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    GET DIRTY Blog Tour: ‘Top Ten ’80s Film Quotes’ Guest Post, Review + Giveaway

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    OK… Firstly, I LOVE this series. Secondly, I absolutely adore Author Gretchen McNeil… even more so because of the awesome quotes she chose for my tour stop today. Thirdly, I am totally stoked to be a part of the GET DIRTY Blog Tour hosted by Me, My Shelf and I and to be able to share my thoughts about this book and share Gretchen McNeil’s Top Ten Favorite 80s Film Quotes.

    And…

    Fourthly, I totally would have chosen several quotes from Better Off Dead because that is like one of the BEST. MOVIES. EVER. Fifthly, I have not the first clue what’s going on in Top Gun. Sixthly, while I might have chosen a quote or two from Sixteen Candles AND Fast Times at Ridgemont High, I totally love ALL the quotes chosen.

    And…

    Finally, I am super excited that GET DIRTY will be releasing next week and everyone will get to read this amazing two book series and fall just as in love with it as I did.

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    About GET DIRTY

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    Title & Series: GET DIRTY (Don’t Get Mad #2)
    Author: Gretchen McNeil
    Release date: June 16, 2015
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The members of Don’t Get Mad aren’t just mad anymore . . . they’re afraid. And with Margot in a coma and Bree stuck in juvie, it’s up to Olivia and Kitty to try to catch their deadly tormentor. But just as the girls are about to go on the offensive, Ed the Head reveals a shocking secret that turns all their theories upside down. The killer could be anyone, and this time he—or she—is out for more than just revenge.

    The girls desperately try to discover the killer’s identity as their personal lives are falling apart: Donté is pulling away from Kitty and seems to be hiding a secret of his own, Bree is under house arrest, and Olivia’s mother is on an emotional downward spiral. The killer is closing in, the threats are becoming more personal, and when the police refuse to listen, the girls have no choice but to confront their anonymous friend . . . or die trying.

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    The Guest Post

    Top Ten Favorite 80s Film Quotes

    by Gretchen McNeil

    1. “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

    To me, this epitomizes the 1980s.  It was all about having a good time, and who was better at having a good time than Ferris?

    2.  “They’re here.” – Poltergeist.

    Damn, that little girl is creepy.  The best 80s horror flick, by far.

    3.  “Gee, I’m really sorry your mom blew up, Ricky. I guess she won’t be able to eat any spicy foods for awhile.” – Better Off Dead.

    I’m guessing most of you haven’t seen this John Cusak classic.  So you need to fix that.  Now.  (I want my two dollars.)

    4.  “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” – Dirty Dancing.

    I cry every time.  Every single time.  Don’t judge me.

    5.  “Carpe Diem Boys. Seize the Day. Make your lives extraordinary!” – Dead Poet’s Society.

    This movie taught me how I wanted to live my life, for good or for bad.  I wept real tears of loss when I heard that Robin Williams had taken the same path as Neil Perry.

    6.  “See, this is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.” – Footloose.

    Is there anything more 80s than Kevin Bacon dancing in a barn?  I think not.

    7.  “You’re still dangerous, but you can be my wingman anytime.” – Top Gun.

    Not gonna lie to you.  I have no idea what this movie is actually about.

    8.  “I’ll have what she’s having.” – When Harry Met Sally.

    Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

    9.  “Well, fuck me slowly with a chainsaw.” – Heathers.

    Dear God, I wanted to date psychopath J.D.  I’m not sure what that says about me, but it probably inspired me to write about teens killing each other.

    10.  “Screws fall out all the time.  The world is an imperfect place.” – The Breakfast Club.

    Because this list wouldn’t be complete without a quote from John Bender.  ☺


    The Review

    GET DIRTY is the incredibly exciting, suspenseful, and absolutely gripping conclusion to Gretchen McNeil’s two-book series, Don’t Get Mad. It picks up the story shortly after the events in the first book and guarantees to keep those pages turning as Olivia, Kitty, Bree and DGMs newest members try to uncover who is behind the murders, who’s responsible for putting Margot in a coma, for setting them up to take the fall, and for threatening to make things even worse for them.

