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    Review: DON’T CALL ME BABY

    Don't Call Me BabyDON’T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley released in the U.S. on April 22, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats.

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

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for my honest review.

    Description…

    All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

    Imogene’s mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene’s crush saw her “before and after” orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

    When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online…until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

    Don’t Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.


    The Review

    DON’T CALL ME BABY is a sweet and funny story that every girl – whether a mother, a daughter, or both – can relate to. It’s a story with a positive message that lets readers see things from both sides of the mother-daughter divide. And while Imogene’s situation is a bit more extreme than most, the issues she and her mother face are ones that readers will be able to identify with.

    On first glance DON’T CALL ME BABY appears to be a story about a girl whose mother is self-absorbed, who puts her blog’s audience before her own daughter, and who doesn’t respect her daughter’s need for privacy. But as the story progresses, both readers and Imogene are shown that not everything is as black and white as it might seem. And that sometimes empathy, understanding and compromise are far more effective than drastic measures.

    Imogene is a mature and thoughtful young girl who is at the end of her rope when it comes to dealing with her mom. She’s ready to take a stand, even if it means resorting to using the same tool her mother does – her blog. And while she’s initially ready to do battle no matter the consequences, she soon has a change of heart.

    Gwendolyn Heasley has written a story that both entertains and gives readers something to think about. Interspersed throughout with hilarious, cringe-worthy, relatable blog posts from Imogene a.k.a. Don’t Dare Call Me Babylicious and her mother Meg a.k.a. Mommylicious, as well as Imogene’s friend Sage a.k.a. VeggieBaby Fights Back, readers will laugh with, cheer for, and sympathize with each of the characters at various points. And they might just find that choosing sides and sticking with their choice may not be as easy as they’d initially thought.

    DON’T CALL ME BABY is an absolutely delightful read with moments that are bittersweet and others that are incredibly heartwarming. It’s a story that not only seeks to help mothers and daughters understand one another better, but shows them that sometimes the best way to reconnect is to disconnect.

    The Rating…

    4

    On a Personal Note…

    I was initially wary that this story might be a bit young for me given that the main character was just entering the ninth grade. But I was instantly hooked after reading Mommylicious’ blog post.

    I immediately chose sides – Imogene’s. I was outraged at just how thoughtless Meg was. I was so excited when Imogene and her friend Sage decided to fight back against their blogger moms. I could totally relate to what they were going through – both Imogene and Sage. And I was totally emotionally invested in the outcome.

    So I was completely surprised when I found myself – albeit grudgingly at first – seeing Meg’s side of things and even sympathizing with her. That was totally unexpected.

    And while I still thought that Imogene was the most mature, the most willing to compromise, it was nice to see that her family and her friend were also willing to change.

    I really love reading stories where the characters achieve some kind of enlightenment. And especially stories where they are then able to use that to better themselves and improve their relationships with others. DON’T CALL ME BABY had both.

    But this story wasn’t just about positive messages or food for thought. It was funny and adorable and a super quick read.

    And, yes, I would have loved to have been able to hand this book to my mom when I was a teen.

    Favorite Passage…

    Some of my favorite passages in this story were those in Imogene’s mom’s blog posts. They made me cringe on behalf of Imogene as they were so mortifyingly embarrassing.

    But in addition to those cringe-worthy passages which I loved and could totally relate to, there were these other beautifully written passages which I connected with even more.

    My mom and I are quiet. I feel like an intruder in a moment that doesn’t belong to me. For big events like weddings and funerals, guests are usually invited, but sometimes it’s the small, private moments that really change people. It seems strange to be an audience to one of those moments.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #173

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

    These are books for the week of April 22nd-April 28th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Inventor's Secret

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    THE INVENTOR’S SECRET by Andrea Cremer releases in the U.S. today, April 22, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE INVENTOR’S SECRET is the first book in Andrea Cremer’s new series of the same name.

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    I kept forgetting that THE INVENTOR’S SECRET was releasing this week but now that it’s happily residing on my Kindle I couldn’t be happier. I’m so tempted to just set aside my current read and jump right in.

    I love Andrea Cremer’s writing and it’s been quite awhile since I’ve read a steampunk novel. So I can’t wait to meet Charlotte and discover this alternate nineteenth century North America the author imagined. I can’t wait to see what inventions have been created. And I can’t wait to see just how awful the British Empire is.

    I am totally intrigued by the invention on the cover and wonder whether it will be discussed in the book. I am curious as to what the inventor’s secret is. And I’m also interested in finding out whether I’ll be left hanging, desperately awaiting the sequel’s release.

    Since this week is more than crazy IRL, I really hope to be able to sneak this one in next week. Even if I only have time for just a quick peek. Or two. Or three….

    Description…

    New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

    In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape  or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

    The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners, Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel,Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan and Phillip Reeve’s Mortal Instruments.

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    Don't Call Me Baby

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    DON’T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley releases in the U.S. today, April 22, 2014, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I can’t believe that DON’T CALL ME BABY releases today and that it’s now living on my Kindle. I grabbed an early copy from Edelweiss, and actually started reading it, but when things got busy with my sail class at the end of last month I never got the chance to pick it back up.

    But I definitely plan on finishing, as I want to know more about Imogene and see what she has to say on her blog. From what I’ve already read, I think I would just die of embarrassment if my mother was anything like hers. So I’m super curious to see how she copes.

