading the first book just before its release so that I could read both books back to back when this book downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

    I definitely have some catching up to do.

    As I don’t want to risk spoilers by reading the description, I don’t know what happened with Knox and Syd. I don’t know what happens during their flight across the country. I haven’t met the rebels.

    But I can’t wait to do so, especially now that this sequel is out. And I hope to be able to read both books in a couple of weeks.

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    The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

    In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger.

    People are falling ill—their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned.

    This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page.

    A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.


    The Lost
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    THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin MIRA, the print edition is

    THE LOST is the first book in Sarah Beth Durst’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series, releasing in 2014 and 2015, are entitled THE MISSING and THE FOUND.


    I am so excited about this new series by Author Sarah Beth Durst. I love her writing and can’t wait to read THE LOST when it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    While this isn’t a YA series, it sounds every bit as fascinating and thrilling as the books she’s written for the genre. I can’t wait to find out more about this town called Lost. I can’t wait to see whether Lauren is able to escape.

    The setting sounds amazing and I love stories that involve fate. And if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to get this on the pile next week.

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    Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. *

    Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we’ll discover just what it means to lose one’s way….

    It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

    Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.


    Meridian
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    MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 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 Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 464 pages.

    MERIDIAN is the second book in Josin McQuein’s Arclight series.


    I was told that I must read the first book in the series, so I added it to my collection and pre-ordered MERIDIAN. Now that both books are out I will definitely be reading them back-to-back.

    I haven’t yet met Marina, Tobin or Anne-Marie, so I don’t know whether they all survive an encounter with the Fade. And while it seems that Marina might have, I don’t know what she has become.

    I refuse to peek at the description for this book, though I am super curious. I’ll just have to wait until I can get both books on the pile to find out. I’ll just have to be patient.

    As things are a little crazy IRL and with required reads for the blog, I will have to wait just a bit before I can try to get this on the pile. But I hope to be able to do so before the end of June.

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    Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans’ enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they’d never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all.

    The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.


    Divided
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    DIVIDED by Elsie Chapman will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    DIVIDED is the second book in Elsie Chapman’s Dualed series.


    I have had DIVIDED pre-ordered since the moment I noticed it was available to order it for the Kindle. While I haven’t yet read DUALED, it was one of my most anticipated releases. So of course I had to order the sequel.

    And while I received an invite for an eARC of DIVIDED, I wasn’t able to get both books on the pile prior to DIVIDED’s release. But this is another series where I definitely plan on reading both books back-to-back, and I hope to do so mid-June.

    I can’t wait to discover this world, meet West and find out whether she’s met her Alt. I can’t wait to learn what misstep caused her to lose confidence. And I can’t wait to find out why not only her Alt, but love, can destroy her.

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    The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

    West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

    The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

    How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.


    Novellas

    Just One NightJUST ONE NIGHT (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman

    Pub. Date: May 29, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Children’s

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace.

    Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective.

    Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.


    The Best Things in DeathTHE BEST THINGS IN DEATH (The Memory Chronicles #1.5) by Lenore Appelhans

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    In this Memory of After e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other.

    Having recently saved Level 2 from the Morati and been reunited with her boyfriend, Felicia decides to make up some lost time with Neil before moving on to the mysterious Level 3.

    In this e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other from their past lives on Earth.


    Tiger's PromiseTIGER’S PROMISE (The Tiger Saga #0.5) by Colleen Houck

    Pub. Date: June 1, 2014

    Publisher: CreateSpace

    Find it: AMAZON

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    Before the curse, there was a promise.

    A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

    Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.


    Other Books of Note

    We are the GoldensWE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

    When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.


    PlayedPLAYED (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    This Game Is Getting All Too Real

    He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

    She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.


    While We RunWHILE WE RUN (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan’s no ordinary girl – she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi’s time, 100 years later.

    Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.

    A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality – and mortality, too.


    Circa NowCIRCA NOW by Amber McRee Turner

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Twelve-year-old Circa Monroe has a knack for restoring old photographs. It’s a skill she learned from her dad, who loves old pictures and putting fun digital twists on them. His altered “Shopt” photos look so real that they could fool nearly anybody, and Circa treasures the fun stories he makes up to explain each creation.

    One day, her father receives a strange phone call requesting an urgent delivery, and he heads out into a storm. The unimaginable happens: a tornado, then a terrible accident. Just as Circa and her mom begin to pick up the pieces, a mysterious boy shows up on their doorstep, a boy called Miles who remembers nothing about his past. The only thing he has with him is the photograph that Circa’s dad intended to deliver on the day he died.

    As Circa tries to help Miles recover his identity, she begins to notice something strange about the photos she and her father retouched-the digital flourishes added to the old photos seem to exist in real life. The mysteries of the Shopt photos and Miles’s past are intertwined, and in order to solve both, Circa will have to figure out what’s real and what’s an illusion.

    With stunning prose, captivating photographs, and a hint of magic, Circa Now is a gripping story full of hope and heart.


    Allies & AssassinsALLIES & ASSASSINS (Enemies of the Prince #1) by Justin Somper

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sixteen-year-old Jared is the newly crowned Prince of All Archenfield, ascending the throne after his older brother’s mysterious death. But Jared feels reluctant and unprepared to rule the Princedom and its dangerous and powerful court. Like each Prince of All Archenfield before him, Jared must rely on the Council of Twelve to advise him. But he knows he can just as easily be at their mercy–especially when it appears that one of the Twelve might have orchestrated his brother’s untimely death. Propelled by his rage over the loss of his brother and wary of all his advisors, Jared can trust only Asta: a clever, strong-willed girl from the settlements, currently serving as the Physician’s apprentice. Asta and Jared take it upon themselves to hunt down his brother’s assassin–though the assassin may be hunting them, as well.

    Murder, betrayal, and intrigue abound in Justin Somper’s thrilling YA series debut. Exploring the political machinations of the medieval-esque court and the lives that hang in the balance, Allies & Assassins is a gripping tale of a teen torn between duty and revenge.


    OblivionOBLIVION by Sasha Dawn

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Lisa McMann’s Dead to You meets Kate Ellison’s The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

    One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.” But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

    Since that fateful night, she’s been plagued by graphomania — an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie’s mind and through her pen don’t seem to make sense — until now.

    As the anniversary of Hannah’s vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she’s buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.


