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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #20

    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 May 17th-May 23rd that I have pre-ordered.


    Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber will be released in the U.S. on May 17, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 224  pages.

    It feels like forever since the last book in this series came out and I literally stalked Amazon until the book was available to pre-order for my Kindle. I discovered this series during my vampire books craze and completely devoured the first six books in the series in a couple of days. They’re fun, sweet books to read and Raven is a great character.

    In this eighth installment, Jagger’s back along with a whole bunch more vampires and they’re trying to turn Dullsville into a much more exciting place to be. I can’t wait to find out what happens next, and I hope things progress for Raven and Alexander – for Raven’s sake especially.

    HarperTeen is once again giving readers a chance to browse inside, HERE.

    I have not read the peek, but it’s always nice when there’s the option.

    Graveminder by Melissa Marr will be released in the U.S. on May 17, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    I already spotlighted Graveminder for my Book Watch post, which has the Goodreads description for those who don’t know what this book is about, so I promise not to blather on and on about this book that I so cannot wait to read.

    This cover is so utterly creepy and I’m glad I’ll be reading this on one of my eReaders rather than from the book, because the cover kind of freaks me out. As this is not a young adult book, I can’t wait to see how out there the author went. I just hope that there will be no nightmares involved during, or after, the read.

    Only a few more days until release day. I cannot wait!

    The author has an excerpt of the prologue on her website, HERE.

    Mercy by Rebecca Lim will be released in the U.S. on May 17, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats from Amazon and in hardcover format from Barnes & Noble.

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

    Mercy was previously published in Australia on October 28, 2010 in paperback format and on November 1, 2010 in eBook format by HarperCollins Australia. The eBook version of Mercy is available to download now at Amazon.

    I have an eARC of Mercy on my reading pile this week but I plan on downloading the finished copy on the 17th. And if I love this story and it ends on a cliffhanger I may just grab the two other books in the trilogy immediately instead of waiting for the U.S. release.

    I am always fascinated by all things immortal so I can’t wait to see how that plays into this story of fallen angels. And the promise of mystery and romance makes this even more alluring.

    Book trailer for Mercy from HarperCollins Australia:

    Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky will be released in the U.S. on May 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Awaken is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    I haven’t heard much buzz about this book. I believe it was one of the first books I requested from NetGalley last winter, after having read its description. In those early days I tried to read everything right away, but I decided to wait for a while to read Awaken, as the release date for this book was so far off.

    I think what drew me to Awaken was that the futuristic world the author created, in which everything is done on a computer with almost no human interaction, seemed like a very real possibility for our society’s future, and it sounded both scary and intriguing.

    As I do have an eARC for review, and I am now within the allotted time frame set by the publisher for reviews, I can’t wait to finally read Awaken and see what the author does to her character who discovers that maybe there’s something more than just living an isolated life behind a computer.

    And I do have this one on pre-order for my Kindle as I think it’s going to be great.

    I did watch the trailer and parts of it really creep me out! So of course I had to include it, below.

    Book trailer for Awaken:


    This week is another fairly quiet one for new releases, and my wallet would be happy if I hadn’t wandered into Barnes & Noble on Saturday and did not leave empty-handed.

    But at least I only have four books pre-ordered, although, like last week, I don’t anticipate making it to the end without buying one or two more books to read.

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

    Please let me know if there is a “must read” that I’ve missed. I do not like to miss out on owning great books, even if I can’t read them right away.


    The Extras: June


    Back with another “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 June yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation.

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released on June 14, 2011.

    I love this cover and think it is beautiful and so captivating. The colors are just amazing. But apparently the story is dark and haunting, in stark contract to this bright and vivid cover.

    I haven’t yet read the sample chapters, as I don’t want to have to stop reading this book once I start, but I can’t wait until it’s released in June.

    Scribd is giving readers a peek at the first four chapters, HERE.

    The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross was released on May 1, 2011. It is a prequel novella to The Girl in the Steel Corset which will be released on May 24th in hardcover format and as an eBook on June 1st.

