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    Giveaway: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black – SIGNED

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    As you may already know I’m a huge fan of Holly Black’s faeries and I love, love, loved her latest story, THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST, which I reviewed over on RYAR. I was so excited to have received an early copy to read, even though I already had a pre-order for a signed finished copy for my collection from Barnes & Noble.

    Well it finally released, and it finally arrived, and it seems I ordered 2 copies. So I’d planned on offering one up for giveaway. But I just found out for sure that I will be moving in a few weeks and I will have to downsize my life quite a bit. So it seems that I have to give away both copies.

    At least I get to keep my finished Kindle copy even though it isn’t signed.


    About THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST

    The Darkest Part of the Forest CoverTitle: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST
    Author: Holly Black
    Release date: January 13, 2015
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

    Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

    At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

    Until one day, he does…

    As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

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    RYAR Review + Giveaway: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST Blog Tour

    Previously published on ReadingYA.rocks


    ABOUT THE BOOK


    THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black
    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 13, 2015
    Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 5 stars

    AMAZON | B&N | GOODREADS

    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

    Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

    At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

    Until one day, he does…

    As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?


    INTRODUCTION


    I am a huge fan of Holly Black’s writing. The author herself is also pretty awesome. So I am so excited to be able to be a part of this tour which gave me the chance to read THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST early. Hers are some of the very first YA faerie stories I read before I became a blogger and I was totally enchanted by her writing and her characters. So of course when I learned of this new novel I was over-the-moon excited.

    And it was so awesome. It lived up to every expectation I had for it. I love, love, LOVED it. Here’s what I thought…


    REVIEW


    THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST invites readers in with its opening lines that have this wonderful, magical, fairytale quality to them. They lead readers into a world that is beautiful and alluring, dark and dangerous. They speak of a story that promises to be different and interesting and imaginative. They captivate readers who will remain enthralled until the story’s close.

    Holly Black sets the stage with her enchanting and spellbinding prologue that introduces a boy who slumbers in a glass coffin in the woods. A boy with horns and pointed ears who never ages, who can’t be woken, and whose coffin can’t be broken. A boy who fascinates everyone who sees him, but especially Hazel and her brother Ben who have both shared with him, their sleeping prince, their most intimate secrets.

    The story unfolds at first as if Fairfold is an ordinary town and its residents ordinary folks. But bit by bit it becomes apparent that it and they are anything but. It is a town and people plagued by faery mischief. One that must follow certain rules and look the other way when the occasional tourist pays the price for not heeding them.

    It is in this town where the horned boy slumbers. Where Hazel and Ben used to play at being knights, battling the faeries who meant to do the most harm. Where a changeling lives side-by-side with the boy he was meant to be swapped for. And where a bargain was struck that set events in motion that will change everything.

    Adventure, mystery and a touch of romance await readers in THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST, along with a wide assortment of weird and wonderful faeries, some of whom have ethereal beauty, others who are grotesque, frightening and are truly the stuff of nightmares. All of whom are tricksy.

    Hazel is this story’s incredibly brave and clever and free-spirited heroine, with the position of hero left up for grabs between her brother Ben, his best friend Jack, and the once-sleeping boy in the coffin. When given the chance to try and save Fairfold and the people she cares about from the faery threat, she’s eager to embark upon the quest, pick up her sword, and do whatever needs to be done. Even if it means journeying into Faery.

    Author Holly Black creates magic with her words. She envelops readers in the strange and intriguing world she imagined. She beguiles. She frightens. She bewitches. Readers will delight in the fact that they get to journey to the darkest part of the forest, meet the author’s newest characters, and step into their world, even if its just for a short while in this gorgeous, extraordinary, and absolutely riveting tale.