    With Margot, their most logical and tech savvy member, out of commission and Bree, the group’s risk-taker practically in prison, Kitty and Olivia will have to step up their efforts, put their trust in others, and reveal their secret if they want to save themselves and their friends and stop a killer before another murder is committed. But when new information comes to light about their only suspect, it looks like they’ll have to rethink everything.

    And with the danger to each of them mounting, the killer’s list of targets expanding and everything seeming to be going according to this unknown but deadly plan, time is quickly running out. If they have any hope of bringing to justice whoever is responsible, they are going to have to work fast, be smart, and figure out how to catch a killer.

    Gretchen McNeil delivered an even more action-packed, nail-biting, and electrifying story with GET DIRTY. Her sequel will keep everyone guessing as to who the killer is and if there is only one. It will keep them on edge wondering whether DGM will catch them before they, themselves, are caught and convicted or before anyone else is harmed. And it promises to surprise with a number of twists and turns.

    Filled with likable and well-developed characters and a few smarmy ones, too, touches of humor to lighten things up, writing that will pull you into the mystery and keep you engaged, and the guarantee of the unexpected to keep your interest piqued, GET DIRTY has it all. It’s fun. It’s thrilling. It’s shocking. It’s a fantastic read and an amazing finish to the series.

    The Rating

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    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    About Gretchen McNeil

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    Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror POSSESS about a teen exorcist debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth, a finalist for Washington state’s 2015 Evergreen Young Adult Book Award and Vermont’s 2014-2015 Green Mountain Book Award, and was nominated for “Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel of 2012″ by Romantic Times. In 2013, she released 3:59, a sci-fi doppelganger horror about two girls who are the same girl in parallel dimensions who decide to switch places.

    In 2014, Gretchen debuted her first series, Don’t Get Mad (pitched as “John Hughes with a body count”) about four very different girls who form a secret society where they get revenge on bullies and mean girls at their elite prep school. The Don’t Get Mad series began in fall 2014 with GET EVEN, followed by the sequel GET DIRTY in June 2015, also with Balzer + Bray.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: GET EVEN (Don’t Get Mad #1)
    Release Date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

    Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

    When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • ONE (1) winner will get SIGNED copies of GET EVEN and GET DIRTY

    Ships US ONLY | Must be 13+ to Enter

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    June 1st | Wholly Books – Review

    June 2nd | Bookish – Review

    June 3rd | Once Upon a Twilight – Excerpt

    June 4th | Fiction Fare – Review

    June 5th | Fictitious Delicious – Review

    Week Two

    June 8th | Chapter by Chapter – Playlist

    June 9th | Fiktshun – Review + 10s List

    June 10th | Such a Novel Idea – Review

    June 11th | Me, My Shelf and I – Spotlight

    June 12th | Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post

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    RYAR Review: GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil
    Series: Don’t Get Mad #1
    Published by Balzer + Bray on September 16, 2014
    Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 5 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

    Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

    When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.


    REVIEW


    GET EVEN is a fantastic start to this new series by Author Gretchen McNeil. It has everything you could want in a mystery – the storyline is riveting, it has a number of interesting characters of whom many are potential suspects, the answer to “whodunit” is not obvious and neither are the motives.

    What starts off as a story of a group of four girls – Bree, Kitty, Margot and Olivia – seeking justice for those who have been wronged, turns into quite the page-turner as a murder makes their secret organization the prime suspect. Remaining hidden is imperative, but when doubts set in and loyalty turns to mistrust each girl is left to wonder whether protecting themselves is more important than protecting the group.

    Initially I was skeptical about enjoying a mystery with multiple POVs. I was worried I wouldn’t connect to each of the characters and that the story would get muddled as it switched between each girl’s perspective. But my fears were quickly put to rest as the transitions were fluid, easy to follow and kept me not only engaged with the story but eager to find out what was going on with every one of the characters.

    Each of the girls has a personality and history that makes them unique individuals. Bree is bold and rebellious and looking for attention. Kitty is an over-achiever, a worrier and a leader. Margot is shy, lacks self-confidence, but is incredibly smart. Olivia is pretty, popular, and a talented actress. All four girls have things in their past that they’re not proud of. All four girls have reasons to distrust one another. But in order for their group, DGM, to succeed they’ll have to stick together. And given certain secrets that come to light, it won’t be easy.

