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    GRIM Blog Tour: Micro Reviews of THE PINK & SELL OUT + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be a part of this amazing tour for the recently released GRIM anthology. The classic fairytales were my most favorite stories growing up and I am so excited that a number of my favorite authors today have decided to put their own spin – sometimes a darker spin – on these already grim tales. (Pun intended.)

    For my stop today I get to share my thoughts on Amanda Hocking’s THE PINK: A Grimm Story and Jackson Pearce’s SELL OUT. I am also going to ramble just a little bit about My Grimm Childhood.

    While I haven’t yet read all of the stories in this anthology, I do plan on reading each and every one, along with the original. But the ones I have read so far have been absolutely delightful. And by delightful I mean dark and twisty and different and enchanting. They are the perfect short bites to read when I have a spare moment.

    And although some have been quite different from the original tales, they bring back fond memories of my childhood. Which was also often dark and twisty and different and enchanting.

    Anyway… if you haven’t yet had a chance to take a peek at this anthology, the details are below. And if you’d like to read THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins and THE BROTHERS PIGGETT Julie Kagawa, they are currently available for free download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Harlequin Teen created a wonderful trailer for this anthology. Be sure to check it out if you have a moment.

    And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of the book and be entered into the grand prize giveaway drawing, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter. Then be sure to visit all stops on the tour for additional chances to win GRIM.

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    About the Book

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    Release date: February 25, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Editor: Christine Johnson
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today.

    The Stories & Authors

    1. THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins

    2. FIGMENT by Jeri Smith-Ready

    3. THE TWELTH GIRL by Malinda Lo

    4. THE RAVEN PRINCESS by Jon Skovron

    5. THINNER THAN WATER by Saundra Mitchell

    6. BEFORE THE ROSE BLOOMED: A Retelling of the Snow Queen by Ellen Hopkins

    7. BEAST/BEAST by Tessa Gratton

    8. THE BROTHERS PIGGETT by Julie Kagawa

    9. UNTETHERED by Sonia Gensler

    10. BETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson

    11. LIGHT IT UP by Kimberly Derting

    12. SHARPER THAN A SERPENT’S TONGUE by Christine Johnson

    13. A REAL BOY by Claudia Gray

    14. SKIN TRADE by Myra McEntire

    15. BEAUTY AND THE CHAD by Sarah Rees Brennan

    16. THE PINK: A Grimm Story by Amanda Hocking

    17. SELL OUT by Jackson Pearce

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    The Micro Reviews

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    I really enjoyed reading Amanda Hocking’s version of THE PINK. It’s one of the shorter, more obscure of the Grimm’s stories, but it’s actually one I remember rather well. It involves a young prince who can make wishes come true, a queen who is framed for his death, and a young girl who puts her own life at risk to save another.

    Instead of revamping the story, the author opted to stay somewhat true to its original setting and voice. It reads like a fairytale. But as the original was so quick and lacking in much detail, this author chose to expand upon it, fleshing out the story and characters a bit more, adding in her own creative and imaginative elements.

    Amanda Hocking’s THE PINK retains much of the essence of the original story but is far more enchanting than the original and even a bit less grim. By giving the characters a voice, taking away some of the antiquated notions about women, and taking religion out of this tale, the author has made this modern adaptation a charming, sweet and absolutely delightful read.

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    SellOut

    SELL OUT is the first story I’ve read by author Jackson Pearce and it definitely won’t be my last. It is loosely based on the classic Snow White story, but with quite a few nods to the original. And as this is such a popular fairytale I don’t think I need to refresh anyone’s memory, but just in case…. It involves an envious queen, a huntsman who chooses to defy his orders, a bunch of rather greedy dwarves, a tightly-laced bodice, a poison apple, a state of suspended animation, a kiss and a happily ever after.