    This story sounds like it will be a lot of fun, totally sweet, and will probably make me roll my eyes and cringe every time I read one of Imogen’s mom’s blog posts. But I can’t wait to finish it this weekend.

    Description…

    All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

    Imogene’s mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene’s crush saw her “before and after” orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

    When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online…until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

    Don’t Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.

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    The Last Best Kiss

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    THE LAST BEST KISS by Claire LaZebnik releases in the U.S. today, April 22, 2014, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I had no idea until THE LAST BEST KISS downloaded today that I had an eARC for review. If I had remembered that I grabbed a copy I would have read it ages ago. But now that I have the finished copy on my Kindle I’ll definitely have to read that version instead.

    I want to get to know Anna Eliot. I want to see what happens when Finn Westbrook comes back into her life. I did not read Austen’s PERSUASION, so I didn’t meet her Anne Elliot or her Frederick Wentworth. But I already know I’ll love Claire LaZebnik’s characters – and story – more.

    If I can find some time to dive into this next week, I definitely will. I’ve been on such a huge contemporary kick, and seeing this at the very front of my Kindle makes me that much more desperate to read it. I just know it will be a super quick and fun and entertaining read.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    Description…

    Anna Eliot is tired of worrying about what other people think. After all, that was how she lost the only guy she ever really liked, Finn Westbrook.

    Now, three years after she broke his heart, the one who got away is back in her life.

    All Anna wants is a chance to relive their last kiss again (and again and again). But Finn obviously hasn’t forgotten how she treated him, and he’s made it clear he has no interest in having anything to do with her.

    Anna keeps trying to persuade herself that she doesn’t care about Finn either, but even though they’ve both changed since they first met, deep down she knows he’s the guy for her. Now if only she can get him to believe that, too….

    With her signature wit and expertly authentic teen voice, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story. Fans of Polly Shulman, Maureen Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen will love this irresistibly funny and romantic tale of first loves and second chances.

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    The Hunt

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    THE HUNT by Stacey Kade releases in the U.S. today, April 22, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE HUNT is the second book in Author Stacey Kade’s Project Paper Dolls series.

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    I have not yet read the first book in this series, but I own it, and I can’t wait to dive into both THE RULES and THE HUNT really, really soon. The description for THE RULES totally sold me on the series, so I’d planned on grabbing each of the books in the series on its respective release date. I just hope that this second book in the series isn’t the last.

    But I will not read the description for THE HUNT as I haven’t yet read book one. So I don’t know whether Ariane Tucker followed the rules. I don’t know what it means that she has human and extraterrestrial DNA. And I don’t know who “they” are and whether they found who… or what… they were looking for.

    As I have both books to read, I won’t get the chance to add them to the pile right away. But I am hopeful I won’t have to wait too much longer before I can discover this series. Hm… I might just have some extra time mid-May.

    Description…

    Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

    But accepting Zane’s help means putting him in danger.

    Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies.

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    Other Books of Note

    Prisoner of Night and FogPRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

    Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

    And Gretchen follows his every command.

    Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

    As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

    From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

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    Summer State of MindSUMMER STATE OF MIND (Whispering Pines #2) by Jen Calonita

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Poppy

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Summer has finally arrived and fifteen-year-old Harper McCallister intends to spend her days at the mall shopping or by the pool at her country club. But after receiving her latest heart-stopping credit card bill, Harper’s parents makes other plans, and ship her off to camp.

    Suddenly, the clueless yet ever-popular Harper is the new girl at the bottom of a social ladder she can’t climb in wedge sandals and expensive clothes. She seems to be winning over super-cute camp “Lifer” Ethan, though, and if she can manage to make a few friends–and stay out of trouble–she just might find a whole new summer state of mind.

    A fresh and funny summer-camp companion novel to Jen Calonita’s hit Sleepaway Girls.

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    Deception's PrincessDECEPTION’S PRINCESS (Deception’s Princess #1) by Esther Friesner

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Some lies lead to true adventure…

    Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. And it’s her spirit and courage that make Maeve her father’s favorite daughter. But once he becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle—it’s easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom.

    Yet Maeve is more than a prize to be won, and she’s determined to win the right to decide her own fate. In the court’s deadly game of intrigue, she uses her wits to keep her father’s friends and enemies close—but not too close. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the son of a visiting druid, Maeve faces a brutal decision between her loyalty to her family and to her own heart.

    Award-winning author Esther Friesner has a remarkable gift for combining exciting myth and richly researched history. This fiery heroine’s fight for independence in first-century Ireland is truly worthy of a bard’s tale. Hand Deception’s Princess to fans of Tamora Pierce, Shannon Hale, and Malinda Lo.

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    How-I-Got-Skinny-Famous-and-Fell-Madly-in-Love-Ken-BakerHOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS, AND FELL MADLY IN LOVE by Ken Baker

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Running Press Kids

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    “Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty.” To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big “F” word—”fat.” Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

    Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her “momager” signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family’s financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

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    Talker 25TALKER 25 (Talker 25#1) by Joshua McCune

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Debut author Joshua McCune’s gritty and heart-pounding novel is a masterful reimagining of popular dragon fantasy lore, set in a militant future reminiscent of Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker and Ann Aguirre’s Outpost.

