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    The Last List Blog Hop: Interview with Ilsa J. Bick, Author, THE DICKENS MIRROR + Giveaway

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    I was so sad to hear the news that EgmontUSA would be closing its doors. Of course the more recent news that Lerner Publishing Group would be acquiring Egmont’s list of almost 100 children’s, middle grade and YA titles (source: Publisher’s Weekly) made me happier.

    And when I learned what Cuddlebuggery was doing to support some of these fantastic authors with The Last List Blog Hop I just had to join in.

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    And I am absolutely thrilled to host Author Ilsa J. Bick for a Q&A in anticipation of the upcoming release of THE DICKENS MIRROR, the second – and final – book in her Dark Passages series. I love, love, LOVE her answers – what she had to say about her editor at Egmont, how she describes the series, which moment in THE DICKENS MIRROR was her favorite, and which of Stephen King’s writings was her favorite. Although, after reading one of her answers I am now dying to read what she wrote about Devil’s Island.

    Anyway… I am also stoked to be able to offer up a couple of copies of the book for giveaway. So if you’d like the chance to win one, just enter in the Rafflecopter a bit further down in the post.


    About THE DICKENS MIRROR

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    Title & Series: THE DICKENS MIRROR (Dark Passages #2)
    Author: Ilsa J. Bick
    Release date: March 10, 2015
    Publisher: Egmont USA
    Pages: 576
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Critically acclaimed author of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick takes her new Dark Passages series to an alternative Victorian London where Emma Lindsay continues to wade through blurred realities now that she has lost everything: her way, her reality, her friends. In this London, Emma will find alternative versions of her friends from the White Space and even Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric, the perfect boy she wrote into being, and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. With no way of knowing where she belongs, she commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends—find Eric—again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up—or that, in this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad.

    In this London, Tony and Rima are “rats,” teens who gather the dead to be used for fuel. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable.

    Tormented by the voices of all the many characters based on her, all Elizabeth wants is to get rid of the pieces under her skin once and for all. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma—who’s blinked to this London before—to emerge as the dominant personality…because Kramer has plans. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror.

    But Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London, as well as the twelve-year-old version of herself and the shadows—what remains of Eric, Casey, and Rima that she pulled with her from the Dark Passages—will die with her.

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    The Interview

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    Q&A with Ilsa J. Bick

    Q. If you had to describe your Dark Passages series in 25 words or less how would you describe it?

    What happens if you’re not real but maybe a character penned by Wisconsin’s Most Famous Crazy Dead Writer, and you’ve fallen between the lines into White Space?

    Okay, that’s twenty-seven words.  I did the best I could.  Still, you get the gist.

    Q. What can readers expect in THE DICKENS MIRROR, the second installment in the series?

    Oh, gosh, that’s so hard to distill if you’ve not read the first story. At the risk of sounding like a cop-out, it’s probably best for me to simply steal the book’s blurb (part of which I helped to write, so it’s not completely out of bounds). Just ignore the “critically-acclaimed” stuff; I sure didn’t write that.

    Critically acclaimed author of The ASHES Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick takes her new Dark Passages series to an alternative Victorian London where Emma Lindsay continues to wade through blurred realities now that she has lost everything: her way, her reality, her friends. In this London, Emma will find alternative versions of her friends from the White Space and even Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric, the perfect boy she wrote into being, and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. With no way of knowing where she belongs, she commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends–find Eric–again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up–or that, in this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad.

    In this London, Tony and Rima are “rats,” teens who gather the dead to be used for fuel. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable.

    Tormented by the voices of all the many characters based on her, all Elizabeth wants is to get rid of the pieces under her skin once and for all. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma–who’s blinked to this London before–to emerge as the dominant personality . . . because Kramer has plans. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror.

    But Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London, as well as the twelve-year-old version of herself and the shadows–what remains of Eric, Casey, and Rima that she pulled with her from the Dark Passages–will die with her.

    Q. If you had to choose one moment, quote, passage or scene that was your favorite to write in THE DICKENS MIRROR, what would it be and why?

    I know this will sound hokey, but the moment that Emma/Elizabeth says to little Emma (her 12-year-old self), “Honey, you’re going home.”

    I don’t know why, but there’s just something about everyone banding together to help this little kid get back where she belongs that makes me choke up every time.

    Q. What have you most enjoyed about working with EgmontUSA to publish this series and your Ashes Trilogy?

    So much! First off, they understood exactly what I was getting at with this particular series without my needing to explain a single thing. They just got it. My editor was incredibly supportive and meticulous in his criticisms, too, which was great because I really felt with both series that he was working hard to make sure the words just leapt from the page: that they shone. What I loved, too, was that not once did anyone suggest that I ought to cut something or whatever; no one fretted about length. All they cared about was the story, and in fact, my editor wanted me to put back all this stuff I’d edited out of Shadows (I think it was; one of the ASHES books) because he felt the words were all important. For them, they were all about story.

    Of course, this is all bittersweet, given what’s happened with EgmontUSA, but I remember my editor and I scheming on ways to make WHITE SPACE’s debut even more interesting, so people would understand what I was trying to do—the ways in which I was playing with narrative and reality—more easily. But, alas, he left, and then all those ideas left with him, and things kind of started unraveling from there.

    But, for as long as they could be, everyone at Egmont was just tremendous with their support.

    Q. You’ve written for a long-running science fiction series, penned short stories, standalone novels, and your own series. Which has been your favorite? Your most challenging? And/or what are the pros and cons of each?

    Oh, I think anything I’m working on that I believe in and love . . . that’s my favorite book and I’m having a good time.

