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    Quickie ARC Giveaway: Destiny

    I traded for a copy of Destiny by Gillian Shields and then realized that I am seriously behind on this series. For some reason I thought I’d read the second book in the series, leaving me only one book to catch up on before release. But apparently I only read the first hundred pages or so.

    While this doesn’t get released until the end of July, and I have this fourth book pre-ordered for my Kindle, I know I won’t be able to read the two unread books, plus this one by release date and so I thought I’d give it away with plenty of time to spare for someone who will be able to.

    This was another series I discovered before I started blogging and I found the world fascinating and very much enjoyed the author’s writing style. If you’d like to check out this book on Goodreads, it’s linked in the image above.

    The ARC seems to be in great condition, but because I haven’t read it I can’t confirm whether there are missing pages or misprints.

    Once again, while the giveaway is not restricted, my hope is that if you enter you do plan on reading and reviewing it.

    What’s up for grabs:

    An ARC of Destiny by Gillian Shields that I received through a trade.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be ONE winner.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on April 26th in this post.

    7. Winner will have 24 hours after notification to respond with their details.

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

    If you are viewing this post via email you will have to click the link to enter the giveaway on the blog as Rafflectoper forms do not work through email.

    To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form:

    Congratulations Ida! You’re the winner of the ARC of Destiny! I’ve sent you an email for your details and you’ll have 24 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.

    Thanks so much to everyone for entering the giveaway! I’m sure I’ll be giving away another book from the pile soon.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #31

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

    These are books for the week of August 2nd-August 8th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard is the second book in The Lying Game series. It will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I first heard about The Lying Game when it was made available for review through NetGalley. I hadn’t read the author’s Pretty Little Liars series, so it was my first introduction to her writing. I thought it was an incredibly fun read and it was one of my earliest reviews here on the blog. My review with the Goodreads description for the first book is here if you’d like to check it out.

    I had no idea that it was the first book in a series when I began reading it, but by the end, with the mystery only deepening, I knew that there had to be more.

    In this sequel, Sutton Mercer is still trying to figure out who killed her, and now her sister Emma is in danger. All the games that Sutton and her friends played means that there are more suspects and it will be that much harder catch a killer.

    I’m not sure when I’ll get to add this to my reading pile, but I’m excited to finally have it download to my Kindle on Tuesday.

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

    Eternal by Gillian Shields is the third book in the Immortal series. It will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, a division of Harper Collins, the print edition is 368 pages.

    I’ve had Eternal on pre-order for awhile. I read the first book in the series, Immortal, before I started blogging and I was completely enchanted. I bought the second book, Betrayal, and although I have not yet had the opportunity to read it, it is on my long list of books to be read

    Betrayal, like the first book, is told from Evie’s perspective. But Eternal is told from Sarah’s point of view.

    In this third book, Sarah Fitzalan tries to keep the sisterhood together as Evie and Helen are no longer as dedicated as they used to be. And with the dark coven readying for an attack, she wants to be prepared.

    I really can’t wait to catch up on this series so I can see things from Sarah’s point of view.

    The publisher is still offering a peek at the entire first book in the series on their site, HERE.

    And to get a long look inside of Eternal, courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Between by Jessica Warman will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Walter Childrens, the print edition is 464 pages.

    I am not sure where I first heard about this book. It must have been around the blogosphere somewhere, but I’m not exactly sure who brought this to my attention. It might have been when I was offered a copy for trade, but due to missing pages I never got the early copy.

    I pre-ordered this book solely based on the cover. I hadn’t even read the description when I clicked the button to order it for my Kindle. But after checking it out on Goodreads I was definitely intrigued.

    Being stuck somewhere between here and the hereafter, and revisiting memories of Liz’s life, sounds terribly sad. And the fact that she has no memory of the events surrounding her death is even more tragic. Especially as there may be something more to her death than possibly having become an anorexic like her mother.

    I have not yet read anything by this author, but I’m looking forward to her new book and hope to add it to the pile soon.