    GET EVEN is an incredibly entertaining and totally addictive read. With a lightning-fast pace, a mystery readers will be anxious to solve and an ending that will leave them desperate for the next installment, Gretchen McNeil delivers an absolute must read first book in a series that is sure to be filled with surprises, unexpected twists and turns, suspicious characters and four girls who aren’t willing to just get mad.

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    GET EVEN Blog Tour: ’10 Random Things’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am so totally stoked to be a part of Gretchen McNeil’s GET EVEN Blog Tour hosted by Me, My Shelf and I. GET EVEN is my new favorite book by the author and I’m already DYING to get my hands on the next book in this series.

    I was nervous for about half a second that the multiple character POVs would be confusing or would make me not able to connect with this story. But the author did an absolutely amazing job of transitioning between them seamlessly and make me want to get to know, and read more about, each one of them.

    This was a book that I could not put down. It was engaging, it made me question everyone, it made me want to know who was responsible for what happened and what the big mystery was and how it tied in to what was happening to Bree, Kitty, Olivia, and Margot.

    I did not have a clue – try as I might – about the who and the why of it all. And that’s pretty rare. It made me want to read that much faster. I think I devoured all almost-400 pages of the ARC in half the time it might otherwise have taken me.

    GET EVEN is a total must read book. It gets a five-star rating from me. And I will be giving it a gushing review next week because I seriously loved it.

    For now, though, if you want to know a little bit more about GET EVEN, the description is below, and there are – and will be – a few (hopefully) spoiler-free reviews on this tour, which you can follow by clicking the banner above, or the links at the bottom of this post, which I’ll be updating with direct links to all the stops.

    And if you want a chance to win one of three seriously amazing prizes, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form a bit further down.

    And now, without any more rambling and such, I am thrilled to be able to share a super fun guest post by the author in which she reveals 10 Random Things about herself, including just how much she looooooved Titanic – the film not the sunken ship.

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    About Get Even

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    Series: Don’t Get Mad #1
    Release Date: September 16th 2014
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

    Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

    When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

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    About Gretchen McNeil

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    Author of YA horror novels POSSESS, TEN, and 3:59, as well as the new mystery/suspense series Don’t Get Mad, beginning in 2014 with GET EVEN and continuing in 2015 with GET DIRTY, all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen also contributed an essay to the Dear Teen Meanthology from Zest Books.

    Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and was a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels. She is repped by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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    Guest Post

    10 Random Things About Gretchen McNeil

    #1

    I don’t like avocados but love guacamole.

    #2

    My favorite color is red.

    #3

    Favorite sound: champagne cork popping. Least favorite sound: leafblower.

    #4

    I hate Titanic with the white hot passion of a thousand burning suns.

    #5

    There is a collection of animal skulls in a curio cabinet in my living room.

    #6

    I refuse to text in shorthand.

    #7

    I wear wrist supports when I write.

    #8

    I own tap shoes.

    #9

    If I had to give up either coffee or wine, I’d probably choose DEATH.

    #10

    I’m a sucker for snappy romantic comedies starring Meg Ryan.


    The Giveaway

    This tour comes with a seriously awesome giveaway…
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    3 Winners will each get a signed, finished copy of GET EVEN and a booklet of bonus material from book two in the Don’t Get Mad series, GET DIRTY. It includes the first chapters of GET DIRTY!

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Ships to US addresses only

    Just enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Sept. 3rd – I Am A Reader – Tens List
    Sept. 4th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review
    Sept. 5th – Fiktshun – 10 Random Things
    Sept. 6th – Such A Novel Idea – Review
    Sept. 7th – Swoony Boys Podcast – Author Interview
    Sept. 8th – Fictitious Delicious – Review
    Sept. 9th – Ex Libris – A Day in the Life of Gretchen McNeil
    Sept. 10th – Wholly Books – Review
    Sept. 11th – Fiction Fare – Review
    Sept. 12th – Jean Book Nerd – Tens List
    Sept. 13th – Books Over Boys – This or That
    Sept. 14th – Step Into Fiction – Review
    Sept. 15th – Once Upon A Twilight – Review
    Sept. 16th – Scott Reads It – Review + Dream Cast

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #142

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

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    The Burning Sky

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    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 480 pages.