    It is being offered as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Of course I downloaded both versions for my eReaders. I’m excited to get a peek at the story prior to the full-length novel’s release.

    I will be reading this eBook just prior to reading The Girl in the Steel Corset and can’t wait to find out more about the world the author creates in this steampunk novel.

    I think the cover for The Girl in the Steel Corset is absolutely stunning and is what drew me to the book in the first place.

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini will be released on May 31, 2011.

    I am really excited to read this book and have refrained from checking out the excerpt as I also want to read this in full.

    This is another book with an absolutely gorgeous cover. And it seems like a lifetime since I’ve read a book about Greek mythology, so I’m really looking forward to start reading this one.

    Yet again, the awesome HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside at the first 99 pages HERE.

    Graveminder by Melissa Marr will be released on May 17, 2011.

    Author Melissa Marr has written a creepy and disturbing-sounding novel in Graveminder and I cannot wait to read it. Graveminder is not a young adult title, but I’m not a young adult so it’s perfect.

    Even this cover is super creepy. And I did check out the excerpt and now really can’t wait until this comes out next week.

    The publisher, William Morrow, is giving readers a look inside, HERE.

    Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released on April 19, 2011. It is a prequel novella to the author’s upcoming book Half-Blood which will be releasing on September 15, 2011.

    This is an amazing book and leads right into the full-length novel. Daimon is not one of those short eBooks that just tease you with a few pages. This has a real storyline that gives you a great sense of the characters and even gives you a peek at the beginning of full-length book.

    As of May 10th, the folks at Spencer Hill Press have made this available for free download in multiple formats. CLICK HERE to download.


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

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike was released on May 3, 2011. It is the third book in the Wings series.

    I adore this series. It’s sweet and fun and has a love triangle that will drive you mad.

    I don’t recommend reading this excerpt if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. But if you have, it gives you a nice peek.

    The folks at HarperTeen are giving readers a chance to look inside, HERE.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth was released on May 3, 2011 and is the debut novel for the author.

    I can’t wait to start reading this book as it’s had such high praise. I have not checked out the excerpt as I do own the book, which I will be reading soon.

    As always, HarperTeen is offering a peek inside, HERE.

    The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson was released on April 26, 2011.

    This book is a great follow-up to 13 Little Blue Envelopes and continues the story a few months after the first book ends.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a sneak peek HERE.

    (I just love HarperTeen’s Browse Inside section on their site and stalk it regularly.)

    Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell was released on April 26, 2011.

    I have not checked out this young adult series by the author, but I know it’s quite popular and I think this cover is adorable. What girl doesn’t want a quilted, pink clutch purse?

    Once again, HarperTeen is offering a look inside at the first 99 pages HERE.

    The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong was released on April 12, 2011.

    This is a new series by the author in the same world as her Darkest Powers series which will, at some point, cross over with that one. I can’t wait. I loved that series and am really enjoying this new one.

    An excerpt is available on the author’s website, HERE.

    The publisher is offering a longer excerpt on their website. CLICK HERE to read.

    Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter was released on March 29, 2011. It is the first book in her new Shadow Falls series.

    I think this is a great new series by this author. I can’t wait until the second book, Awake at Dawn, comes out this fall – in October.

    For those who have read it and want to check out some deleted scenes, CLICK HERE.

    I don’t recommend reading it if you haven’t yet read the book.

    Turned at Dark by C.C. Hunter was released on March 15, 2011. It is a bonus story in the Shadow Falls series.

    What I like about this prequel novella is that it gives you a peek at a secondary character from the series, Della, and the events leading up to her arriving in Shadow Falls.

    It’s a nice, quick read and you don’t have to have read Born at Midnight to enjoy it.

    It is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon. To download, CLICK HERE.

    Fallen From Grace by M.J. Putney was released on March 15, 2011 and is a bonus Dark Mirror short story.

    I haven’t yet read Dark Mirror so I’m not certain whether this can be read without having read the full-length book. I own both books, but to be on the safe side, I’ll be reading the full-length novel first.

    It is currently being offered as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    It’s a freebie, so of course I had to download and can’t wait to check it out.


