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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #63

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

    These are books for the week of March 13th-March 19th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Infamous is the third book in the Chronicles of Nick series by author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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    I seriously have to start reading the Dark-Hunters books and I must get caught up on the Chronicles of Nick. I loved the first book in the series and I’ve been dying to read Invincible since its release. So, of course I pre-ordered this for my Kindle the second it was available.

    In this third book, according to the description – and yes I took a peek – Nick Gautier must fight for his survival. Even his father is trying to kill him. And this battle is even more epic because it will determine whether he’s a hero or the boy who “ends the world.”

    And apparently for someone who has all sorts of amazing abilities like raising the dead and killing zombies, he isn’t mastering the art of driving. That normal, mundane, human task.

    I can’t wait to finally find the time to catch up on Nick’s story and to meet him as an adult in the author’s adult series. I hope to do one or the other in the next couple of months.

    Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Spell Bound is the third book in the Hex Hall series by the author.

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    Finally. Finally, finally, finally! The wait is over. I can’t believe it. Seriously. I know I’m in the middle of reading another book right now, but I will be checking my Kindle download the second I get Spell Bound so that I can find out what the heck happened.

    The wait has been torturous. I haven’t been able to stop guessing as to just what might have happened to everyone at the end of Demonglass. I am so glad to not have to wait any longer. The author and publisher have been very hush hush about everything and it’s been killing me. Slowly. Every day. Just killing me.

    Even the description doesn’t reveal anything. It actually made things worse by saying that Sophie is “defenseless” and “alone.” What does that mean?

    Because of all the secrecy and that cliffhanger ending, I think this is the book I’m most anticipating the release of this week. I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post last month and I’ve been counting down the days until its release.

    I am so curious as to why Sophie’s powers have been stripped, how she plans on saving the world and most of all just what happened after that cliffhanger. I have no idea if this is the final book in the series, but I seriously hope not and I hope that if there are many books to come that the endings aren’t quite as cruel as the last.

    The Savage Grace by Bree Despain will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 496 pages.

    The Savage Grace is the third and final novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain.

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    I can’t believe that The Savage Grace is the final novel in the series. When I heard that it was, a few months back, I was wrecked. This series was one of my very first series about werewolves that I fell in love with – being a fan of the vamps I was always wary of their furry counterparts. But this series was so easy to love.

    Even though my pre-order will download tonight I have a feeling that I’m going to pretend that this series is not ending and wait to read it for just a little while. Although I wanted to throttle Grace just a bit in the last book, I still adore her and Daniel and even Caleb.

    The description is not making it easy, though. Starting right off with – “A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.” – has already more than piqued my curiosity. And to say that the love story will have a “breathtaking conclusion” has me freaking out a little.

    But I am ecstatic that this book is releasing this week and that I’ll have my copy in just a few short hours. I only wish that there were a couple more books to come.

    Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Wanderlove is author Kirsten Hubbard’s sophomore novel.

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    Wanderlove is another book whose release date surprised me. But I’m super thrilled it’s releasing this week and that I’ll have a copy for my collection. When I first heard about the book, it seemed like forever until its release, but forever is here.

    The cover is what drew me in. Much like the cover for Like Mandarin, the author’s debut novel, its beauty and simplicity really caught my eye. But a story about a girl who is on a “quest for independence” who travels to Central America to discover herself and meets a boy who is also trying to find his way sounds absolutely beautiful and magical and bittersweet.

    I can’t wait to meet Bria and Rowan and discover just what they learn about themselves, if anything.

    To read a short excerpt from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Pretty Crooked is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    The title of the book Pretty Crooked is what first grabbed me. Then after reading the description I was hooked. This story sounds fun and super cute. I love Robin Hood stories and one with a contemporary spin is even better.

    I had an early ARC I received through a trade, but had to pass it along since I wasn’t able to read it before release, but I did pre-order it because I wanted to have this book in my collection to read when I got the chance.

    Prep school. Theft. Revenge. And one incredibly distracting bad boy. Yes, this book is definitely a book I can’t wait to read.

    To read an excerpt of the prologue at TeenReads CLICK HERE.