    IgnitedIGNITED (Sense Thieves #3) by Corrine Jackson

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Nobody hides forever.
    Ever since Remy O’Malley discovered her dual identity as a Healer and a Protector, she’s kept alive by staying one step ahead of both sides in this centuries-old war. Now someone’s trying to draw her out of hiding, using her kidnapped father as bait.

    To save him, Remy will need every friend she’s got. But as new alliances form, old bonds fray. Her boyfriend Asher is losing his powers, becoming more mortal every time she touches him. Meanwhile, Remy finds herself growing closer to Asher’s brother Gabe, even as a family tragedy drives her sister Lucy farther away.

    On a rescue mission to London, Remy decides she’s tired of being the hunted. It’s time to end this war once and for all, as Protectors and Healers alike hurtle towards a final, violent confrontation that not everyone will survive.


    Perfectly MessyPERFECTLY MESSY (Effortlessly With You #2) by Lizzy Charles

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Swoon Romance

    Find it: AMAZON

    Description:

    Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

    But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

    For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

    Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.


    Other Releases

    GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenoff

    GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

    SURROUNDED BY SHARKS by Michael Northrop

    THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

    BAD LUCK GIRL (The American Fairy #3) by Sarah Zettel

    CHORUS (Coda #2) by Emma Trevayne

    BLUR (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James

    CURSES AND SMOKE: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter


    It is another insane week for releases and it seems that I have eight books and two novellas pre-ordered. Only one of which I’ve read pre-release. Plus there are a couple of other books of note that I really want to add to my collection, which means even more dollars and an even bigger TBR Pile.

    And with a ton of releases coming out through early June, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read them all. Ack!

    Anyway… as this post is long enough already, and it is a holiday weekend and a gorgeous day outside, I’ll stop rambling. But I hope that one or two of your long anticipated reads is releasing this week and that you’ll get the chance to add them to your collection.

    And I hope that if one of those books is a series-ending book, it won’t be too tough to say goodbye.

    Happy release week and happy reading week!

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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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #145

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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 8th-October 14th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Just One Year

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    JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman will be released in the U.S. on October 10, 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 Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 336 pages.

    JUST ONE YEAR is the second and final book in the Just One Day series by author Gayle Forman.

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    I have not yet read JUST ONE DAY but I pre-ordered JUST ONE YEAR the moment it was available to order for my Kindle and I cannot wait for its release this week. I wanted to read the first book in this two book series right away until I remembered that I loved reading both of Gayle Forman’s books in her If I Stay series in close proximity to one another.

    And I knew that once I met the characters in this series, I wouldn’t want to have to wait. So I thought it was better to wait without having met them.

    But now that both books will be available to read I cannot wait to meet Allyson and Willem and see what happens on the day they meet and in the year that follows. I have heard that both books in this series are amazing – not that I expected anything less – and I’m so excited to finally be able to find out for myself.

    If it’s as beautiful and emotional and heartbreaking as the author’s other series I just know there will be lots and lots of tears. But I also know it will be so worth it and this time I will be ready with the Kleenex box close at hand.

    Description…

    The heartrending conclusion—from Willem’s POV—to the romantic duet of novels that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day

    After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.

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    Desert Tales

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    DESERT TALES by Melissa Marr will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 272 pages.

    DESERT TALES is a companion novel in author Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series.

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    When I heard that there would be a companion novel in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series releasing, I nearly died. I have been desperately waiting for DESERT TALES’ release – and no, I did not read the manga – since the moment I first heard about it. And I am so unbelievably thrilled that release day is just about here.

    Maybe, finally, I’ll be able to read DARKEST MERCY because I won’t have to say goodbye to this series that I’ve loved forever. Having one more book in this series means that it doesn’t all end with that other book I’ve been both desperately wanting and refusing to read ever since I first got my hands on an early copy back in… 2011?

    While this won’t necessarily include all of those characters from the books I’ve known and loved, it is still in the world of. And according to the description, events from those other books are what set this faery tale in motion. So I’m really excited for its release and the possibility of reading DARKEST MERCY. Finally.

    Description…

    Return to the world of Melissa Marr’s bestselling series and discover how the events of Wicked Lovely set a different faery tale in motion…

    The Mojave Desert was a million miles away from the plots and schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that’s exactly why Rika chose it as her home. The once-mortal faery retreated to the desert’s isolation after decades of carrying winter’s curse inside her body. But her seclusion—and the freedom of the desert fey—are threatened by the Summer King’s newfound strength. And when the manipulations of her trickster friend, Sionnach, thrust Rika into a new romance, she finds new power within herself—and a new desire to help Sionnach protect the desert fey and mortals alike. The time for hiding is OVER.

    Originally presented as a manga series, and now available for the first time as a standalone novel, Desert Tales combines tentative romance, outward strength, and inner resolve in a faery story of desert and destiny.

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    Bang

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    BANG by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 Simon Pulse, the print edition is 256 pages.

    BANG is the second book in author Lisa McMann’s Visions series. The third book in the series, GASP, is slated for release on June 3, 2014.

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    I absolutely love Lisa McMann’s writing and am super excited for the release of BANG, the second book in this series. I have not yet read the first book, but only because I’ve been trying to wait to begin series until at least the second book has been released.

    I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to try and wait for GASP to be released next spring before I dive into CRASH and BANG. I remember having to anxiously wait for GONE’s release and that was torturous. So maybe I should.

    But it’s been ages since I read a book by this author and I miss that unique style she has. So I don’t think I’ll be able to wait the eight months until the third book will be available. I’m not confident I’ll even be able to wait for the end of the month. Only time will tell….

    Description…

    Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.

    Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.

    Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…

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    Resist

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    RESIST by Sarah Crossan will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 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, the print edition is 368 pages.

    RESIST is the second and final book in author Sarah Crossan’s Breathe series.

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    I am so upset that I didn’t get to read RESIST before its release. I received an eARC and desperately wanted to get this book on the pile ages ago, but that didn’t happen. So I will most likely end up reading the finished copy which is set to download to my Kindle on Monday Midnight instead of the eARC. But I definitely plan on readng it soon.

    I’m just so sad that it’s only a two book series. I really loved getting to meet Quinn, Alina and Ben in BREATHE and would have loved to have more than just the two adventures through this oxygen deprived world.

    I am super curious to see how this series ends, to find out whether all three characters will survive in the Outlands. I am anxious to find out what happens with the revolution they started and whether they’ll be able to save human society. The description promises a “thought-provoking” and “unforgettable” novel and I am so desperately in need of one of those right about now.

