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    Indigo Awakening

    INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane was released in the U.S. on December 18, 2012, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order in all formats online at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    INDIGO AWAKENING is the first book in author Jordan Dane’s The Hunted series. The second book, CRYSTAL FIRE, is also slated for release this year.

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    Goodreads description…

    Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

    Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

    A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

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    INDIGO AWAKENING is the incredibly imaginative and immensely entertaining first book in author Jordan Dane’s new The Hunted series. A fascinating and somewhat chilling story with a unique premise in young adult fiction, this book will bring readers into a deadly world filled with action, suspense and a touch of mystery.

    Set in what could be a modern-day Los Angeles, the story follows Rayne Darby as she searches for her missing brother Lucas. When Rayne reaches a dead end, she finds help from an unlikely source – a mysterious stranger, a boy, who both terrifies her and intrigues her. A boy with abilities that make her believe that her brother may not be crazy after all.

    As the story develops, readers will discover a world where children like Lucas are hunted for their abilities and for their differences. Where no price is too great for their capture and containment. And where their lives are meaningless to those who wish to retain the evolutionary status quo.

    Once again Author Jordan Dane has brought a refreshingly different subject matter to the genre – that of the Indigo children. With these psychically gifted “children” the author has crafted a story that provokes thought but is still an absolutely captivating and utterly engaging read.

    Told from multiple points of view, readers get to see this story from many angles, allowing for not only greater insight into what is happening at each moment, but for tension to mount as events come to a climactic head at the story’s end. While at the outset, readers may find that their connection with the story breaks as it jumps from one perspective to another and moves to different moments in the timeline, once they find the rhythm and the change in viewpoint becomes anticipated, the story begins to flow.

    And while readers may not get to make as strong a connection with all the characters in this story, there is more than enough development of Rayne and Gabriel’s characters to keep them the focal point, to make them the most likable and easiest to connect to, and to make their storyline gripping.

    INDIGO AWAKENING offers up to the imagination the next evolution of mankind. The Indigo children’s psychic abilities are introduced in this first book in the series, giving readers a taste of what they are capable of, and will likely be delved into a bit deeper as the series progresses and as the characters discover for themselves just what they can do.

    With its quick pace, its dark and alluring premise, its edgy and sarcastic heroine, its charming and mysterious hero, INDIGO AWAKENING is an exciting and compelling read that will keep readers on the edge of their seat throughout and as they await just what comes next in the sequel.

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    On a personal note…

    I am always excited to read one of Jordan Dane’s stories. I’ve come to anticipate that the story will be thought-provoking, the characters will be my kind of characters – edgy, sarcastic, clever, witty – and that the author will not be afraid to tackle the tough stuff. Her stories are different – in the best possible ways – always memorable and ones that are weightier than they seem upon first glance.

    INDIGO AWAKENING is not just some super cool story about kids with wicked awesome powers. It’s not just a series about these special kids being hunted down like animals. It’s a story that has concepts and ideas about human behaviors, their fears and their actions and reactions. It’s a story that definitely provides food for thought.

    Of course it’s also that totally entertaining story about kids with crazy awesome abilities that I mentioned. There’s also a swoon-worthy boy with gorgeous eyes and a sexy accent, who is completely shrouded in mystery. There’s a heroine who is absolutely lovable. And there are some really nasty bad guys and girls to detest.

    Oh and with the way things end… no, I probably shouldn’t reveal that. Though I had a feeling….

    But yeah, I’m definitely dying to find out what happens in the next book in the series.

    When I first learned of the idea behind INDIGO AWAKENING I was intrigued. While from just reading the description I didn’t think it sounded too different from the typical story of kids with abilities who were being hunted down, I knew because the author was Jordan Dane that it would be.

    And it totally was. Because while these kids have some seriously amazing powers and while the bad guys are horrible for what they’re doing, and have done, to them, I kind of agree with Rayne in that what they can do – what Gabe can do – is definitely scary. And, as the author touched upon in the book, if some of these kids are not so nice, just imagining what they’d be capable of doing with the abilities they have is chilling.

    So on some level I understand their enemies fears. Even if I don’t agree with anything they’ve done or might do in the sequel. Which I really can’t wait for, in case I haven’t mentioned it already.

    I’m dying to find out what happens next. To see just where this story leads. To see whether justice gets served. To find out what happens with all those threads that were left hanging at the end of the first book… ones I can’t mention here without spoilers.