    ABOUT HOLLY BLACK


    Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. Her new books are The Darkest Part of the Forest, a return to faerie fiction, and The Iron Trial, the first book in a middle grade fantasy series, Magisterium, co-authored by Cassandra Clare. Holly currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

    Find her: WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | TUMBLR | PINTEREST | GOODREADS


    GIVEAWAY


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    TOUR SCHEDULE


    Week One

    Jan. 5th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review

    Jan. 6th – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post

    Jan. 7th – Reading YA Rocks – Review

    Jan. 8th – Mundie Moms – Guest Post

    Jan. 9th – YA Bibliophile – Review

    Week Two

    Jan. 12th – Page Turners Blog – Guest Post

    Jan. 13th – Fictitious Delicious – Review

    Jan. 14th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post

    Jan. 15th – Novel Novice – Review

    Jan. 16th – Alice Marvels – Guest Post

     

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #140

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

    These are books for the week of September 3rd-September 9th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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    THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    A paperback edition will be released on September 17, 2013.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    I am such a huge fan of author Holly Black that anytime she releases a new book I’ll automatically pre-order it. But THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN would have been on my pre-order list regardless, as it sounds awesome.

    Any story that’s described as being about “rage and revenge” and “guilt and horror” and “love and loathing” is one that will appeal to me. And any story that promises such a fascinating world of walled cities housing quarantined humans and monsters is one I just have to check out.

    I’m curious to know what happened in Tana’s Coldtown, why her ex is infected and just what this mysterious boy’s secret is. As I have avoided any and all ratings and reviews for this book I have no idea what its reception is, but I cannot wait to read it and hopefully fall in love with it later this week.

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    All Our Yesterdays

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    ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is the first book in author Cristin Terrill’s Cassandra Chronicles. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    Since the moment I first saw ALL OUR YESTERDAYS on NetGalley I knew that this would be a book I’d want in my collection. Even before I got the chance to take a peek at it for review I pre-ordered it.

    And while I did receive an eARC, I only just got the chance to start reading it. But what little I did read leads me to believe that I’m going to love this book. Yes, right from the start it was just so easy to get caught up in the story, which for me typically means that it will be a book I adore.

    I love stories involving time travel and can’t wait to find out if what I think is going to be revealed based upon the description is actually going to happen. I have my suspicions, but as they are potentially spoiler-y I don’t even want to voice them here.

    I hope to finish reading this today, so I’ll know whether I was wrong or right, but as I’ve heard whispers about the impact this book had on readers, I have a feeling….

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    Takedown

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    TAKEDOWN by Allison van Diepen will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

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    I’ve been a fan of Allison van Diepen for quite a long while and I can’t wait to add TAKEDOWN to my collection this week. I love that this author writes stories that are dark and gritty and I’m excited that this newest release sounds like one of those stories.

    It’s not often that I read stories about characters that serve as informants to the police. I don’t typically read books about drug rings, turf wars or vendettas. And I rarely read these types of stories where it’s a teen that’s the central character.

    But I am curious about what happens to Darren and whether he’ll be able to do what he needs to do for the police and still keep Jessica safe. The description promises a story that is “fast-paced” and I can’t wait to check it out in a couple of weeks.

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    Conjured

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    CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Children’s, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I love author Sarah Beth Durst’s writing and I can’t wait to add CONJURED to my collection this week. I just recently received an eARC for review, though I’ll probably end up reading the finished copy on my Kindle.

    The description promises a story that sounds dark, creepy and totally awesome. A magic-wielding serial killer, a hidden but horrifying memory, terrifying visions and dreams that sound more like nightmares.

    I cannot wait to meet Eve and find out just why she’s dreaming of “a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin.” I can’t wait to find out just what dark memory she’s hiding and what truth might be “more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.”

    If I don’t get the chance to read CONJURED this week, I’m definitely going to try and sneak a read in next week, because this sounds way too amazing to keep on the pile.

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    Scorched

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    SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover 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 352 pages.

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    I love Mari Mancusi’s Blood Coven series and I can’t wait for my pre-order of SCORCHED to download. It was one of those books I automatically purchased because I adore the author’s writing, but after having read the description I’m super excited to check it out.

    I have always loved stories about dragons, whether they’re ones where the dragons should be protected or ones where they should be destroyed. And I’m curious to find out whether the dragon in SCORCHED is worthy of Trinity’s protection.