    In terms of all the different venues in which I’ve worked, what I’ve learned is probably what people already know but maybe don’t articulate: every form has its own structure and demands. I was once on a panel when that question was asked, and this other sf/f writer said it best: short stories are about effect (think Ray Bradbury), while novels are for both effect and arcs (or character development). You have more room in a story to follow more complex ideas, which is a luxury you simply don’t have in a short story. That doesn’t mean that a short story can’t be complicated, but you’re aiming for a denouement in a relatively few number of words, which means that every word just really has to count. You have to weave in enough details very quickly to give your character some dimension and an inner life, and then get to the point, move the story along and keep it moving.

    What you also learn is how to kill your babies—all those words you think you just can’t bear to part with—because not every word is golden nor deserves to live simply because you wrote it.

    Was it challenging to do work-for-hire in a universe that I wasn’t as well versed in? Sure; I mean, I knew nothing about Mechwarrior Dark Age before I started. But there were sourcebooks and helpful editors and fans that were great for tracking down effluvia and arcane facts. The pros of doing work-for-hire are . . . a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of world-building has been done for you. The cons are . . . that same heavy lifting because you can never really violate the universe’s rules. You can bend them, and I certainly did, but that’s all at the pleasure of your editor. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with editors who want to help me deform that envelope as much as possible.

    Q. To those who haven’t yet read one of your novels, how would you describe your writing and stories?

    Dark, edgy, frequently ambiguous, and definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

    Q. Do you find that living near a cemetery influences or impacts your writing?

    Nope.  I mean, everywhere you live influences what your write, and I’m much more affected by weather. But my proximity to the cemetery does mean that I really do keep tabs on who’s being planted when. I actually used the cemetery in my short story, “Where the Bodies Are,” and was thrilled when Crimewave jumped on it right away.

    Q. Will there be a follow-up to THE DICKENS MIRROR or was this a planned duology?

    Nope.  I mean, I would’ve been happy to do a trilogy, but my editor, again, must’ve been prescient because he wanted me to wrap it up in two books. Maybe he had an inkling something was in the wind because if I’d done a trilogy . . . well, I don’t know if the third book would’ve come out. As a result, though, DICKENS MIRROR is both packed and radically different from what I originally envisioned. That alternative London was just supposed to be a way station, not the setting for the denouement. The book was eventually supposed to end up on Devil’s Island in Lake Superior (but an alternative to what’s “real”). I have reams of pages and scenes—reams—set there that I couldn’t use. We’re talking hundreds of pages.  But . . . <shrug> . . . that’s the way it goes.

    Q. Having your writing compared to Stephen King’s has to be pretty awesome. Are you a fan of his? And if so, what is your favorite story that he’s written and why is it a favorite?

    Oh my, yes. Even when his books and stories stink—and he’s written some real clunkers—he’s still better than a whole slew of other people. He knows how to tell a story really well. Now you may not care about the story or find it kind of derivative, but you can’t deny his craft.

    I still think that Secret Window, Secret Garden is a masterwork. The first time I listened to that (James Woods does this terrific narration), I was thoroughly sucked in and then stunned at the denouement. I remember thinking, Wait, wait a minute, King didn’t play fair. Then I went back and dissected that story and figured out, well . . . that he had and from the very third line. But he’s just so good that unless you’re paying close attention you won’t see all the clues. I think I’ve probably listened and read that story at least ten or twelve times. It’s just that well-crafted.


    About Ilsa J. Bick

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    Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, film scholar, surgeon wannabe, former Air Force major, and now an award-winning author of dozens of short stories and novels, including her critically acclaimed ASHES Trilogy, Draw the DarkDrowning Instinct, and The Sin-Eater’s Confession. WHITE SPACE, the first volume of her Dark Passages horror/fantasy duology, is currently long-listed for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a YA Novel. The sequel, THE DICKENS MIRROR, will hit shelves on March 10, 2015.

    Ilsa lives with her long-suffering husband and other furry creatures  near a Hebrew cemetery in rural Wisconsin. One thing she loves about the neighbors: they’re very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon.

    Drop by her website, www.ilsajbick.com, for her Sundays’ cake and Friday’s cocktail recipes as well as other assorted maunderings; or find her on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter (@ilsajbick), or Instagram (@ilsajbick).


    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: WHITE SPACE (Dark Passages #1)
    Author: Ilsa J. Bick
    Release date: February 11, 2014
    Publisher: EgmontUSA
    Pages: 560
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Currently available in eBook format for $1.99 at AMAZON and B&N and $1.23 at BAM

    Description…

    In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

    Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it’s as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she’s real.

    Then she writes “White Space,” a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

    Unfortunately, “White Space” turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she’s never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she’s dropped into the very story she thought she’d written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they–and Emma–may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

    Now what they must uncover is why they’ve been brought to this place–a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written–before someone pens their end.

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    Note: On some sites the paperback edition is listed separately and therefore not linked above.


    The Giveaway

    I’m offering up for giveaway a copy of THE DICKENS MIRROR to TWO winners

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #163

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

    These are books for the week of February 11th-February 17th that I have pre-ordered.

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    SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    SPLIT SECOND is the second book in Kasie West’s Pivot Point series.

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    I am so totally excited that in just a few hours my Kindle copy of SPLIT SECOND will download and I’ll be able to read it. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for its release and it is finally, finally, just about here.

    As I have spotlighted it for my Book Watch post and I will likely be gushing about it anywhere and everywhere, I don’t want to ramble on for too long now.

    But I will say again that this is my most anticipated read this week. I love, love, LOVED the first book in this series, and I am so very curious about how this sequel will end. I’m not sure whether I want the ending to be as killer as the last book’s ending. In some way I do, but in a completely other way i really don’t.