    It’s a high school prank gone horribly wrong-sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon-and now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population. Joshua McCune’s debut novel offers action, adventure, fantasy, and a reimagining of popular dragon lore.

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    Expiration DayEXPIRATION DAY by William Campbell Powell

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    What happens when you turn eighteen and there are no more tomorrows?
    It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

    Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

    Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real?

    Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted—never to be heard from again.

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    VictoriesVICTORIES (Shadow Grail #4) by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The fourth and final book in the Shadow Grail series by the “New York Times “and “USA Today “bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill.

    Spirit White and her friends Burke, Loch, and Addie have escaped from Oakhurst Academy. But their freedom has come at a terrible cost–a dear friend sacrificed her own life to save theirs. In the wake of Muirin’s death, they are also forced to deal with the terrifying truth behind the facade of Oakhurst Academy: all of the legends are true.

    Queen Guinevere, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table really had existed. With the magic of Merlin, they were able to imprison their greatest foe, Mordred, before he could plunge the world back into the Dark Ages. But Mordred is now free, in charge of Oakhurst Academy, and determined to finish what he started so long ago.

    Pursued by Shadow Knights, the reincarnated remnants of Mordred’s original army, Spirit’s small band undertakes a quest to recover the Four Hallows, objects of immeasurable power. Memories of a past life have begun to surface, one in which Spirit wields a legendary sword. She comes to realize that these memories are the true key to Mordred’s defeat. Can Spirit and her friends manage to recapture the magic of Camelot in time to save their fellow students and prevent the end of the world?

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    The Year of the RatTHE YEAR OF THE RAT by Clare Furniss

    Pub. Date: April 24, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    I always thought you’d know, somehow, if something terrible was going to happen. I thought you’d sense it, like when the air goes damp and heavy before a storm and you know you’d better hide yourself away somewhere safe until it all blows over.

    But it turns out it’s not like that at all. There’s no scary music playing in the background like in films. No warning signs. Not even a lonely magpie. One for sorrow, Mum used to say. Quick, look for another.

    The world can tip at any moment … a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mum dies after giving birth to her baby sister. Told across the year following her mother’s death, Pearl’s story is full of bittersweet humour and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mum, but also the fact that her sister – The Rat – is a constant reminder of why her mum is no longer around…

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    The Chance You Won't ReturnTHE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN by Annie Cardi

    Pub. Date: April 22, 2014

    Publisher: Candlewick

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.

    Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school – and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart?

    Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight – the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her?

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    Other Releases

    SHIFT by Jeff Povey

    LOST IN THOUGHT (The Sententia #1) by Cara Bertrand

    MIDNIGHT MEANDERS by Annika Jensen

    THE ART OF SECRETS by James Klise

    ON THE EIGHTH TIN by Adrian A. Cory

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    It was a fairly quiet week this week for releases. But I am glad, as I just spent a ton of money while my Dad was visiting. And I think I used up my entire Amazon credit.

    Things have been so crazy this past week that I haven’t had a second to check whether I missed any releases last week, or if there are a few more books I should have pre-ordered that I didn’t this week.

    But the four books that did download, that are now a part of my permanent collection, are all books I can’t wait to get the chance to read. I just hope my schedule permits me to read them sooner rather than later.

    Anyway… I hope that a few of this week’s releases are ones you’ve been anxiously awaiting. I’d love to know if they turn out to be as amazing as you’d hoped they’d be when you get the chance to read them.

    And I want to wish each of the books releasing this week a happy bookish birthday.

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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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    My Reading Pile #158

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    I didn’t expect to receive any books in the mail this week, though I was expecting to receive the one physical book that did arrive to arrive. Just not this week.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received a hardcover copy of DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout courtesy of the lovely folks at Disney-Hyperion for review for the book tour I’ll be on in a few weeks. And I cannot wait to read it. I love this author’s writing and I’m excited to meet Sam and unravel the mystery. It sounds positively chilling.

    But it will have to wait until next week’s pile.

    In addition to the physical book I received, I did grab a couple eARCs from Edelweiss and NetGalley. And I’m still keeping fingers crossed for one title I requested, though I’m pretty sure I’ll get denied. But the two that are happily residing on my Kindle are…

    Courtesy of Harlequin Teen…

    THE DARK WORLD (Dark World #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz (via NetGalley)

    I love Cara Lynn Shultz’s writing and stories and this first book in her new series sounds awesome. I love stories of demons and warlocks and magic and Dark Worlds and I can’t wait to get this on the pile (hopefully) really, really soon.

    Courtesy of William Morrow Paperbacks…

    ALL LINED UP (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack (via Edelweiss)

    I was so excited to see ALL LINED UP at Edelweiss. I’d been a part of the cover reveal and loved the sound of this new adult title from Cora Carmack. As it is the first book in a new series, I’m excited to be able to check it out without having to play catch up.

    But as I have a few April releases I need to catch up on first, it will have to wait just a few more weeks. For now…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (March 23, 2014 – March 29, 2014)
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    Don't Call Me Baby

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    DON’T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley is the only book I’ll be adding to the pile this week as I’m still a bit behind on my reads and want to finish those first so as not to fall further behind by adding too many new reads. I received an eARC for review courtesy of HarperTeen via Edelweiss a while back and I am so excited to finally get the chance to read this author’s upcoming story and to meet Imogene.