    Starters by Lissa Price will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Starters is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author and is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I only just recently discovered Starters, though I did see it on NetGalley a few weeks before that. But having listened to the chatter and then taking a look at the description made me so curious about this book with a cover that is hauntingly, eerily beautiful and somewhat disturbing.

    And oooh that description. It makes this book sound seriously creepy and incredibly good, so of course I had to pre-order it. When I first saw the words “Spore Wars,” it made me think this was a fantasy type of novel. But reading on, it seems like something very different.

    Between the neurochips, Prime Destinations – the facility in Beverly Hills that rents out bodies so that older people can feel young again – and some kind of an evil plan, this is one book that I’m already dying to find out more about.

    I really, really hope that I can read this next month.

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

    And to check out the book on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Scorched Skies by Samantha Young will be released in the U.S. in paperback format on March 16. The eBook is available now at Amazon.

    Scorched Skies is the second book in the Fire Spirits series by author Samantha Young.

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    One of the seriously awesome things about self-published books is that the wait between releases in a series tends to be a bit shorter. Especially books by author Samantha Young, because she is a writing machine.

    Scorched Skies, the second book in the Fire Spirits series already released in eBook format, but the paperback edition comes out this week. So, even though I have an eBook copy, I wanted to include it with this week’s releases since I hadn’t included it in last week’s post.

    I am so excited to continue the story of the Ari, Jai and Charlie. The world that the author created of the Jinn (genies) is magical and alluring and exciting. And I’m incredibly nervous about what is to come in this second book in the series.

    According to the description there are lives lost, Ari is being hunted and there is someone else for her to fear. I can’t wait to find out if Ari takes control of her powers and becomes the hunter instead of being the hunted and just what happens, if anything, with her and Jai… or Charlie.

    And I absolutely can’t wait to find out what the White King is up to and to meet the new villain in this story, a dark sorcerer.

    This sequel sounds totally epic and I can’t wait to read this (hopefully) next week.

    Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    The Vampire Diaries: Moonsong (The Hunters Vol. 2) by L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    Another awesome week full of amazing new releases. I don’t know how I am going to stay on track with my reads when there are just so many books releasing this week that I’m dying to dive into.

    Maybe things will quiet down for the next couple of weeks… I hope… because there are quite a few books releasing in April and a ton of new books releasing in May that I’m more than anxious to devour. Though I have a feeling there are just a few more books full of win that will be releasing this month.

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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: Spell Bound

    Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover format.

    It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Spell Bound is the third book in the Hex Hall series.

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    I had no idea just how many amazing books are releasing on March 13th until I started creating this post. I have seven books pre-ordered and five of them I’m dying to read right now.

    But the book I’m most anticipating, the book that has tormented me the most, and the book with a killer cliffhanger ending that made me scream, is Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. So, for all those reasons and so many more, Spell Bound just had to be the book to watch this week.

    I finally got the courage up to look at the description and, while it sounds like this will be a tremendously exciting book in the series, it gives absolutely nothing away about how things ended and where they’re headed. Not. One. Hint. Nothing. So, I’m still just as tortured as I was when I finished reading Demonglass last year.

    At least it’s less than a month until release date. And I’m really hoping the eBook will be available to pre-order so I can read it the second it releases. I will not be able to wait before I tear into Spell Bound. I mean, that ending was massive. I must know what happened.

    I love the irony the description reveals about this book. Sophie finally decides that having her powers is okay and then she loses them. And I love how major this book sounds. Sophie may be the only one who can stop a war. And while the description says the war is “epic,” I say that Sophie is if she can actually prevent one.

    But, of course, what I really want to know is if there is anyone there to help her fight it. Someone like…hmmmm…Archer perhaps….

    The wait has been long. The wait has been torturous. Re-reading Demonglass did not help me find clues about what might happen. Searching the internet for spoilers turned up nothing. Just a lot of chatter, speculation and wild guesses. None of which are any more likely to be accurate than mine.

    So, while my other four anticipated reads this week are all ones I want on the top of the pile, Spell Bound is the only book that won’t even be sitting on the pile. It will go straight from purchased to currently reading. I just wish release date was right now, not a month from now….

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    Places to Stalk

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s TUMBLR

    The author’s BLOG

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium.

    Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

    Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are four other amazing and much anticipated books releasing on March 13th:

    The Savage Grace: A Dark Divine Novel by Bree Despain

    Infamous: The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

    Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

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    Cover Evolution

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    There are so many stunning covers for our favorite series. Some are bold and some are much more subtle. But the one thing they have in common as the series evolves is the continuity factor.

    There is always some element that is carried through the artwork from cover to cover. Whether it’s the color palette, the model, a symbol, the font, the image placement or simply just an attitude, each cover looks and feels right when placed next to one another on the bookshelf.

    And they look even more right when laid out side by side and cover to cover. Your eye can pass from one to the next without that alarm bell ringing that something is amiss.

    When you have a bookshelf you spend most of your time staring at the spines. And as long as the book heights are the same and the fonts are consistent they look perfect on your shelves.

    But if you were to take out a complete series and place each book next to one another you will see they have more in common than just their spines.

    And if you were to study them for their similarities and their differences you may just discover a few things you might never have noticed as you purchased each book and stuck it on the shelf.

    Because we typically buy books over time instead of all at once, we don’t always take the time to make the comparisons. But it is worth it to pull those books from our shelves to see each cover’s evolution.

    As it’s much more exciting to find out for yourself, I will not point out all the discoveries I made from the covers featured above. But I will mention one.

    The very first thing I did notice, that I hadn’t really thought about before, was that in each cover of the Fallen series we see a different side of Lucy – the right profile, the back and finally the front – and in each she just might be wearing the same dress. I’m not sure that it means anything but it’s interesting that the author chose to give readers a different look at Lucy in each one. Does this mean, then, that the fourth book will show us her left profile?

    Have you ever studied the evolution of the covers in your favorite series? Was there anything that surprised you? Maybe you found something that you never noticed before?

    Did you have a least favorite cover, that when viewed next to the others, all of a sudden made sense?

    I would love to know what you found out when you explored the cover evolution happening on your shelves.

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    Review: Demonglass

    Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is the second book in the Hex Hall series. It was released on March 1, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Hyperion Books (a division of Disney), the print edition is 368 pages.

    GOODREADS DESCRIPTION IS SPOILER-Y FOR HEX HALL

    SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES, PLEASE SKIP!

    Goodreads description:

    Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

    That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

    Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

    But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

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    After an eventful year at Hecate Hall, Sophie Mercer is sent to spend a relaxing summer in the English countryside with her father at Thorne Abbey. But she does not plan to head off to England all by herself with a man she doesn’t even know.

    There is no way she’d be able to survive the summer without her best friend and roommate Jenna. Especially with the rumors that Archer Cross, the boy who betrayed and tried to kill her, is in London.

    While her father hopes to teach her more about her powers, all she wants to do is ask the Prodigium to help her get rid of them. There is no way she is willing to risk the damage that will inevitably result when her powers get out of control.

    Even though the Removal is a risk to her life, she just wouldn’t be able to live with herself if using her powers ended up resulting in someone’s death. And ever since the situation with Alice and Elodie her magic hasn’t been quite the same, with some seriously disastrous results. So there is no way she wants to take any chances.

    But all her plans have to take a back seat when she has a disturbing premonition. And when she learns that the Eye is specifically out to get her and when someone who is supposed to be an ally may in fact have their very own agenda, Sophie is once again in the middle of a mystery she she’ll need to solve. And quickly.

    So much for a relaxing summer.

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    Demonglass is the exciting, fast-paced, action-packed, tension-filled sequel to Hex Hall. It picks up at the end of the school year, which Sophie has managed to make it through even with all the shocking events from the previous fall.

    She heads to England with the hope of convincing the Prodigium to remove her powers, and perhaps run into Archer Cross…or not. In addition to allowing her friend Jenna to come along to keep her company, the school has also insisted that Alexander Callahan (who we all know as Cal), groundskeeper and healer extraordinaire, go too.

    As usual, things do not go smoothly for Sophie and she receives quite a few surprises when she finally gets to meet the Prodigium.

    As a sequel, this book transcends the first book in the series by leaps and bounds. There is a lot more action, a darker edge and a tremendous amount of tension and build-up leading to the electrifying cliffhanger ending.

    Author Rachel Hawkins has exceeded every single expectation for this second book. From page one the story is riveting and it becomes even more so as it develops. There is not one extraneous moment in the storyline and every word will keep you absorbed.