    While I have another book I will be reading this week, I can’t resist moving this one immediately onto the pile and hopefully will have much of it read by Tuesday.

    Description…

    Life can change in a split second.

    Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

    When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

    Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

    As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

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    ALL THAT GLOWS by Ryan Graudin will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 480 pages.

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    I can’t believe I didn’t grab an early copy of ALL THAT GLOWS but I am stoked that my Kindle pre-order will be downloading soon. As I just rambled about this book’s release on my tour stop earlier today, I really don’t want to be too repetitive.

    But I am really excited about discovering a story that I’m told is totally sweet and romantic. It will be the perfect Valentine’s Day read if I can sneak it onto the pile at the end of the week.

    I love stories of magic, the Fae and princes. The fact that this particular prince is a “partying bad boy” makes me even more thrilled to meet him. And the fact that there is a touch of darkness in this story makes this a definite must read for me.

    I hope to sneak this onto the pile at week’s end, but if I actually spend time studying like I should be doing, then I might not get this on the pile until next week.

    Description…

    Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.

    When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

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    Three

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    THREE by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 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 Tor Teen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    THREE is the third book in Author Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 series.

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    I’ve had THREE pre-ordered since last summer and I’m super excited that it will finally be added to my collection this week. While I am seriously behind on this series by Author Kristen Simmons, I just had to pre-order this newest installment.

    But I don’t want to take a peek at the description to find out where this story picks up. I don’t want to know what’s been happening with Ember and Chase. I don’t want to know if this is the final book in the Article 5 series.

    And I really don’t want to accidentally spoil something major. So, yes, I am squinting as I type this so I don’t inadvertently read what I’ve pasted just below.

    As I am a bit behind on this series, I won’t be adding THREE to my reading pile in the next couple of weeks. But if things slow down just a bit I hope to get caught up some time in April.

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    Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

    And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

    Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

    With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

    Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

    Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.

    At fighting back.

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    White Space

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    WHITE SPACE by Ilsa J. Bick will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 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 EgmontUSA, the print edition is 560 pages.

    WHITE SPACE is the first book in Author Ilsa J. Bick’s new Dark Passages series. The second book in the series, THE DICKENS MIRROR, is slated for release in 2015.

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    Oh. My. Gosh. I have been waiting forever for WHITE SPACE to release. And I can’t believe it will be in my collection in a matter of hours. The description for this book is completely and totally epic and I can’t wait to discover its dark amazingness.

    This sounds totally chilling, totally dark, totally creepy. I love, love, love Memento and Inception which this book’s description references. I was completely sold when I read the words “deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines” – how perfect is that!?!

    And I am just dying to be able to finally get the chance to read this book.

    As this is a fairly lengthy tome and I have got to spend some time studying this week and I just know I would end up staying up all night reading this story, I have got to wait until next week to dive in. But I really, really want to read it the instant it downloads. It sounds like a total mind… bender.

    Description…

    In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

    Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it’s as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she’s real.

    Then she writes “White Space,” a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

    Unfortunately, “White Space” turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she’s never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she’s dropped into the very story she thought she’d written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they–and Emma–may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

    Now what they must uncover is why they’ve been brought to this place–a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written–before someone pens their end.

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    Pieces of Me

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    PIECES OF ME by Amber Kizer will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    When I read the description for PIECES OF ME I was totally intrigued and because I love the author’s writing I added it to my list of pre-orders. And I’m thrilled that it is releasing this week.

    I am curious to find out whether this story is about posthumous self-discovery or whether it has more of a sci-fi bent… or whether it has a bit of both. The only types of stories I have heard of that involve the concept of cell memory are all horror stories, so I’m very interested in seeing if this story is just a bit different.

    The tagline leads me to believe it’s something new, something heartwarming. So I can’t wait to get the chance to get this on the pile and find out. And if I don’t take on any more review books in the next couple of weeks, I hope to be able to add this to the pile in early April.

    Description…

    When high school oddball and introvert Jessica Chai is killed in a car accident, her parents decide that Jessica would have wanted her organs donated to those who so desperately need these gifts of life. But Jessica is angry about dying and being dismembered.

    Taking the idea of cell memory to the next level, not only do the recipients get pieces of Jessica, but gets pieces of their memories and lives moving forward—she knows what they know and keeps tabs on their growth, recovery, and development. This begins her journey to learn her purpose as she begins to grasp that her ties to these teenagers goes beyond random weirdness. It’s through their lives that Jessica learns about herself, as she watches the lives she literally touched continue to interlock.

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    Other Books of Note

    The Worlds We MakeTHE WORLDS WE MAKE (Fallen World #3) by Megan Crewe

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The virus has taken away Kaelyn’s friends, her family, her home.

    And now a deadly enemy threatens to take the one hope she has left:THE CURE.

    When Kaelyn and her friends reached Toronto with a vaccine for the virus that has ravaged the population, they thought their journey was over. But now they’re being tracked by the Wardens, a band of survivors as lethal as the virus who are intent on stealing the vaccine no matter what the cost.

    Forced onto the road again, Kaelyn and her companions discover the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is their best hope for finding scientists who can reproduce the vaccine. But with the virus already spreading among them, the Wardens hot on their trail, and hundreds of miles to cross, Kaelyn finds herself compromising her morals to keep her group alive. Her conscience seems a small price to pay if protects them and their precious cargo. Unless even that is not enough…

    In the final installment in Megan Crewe’s captivating the Fallen World trilogy, Kaelyn is on the run from her biggest adversaries yet. While she continues to face horrific loss, her resolve is still strong. But to survive this shattered world, will she have to sacrifice all that’s left of the girl she was?