    I am also curious as to why Trinity is hearing a voice in her head and what that means for her in this story. Based upon the description I have a feeling this story will be told from three POVs – Trinity, Connor and Caleb – and I can’t wait to meet them all.

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     Eternity

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    ETERNITY by Elizabeth Miles will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ETERNITY is the third and final book in author Elizabeth Miles’ The Fury Trilogy.

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    I own the previous books in this series but I have yet to get the chance to read them. Now that this third and final book in the trilogy, ETERNITY, is releasing this week and will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight I hope to be able to read the entire series back-to-back-to-back.

    I can’t wait to meet Em and Crow and JD. I can’t wait to find out just what games the Furies are playing. And I can’t wait to find out just what is happening with Emily – yes, I took a peek at the description.

    The description mentions “secrets and revenge” and “desperate measures” and “fateful choices” and I cannot wait to find out how all of these things come together in this final book in the series. And I can’t wait to see whether Emily will be saved or whether the Furies will be victorious.

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    Sweet Legacy

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    SWEET LEGACY by Tera Lynn Childs will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    SWEET LEGACY is the third, and final, book in author Tera Lynn Child’s Medusa Girls trilogy.

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    I did not know this was only a trilogy when I pre-ordered SWEET LEGACY. While I have yet to get the chance to read either of the previous books in this series I own them both and can’t wait to read this series in its entirety.

    When the first book in the series was released I managed to read the first few chapters so I knew I’d enjoy it. I just didn’t get the chance to finish, even after book two was released. But now that the series is available to read from start to finish I am super excited to read it all at once.

    I can’t wait to meet Grace, Gretchen and Greer. I love Greek mythology and cannot wait to discover this author’s interpretation of the myths. As I haven’t read the description for SWEET LEGACY I don’t know what will be happening to the characters in this final book. I don’t even know if this series is told in multiple points of view or if each book is told from a different character POV.

    But I love surprises and I can’t wait to be surprised by this series, hopefully, next month.

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    Eternal

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    ETERNAL by Kristi Cook will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 416 pages.

    ETERNAL is the third, and final, book in author Krist Cook’s Haven trilogy.

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    I am so behind on this series by Kristi Cook, a situation I must remedy. I read the first book when it was released and loved it, but when the sequel was released a bit later I didn’t have the time to pick it up, though I do own it and plan on reading it. Especially now that ETERNAL, the final book in the series, is set to download to my Kindle this week.

    I can’t wait to find out just what has been happening with Violet and Aidan. The description for MIRAGE makes me nervous about whether Aidan and Violet have a future together. But it makes me more nervous about whether Aidan even has a future.

    I have no idea what truths will be uncovered in the second book in the series. I have no idea whether Aidan even exists in this third and final book – no I didn’t read the description. But this book’s title, ETERNAL, gives me a little bit of hope that maybe, just maybe, he does.

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    Gold

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    GOLD by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. (The eBook is available as of today, September 1st.)

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    GOLD is the second book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. No information is yet available about a sequel.

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    I was so surprised when GOLD downloaded to my Kindle on the 1st. I forgot that sometimes this publisher makes the electronic copies available a week before release date on Amazon. But I am super thrilled to have the finished copy in my collection.

    I had the chance to read GOLD super early and fell madly in love with it when I read it way back when. I never thought I’d have been as okay as I was becoming Team Austin, especially after that thing with the horse in SILVER, but the author made it just so easy in this book.

    As is typical, as I have already spotlighted GOLD for my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I won’t ramble on about it here. But I will just say that this sequel was amazing and a little bit heartbreaking. And if a third book isn’t on the horizon I think it will kill me. Because I am not at all ready to say goodbye to these characters.

    Although I have already read GOLD, I do plan on re-reading it soon. I also plan on re-reading SILVER. They are two books that are totally guilt-free guilty pleasure reads and I cannot wait to rediscover them, hopefully, at the end of this month.

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    The Truth About You and Me

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    THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME by Amanda Grace will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. (The eBook is available as of today, September 1st.)