    I’m curious to find out just what Imogene’s mother has been revealing about her. I want to know whether having her own blog will help her get her side of the story out there or just cause problems with her mother. I can’t imagine how awkward it was for her having to grow up with a mom that has what sounds like a “tell all” blog.

    The description promises an “irrepressibly charming story” and I can’t wait to discover its charms for myself later this week. And I can’t wait to see just how different Imogene’s online persona is from who she really is.

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    All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.

    Imogene’s mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene’s crush saw her “before and after” orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.

    When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online…until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.

    Don’t Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week is THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross. As I think it’s the final book in the series I’m desperately anxious to read it. I want to know how things end for Finley Jayne, Griffin King and Jack Dandy and even Emily and Sam. And I really want to know what’s going to happen with The Machinist. But as it doesn’t release for a couple months and I have so many books I must read before then, I can only wish to read it right now.

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    Those Left Behind

    I read and fell head-over-heels in love with FORETOLD by Rinda Elliott from last week’s pile. And I’m currently reading an off-pile read – THE SHADOW PRINCE by Stacey O’Neale – and should be finished by the time this post goes live. But I never did get to catch up on those previous pile reads I needed to. I’m hoping to at least read THE RING AND THE CROWN. But we shall see.

    And I didn’t write any of those reviews I’d wanted to. I still blame Daylight Savings Time, but as I’m starting to finally recover from that I won’t have that excuse next week. But I also decided to watch Game of Thrones. Finally. And it ate up Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Yep, I watched all three seasons in three nights. Instead of sleeping. Instead of studying.

    For the past couple of nights I have been studying for my exam on Sunday. The one I didn’t finish taking a month ago. And I will be studying tonight after I get back from my voyage planning meeting. So I won’t get the chance to read until late Sunday night. But I plan on diving into THE RING AND THE CROWN and following that up on Tuesday with this week’s read.

    And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get the chance to write and post my reviews for FORETOLD, THE SHADOW PRINCE and THE WINNER’S CURSE. Only time will tell.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t spend too much time on NetGalley this week, though I did check out Harlequin Teen’s offerings and grabbed THE DARK WORLD. But I also saw some other interesting-sounding books. Sadly many of them aren’t available to US reviewers.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    THE DARK WORLD (Dark World #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz (Harlequin Teen, May 27 2014)

    PLAYED by Liz Fichera (Harlequin Teen, May 27 2014)

    OTHERBOUND by Corinne Duyvis (Abrams, June 17 2014)

    WHISPER FALLS (Whisper Falls #1) by Elizabeth Langston (Spencer Hill Press, Nov 19 2013)

    REMEMBRANCE by Theresa Breslin (Random House Children’s Publishers UK, Mar 27 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

    FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal (Random House Children’s Publishers UK, Aug 14 2013) **UK reviewers preferred**

    DEADFALL by Chris Ryan (Random House Children’s Publishers UK, Apr 10 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

    DEEP BLUE (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly (Hachette Children’s Books, May 1 2014) **UK and Australian reviewers preferred**

    KEEP THE FAITH by Candy Harper (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Apr 24 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

    WHAT WE HIDE by Marthe Jocelyn (Random House of Canada Limited, Apr 8 2014) **Canadian reviewers preferred**

    THE RAIN by Virginia Bergin (Pan Macmillan, Jul 17 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

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    Much like last week, I’m desperately in love with this past week’s read and wish I could return to the world. Waiting really does suck. Especially since I have no idea when the sequel to FORETOLD will be released. Arrrgh!

    I am enjoying the novella I’m reading and am excited to finally get the chance to read THE RING AND THE CROWN. But I’m also jonesing for a few contemporary stories as it’s been awhile. So, in addition to tackling DON’T CALL ME BABY I may go off-pile to read THROUGH TO YOU and ON THE FENCE and Sophie Jordan’s TEASE.

    But I suppose that all depends on how well I do on my exam on Sunday. If I don’t pass and have to retake the test, then I might start binge watching The Walking Dead. Oh… and studying.

    Anyway, I hope you are making a dent in your reading piles and have received some new pile adds to devour. If you’d like to share what you’ve received, what you’ve managed to read and what you’re looking forward to reading, I’d love to know!

    As always, happy reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #166

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

    These are books for the week of March 4th-March 10th that I have pre-ordered.

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    PANIC by Lauren Oliver will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

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    I am so excited for PANIC‘s release this week. I love Lauren Oliver’s writing and I can’t wait for everyone to get the chance to read her latest release. I was stoked to get the chance to read this early, which I did ages ago. But it’s been awhile, so I’m thinking it’s time for a re-read.

    I’ve had this pre-ordered from the moment it was available to buy for the Kindle and I’m anxiously awaiting its download. I’m curious to see if there were any changes to the story from the eARC. Especially as regards the way things ended.

    This book was every bit as awesome as what I’d expected from the author. However I was totally surprised by just how the story ends. Of course I won’t reveal in what way I was surprised, just that I was.

    But I will say that it was a fantastic read, and I hope to be able to re-read it this month.