    Dream Dark is a short story in the Beautiful Creatures series by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in eBook format only. It is available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

    The second I learned Dream Dark was on Amazon, I immediately pre-ordered it. I heard about this short story on Twitter and couldn’t wait for it to finally be made available to buy. I am a huge fan of the authors and the series and there was no way I’d be missing this short story about Link.

    Plus, according to the description there is a sneak peek at the first five chapters of Beautiful Chaos and that is one long look inside I will be devouring.

    I am super excited to hear about Link’s transformation after being bitten by a Supernatural and look forward to diving into these beginning chapters of Beautiful Chaos in the next week or two.

    The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, a division of the Disney Book Group, the print edition is 288 pages.

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

    I heard about this book ages ago. And as soon as it was made available to pre-order for my Kindle, I did. Although The Near Witch wasn’t one of my original twelve selections for the Debut Author Challenge, it was on my must reads list.

    I had a chance to get an early copy through a trade and an eARC from Netgalley, but only just got to read it last week. And I loved it. Still do as a matter of fact. As I’ll be posting my review this week, I won’t go into too much detail here, but this is definitely a must read debut book.

    A childhood bedtime story, a mysterious boy who appears on the moors and a hunt for missing children. Just how all of these connect and where the truth lies is the puzzle that Lexi needs to solve.

    As always I’m curious to see what differences there are between the early copy and the finished copy and I’m hoping to get a chance to re-read it soon and find out.

    Blood Ties by Mari Mancusi is the sixth book in the Blood Coven Vampire series. It will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (To pre-order the eBook from B&N, click here.)

    Published by Berkley Trade, the print edition is 256 pages.

    I’ve been stalking this book’s release since before its predecessor, Night School, was released. I’ve been a huge fan of this series and look forward to catching up on Sunny and Rayne’s adventures with each new book.

    I won’t go into too much detail as I recently spotlighted this in my Book Watch post, but Blood Ties is told from Sunny’s perspective. And it seems there may be a love triangle, as Sunny is developing feelings for Jayden. I really hope that’s not the case, because Sunny and Magnus are just so perfect for each other. I guess I’ll have to read it to find out. Also as expected, Slayer Inc. is back and, if the description is to be believed, not everyone may make it out unharmed.

    I will be making room for this on the pile in the next couple of weeks as this is just one of those quick, fun reads that always make you smile – even with a few loose ends, dark turns and an ending that leaves you wondering what will happen next.

    Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink is the final book in the Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on August 3, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    I discovered this series long before I started blogging and ended up reading the first two books in the series back-to-back last summer. I added this final book in the series to my pre-orders just as soon as it was made available in eBook format, but I am considering buying the hardcover as this is my favorite cover of the series. Plus, I had won signed copies of the first two books in a charitable auction, so it seems odd not to have a complete set of printed books, even if one isn’t signed.

    I wanted to re-read the books before Circle of Fire‘s release, but haven’t yet received my signed copies, so it might be a few weeks before I get the chance. I am excited to get caught up with everything that’s happened to Lia and Alice and to find out whether or not Lia is able to end the Prophecy once and for all. I just hope that things end well for both sisters, but as the description says “bittersweet” I am really nervous that there will be an unhappy ending for one of them.

    And yes, this is yet another series that comes to a close. I hope I don’t end up putting this at the bottom of the pile along with all other final series books I’m not ready to see end.

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    I am actually completely stunned – six-and-a-half books. I had no idea so many books were releasing this week that I have on pre-order. I thought August was a light month for releases and though I sort of knew all these books were releasing this month, I really only thought I had three books pre-ordered for the week. I was clearly wrong.

    It’s kind of a reverse of last week, where I thought a lot more books were releasing. Of course I took a peek at next week’s releases and I have practically nothing pre-ordered, which might be a good thing. But I have a feeling I might find one or two new books to purchase.

    I’m curious to see whether next week is a one book release week for me. It’ll be a first here on the blog since I started these weekly posts and I haven’t quite figured out how to handle a release week with fewer than three books. I guess I’ll find out next week…

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

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

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    The Extras: August

    Yes we’re back with this month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not August yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation. Besides, wouldn’t you rather read the excerpts before the books are released? I know I would.