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 264 pages.

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    I was super surprised when I saw that THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME downloaded to my Kindle on the 1st. I’d forgotten I pre-ordered it and that this publisher releases the eBooks a week prior to the stated publication date.

    But I cannot wait to read this story told in letters. I am curious as to whether I’ll feel heartbroken for these characters or disturbed by the fact that Bennett can’t recognize just how young Madelyn truly is. I suppose it might depend on just how wide the age gap is between the two.

    The description already reveals that it is an ill-fated love story and with the fact that there is an apology I’m curious as to just how much trouble Bennett will be in. It leads off with the line that “[s]mart girls aren’t supposed to do stupid things” but at sixteen I can’t imagine how much of a choice Madelyn had about falling in love.

    I am more curious to see how I’ll react to this story of forbidden romance as an adult. I know as a teen I would have seen it as romantic and tragic and would not have seen anything wrong with an older man in a position of authority falling in love with a young girl. Now I’m not sure I’ll be able to look past the fact that Bennett should have known better in order to be able to connect with this story, even if I could relate to Madelyn.

    And because I’m wildly curious, I may just have to read THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME later this week.

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    Other Books of Note

    Starry Nights

    STARRY NIGHTS by Daisy Whitney

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Social Code

    THE SOCIAL CODE (The Start-up #1) by Sadie Hayes

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The 100

    THE 100 by Kass Morgan

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dead is Just a Dream

    DEAD IS JUST A DREAM (Dead Is #8) by Marlene Perez

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Two Lies and a Spy

    TWO LIES AND A SPY by Kat Carlton

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Ghost in the Glass House

    THE GHOST IN THE GLASS HOUSE by Carey Wallace

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Are You Experienced

    ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    When the World Was Flat

    WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT by Ingrid Jonach

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Strange Chemistry

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dead Ends

    DEAD ENDS by Erin Jade Lange

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I Am Alice

    THE LAST APPRENTICE: I AM ALICE (Wardstone Chronicles #12) by Joseph Delaney

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Leap of Faith

    LEAP OF FAITH by Jamie Blair

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Outside

    THE OUTSIDE (Hallowed Ones #2) by Laura Bickle

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Project Cain

    PROJECT CAIN by Geoffrey Girard

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Bind-up: Cracked Up To Be & Some Girls Are

    What Goes Around

    WHAT GOES AROUND by Courtney Summers

    Pub. Date: September 6, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Somebody Up There Hates You

    SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU by Hollis Seamon

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Projection

    PROJECTION by Risa Green

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Lord of Opium

    THE LORD OF OPIUM (Matteo Alacran #2) by Nancy Farmer

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Athaneum Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Into That Forest

    INTO THAT FOREST by Louis Nowra

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Night Witches

    NIGHT WITCHES by L.J. Adlington

    Pub. Date: September 5, 2013

    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    (AMAZON)

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    With ten books pre-ordered and nineteen other books releasing this week, a few of which I just know I’m going to order, this week is almost as insane as last week.

    I am now officially buried under books.

    And with eight of those pre-orders in the TBR pile and one book currently being read, I don’t think I’ll find myself unburied for a long, long time.

    Last week I thought I’d only be adding six books to my collection this week. I was so very, very wrong. And with so many more books releasing in September and October that I’m excited to read, I don’t know if I’ll ever get caught up.

    I’d like to say that in 2014 I’ll try to avoid discovering any new debut authors. But if I made that promise to myself, it’s one I know I’d break the instant a new book caught my eye. So I’m not going to even bother.

    But I may just have to try and wish list a few books in the coming years if I keep blogging rather than ordering them all for “someday.” Because, at the rate I’m going, I’m not sure if someday will be any day soon.

    For now, though, I shall continue to buy every book my heart desires even if that desire exceeds my ability to read those books in the very near future.

    Anyway… If you’ve been as eager to read THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN as I’ve been or if there are any other of this week’s releases that you’ve been dying to read, I’d love to know!

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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 #66

    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 April 3rd-April 9th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Black Heart by Holly Black will be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Black Heart is the third book in the Curse Workers series by author Holly Black.