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    Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

    Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

    Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

    For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

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    The Winner's Curse

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    THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 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 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE WINNER’S CURSE is the first book in Author Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy. A prequel novella, BRIDGE OF SNOW, was released on January 28th. The second and third books in the series are currently untitled.

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    I just recently read and love, love, loved THE WINNER’S CURSE and am now eagerly awaiting the finished copy to download to my Kindle. This is one of the books I was excited for long before I got the chance to read it, and now that I have, I’m that much more anxious for its release.

    As I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post the other week and I’m hoping to post a review this week, I won’t ramble on too much about what I loved about it. But I can say that it was even better than I hoped it would be. I loved the world the author created. I can’t believe the way things ended. And I’m dying to read the sequel.

    Since I just finished reading it last week, I won’t be re-reading it when my copy arrives, but I will definitely be re-reading it. It’s one of my favorite reads this year and I am kind of madly in love with it right now.

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    Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

    As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

    One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

    But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

    Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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    Steadfast

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    STEADFAST by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 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 352 pages.

    STEADFAST is the second book in Author Claudia Gray’s Spellcaster series. The release date for the third book in the series, SORCERESS, is not yet set.

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    I love Author Claudia Gray’s writing and I love the Spellcaster series, so I am totally stoked that STEADFAST is releasing this week and that the finished copy will be downloading to my Kindle.

    I got the chance to read this sequel pre-release and I loved it even more than the first book in the series and hope to post a review later this week or next week. So I don’t want to talk too much about what happens with Nadia, Verlaine and Mateo. And as the description is just a tiny bit spoiler-y for the first book in the series as regards a certain character, I don’t want to talk ramble about it here.

    But I’ll just quickly say it’s a little bit darker, a whole lot more twisty-turny and a totally exciting addition to this crazy addictive series. Of course waiting for the next book in the series is going to annihilate me.

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    Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive’s Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth…or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn’t know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic…which has begun to call Nadia’s name.

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    Death Sworn

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    DEATH SWORN by Leah Cypess will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 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 Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 352 pages.

    DEATH SWORN is the first book in a new series of the same name by Author Leah Cypess. The second book in the series is currently untitled.

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    I am super excited for DEATH SWORN‘s release this week. I fell in love with the cover and was totally lured in by the description that I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    And as I got the chance to read this early and already know that I love it, I’m even more stoked to have the finished copy for my collection. But I really can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the sequel, so the wait’s not quite over.

    As I have read DEATH SWORN and already shared my review, I don’t want to ramble on and on and on here. But I loved this first book in Leah Cypess’ new series, I can’t wait to see what happens with Ileni and Sorin and while I won’t be re-reading DEATH SWORN in the coming weeks, I hope to be able to re-read it closer to the sequel’s release.

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    When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

    But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

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    Wayfarer

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    WAYFARER by Lili St. Crow will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 304 pages.

    WAYFARER is the second book in Author Lili St. Crow’s Tales of Beauty & Madness series.

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    I cannot believe that WAYFARER is releasing this week and will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I also cannot believe I haven’t yet had the chance to read the first volume in this trilogy.

    Though, as this book is a Cinderella story, I may just have to dive into this one first. Because I can’t wait to learn about Ellie Sinder’s abilities as a Charmer. I can’t wait to meet her “prince” Avery Fletcher. I can’t wait to read this story the description calls “stirringly romantic” and “deliciously spooky.”

    And I can’t wait to see just what happens with Ellie’s soul. Something I will hopefully have time to discover during the second half of this month. Because I love this author’s writing and it’s been ages since I had the chance to read something she’s written.

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    New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow thrilled legions of fans with her dark paranormal series Strange Angels. Now she has created a stirringly romantic, deliciously spooky update of Cinderella, the alluring second volume in her trilogy Tales of Beauty and Madness.

    Ellie Sinder is a Charmer—the most powerful of her age that St. Juno’s Academy has ever seen. But Ellie’s stepmother, Laurissa, wields manipulation and abuse to force Ellie to work her spells ever more intensely, for Laurissa’s profit.

    Then a train from over the Wastelands arrives in New Haven, bearing on it golden boy Avery Fletcher, newly returned from prep school, wearing a sweater Ellie’d love to bury her face in and a smile as bright as his blond hair. Avery’s arrival sets Laurissa off on a dark and dangerous scheme—and this time the soul up for grabs is Ellie’s.

    New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow has created a stirringly romantic, deliciously spooky update of Cinderella, the alluring second volume in her trilogy Tales of Beauty and Madness.

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    Nil

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    NIL by Lynne Matson will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), the print edition is 384 pages.

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    From the very first moment I read the description for NIL I knew I must have this book. And I’m so excited for it to download to my Kindle so that I will not only own it but finally get the chance to read it. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever and ever.

    I’ve been very much in the mood for this sort of book as of late – stories that are action-packed, suspenseful, nail-biting. And I can’t wait to meet Charley and Thad and see whether they’ll be able to escape the island of Nil.

    While I really shouldn’t read this book right away, as I have so many books I need to read for review, I just don’t think I’ll be able to wait. Scratch that. I know I won’t be able to. Though I will have to wait until this weekend to sneak it onto the pile as I am currently reading three books I need to finish.

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    On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.

    Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

    Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.

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    Half Bad

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    HALF BAD by Sally Green will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 416 pages.