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    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    This story sounds just as cool and creepy as its cover. A boy who hunts and kills the dead ends up in a town where a ghost, Anna Dressed in Blood, has been murdering everyone who enters her home, except him.

    Anna was murdered and still wears the dress she was killed in, but now it’s covered in blood. Definitely creepy.

    The publisher, Tor, is giving readers a look inside, HERE.

    Hades by Alexandra Adornetto will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Hades is the sequel to Halo which was released last year and it continues Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany’s story. In this installment, Bethany gets tricked into taking a motorcycle ride into Hell and if she wants to be freed she has to agree to a bargain that may just not be worth it.

    The description is very mysterious and cryptic, but perhaps the excerpt can shed some light as to what we can expect.

    The publisher, Feiwel and Friends, a division of Macmillan, is giving readers a long look, HERE.

    Twisted by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Twisted is the third book in the Intertwined series. And from the description things just keep getting worse for Aden Stone. With everything that has happened to him over the course of the past two books he now has a darkness within him that just keeps growing.

    It doesn’t sound like things are going to end on a happy note at this book’s conclusion.

    The author is giving readers a peek at Twisted on her website, HERE.

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This book, set in the same world as the Vampire Academy series, is about Sydney – yay – and Jill Dragomir and takes place at a human school in Palm Springs, California.

    And according to the description some of the characters we’ve known from the series will make an appearance in this book.

    Penguin Young Readers is offering a look at the first chapter of Bloodlines, via Scribd, HERE.

    Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    The description promises flirting and fun for Elise and sounds like it might be a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Set at a prep school in Los Angeles, Elise is the principal’s daughter, the hot boy is Derek Edwards, and to round out this love triangle is the sexy outcast, Webster Grant.

    Epic Fail sounds like it just might be an win.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a nice long look inside, HERE.

    Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    It is the second book in The Lying Game series. Emma is still trying to solve her twin sister’s murder. The sister she never knew she had. She is living as her sister while trying to uncover who the killer could be. In this sequel there are even more suspects and Emma is in even more danger.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a super long look inside, HERE.

    Eternal by Gillian Shields will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    Eternal is the third book in the Immortals series. This installment is about Sarah Fitzalan who is fighting to keep the sisterhood together and prepare for an attack by the dark coven. Everything is up in the air as Evie and Helen aren’t as dedicated to the sisterhood as they once were, possibly leaving Sarah on her own to fight for them all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek at Eternal, HERE.

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Supernaturally is the second book in the Paranormalcy series. Evie is trying to fit into the normal world with limited success. She decides to do some work with IPCA, but things keep going wrong. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to avoid Reth, who tells her something about her past that is completely shocking.

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

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    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Nightspell by Leah Cypess was released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011.

    It is a standalone companion book to Mistwood. Darri heads to Ghostland to rescue her sister but in order to do so she must face a number of obstacles, including a “handsome ghost prince.” And she will be forced to make a decision that will threaten the “balance of power between the living and the dead.” Sounds like a pretty epic journey.

    Yet another peek inside by the awesome HarperTeen, HERE.

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell was released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011.

    Jana Webster thought she’d be with Michael Haynes forever. But when she turns up in Dead School alone and it doesn’t seem Michael’s in any rush to join her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Because if they can’t be together in life, they may as well be together in death. It’s what Romeo and Juliet did, after all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek inside, HERE. This is definitely a book worth checking out. But, as I’ve said before, be warned because once you start reading you will won’t be satisfied with just the excerpt.

    Immortal by Gillian Shields was released in the U.S. on August 4, 2009.

    Evie Johnson is forced to attend the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies. She is lonely and having a difficult time fitting into life at the school until she meets Sebastian. But he is keeping secrets about his past, and as the story unfolds she learns things about Sebastian and about herself that she never could have imagined.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a chance to take a look at the entire book in anticipation of Eternal’s release, HERE.

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    I haven’t read all of these books, but I have read a few of them. And I managed to stay strong and not check out any of the excerpts. I plan on buying all of the upcoming books without a peek, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to take a long look inside before making a purchase.

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

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