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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #87

    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 August 28th-September 3rd that I had and have pre-ordered.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Embers & Echoes is the second book in the Wildefire series by the author. The third and final book in the trilogy, Afterglow, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I had Embers & Echoes pre-ordered from the second it was made available for eBook download. And I also pre-ordered a copy of the hardcover because I just had to see if it was every bit as gorgeous in real life as it seemed online.

    While I had the chance to read it early. Twice. I know I’ll be reading this book again and again and it will be so much easier on my Kindle. And as I have read and reviewed it, I can’t speculate as to what might be happening with Ash as she leaves her life in California behind for an adventure in Miami, because I already know. But I can say that this Polynesian Volcano goddess does not have an easy road ahead.

    There are battles. There is danger. There is heartbreak. And there is page after page of captivating story that makes me wish I could pick it right back up again.

    Speechless by Hannah Harrington was released on August 28, 2012 in the U.S. in paperback 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 288 pages.

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    Speechless is the second book of Hannah Harrington’s that I’ve pre-ordered. And while I still haven’t had a chance to read Saving June, I couldn’t resist putting her next book on my list of books to buy.

    This book sounds incredible. I can’t wait to meet Chelsea Knot and find out if she’ll be able to stick with the vow of silence she’s taken. I am curious to learn just how tough it will be for her to keep silent in the face of the “ridicule” and attacks she has to endure. And I really want to know if she’ll be able to forgive herself for the part she played in almost getting someone killed.

    I’m not sure when I’ll get to read this sequel, but I’m hoping to be able to add it to the pile this fall. Because I’ve been dying to read a book by this author as I’ve heard such amazing things about her writing. And because this story sounds fascinating and possibly heartbreaking.

    Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers the print edition is 448 pges.

    Enshadowed is the sequel to author Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.

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    I think I’ve talked about Enshadowed enough. I’ve had it pre-ordered since early 2011. It was my only remaining pre-order for 2011, in fact. And it’s finally been released. Which means I will be devouring it as soon as I finish my current read.

    I have missed Varen and Isobel. I have been dying to find out what will happen to him. Things were left in a dark and haunting place. And I want to see if they’ll get even darker or if there is any possibility for a happy ending.

    I have no idea if this is the final book in the series or if there is more to come. And I don’t want to know. Because I have got to read this book right now. Even if it means after this long, long wait that I will have to say goodbye to the characters and story forever.

    I loved the connection the author made with Poe in her first book and I can’t wait to see just how much Poe and his stories play a role in this sequel. I probably will miss many of the more subtle connections, but I am looking forward to trying to discover them all. Which will hopefully be in a day or two.

    The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

    The Blood Keeper is the second book in author Tessa Gratton’s The Blood Journals series.

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    The Blood Keeper is another book I’ve had pre-ordered for the longest time. I fell head over heels in love with Blood Magic last year and was dying to get to read more from author Tessa Gratton. She is a gorgeous writer and has such a beautiful, poetic way with words that make her stories just cling to me.

    I love the dark aspect to her stories and can’t wait to see how the darkness blends with the beauty in this one. I’m excited to meet Mab and to see just how blood magic affects her life. And I really excited to find out whether any of the characters from that first book make an appearance in this one.

    The Blood Keeper is another book that I hope to read this week. I don’t think I can wait any longer than that to find out what happens with Mab and Will and the “dangerous force” that is seeking “its own dark power.”

    Isolation by Dan Wells was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print length is 75 pages.

    Isolation is a prequel novella in the author’s Partials series.

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    While I have not yet read Partials, I just had to pre-order Dan Wells’ novella Isolation. I’ve been in love with the covers for these books and I’ve been dying to dive into Partials for awhile now. Especially as I’ve heard such amazing things about it from a few bloggers I know.

    I can’t wait to see what life is like in this novella set long before the events in Partials, when the world was in a war of isolation and energy was at a premium. I’m super curious to find out how the author handles the power struggle of the various nations and where “ambition far outstrip[s] its foresight.”

    And I am excited to meet Heron and see just what she discovers on her mission into enemy territory. I’m still debating whether to read this prior to reading Partials or if I should just wait and read the books in the order the author intended.

    Starling by Lesley Livingston was released in the U.S. on August 28, 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.

    Starling is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Lesley Livingston.