    THE BURNING SKY is the first book in Author Sherry Thomas’ The Elemental Trilogy. The second and third books in the series, both currently untitled, are slated to release in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

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    I am so excited for the release of THE BURNING SKY this week. I have it pre-ordered for my Kindle but this cover is way too gorgeous not to also buy a print copy. Especially since this book was incredible. And I’m so lucky that I got the chance to read it early thanks to the publisher.

    As I will be on the tour on Tuesday and I’m hoping to post a review then too, I don’t want to talk too much about this amazing book. And as I have read it, I obviously can’t guess about what the description hints at.

    But I will just say that I cannot believe it says there are 480 pages as the book was such a quick read. I loved getting to meet Iolanthe and Titus. I loved the magical and fairytale elements that were woven into this story. I loved that from moment one I was always on edge about what would happen to Iolanthe and Titus. And I wish the second book in this series were available right now because waiting is most definitely going to suck.

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    Frozen

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    FROZEN by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston will be released in the U.S. on Spetember 17, 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 Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 336 pages.

    FROZEN is the first book in the authors’ Heart of Dread series. No information is yet available on future books in the series.

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    I love Melissa de la Cruz’s writing and I am totally stoked that FROZEN is releasing this week and I’ll finally get to read it when it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I didn’t get the chance to read it early so I’m so glad that the wait is finally over.

    The world sounds incredible – a destroyed planet, a frozen city “blanketed in ice” that is still a “24-hour hedonistic playground” and rumors of “sinister sorcery.” How cool is that?

    I cannot wait to meet Natasha Kestal and find out just what her “darkest secret” is. I can’t wait to find out if there really is a place called “the Blue.” And I am just so curious what lies will have to be overcome in order for true love to survive for her and Ryan “Wes” Wesson.

    This book sounds dark and magical and I hope that I will get the chance to get this book on the pile next week.

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    The Wicked Within

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    THE WICKED WITHIN by Kelly Keaton will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 288 pages.

    THE WICKED WITHIN is the third and final book in Kelly Keaton’s Gods & Monsters series.

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    I am a little behind with this series but I am thrilled that THE WICKED WITHIN is releasing this week and will be added to my collection along with the first two books in the series. I loved DARKNESS BECOMES HER and I can’t wait to get caught up and find out what’s been happening with Ari.

    While I have read the description for A BEAUTIFUL EVIL, I refuse to read the description for this latest release. Though I have heard that this is the final book in the series, which makes me even more excited by the fact that I can read this series to its conclusion and not have to wait.

    But I don’t know what happens with regard to Violet’s kidnapping by Athena. I don’t know what’s going on with Ari and the Medusa curse. I don’t know if things have heated up between her and Sebastian and I have no idea what’s in store for any of the characters in this final installment in the series.

    I love the mythology and the world that Author Kelly Keaton created. And while I am sad that this series is ending with this book, I can’t wait to devour both books and I hope to do so before the month ends.

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    Tumble and Fall

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    TUMBLE & FALL by Alexandra Coutts will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I was so thrilled when I got the chance to read TUMBLE & FALL early via NetGalley when the copy I traded for never arrived. But due to a few issues with my nook, I was not able to read it as planned, so I am so excited that it will be releasing this week and I can finally read it.

    TUMBLE & FALL was my Book Watch post the other week so I will try to keep this brief. But I am just so curious about this book, about its characters, about what they’ll decide to do with the time they have remaining.

    I am expecting to be heartbroken. And I’m anticipating tears. The idea that there will be “surprise beginnings” when the world is about to end makes me so incredibly sad and I haven’t even started reading this book.

    While I haven’t yet read a book by this author, though I do own one she wrote a couple years ago as Alexandra Bullen, I hear she’s a beautiful writer and I cannot wait to find out for myself with this, her latest, release.

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    3:59 by Gretchen McNeil will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I was thrilled to have been able to trade for a copy of 3:59 and read my first Gretchen McNeil book just a little bit early. I loved this story and the author’s writing so I can’t wait to add this title to my collection this week.

    As I already read and reviewed 3:59 I won’t tease about it too much. But I thought the idea of doppelgängers and parallel universes was fascinating. I loved getting to see just how not greener the grass was when Josie traded places with Jo. And I loved that this story mixed sci fi, mystery and horror together.

    I still think this book should totally have been the first book in a series, but I suppose not having to wait for a follow-up book is a good thing, given how many books I am waiting on sequels for. And I suppose I am glad that I already read this book so that its addition to my collection is just that and not an addition to the TBR pile.