    This installment moves the story forward with a few new mysteries to solve, a whole new group of people to mistrust and a potential new love interest. There are a number of surprises and even more heartbreak than in Hex Hall. But Sophie is just as sarcastic, if not more so, and the humor that was one of the key elements in the first book continues in Demonglass tenfold.

    This book is a must read. Period.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=6]. Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating. (My very first for a sequel.)

    On a personal note:

    AHHHH! Yes, I screamed when I finished this book. There was no guardrail when I hit that cliff at the end and tumbled head-over-heels right off the edge.

    From about two-third of the way in until the end, this book was four thousand tortures rolled into one.

    If you’ve read my reviews before you know I try not to give anything away, but I have say one thing: If Archer Cross was in a celebrity death-match with Romeo (of R&J) and Tony (of WSS) every single day of the week he will beat those guys hands down. Every. Single. Time.

    If you loved Hex Hall you will love, love, love, love this book. If you only liked it, it is so worth giving this one a read.

    Oh, Rachel Hawkins how you’ve tortured us at the end though. 2012 is too far away. I knew I should have waited six months so the agony would be far shorter.

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    Click here to read the excerpt.

    If you’d like to read my review of Hex Hall click here.

     

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #9

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

    Here are the books for the week of March 1st-7th that I have ordered or am purchasing on release date.

    Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series by author Rachel Hawkins. It will be released on March 1, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Hyperion Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    UPDATE: Click here to read the excerpt.

    I only recently read Hex Hall and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this sequel. This is one of the first books that I’ve actually read reviews for – non spoiler-y ones anyway – as I couldn’t wait to get some insight into the sequel.

    The first book was immensely entertaining and I’ve heard there is much more action in this one. Author Rachel Hawkins is a fantastic writer and I love the world that was created for Sophie.

    If you haven’t read Hex Hall you’ll only need the one day as it is such a quick read and one you won’t be able to put down. Plenty of time for you to catch up before the Tuesday release of Demonglass.

    If you’d like to read my review of Hex Hall click here.

    If you want to learn more about Demonglass from my “Book Watch” post click here.

    Clarity is the debut young adult novel for author Kim Harrington. It will be released in the U.S. on March 1, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Point (Scholastic) the print edition is 256 pages.

    Clarity is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. It is one of my original twelve picks.

    I don’t know too much about the book, except that it’s gotten positive feedback from those who’ve read it. It’s dubbed a “paranormal murder mystery” and I love mysteries.

    The main character, Clarity, has the ability to see things through visions she gets from touch, and it’s her abilities that will help her in solving a murder.

    I have not read any excerpts, just the book description, but I will definitely read this one soon – can’t wait- and as it’s a short book, it can easily be read in one sitting.

    Falling Under is the debut young adult novel for author Gwen Hayes. It will also be releasing on March 1, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats in the U.S. It is currently available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Trade the print edition is 336 pages.

    Falling Under is also one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. Although not one of my original twelve choices this was a book I’ve had on pre-order for awhile and was definitely planning on reading in 2011.

    I chose to buy this book simply because of the cover, and then because of its description. I have been anticipating this book’s release for quite some time now and am so glad it’s finally here.

    I hope to read this book this week, although due to the overwhelming number of February TBRs I might not get to read this until next week. But I will NOT let this one move down the list as it looks amazing.

    If you’d like to read the Goodreads description or watch the trailer, check out my Book Watch post here.

    The Liar Society is the debut novel for authors Lisa and Laura Roecker. It will be released in the U.S. on March 1, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is now available for pre-order from Amazon in both formats and Barnes & Noble in paperback only.

    Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the paperback is 368 pages.

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

    If you haven’t been on Twitter you may not have seen any of the authors or bloggers who have “pinked” their avatars/profile images. And if you had seen it, but had no idea why, this book and these authors are why.

    It was the pink that first drew me to this book. I had been following the authors on Twitter and had the book on my TBR on Goodreads but only really took note of their book after all the pinked hairdos started cropping up. Everywhere.

    I did not have this on my list of DAC picks, but it is one I will definitely be reading. And it just recently became available for the Kindle so of course I ordered it.