    Jackson Pearce’s SELL OUT mixes things up a bit and adds its own grim twist. It’s a modern interpretation involving a character who can revive the dead with a kiss. There is a “wicked” stepmother, or at least a greedy one. The huntsman and the prince are combined into one character, Emmett, who is not quite as altruistic. Snow White, a.k.a. Elise Snow, isn’t nearly as innocent as she was in the original tale. But the “dwarves” in this story – free-spirited creative types – are much more kindly than their counterparts in the Brothers Grimm’s version, treating Elise more like family than like a servant.

    SELL OUT is a super quick read, a lot of fun and is definitely a unique modernization of the classic. The grim twist to this story – in which no young boars were harmed (and no, taxidermy does not count) – is provided by Emmett’s job. It’s definitely worth the read and will likely leave you wondering about happily ever afters. This short story is one that I would love to see expanded into a full-length novel.

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    My Grimm Childhood

    I loved reading fairytales when I was a child, and my most favorite stories were those by the Brothers Grimm. Many of those fairytales, like many in this anthology, were rather grim. I still can’t get the images of what happened to Cinderella’s step-sisters, and what they were willing to do to catch a prince, out of my head. I suppose gruesome is a more befitting word.

    I was given The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales when I was eight or nine. It was just over 850 pages and I devoured it cover to cover so many times that the spine first bent, then broke, then tore into sections. And still I continued to read it. I loved the magic of these stories and was fascinated by their darkness. It wasn’t until later on in life that I learned a bit more about German fairytales and bedtime stories and what their true purpose often was.

    Of course I didn’t recognize how sexist these stories were, how quick to judge and punish the kings and princes were, how only the most wholesome of girls was rewarded, and how innocence and beauty went hand-in-hand. And I didn’t understand how delousing a man was not something particularly enjoyable. I was blinded to all of that by these stories that transported me to imaginary lands where happy endings were real and evil was punished.

    These stories provided me an escape that was much needed and I cherished them dearly. No matter how much a few of the elements in them should offend my sensibilities, I can’t seem to get upset with them or stop loving them. They were written in a time that is so very different from today.

    But I’m really excited that children today have an alternative to Hollywood’s overly cheery version of a fairytale, or ones that are filled with concepts that are a bit outdated, with such modernized versions as those offered in the GRIM anthology. And it’s absolutely wonderful to see today’s spinners of tales pay homage to their predecessors in these most beloved stories.

    I’m certain that I would have happily exchanged my GRIMM Childhood for a GRIM one.

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    The Giveaway

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    There are a number of amazing giveaways on this tour so be sure to visit all the stops for additional chances to win!

    – A copy of GRIM to ONE WINNER at each tour stop

    – A GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE including the following Harlequin Teen titles: 2 copies of GRIM, a copy of WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout, THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow, THE QUEEN’S CHOICE by Cayla Kluver and an ARC of LET’S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid

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    The Tour Schedule

    Monday, Feb. 17th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog

    Tuesday, Feb. 18th – Two Chicks on Books – Stories 1, 2 & 3

    Wednesday, Feb. 19th – A Book and a Latte – Stories 4, 5 & 6

    Friday, Feb. 21st – Fiction Freak – Stories 7, 8 & 9

    Monday, Feb. 24th – Mundie Moms – Stories 10, 11 & 12

    Wednesday, Feb. 26th – Bumbles and Fairytales – Stories 13, 14 & 15

    Friday, Feb. 28th – Fiktshun – Stories 16 & 17

    For more information about each of the stops on the tour just visit Kismet Book Touring’s website by clicking the image below.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #165

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

    These are books for the week of February 25th-March 3rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    White Hot Kiss

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    WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on February 25, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    WHITE HOT KISS is the first full-length novel in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements series. The second full-length book, STONE COLD TOUCH, is slated for release in November 2014.

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    I am so excited for this new series by author Jennifer L. Armentrout and can’t wait for my Kindle copy of WHITE HOT KISS to download on Monday Midnight. While I just recently grabbed an eARC, I wasn’t able to read it prior to its release but I will be reading the finished copy in the next couple of weeks.