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    The Dream Thieves

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    THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE DREAM THIEVES is the second book in author Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. The third and fourth books, currently untitled, are due out in 2014 and 2015.

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    I don’t know how the release date snuck up on me for THE DREAM THIEVES! I’d been dying for this book to release and was so unbelievably excited when I was approved to read it via NetGalley. But my pre-order will be downloading on Tuesday and I haven’t yet had the chance to read this book that I’d been pining for.

    I actually picked up THE DREAM THIEVES a few weeks ago and planned on going off-pile to read it. But it seems I have to read THE RAVEN BOYS again because I’m a little fuzzy on a few details as I’d read it during a rather hectic time and find myself a little bit lost. Though I do remember it was amazing.

    But I did read the description for this sequel on Goodreads and it reveals next to nothing about what I can expect. Which makes me that much more desperate to find out what happens with Ronan and the fact that his dreams are interfering with his waking life. And it makes me even more curious about what’s in store for Blue, Adam and Gansey.

    I really hope to be able to solve the mystery about just what comes next a bit later this week. But I will be reading this sequel and its predecessor next week no matter what.

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    Once We Were

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    ONCE WE WERE by Kat Zhang will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 352 pages.

    ONCE WE WERE is the second book in Kat Zhang’s The Hybrid Chronicles. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I have not yet read the first book in this series but I had to pre-order ONCE WE WERE as I have every intention of reading both books in the very near future. I was first drawn to this series because of its gorgeous covers. But the description sounds so very different and intriguing that I knew this would be a series I’d want to get to know.

    I have yet to meet Eva and Addie and find out why they weren’t “settling” and one of them “fading.” I have yet to find out how Eva managed to survive, trapped in the shared body with Addie. And I haven’t found out whether they were willing to take the risk so that Eva could move again or if they did, what happened to them both.

    I just know the description for this sequel will be incredibly spoiler-y and as I hope to be able to read both books in this series very soon, I don’t want to take even the littlest of peeks. But knowing that there will be two books for me to devour back-to-back makes me even more excited about discovering this series. And I hope to be able to do so early next month.

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    ***A New Adult Title***

    A Little Too Far

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    A LITTLE TOO FAR by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in eBook format. A paperback edition will be released on October 1st. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    A LITTLE TOO FAR is the first book in Author Lisa Desrochers’ new series of the same name. The second book in the series, A LITTLE TOO MUCH, is slated for release on November 12, 2013 and the third book in the series, A LITTLE TOO HOT, will be released on January 21, 2014.

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    I am somewhat of a New Adult newbie but I love Author Lisa Desrochers’ writing and I just had to pre-order A LITTLE TOO FAR for my Kindle. I received a surprise copy from the author in print format which I’m currently reading and hope to be finished with tonight. But as I want this book to be a part of my permanent collection I have no plans to cancel my eBook pre-order.

    The taboo subject matter and the promise of an extra sexy read aren’t types of stories I typically add to the pile. But I am curious to see how this author handles things and I’m curious to meet Lexie Banks and find out just how she gets involved in one… or potentially two… complicated relationships.

    As I have scanned a few reviews on the A LITTLE TOO FAR Blog Tour from Rockstar Book Tours I have a feeling that there won’t be anything too shocking, that the way the author approaches the forbidden romance will be well-written, that there may be some heat but nothing too graphic. So I am excited to see where this story heads and I hope to be able to share my thoughts, whether here or on FAD, once I’ve read it.

    And, yes, I think Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world and I love that this story is set in Rome.

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    Other Books of Note

    United We Spy

    UNITED WE SPY (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This Song Will Save Your Life

    THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dead Girls Don't Lie

    DEAD GIRLS DON’T LIE by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Taming of the Tights

    THE TAMING OF THE TIGHTS (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #3) by Louise Rennison

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Clockwork Scarab

    THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Battle of the Ampere

    BATTLE OF THE AMPERE (Michael Vey #3) by Richard Paul Evans

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013 – Reprint edition

    Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Well it’s kind of a relief that I only have eight books pre-ordered this week. Especially since I’ll have read three of them before their respective release dates. And I should hopefully be reading at least two others in the next week or two.

    So while it may be a slight burden on my wallet, it won’t affect my TBR pile too much. Of course I really want to buy the Leila Sales book that’s releasing on Tuesday….