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    Before My EyesBEFORE MY EYES by Caroline Bock

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From the author of LIE, a powerful new young adult novel about a fateful Long Island summer and the lives of three young people who will never be the same.

    Dreamy, poetic Claire, seventeen, has spent the last few months taking care of her six-year-old sister, Izzy, as their mother lies in a hospital bed recovering from a stroke. Claire believes she has everything under control until she meets “Brent” online. Brent appears to be a kindred spirit, and Claire is initially flattered by his attention. But when she meets Max, the awkward state senator’s son, her feelings become complicated.

    Max, also seventeen, has been working the worst summer job ever at the beachside Snack Shack. He’s also been popping painkillers. His parents—more involved in his father’s re-election than in their son’s life—fail to see what’s going on with him.

    Working alongside Max is Barkley, twenty-one. Lonely and obsessive, Barkley has been hearing a voice in his head. No one—not his parents, not his co-workers—realizes that Barkley is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Until the voice in his head orders him to take out his gun.

    Narrated in turns by Claire, Max, and Barkley, Before My Eyes captures a moment when possibilities should be opening up, but instead everything teeters on the brink of destruction.

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    Arcadia FallsARCADIA FALLS (Arcadia #3) by Kai Meyer

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Mafia clan leader Rosa Alcantara’s life is falling apart: everyone she loves is dead and everything she’s ever known about her family is a lie. Even so, Rosa and her boyfriend, rival leader Alessandro Carnevare, refuse to give up on their love for each other. On the run from their adversaries and searching for answers, Rosa and Alessandro begin to unravel the secret behind the conspiracy to keep them apart: an ancient prophecy that predicted the destruction of all Arcadia.

    As the clock ticks down to their own destruction, it’s a race against time for the young lovers as they evade murderers, track down clues, and avoid a showdown with the man who wants them dead.

    The pair must find out the truth behind Arcadia once and for all—but will it be the key to unlocking their freedom and future together, or the final step in bringing them to their knees?

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    The LureTHE LURE by Lynne Ewing

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    From the bestselling author of the Daughters of the Moon series comes a gritty, sexy novel about a teen who is forced to become a “lure”-a beautiful girl who is used to lure victims of gang violence.

    Fifteen-year-old Blaise Montgomery lives in the gritty outskirts of Washington, DC, where a stray bullet can steal a life on the way to school. Drugs and violence are the only ways to survive, so Blaise and her friends turn to gangs for safety, money, and love. When Blaise is invited to join Core 9, one of the most infamous crews, she jumps at the chance. Though her best guy friends, Rico and Satch, warn her about the danger, she agrees to be beaten for a minute straight as part of the gang’s initiation ritual.

    Now Blaise is finally part of a crew. A family.

    But things get only more dangerous when she becomes a member of Core 9 and tensions with a rival gang heat up. Trek, the head of Core 9, asks Blaise to be his “lure,” the sexy bait he’ll use to track down enemy gang members and exact revenge. Rico and Satch tell her it’s a death sentence, but Blaise can’t resist the money and unparalleled power. As Trek puts Blaise in increasingly dangerous situations, she begins to see that there’s more to lose than she ever realized-including Satch, the one person who has the power to get under her skin. With death lurking around every corner, should Blaise continue to follow the only path she’s ever known, or cut and run?

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    Inside DivergentINSIDE DIVERGENT: The Initiate’s Word by Cecelia Bernard

    Pub. Date: February 11, 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!

    Illustrated with more than 100 photographs—many never before seen—this eye-catching volume takes you inside the film version of Divergentwhere you’ll discover the factions, meet the initiates, and enter the thrilling dystopian world.

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    Fool's GoldFOOL’S GOLD (Order of Darkness #3) by Philippa Gregory

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    All that glitters may well be gold in the third book in the Order of Darkness quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.
    Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny.

    Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist they’ve been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goal—he plans to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life.

    With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

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    The Tinker KingTHE TINKER KING (The Unnaturalists #2) by Tiffany Trent

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    After Vespa, Syrus and Bayne defeated the Grue and restored order to their world, they thought their future was secure. Empress Olivia, committed to peace and equality for humans and Elementals alike, was a fair and just ruler. And the Creeping Waste had vanished for good, giving them hope for the first time.

    But rebellion is brewing in the far-off city of Scientia, and dark Elementals are plotting war in the ruins of New London. When a wave of unimaginable terror threatens to destroy everything in its path, Vespa, Syrus and their friends are plunged into a new swamp of intrigue, deception and magic—and the cost of survival may be more than any of them are willing to pay.

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    Feral CurseFERAL CURSE (Feral #2) by Cynthia Leitich Smith

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Candlewick

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The second installment of New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s thrilling Feral series delivers danger, romance, and suspense in an all new action-packed adventure.

    The adopted daughter of two respectable human parents, Kayla is a werecat in the closet. All she knows is the human world. When she comes out to her boyfriend, tragedy ensues, and her determination to know and embrace her heritage grows. Help appears in the lithe form of sexy male werecat Yoshi, backed up by Aimee and Clyde, as the four set out to solve the mystery of a possessed antique carousel while fielding miscast magic, obsessive strangers, and mounting species intolerance. Paranormal fans will go wild for this rousing second Feral adventure.

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    Love MeLOVE ME (Starstruck #2) by Rachel Shukert

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A new series set in the golden age of glam . . .

    Amanda is heartbroken. She’s tried, but she can’t get over her breakup with hotshot writer Harry Gordon. If only she could talk to him, she could convince him that their love story is bigger than any screenplay. But Amanda isn’t the only one in Hollywood keeping a secret—Harry’s got one too.