    I love that the main character in this story is part demon, part gargoyle. And I’m curious to learn how she manages to hide her darker nature. But I’m most interested in finding out whether a love triangle will develop between Layla, Zayne and Roth. This author really knows how to write angsty romance.

    Plus, with the prospect of a demon uprising and the end of the world, this new series sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read it. I just have to decide whether or not to read the novella first.

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    One kiss could be the last.

    Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

    Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

    Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

    But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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    Fire & Flood

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    FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott will be released in the U.S. on February 25, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 320 pages.

    FIRE & FLOOD is the first book in Author Victoria Scott’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series is currently untitled.

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    I am so excited that FIRE & FLOOD releases this week and that everyone will get the chance to read it. I can’t wait for the finished copy to download to my Kindle, especially as my eARC is a little mixed up and I’m definitely planning on reading this story again.

    As I’ve already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post and I just posted my review for this earlier today, I don’t think I should ramble on and on about it. But it was a wonderful surprise. I absolutely loved the Pandoras – and Tella and Guy. And I really can’t wait for the sequel to come out.

    It was such a great read that I’m hoping to be able to read it again in early April when I take my sailing class that will leave me on a boat for two nights with nothing but a Kindle to keep me company. It’s just one of those stories that you can easily get lost in and I have a feeling I’m going to need it.

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    A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own.

    Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

    Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

    The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

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    GRIM by Christine Johnson, Kimberly Derting, et al will be released in the U.S. on February 25, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON (HC)/AMAZON (eBook) and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 480 pages.

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    I absolutely love fairy tales and can’t wait for GRIM‘s release this week. I grabbed an eARC for review for the tour I’ll be on later this week and I read the two stories I have for my stop and loved them. But I can’t wait for the finished copy to download so I can read a few more.

    Part of the fun with this anthology is trying to determine which stories relate to which fairy tales. Part of it is being able to experience each of these long favored stories in a new way, with a new voice.

    I don’t typically read anthologies from cover to cover, but whenever I have a few moments to spare I will definitely be picking this up and checking out one or two.

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    Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today: Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julie Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Sarah Rees-Brennan, Jackson Pearce, Christine Johnson, Jeri Smith Ready, Shaun David Hutchinson, Saundra Mitchell, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton, Jon Skrovan.

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    The Secret Diamond Sisters

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    THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow will be released in the U.S. on February 25, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS is the first book in a new series by Author Michelle Madow. The second book in the series, DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH, is slated for release on October 28, 2014.

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    I received an ARC for review of THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS but I also pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle to show my support for the author. It was a super quick read and a lot of fun.

    As the description is very cryptic I don’t want to say too much about what happens in this book. And as I plan on writing and posting a review this week, schedule permitting, I don’t want to end up sounding too redundant.

    But it was a light and entertaining read with a chance to get to know a few of the characters through a story told in multiple point’s of view. And as it’s just the first book in a series, I’m curious to see where things are headed.

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    Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

    The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

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    Faking Normal

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    FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens will be released in the U.S. on February 25, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

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    I have long been awaiting the release of FAKING NORMAL, ever since I first heard about it ages and ages ago. And I was so totally excited that it would be downloading to my Kindle this week until I noticed that I had apparently grabbed an eARC and could have read it already – though even if I had known, I would be just as anxiously awaiting this in its final format.

    The description and this book’s title make me just so curious about what happened to Alexi and Bodee and how they are able to help each other. It promises a story that is “searing” and “poignant” which makes me even more intrigued by it. I am expecting a story with characters I will either sympathize or empathize with and possibly one that will break my heart a little.

    While this next week is going to be absolutely crazy IRL, I really hope to get this on the pile during the first two weeks in March.

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    An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

    Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

    When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

    A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

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    Other Books of Note

    Better Off FriendsBETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Point

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

    Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

    From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

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    The Summer I Found YouTHE SUMMER I FOUND YOU by Jolene Perry

    Pub. Date: March 1, 2014

    Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    All they have in common is that they’re less than perfect. And all they’re looking for is the perfect distraction.

