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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #149

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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 November 5th-November 11th that I have pre-ordered.

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    DAYLIGHTERS by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on November 5, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by NAL Hardcover, the print edition is 368 pages.

    DAYLIGHTERS is the fifteenth and final book in Author Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series.

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    I cannot believe this series is coming to end with DAYLIGHTERS. I had fallen in love with this series before I started blogging, and once I started blogging it seemed I wasn’t able to keep up with it. But I’ve been buying every single new release in the series with the hope of one day catching up.

    Now it’s time to say goodbye. And I’m more than a little bit heartbroken.

    I love Rachel Caine’s writing and I love the story and characters in this series. I am so curious as to what’s been happening with them since I last connected with them in GHOST TOWN. And now that this series is coming to an end this Tuesday I’m so very tempted to just start from the beginning and read each of the books until I reach the last one.

    Of course I took a peek at this final book’s description. And I’m curious as to what the Daylight Foundation has done to change things so drastically for the Morganville Vampires. It mentions that the truth is “sinister and deadly” and I can’t wait to know just what that means for the vampires.

    While I won’t get the chance to catch up on things this fall, I am really hopeful of making this series read (and re-read) a top priority during the holiday season in late December. But even if I can’t get this on the pile at the end of this year, I’m so excited for my Kindle pre-order to download on Tuesday.

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    While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

    Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

    It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

    Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end.

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    The Naturals

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    THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes will be released in the U.S. on November 5, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and audio formats BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I feel like I’ve been waiting ages for THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. And now it’s just a matter of hours before my Kindle pre-order downloads at Monday Midnight. This is the book I’ve been most looking forward to that is releasing this week and I’m so excited for its release.

    As I already spotlighted in for my Book Watch post I won’t prattle on about it too much longer. But I will say once more that I adore the author’s writing and I can’t wait to meet Cassie and the other gifted teens in this mystery/thriller.

    While I won’t get the chance to get this on the pile this week, I am really hoping I’ll have the chance to add it to my list next week as I don’t want too much time to go by before I meet everyone in the Naturals program and find out just what dangerous game of “cat and mouse” is in store for Cassie.

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    Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

    What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

    Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

    Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

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    Curtsies and Conspiracies

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    CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES by Gail Carriger will be released in the U.S. on November 5, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES is the second book in Author Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series. The third book in the series, WAISTCOATS & WEAPONRY, is slated for release in 2014, and the fourth book in the series, MANNERS & MUTINY, does not yet have a publication date set.

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    I am totally stoked for the release of CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES. I have the eBook version slated to download on its release date, but I’m thinking of getting the print copy of this book and the first book in the series for my collection because they’re gorgeous in print.

    While I haven’t yet finished reading book one, ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE, I have started reading it and I think it’s amazing. So I’m already super excited to continue the story in this sequel.

    I tried not to take too much of a peek at the description, but I couldn’t help but read the italicized part and it makes me smile. I love that the writing includes a touch of humor and I can’t wait to see just how much is mixed into this next book.

    If I do get the chance to finish book one in the next couple of weeks, I will immediately add this sequel to the pile. And my fingers are most definitely crossed that it will happen.

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    Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

    Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won’t Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

    Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

    In this sequel to bestselling author Gail Carriger’s YA debut Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

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    Cold Spell

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    COLD SPELL by Jackson Pearce will be released in the U.S on November 5, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    COLD SPELL is the fourth book in the author’s Fairytale Retellings series.

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    While I own a few of the books in Jackson Pearce’s Fairytale Retellings, I haven’t yet read them. But I’m really excited for COLD SPELL‘s release on Tuesday and for it to download to my Kindle.

    I absolutely love Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” and I’m really excited to see what this author has done with the story. The description calls her vision “unique” and it has made me incredibly curious.

    I am excited to meet Kai and Ginny and find out whether their love will survive. As I don’t know how closely this story will follow the original, I don’t know whether there will be a happy ending to this tale.

    But I’m dying to find out. And hopefully I’ll be able to do so later this month.

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    Kai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.

    But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.

    If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved–and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?

    Jackson Pearce, author of the acclaimed SISTERS RED and FATHOMLESS, has returned with a unique vision of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” one about power and redemption, failure and hope, and the true meaning of strength.