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    I am so excited that this third book in the Curse Workers series is releasing on Tuesday. I feel like it’s been ages since I read Red Glove and I can’t wait to get back into this dark and gritty world that Holly Black created. And I can’t wait for more Cassel Sharpe.

    As I’ve already spotlighted Black Heart for my Book Watch post a few ago, I won’t go on nearly as long as I might otherwise have. But I will say that I am incredibly curious to see if Cassel will be able to put his past behind him and “be good.” I have a feeling that he might have been able to, but I don’t think his past will let him, as I doubt it wants to stay in the past.

    I am dying to find out if Cassel gives in to the Feds and does what I think they’re asking him to do. And I’m ever hopeful that he will be able to find the answers he needs so that his life won’t hang in the balance and neither will his heart.

    Immortal City by Scott Speer will be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Immortal City is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com and is one of my twenty original picks.

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    When I first saw Immortal City in the publisher’s catalog I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. While I didn’t get a review copy, I did get one through a trade, but I wasn’t able to move it to the top of the pile before release date.

    I love stories about Angels and this one about Jackson Godspeed sounds like it will be exciting and a lot of fun. I love the idea that these angels’ lives are mirroring some sort of celebrity reality in Los Angeles but with the added element of a murder mystery.

    I can’t wait to find out what the threat is to the Angels and I’m curious to see just how Maddy plans to save Jackson or if she’ll be able to. And I really hope to read it this month because it sounds like a perfectly heavenly distraction.

    Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers will be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 560 pages.

    Grave Mercy is the first book in the His Fair Assassin series by author Robin LaFevers.

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    I was absolutely thrilled when I received an advance copy of Grave Mercy from the publisher through the Shelf Awareness newsletter. Between the setting, the writing – yes I took a sneak peek – and the plot, I was completely intrigued. But it was the tagline that completely lured me in – “Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?”

    I’ve already started reading it and it’s every bit as captivating as I expected. But I do have the finished copy pre-ordered to download to my Kindle on Tuesday and I can’t wait to have this as part of my permanent collection.

    I am dying to find out just how the story ends, whether Ismae will be the assassin Death expects her to be and just how she’ll hold up at the high court in Brittany. The author’s writing style has an absolutely beautiful flow, I already love Ismae and I can’t wait to finish.

    Fear by Michael Grant will be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Fear is the fifth book in the Gone series by author Michael Grant. The sixth book in the series, Light, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I haven’t yet read the first four books in the series, but I own them all and decided to pre-order this next book, Fear. A couple years ago a friend told me that I must read this series, that it would absolutely be one that I’d enjoy, so I took her word for it and bought the books.

    And while I haven’t yet had the chance to read them, I definitely plan on it. I think she thought I’d love the idea of a society where one day the adults just disappear. Which may have been true at one time, though now that I am one…. But she said the story was fast-paced and riveting so I can’t wait to check them out.

    According to the description, in this installment in the series there’s a new enemy – fear. I can’t wait to catch up on the series to find out just what that means for the characters and the world.

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    In last week’s Book Watch RTW post it seems I forgot to include a book that was releasing that I was very much anticipating. Because I only searched my pre-orders for March, I missed this book that released on April 1st. So I thought I’d add it to this week’s post…

    Above by Leah Bobet was released in the U.S. on April 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Above is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com and is one of my twenty original picks.

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    I first discovered Above when I was looking for books for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. The characters and the world sounded just a bit different from the books I typically read and so I chose this as one of my picks and added it to my pre-orders when it was available to do so.

    I am excited to meet Ariel, find out just why she has bee’s wings, learn what her ability is, and see what life is like in Safe. But I’m also curious to meet all the characters, two of whom have really interesting abilities – one with the ability to talk to ghosts and the other who can shoot lightning from their fingers.

    I can’t wait to find out what the mystery is behind Safe and whether Matthew will be able to protect Ariel from their enemies. This book sounds really exciting and I definitely plan on reading this next month.