    Hopefully I will be able to sneak it onto the pile later this week or some time next weekend.

    Description…

    The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan’s Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what’s left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.

    Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there’s enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod’s Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie. Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.

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    The Brokenhearted

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    THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I received an eARC of THE BROKENHEARTED and am actually reading it right now and hope to have it finished before it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday. I am on the tour for this awesome-so-far novel tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what happens with Anthem.

    I don’t want to risk spoiling anything, though I’m only about one-quarter of the way into this story so there’s not too much to spoil, but it’s totally got me hooked. I’m curious about where this story is headed as the description doesn’t reveal very much. And I refuse to take a peek further into the story to find out.

    The description compares it to The Dark Knight and Cinder, a film and a book that I love, love, love. So I’m totally excited to get back to reading just as soon as I finish writing this post.

    And I cannot wait for it to download on Tuesday so that I can have the finished copy in my permanent collection.

    Description…

    A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

    Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

    The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.

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    Phantom Eyes

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    PHANTOM EYES by Scott Tracey will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and in paperback format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    PHANTOM EYES is the third and final full-length book in Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series.

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    I am so unbelievably heartbroken that Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series has come to an end. But I am totally stoked that the final version of PHANTOM EYES will be downloading this week, as I’m dying to know if there are any differences from the eARC I read.

    Because I love this series, I do not want to reveal too much in this post about what happened in this final book. I’ll just say that there were tears, there were moments that I may have screamed out loud about what went down, and there may have been a few smiles and smirks.

    PHANTOM EYES was the book I spotlighted for my Book Watch post the other week, so I will try to wind this ramble down quickly by just saying that this is an epic finish to an awesome series and I wholeheartedly agree with the description when it says that “victory comes with a cost.” Yes. Yes it does.

    Description…

    Every child in Belle Dam is taught about the feud from an early age. There are ‘our’ people and ‘their’ people. Friends and enemies. Associates and strangers. It’s the kind of town where eyes are always watching, and you don’t need a reason to sell out your neighbors.

    But the feud is a lie. As a new wave of fury sweeps through the town, creating a third front to an already overtaxed war, Braden has been broken worse than ever. His innocence? Shattered. His heart? Crushed. His magic? Gone. His new life? Ruined. And this is only the beginning.

    Beneath the city lay deep wellsprings of power. The one who controls them is the one who will win the feud. In a city filled with puppet masters, Braden must elude their strings and end the feud once and for all. But first, he must outsmart his father, evade Catherine’s dark magic, regain what was stolen from him, trick a phantom who refuses to die, and foil a demon’s master plan.

    Even then, he may not survive. Because power is a problem, and victory comes with a cost…

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    Blythewood

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    BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 496 pages.

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    I received an unexpected print ARC of BLYTHEWOOD from the publisher a month or so ago, which put this book on my radar, as I hadn’t previously heard about it. And while I wasn’t able to sneak it onto the pile before its release date, I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle because this is a book I definitely plan on reading and think would make the perfect addition to my collection.

    The first line after the “welcome” message totally grabbed my attention. A character who escaped from an insane asylum is one I just have to meet. A story set at an elite boarding school with a “dark secret” is one I have to visit.

    And with a description that promises a “vivid and atmospheric” read “full of mystery and magic” and romance, BLYTHEWOOD is a book that I absolutely must read.

    Description…

    Welcome to Blythewood.

    At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.

    But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.

    Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.

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    Pull Down the Night

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    PULL DOWN THE NIGHT by Nathan Kotecki will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HMH Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    PULL DOWN THE NIGHT is the second book in author Nathan Kotecki’s The Suburban Strange series.

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    I have not yet had the chance to read the first book in this series but have pre-ordered PULL DOWN THE NIGHT so that I can read both books back-to-back. I received an early copy of THE SUBURBAN STRANGE, but was in a bit of a quirky reading mood at the time and didn’t get the opportunity to devour it.

    Now that the sequel’s release is just about here, I definitely want to try to get both books on the pile so I can meet Celia, find out more about the Rosary and learn why girls at Suburban High are having “near-fatal accidents” just as they’re about to turn sixteen.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description for this second book in the series and I’m curious to see if this book is told from the POV of Bruno, a new character. I can’t wait to find out more about his supernatural abilities and to see just what “cosmic battles” he gets involved in.

    But I’m also super curious to experience this series from both Celia and Bruno’s perspectives. And I hope to be able to do so some time next month.

    Description…

    This year at Suburban High School is just as troubling as the last. A curly-haired girl ghost is disrupting lives with dreaded “kiss notes,” and students are inexplicably sinking into depression. Bruno—the new kid on the block—finds himself at the center of the mystery when he discovers his natural map-reading abilities are actually supernatural. When the reluctant hero isn’t engaged in cosmic battles against evil, Bruno is swooning over the mesmerizing Celia (from The Suburban Strange) and navigating the goth sensibilities and musical obsessions of the Rosary, her über-chic clique. A hypnotic coming-of-age novel that chills and thrills.

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    Other Books of Note

    StrikeforceSTRIKEFORCE (Skyship Academy #3) by Nick James

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Two brothers battle for one planet’s fate

    Earth is under attack by the alien Authority. Cassius Stevenson and his brother Jesse Fisher, descendants of the planet Haven’s resistance forces, are the catalyst and key to marshaling Earth’s remaining resources and warding off the invasion.

    But the Authority has only begun to fight. Their terrible new weapon sends Earth’s defenders—Skyship soldiers, the Surface government, and an army of Drifters—into turmoil. Alliances shift, traitors are revealed, and soon Earth’s last chance at salvation lies in the hands of one brother who must make the ultimate sacrifice.

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    Death and the Girl He LovesDEATH, AND THE GIRL HE LOVES (Darklight #3) by Darynda Jones

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister. Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul. And on top of that she’s seeing visions. This is nothing new for Lorelei. But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world. Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril. Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil.

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    PremeditatedPREMEDITATED by Josin McQuein

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.

    Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

    Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

    Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

    Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

    Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

    By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.

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    Time After TimeTIME AFTER TIME (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

    It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?

    Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

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    No AngelNO ANGEL by Helen Keeble

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn’t exactly heaven on Earth.

    Raffi’s about to learn that St. Mary’s is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he’s no angel-but it’s pretty hard to deny that there’s some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

    Helen Keeble’s debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it “refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.” No Angel brings you angels and demons like you’ve never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.

