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    GRIM Blog Tour: Micro Reviews of THE PINK & SELL OUT + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be a part of this amazing tour for the recently released GRIM anthology. The classic fairytales were my most favorite stories growing up and I am so excited that a number of my favorite authors today have decided to put their own spin – sometimes a darker spin – on these already grim tales. (Pun intended.)

    For my stop today I get to share my thoughts on Amanda Hocking’s THE PINK: A Grimm Story and Jackson Pearce’s SELL OUT. I am also going to ramble just a little bit about My Grimm Childhood.

    While I haven’t yet read all of the stories in this anthology, I do plan on reading each and every one, along with the original. But the ones I have read so far have been absolutely delightful. And by delightful I mean dark and twisty and different and enchanting. They are the perfect short bites to read when I have a spare moment.

    And although some have been quite different from the original tales, they bring back fond memories of my childhood. Which was also often dark and twisty and different and enchanting.

    Anyway… if you haven’t yet had a chance to take a peek at this anthology, the details are below. And if you’d like to read THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins and THE BROTHERS PIGGETT Julie Kagawa, they are currently available for free download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Harlequin Teen created a wonderful trailer for this anthology. Be sure to check it out if you have a moment.

    And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of the book and be entered into the grand prize giveaway drawing, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter. Then be sure to visit all stops on the tour for additional chances to win GRIM.

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    About the Book

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    Release date: February 25, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Editor: Christine Johnson
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today.

    The Stories & Authors

    1. THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins

    2. FIGMENT by Jeri Smith-Ready

    3. THE TWELTH GIRL by Malinda Lo

    4. THE RAVEN PRINCESS by Jon Skovron

    5. THINNER THAN WATER by Saundra Mitchell

    6. BEFORE THE ROSE BLOOMED: A Retelling of the Snow Queen by Ellen Hopkins

    7. BEAST/BEAST by Tessa Gratton

    8. THE BROTHERS PIGGETT by Julie Kagawa

    9. UNTETHERED by Sonia Gensler

    10. BETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson

    11. LIGHT IT UP by Kimberly Derting

    12. SHARPER THAN A SERPENT’S TONGUE by Christine Johnson

    13. A REAL BOY by Claudia Gray

    14. SKIN TRADE by Myra McEntire

    15. BEAUTY AND THE CHAD by Sarah Rees Brennan

    16. THE PINK: A Grimm Story by Amanda Hocking

    17. SELL OUT by Jackson Pearce

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    The Micro Reviews

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    I really enjoyed reading Amanda Hocking’s version of THE PINK. It’s one of the shorter, more obscure of the Grimm’s stories, but it’s actually one I remember rather well. It involves a young prince who can make wishes come true, a queen who is framed for his death, and a young girl who puts her own life at risk to save another.

    Instead of revamping the story, the author opted to stay somewhat true to its original setting and voice. It reads like a fairytale. But as the original was so quick and lacking in much detail, this author chose to expand upon it, fleshing out the story and characters a bit more, adding in her own creative and imaginative elements.

    Amanda Hocking’s THE PINK retains much of the essence of the original story but is far more enchanting than the original and even a bit less grim. By giving the characters a voice, taking away some of the antiquated notions about women, and taking religion out of this tale, the author has made this modern adaptation a charming, sweet and absolutely delightful read.

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    SellOut

    SELL OUT is the first story I’ve read by author Jackson Pearce and it definitely won’t be my last. It is loosely based on the classic Snow White story, but with quite a few nods to the original. And as this is such a popular fairytale I don’t think I need to refresh anyone’s memory, but just in case…. It involves an envious queen, a huntsman who chooses to defy his orders, a bunch of rather greedy dwarves, a tightly-laced bodice, a poison apple, a state of suspended animation, a kiss and a happily ever after.

    Jackson Pearce’s SELL OUT mixes things up a bit and adds its own grim twist. It’s a modern interpretation involving a character who can revive the dead with a kiss. There is a “wicked” stepmother, or at least a greedy one. The huntsman and the prince are combined into one character, Emmett, who is not quite as altruistic. Snow White, a.k.a. Elise Snow, isn’t nearly as innocent as she was in the original tale. But the “dwarves” in this story – free-spirited creative types – are much more kindly than their counterparts in the Brothers Grimm’s version, treating Elise more like family than like a servant.

    SELL OUT is a super quick read, a lot of fun and is definitely a unique modernization of the classic. The grim twist to this story – in which no young boars were harmed (and no, taxidermy does not count) – is provided by Emmett’s job. It’s definitely worth the read and will likely leave you wondering about happily ever afters. This short story is one that I would love to see expanded into a full-length novel.