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    I have been a huge fan of author Lesley Livingston for the longest time. I feel in love with her Wondrous Strange series long before I started blogging and I’ve been desperately waiting for Once Every Never to be available for the Kindle.

    So when I heard that she had a book called Starling coming out I instantly added it to my list of books to buy. And while I did get an early copy through a trade, I didn’t get a chance to read it. But I will be reading my eBook copy very, very soon. Possibly as soon as I finish this post….

    I was tormented by the quote in the description – “Love is just the beginning… of the end.” Absolutely, maddeningly cruel. In the best possible way.

    I can’t wait to meet Mason Starling. and I can’t wait to see Fenn again, as I am dying to find out why he’s lost his memory and whether he’ll get it back. I am so intrigued by the promise of Norse mythology and I am excited about the fact that this book has both “sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.”

    Waiting any longer to read this book is just not an option.

    Defiance by C.J. Redwine was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Defiance is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author.

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    I have been fascinated by this book ever since I saw its cover and title. I added Defiance to my list of pre-orders in part because of cover love, in part from the promise of what the story would hold based upon its title and in part because the main character can “deftly wield a sword.”

    I hope to be able to read this book very, very soon. I want to see what’s going on in Baalboden. I want to meet Rachel Adams. And I definitely want to meet Logan McEntire. But most of all I can’t wait to see what happens as they “battle their way through the Wasteland.”

    This story sounds epic. The main character sounds fiery. The protagonist sounds swoon-worthy. And any book with monsters, assassins, romance and heartbreak is one I am sure to enjoy.

    Don’t Tun Around by Michelle Gagnon was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Don’t Turn Around is the first book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE Trilogy.

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    I first learned about Don’t Turn Around just before the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and instantly added it to my pre-orders. I loved the sound of this world from the moment I read the description.

    Intrigue. Hackers. Mystery. Amnesia. Danger. And romance.

    Yes, this book has just about everything I love. And as I haven’t read anything quite like it in YA before, I’m excited to meet the characters and see just how the author presents the story. I’m very curious to see just what secrets they hold and whether they’ll be able to find the answers they need before it’s too late.

    While I know I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I am really hoping to read it mid-September.

    The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and ebook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    The Iron Legends is the bind-up of three former eBook only novellas, Winter’s PassageSummer’s Crossing, and Iron’s Prophecy.

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    I love that all three short eBook novellas are contained in a bind-up. I pre-ordered The Iron Legends in ebook format although I have the first two…possibly all three… stories already as eBooks. But I love that I’ll be able to read all three without having to search for them on my Kindle.

    And I love that this has a little something extra something called the “Guide to the Iron Fey.”

    I’ve read Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing but I still have to read Iron’s Prophecy. So I will be reading it from this eBook bind-up versus trying to track it down wherever it lives on my eReader.

    Julie Kagawa wrote such a delightful series with her Iron Fey books. And while I still haven’t been able to say goodbye to the series, I am glad that I have yet another peek into the world with the Guide, which I will be checking out next weekend.

    Erasing Time by C.J. Hill was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 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, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    Erasing Time is yet another book I pre-ordered based on cover and title before even checking out the description. I was fascinated with the idea of erasing time and so curious to see what that meant in context with the story that I just had to buy it no matter what the description might say.

    And then I checked that out too and was even more curious to read this book. The idea of waking up four hundred years in the future is terrifying. And to a world that exists under domes, where the language spoken is hardly recognizable, is even more frightening.

    I can’t wait to meet Taylor and Sheridan and find out how they manage to survive in this futuristic world. And I’m very interested to learn more about Echo and find out just what secrets he holds.

    This story promises heartbreak and “adrenaline-injected chases” and I can’t wait to read all about it.

    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    The Lost Girl sounded so unbelievably heartbreaking I just had to add it to my list of pre-orders. The idea of the story – a girl created to replace someone else in the event of their death – is both chilling and just so very sad.

    Just reading the description and I already feel my heart aching for Eva and for Amarra’s family. I can’t imagine what Eva’s life must have been like just knowing she could be ripped from her home at any moment and be forced to step into someone else’s life and play the part of them for the rest of her life.

    I am so curious to see what choice Eva will make – stay an echo or become an original. And I’m so interested in finding out more about Eva, what it was like to have to study Amarra and then have to become her, and just how this story will end.