    Margo has to pinch herself: there’s talk of her getting an Oscar nom for her first film role, and she’s living with the Dane Forrest, the gorgeous movie star millions—including herself—swoon over. But if the public finds out about their domestic arrangement, her career will be over. The studio has a plan to fix it all . . . but is Margo prepared to pay the price?

    Gabby’s drinking is out of control, but who cares? She’s bored and depressed. She needs someone who will treat her like the woman she is beneath the silly stage costumes and pigtails. And she’s sure unpredictable musician Eddie Sharp is The One. But playing with bad boys like Eddie isn’t for little girls. . . .

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    Lady ThiefLADY THIEF (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of.

    Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves.

    With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

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    The Glass CasketTHE GLASS CASKET by McCormick Templeman

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Death hasn’t visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders’ bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal.

    Rowan’s village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan’s door once again.

    Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.

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    Grasshopper JungleGRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof how he and his best friend, Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

    To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

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    FatesFATES (Fates #1) by Lanie Bross

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, and Sarah J. Maas, and for girls who love all things pretty, romantic and inspirational.

    One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

    She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

    But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again–this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

    “Different and imaginative.”–Kirkus Reviews

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    StormSTORM by Donna Jo Napoli

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A sixteen-year-old stowaway discovers her destiny on Noah’s ark in this riveting reimagining from award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli, available in time for the March 2014 major motion picture Noah.

    The rain starts suddenly, hard and fast. After days of downpour, her family lost, Sebah takes shelter in a tree, eating pine cones and the raw meat of animals that float by. With each passing day, her companion, a boy named Aban, grows weaker. When their tree is struck by lightning, Sebah is tempted just to die in the flames rather than succumb to a slow, watery death. Instead, she and Aban build a raft. What they find on the stormy seas is beyond imagining: a gigantic ark. But Sebah does not know what she’ll find on board, and Aban is too weak to leave their raft.

    Themes of family, loss, and ultimately, survival and love make for a timeless story. Donna Jo Napoli has imagined a new protagonist to tell the story of Noah and his ark. As rain batters the earth, Noah, his family, and hordes of animals wait out the storm, ready to carry out their duty of repopulating the earth. Hidden below deck…is Sebah.

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    Novellas

    UndiscoveredUNDISCOVERED (Unremembered #0.5) by Jessica Brody

    Pub. Date: February 14, 2014

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Girioux (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Before the crash of Freedom Airlines flight 121… 

    There was a top-secret research compound hidden deep in the desert.

    There was a girl held prisoner in a restricted sector.

    And there was a boy who found her. And risked everything to set her free.

    Romantic and action-packed, Undiscovered is sure to thrill fans of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy.

    In this 100-page novella, told from Zen’s point of view, more secrets are revealed about Seraphina’s forgotten past, the corporation that created her, and the boy who fell in love with her. Undiscovered also includes a sneak peek of Unforgotten, the anticipated second book in the trilogy.

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    Five's LegacyFIVE’S LEGACY (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files #7) by Pittacus Lore

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this exciting seventy-five-page prequel companion novella to the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, discover the true origins of the traitorous Number Five. Before allying himself with the Mogadorians, before infiltrating the Garde, before committing the ultimate betrayal, Five was in hiding just like the others. But when his Cêpan dies, Five is forced to survive on his own. Eager to finally experience the world he was always kept apart from, Five soon gets involved with the wrong kind of people—the Mogadorians. In Five’s Legacy see how one of Lorien’s last hopes for survival became one of its most dangerous adversaries.

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    Other Releases

    ROAD RASH by Mark Huntley Parsons

    WILLOW by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

    BEYOND MAGENTA by Susan Kuklin

    THE TYRANT’S DAUGHTER by J.C. Carleson

    DIVERGENT (Movie Tie-in Edition) by Veronica Roth

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    I’m pretty sure I only have the five books and two novellas pre-ordered this week. Which makes me really happy, even though I haven’t read any of them. While all five novels may be TBR pile adds, for the first time in a long while my wallet will get a bit of a break. Though I am eyeing at least three books on the “Other Books of Note” list….

    THE GLASS CASKET has been just begging me to click to buy, as has been ARCADIA FALLS and THE WORLDS WE MAKE. I’m not sure I’ll have the strength to resist. Especially as next weekend is a long weekend and I potentially have jury duty to sit through the following week.

    And the longer I look at FATES the more my resistance begins to crumble. *SIGH.*

    But for now I just have five books and two novellas pre-ordered. So that’s not such a bad thing. Even if I totally cave and add those other four books to the pile this week. Right?

    Anyway…

    I hope that there are a number of books releasing this week that you’ve had on your radar and will now have in your collection. And I hope that when you do get to take them off the TBR pile that they are every bit as amazing as you’d hoped they’d be.

    And if they’re just temporarily being loaned to you, I hope you don’t have to wait too long to devour them. Because I know just how much waiting sucks. So I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    Happy reading!

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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 #141

    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 10th-September 16th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Briar Rose

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    BRIAR ROSE by Jana Oliver will be released in the U.S. on September 12, 2013, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON.

    Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, the print edition is 480 pages.

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    I am such a huge fan of author Jana Oliver and I cannot wait until her newest novel BRIAR ROSE releases later this week. I love the story of sleeping beauty and I am super excited for this reimagining to download to my Kindle so I can see for myself just how this awesome this story will be.

    The description hints it will be “dark and sexy” and I am all for that. It promises that there will be a handsome prince. I am all for that, too. But it also mentions a twisted fairy tale and the possibility that there won’t be a happily ever after at the story’s end.

    Which makes me even more excited to read this book. And which makes me really, really hope that it will happen this weekend.