    I do feel as if I missed a ton of “other books of note” books, though. So maybe there are a few titles that I should have included in this post. But ignorance is bliss, right? I say yes, because it took me an hour or two less in order to create this post because of said potential ignorance. And that makes me more than a little bit happy.

    Anyway….

    I have this new theme and I’m debating on whether or not to tweak the formatting for those “other books” to include the descriptions since I don’t talk about them like I do the books I am purchasing. But for now I’m keeping things status quo.

    If you have been dying to read THE DREAM THIEVES I hope your copy will arrive on release date or your book store or library will have it in stock. And if you haven’t yet heard of Sherry Thomas’ THE BURNING SKY all I can say is that it’s an amazing and magical read and I can’t recommend it enough.

    As ever, I hope you found a few titles you can’t live without and I hope that the wait has finally ended for one or two books you’ve been suffering the wait for. And if I missed any books in my list this week please let me know. I’d hate to miss out on the awesome!

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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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    3:59 Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I was thrilled to get an invitation to be a part of the tour for Gretchen McNeil’s 3:59. So much so that I even offered to write a review, which is something I almost never do on tours. But I had received a copy of the book from a trade and I knew I was going to read it prior to its release because I’d heard such great things about it.

    As my reviews typically tend to be long-winded and rambling I thought I’d try to change it up a bit. This is a tour after all and as I am one of the two blogs kicking things off I thought it might be better to be a little less lengthy with my analysis.

    The tour runs for just a week, ending next Monday with a live chat with the author on YouNow, which I have linked in the schedule at the bottom of this post.

    There is also an amazing giveaway for a bunch of Gretchen McNeil’s books (signed) and several eBook copies of TEN.

    Normally in my intro I like to talk a little about what I thought about the book, but as my stop is a review I’ll refrain. But just in case you don’t like to read reviews of books you think you might want to read, I’ll just say that this book was a super quick read and a lot of fun.

    And if you do want to add this book to your collection, or to your shelf on Goodreads, here are some ways you can do just that….

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    About 3:59

    Publication date: September 17, 2013
    Pages: 368
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Formats: hardcover, eBook

    Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.

    Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

    Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

    Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

    But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

    By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

    From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

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    First there was a flash. Then there were the dreams. And then there was an image in the mirror of a room that should have been a reflection of her own but wasn’t and a girl that looked very much like her but wasn’t.

    When Josie Byrne realized that every twelve hours at exactly 3:59 she could see beyond her world into another universe, she began to wish that for just one day she could trade places with the girl from that world.

    From where she stood on her side of the portal that girl’s life looked perfect. In that world her family wasn’t falling apart, her love life wasn’t falling apart. So when she realized that stepping through the portal and swapping lives was possible she didn’t hesitate to make the switch.

    But the life she stepped into wasn’t anything like she imagined it to be. The troubles Josie faced in her world were nothing compared to the horrors that existed in this one. And when the twenty-four hours were up she was ready to get back to her life.

    Except Jo wasn’t ready to let her return.

    3:59 blends together science fiction, mystery and horror with a touch of romance to create a fast-paced and captivating story that will keep readers engaged from start to finish. It introduces a heroine who is both intelligent and brave, scientific theories that are absolutely fascinating, a world where the darkness promises a gruesome death and a number of puzzles that must be solved.

    When Josie, gets thrust into a world she knows little about she is forced to rely on her scientific expertise and her instincts to not only survive in this hostile landscape but to try and find a way home. With no friends and no clue about the things in the darkness that have everyone living in terror, Josie must figure out a way to create a portal or resign herself to living Jo’s lonely existence where she is feared, not liked, and get used to sleeping with the lights on.

    Author Gretchen McNeil packs a lot into this standalone novel that proves, contrary to the old saying, that the grass is not always greener. Her story is suspenseful, at times chilling, at other times horrifying, and still at others heartwarming. And it touches upon many intriguing ideas that would be interesting to see expanded upon if this was turned into a series.

    While the science, mystery and horror take center stage in this novel, the love story and Josie’s love for her family allow for an emotional connection to be made. And while the scientific aspects to this story are more complex than in some of the other  young adult fiction novels with this label, the author strikes a nice balance between having too few details and having too many.