    This sounds like an incredible debut novel and one I cannot wait to get the chance to read. Hopefully I’ll have the time to sneak it in early this fall.

    Inbetween by Tara Fuller was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Inbetween is the first book in a new series entitled Kissed by Death by author Tara Fuller.

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    I had the chance to read Inbetween just a little bit early, but I did not get the chance to finish it. I’m so glad that I pre-ordered the eBook as it will be much easier to read the finished eBook version.

    This story has romance and reapers, a good boy, a bad boy, a good girl and an evil one. It’s sweet and fun and I am very curious to find out what I missed between where I left off and where the story ended. Yes, I took a peek.

    I don’t want to say too much more as I might completely, and very unintentionally, spoil the ending. But I will definitely be picking this book back up to catch up with all that stuff inbetween.

    Silver by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2012 (thought it’s official release date is September 8, 2012) in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 386 pages.

    Silver is the first book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. The second book in the series, Gold, is slated for release in 2013.

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    Oh my gosh I can’t wait until Silver downloads to my Kindle this weekend. I absolutely loved this book from the moment I met it. I had no idea I would. It took me completely by surprise. And it was an absolutely awesome one at that.

    I didn’t discover this book because of its cover – but it’s a gorgeous cover. I’d heard of the author for quite awhile on Twitter, but I hadn’t realized that Silver was her book and that it was coming out in September. Not until I was invited on the tour.

    So, yes, I decided to read it early. Yes, I’ve written my review. Yes, I completely and totally loved it and am now suffering the long wait until Gold is released next fall…2013 that is.

    I cannot pretend to guess what might happen in this book because I know exactly what happens. And I didn’t forget one single moment of action, romance, nail-biting suspense or heartbreak.

    And I could never forget how easily I connected with the story and the beautiful and enchanting writing that was used to deliver it. Writing such as this, from a quote included in the description – “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

    Oh I may have just sighed again. And I may just have to re-read this book the moment it downloads next weekend. Because I still haven’t lost that connection with Brianna, Blake or Austin and I’m not sure I’m ready to let go just yet.

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    UPDATE: I apparently have yet another book pre-ordered this week that hadn’t been included on my post earlier today….

    Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2012

    Published by: Harlequin TEEN

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I KNEW I couldn’t possibly have missed Iron Prophecy’s release! I knew I owned, and read, the first two novellas in the bind-up, but I wasn’t sure about this one. Well, clearly, since it hadn’t been previously released, it couldn’t possibly live anywhere on my Kindle.

    And while I already have this eBook included as part of the bind-up, I still plan on purchasing this short novella separately. Why not, right?

    END OF UPDATE

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    I had thirteen fourteen books pre-ordered – not nine or ten as I’d thought! Twelve of which have already downloaded and which are vying for my attention on my Kindle. Fortunately I’ve already read a couple of them, though I want to read both of those again. But not counting those potential re-reads, that still means books in the double digits are being added to my TBR pile. And I don’t even want to think about what this quantity of books is doing to my wallet.

    Especially since next week there are a ton of new releases, too.

    I have been waiting a very long time to read quite a few of these books, some of which I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to read early like I’d wanted to. And others I didn’t have the opportunity to read in advance, but am dying to read this week. I really hope I’ll have that chance. But that remains TBD.

    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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    Inbetween Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

    I am so thrilled to be participating in Entangled Teen’s blog tour for author Tara Fuller’s book INBETWEEN. As some of you may already know, I am a huge fan of reapers of the non-grim variety – though I don’t mind the grim ones either – and Finn is definitely not grim. Neither is Easton….

    Anyway… I thought it would be a lot of fun to have the author stop by for a “Top Ten” type of post and she decided to share some of her favorite not-too-spoiler-y moments from INBETWEEN. And I also get to post a short excerpt from the book.

    But first, here’s just a little bit about the book and the author. Just in case you haven’t met either of them yet.

    About the Book

    Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

    It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, THE BOOK DEPOSITORY, GOODREADS

    About the Author

    Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing.

    Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flashlight reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas.

    Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS
    Well, now that you’ve had the chance to get to know just what the book is about and to learn some rather interesting facts about the author – like her passion for Mystery Science Theater – here’s your chance to learn even more.

    The author shares seven of her favorite scenes. And while they are revealing, they tease but don’t spoil. So prepare to be teased. Prepared to be tantalized. And prepare to be just a tiny bit shocked.