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    The Cutting Room FloorTHE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR by Dawn Klehr

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

    Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she’s publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

    Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn’t know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez’s web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.

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    Backward GlassBACKWARD GLASS by David Lomax

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Crack your head, knock you dead, then Prince Harming’s hunger’s fed.

    It’s 1977, and Kenny Maxwell is dreading the move away from his friends. But then, behind the walls of his family’s new falling-apart Victorian home, he finds something incredible–a mummified baby and a note: “Help me make it not happen, Kenny. Help me stop him.”

    Shortly afterwards, a beautiful girl named Luka shows up. She introduces Kenny to the backward glass, a mirror that allows them to travel through time. Meeting other “mirror kids” in the past and future is exciting, but there’s also danger. The urban legend of Prince Harming, who kidnaps and kills children, is true–and he’s hunting them. When Kenny gets stranded in the past, he must find the courage to answer a call for help, change the fate of a baby–and confront his own destiny.

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    One Crow AloneONE CROW ALONE (After the Snow #0.5) by S.D. Crockett

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    “They say it’s going to get worse. That it’s not going to end.”

    The snow won’t stop falling in this dangerous-new-world.

    The long, bitter winters are getting worse, and a state of emergency has been declared across Europe. In Poland, the villagers are subject to frequent power cuts and fuel shortages. After the death of her grandmother and the evacuation of her village, fifteen-year-old Magda joins forces with the arrogant, handsome Ivan and smuggles her way onto a truck bound for London – where she hopes to find her mother. But London, when they reach it, is a nightmarish world, far from welcoming. Riots are commonplace and the growing chaos is exploited by criminals and terrorists alike. Magda’s mother is not to be found, and as the lost girl struggles to come to terms with her changing situation, she eventually becomes friends with a rag-tag group of travellers planning a new home and future. They will need all the cunning and know-how they possess as they realise that the frozen wilderness of Britain has become just as lawless as the as the city.

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    Emerald GreenEMERALD GREEN (Ruby Red Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.
    She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

    This stunning conclusion picks up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

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    RedRED by Alison Cherry

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.

    Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:

    I know your secret.

    Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say “strawberry blond.” Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.

    Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?

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    Beauty's DaughterBEAUTY’S DAUGHTER by Carolyn Meyer

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?

    Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War.

    In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione’s life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war—and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?

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    The Eye of MindsTHE EYE OF MINDS (The Morality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Mindsis the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

    Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

    But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

    The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
    And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
    But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

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    Bzrk ReloadedBZRK Reloaded (BZRK #2) by Michael Grant

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From best-selling author Michael Grant, comes the highly anticipated, terrifying, and mind-bending second book in the BZRK trilogy. 

    The entire BZRK cell–including Noah and Sadie–has been left in pieces after the last round of battle with the Armstrong Twins, conjoined brother who plot to rob mankind of its free will. Vincent’s mind is shattered, and his memories hold dangerous secrets–secrets that Lear, BZRK’s mysterious leader, will stop at nothing to protect.

    Meanwhile, Bug Man has taken control of the President’s brain, but playing with sanity is a dangerous game. The consequences can spiral way out of control, and the Armstrong Twins are not people Bug Man can afford to disappoint.

    The nano is as terrifying, exhilarating, and unpredictable as ever. But the wall of secrets that surrounds it is cracking. What will it reveal? And once the dust has settled, who will be sane enough to find out?

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    Romeo and JulietROMEO & JULIET by William Shakespeare

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Ember

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    This exclusive edition of Romeo and Juliet includes William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy as well as the newly adapted screenplay by the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes.

    The full-color photo insert of the film’s cast features Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet, Douglas Booth as Romeo, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio, Ed Westwick as Tybalt, and Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence. Emmy-award winning Fellowes has also written an introduction for this unique edition.

    Experience the heartbreaking romance of the infamous star-crossed lovers whose passion ignites amidst feuding families.

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    Other Releases

    THE KINGDOM OF LITTLE WOUNDS by Susann Cokal

    THE MIDNIGHT DRESS by Karen Foxlee

    THE EXTRA by Kathryn Lasky

    BACKWARDS by Todd Mitchell

    JUVIE by Steve Watkins

    MUCKERS by Sandra Neil Wallace

    COALTOWN JESUS by Ron Koertge

    ENDLESS by Amanda Gray

    SEASON OF THE WITCH by Mariah Fredericks

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    Ack, it’s another eight book week! And I am pretty sure Inara Scott’s A SLEEP SO DARK is releasing this week. So I’m keeping an eye on Amazon so that I can download it to my Kindle when it does release.

    Plus I might have STRIKEFORCE, DEATH, AND THE GIRL HE LOVES and TIME AFTER TIME pre-ordered, though I refuse to check as the thought of adding eleven books to my Kindle this week is kind of freaking me out. And as I’ve only read one-and-a-quarter of the books being added to my collection, it means my TBR pile is growing. Rapidly.

    I am hopeful that next week there will be fewer releases that I “must have” as this past couple of months of bookish purchases have been hugely expensive. And as my Kindle refuses to download any more books, I’m forced to archive the ones I do have so that I can download new ones from the cloud.

    I probably should move off the books that I’ve already read, but I love, love, love most of those books and I want to have them with me always, not hanging out on some random cloud.

    Anyway, I wish you the best of book buying weeks and I hope that at least one of this week’s releases is a must read for you. If there are any other books that I’ve missed that you think I should know about, please let me know!

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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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    Authors Are Rockstars Tour Kicks Off + Giveaway

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    We are so unbelievably thrilled to kick off the first day of the 2nd Annual Authors Are Rockstars Tour here on our blogs Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    This year’s event is even more packed full of awesome than last year’s event, with 166 authors on tour throughout the month of August. We’re super excited to welcome back many of last year’s favorites and get a chance to put a number of new participants in the spotlight.

    The tour will officially begin in three hours where we’ll be hosting the first of our authors – Rachel Vincent (at Fiktshun), Page Morgan (at Two Chicks on Books) and Andrea Cremer (at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads).

    As these three authors are some of our very most favorites, we are incredibly honored to be able to host them on our blogs and share with our readers just why we think they’re rockstars.

    When we kicked off the event last year we had just 96 participating authors, but by the tour’s end we had 102. So it’s still possible that there may be some new adds along the way again this year.

    Most days will have either five or six authors being hosted. Some days even have seven. Only the first and last days of the month will spotlight just three authors on our blogs.