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    Relativity

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    RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am so happy to have RELATIVITY on my Kindle as part of my permanent collection. I had the chance to read it just a little bit early and I absolutely loved it. Of course I totally wish this was a series and that Ruby’s story would continue. But it was a complete story that wrapped up really well.

    I loved getting to meet Ruby and getting to see what possibilities she had in all the alternate realities she visited. I was fascinated by the science and by the fact that just one small event could make such a big difference. It’s a story that made me think and made me wonder and I couldn’t have been more surprised about that fact than I was.

    As I have just recently read this book it won’t be going on my reading pile this week. But I just know this is a book I will re-read and so I’m glad I own it and can do so whenever the mood strikes.

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    The Waking Dark

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    THE WAKING DARK by Robin Wasserman released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 464 pages.

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    I cannot believe that THE WAKING DARK is in its final form on my Kindle. I’d just gotten it onto the reading pile early Monday morning and fell immediately in love. I’d planned on finishing it prior to its release on Monday Midnight but got a surprise book I had to read first. But it’s back on the pile and I hope to be able to finish it today.

    This book starts right off with its chilling realities, its horror. It immediately reveals just how wrong things are in Oleander, Kansas. It is dark. It is horrifying. It is awesome.

    And I cannot wait to keep reading and to find out just how dark it is and why the things that happened, happened.

    I’ve only just met the players but I cannot wait to see what part they play. I can’t wait to see what darkness they have within them. And I can’t wait to find out if they are able to defeat their own darkness and the darkness in their town.

    This is my current read and one I plan on finishing in the next twenty-four hours. And if it continues to be as awesome as it has been then I will be a very happy reader.

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    The Chaos of Stars

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    THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover 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 288 pages.

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    I am so sad that I didn’t get the chance to read Kiersten White’s THE CHAOS OF STARS before its release. I absolutely love the title of this book and I love that this is a story about a human daughter of Egyptian gods.

    I have been a huge fan of this author’s Paranormalcy series for ages and I can’t wait to read her latest book and meet Isadora. I’m super curious just why things are so complicated for her when trying to live a “normal” life. But I’m even more curious about just what things she discovers in her nightmares that “foretell destruction.”

    I would really love to take a peek at this book this week, but as I’m so far behind on the books I must read this month, I think I won’t get the chance to get THE CHAOS OF STARS on the pile until early next month.

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    Thornhill

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    THORNHILL by Kathleen Peacock released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THORNHILL is the second book in Author Kathleen Peacock’s Hemlock series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I have not yet read the first book in this series but I own the finished copy on my Kindle and just had to pre-order THORNHILL so I could own both books. I fell in love with HEMLOCK’s cover and description and I just knew that I’d want to continue the series.

    As I have not yet met Mac or found out whether she was able to track down her friend Amy’s killer I refuse to read the description for THORNHILL. But I am so very curious about what happened that caused her to be “thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal.” And I’m anxious to find out whether she was able to stay out of danger and survive to be the leading character in this sequel.

    Now that this second book in the series has released I definitely plan on diving in and reading both books. And while it is tempting to try and wait for the third book in the series’ release date to get closer, it’s even more tempting to read the two books currently available.

    I think they’ll be the perfect due to read later this month.

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    Antigoddess

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    ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ANTIGODDESS is the first book in author Kendare Blake’s new series, Goddess War. The second book in the series, ARISTEIA, is slated for release in 2014 and FATALISTE, the third book in the series, is due out in 2015.

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    I feel like I’ve waited forever for ANTIGODDESS to be released. And I’m so unbelievably excited that at this very moment I have the opportunity to take a peek at this story I’ve been pining for since I first saw its title, its cover and read its description.

    Of all this week’s releases, this is the book I have been dying to read for the longest time. So I’m totally thrilled that the wait is finally over, that I own this book, and that I can start reading it whenever I want. Which is now… or just as soon as I finish my current read.

    As I’ve already spotlighted ANTIGODDESS for my Book Watch post, I won’t go into all the reasons why I want to meet Cassandra, see just how the gods are dying or discover how the Goddess War begins. But the reasons are many.

    And if all goes as planned I will be sneaking this onto the pile on Thursday.

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    ROGUE by Gina Damico released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    ROGUE is the third and final book in Author Gina Damico’s Croak series.

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    I only recently learned that ROGUE is the third and final book in this series. And while I haven’t yet read the first two books in the series I own them and pre-ordered this third book for my Kindle. So now I’m kind of excited that I’ll be able to read this series from start to finish.

    I love stories about reapers, and I want to see just how this author paints them. Even though they’re Grim will they be dark? Even though Lex has to deliver souls from this life into the next life will be she cold-hearted or evil? I have not the first clue but I can’t wait to find out.

    As I haven’t yet started on this series I will definitely have to carve out some time to devour all three books at once. But I’m hoping that will be some time next month as I really want to meet Lex and see what happens in the town of Croak.

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    Monsters

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    MONSTERS by Ilsa J. Bick was released yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 688 pages.

    MONSTERS is the third and final book in Author Ilsa J. Bick’s Ashes trilogy.

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    I heard such amazing things about ASHES, the first book in this series, that I ended up purchasing that book and the sequel even though I haven’t yet had the chance to fully check them out. And I just had to pre-order MONSTERS as I definitely wanted to have the complete series as part of my collection.

    I’d been wary about picking up this series when it first released as the cover was more than a little bit eerie. But when they made the switch to the new covers – which I love, love, love – I definitely knew I’d be reading these books eventually.

    As I haven’t yet started on this series there is no way I plan on reading the description for this third book. I haven’t yet met Alex, Tom or Ellie. I haven’t discovered who can be trusted or who is no longer human. And I really don’t want to know until I discover those answers in the story itself.