    Tara’s Favorite INBETWEEN Moments

    #1) Our introduction to Easton! I love Easton and I love his entrance into this scene.

    I looked up from the edge of Emma’s bed just as Easton melted up from the polished hardwood floor beneath the window. Like an oil slick coming to life, he unfolded his long, shadowy legs until he was just an inkblot in front of the splash of lamplight on her wall. His violet eyes pinned me like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

    Which I kind of was.

    “Nothing,” I lied.

    “Yeah, looked like nothing.” He strolled across the room accompanied by a wave of sulfur and smoke, the black serpent tattoo on his neck glinting.

    “Jesus, Easton.” I scrunched up my nose and climbed to my feet. “Don’t they have a shower somewhere between here and the afterlife?”

    “Screw you. You didn’t just have to tow somebody’s grandpa to Hell.” He brushed something chalky and gray off his long coat, and a shudder worked its way down my spine.

    God only knows what—or who—it had belonged to. “Besides, I wasn’t the one about to feel up a sleeping human.”

    Fiktshun: Oooh, I liked this scene. Easton just so happens to be my favorite character and it was this scene in particular that drew me to him.

    #2) The first time Finn shows himself to Emma. I love the thoughts running through his head in this moment. It’s when everything changes for him.

    With a deafening crash, the sign behind us skidded across the concrete steps, splintering into sparks and blades. I lay there for a few seconds, stunned by the feel of Emma’s solid warmth beneath me, the hectic swell of her lungs pumping against my chest. I was…touching her. Her sapphire-blue eyes stared back into mine. Our noses nearly touched. Her peppermint breath clung to my lips.

    “You can see me,” I said, breathless.

    “Of course I can see you.” Emma glanced over my shoulder, but she didn’t make a move. “Your face is practically touching my face. It would be kind of hard not to see you.”

    Fiktshun: I loved that he seemed so surprised that she could see him. After being what he was for so many years it must have been rather amazing to really be seen. And by this particular girl, too.

    #3) This is the scene when Finn comes clean to Emma and has to convince her that she’s not crazy. This is one of my favorite moments between them.

    I ran an iridescent finger down her arm to her wrist, watched it scatter like stars across her skin. Her breath hitched in her throat. Her heart beat so hard the sound rippled through me like a shock wave. When her eyes met mine, the amount of want in them nearly brought me to my knees. Even through the fear and anger she had to be feeling, I knew she felt what I felt. The connection. The warmth. The rightness of this moment.

    “Tell me you feel it,” I whispered.

    “I-I—”

    “Do you?”

    She released the breath she’d been holding. “Yes.”

    I let my thumbs brush down her arms and she gasped. Fireworks ignited across the places that I touched. Emma’s eyes opened. Glistening with wonder. Wide with fear.

    “Trust me,” I said. “You’re that girl.”

    Fiktshun: Well now, this is just a tease isn’t it. 😉

    #4) Sigh…This entire scene made me fall in love with Finn.

    I could feel the thought coming before it even formed. It started in that sad, hollow space in my chest, then worked its way up my aching throat. I could feel it behind my lips, fighting to be heard. Burning me up inside. But I couldn’t say that to her. I didn’t have a right to. So instead I let it run loose in my head. Three words that wouldn’t stop.

    I love you.

    I couldn’t stay still any longer. I crossed the room until I was standing over her, this girl I loved. She stopped swaying and looked up at me. I reached out my hand. “Dance with me.”

    Fiktshun: *swoon* … *swoon* … Soooo romantic.

    #5) Maeve is the villain in this story. I love her breaking in this scene. It’s when the reader really gets to see her emotional motivation for all of the chaos she’s been creating.

    I glanced at her hand. It was wrapped around a blade. My blade. My scythe. It looked so awkward in her white fist. Mine felt so incredibly empty without it.

    “Maeve…” I held my hand up and tried to ease up. “Don’t do—”

    She swung out. The blade sliced through my thigh, and all that existed was pain. I clutched at my thigh and groaned. Black oozed from between my fingers, glittering like stars in the night.

    “Oh, does that hurt? Poor little reaper. Maybe you should have picked someone else’s life to ruin. I could be happy right now! I could be alive. I could be in love. I didn’t get the chance to have any of that my first life. And you made sure I’d never have it again. You call me a bad person, Finn? What about you? You walk around like there’s a halo on your goddamned head, but you’re just as bad as me and we both know it.”