    If you’d like to check out the full schedule, CLICK HERE or click the button in the sidebar.

    The month will feature some amazing guest posts and interviews by the rockstar authors on tour. Some blog hosts will even be sharing reviews along with their posts. There are also a number of awesome giveaways being hosted thanks to the authors, publishers or blog hosts. So you won’t want to miss any of the stops on tour this month.

    At every stop the blog host will be talking a little bit about why they think their author is a rockstar and we can’t wait to find out just what they have to say. While we get a chance to peek at most of the authors’ posts, what the bloggers say will be a complete surprise.

    Once again the generosity of the amazing team at Harlequin Teen is astounding. And we cannot thank them enough for supporting every single one of their authors on this tour.

    We are also so very grateful to each of the authors who have donated their time to be a part of this event. Without them we wouldn’t even have an event. And we want to give an extra thanks to those who have offered up something for giveaway as it is above and beyond anything we’d asked for.

    And last, but definitely not least, we want to thank the bloggers who will be hosting the authors throughout the month. Their participation in this event is an integral part of why this is such a success and we are so very honored that they’ve signed up to be a part of our tour.

    But in order to kick this event off right we are once again hosting a few month-long giveaways. This year, however, we’ve decided to host each of the giveaways on our respective sites. So if you want to enter to win what’s up for grabs by Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, you’ll have to check out their kick-off posts.

    But to give just a tease of what Jaime at Two Chicks on Books is offering, think late summer/early fall ARCs. And yes, there will be swag. You can check out her giveaway, HERE.

    Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads also has some amazing ARCs for giveaway. To check out what she has up for grabs, CLICK HERE.

    And if you want to know what I have for giveaway… well… just keep scrolling down for the pics and the deets.

    Thank you so much for stopping by to help kick off the 2nd Annual Authors Are Rockstars Tour. If you’re looking to check out the first three authors on tour be sure to come back at Midnight, Pacific!

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    What’s Up for Grabs

    There are a total of FIVE (5) giveaway prize packs up for grabs.

    — A SIGNED copy of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US & Int’l

    — A SIGNED copy of UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US & Int’l

    — A SIGNED copy of JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman + Authors Are Rockstars sticks and random swag – US & Int’l

    — A SIGNED set of the UNRAVELING series by Elizabeth Norris + Extra Content Booklet (unsigned) + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US ONLY

    — A SIGNED copy of THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau AND a SIGNED copy of THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancey + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US ONLY

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    The Deets

    — You must be 13 or older to enter

    — There will be FIVE WINNERS

    — 3 Signed Book Giveaways are US + International, 2 Signed Book Giveaways are US ONLY

    — You can enter each of the giveaways via their respective Rafflecopter forms

    — ALL giveaways end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on August 31, 2013

    — ANY entry that looks suspect will be removed from the giveaway

    — Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter

    — Winners will be announced on Friday, September 6, 2013 and notified by email

    — Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details or prizes will be forfeit

    There are no hoops for the giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment as to why you think the author whose book you want to win in the giveaway is a rockstar. All other entries are optional, including the daily Tweet!

    Good luck in the giveaways and I hope that you enjoy the Authors Are Rockstars Tour this month!

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    My Reading Pile #96

    Sadly it was another fairly quiet week at the mailbox…

    At least I think it was. I am creating this post a little bit early and hadn’t checked the mailbox since Tuesday. So there could be a book or two waiting for me. But as I hadn’t requested any physical books recently I don’t think there will be anything there.

    I did, however end up trading for a few titles, which I hope will arrive in time for next week’s post. But as they haven’t been mailed yet, it could take a little while longer.

    And as I did go a little crazy on Edelweiss this week, I am hoping by the time this post goes “live” I’ll have a few new titles in my eMailbox.

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    While I don’t normally share pictures of my bookish purchases, I just had to share these… which I might have blabbed about on Twitter earlier in the week. But I had an awesome time at Barnes & Noble last week. And as I had this really old gift card just begging to be used I was able to get a ton of signed books.

    Okay, it was six. Not a “ton.” But it certainly feels like I have a ton. Because they’re all so awesome!

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    I couldn’t believe CRASH by Lisa McMann was there. It was a whole three days early. And it was signed. I just about died.

    And when I saw LULLABY signed by Amanda Hocking I think I may have lost consciousness. For just a moment. Though that was probably because I stopped breathing. This is my very first signed book by the author and I am so excited! You have no idea.

    Of course I just had to get a signed copy of Melissa Marr’s CARNIVAL OF SOULS. Because it’s Melissa Marr. And because it’s CARNIVAL OF SOULS.

    I picked up EVE by Anna Carey because I’ll be reading this series for the EPIC READS “The End is Here” event and while I’ll have to fill my print copy with all sorts of Post-it Notes, I wanted a copy to either keep or give away. The fact that it’s signed makes it that much more amazing.

    I have not yet read BURN FOR BURN. But when I saw that it was signed by the two authors, I just had to grab it. I may be giving it away in the next few days, but I couldn’t walk away from a book that is signed by two seriously amazing writers. Of course that makes it that much harder to part with.

    Anyway…

    While I didn’t get anything in my mailbox, I do have some new books that make me grin. And I received an awesome approval from NetGalley which I cannot wait to start reading. Even though I suppose I’ll have to, because this week…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (January 13, 2013 – January 19, 2013)

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    Just One Day

    I just had to add JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman to the top of the pile this week. Not only because I’m reading it for Katie’s Book Blog‘s 2013 YA Contemporary Challenge, but because it’s Gayle Forman. And she’s amazing. And I’m ready to fall in love with this first book in her new two-book series.

    The description calls this “sweepingly romantic” and I’m ready to be swept away. I loved this author’s book IF I STAY and its follow-up WHERE SHE WENT. And I cannot wait to meet these new characters and follow their story.

    Allyson’s journey sounds like it will be enlightening, a little bit heartbreaking, and a lot like an adventure. I hope that by the end of her journey she will have found whatever it was she was looking to find or if she doesn’t, I hope it will have been worthwhile to her anyway.

    Fortunately the wait between this first book and its sequel won’t be nearly as long as the wait for WHERE SHE WENT. And as it’s slated for release this year, I’m hopeful of reading book books for the reading challenge.

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    I don’t think it comes as any surprise that I will be reading LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans this week. It is releasing this week after all and I just had to add it to the pile instantly.