    Kate’s dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she’s still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?

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    GrandmasterGRANDMASTER by David Klass

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Freshman Daniel Pratzer gets a chance to prove himself when the chess team invites him and his father to a weekend-long parent-child tournament. Daniel, thinking that his father is a novice, can’t understand why his teammates want so badly for them to participate. Then he finds out the truth: as a teen, his father was one of the most promising young players in America, but the pressures of the game pushed him too far, and he had to give up chess to save his own life and sanity. Now, thirty years later, Mr. Pratzer returns to the game to face down an old competitor and the same dark demons that lurk in the corners of a mind stretched by the demands of the game. Daniel was looking for acceptance—but the secrets he uncovers about his father will force him to make some surprising moves himself, in Grandmaster by David Klass.

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    TsarinaTSARINA by J. Nelle Patrick

    Pub. Date: February 27, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Natalya knows a secret.

    A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia’s Winter Palace.

    It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics.

    A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov.

    Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life.

    But it’s not in the right hands.

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    Year of Mistaken DiscoveriesYEAR OF MISTAKEN DISCOVERIES by Eileen Cook

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Friendship is a bond stronger than secrets in this novel from the author of The Almost Truth and Unraveling Isobel.

    As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared–they were both adopted.

    Years later, Avery is smart, popular, and on the cheerleading squad, while Nora spends her time on the fringes of school society, wearing black, reading esoteric poetry, and listening to obscure music. They never interact…until the night Nora approaches Avery at a party, saying it’s urgent. She tells Avery that she thought she found her birth mom–but it turned out to be a cruel lie. Avery feels for Nora, but returns to her friends at the party.

    Then Avery learns that Nora overdosed on pills. Left to cope with Nora’s loss and questioning her own actions, Avery decides to honor her friend by launching a search for her own birth mother. Aided by Brody, a friend of Nora’s who is also looking for a way to respect Nora’s legacy, Avery embarks on an emotional quest. But what she’s really seeking might go far deeper than just genetics…

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    Lych WayLYCH WAY (The Undertaken #3) by Ari Berk

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    If Love and Death die, what is left?

    Silas Umber has returned from Arvale, his family’s ancestral home, having disturbed the tormented spirits of his ancient line. Frantic to retrieve the shade of his beloved Beatrice, he turns his back on the spectral chaos he has left behind, unaware that the malevolence he unleashed has followed him back to Lichport.

    As his family and friends suffer and fall at the hands of the vengeful Huntsman from Arvale’s sunken mansions, Silas must reach deep into his complicated bloodline to summon powers and wisdom beyond those required of a simple Lichport Undertaker. But the dark and painful secrets of his birth threaten to overwhelm him, and if he can’t lay the ghosts of his own past to rest, if he refuses to make the required sacrifice, Silas may lose everything and everyone he has grown to love and worked to protect.

    With the stunning conclusion to the Undertaken trilogy, Ari Berk returns to the series that Publishers Weekly calls “thought-provoking gothic fantasy,” School Library Journal praises as “reminiscent of the classic gothic works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Shirley Jackson,” and VOYA applauds as “a captivating world that seduces with each page turn.”

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    The Well's EndTHE WELL’S END by Seth Fishman

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    A deadly virus and an impossible discovery unite in one enthralling can’t-miss read…

    Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish has always been afraid of the dark. After all, she’s baby Mia, the one who fell down a well. That was years ago, though the darkness still haunts her. But when her classmates and teachers at ritzy Westbrook Academy start dying of old age from a bizarre and frightening virus that ages its victims years in a matter of hours, Mia becomes haunted by a lot more than the dark. Their deaths are gruesome and Mia worries she and her friends may be next. In order to survive, Mia and her small crew must break quarantine and outrun armed soldiers in hazmat suits who shoot first and ask questions later.