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    Champion

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    CHAMPION by Marie Lu will be released in the U.S. on November 5, 2013 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 Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    CHAMPION is the third and final full-length book in Author Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy.

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    I am really excited for CHAMPION‘s release this Tuesday. I have this final book in the series pre-ordered and can’t wait until it downloads to my Kindle. While I haven’t yet read the other two books in the series my plan is to read all three books in the next couple of weeks.

    I can’t wait to meet the Legend and the Prodigy and I am super curious to find out who will be Champion. Based on the description and from what I saw in the book’s trailer, I’m not entirely sure this series will end happily. But it sounds like it’s going to be epic. And I’m really in the mood for epic.

    I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series and as I’m also desperately in the mood for dystopia, this will be the perfect series to add to the pile. Especially since I won’t have to suffer the long wait between each book’s release and can read them all at once back-to-back-to-back.

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    The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

    He is a Legend.
    She is a Prodigy.
    Who will be Champion?

    June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

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    Revelations

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    REVELATIONS by J.A. Souders will be released in the U.S. on November 5, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    REVELATIONS is the second full-length book in Author J.A. Souders’ The Elysium Chronicles.

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    I have not yet read the first book in J.A. Souders’ The Elysium Chronicles, but as this series came so highly recommended I decided to pre-order REVELATIONS, which will be downloading to my Kindle on its release date. So I have not yet met Evelyn Winters or Gavin Hunter, but from reading both books’ descriptions I really want to.

    I can’t wait to find out why Evie’s memories are gone and why she doesn’t feel like she fits in on the Surface. I am curious as to what caused Gavin’s scars and what will happen to both of them when they journey across the Outlands. The description mentions it may lead them back to where everything started, and I wonder if they’re referring to Elysium.

    As I have to read the first book in the series, RENEGADE, before I can read this sequel, I won’t get the chance to get it on the pile for a bit. But I am hopeful I’ll get the chance to read both books before the year ends, and I’m curious as to whether there is a third book planned in this series, or if this is just a duology.

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    Six weeks after her arrival on the Surface, Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking the memories lost in her subconscious than she was when she first came. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she once was.

    But even with a clean slate, it’s easy to see that Evie doesn’t fit in on the Surface. And as her differences make her feel more and more alone, she can’t help but yearn for that place she doesn’t remember: the isolated city hidden in the depths of the ocean. Elysium. Home.

    But she can’t exactly tell Gavin what she’s feeling. Not when he’s the one who helped her escape Elysium in the first place, and has the scars to prove it. Though the doctors say otherwise, Gavin believes that Evie just needs time. And if her memories don’t come back, well, maybe she’s better off not remembering her past.

    But the decision may be out of their hands when Evie’s ever-elusive memories begin to collide with reality. People and images from her past appear in the most unlikely places, haunting her, provoking her…and making her seem not only strange but dangerous.

    Evie and Gavin can’t wait around for her memories to return. They’ll have to journey across the Outlands of the Surface to find help, and in the end, their search may just lead them back to the place it all started…

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    OLIVIA TWISTED by Vivi Barnes will be released in the U.S. on November 5, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I cannot believe that OLIVIA TWISTED is releasing this week and I haven’t yet had the chance to finish reading it. I started reading it ages ago, but due to deadlines with other books and such I wasn’t able to finish it.

    But I have the finished version pre-ordered, so I think I will continue reading that version versus the eGalley, which is a bit screwy with the formatting. And I hope that I’ll get to do that this week once the final copy downloads.

    What I have read, though, I absolutely loved. And I can’t wait to continue the story, get to find out more about Liv and Z and see exactly how similar in personality some of the characters are to their counterparts in the classic tale.

    As Oliver Twist is one of my most favorite classics of all time, I have high expectations for this modernization. So I’m super excited to be able to read the finished version when it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday.

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    Olivia

    He tilts my chin up so my eyes meet his, his thumb brushing lightly across my lips. I close my eyes. I know Z is trouble. I know that being with him is going to get me into trouble. I don’t care.

    At least at this moment, I don’t care.

    Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite—break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Olivia might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Olivia and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…

    Z

    I can picture Liv’s face: wide-eyed, trusting. Her smooth lips that taste like strawberry Fanta.

    It was just a kiss. That’s all. She’s just like any other girl.