    HALF BAD is the first book in Author Sally Green’s Half Life trilogy. The second book in the series, HALF WILD, is slated for release in 2015 and the third book is currently untitled.

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    I hadn’t heard of HALF BAD until a copy showed up for review. But when I read the description on the back of the ARC I knew this would be a book I’d want in my collection and so I pre-ordered it. And while I have it on the pile to read this week, I haven’t decided whether to read the ARC or the finished copy or both.

    Either way, I can’t wait to meet Nathan and see just how being half bad affects his life. I’m curious to see whether he’s able to escape from his imprisonment and whether being treated cruelly will turn him toward the darker or lighter side of his nature.

    The description promises a gripping story of a character whose will to survive is strong and I can’t wait to dive in on Tuesday.

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    A stunning, magical debut. An international sensation.

    In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

    In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

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    Let the Storm Break

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    LET THE STORM BREAK by Shannon Messenger will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 2014 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 400 pages.

    LET THE STORM BREAK is the second book in Author Shannon Messenger’s Let the Sky Fall series. The third book in the series is currently untitled.

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    I feel like it was just yesterday that the first book in this series was releasing, so I’m totally surprised that LET THE STORM BREAK is releasing this week and that my copy will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday. LET THE SKY FALL was one of the books I was anxiously awaiting and I’m heartbroken that I haven’t had the chance to read it yet.

    But now that the sequel is releasing there’s no way I’m going to wait much longer to read both of these books. I want to meet Vane and Audra. I want to find out whether Audra is able to keep him safe from their enemy. I want to find out what the consequences of their forbidden romance are.

    Even though I have this book pre-ordered, I have not read the description for fear of spoilers. But if it sounds half as exciting as the first book does, then I will be totally stoked to be able to read both books back-to-back later this month.

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    Whirlwind romance and breathtaking action continues in the sequel to Let the Sky Fall, which Becca Fitzpatrick called “charged and romantic.” 

    Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

    But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

    With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

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    16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue

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    16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I only recently learned that Janet Gurtler’s latest novel, 16 THINGS I THOUGHT WERE TRUE was releasing this week. But when I did, I immediately ran to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    This story sounds absolutely delightful and sweet and a little bit sad. I love the hashtag and am curious to learn what 13 other things Morgan thought were true.

    It’s been awhile since I read a road trip story and I’m so in the mood to do so right now. Plus, I’m really curious to find out about this “fake girlfriend” the description mentions. So I hope I’ll be able to sneak this onto the pile next week.

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    Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

    When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

    Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

    Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

    5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

    With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without.

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    Dangerous

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    DANGEROUS by Shannon Hale will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 416 pages.

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    DANGEROUS is a book I only just discovered is releasing but one I just had to pre-order for my collection. While I haven’t yet read anything by Author Shannon Hale, I was intrigued by this book’s title and its description.

    I am curious about just what this plot is that killed Maisie’s friends, that threatens her life and that is “changing life on Earth as we know it.” I want to know what role she plays and why she’s the only thing keeping “danger and annihilation” at bay.

    The description is very cryptic, which is probably the main reason this has piqued my interest. But the fact that Maisie’s middle name is Danger is also something that has made me super curious about this story. Of course, the cover being really awesome plays more than a small part in why I just had to have this book, knowing so very little about it.

    I hope to change that early next month when I think I have some time to sneak this onto the pile.

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    Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

    From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?

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    The Assassin's Blade

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    THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE by Sarah J. Maas will be released in the U.S. on March 4, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 464 pages.

    THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE is a bind-up of all five of the Throne of Glass novellas. HEIR OF FIRE, the third full-length novel in the series, is slated for release on September 2, 2014.

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    I probably own all five of the Throne of Glass novellas already, but I just had to pre-order this bind-up, THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE, for my Kindle. Because I haven’t yet had a chance to read them all, and this way I’ll be able to read them all back-to-back without having to search.

    Which also means I’ll be more likely to read all of them.

    I love this series by Author Sarah J. Maas. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, which is coming this September. But this release of the novellas in one full volume, which is apparently over 450 pages, will be the perfect way to tide me over until then… or make me more anxious for its release. The latter statement being more likely.

    And while I would love to read these the instant they download, I think I should probably wait just a bit longer, so that the wait for the next book in this series won’t be nearly as torturous. Though with the eclectic reading mood I’ve been in, I have a feeling this will be on the pile very, very soon.

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    Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

    In these action-packed prequel novellas to Throne of Glass, Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery?

    This bind-up features all five e-novellas, available in print for the first time!

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    Novellas

    The Blue-haired BoyTHE BLUE-HAIRED BOY (A Faking Normal Story) by Courtney C. Stevens

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Set before the events of Courtney C. Stevens’s debut novel, Faking Normal, this digital short story focuses on Bodee Lennox, otherwise known as the Kool-Aid Kid.

    Bodee Lennox has secrets. About where he got the four-inch scar on his leg. About the bruises on his back. About what it’s really like to live in the Lennox household. These are things he doesn’t share with anyone . . . until he meets Gerry, a girl with bright-green hair and a smile the size of Alaska. When Gerry falls out of a bus in Rickman, Tennessee, and lands at Bodee’s feet, she gives Bodee two things he desperately needs: a friend and a chance to leave Rickman behind, even if it’s just for a few hours.