    Fiktshun: She is the villain. But her story is definitely tragic. I was sympathetic toward her…. Well, maybe only just a teensy bit.

    #6) I love every intimate moment with Cash and Emma, because these are the times we see how close they really are. And I love his vulnerability in this scene, showing how much he cares about her when he thinks he’s going to lose her.

    “Don’t you dare die, Em.” Cash’s voice sounded like he’d been wrapped in cotton. “I mean it. I’ll follow you to the grave and kick your ghostly ass if you don’t stay with me.”

    My eyes rolled around behind my eyelids. I couldn’t open them. Couldn’t make my lips move to tell him not to worry.

    “Sir, we’re going to need you to back up,” a woman’s voice said. I felt pressure against my neck. So much pressure. A prick in my wrist. A plastic mask around my mouth. Then warm, familiar fingers laced through mine. Cash.

    Fiktshun: Ah, Cash. Always with the sense of humor. That was my favorite quality about him. Though I loved his T-shirts, too!

    #7) This was by far the hardest scene for me to write in the entire book. But it’s also one of my favorites.

    Everyone’s version of Hell is different. Or so Easton tells me. Some burn in fire. Some die in ice. Most drown in their nightmares, or choke on twisted fears and mangled memories. Only one thing is certain here—whatever your poison, it’s sure to last an eternity.

    Fiktshun: Oh wow. So awesome that your toughest scene is your favorite!

    Thank you so very much for agreeing to stop by the blog to share seven of your favorite moments from your book INBETWEEN. A few of those were my favorite moments. And that intro to Easton topped my list, too.

    They were the perfect teasers to make everyone want to find out just a little bit more. Like, just what happens to Emma? Will Cash have to follow her to the grave to kick her a** or is she okay? And when Maeve attacks Finn, is he the victor in that battle? And even if he is, will he be sent “south” for the part he played in what happened to Maeve?

    Well, my lips are sealed. I, for one, will never tell. You’ll have to read it to find out. And to help you out with your burning curiosity, here’s that short excerpt I promised. It’s the scene where Anaya sees Cash for the very first time. And even this heavenly reaper isn’t immune to his charms.

    I leaned my forehead against the brick. No. I couldn’t think like that. Thoughts like that were going to get me in trouble. Again.

    The energy of another reaper sparked against my skin. I spun around. Along the side of the house, a glow sliced through the shadows. Anaya. A streak of moonlight caught her hair and tangled with her braids, making them shine.

    I half expected her to blow around the house with the force of an atom bomb, ready to rip into me for being here. But she didn’t. She wasn’t even watching me. She was watching…Cash.

    He waved to the car that had just dropped him off and stumbled around the house, tripping through the shadows. Anaya’s eyes followed him, almost longingly, until he climbed through his bedroom window and closed the blinds.

    I stepped out of the shadows. “Anaya?”

    She jerked her gaze from Cash’s window and blinked, as if she was waking up from a dream. “What?”

    “Everything okay?” I asked hesitantly, watching the way her eyes flitted to Cash’s house again.

    “Y-yes.” She sounded flustered. “Why wouldn’t it be? I was just…”

    I waited, hoping with everything in me that I was wrong about what I’d just seen.

    She scowled at me. “Don’t give me that look, Finn. You’re the one lurking around the human girl’s house in the middle of the night.”

    “I’d hardly call it lurking.”

    “Then what are you doing here?” She folded her arms across her chest. “I’m not stupid. You’re up to something.”

    I glanced back at Emma’s house. At the flickering glow from the candles in her window. “I’m trying to remind myself why it’s a bad idea to go in there and talk to her. Why it’s a bad idea to go in there and do more than talk to her.”

    “I’m not going to stand here and lecture you. I’m not Easton, and you don’t need a babysitter. You already know why it’s a bad idea.”

    I knew it was a bad idea. But now that I’d gotten a taste of what touching and talking to Emma felt like, I didn’t know how much longer I could do this. Stay away from her. Pretend everything inside me wasn’t burning with the need for her to really know me. I closed my eyes, feeling the weight of my decision warm all of the hollow places inside. When I opened my eyes again, Anaya was shaking her head.

    “You’re going to do it anyway, aren’t you?”