    I loved getting to meet Rayne and Gabe – my two favorite characters. Though Hellboy was a close third. And no, my favorite was most definitely not Dr. Fiona Haugstad. When that one thing happened… let’s just say I couldn’t stop grinning.

    But back to my favorite characters….

    Rayne is funny and sarcastic, but also determined and devoted and someone who doesn’t let her fears stop her. And although she’s had to develop a certain strength to survive, she does have a vulnerability about her, too. Which makes her very relatable.

    Gabriel… well, Gabe is just awesome. What he can do is amazing. The fact that he helps out Rayne when it puts him at risk made him a total hero. And what he did later in the story… yeah, well I can’t reveal that. But the word “awesome” just keeps coming to mind.

    I just had this feeling the author would drop a huge bombshell at the end. And while I suspected, I thought my suspicions would be confirmed or denied much earlier. Not right there at the end with no more story left to tell… for now.

    And I also knew the author would do something that would just break my heart. While I didn’t know what that would be, I just knew it would happen. And it did. And my heart broke. Even if it wasn’t for the reason I thought it would.

    So, yes there was heartbreak. Yes there was a bit of a love story. Yes there was nail-biting suspense. Yes there were some supremely bad dudes. Yes there was an ending that made me want to scream.

    And yes there was this story that has totally gotten me to think about things from both sides points of view.

    And I love when reading a story makes that happen.

    Favorite passage…

    I had a few few favorites. I actually noted twelve passages I adored. There was this certain one about crystal fragments that made me sigh a little… but I decided to go with snark. Because… well, just because.

    To make her point, the iguana lashed out its tongue and lunged toward Mia, making her jump. Rayne snorted a laugh.

    “That thing probably carries diseases,” her sister said.

    “So do you, but hey, for what it’s worth—” Rayne forced a grin and lied “—I think he likes you.”

    Mia narrowed her eyes and didn’t say anything more about Floyd….

    This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher, Harlequin Teen, through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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    Indigo Awakening Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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    As you may know, I love author Jordan Dane’s writing and her stories. Not only are they unique for their content but for the voice she brings to her characters. They’re often outsiders, some with rather “prickly” personalities, but all of them are individuals and they’re characters I love getting to know.

    So I am so excited about this new series of the author’s and I love getting the chance to be a part of the tour for this first book in this series, INDIGO AWAKENING, which I absolutely loved.

    The whole concept of the Indigo children had me riveted. Their abilities were fascinating, strange, a little creepy even, but utterly intriguing. The idea that they were the evolutionary future of mankind had me excited to learn more. And the fact that they were being hunted by those who wanted to study them and those who wanted to stop them made this book even more of a must read for me.

    I am so thrilled that I get to share this amazing guest post by the author which reveals just a little bit more about the Believers. The author also asks for your thoughts, which I’d love to hear about in the comments.

    But before you start reading about that, you’ll definitely want to check out the description for the book. And if you’d like to learn a little more about the author, there’s a short bio and a few links to places where you can find her online.

    As part of this tour, which is hosted by the lovely folks at Kismet Book Touring and brought to you by the always awesome Harlequin Teen, there is also a giveaway that is full of WIN. So be sure to check it out before you go!

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    About the Book

    Book #1 in THE HUNTED series.

    Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

    Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy–to touch him–to protect him even though he scares her.

    A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids–gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind–for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power–a force darker than either of them imagine–that could doom them all.

    They are our future–if they survive…

    Find it:

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY

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    About the Author

    Jordan Dane launched her back-to-back debut suspense novels in 2008 after the three books sold in auction. Ripped from the headlines, Jordan’s gritty plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue and dark humor.

    Publishers Weekly compared her intense pacing to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag—and named her debut book No One Heard Her Scream  as Best Book of 2008.

    INDIGO AWAKENING is the third YA novel written by Jordan Dane.

    Find her:

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS | HARLEQUINTEEN WEBSITE | BLOG | YouTube

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    The Trailer

    Of course I just had to include the book’s trailer. Because that music is so super eerie. It freaks me out just a little bit. So, yeah… I totally had to share.

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    Who are the Believers?

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    The Church of Spiritual Freedom is a global religious organization that is pure fiction, created for the Hunted series. Although the next time someone with pamphlets comes knocking at your door, you never know who they really are.

    For Indigo Awakening (book #1 of the Hunted series), I researched a number of existing organizations to find common ground, then threw out the conventional and contrived the strange ‘Believers’ faction that would be an extreme to any faith, people who believe they are “chosen” and are therefore “right,” at the expense of anyone else. Pretty scary.