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    While there aren’t too many new books releasing this week, four of them are books I want to read right now and the other is one I want to read the entire series of. Which makes this so not a slow week.

    And with the week of April 24th looming, which has a ton of new releases I’m just dying to read, I hope to catch up on most of these before then.

    Last week I missed a few books I had pre-ordered when creating my post. One I discovered at the last second, one I discovered after the fact and added in as an update and one that surprised me over the weekend when it downloaded to my Kindle. So I really hope I’m not missing anything this week.

    But I guess I’ll find out when the books either download to my Kindle or show up in my mailbox tomorrow.

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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: Black Heart

    Black Heart by Holly Black will be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Black Heart is the third book in the Curse Workers series by author Holly Black.

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    Do I really need to explain why Black Heart is THE book to watch this week for me? Well, just in case you didn’t know, I am a huge fangirl of this series. HUGE. And I have been going through withdrawal for the past year.

    I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I last got a peek at one of my favorite male characters in YA fiction. Cassel Sharpe is amazing. He’s just so amazing. And this series is unbelievable. It’s gritty and dark and totally noir-ish. I love the curse workers… okay, maybe not all the curse workers, but their powers are awesome.

    I sadly did not get an early copy to read, though I did put in a request, or I would have dropped everything to read it. But I’m so super glad that the wait is over in less than a month. I am counting the days. And if I could hold my breath until then I totally would.

    While I’m devastated that the cover isn’t the one that was originally planned, as I loved that cover, I will be getting it for my Kindle so I’m sure I’ll survive. But those covers, while not matchy-matchy, really evoked the feeling of how I imagined the stories to be.

    I did take a peek at the description a few months back when the wait got to be too much and it made me even more desperate to find out just what Cassel Sharpe was going to be asked to do. This boy has been trying so hard to stay on the side of right but everyone wants him to side with wrong and I’m curious to see just who wins out.

    I never know what to expect from author Holly Black, aside from amazing writing and stories I love. But I have no idea where she plans on taking this story or just what she’ll do to her characters.

    I am a little bit afraid for Cassel, and am especially worried he’ll be in for heartbreak and betrayal. I really hope that’s not the case, but those curse workers aren’t the most trustworthy sort.

    While there are two other books I am dying to read that are releasing on April 3rd, Black Heart is undoubtedly my most anticipated book releasing that week and a book that I just had to put in the spotlight.

    And if you’re like me and just can’t wait either, here is a small excerpt from Chapter One from Holly Black’s Tumblr.

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    Book Trailer

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    Places to Stalk

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author’s TUMBLR

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

    But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are two other amazing books releasing on April 3rd:

    Immortal City by Scott Speer

    Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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    The Crush List #1

    There are books that you fall in love with, that leave you breathless and sobbing your eyes out. Books that take your heart and stomp on it, leaving you completely destroyed.

    Then there are books that steal your heart. These bookish thieves take but do not destroy, leaving you forever captivated by their charms and always begging for more.

    These are the books that are the source of our undying crushes. The ones that leave us sighing, with a small smile that is just for them. We give our hearts to these books and would follow them to the very ends of the earth. Some of them make us do just that, and we follow, oh so willingly.

    A crush may be a fragile thing, but we certainly have room for many. I know I’ve crushed on hundreds of books in my lifetime and I’ll crush on many, many more. They say crushes are harmless, after all, so what’s wrong with having just a few…or a few more?

    Here are a few books that I’m crushing on big time

    Die for Me by Amy Plum is a new crush. I’ve just met this book and already I’m infatuated. Sure, I was little bit infatuated before I actually read it, but now “I Heart Revenants” too!

    Why I’m crushing: Paris, love before all, mad swordfighting skills, and one hot revenant…maybe two.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight is a fairly long-standing crush for me. I crushed on it when I saw the cover and I became slightly obsessed after it arrived in my mailbox. I devoured this book and went back for seconds.

    Why I’m crushing: Kick a** heroine, to-die-for writing, wicked cool gods and goddesses, one killer ending, and just a dash mountain of sarcasm thrown in to keep things interesting.