    I’ve talked about this book everywhere, so of course I have to dive in and see for myself if it’s everything I thought it would be. Or if it’s more – I bet it will be. Or if it’s less – I can’t imagine it would be.

    But I am desperate to meet Felicia, to see just what the afterlife is like for her on Level 2. I want to know what choice she makes – which world she selects, what life she opts for and who she decides to love.

    Her existence sounds absolutely chilling – stark, cold, miserable. And I really hope that there is something more for her and that she does end up in a place where she can be happy. Even if that doesn’t happen in this first book in the series.

    Whatever she chooses, I will have an answer when I read it later this week. And I cannot wait!

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I really want to read DECKED WITH HOLLY by Marni Bates this week. I have it on my Kindle, I’ve absolutely loved reading all the tour posts the author created for her book tour. This sounds like such a fun read and I really want to discover this book for myself.

    I would also love to re-read SLUMBER by Samantha Young. Just talking about that book for the giveaway post I was putting together earlier in the week made me desperate to revisit this story and world. To check in on Rogan and Wolfe, even if their story hasn’t changed since the last time I peeked.

    While I might get to sneak DECKED WITH HOLLY onto the pile later this week or perhaps early next week, I think I will have to wait to re-read SLUMBER. I can’t quite justify taking the time away to re-read a book right now. And it makes me so incredibly sad.

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    Those left behind:

    I had a bit of a tough time trying to find time to read this week. Between the multiple tours for Rockstar Book Tours, the totally scary but supposedly non-life-threatening natural gas leak nearby, and the fact that I found myself a slight bit addicted to getting my posts together early, I didn’t have very many hours to read.

    And so I did not finish SPELLCASTER from the week before. And I did not finish ALTERED though I did start it.

    I did decide, however, to take SPELL BOUND off the pile last week because I wanted to read it for my own personal reading challenge starting next month. So while it was technically left behind it was on purpose.

    I still have to write my review for WHAT THE SPELL, though at least I’ve written my reviews for SUMMERSET ABBEY, HOUSE RULES and INDIGO AWAKENING.

    And I really need to write that “formal” review for SPLINTERED.

    I do plan on finishing ALTERED before I start on this week’s reads, even if JUST ONE DAY is quite the temptress and has been just begging me for a read. Because I do not want to have to wait a second longer than necessary to read this amazing new book.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did get approved for a wicked awesome title from NetGalley – THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe – and I’m so unbelievably stoked to read it. That cover is amazing and the description? Oh my gosh it rocks!

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    It promises to be “lush” and “enchanting” and filled with romance and ancient magic. And I cannot wait to devour this book.

    Anyway…

    There are a few other titles available on NetGalley that I discovered this week – though a couple of them are for UK reviewers only, I believe.

    Such as DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry (Harlequin UK Limited) or SPEECHLESS by Hannah Harrington (also Harlequin UK Limited).

    There is a new Eoin Colfer book available from Disney Book Group – THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN (W.A.R.P. #1) – which is available for US reviewers. And a book called FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal (Random House Children’s Books), which I believe is YA, and sounds totally awesome.

    From the Penguin family of publishers…

    THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen, which I just had to request. ORLEANS by Sherri L. Smith. THE RUINING by Anne Collomore. TIGER by William Richter.

    From the Macmillan family of publishers…

    MARCO IMPOSSIBLE by Hannah Moskowitz.

    Also from Disney…

    THE LIVES WE LOST by Megan Crewe.

    While I only requested one new title – because I really shouldn’t be requesting anything at this point – there are some super interesting books on offer. Good luck with your requests if you make them!

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    I don’t know what happened with my reading this week. I had such a good start to the year. And now, less than two weeks into the year, I’m already falling behind just a little bit.

    But, as always, I am ever hopeful. Of staying on track. Of getting ahead. Of writing more reviews. Speaking of….

    I did accept an eBook title from Coliloquy for review, WITCH’S BREW by Heidi R. Kling, which I hope to read in early to mid-February. And by then I hope to be all caught up with my current reads.

    I actually took the time to mark a few of their “must read by” dates in my Google Calendar, along with release dates for books I may be interested in buying but aren’t yet available for Kindle pre-order. I’m trying to be an organized book blogger in 2013. I don’t know how long that will last.

    Anyway…

    As this post has now taken me three days to write, I think I’ll sign off and just say….

    Happy reading!

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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 #106

    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 January 8-January 14th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Just One Day

    JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 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 Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 320 pages.

    JUST ONE DAY is the first book in author Gayle Forman’s new two-book series of the same name. The second and final book in the series, JUST ONE YEAR, is also slated for release in 2013.

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    It has been so long since I read a book by Gayle Foreman. As one of my most favorite contemporary authors I am so unbelievably thrilled that JUST ONE YEAR will be downloading to my Kindle this week.

    I am both anxious and excited to meet Lulu, to go on that journey with her over the course of the year as she looks for answers about her life and looks to find her “almost-true-love.” The description calls this a “breathtaking journey” and promises to be “sweepingly romantic.” And I cannot wait.

    I am hopeful this story, and two-book series, will be every bit as gorgeous and beautifully written as If I Stay and Where She Went. But I am also nervously hopeful that this will be more of a love story with a happy ending than the heartbreaking tragedy that befell the main character and her family in that other “duet of novels.”

    I may end up taking a peek and then find that I will not be able to put this down a bit later this week. Because this author’s writing is just that impossible to step away from once you’ve begun reading. At least it is for me.

    But if I don’t get the chance to take a look this week, then I will definitely be diving in next week. JUST ONE YEAR is not just a must read, but a must read now.

    Through the Ever Night

    THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT by Veronica Rossi will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT is the second full-length book in author Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series. The third book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, is expected in 2014.

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    One of my saddest bookish moments of 2012 was the fact that I did not get to devour UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I will be reading it this year. In the very near future, actually. But I would have loved to have read it already so I could devour book two immediately upon its release.

    While I haven’t yet read book one, I did buy the novella recently and THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT will be downloading on my Kindle on Tuesday. So, all three stories will be ready to read the moment I can squeeze them in this winter.

    I did make the mistake of taking a peek at the description and now I’m trying desperately to forget what I read about Perry and Aria. Well, everything except for the fact that this book promises to be a “captivating love story” that is “as perilous as it is unforgettable.”

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can start reading the first book in the series at the end of this month so I can read this sequel immediately thereafter. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this author and this series and I cannot wait to finally discover that for myself.

    Crash

    CRASH by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 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 Simon Pulse, the print edition is 256 pages.