    The premise is fun – how many characters get email messages from the deceased – and mysterious. This is another great release to start off March the right way!

    If you’d like to watch the trailer for this book, check out my post for March trailers here, which includes the trailers for some other March releases.

    The Vespertine by author Saundra Mitchell will be released in the U.S. on March 7, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. (Although Amazon has been shipping out the print versions for over a week now, at least. I got mine last Monday.)

    It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Harcourt Children’s Books the hardcover is 304 pages.

    I was drawn to The Vespertine for its beautiful cover. Not typically the type of book I would read – historical fiction – there was something about the plot that made me want to read this. Secrets, prophecies and forbidden romance all make for a very intriguing tale.

    I received an eARC for this book which I’ll be reviewing this week, and also have the hardcover which I bought from Amazon simply to see if they’d really send it pre-release. I am also pre-ordered for the Kindle version. So, yes. I do want to read this book.

    One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen came out on February 15, 2011 in paperback in the U.S. I’m including it here this week as the eBook, which is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, is releasing on March 1st and that’s the version I’ve opted to purchase.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the paperback edition is 240 pages.

    This book came out in paperback on February 15th, but not in eBook format. And, as I’ve only purchased the electronic version I’ve included it this week instead. If you are an eReader junkie like I am perhaps you’ve also waited until now to buy.

    I have read this book as I had an eARC for review and it was my favorite of the series. While I completely enjoyed all the books, this one had just something extra and a dark ending that left me surprised, shocked and wanting more.

    The link to the free eBook for the novella Raising the Dead which takes place just prior to this second book in the series can be found in my sidebar on the right.

    If you’d like to read my review of One Hundred Candles or read the Goodreads description, click here.

     

    Outside In is the second book in the series by Maria V. Snyder. It was released in paperback format on February 15, 2011 in the U.S., but the eBook format is releasing this week on March 1, 2011. It is now available for pre-order from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the paperback is 336 pages.

    Outside In is another book that released earlier in paperback format than in electronic format. But as I have only purchased the eBook version it is included in this week’s Book Watch: Releasing This Week post.

    I was fortunate to have received an eARC of the book prior to its release, and have already read and reviewed this book. But I am still adding the finished copy to my collection as I thoroughly enjoyed this series.

    This is the second book in the series and it has a lot more action than the first book, although that one is still my favorite of the two.

    If you have read the first book you will definitely want to read this, and if you haven’t read Inside Out then you should. It is part dystopian novel, part mystery and part sci-fi. And if you’re not a fan of science fiction, don’t worry, there is only a hint of it in the story.

    If you would like to read my review, get links to an excerpt or read the Goodreads description, click here.

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    Review: Hex Hall

    Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is the first book of this series with the same name. It is currently available in the U.S. in hardcover, eBook and paperback formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published on March 2, 2010 by Hyperion books, the hardcover is 336 pages. The paperback edition was

    published last week on February 1, 2011 and is 352 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

    By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

    As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

    Getting sent to Hecate Hall was punishment enough for Sophie Mercer. She already knew in her heart of hearts that she was the worst witch ever, being sent away was just adding insult to injury.

    Having a love spell blow up in such epic proportions as it did was a disaster that couldn’t escape the Council’s notice and so she was sent to a school for rejects until she was eighteen and could better handle her magical abilities.

    She had hoped that finally being with others of her kind would make her fit in, but after just a few days she knew that it was hopeless. To start, being made to room with the school’s only vampire student was sure to make her even more of an outcast. And the fact that her roommate may have killed someone last year was not helping matters. The last thing Sophie wanted was to be someone’s midnight snack.

    Raised by a human mother in the human world put her at a huge disadvantage – her skills as a witch were laughable, her knowledge of the Prodigium was non-existent – and the secrets she discovers about her family not only make her even more unpopular, but also potentially very dangerous.

    Even worse, one by one the witches at Hex Hall are being attacked. Will they be able to find out who is doing this before Sophie becomes the next victim? And if it’s not her vampire roommate Jenna that is to blame, then who is responsible? One thing is certain, her first semester at Hex Hall is anything but boring.

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    Hex Hall is a hugely entertaining story in the paranormal genre. Filled with bitchy witches, snooty fairies, drooling, hair sniffing werewolves and an arrogant vampire poet-turned-teacher, this story has a cast of characters that alone make this book worth a read.