    And there’s only one place to go—the Cave, aka Fenton Electronics. Mia knows it’s somehow connected and hopes her dad, Director of Fenton Electronics, who has always been strangely secretive about his work, has the answers she needs, and more importantly a cure to save everyone before the whole town succumbs to the mysterious virus. Unfortunately, it’s not answers Mia discovers, but something far more treacherous and impossible than even the virus itself.

    A high-stakes, fast-paced adventure with imagination and heart.

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    Tin StarTIN STAR (Tin Star #1) by Cecil Castellucci

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist’s leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

    When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula’s desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.

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    TremorTREMOR (Pulse #2) by Patrick Carman

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    In the year 2051, some people have a second pulse…

    Like all who have “the pulse,” Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore have telekinetic powers—they can move objects with their minds. But there are five “second pulses” in the world who have an even greater power: Almost nothing can harm them. They are virtually indestructible.

    Both Faith and Dylan have the second pulse. But the other side has second pulses, too, and they’ve been training for a war that has been brewing their entire lives. As Dylan executes a plan to infiltrate enemy grounds, he’ll have to face his only weakness, and a family secret that will threaten his very existence.

    Together, Faith and Dylan are the only hope this world has left, but they must go their separate ways in order to accomplish their plan. Will their love survive?

    With richly developed characters and heart-pounding action scenes, the second book in Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy continues the electrifying dystopian story of love and revenge.

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    UnforgottenUNFORGOTTEN (Unremembered #2) by Jessica Brody

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Some memories are better left forgotten… 

    After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.

    Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.

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    The CellarTHE CELLAR by Natasha Preston

    Pub. Date: March 1, 2014

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers.

    But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….

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    Soul BetrayedSOUL BETRAYED (The Life After #3) by Katlyn Duncan

    Pub. Date: February 27, 2014

    Publisher: Carina

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The final installment of The Life After trilogy…

    A Life for a Life

    The battle between Shadowed and Guard has brought destruction and terror to Gate Seven and now Maggie wants revenge. As the only after-life being who can save the souls from ultimate death Maggie comes face to face with her own human body, preserved for a century, waiting for just this moment to arrive.

    Yet, how far will Maggie go to exact her revenge on the Shadowed? And when she comes face to face with her past, how will she survive the onslaught of memories she thought long gone?

    For when the truth comes out all is not what it seems and Maggie has finally run out of time… She must choose her destiny or watch all she has perish in the fight for her life!

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    The Blood ListTHE BLOOD LIST by Sarah Naughton

    Pub. Date: February 27, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The year is 1646, tales of witches, murder and changelings are rife and a dark era is about to begin… Barnaby Nightingale is the perfect son; Strong, handsome, daring, everything his father wants him to be, and yet for his mother, Frances, he will never be the son she desires. Frances believes that her real son was taken from her as a baby by the local village folk who believed him to be a changeling, and Barnaby left in his place. Constantly disappointing his mother, Barnaby is spoiled by his father and despised by his younger brother, Abel. But when the beautiful and mysterious Naomi catches Barnaby’s attention his world is thrown into chaos as superstition and dark folklore take hold of the small village and Naomi is accused of being a witch. Fear and suspicion spread and soon Barnaby finds himself on trial too and facing the ultimate penalty… death.

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    Burn BrightBURN BRIGHT (Dark Star #2) by Bethany Frenette

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Audrey Whitticomb saved her entire city.

    Well, kind of. The superhero Morning Star (who just happens to be Audrey’s mom) might have played a small part, and her sidekick, Leon—Audrey’s sort-of boyfriend, who is gorgeous… and frustrating—maybe helped, too.

    But after two peaceful months, there is a vicious new threat in Minneapolis. Her name is Susannah, and she’s a Harrower, a demon hell-bent on destroying people like Morning Star, Leon, and Audrey—the Kin. Like others before her, she seeks the Remnant, a Kin girl who has the power to unleash the inhabitants of the Beneath. But to what end?