    Book Watch: Graveminder

    Graveminder by Melissa Marr will be released in the U.S. on May 17, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by William Morrow, the print edition is 336 pages.


    I actually had a tough time choosing which book to post for this week’s Book Watch post. This is not a young adult book but I’ve been desperate to read this since I first learned of its existence. I’ve lost contests and auctions trying to get my hands on a copy. No luck. But as the blog generally focuses on YA reads and I didn’t spotlight the upcoming Southern Vampire series book because of that, I feel slightly guilty doing so for Graveminder.

    So, I feel I should at least mention the book that was in contention for this slot – Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings. It is my guilty pleasure series. It is so sweet and innocent and cute and fun and I think I sat down and read all seven books in like two days when I was in need of a vampire story fix. But because I am happy to wait for this to release on May 17th, and I didn’t jump through many hoops trying to get it like I did with Graveminder, I had to give that book the spotlight.


    I was desperately sad when the Wicked Lovely series ended and so when I heard the author had another book coming out in close proximity to the last book of that series I could not wait. (And I’ve been completely living in denial and not reading Darkest Mercy although I think I own four copies.)

    This sounds like such a dark book and one that I will be reading night of release. The idea of someone having to tend the graves of the deceased or they’ll come back is chilling. And it’s definitely a job I would not want to have.

    The author has always had an edge to her writing for her young adult books so I’m curious to see just how far past the edge she will go in a book not aimed at a younger audience.

    I was initially attracted to the book just because I love the author and would read anything she wrote, but the cover is just so eerie and disturbing. The sepia tone, the blurriness and the fact that what I thought was a red moon or sun might actually be a drop of blood creeps me out to no end.

    I’m glad that I’m not Rebekkah and don’t have to return to a town like Claysville. But the description talks of dark secrets and romance in what might just be a grisly tale and I am already completely hooked.

    I also think it’s really cool that her name is Barrow which can be defined as “a large mound of earth or stones placed over a burial site” and that the town is called Claysville. I don’t think you can get more earthy in your names than the author did. (Unless her name was Terra Barrow!) But I think it’s a really awesome and subtle touch and I love this author even more for it.

    To read the prologue from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Goodreads description:

    Three sips to mind the dead . . .

    Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn’t a funeral that Maylene didn’t attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”

    Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers, and that Maylene had good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in Claysville the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected; beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. If the dead are not properly cared for, they will come back to satiate themselves with food, drink, and stories from the land of the living. Only the Graveminder, by tradition a Barrow woman, and her Undertaker—in this case Byron Montgomery, with whom Bek shares a complicated past—can set things right once the dead begin to walk.

    Although she is still grieving for Maylene, Rebekkah will soon find that she has more than a funeral to attend to in Claysville, and that what awaits her may be far worse: dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility—to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong.


    The author talks about Graveminder:


    The Trailers: May

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the upcoming books releasing this May.

    As so many of the May release trailers have not yet come out, I’ve included a few videos of the authors talking about their upcoming books.

    If the May trailers ever decide to make themselves known I’ll be sure to post another “The Trailers: May” with those MIA, like Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready, Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott, Hourglass by Myra McEntire and oh so many more.


    But I Love Him by Amanda Grace (a.k.a. Mandy Hubbard)

    Release date: May 1, 2011 (eBook)/May 8, 2011 (paperback)

    (Mandy Hubbard Author)


    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

    Release date: May 3, 2011



    Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe

    Release date: May 3, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author reads from and discusses her upcoming book


    Divergent by Veronica Roth

    Release date: May 3, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author discusses her upcoming book


    Graveminder by Melissa Marr

    Release date: May 17, 2011

    (William Morrow) – Not a trailer. Author discusses her upcoming book


    Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

    Release date: May 24, 2011

    (Candlewick Press)



    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

    Release date: May 24, 2011

    (Tessa Gratton) – Not trailers. The author enacts two scenes from chapters one and five as her character Josephine Darly.



    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    Release date: May 31 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author discusses her upcoming book


    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming later today.



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