    3:59 is an exciting and immensely entertaining read with a quick pace that accelerates as it nears its explosive conclusion. With a number of plot twists and surprises, some easier to identify than others, 3:59 will keep readers guessing until the very end about who can be trusted, who will survive, whether Josie will find a way back home or if she’ll want to return there if she does.

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    Note: I received an ARC of 3:59 from a trade with another blogger.

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    About GRETCHEN McNEIL

    Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown.

    Her YA horror POSSESS about a teen exorcist debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer which released September 18, 2012 – was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth, and was nominated for “Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel of 2012” by Romantic Times.

    Gretchen’s third novel 3:59 – sci fi doppelganger horror about two girls who are the same girl in parallel dimensions who decide to switch places – is scheduled for September 17, 2013. Her new YA contemporary series Don’t Get Mad (pitched as “John Hughes with a body count) about four very different girls who form a secret society where they get revenge on bullies and mean girls begins Fall 2014 with GET EVEN, followed by the sequel GET DIRTY in 2015, again with Balzer + Bray. Gretchen also contributed an essay to the Dear Teen Me anthology from Zest Books.

    Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. In her spare time, she blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and she was a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels.

    Gretchen is repped by the incomparable Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

    TWITTER | FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | BLOG | GOODREADS | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE

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    This tour includes a number of awesome giveaways!

    A SIGNED copy of 3:59 – 7 winners

    A SIGNED copy of TEN – 7 winners

    An eBook of TEN – 7 winners will receive a coupon for download

    – Must be 13 or older to enter

    – Giveaway is US only for physical books, International for eBooks

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    September 3rd

    Fiktshun – Review

    Jean BookNerd – Spotlight

    September 4th

    Book Hounds YA – Review

    Wholly Books – Spotlight

    September 5th

    YA Aholic – Review

    Literary Meanderings – Interview

    September 6th

    Book Briefs – Review

    I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Spotlight

    September 7th

    Once Upon a Twilight – Review

    Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post

    September 8th

    Fictitious Delicious – Review

    Me, My Shelf and I – Spotlight

    September 9th

    Dream Within A Dream – Review

    Live Chat with Gretchen McNeil at YouNow

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    My Reading Pile #121

    I got two lovely surprises in the mail this week. One might have been in the mailbox since last Saturday but I hadn’t checked before prepping last week’s post. The other was sitting outside my door on Wednesday.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received an audiobook of Sophie McKenzie’s CLOSE MY EYES from Macmillan Audio thanks to Armchair BEA. I’d completed a survey about the event and won this lovely prize.

    I also received a copy of ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry thanks to the amazing team at Viking Juvenile. I hadn’t heard of this book but after taking a peek at the description I am totally intrigued. It sounds very, very different and I can’t wait to check it out. It sounds like it could be a “me” book.

    While CLOSE MY EYES will be releasing on the 9th, I won’t get the chance to add it to the pile this week. But there are a couple of books that I hope to be able to read. And they are…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (July 7, 2013 – July 13, 2013)

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    First up on the pile is 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. I received a copy through a trade a couple of weeks ago and I cannot wait to check it out. Even though it’s not releasing until mid-September, I just can’t bring myself to wait.

    I always have every intention of reading this author’s books early and then they end up lingering on the TBR pile due to books I need to read for review. Well that’s not going to happen this time around.

    I love stories about parallel universes. I love that they overlap every twelve hours and that Josie and her doppelganger, Jo, get the chance to switch places. And I love that not everything is as it appears in Jo’s world and that in her universe there are “shadowy creatures [that] feed on human flesh.” How creepy is that?

    And of course Jo is an evil doppelganger and covets Josie’s life. Of course. Could it really be any other way? But I can’t wait to find out if Josie can figure out how to open the portal and take her life back. And I’m super curious as to why it might be “too late.”

    I’m supposed to wait to start on this week’s reading pile until Sunday, but I have a feeling that I’ll end up taking a peek just a little bit early.

    Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.

    Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

    Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

    Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

    But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

    By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

    From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

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    Next up on the pile is CONSUME by Melissa Darnell. I received an eARC from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley for the tour I’ll be on next month but I want to read it now.

    I think this is an adorable series and I loved meeting Savannah and Tristan last fall and can’t wait to continue their story in CONSUME. From the description – which is super spoiler-y for those who haven’t read CRAVE and COVET – it sounds like it will be an epic installment in this series.