    Within the legitimate church there are fanatics who have taken their beliefs too far. They believe that mankind has been created in the image of God and has a duty to survive at the expense of all other creatures, if need be. So when the scientists among the faithful see growing evidence that Indigo/Crystal children might be evolving into a superior race of human beings, the most fervent Believers see this as a threat to humanity. They believe that Indigo kids are an abomination, a new plague for man to endure and survive. A test of the faithful. They create a covert organization of the most devoted followers who are willing to do whatever it takes to stop this threat. What’s their goal? Initially, they want to stop or control these children and to protect the human race from extinction, but when dealing with extremists, you never know where goals might lead. More will be known in book #2 – Crystal Storm.

    In these kids, they find the perfect victims. These gifted psychic teens are vulnerable to being hunted in secret because they can’t report what is happening to them. If people across the world discover who and what they are, it would be far worse. That would put them in a spotlight they couldn’t survive. From experience and word of mouth on the street, these kids know that the Believers have a far reach with resources and money. They spare no expense to hunt them. They have cops, politicians, and others in power on their payroll. How do they hunt Indigos? The Believers have hacked into LA’s surveillance and traffic cams. They run their own facial recognition programs (from a private database) to hunt these kids on the sly, using paid mercenaries and people willing to be bought. Big brother is definitely watching. The central location for the Believers to “study” these children is Haven Hills Treatment Facility (the initial assessment hospital) where suspected Indigos are transferred to Ward 8 located in the basement—a one-way trip for any kid assigned there.

    I wanted to create an out-of-control secret organization that operated without fear of being caught. Under the guise of religious fervor, they believe they are superior because God made them so, and they have more of a right to survive than these children, because they are the chosen.

    I also found the idea of man’s evolution an interesting notion. Why wouldn’t mankind be at the mercy of evolution too? What would we evolve into? If you query ‘Indigo Child’ on the Internet, you’ll get over 8 million hits. These psychic kids have been featured on TV, in movies, and in countless books. Are they real? I don’t know, but the idea intrigued me. Some people believe that the next evolution of man is already walking among us and that they are highly intelligent, psychically gifted, and can see angels and the dead. Pretty cool.

    In Indigo Awakening, I depict these teens as victims, until Gabriel Stewart comes out of hiding and commits to the fight. They’re uncovering their abilities and awakening powers that are frightening, but in Crystal Storm (book #2 in the Hunted series), their darker natures will emerge. Human nature, on both sides, will be tested.

    If these kids really exist, and are superior to us, would they be a threat to our own existence—or are they our future, if they survive? What do you think? Is there a new breed of psychic Indigo child and could they be the next evolution?

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    Wow, I did Google “Indigo Child” and “Indigo Children” and there are a ton of sites and posts devoted to them. I can see why they were so intriguing to research and write about. Especially after reading about them on the Wikipedia page.

    I can also totally see how there could be a religious organization devoted toward their capture and containment. Which makes this series even more chilling for its realism.

    I cannot wait to read about their darker natures in CRYSTAL STORM and see just where things lead in book two and beyond. I loved getting to know Rayne, Gabe, Lucas, Kendra, Rafe and the rest of the characters… well, maybe not the Believers, O’Dell or Rayne’s sister Mia… but the “good guys.” And I’m excited to see how the story develops over the course of the series.

    To add my two cents – in regards to your questions – I’m definitely of the mindset that change is inevitable and if our species were to evolve, these types of human beings could be the next iteration of mankind. We currently only use a fraction of our brains, so who knows what tapping into the rest of our gray matter could mean. There’s a lot we don’t know as human beings and to say that something isn’t possible is a little more close-minded than I’m willing to be at the moment.

    Thank you so much for sharing a little bit more about the Believers, giving new readers the chance to learn more about the Indigo children and for revealing just a hint of what is to come in book two.

    I cannot wait to read it!

    [UPDATE] The new title for the second book in author Jordan Dane’s The Hunted series is CRYSTAL FIRE. Be sure to check out the author’s comment below to find out why it received a new name. [END OF UPDATE]

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    Be sure to visit all the stops on tour for more chances to win a copy of INDIGO AWAKENING! You can click the image below to be taken to Kismet Book Touring’s site for more details or just click on the links for each of the stops in the schedule below.