    Except that she’s not.

    Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.

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    Other Books of Note

    The TrapTHE TRAP (The Hunt #3) by Andrew Fukuda

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    From author Andrew Fukuda comes The Trap, the explosive finale to The Hunt trilogy—perfect for fans of The Hunger Games!

    After barely escaping the Mission alive, Gene and Sissy face an impossible task: staying alive long enough to stop an entire world bent on their destruction. Bound on a train heading into the unknown with the surviving Mission girls, Gene, Sissy, David, and Epap must stick together and use everything they have to protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again. Now that they know how to reverse the virus, Gene and Sissy have one final chance to save those they love and create a better life for themselves. But as they struggle to get there, Gene’s mission sets him on a crash course with Ashley June, his first love . . . and his deadliest enemy.

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    Sometimes Never Sometimes AlwaysSOMETIMES NEVER, SOMETIMES ALWAYS by Elissa Janine Hoole

    Pub. Date: November 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Cassandra fears rocking the family boat. Instead, she sinks it. Assigned by her English teacher to write a poem that reveals her true self, Cassandra Randall is stuck. Her family’s religion is so overbearing, she can NEVER write about who she truly is. So Cass does what any self-respecting high school girl would do: she secretly begins writing a tarot-inspired advice blog.

    When Drew Godfrey, an awkward outcast with unwashed hair, writes to her, the situation spirals into what the school calls “a cyberbullying crisis” and what the church calls “sorcery.” Cass wants to be the kind of person who sticks up for the persecuted, who protects the victims the way she tries to protect her brother from the homophobes in her church. But what if she’s just another bully? What will it take for her to step up and tell the truth?

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    After EdenAFTER EDEN (After Eden #1) by Helen Douglas

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she’s hooked. On the face of it, he’s a typical American teenager. So why doesn’t he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn’t heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he’s taking in her.

    As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan’s bedroom – a biography of her best friend – written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose … and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.

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    TwinmakerTWINMAKER (Twinmaker #1) by Sean Williams

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    High-stakes action combines with issues of friendship and body image in this timely and thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of technology and identity.

    You can be Improved….

    In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body—to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.

    What starts as Libby’s dream turns into Clair’s nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious—but powerful—stranger called Q, Clair’s attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.

    Action and danger fuel Sean Williams’ tale of technology, identity, and the lengths to which one girl will go to save her best friend.

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    The In-BetweenTHE IN-BETWEEN by Barbara Stewart

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    When Elanor’s near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by bold, beautiful Madeline, she finds her life quickly spiraling out of control

    Fourteen-year-old Elanor Moss has always been an outcast who fails at everything she tries—she’s even got the fine, white scars to prove it. Moving was supposed to be a chance at a fresh start, a way to leave behind all the pain and ugliness of her old life. But, when a terrible car accident changes her life forever, her near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by Madeline Torus . . . Madeline is everything Elanor isn’t: beautiful, bold, brave. She is exactly what Elanor has always wanted in a best friend and more—their connection runs deeper than friendship. But Madeline is not like other girls, and Elanor has to keep her new friend a secret or risk being labeled “crazy.” Soon, though, even Elanor starts to doubt her own sanity. Madeline is her entire life, and that life is drastically spinning out of control. Elanor knows what happens when your best friend becomes your worst enemy. But what happens when your worst enemy is yourself?

    With her debut novel, The In-Between, Barbara Stewart presents a bold new voice in teen fiction.

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    BrokenBROKEN by C.J. Lyons

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons makes her YA debut with a fast-paced thriller sure to keep readers guessing to the very last page

    The only thing fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian has ever wanted is a chance at a normal life. Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, she has never taken the school bus. Or giggled with friends during lunch. Or spied on a crush out of the corner of her eye. So when her parents offer her three days to prove she can survive high school, Scarlet knows her time is now… or never. Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with every slammed locker and every sideways glance in the hallway. But this high school is far from normal. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does.