    He joins Gerry on her epic bus trip for as far as his money will take him. And by the end of the day, more of Bodee has changed than just the color of his hair.

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    The Art of GoodbyeTHE ART OF GOODBYE (Where I Belong #1.5) by Gwendolyn Heasley

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    The heroine of Where I Belong is back in The Art of Goodbye, a romantic digital original novella about first loves and second chances.

    It’s Corrinne Corcoran’s last night in town before heading off to college, and she’s determined it’ll be the most epic night ever. She’s planned every detail of each hour of the night, from what dresses she’ll wear, to what parties she’ll hit, to which of her best friends will be with her. But Corrinne’s perfect plan for her last night in New York goes awry when she runs into a ghost from her past, and the boy she’s never been able to forget—her ex-boyfriend, Bubby, from Broken Spoke. And Corrinne starts to wonder if her expertly planned goodbye to New York City was as perfect as it seemed. . . . Set over the twelve-hour period before Corrinne sets off for college, The Art of Goodbye will make you believe that true love can find you when you’re least expecting it . . . again.

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    Other Books of Note

    CuredCURED (Stung #2) by Bethany Wiggins

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way–until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family—details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life. Bethany Wiggins’s reimagining of our world after an environmental catastrophe won’t fail to stun readers.

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    The Nightmare DilemmaTHE NIGHTMARE DILEMMA (The Arkwell Academy #2) by Mindee Arnett

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life even remotely easy. When one of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance Rathbone, is accused of the crime, Dusty’s as shocked as everybody else. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker, but that’s easier asked than done. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies.

    To make matters worse, Dusty’s ex-boyfriend has just been acquitted of conspiracy and is now back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. But this order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart.

    As Dusty takes on both cases, she begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. And there’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.

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    The HavenTHE HAVEN by Carol Lynch Williams

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs—and memories.

    But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?

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    Broken StringsBROKEN STRINGS by Maria Farrer

    Pub. Date: March 6, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic

    Find It: AMAZON

    Description:

    It is the story of a brilliant young violinist, her determination and struggle to achieve her dreams and the discovery that she is at the center of an extraordinary secret that has pulled apart her family for two generations. Jess, a talented 17-year-old violinist, suffers from stage-fright as she auditions for a place at a prestigious music school. Her family do not have enough money for her to continue to study so when she fails, she vows not to play again. Until her wealthy grandmother – estranged from her family since Jess’s mother fell pregnant – shows up at their doorstep and promises six months of tuition in exchange for Jess moving to live with her. Once ensconced in her grandmother’s rich, but empty, life she starts to uncover the mystery of why her grandmother never spoke to her mother again, and the secret which tore her family apart.

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    Wicked Little SecretsWICKED LITTLE SECRETS (Prep School Confidential #2) by Kara Taylor

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Anne Dowling becomes entangled in a web of secrets involving a missing student and a conspiracy at Wheatley Prep in this fast-paced, juicy follow-up to Prep School Confidential

    Anne Dowling—a fresh, original, and funny new YA heroine whose knowing, irreverent voice will remind readers of Pretty Little Liars and Private—is back for her second semester at Wheatley Prep. Although things have settled (somewhat) since her roommate Isabella’s death, Anne’s still kind of obsessed with the disappearance of Wheatley student Matthew Weaver thirty years ago, since she found a picture of him and his crewmates with the words “they killed him” scrawled on the back among Isabella’s things.

    When Anne learns that her boyfriend Brent’s dad is one of the now-powerful Wheatley alumni who rowed crew with Matthew, and that the crew team continues to induct new members with a creepy-sounding ritual called “The Drop,” she knows further investigation could put her relationship with Brent in danger. Determined to discover the truth, she reaches out to Anthony, Isabella’s townie brother, who helps her delve deeper into the secrets in Wheatley’s past. Secrets someone would kill to keep hidden. As the school’s Spring Formal—and its notorious afterparty—approaches, Anne sees the perfect opportunity to do some off-campus digging into the lives of Wheatley’s VIPs in this thrilling, unputdownable read—but if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next student who never comes back.

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    A Death-Struck YearA DEATH-STRUCK YEAR by Makiia Lucier

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

    For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country–that’s how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode–and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can’t ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can’t help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

    Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?
    An afterword explains the Spanish flu phenomenon, placing it within the historical context of the early 20th century. Source notes are extensive and interesting.

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    Searching for BeautifulSEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL by Nyrae Dawn

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.

    When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.

    But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

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    Sing Sweet NightingaleSING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Mariella Teagen hasn’t spoken a word in four years.

    She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.

    Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

    Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

    Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella’s life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.

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    Knight AssassinKNIGHT ASSASSIN by Rima Jean

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. When a mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in. She trains to harness her supernatural strength and agility, and then enters the King of Jerusalem’s court in disguise with the assignment to assassinate Guy de Molay, her mother’s condemner. But once there, she discovers Earic Goodwin, the childhood friend who still holds her heart, among the knights—and his ocean-blue eyes don’t miss a thing. Will vengeance be worth the life of the one love she has left?

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    Divergent Illustrated Movie CompanionDIVERGENT Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan

    Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The #1 New York Times bestselling novel Divergent is soon to be a major motion picture in theaters March 2014!

    With never-before-seen photos; personal interviews with the directors, actors, and writers; and exclusive extras, this lush, oversize volume is a true behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Divergent.