    I would love to read each of the books back-to-back-to-back but if I don’t get the time to do that in the next few weeks, I’ll at the very least move ASHES toward the tip-top of the pile.

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    Fangirl

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    FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 448 pages.

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    I haven’t yet read a book by Rainbow Rowell. In fact, I hadn’t heard about this author until everyone began raving about ELEANOR & PARK earlier this year. And while I still haven’t had a chance to read that title I decided to pre-order FANGIRL for my Kindle and was super excited when it downloaded on Monday Midnight.

    This story sounds like it will be a lot of fun and maybe just a little bit heartbreaking. It sounds sweet and sad and it has made me incredibly curious to see how this author writes, how she creates her stories, how she develops her characters.

    I am hopeful that Cath will be able to live her own life and leave Simon Snow in her past. But as I’m very unfamiliar with this author’s writing I won’t let myself get too hopeful. I’ll just opt to be very excited to be able to read this book in the next few weeks.

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    Other Books of Note

    Cherry Money Baby

    CHERRY MONEY BABY by John M. Cusick

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

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    Unthinkable

    UNTHINKABLE (Impossible #2) by Nancy Werlin

    Pub. Date: September 12, 2013

    Publisher: Dial

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Smoke

    SMOKE (Burned #2) by Ellen Hopkins

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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    Until It Hurts To Stop

    UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP by Jennifer R. Hubbard

    Pub. Date: September 12, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

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    The Final Descent

    THE FINAL DESCENT (The Monstrumologist #4) by Rick Yancey

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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    Living with Jackie Chan

    LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN by Jo Knowles

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    More Than This

    MORE THAN THIS by Patrick Ness

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Thin Space

    THIN SPACE by Jody Casella

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    (Previously published August 22, 2012)

    Friday Never Leaving

    FRIDAY NEVER LEAVING by Vikki Wakefield

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Rose Under Fire

    ROSE UNDER FIRE (A Code Name Verity Novel) by Elizabeth Wein

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Miramax

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I am a day late with this post, but due to a number of tours on the blog over the past couple of days I had to wait to post this until today. Better late than never, right? Besides, there are still several titles that are yet to be released that I’m watching out for, two of which – UNTHINKABLE and UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP – are ones I will likely be purchasing prior to their release.

    So the nine pre-orders may end up being eleven by the time this post goes live on the 11th. Which is really not ideal for my reading pile. Thankfully, at least one of this week’s releases is one I’ve already finished reading and another is one I should be done with before the day is over. So the additions to the TBR pile will be still be in single digits.

    Which is a really, really, really good thing. Because I just can’t seem to read fast enough.

    Anyway… as this post is very long already, what with all the lovely new books releasing this week, and as it arrived on the blog just a little bit later than I’d hoped, I will try to keep this short. And I will just say that I hope that there aren’t too many books being added to your TBR pile and that I wish that the ones that do land there are books you are, and have been, dying to read.

    As ever, happy reading and happy book acquiring!

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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 #91

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

    These are books for the week of September 25th-October 1st that I had pre-ordered.

    Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel was released in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Del Rey, the print edition is 496 pages.

    Dearly, Beloved is the second book in the Gone With the Respiration series by the author.

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    I cannot believe I’m behind on this series and book two, Dearly, Beloved, is already happily residing on my Kindle. I have got to find a few moments to catch up on this series as it is one I’ve been dying to read ever since I first heard about it.

    I love the mix of the Victorian setting and zombies. I love that in this sequel there are pro- and anti-zombie factions. I love that “lines are being drawn.” And I can’t wait to meet Nora and Bram.

    I did sneak a peek at the description and I’m nervous about what might happen to Nora now that she’s a target. I hope that her father can find a cure, especially for this new strain of the virus.

    I can’t wait to get caught up on this series and I hope to do so in October. Any book described as “spellbinding” and “suspenseful” is one I want at the top of my reading pile. 

    Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Alice in Zombieland is the first book in author Gena Showalter’s new series, White Rabbit Chronicles. The second book in the series, Through the Zombie Glass will be released in 2013.

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    I am so excited that Alice in Zombieland if finally out. I wish this week hadn’t been so crazy or I’d have already read it. I’ve been waiting forever for its release. Forever.

    I love Gena Showalter’s writing. And this series about Alice and zombies sounds epic. I already spotlighted it earlier this month for my Book Watch post, so I promise not to ramble, gush, rave too much, but I can’t help but do so just a little bit.

    I am dying, just dying to meet Alice Bell and bad boy Cole Holland. I desperately want to know what happened to Alice’s family. And I’m so curious to see just how many elements from the original tale will be incorporated into this one which sounds every bit as exciting as the original. Yes, I did read the short excerpt on Amazon.

    I’m not sure which place is worse – Zombieland or Wonderland – but I can’t wait to read and find out. And I definitely plan on doing so in the next couple of weeks.

    The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 400 pages.

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    I hadn’t heard of The Other Normals until fairly recently when I was offered a copy through a trade. It sounded like a lot of fun so I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I love that this story is about a boy-turned-hero. That he is basically a D&D a gamer who gets caught up in a real life adventure to save a princess. That he has to embark on a quest that utilizes the skills he learned from his rpg. And that all of this happens at summer camp.

    This book sounds so very different from any of the books I’ve read in YA and I can’t wait to get the chance to pick this one up and meet Perry Eckert. I haven’t yet read anything by Ned Vizzini, but I am definitely excited to check this out later this fall.

    The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 448 pages.

    The Mephisto Kiss is the second book in author Trinity Faegen’s The Mephisto Covenant series.