    CRASH is the first book in Lisa McMann’s Visions series. The second book, BANG, is slated for release on October 8, 2013.

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    I cannot believe that Lisa McMann’s CRASH is releasing this week and will be living on my Kindle in just a matter of days. It seemed like only yesterday I was spotlighting it for my Book Watch post and in just a few days it will be mine, mine all  mine.

    Mine to devour. Mine to love. Mine to have forever and ever.

    And, as always, I won’t ramble on too much about this book – again – but I cannot wait to meet Jules and see just what she does to” keep her vision from becoming reality.” And I am so excited to finally have another series by this author to devour over the next few years.

    The author’s WAKE trilogy is one that is still so memorable and CRYER’S CROSS is and will forever be a favorite. So I’m really hoping to sneak this one in next week, although I’m listening to DEAD TO YOU in audiobook format right now. So maybe this will have to wait just a bit longer…. or not.

    Timekeeper

    TIMEKEEPER by Alexandra Monir will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 288 pages.

    TIMEKEEPER is the second full-length book in Alexandra Monir’s Timeless series.

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    I own but still have yet to read TIMELESS. But I am super excited this sequel will be downloading on Tuesday to my Kindle. Because I think these books will be perfect to read back-to-back with no wait between them.

    I totally took a peek at the description for TIMEKEEPER and while it does reveal some information of what happened before, it doesn’t feel spoiler-y. What it does do is make me want to read this sequel right now… and its predecessor.

    I want to know why Philip has lost his memory and I want to learn more about this Time Society. I’m a bit anxious about why there’s a “vengeful Windsor ancestor” and why this more than century-old “rift” could have “life-or-death consequences.” And for whom.

    The description promises a “breathtaking romance” that combines with “complex magic” and I cannot wait to be enchanted by this love story. As I’ve been very much in the mood as of late to read contemporary and historical YA romances I think this series that also involves time travel will be added to the pile very soon.

    Paper Valentine

    PAPER VALENTINE by Brenna Yovanoff will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I have yet to read a book by author Brenna Yovanoff and yet I own both THE REPLACEMENT and THE SPACE BETWEEN and now PAPER VALENTINE will be joining the collection this week.

    I’d first noticed this book because of this cover which is definitely unique and yet I find it so incredibly unsettling. I’m not sure why, but as I look at it, I get a sense of unease.

    And that’s not even having read the description. Which I only just did now that I’m creating this post.

    I had no idea that this story was a ghost story and a murder mystery. But now that I do I’m even more thrilled to be adding this to my collection. This book of a “city in panic” and a world of “ghost girls and horrifying secrets” sounds absolutely enthralling.

    I cannot wait to meet Hannah and find out if I can solve the mystery of who this Valentine Killer is or if I’ll be kept in the dark with only my suspicions.

    And even though I have those two other books by the author on my pile, I think this one sounds like the perfect book to be introduced to her writing. And I hope to do so early this spring.

    Rise

    RISE by Andrea Cremer will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 416 pages.

    RISE is the second book in author Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade Prequel series

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    Yes I own the first book in this prequel series and yes it’s still sitting on my TBR pile. But I just had to pre-order this second book in the series because I really, really want to read both books. Even though I haven’t read the final book int the author’s Nightshade series.

    I want to dive into this series that is set before the events that took place in Nightshade. I want to meet Ember and Barrow. The description promises dark magic, “supernatural horrors,” mysterious characters and “shocking revelations.” How could I not want to dive in?

    Andrea Cremer has a wonderful writing style and has created characters that I loved in that first series. While I’m still not ready to let that series end, I don’t see why I can’t read RIFT and RISE and meet these new characters and discover this new world.

    And I really hope to do so in the next month. Especially as it’s dubbed as being “richly sensual” and “full of magic, action and danger.”

    **UPDATE**

    Blood Prophecy

    BLOOD PROPHECY by Alyxandra Harvey released in the U.S. today, January 8, 2013, in hardcover and paperback formats. (The eBook had an earlier release date of December 24, 2012.)

    It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 496 pages.

    BLOOD PROPHECY is the sixth and final book in the author’s Drake Chronicles.

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    As I’d already briefly mentioned BLOOD PROPHECY in my Book Watch post the week it was releasing in eBook format – and it was added to my collection – I completely forgot to mention it this week as I’d intended.

    As release date is now upon us, and as I’ve had the eBook in my possession for over two weeks, I am just going to list it here in order to be thorough, rather than ramble on endlessly after-the-fact about how much I love this series, its characters and this author’s writing.

    I do have to add – because I just can’t say nothing – that I cannot believe this series is ending and that I am so far behind on it. But I suppose that now that it has ended I will be able to catch up… though I’m not sure I’ll be ready to say goodbye when I do.

    **END OF UPDATE**

    Other Books of Note

    Revolution 19

    REVOLUTION 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Then You Were Gone

    THEN YOU WERE GONE by Lauren Strasnick

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Shadowlands

    SHADOWLANDS by Kate Brian

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2013

    Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    There are so many awesome books releasing this week and I’m trying so hard not to add the three “of note” books to my collection before their release date. But I’m one click away from hitting “pre-order” as I write this post.

    I haven’t yet read any of the six books I have pre-ordered and in some case haven’t read the first book in the series. So there are a LOT of new books for the TBR pile this week. Which is a good and bad thing.

    I am most excited for Gayle Forman and Lisa McMann’s books as I have been a huge fan of both authors for quite some time now. But I’m equally excited to finally “meet” Veronica Rossi, Brenna Yovanoff and Alexandra Monir’s characters.

    I really hope to be able to sneak both JUST ONE DAY and CRASH onto my reading pile or go “off-pile” to read either or both of them in the next couple of weeks. Because I don’t want either book to get buried as the year moves forward.

    So there are six new books for the pile with three potential adds on release date. I’m pretty sure next week is equally as packed-full, if not, I know that the weeks of the 22nd and 29th will be. So I’m really hoping to get a jump on some of my reading by then.

    Anyway…

    As always, I hope there are one or two titles you can finally scratch off your list of to be read with this week’s releases. And if there is anything I forgot to list… or buy… I would love a heads up.

    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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    Heartbreak Row #1

    As I mentioned in my Crush List post, there are books that you fall in love with, that leave you breathless and sobbing your eyes out. Books that take your heart and stomp on it, leaving you completely destroyed.