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    Other Releases

    DIVERGENT THINKING: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy by Leah Wilson

    MAFIA GIRL by Deborah Blumenthal

    EMILIE AND THE SKY WORLD (Emilie #2) by Martha Wells

    THE RAVEN QUEEN (Feral Child) by Che Golden

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    I have eleven books and two novellas pre-ordered this week. So it’s another insane week for releases and a cruel week for my wallet. But at least this week I’ve read four of the books being added to my collection. So that’s just six full-length novels, a five novella bind-up and two novellas for the TBR. That’s not too bad… right?

    Of course, as THE HAVEN sounds amazing and I’m really curious about A DEATH-STRUCK YEAR, I think I’ll be adding at least two more books to the collection this week. So… maybe not so good for the TBR. Oh well.

    Anyway, as this post is crazy long already and is more than a little bit late getting posted, I will stop rambling now. But as ever, I wish you a happy bookish acquiring and reading week 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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #6

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

    As is the case each week, these are all books I have on pre-order or plan on buying when released.

    Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online in all formats from Amazon and in hardcover and audio formats from Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 240 pages.

    I had a chance to read this book as part of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program. But I have the eBook on pre-order and I may pick up a copy in hardcover when the author, Lisa McMann, comes to town for her book signings at Barnes & Noble. (So excited.)

    This book is eerie, haunting and disturbing in so many really good ways. And you will definitely want to read on to find out if Kendall can figure out just what happened to her best friend Nico and fellow high school student Tiffany Quinn.

    This is such an amazing book and is a really quick read so there is no reason for it to remain at the bottom of the TBR pile!

    If you’d like to take a look at my review, to read the description from Goodreads or watch the trailer, either click here or scroll down to my post from Sunday, February 6.

    To read an excerpt from Scribd, click here.

    Cloaked by Alex Flinn will also be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print version is 352 pages.

    I’ve read and re-read Alex Flinn’s book Beastly which has been made into film and will be released soon. So, of course I have to check out this book by the author.

    I’m not totally clear on the whole story behind Cloaked, but per Goodreads it’s a “modern fairy-tale mashup.” Apparently there’s a curse, a frog, a talking fox and some swans. So it sounds like a cute and fun read and I can’t wait to get a chance to do so later this month.

    Click here to read an excerpt from the author’s website.

    Pink by Lili Wilkinson will also be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats. (Note: This book was originally published on August 1st 2009 by Allen & Unwin.)

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Pink was a book recommended to me by a friend which is why I’m buying it knowing little about it or the author.

    It isn’t necessarily a book I’d typically read, but it looks to be an interesting book about self-discovery, as the main character Ava changes schools and tries to recreate herself with a completely new identity. And, as I’m sure is the case, things do not go as planned!

    I’m not certain just how “Americanized” the U.S. edition will be, if at all, from the original release, but I would like to get my hands on the original for comparison. And although I think the U.S. cover is pretty, I kind of like the Australian cover a bit more.

    Father of Lies by Ann Warren Turner will be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover only.

    Published by HarperTeen, the hardcover is 256 pages.

    I’m looking forward to reading this book even though I’ve had to order the hardcover since it’s not available as an eBook just yet.

    Set during the Salem witch trials, the book is a fictitious story of one girl’s experience during that frightening time. It reminds me a little bit of the book  Johnny Tremain, which was a boys perspective of life in revolutionary America, which I really enjoyed. Although in this story, the girl has some sort of special abilities that make life even more complicated and possibly life-threatening.

    This is another book that seems to offer up something just a bit different from the norm so I can’t wait to take a peek.

    Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley will be released in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the paperback is 304 pages.

    Where I Belong is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    This is another type of story I really enjoy. A girl who is living the privileged life loses everything and is forced to move to Texas to live with her grandparents, attend public school and take a rather unpleasant job. And as is promised from the summary she realizes things may not have been as perfect as they once seemed and her desperate attempts to return to her old life may no longer be what she really wants.

    It looks sweet, fun and I bet there is a whole bunch of sad thrown in for good measure and I can’t wait to start reading this one!

    To read an excerpt from the author’s website, click here and click the tab marked “excerpt.”

    Where I Belong promotional book trailer: (Included because it’s cute and fun!)

    So Shelly by Ty Roth will also be released on February 8, 2011 in the U.S. and is the last book I’m spotlighting this week. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover eBook formats.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

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

    What first drew me to this book was the beautiful cover. I learned about this book from my participation in the DAC and decided that this might be an interesting and different sort of book for me to read.

    The characters are based on poets John Keats, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley in a story set in modern times. Many of their real-life experiences are brought into this story which starts off with the mysterious drowning of Keats and Byron’s friend Shelly.

    Of course any sort of book where there is a “tragic” and “untimely end” would grab my attention. There is just something appealing about books that already start with an ending or a death and the pieces get filled in as you read on. Add to this a story involving a fictionalization of some of the greatest romantic poets makes this a very different type of story that I am most curious about.

    I hope to get a chance to read this right away, but it may not move to the top of my pile until early March as February 15 is a huge release day for a number of books I’ve been waiting on for ages and ages.

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    If you haven’t yet had a chance to grab any of these books it’s still not too late. Happy reading!

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