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    ON TOUR…

    Friday, January 4th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog

    Monday, January 7th – Bumbles and Fairytales
    Wednesday, January 9th –  Miss Page Turner’s City of Books
    Friday, January 11th – Supernatural Snark

    Monday, January 14th – The Page Turners
    Wednesday, January 16th – Fiktshun
    Friday, January 18th – Bewitched Bookworms

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    Giveaway

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    The amazing folks at Harlequin Teen are offering up TWO giveaways for the INDIGO AWAKENING Blog Tour.

    – To ONE WINNER (US) a copy of INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane. (This giveaway is being offered at each of the blog stops so be sure to check out all the stops for more chances to win!)

    – To ONE WINNER (US) Harlequin’s Grand Prize Package, shown above, which includes 2 copies of INDIGO AWAKENING, 1 copy of SPEECHLESS, 1 copy of PUSHING THE LIMITS, 1 copy of HOOKED and 2 Harlequin Notebooks. (The grand prize winner will be drawn from entries across all the stops.)

    To enter…

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below. You can earn extra entries for tweeting (once per tour stop), following Jordan Dane on Twitter, leaving your mailing address (for faster shipment of the prize if you win), and for leaving a comment at each of the stops on tour (an extra entry for each tour stop).

    The full contest rules can be found HERE.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #103

    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 December 18th-December 24th that I have pre-ordered.

    Deadly Little Lessons

    DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS by Laurie Faria Stolarz will be released in the U.S. on December 18, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS is the fifth book in the author’s Touch series.

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    I am such a huge fan of this series, but I can’t believe I’m one book behind with the upcoming release of DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS. I must remedy that this year with the 2013 TBR challenge I’m participating in.

    I love each puzzle the author presents that must be solved. I love the characters’ abilities. And I love the love triangle between Camelia, Ben and Adam.

    It has been such a long time since I read this series and I have seriously missed this world. And I can’t wait to catch up and find out just what will happen in this latest installment.

    I won’t take a peek at the description – no matter how tempted I am – because I haven’t read book four and I just know that it will be spoiler-y. But I will definitely be reading both books in the next few months. I even have DEADLY LITTLE VOICES cued up on one of my Kindles, so that next year, if there is a sixth book releasing, I will be able to check out its description instantly.

    And even though I am not quite caught up, I can’t wait for DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS to download this week.

    The Darkest Minds

    THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken will be released in the U.S. on December 18, 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 Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 496 pages.

    THE DARKEST MINDS is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author. The second and third books, both currently untitled, are slated for release in December 2013 and December 2014 respectively.

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    I have had my eye on this book ever since I first learned of the author on Twitter ages ago. The title, THE DARKEST MINDS, had me instantly intrigued. And so the moment I heard that it was available to pre-order for my Kindle I did. And I can’t wait until it downloads this week.

    The way the description teases about what might be wrong with Ruby makes me desperate to find out just what that is. But I’m even more curious to find out what goes on at Thurmond, the “brutal… rehabilitation camp” the description speaks of.

    And I want to know what happened to Ruby’s parents. What she did to them.

    This book sounds totally chilling and creepy and with that dark and mysterious cover, I am even more desperate to get the chance to read it. And I really hope I can squeeze it in before the new year. But if not, it will be one of the first books I dive into in 2013.

    Indigo Awakening

    INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane will be released in the U.S. on December 18, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    INDIGO AWAKENING is the first book in a new series entitled The Hunted by author Jordan Dane. The second book in the series, CRYSTAL STORM, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I already went on and on about INDIGO AWAKENING in my Book Watch post the other week, so I will try to be a little bit less ramble-y here. But I can’t wait until the finished version downloads this week.

    While I have already started reading the eARC, I think I might switch to the published version just so I can read it as it was intended to be read. But I am loving it so far, though it is early days.

    As I don’t want to risk spoiling anything, I will just say that I was instantly caught up in the story and I cannot wait to find out more. About Lucas. About Rayne. About Gabe. And about “the Believers.”

    I hope to finish reading it in the next few days so that I get answers to the questions that I’m already asking. And while I still have a ways to go, I have a feeling that this series is going to be awesome.

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    The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys #2by Abbi Glines

    Pub. Date: December 18, 2012

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    I have this pre-ordered but listed it here as it’s only releasing in eBook format this week.