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    Engines of the Broken WorldENGINES OF THE BROKEN WORLD by Jason Vanhee

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Merciful Truth and her brother, Gospel, have just pulled their dead mother into the kitchen and stowed her under the table. It was a long illness, and they wanted to bury her—they did—but it’s far too cold outside, and they know they won’t be able to dig into the frozen ground. The Minister who lives with them, who preaches through his animal form, doesn’t make them feel any better about what they’ve done. Merciful calms her guilty feelings but only until, from the other room, she hears a voice she thought she’d never hear again. It’s her mother’s voice, and it’s singing a lullaby. . . .

    Engines of the Broken World is a chilling young adult novel from Jason Vanhee.

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    PirouettePIROUETTE by Robyn Bavati

    Pub. Date: November 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Adopted as babies by two different families, Simone and Hannah have never known they are identical twins. Simone has been raised as a dancer, but she hates performing. Hannah loves nothing more than dance, but her parents see it as just a hobby. When the two girls meet for the first time at the age of fifteen, they decide to swap places to change the role dance plays in their lives. Yet fooling their friends and family is more challenging than either girl expected, and they’re both burdened by the weight of their lies.

    How long can Hannah and Simone keep pretending? What will happen when the truth is revealed?

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    InfinityINFINITY (The Chronicles of Nerisette #3) by Andria Buchanan

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Although she’s still stuck in the magical world of Nerissette, Queen Allie is finally ready to build a relationship with the half hottie, half dragon next door, Winston. But all isn’t really fair in love and war. Unrest is quickly forming at the borders and soon Allie realizes that the Fate Maker wasn’t the only one who wanted her crown. When her trusted aunt Bavasama sends her troops into Nerissette on a campaign of murder and mass destruction, Allie has a tough decision to make. She can’t take the chance of letting more people die or letting those she’s lost disappear from memory, but there is more at stake than even she knows.

    Still, Allie has to do something. And in the process she’ll discover what she’s truly made of when faced with a series of options…each more horrible than the last.

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    Palace of SpiesPALACE OF SPIES by Sarah Zettel

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don’t.

    Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she’s impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love…

    History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.

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    Other Releases

    CONTAGION (Toxic City #3) by Tim Lebbon

    THE KEEPER (Watersmeet #3) by Ellen Jensen Abbott

    SWAGGER by Carl Deuker

    NIGHTMARE CITY by Andrew Klavan

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    There are quite a few more books releasing this week that I have pre-ordered than I remembered ordering. And I think I might also have one or two of the “books of note” pre-ordered, too – PALACE OF SPIES and THE TRAP. But as I’m still in shock that I have seven books pre-ordered, I refuse to check to see if I’ve pre-ordered those too.

    I don’t think I missed any books I had on order last week. But I am so excited that SENTINEL is finally available for the Kindle. I think I checked every day until it was available to download and I really hope to get caught up on that series in the next few.

    I have been trying to keep my book buying to a minimum given the number of expenses I have IRL at the moment. But it hasn’t been working out so well as I can’t seem to pass up any of the amazing books releasing each week that I want to buy. I currently have over 90 books on my list of pre-orders, but I refuse to cancel a single one. So that’s not exactly helping my finances either.

    I think maybe, just maybe, I will need to find a book addicts anonymous group. Though my addiction is not exactly anonymous, is it?

    Anyway… I hope the wait for some of these books hasn’t killed you and that saying goodbye to a few of them won’t. This does seem like a tough week for goodbyes, so I hope they’re not too painful.

    As always, if you know of a book that I should know about, please let me know. And as ever… Happy bookish buying!

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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 #98

    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 November 13th-November 19th that I have pre-ordered.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, 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 704 pages.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO includes the full-length novels MY SOUL TO KEEP and MY SOUL TO STEAL along with the novella REAPER.

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    Okay, so I’ve read all the stories that are contained in SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. More than once. But it’s so gorgeous I just had to pre-order a copy… or two. I have all the other books in print and I just know it will look amazing tucked between SSV1 and IF I DIE.

    This is one of my favorite series of all time and my heart is already breaking that I will have to say goodbye to it next year. But I hope that there will be a third and fourth volume with perhaps a new novella added to that final volume. My fingers are already crossed.

    As I know just how both books and the novella end in this volume I can’t possibly pretend to guess. But between Avari’s wicked ways and Sabine’s evil scheming, both full-length novels are the stuff of awesome.

    And finally getting the chance to see REAPER in print is something I’ve been waiting, wishing and hoping for, for a long, long time. Now if that delivery man would only get here soon….