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    My Grimm Childhood

    I loved reading fairytales when I was a child, and my most favorite stories were those by the Brothers Grimm. Many of those fairytales, like many in this anthology, were rather grim. I still can’t get the images of what happened to Cinderella’s step-sisters, and what they were willing to do to catch a prince, out of my head. I suppose gruesome is a more befitting word.

    I was given The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales when I was eight or nine. It was just over 850 pages and I devoured it cover to cover so many times that the spine first bent, then broke, then tore into sections. And still I continued to read it. I loved the magic of these stories and was fascinated by their darkness. It wasn’t until later on in life that I learned a bit more about German fairytales and bedtime stories and what their true purpose often was.

    Of course I didn’t recognize how sexist these stories were, how quick to judge and punish the kings and princes were, how only the most wholesome of girls was rewarded, and how innocence and beauty went hand-in-hand. And I didn’t understand how delousing a man was not something particularly enjoyable. I was blinded to all of that by these stories that transported me to imaginary lands where happy endings were real and evil was punished.

    These stories provided me an escape that was much needed and I cherished them dearly. No matter how much a few of the elements in them should offend my sensibilities, I can’t seem to get upset with them or stop loving them. They were written in a time that is so very different from today.

    But I’m really excited that children today have an alternative to Hollywood’s overly cheery version of a fairytale, or ones that are filled with concepts that are a bit outdated, with such modernized versions as those offered in the GRIM anthology. And it’s absolutely wonderful to see today’s spinners of tales pay homage to their predecessors in these most beloved stories.

    I’m certain that I would have happily exchanged my GRIMM Childhood for a GRIM one.

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    The Giveaway

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    There are a number of amazing giveaways on this tour so be sure to visit all the stops for additional chances to win!

    – A copy of GRIM to ONE WINNER at each tour stop

    – A GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE including the following Harlequin Teen titles: 2 copies of GRIM, a copy of WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout, THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow, THE QUEEN’S CHOICE by Cayla Kluver and an ARC of LET’S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid

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    The Tour Schedule

    Monday, Feb. 17th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog

    Tuesday, Feb. 18th – Two Chicks on Books – Stories 1, 2 & 3

    Wednesday, Feb. 19th – A Book and a Latte – Stories 4, 5 & 6

    Friday, Feb. 21st – Fiction Freak – Stories 7, 8 & 9

    Monday, Feb. 24th – Mundie Moms – Stories 10, 11 & 12

    Wednesday, Feb. 26th – Bumbles and Fairytales – Stories 13, 14 & 15

    Friday, Feb. 28th – Fiktshun – Stories 16 & 17

    For more information about each of the stops on the tour just visit Kismet Book Touring’s website by clicking the image below.

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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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    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…

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    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

    Description:

    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

    Description:

    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

    Description:

    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

    Description:

    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 #34

    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 23rd-August 29th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, the print edition is 432 pages.

    Bloodlines is the first book in a new series by Richelle Mead set in the same world as her Vampire Academy series.

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    Of course I have this one pre-ordered. I also have the second book in this series pre-ordered. I would like nothing more than to drop everything and read this book. The Vampire Academy series is one of my most favorite young adult series and just the opportunity to be able to go back to the world, even if not to the same characters, is so unbelievably tempting.

    I can’t wait to get to know Sydney a little better. I always liked her but never really got to know her from her role in the Vampire Academy books. And I can’t imagine how well things could possibly work out for Jill Dragomir at a human school in Palm Springs.

    I’ve been trying not to get my hopes up too much that we’ll get to see what’s going on with Rose and Dimitri, but I’m prepared in the event we won’t get the chance. No matter what, I just know I’ll love this new series, but I still can’t help but keep my fingers crossed that Rose, Dimitri and Adrian will pop in every once in awhile.

    Possess by Gretchen McNeil will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Possess is one the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I have a signed ARC of this book, but I still have it pre-ordered to download to my Kindle. I did not get a chance to read it the other week, though I really wanted to, but I still plan on reading it later this summer or early this fall. This is not one I’m going to allow to sink too far down in the pile.

    This was one of the 2011 debut books that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. And as I spotlighted it for my “Book Watch” post a few weeks back I won’t be too repetitive now. But, I absolutely love this cover and the fact that the heroine in this story has the ability to banish demons. That sounds like a completely awesome power to have.

    I can’t wait to get just a little breathing room so that I can move this one back to the top of the pile, because from what I’d read so far Possess is definitely a book I will really enjoy.

    Nocturne by Christine Johnson will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Nocturne is the second book in the Claire de Lune series by Christine Johnson.