    Audrey already has a ton on her plate: dealing with her best friend Tink’s boy drama, helping her other best friend Gideon figure out his nightmares, and exploring the highs and lows of “dating” Leon. But when she develops a powerful new ability, Audrey seizes on the chance to fight, despite her mother’s protests and Leon’s pleas.

    As Audrey gets closer to figuring out Susannah’s motives and tracking down the Remnant, she’ll uncover more than she bargained for. The terrible truth is staring Audrey in the face. But knowing the truth and accepting it are very different things.

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    Killer FrostKILLER FROST (Mythos Academy #6) by Jennifer Estep

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Kensington Books

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.

    Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.

    Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

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    **Not a YA Title**

    House of GlassHOUSE OF GLASS by Sophie Littlefield

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield delivers a riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines story about a family put to the ultimate test when two men take them hostage inside their home

    Jen Glass has worked hard to achieve the ideal life: a successful career, a beautiful home in an affluent suburb of Minneapolis, a seemingly perfect family. But inside the Glass house, everything is spinning out of Jen’s control. Her marriage to her husband, Ted, is on the brink of collapse; her fifteen-year-old daughter grows more distant each day; and her five-year-old son barely speaks a word. Jen is on the verge of breaking, but nothing could have prepared her for what is to come….

    On an evening that was supposed to be like any other, two men force their way into the Glasses’ home, but what begins as a common robbery takes an even more terrifying turn. Held hostage in the basement for more than forty-eight hours, Jen and Ted must put aside their differences if they have any hope of survival. They will stop at nothing to keep their family safe—even if it means risking their own lives. A taut and emotional tale of a family brought together by extraordinary forces, House of Glass is a harrowing exploration of the lengths a mother will go to protect her children, and the power of tragedy to teach us what truly matters.

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    **Not a YA Title**

    Fifty First TimesFIFTY FIRST TIMES by Julie Cross, J. Lynn, Molly McAdams, et al

    Pub. Date: February 25, 2014

    Publisher: Avon Impulse

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    You always remember your first time…

    Whether it’s the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren’t ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level–or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.

    Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters’ lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.

    Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.

    NOTE: These stories are works of fiction. If you want to know about our first times, you’ll have to buy us a pet monkey first.

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    Other Releases

    GILDED (Gilded #1) by Christine L. Farley

    PICTURE ME by Lori Weber

    THE ACADEMY: LOVE MATCH (The Academy #2) by Monica Seles

    INFINITY DRAKE: THE SONS OF SCARLATTI by John McNally

    THREATED by Eliot Schrefer

    BANISHED (The Blackhart Legacy #1) by Liz de Jager

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    There are an insane number of books releasing this week, but as of right now I only have five YA titles pre-ordered and two non-YA titles (HOUSE OF GLASS and FIFTY FIRST TIMES). But I’m pretty sure I’ll be grabbing books by Jessica Brody, Elizabeth Eulberg, Seth Fishman, and maybe one or two others before the week ends.

    Things only get more crazy over the next month in terms of book releases, which makes me think I need to find a different way to create these posts as between researching releases, writing down my thoughts and posting all the details, they take anywhere from six to eight hours to create… more if I end up with close to ten books I’m pre-ordering.

    My wallet is still not happy as I often acquire books mid-week. But at least all those charges don’t hit on one day.

    I can’t wait to start reading WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I was hoping to get the chance to read it early, but my reading pile was just too crowded by the time I got my hands on a copy. And I can’t believe I forgot that I had an advance copy of FAKING NORMAL or I definitely would have read that pre-release.

    Oh well… finished copies are always better, right?

    Anyway… I hope that you get your hands on a copy of one or more of the awesome books releasing this week. There are just so many books that sound like fantastic reads that I hadn’t heard of before but I will definitely be taking a longer look at. Are any of this week’s releases new on your radar?

    As always, happy bookish acquiring and reading this week!

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

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

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