    “Probably, but you were never here.” I said. “And if you were never here, then I didn’t see you looking at Cash like you wanted to doodle his name in your diary.”

    “I wasn’t—”

    I raised a brow and she stopped. She looked over her shoulder at Cash’s house and bit her lip. “His name is Cash?”

    “Yeah,” I said. “And I don’t have to tell you why it’s a bad idea. Right?”

    Anaya glanced down to the scythe beginning to glitter and glow in her leather belt. She wrapped her fingers around it and nodded. “Right.”

    Fiktshun: All I can say is, “Hehe, poor Anaya!”

    Anyway….

    If you’d like to take a peek at any of the other stops on the tour, the full tour schedule is below.

    Monday, August 20th  –   YA Sisterhood

    Tuesday, August 21st  –  Books Over Boys

    Wednesday, August 22nd  –  A Diary of a Book Addict

    Thursday, August 23rd  –  Fiktshun (here)

    Friday, August 24th  –  Chapter by Chapter

    Saturday, August 25th  – K-Books

    Sunday, August 26th  – Ravenous Reader

    Monday, August 27th  –  Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

    Tuesday, August 28th- Justin’s Book Blog

    Wednesday, August 29st- Stuck in Books

    Thursday, August 30th – Letters Inside Out

    Friday, August 31st- Bookalicious

    Saturday, September 1st- Total Bookaholic

    Sunday, September 2nd- Taters Tall Tales

    Monday, September 3rd- Fantasy Book Addict

    Did you think this stop was over? Not quite yet. Well, not if you’d like a chance to win some awesome prizes! There are actually two giveaways on the tour today. One is for an eBook copy of INBETWEEN courtesy of the publisher.

    And the other is courtesy of the author. She is offering up two prizes for giveaway – an Amazon gift card plus signed bookmark to one winner and a signed bookmark to another.

    All the details are below….

    Giveaway 1 – an eBook of INBETWEEN by Tara Fuller to one winner courtesy of the publisher, Entangled Teen. All details are in the form. Giveaway ends on September 3rd.

    (Note: This giveaway is for this blog stop only. For extra chances to win, visit the other stops on the tour!)

    Stay tuned for the eBook winner….

    Congratulations Camila! I’ll be reaching out to you to see what format you’d like your eBook in so that I can get that information to the publisher. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway. I hope you love INBETWEEN!


    Giveaway 2 – an Amazon gift card plus signed bookmark to one winner and a signed bookmark to a second winner courtesy of the author. Ends on September 3rd. US Only.

    (Note: This is a shared giveaway across all blog stops. If you’ve entered on another stop you won’t be able to enter here.)
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    My Reading Pile #72

    I got two surprise deliveries in the mail this week, which I am super excited about. I was so sure I’d have an empty mailbox week because I didn’t think the blogger I traded with had shipped any of the books and I didn’t know for sure that the publisher was sending me the book I received.

    But I am planning on taking a break from trading for the next long while… well, once I get the remaining books I’d traded for, that is. I have more than enough books to read and I’d actually like to get the chance to read them before release.

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    At the top of the pile is The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore, which I received thanks to HarperTeen. It’s coming out in just a few weeks and I’m excited that I’ll get the chance to check it out just a bit early. I read the first book in the series last year and read half of book two. But I didn’t review them and so I will be re-reading both books in their entirety for review before I add The Rise of Nine to the pile.

    All the rest of the books I received through a trade with another blogger. For the most part this was an attempt at grabbing all those books that were lost during that mailman fiasco awhile back. One is even a duplicate that I received elsewhere in the interim. Though Eve & Adam was a new trade and a book that I’m really excited for… even if the entire back cover is crumpled thanks to the delicate care it received in transit.

    Anyway…

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

    (July 29 – August 4, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is The Suburban Strange by Nathan Kotecki. I received a copy for review and while I know it’s not releasing until October I just can’t wait that long to read it.

    I am so curious to find out what’s going on at Suburban high. Something is definitely “not quite right” if girls are having “near-fatal accidents on the eve of their sixteenth birthdays.” And I’d love to find out what’s causing these so-called “accidents.”

    I love dark books and from checking out the description this definitely sounds dark. And with the promise of conflicts between good and evil and underworld mythology I just can’t wait any longer to dive in.