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    I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, but I just had to order The Mephisto Kiss as I definitely plan on reading this entire series as it sounds super cool. Even though I haven’t yet read book one, I did sneak a peek at the description for this book and it sounds just as intriguing as the first.

    I am very curious to meet this Eryx and find out whether his plans to force President Ellis to pledge his soul are successful. And I can’t wait to find out if he discovers Jordan’s true identity before the Mephisto brothers find a way to save her.

    The description promises “romance, danger, and intrigue,” which are all very much things I love, so I can’t wait to finally get the chance to discover this series for myself and read both books back-to-back.

    Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Shadows is the second book in the Ashes trilogy by author Ilsa J. Bick.

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    I hadn’t heard much about Ashes before its release. But everyone was talking about it and how amazing it was, so I ordered it for my Kindle. And while I haven’t yet read it, I did order the second book in the series because I’m so curious to find out more about this series that everyone said was so incredibly chilling and a must read.

    The description for this sequel grabbed me immediately. Even if I hadn’t heard of this series before now, just checking out the first three sentences would have made me order this book.

    I am very interested in finding out just what kind of monster lives in Alex’s head and whether she is able to outrun the “demons of her past.” And I am so super curious to meet these humans in this apocalyptic society that may be the worst kind of monsters.

    I really, really hope to be able to catch up on this series later this month. If it’s as “haunting” as the description promises, then I can’t wait to be a new fan.

    Covet by Melissa Darnell was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 496 pages.

    Covet is the second book in The Clann series by author Melissa Darnell. The third book in the series, Consume, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I received an eARC of Covet through NetGalley for review as I am part of the tour later this month. But I had it pre-ordered long before then. I first heard of this series prior to Crave’s release and had that book pre-ordered, too.

    I hadn’t had the chance to read Crave when it released, though I am reading it now and it’s a quick, fun and engaging read so far. I’d fallen in love with the first book’s cover and the description was captivating. I wanted to meet the Clann and find out more about just why the main character, Savannah, was forbidden from having anything to do with them or with Tristan. And I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally pick it up and find out.

    I refuse to look at the Goodreads description for this sequel as I am in the middle of reading book one and I don’t want to read any potential spoilers. But I imagine that things don’t end perfectly for her and Tristan at the end of the first book and I can’t wait to find out just what happens with them in book two. If there is a “them” at the end of book one, that is….

    I definitely plan on reading this sequel in the next week or two. Maybe in the next few days. Even though I don’t have a review for my tour stop, I want to find out where this series is heading as I’m already hooked. And while I’m not quite as in love with the second book’s cover, I am definitely glad I have this next book ready for me to pick up just as soon as I finish book one.

    A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover 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 352 pages.

    A Fractured Light is the second book in the Beautiful Dark series by the author.

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    I cannot believe that A Fractured Light released this week. I don’t know how time passed so quickly between the release date for the first book in the series and this one. But somehow book two is already in my possession and I’ve yet to read book one.

    I have wanted to meet Skye, Asher and Devin ever since I first read the description. Especially Asher, who is described as being “dark and wild.” I fell in love with the cover. I fell in love with the love triangle. And I was instantly captivated by the “impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world.”

    So of course I had to pre-order this book. Because I want to find out what happens next even though I don’t yet know what happens first. I want to be able to continue reading from one book to the next without a break in between. And I want to find out just who Skye chooses. I really hope it’s Asher.

    The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 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 Arthur A. Levine Books, the print edition is 304 pages.

    The Savage Fortress is the first book in the Ash Mistry Chronicles by author Sarwat Chadda.

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    I first learned about The Savage Fortress this summer during the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and pre-ordered it for my Kindle. While I received an early copy a couple of weeks ago, I know I want this book for my collection and I can’t wait until it downloads on Monday.

    I am super excited to meet Ash Mistry and go on the adventure with him as he is hunted by Lord Alexander Savage and his army of shapechangers. I can’t wait to see just how the author describes the fortresses and deserts that Ash encounters on his journey.

    The battle sounds epic. The legend sounds magical. And the adventure sounds like one that I can’t wait to embark upon with Ash.

    I will definitely be reading this book later this month and I just know it will be awesome.

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    The Turning by Francine Prose

    Pub. Date: September 25, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    With all the craziness that has been this past couple of weeks, I hadn’t realized I had eight books pre-ordered this week. I was quite surprised when seven of them downloaded on Monday Midnight.

    While Wolf Pact by Melissa De La Cruz releases this week in print, I have the eBook pre-ordered and that doesn’t release until next week, so I’ll include it then. And while Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey releases this week in eBook format, as I have both the eBook and print editions pre-ordered, I will include it during its official release week, next week.

    Most of the books releasing this week are sequels and I’m still way behind on all series, though I am so super thrilled and excited that Alice in Zombieland has released so that I can dive into that long-awaited book.

    I also just started reading Crave by Melissa Darnell and would have finished it in one sitting, as it’s a quick and easy read, but for the fact that I’ve been just so exhausted. The Dude blames the sea air. I blame that, the sunshine, and the fact that it’s been a grueling couple of weeks.

    But I really can’t wait to read Lia Habel’s series and Jocelyn Davies’ series as I heard they’re both awesome. And I can’t wait to check out The Other Normals as that book has me super curious.

    I hope that this winter gets me caught up on all my “dying to read” books, but we shall see. I still haven’t been able to resist purchasing every book I want to read. Which is why I have seven new books that I’d pre-ordered in my collection this week.

    But what about you? Any new reads that you’ve added that you’ve been pining for? Is Alice in Zombieland one of your most anticipated reads this week? I’d love to know!

    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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