    RENEGADE by J.A. Souders was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, 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 368 pages.

    RENEGADE is the first book in the author’s The Elysium Chronicles.

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    I hadn’t heard much about RENEGADE until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books insisted this was amazing and that I had to read it asap. While it was available on NetGalley, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it early I immediately headed to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I’m now so very curious to meet Evelyn Winters and see what life is like in Elysium, an “underwater utopia.” Especially as this may not be a utopian society at all, since the description mentions “everything she knows is a lie.”

    I’m dying to find out why her memories have been altered and just who she’s under the control of. And I want to find out just what secret her mother has that “will destroy them all.”

    This book was moved to the top of my reading pile and I hope to be able to dive into it tonight.

    EXECUTION by Alexander Gordon Smith was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 320 pages.

    EXECUTION is the fifth and final book in the author’s Escape from Furnace series.

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    I have been waiting for what seems like forever for EXECUTION to be released. It finally downloaded to my Kindle some time after midnight but I didn’t get the chance to read it yet. And I’m a little terrified of starting it.

    I am almost positive I’m going to be heartbroken when this series ends. I am still so unbelievably sad about what has happened to certain of the characters and about what Alex has become.

    I spotlighted this for my Book Watch post last month but I’m now terrified to find out who wins in the end. The world has taken a darker turn with each installment in the series. And with a title like EXECUTION, I can only imagine things will get even darker.

    I am hopeful the “executed” will be who I want it to be. But even if that happens, I’m not at all confident that means a happy ending for Alex or his friends. And I’m more than nervous about checking out the series epilogue on the author’s website.

    Now I just have to get over my “series ending” fears and pick this book up later this week. If only it downloaded last night when I was feeling daring.

    BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    BLACK CITY is the first book in the author’s Black City Chronicles. The second book in the series, PHOENIX, is slated for release on June 4, 2013 and the third book, currently untitled, will release in 2014.

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    I only fairly recently – in the past three months or so – heard about BLACK CITY. I’d seen it around the blogosphere but hadn’t realized it was a YA release until I saw it on Parajunkee’s blog. And my curiosity was piqued.

    I received an ARC of BLACK CITY from the awesome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, but haven’t yet had the chance to read it. Though I do now also have the eBook happily residing on my Kindle from my pre-order. Decisions… decisions….

    I love the first line of the description for this book – “A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.” It’s gotten me so interested in finding out more about both the love story and the war.

    I am dying to find out what a Darkling is and why they are at war with the humans. I am so curious as to what this “mysterious connection” is that bonds Natalie and Ash, causing Ash’s heart to beat. And I’m hopeful that the choices they make don’t result in either or both of their deaths.

    I had hoped to read this early, but as that didn’t happen as planned, I am now hoping to put this back on top of the pile next week.

    BAD HAIR DAY by Carrie Harris was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 240 pages.

    BAD HAIR DAY is the second book in the author’s Kate Grable series. Also releasing today is a short story in the series entitled BAD YETI.

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    I have not yet read the first book in Carrie Harris’ series but I desperately want to. So, of course I had to pre-order BAD HAIR DAY, since I already own book one.

    I was so tempted to start the series last night before this sequel downloaded to my Kindle. Because, though I probably shouldn’t have, I did end up taking a peek at the description.

    And I love that this sequel takes on a new, hairy, paranormal element… possibly… rather than continuing the zombie menace.

    I can’t wait to meet Kate Grable and find out whether she’s just as good at sleuthing other types of attacks as she is zombie attacks. I really hope she is for her sake and for her peers’ sakes.

    And I love the last line in the description that says – “It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.” Yep, that about sums it up.

    Hopefully I’ll get to read this series over the long holiday weekend here in the U.S.

    REACHED by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    REACHED is the third and final book in author Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy.

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    I have not started this series and now it’s ending with REACHED. I can’t believe it! I officially now own all the books in this series so there’s no reason why I shouldn’t start reading them. Because now I don’t have to wait to find answers.

    I want to meet Cassia and Ky and find out just what happens with these characters – whether they get a happy ending or whether their story ends in heartbreaking loss.

    I have not taken too close a look at the descriptions for these last two books because I want the story to be a surprise. But I am so curious to see how things play out.