    I decided to be ambitious and add a second book to the pile this week even though I’m still playing catch up. I received an eARC for review of Inbetween by Tara Fuller from the publisher in anticipation of my tour stop in August. And after hearing the chatter I didn’t want to have to wait until next week to start reading.

    I love the idea of this story – a reaper who tries to protect the girl he loves from evil and from death. And I can’t wait to see just how far he will go to protect her. The love story sounds totally romantic, potentially heartbreaking and definitely star-crossed.

    I want to meet Emma and Finn. Well, maybe Finn just a bit more than Emma because he’s a reaper. As I do tend to love reading about those reapers – grim or otherwise. And I’m super curious to see just what kind of evil Finn has unleashed and what it means for their love story.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I would love to be able to read Breathe by Sarah Crossan this week. It sounds so unbelievably awesome. A world with limited oxygen. So limited that it has to be manufactured. And a journey beyond the safety of the city walls into the Outlands. A place with no oxygen to breathe. I am wondering just how often I’ll be gasping for breath as I read it….

    I really, really hope I can make this more than a wishful thinking read this week.

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    Those left behind:

    Once again I did not do any reading last week, though I do plan on reading Onyx from last week’s reading pile today and tomorrow. Though I have a feeling I’ll be able to finish it today, so I technically won’t be behind when I start this coming week’s pile.

    I’ll have some time off soon, so I really hope to get back to some marathon reading sessions, but things have been just so hectic that I haven’t had a moment to escape into a book. I am looking forward to finally getting to read Onyx later today as it has been like a siren calling to me from my eReader all week.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did put in a request this week at NetGalley for Silver by Talia Vance for the book tour I’m on in September. I was thrilled to be accepted, even though I’ve been so flaky with my NetGalley reads. But I will be reading Silver as not only does it sound awesome, but I am going to be on the tour and I want to have read it before then.

    While I haven’t had a chance to do as much reading as I’d have liked, I am still in love with books. Just as much now as I was when I started blogging. Maybe even more. All the drama in the blogosphere had really tried to strip away that love I have for reading and sharing my thoughts on books, but I decided not to let it.

    I have always done my own thing here on my blog and I will continue to do so. I read what I love. I write about what I love. And while I don’t always have time to do either, I plan on doing exactly that for as long as I am book blogger.

    The height of my reading pile may be growing versus shrinking, but I won’t let that take me down either. It just means more and more books to be excited about reading when I have the time. And that, to me, is also a really good thing.

    I plan on having a happy reading week this week and I hope everyone else does too!

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Cover Reveal: Inbetween

    Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) by Tara Fuller

    Coming in August 2012

    I am so super excited to be a part of the reveal for the new cover for Inbetween by Tara Fuller. While I was instantly drawn in to the book’s description – a love story, reapers and a boy named Finn – I wasn’t the biggest fan of its initial cover. But I utterly adore this new one, so I’m thrilled to be able to reveal it here on the blog.

    And I really, really can’t wait to read the book. The prologue is being made available on the author’s WEBSITE, which I can’t wait to check out, because I want to meet Finn and find out just how he plans on protecting Emma.

    MY THOUGHTS

    I love the simplicity of this new cover and I love the colors. While an image of a couple holding hands has been used before on covers, I think this image, with the models wearing matching simple white t-shirts and jeans, tells this couple’s story well.

    I love the background image of the sky and clouds. It has a very heavenly feel to it, which is perfect as this story is about a character who is “kissed by death” and one who is in fact a reaper.

    I love the use of the crossed scythes to display the series name and number and the fact that it is off-center, although centered on that road/ladder that disappears into the clouds.

    The font is the same font used on the book’s originally planned cover, but I think it’s perfect and I’m glad it wasn’t changed. The lettering is so eye-catching, especially the “n” and the “w” and its being displayed horizontally versus vertically makes it that much more noticeable.

    I love that now the title takes center stage on the cover and that all the font is black, keeping things simple and consistent. And the dark color really helps each word stand out from the background.

    And I love the tagline. It’s fun. It’s flirty. And it teases just enough to let you know what will happen in the story without having to read the book’s description.

    But that’s what I think… now what do you think?

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    FIND OUT MORE…

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

    It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

    Coming in August from Entangled Teen. 400 Pages.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, THE BOOK DEPOSITORY, BOOKS A MILLION, GOODREADS

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS

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