    Add to this a very sexy warlock, mysterious attacks and the secrets in Sophie’s family history and this is one hell of a story.

    Author Rachel Hawkins has such an easygoing writing style, with enough humor and mystery added to keep those pages turning. The story is immediately engaging and Sophie is an absolutely adorable heroine – just the right mix of wickedly sarcastic and vulnerable.

    This book is a must read for fans of paranormal series with a lighter feel, a likable and humorous main character and a puzzle that needs solving.

    The next book in the series, Demonglass, is due out on March 1, 2011 and a third, as yet untitled book is due out in 2012.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    First – I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! Okay, if you read this book you’ll know what I mean.

    Second – I loved this story. It was such a delightful, fun and seriously enjoyable book. Sophie Mercer is one of my new favorite heroines. My only wish is that it was longer. Yes, it’s a series, but now I have to wait a few weeks for book two. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

    Third – I just wish I didn’t read the description for Demonglass before I finished this, as it did slightly give away some of the ending.

    Fourth – I love when I’m right about a mystery. Okay, so maybe this wasn’t the world’s most challenging puzzle, but I still like being able to guess what’s going to happen and then be right.

    Fifth – This is one author that I will read every single book she writes (unless of course it’s non-fiction as I’ve been there done that with the non-fiction for a long while).

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    How I “discovered” this book:

    Hex Hall is a “Just Discovered” just got a chance to read book.

    This is yet another book I bought awhile ago. Probably very soon after release and it’s been in my Kindle ever since, getting shuffled further and further back. I’m not exactly sure why I didn’t start reading this right away. I have no excuse!

    I actually discovered this again about a month ago and read only a few pages before I was rudely dragged away. Again, shame on me. But with the looming date for book two  and my Twitter timeline heating up with talk about Demonglass, I just knew I had to read this one as there was just so much that appealed to me from the synopsis and I knew I didn’t want to have to wait to read the next book.

    And of course, once I started reading, I could not put this down!

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    Book Watch: Demonglass

    Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is the second book in the Hex Hall series. It will be released in the U.S. on March 1, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon in both formats and at Barnes & Noble in hardcover only.

    Published by Hyperion Books (a division of Disney), the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I am choosing Demonglass as a book to watch, as opposed to skipping to the week of March 8th as I would normally do, because I absolutely love Hex Hall, which I’m currently reading.

    This author has such a fun and easy style to her writing that just makes her book Hex Hall (which was released in paperback last week) a wildly entertaining read. Sophie is a completely adorable character and one of my new favorites.

    I am so sad that I hadn’t read this sooner. (It was a planned read about a month ago, but got rudely shoved out of the way.) But I am glad that now I only have to wait a few short weeks before the release of Demonglass.

    If you haven’t yet read the first book, do not read the Goodreads description or excerpt below as they are somewhat spoiler-y. (I made the mistake of reading the description when adding the book to my Goodreads list of “to reads,” so was tipped off before I even started the first book.)

    But just to give you a tiny peek at what’s to come without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that yet again Sophie’s powers are causing some trouble and she has to head off to London to try and fix things. And that’s all that I’ll say, except you should definitely read this series!

    If you follow the author on Twitter you can get a Hex Hall fact of the day every day until the Demonglass release date.

    If you’d like to read my review of Hex Hall it will be posting later today.

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    Goodreads description:

    Goodreads description:

    Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

    That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

    Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

    But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

    Excerpt from Disney Hyperion:

    A brief excerpt from the Disney Hyperion website:

    “Last semester was intense,” I said to Dad.

    “Intense?” he echoed, picking up my file.  “Let’s see.  On your first day at Hecate, you were attacked by a werewolf.  You insulted a teacher, which resulted in semester-long cellar duty with one Archer Cross.  According to the notes, the two of you became ‘close.’ Apparently close enough for you to see the mark of L’Occhio di Dio on his chest.

    I flushed at that, and felt Mom’s arm tighten around me.  Over the past six months, I’d filled her in on a lot of the story with Archer, but not all of it.

    Specifically, the whole me-making-out-in-the-cellar-with-a-murderous-warlock-working-with-the-Eye-part.

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