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton became a crush the second I saw the cover. It became a mad crush the moment I started reading. Just so freaking awesome. Definitely appeals to my darker nature.

    Why I’m crushing: Dark and disturbing, mesmerizing, macabre, poetic, do I really need to say more? Okay, how about dark magic performed in a cemetery.

    Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a new crush, but it really is just an extension of my existing crush. You see, I have been crushing on Half-Blood since I read its description ages ago, but once I got my hot little hands on this bad boy, I was all over it… And it was all over for me.

    Why I’m crushing: Action, action, action. A chase, daimons, demi-gods, oh yeah, and did I say action? And one heroine with some pretty bad taste in music. What’s not to love?

    Red Glove by Holly Black is an ongoing crush. It came into being when I read White Cat a few months ago. It continued right on through this second book in the series. And I am so hoping for a gloveless society. Curse Workers rule!

    Why I’m crushing: Con artists, curse workers, mystery, and the only gloved hero I will ever love – Cassel Sharpe.

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike is an old crush that started with Wings. A three book crush is a pretty fierce thing and is now walking that fine line between crush and stalking. If this series lasts too much longer I’ll have to find some new crazed fan-dom category for this.

    Why I’m crushing: Super sweet, one swoonworthy faery, one insanely cruel love triangle, and a slew of evil trolls. All ingredients that make up the perfect fairytale.

    Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready is a year-long crush that started with Shade. I still consider this crushworthy although it borders on those “tear your heart out” books I mentioned earlier. We’ll see where things go with Shine to see if this falls off the Crush List and onto Heartbreak Row.

    Why I’m crushing: Undying love, a naughty heroine, a mystery, the river scene, and a love triangle verging on a square. And who could forget those Keeley’s – no wonder Aura is having such a tough time.

    Sirensong by Jenna Black is another three book crush. This series just gave me the warm and fuzzies right from the start. I couldn’t help but fall in love. And my cover love is almost as intense as my book crush.

    Why I’m crushing: Danger, thrills, an adventure through Faerie, and more than one hottie to choose from. And, oooh, the return of the Erlking makes my heart go pitter-patter.

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    So, these are just a few books from my slightly eclectic crush list. Who says I have to only be obsessed with just one type of book? This is only the tip of a very large iceberg and by next month I’m sure I’ll have quite a few more to add.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

    I would love to know!

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    Giveaway: Signed White Cat & Red Glove and …

    I will tally up the entries and run them through Random tomorrow (Saturday) and announce the winner here on the blog in the evening.

    Thank you everyone for entering and for visiting my blog. I wish you all good luck!

    AND THE WINNER IS…

    Congratulations Caitlin!

    You have 48 hours to claim your prize or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thank you everyone for entering. I will be offloading my remaining 6 books in the weeks to come.

    UPDATED with actual photos of books for giveaway


    I was going to wait until I hit 250 followers but my office looks like its own little bookstore and I plan on heading to the RT book fair on Saturday, so…

    I was lucky enough to attend the Holly Black and Cassandra Clare book signing at Barnes & Noble and got an extra set of signed books from the amazing Holly Black for giveaway.

    That’s right, one copy of White Cat (hardcover) and one copy of Red Glove (hardcover).

    Photos are now above!I haven’t taken pics of the signature page, but I will upload them onto this post tomorrow. (In White Cat, she draws a really cute cat!)

    If you know nothing about the series, feel free to check out reviews of both books on my site, or check out the author’s blog, which is listed in my Blog Roll in the sidebar. The author is one of my favorite writers and just as spectacular in person. I’m giving away her books to spread the word. She rocks!

    Also, as I ended up getting all my personal CoFA books signed by Cassandra Clare, I should have one more signed CoFA (if Barnes & Nobles ever delivers the ones I’ve pre-ordered.) And IF that book arrives unharmed, then I will include that in this giveaway.

    UPDATE: This giveaway DOES include one of the City of Fallen Angels Barnes & Noble Limited Signed Editions.

    All books will go to one winner.

    See the form for rules and to enter. Good luck!

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