    Blood Prophecy

    Blood Prophecy (Drake Chronicles #6) by Alyxandra Harvey

    Pub. Date for eBook only: December 24, 2012

    Publisher: Bloomsbury Walker Childrens

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Free PREVIEW edition of the first 11 chapters

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    Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans

    Pub. Date for free preview only: December 18, 2012

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZON)

    I am super psyched that BLOOD PROPHECY will be downloading to my Kindle on the 24th. I love that it’s being released two weeks earlier than the print edition. I have a few books to read in order to catch up with this series, but as I own them all, and they’re super fast, I think I’ll be trying to read them all in February.

    I am also so incredibly excited to get a chance to take a peek at the first eleven chapters of Lenore Appelhans’ LEVEL 2. Even though I know it’s going to be torturous to have to stop when I’m so far into the story. But as I have been dying to read this book, I don’t think I can wait until its official release date to dive in.

    I am glad that it’s a bit quieter of a release week, because the first week of the new year is so packed full of new releases that I don’t know how I’ll ever catch up. And while it is likely I’ve missed one or two new books releasing this week, as that seems to be the case every week, I’m sure I’ll discover them in the next few days and order them instantly.

    Because I just can’t pass up any book that looks awesome these days. I can’t. I won’t.

    Anyway…

    I hope you found some amazing titles that you have been waiting forever for. It’s always awesome when the wait is finally over and you can dive right in. Of course if they are books in a series that is continuing for a year or more, I hope the wait for the next installment will be a little less agonizing.

    Happy reading!

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    My Reading Pile #91

    My review book is still MIA, but I did get a lovely stack of books in the mail thanks to Blackplume who won them in an awesome giveaway from Michelle Madow.

    And apparently the one book I’d been waiting for since August that someone sent finally arrived on Friday. But it’s at the post office, with a few dollars in postage owed, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to retrieve it. Especially as I’d traded for another copy of the book in the three-and-a-half months since I was originally expecting it. And as that particular post office closes early and has the longest lines at this time of year.

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    The very lovely and amazing Blackplume won the three ARCs shown above in a giveaway but as they weren’t able to be shipped internationally, she offered to send them to me. I offered to send them along to her but she declined and suggested I give them away on the blog since I already own all three in eBook format.

    So I will be doing that in the next few days over on The Annex, along with a few other books and ARCs I’ve had lying around. But it reminded me that I must read PARTIALS as everyone is raving about FRAGMENTS which is due out at the end of February.

    Anyway…

    I am expecting some amazing books and goodies next week as I am one of the End is Here Newbies at Epic Reads. And I can’t wait to start reading Anna Carey’s books for the challenge. But for now…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (December 9 – December 15, 2012)

    First up on the pile is INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane. I received an eARC for review earlier this fall from the author through NetGalley. But I’m also on the tour in a few weeks. And while I don’t have to read the book for – or before – the tour, I want to. And I am so excited to finally get this book on the pile.

    I have been so curious about this world of Believers and Indigo teens. I want to meet Rayne and find out what her connection is with Gabriel Stewart. I want to discover what their powers are and just how Gabe’s power can “doom them all.”

    This sounds like an incredibly exciting new series and I can’t wait to finally read it this week. I love the author’s writing and the unique style she brings to her stories. I can’t imagine that this new series will be any less captivating, but I can’t wait to find out for myself.

    I love stories about psychic powers and it’s been awhile since I’ve read one. And I’m so looking forward to following the hunted Indigos as they try and steer clear of the Believers.

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    Next up on the pile is WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton, which is a “back on the pile” read. I’ve actually read it before, but I’m re-reading it for the ANGELFIRE Read-Along hosted by Books Over Boys.

    I’m actually adding it to the pile a little earlier than I should, because I’ve “somehow” managed to get too far ahead in my reading. I just couldn’t put ANGELFIRE down when I was supposed to. It was just too hard to stop reading.

    So I’m just giving in and jumping right into WotW and will likely follow that up next week with SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE. Because I love reading series books back-to-back-to-back, letting the story continue from one book to the next. It makes that connection to the characters and stories even stronger without a year-long gap between.

    I can’t wait to continue this story with Will and Cadan and Ellie… and even Bastian. I just have to remember that if I read ahead too quickly, I’ll come to the end that much more quickly. And there are no other books in the series to look forward to. Which is absolutely heartbreaking.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I am actually just wishing I could finish all the books I’m in the middle of right now. Never before has my attention been so divided between the books I’m reading. And never before have I started reading multiple books at once.