    The description has me anxious to find out what happens between them, whether their love is strong enough to survive all that they have to go through or if it is the thing that the description hints must be sacrificed.

    While I initially planned on waiting until closer to the tour to add CONSUME to the pile, the description made waiting a total impossibility. I have to find out whether Sav and Tristan’s love – or Sav and Tristan themselves – will meet Shakespeare’s “violent ends.”

    These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which, as they kiss, consume.—William Shakespeare, Romeo and JulietTristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert’s joy—and despair. By changing the Clann’s golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

    As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I am all over the place with regards to my reading interests these days. And right now I really wish I had the time to read ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill. The book sounds amazing and devastatingly heartbreaking and the eARC I have sitting on my Kindle is just begging to be read. I just wish I could read it right now.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I went off-pile again this week but as it was a holiday week for me I did manage to read both of last week’s reads – REPLICA and EARTHBOUND – and I even managed to review one of them. I also finished reading DEFIANCE from the previous week’s pile and posted my review for that book, but I still have to finish and post my review for ASHES ON THE WAVES, which I hope to do on Monday.

    But I went off-pile to read two additional books this week. I was given the opportunity to read a book, that I can’t mention, super early and I jumped at the chance. And I wish I could review it and talk about it because it is one of my favorite reads this year. Yeah, it was that good.

    I also read Kasie West’s THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which I really, really wanted to read this week. And it was so unbelievably good that I sat down one morning and didn’t stop reading until I was done. Now I’m just trying to figure out how the heck I’m going to put my thoughts about it into a review.

    I decided that this was the week to focus on reviews. So I managed to finish a few of those reviews that were lingering and write others that needed to be written. But I still need to finish my reviews for IF I SHOULD DIE and INDELIBLE and as I’m totally burnt out they may have to wait until next weekend.

    And as I’m also in the mood to only read and not blog, it makes writing those reviews that much harder. But I’m trying.

    I’m just so happy that I had zero promo posts this week and actually had something to post each day. Even if the reviews I did post were rather eclectic ones – Sci-fi, New Adult, Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian and Contemporary.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I put in two requests on NetGalley this week, though I’m doubtful I’ll get approved for either. But a girl can hope…

    The Dream Thieves covercoming

    THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, Sep 17 2013)

    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott (Harlequin TEEN, Jan 28 2014)

    I was totally stoked to see THE DREAM THIEVES on NetGalley and I absolutely love the sound of Elizabeth’s Scott’s book whose cover is not yet revealed. So, until I hear otherwise, I shall keep my fingers crossed tightly for both.

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    And while I am also interested in a couple of the other books I saw, I didn’t want to get too greedy… so, for now I haven’t requested them. But they are…

    WITCHSTRUCK (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb (Harlequin TEEN, Sep 24 2013)

    THE SOCIAL CODE by Sadie Hayes (St. Martin’s Press, Sep 3 2013)

    UNFED by Kirsty McKay (Scholastic, Aug 27 2013)

    REIN IT IN (The A Circuit #4) by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Aug 27 2013)

    THE NAZI HUNTERS by Neal Bascomb (Scholastic, Aug 27 2013)

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    Having two days that I could dedicate to blogging made all the difference in the world in terms of staying on track with my reads and reviews. I can only imagine how productive I could be if I had five days to do so. Of course the only way that will happen is for me to retire. And that’s a LONG ways away.

    But I loved getting the chance to get lost in a few amazing books this week. I just wish that could happen every week. But with only those pesky 24 hours in a day, it doesn’t always allow for it.

    So I am super hopeful I’ll be able to read the two books on the pile this week and get the chance to review at least one of them. But with the work needed to be done for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, I might not have as much time as I want to. And with a ton of stuff to handle IRL I may only get an hour to read each day. Which is a major bummer.

    Anyway…

    I hope your summer has been drama free and that you’ve had a chance to read a few awesome books. And I hope with bookish events like ALA your reading piles aren’t completely out of control. Or if they are, then only in a good way.

    And if you’d like to share the books you’ve received and are planning on reading this week, leave a comment as I’d love to know!

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #90

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

    These are books for the week of September 18th-September 24th that I have pre-ordered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 352 pages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Anyway….

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

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

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

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

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