    This series is touted as a best-selling series. And the covers are totally amazing. And now that I’ve become a fan of dystopian novels this one ranks at the top of my list of must-reads. I hope I can read all three books this December.

    ECHO by Alyson Noel was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, paperback, 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 352 pages.

    ECHO is the second book in author Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series. The third book in the series, MYSTIC, releases on May 7, 2013 and the fourth book, currently untitled, is slated for release in the fall of 2013.

    ***

    I love Alyson Noel’s writing and the enchanting worlds she creates. And while I haven’t yet started this series I do own the first book and had pre-ordered ECHO which downloaded to my Kindle today.

    I am so very curious to meet the girl who can “navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead.” Although it sounds like things take a bit of a dark turn in this second book in the series. Dark sorcerers. An evil brother whose power is growing. The balance between good and evil at risk. The entire world in jeopardy. A horrifying prophecy. And an unthinkable sacrifice.

    Yes, this definitely sounds like it takes a turn. And with characters with super awesome names like Daire, Dace and Cade, this series is one I can’t wait to read about really, really soon.

    SPEED OF LIGHT by Amber Kizer was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 544 pages.

    SPEED OF LIGHT is the third book in the author’s Fenestra series. Originally dubbed a trilogy, a fourth book, COUNTING TENS is slated for release in the spring of 2013.

    ***

    I am so devastated I’ve fallen so far behind on this series. I pre-ordered SPEED OF LIGHT as soon as it was made available for the Kindle and I had hoped to be caught up with the series before this third book released. But sadly that did not happen.

    I loved getting to know Meridian in the first book in the series. I’d waited for ages until book two was released but got so busy on the blog I didn’t have time to read it when it finally was available. And now book three is out. Which means I have much catching up to do.

    Especially as it seems there will be a fourth book in the series, according to Goodreads. Though I’m wondering if it is a spinoff book from Tens’ perspective. I suppose I’ll have to wait just a bit longer to find out as the author’s website didn’t clue me in.

    I am not checking out the description as I want zero spoilers when I finally get the chance to read this book. But I loved the author’s writing in book one, I loved the idea of the Fenestra and I loved the characters she created. And I really, really hope to be able to catch up on this series before COUNTING TENS is available next spring.

    WOLF PACT Part 3 by Melissa de la Cruz was released today, November 13, 2012, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online as an eBook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Disney Hyperion.

    WOLF PACT Part 3 is the third of four installments from author Melissa de la Cruz’s WOLF PACT. Part 4 is due out on December 4th.

    ***

    I am waiting for all four parts of WOLF PACT to download before I start reading it. Because I don’t want to have to wait between each installment’s release. Though I probably then should have just purchased the completed eBook when it does release instead of pre-ordering each installment. Oh well.

    I did take a look at the description and it has piqued my curiosity. I want to know just what kind of trap Lawson lures Bliss into. And I want to know if they do fall in love. But as the description is vague about just what happens in this installment, I suppose I’ll have to read it to find out more.

    And once the final installment releases this December, I hope to find the answers I’ve been waiting for. But I can’t wait to read about Bliss in her very own novel, though I will always be partial to Schuyler and Jack and the rest of the Blue Bloods.

    Witch World by Christopher Pike

    Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Available today for the Kindle…

    Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

    Kindle Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZON)

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    Forgot to pre-order this novella, but I will be ordering it today!

    Bad Yeti (Kate Grable #1.5) by Carrie Harris

    Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This was a huge week for releases. I don’t even know how I’ll be able to catch up on all these new books let alone the series that I’m so behind on. But I will be reading RENEGADE and EXECUTION and BLACK CITY in the next week or two.

    And I will be gently petting SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. No, I will not be breaking the spine on that book. The pretteh is only for looking at.

    Of course Amazon had to be difficult and instead of downloading all my books at nine o’clock local time, they waited until Midnight, at which time I was just about out cold and couldn’t possibly have read a thing.

    But I really must, must, must get caught up on Carrie Harris’s Kate Grable series and Amber Kizer’s Fenestra series. And if I don’t end up reading the Matched trilogy by year’s end, I’ll feel like a total fail.

    And though it’s not listed, I did end up pre-ordering Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost which I am so very interested in reading later this week.

    Anyway…

    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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