    Thankfully there aren’t too many books that shatter your heart into a million pieces. But, here are five that have earned their place on Heartbreak Row.

    As some of the reasons they are so heartbreaking would involve spoilers, I will be slightly cryptic with my answers as to why I’m heartbroken. But if you’re willing to risk a broken heart, definitely check these books out.

    (Also, I could have called this Devastation Alley instead of Heartbreak Row, but that just sounds too over-dramatic, now doesn’t it?)

    If I Stay has earned a permanent place on Heartbreak Row. I still can’t even think of this book without tearing up. As much as I want to read it a second time, knowing how affecting it is, I just can’t quite willingly put myself through that again at the moment.

    And, this is one of those books that is just so powerful the first time around that you have to think about whether or not a re-read will take away from the experience.

    Why I’m heartbroken: It’s just so, so sad. The writing makes it impossible not to feel the depth of pain, the incredible loss, and the difficult choices that the main character is faced with.Delirium earned a spot on Heartbreak Row that I hope is not permanent. As it is the first book in a trilogy and I haven’t a clue as to what is going to happen next, I am keeping hope alive that things will be less devastating in the second and third books in the series. Of course, having now read two books by this author I don’t think that will be the case.

    And it is definitely possible that either of the next two books will be even more heartbreaking, but for now, Delirium is right where it should be.

    Why I’m heartbroken: The ending. And that lead up to the ending. Crushing. A complete tear-jerker ending. Shocking. Sob-inducing. The writing throughout is absolutely beautiful. It lulls you into a state of calm and then the floor drops right out from under you.

    Black Halo has a permanent place on Heartbreak Row. I have not yet read the last book in the series, Grace of Day, but that wouldn’t matter, although I have a feeling that it might be right up here with Black Halo when I do get a chance to read it.

    The series itself tugged at my heart multiple times in each of the books I’ve read. There are just so many moments that squeezed my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

    But none come even close to the one scene in this book which had me crying out loud without even realizing I was.

    Why I’m heartbroken: The scene between Robert and Grace – the one in which Grace puts her love for Robert above all else. My heart is breaking right now thinking of it. The scene was so raw, so real, so powerful and so unbelievably heartbreaking. Oh yeah, and then there’s the last page of the book.

    Shadow Kiss is another permanent fixture on Heartbreak Row. I was completely annihilated by the events that transpired in this book. Spirit Bound was a contender, but as it only had the one line which crushed me, Shadow Kiss was way more deserving of a spot. It is an absolute heartbreaker.

    Now, this is not to say that my heart wasn’t shredded a little bit in every single one of these books. But Richelle Mead reached in, grabbed my heart, ripped it out, and played football with it in Shadow Kiss.

    Why I’m heartbroken: For Rose. For what happens toward the end of this book. For having to walk away, completely helpless, unable to do anything even though it’s killing her. Rose’s heart was broken, so was mine.

    Absolution – and really the entire trilogy – caused me enough heartache, suffering and anguish to have earned a prime spot on Heartbreak Row.

    Every book in the trilogy lifts you up, gives you hope, and then smashes you to pieces. But as Absolution is the final book in the series, it’s the ending that kills – when there are no more pages to keep hope alive, when the story wraps up and you realize that the once possible future is no longer.

    Why I’m heartbroken: Because it had the right ending, even though it wasn’t the ending I had hoped for. Because I could see happily-ever-after being ripped away. Because I continued to hope until the very last possible moment. Because I fell in love with the idea of something impossible.

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    So, this is just a peek at five of the books I have on Heartbreak Row. Books I’m glad that I’ve read without an audience. Books that make me glad I keep a box of Kleenex handy.

    And books whose pages deliver pain, sorrow, anguish and total heart-stopping devastation. Stories that are just as beautiful as they are cruel. Books that I will remember always.

    What books have you read that left you heartbroken?

    As I’m a total heartbreak junkie, I’d love to know!

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    The Extras: Teasers #3

    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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    Sadly I had to skip a few books with amazing passages as the passages or quotes I’d want to use would give away too much. The teasers below are just meant to tease. Never to spoil.

    It feels like I read this book a lifetime ago rather than just three weeks ago. This is one of my favorite passages. As always non-spoilery. I had included a part of this passage in my review, but the full passage is just so much more beautiful.

    Rhine’s thoughts:

    He weaves his fingers through mine, and I allow it, feel the clammy warmth of his palm against mine. Flush. Alive. Eventually I realize that I am holding on to him just as tightly as he holds on to me. And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves.

    There were just so many really amazing passages to choose from, but I’ve tried to choose one that stuck out that doesn’t give anything away.

    Cassel’s thoughts:

    At the window to my room, I catch my reflection in the glass. Shaggy black hair. Sneer. I look like a hungry ghost, glowering in at a world I am no longer fit to be part of.

    I could only choose one and I wanted it different from the one I put in my review. But really, I could have practically reprinted the entire book as almost every single passage was amazing. So, I opted to choose one that just resonated with me for a long while after reading this book. It still does.

    Mia’s thoughts:

    I don’t know exactly what’s happened to me, and for the first time today, I don’t really care. I shouldn’t have to care. I shouldn’t have to work this hard. I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.

    I’ve used this quote in my review, but I still say it’s my favorite one from the book. And I’ve since purchased the finished copy so I can confirm that this quote did make it in. Yay!

    Mark to Krista:

    “I want you to listen to me. You seem to be under the misconception that there is something wrong with you, that there is nothing special about you. There is nobody else in the whole world that I would rather be with. I could look at you for hours and never get sick of it. I could spend every second of everyday in your presence and I would die a happy man. You belong with me.”

    Yes, this one is in my review, and it’s short and to the point, but could you imagine Tamani saying anything better than this to Laurel?

    Tamani to Laurel:

    “I just don’t want to cozy up to the guy whose girl I have every intention of stealing.”

    I couldn’t choose between the two. One creepy and one a line any girl would love to hear from a boy she likes.

    Alexis’s thoughts:

    Could evil seep through the walls of the house, plant a seed of obsession in someone’s heart?

    Carter to Alexis:

    “I can’t help it, Alexis,” he said. “I want to make you think too much . . . and then I want to hear the things you’ve been thinking . . . too much.”

    How can you not want to read this book with passages like this one?

    Sophie’s thoughts:

    I stood there absorbing his words like blows, my heart aching. But it wasn’t what he said that made me feel like I’d been punched in the chest. It’s that I knew he was lying.

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