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    I have owned Claire de Lune for what seems like forever, but haven’t had a chance to read it…yet. I traded for an ARC of Nocturne some time ago in the hopes that I would be able to catch up with this series before Nocturne’s release. Sadly, I wasn’t able to.

    I have given away my ARC, but the eBook will download on Monday Midnight to join the first book on my Kindle. I haven’t let myself peek at the description on Goodreads for this sequel as I don’t want to discover any spoilers for book one, but I’m hoping it continues Claire’s story and not just the story of the pack of female werewolves she has become a part of.

    This is another series that I really don’t want to get further behind on and I hope to be able to read both books back-to-back later this fall.

    Sweetly by Jackson Pearce will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 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 320 pages.

    Sweetly is the companion book to Sisters Red in the Fairytale Retellings series by author Jackson Pearce.

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    This cover freaks me out to no end. I saw it in the bookstore this past weekend and I can see nothing but the spooky face created by the dark silhouettes of the tree branches. I’m glad that the eBook I have on pre-order doesn’t do covers justice or I think I’d have nightmares just looking at this cover. It’s definitely awesome, but so unbelievably creepy.

    I haven’t read Sisters Red but I do own it and hope to read it some day soon. But the story in Sweetly is much more appealing to me. I haven’t read many, if any, fairytale retellings, but I think a retelling of Hansel and Gretel sounds really interesting.

    From what I read in the description, I like the idea that it’s not keeping strictly to the original story, but offers something new. There’s still a boy and girl, a witch and a forest. But Gretchen sounds much more kick-a** than Gretel ever was, and instead of blindly wandering into a trap, Gretchen is ready to fight.

    But in this newly re-imagined fairytale the witch may not be the source of the danger or the missing girls. So there is a bit of a mystery and a love story in Sweetly and I can’t wait to find out more.

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Note: In eBook format, Blood Bound won’t be available for download until September 1, 2011.)

    Blood Bound is the first book in a new series for an adult audience by author Rachel Vincent.

    Published by Mira, the print edition is 4oo pages.

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    I am in the middle of Blood Bound right now and I absolutely love this new series. I haven’t read the author’s other series written for an adult audience, so this is my first introduction to her books aimed at an older crowd.

    I decided to add this book to the Releasing This Week post even though the Kindle version which I have on pre-order won’t be downloading until September 1st, because August 23rd is the book’s true release date.

    I am such a huge fan of the author and own all her books in both print and eBook format, so I wanted to add this one to my electronic family. Besides, as the ARC isn’t personally signed to me, I have already promised it to another reviewer.

    I won’t talk too much about this book now, as I will be posting my review on Wednesday, but from page one you are sucked right into Liv Warren’s dark and gritty world where she is a Tracker who can find people by the scent of their blood. And she must try to find and save her friend’s missing daughter from the dark and dangerous underworld where she’s been taken.

    I can’t wait to finish writing this post so I can get back to reading and find out how everything turns out at the end of this dark, sexy and gripping paranormal novel. And I’ll be even happier when the finished copy downloads onto my Kindle and I have it added to my permanent collection.

    The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats. (Note: Barnes & Noble also has an exclusive edition available to pre-order.)

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    The Power of Six is the second book in the Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore. (Pittacus Lore is the pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes.)

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    I had been on the fence about reading this series due to some of the negative press that surrounded the first book’s release. But when the publisher sent a copy of this second book for review I decided to accept it and purchase the first book in the series so that I could get caught up.

    I had seen the film version of book one, so I figured why not read the book. And so far I’m enjoying it much more than the movie, although I am picturing the book characters as the actors in the film. Although I’m not quite finished with I Am Number Four, as I am not one to have an incomplete collection, I decided to pre-order the eBook of The Power of Six.

    And, until I added the second book in the series to the pile, I had not been aware that this book is not about Six, but about Seven. Seven is just one of the six remaining beings from Lorien that are still alive and being hunted by the Mogadorians.

    From the description on Goodreads, it seems that Seven is still in hiding and waiting for a sign, wondering if John Smith is just that. Or if the girl from Seven’s dreams is. But Seven is not content to remain in hiding any longer and is ready to fight back.

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    The time for slow release weeks is now over. There are six new books releasing this week that I am purchasing for my collection and next week is just as crowded with new releases that I must have.

    While not all of the above books will be read in the next few weeks, I am hoping to have them all read this year. I have grand plans. But then I always do.

    Even though I have six books pre-ordered, I still feel like I’m missing something really important. I’m just not quite sure what that is. But I’ll be keeping an eye on the Twitter timeline on Tuesday for any book birthday mentions so that I might snag any of the books that I missed. Better late than never, right?

    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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