    Fortunately I just finished ANGELFIRE. But I’m in the middle of reading EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton, SHADOW’S CLAIM by Kresley Cole, WHAT THE SPELL? by Brittany Geragotelis, CARRIER OF THE MARK by Leigh Fallon and OPAL by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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    Those left behind:

    I left behind a little bit of everything, actually. I went completely off-pile last week to beta read GOLD by Talia Vance. Which was so freaking unbelievably amazing. You have NO IDEA. And ever since I read it I have been dying to read SILVER again. Hmmm…. maybe that should have been my wishful thinking read. But oh em gee that book… and that ending… Ugh. Okay, I can’t say any more. My lips are sealed. But yeah it’s a must read.

    I then started reading OPAL by Jennifer L. Armentrout when I discovered it had downloaded a week early to my Kindle. But as I accidentally read the last line, thus spoiling the entire book, I ended up setting it aside at twenty-five percent, so I could get a little distance from the fact that I knew sort of how things would end.

    Next, I picked up ANGELFIRE for the read-along, which I hadn’t added to the pile last week, and was supposed to stop after just the first eight chapters, but that didn’t happen.

    And now I’m in the middle of both EVERBOUND and WHAT THE SPELL?, both books I hope to finish by early next week.

    I’m not really behind on reviews, except for my review for SPLINTERED, but I plan on reading that one more time before writing my review. I decided to pass on writing reviews for CRAVE and COVET as too much time has passed since read each book. But who knows, I still remember the stories and I do have my notes, so we’ll see.

    Hopefully I’ll actually finish a review book so I can have a review here on the blog this week. But as I have a fairly full schedule of posts, I might not even have room to post one.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did take a quick peek at NetGalley this week and noticed a few interesting books:

    SUMMERSET ABBEY by T.J. Brown, THE DEAD AND BURIED by Kim Harrington – which I did request since my printed ARC still hasn’t shown up in the mail – WICKED KISS by Michelle Rowen and SHADOWHUNTERS AND DOWNWORLDERS edited by Cassandra Clare.

    I’m sure next week I’ll find a few more, but I only took a quick peek around.

    This week I totally fell back in love with reading. Again. It helped to have an amazing book like GOLD make me want to dive right back into the magical worlds the authors I love create.

    My problem is having too many stories I want to read at once and only a small amount of time to do it. Hopefully I can remedy that situation by foregoing sleep. But we’ll see.

    As I am now just dying to get back to any one of the stories I am currently reading, I’ll say farewell. But as always I would love to know what books you plan on reading this week and what exciting new books that you received that will make me green with envy.

    Please feel free to leave a link in the comments as I would love to check out your posts.

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

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    Book Watch: Indigo Awakening

     

    INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane will be released in the U.S. on December 18, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    INDIGO AWAKENING is the first book in the author’s new The Hunted series. The second book in the series, CRYSTAL STORM, is slated for release in 2013.

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    There are a few books I’m looking forward to that are releasing the week of December 18th, but the book I’m most excited for is INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane. So, of course I had to put it in the spotlight this week.

    I’d first heard about this new series awhile back from the author and I was so intrigued and couldn’t wait for its release. I love the author’s writing style and that, combined with the fact that it’s a story about characters with psychic powers, makes me so unbelievably thrilled that I have an early copy to read.

    I cannot wait to meet Rayne, Lucas and Gabe and find out exactly what awakening power Gabe has that “could doom them all.” I can’t wait to see what other powers the characters in this story have. I am super curious as to just what it means to be an “Indigo” teen and I can’t wait to find out.

    I love that this series is entitled The Hunted as it implies that the characters will be on the run. But if Gabe’s power is as dangerous as the description implies, I’m wondering whether by the end of this first book it will still be the gifted Indigo teens that are being chased or the Believers that were the original pursuers. I guess I’ll have to read it and find out.

    I am really excited that this is a new series rather than a standalone and I am already looking forward to what happens in the sequel. As I have an early eARC I will be reading this very, very soon, because I’m just dying to step foot into this world.

    And while I am looking forward to both DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS and THE DARKEST MINDS, for me INDIGO AWAKENING is the book to watch the week of December 18th.

    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author on YOUTUBE

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    About the Book

    Goodreads Description:

    Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

    Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA.

    In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

    A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a few other awesome books releasing the week of December 18th:

    Deadly Little Lessons (Touch #5) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

    The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

    The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys #2) by Abbi Glines (S&S print editions)

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