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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #161

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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 January 28th-February 3rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Up From the Grave

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    UP FROM THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Avon, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UP FROM THE GRAVE is the seventh and final full-length novel in the Night Huntress series by Author Jeaniene Frost.

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    I am so excited and so terribly sad that UP FROM THE GRAVE is releasing this week. I’ve been waiting forever for its release and I can’t wait to see what this final installment holds for Cat and Bones. But I’m also heartbroken that it is the end for them.

    I may have only just met these characters in the past few years, but I instantly fell in love with them. I could read story after story about Cat and Bones and their adventures, which makes it even harder to let go.

    I refuse to read the description to see just how things might end. And I’m not sure if I’ll be devouring UP FROM THE GRAVE the instant it releases. I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to say goodbye. But I might just have to, or steer clear of Twitter for the next few weeks until the buzz dies down. We shall see.

    I don’t always root for a happy ending, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for Cat and Bones. And I’m keeping my ears covered and eyes closed until I discover the end for myself.

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    There’s always one more grave to dig.

    Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

    A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

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    Uninvited

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    UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UNINVITED is the first book in a new series by Author Sophie Jordan. A release date has not been set for the sequel.

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    I can’t wait for everyone to read UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan and I’m totally stoked that my finished copy will be downloading this week. I already read it and spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not just as anxious for it to hit shelves.

    I was totally surprised by how awesome this book was. Not because I thought the author wasn’t awesome already, but because I didn’t expect to love this story as much as I did based upon the description.

    It was amazing. And thought-provoking. And heartwarming. And nerve-wracking. And I am dying to get my hands on the sequel to see what happens next. Which is another reason why I’m anxious for its release. Because that means it’s one day closer to the sequel’s release.

    While I won’t be re-reading UNINVITED this week, I will definitely be re-reading it some time in the next month or two. It’s just that fantastic of a read and I’m curious to see what other chilling thoughts re-reading will bring to mind.

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    The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

    When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

    Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

    The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

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    Cruel Beauty

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    CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I can’t believe that release day is just about here for CRUEL BEAUTY and my Kindle copy will be downloading on Monday Midnight. I feel like it was just yesterday when I first learned about it and added it to my list of pre-orders.

    I am currently in the middle of reading this book and will hopefully be finished reading it tonight. And oh my gosh do I love it. I wasn’t entirely sure I would, as the Beauty and the Beast tale has been done quite well before. But this story is gorgeous and is surprisingly unique.

    What I’ve devoured already has gotten me hooked. The description wasn’t lying when it called it a “sweeping fantasy” and I definitely do feel a bit dazzled.

    As I haven’t yet reached the end, I don’t know how far it will deviate from the fairy tale’s ending. And even if I did know, I wouldn’t reveal that here. But I can’t wait to finish writing this post so I can get back to reading it. It’s wonderfully, deliciously addictive.

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    Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

    Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

    Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

    With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

    But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

    As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    The instant I read the description for Elizabeth Scott’s HEARTBEAT I added it to my list of pre-orders, and I can’t believe its release is just about here. I have an early copy and have managed to read most of it and plan on finishing it tomorrow, but I am still just as excited for the finished copy to land on my Kindle.

    I don’t want to say too much about this story, in part because if I started rambling I might reveal too much, in part because this post is already super long, and in part because just thinking about it brings me to tears.

    So I will only just say that it’s heart-wrenching and beautiful. And I can’t wait for everyone to read it, bawl and fall in love with it.

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    Life. Death. And…Love?

    Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

    But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

    Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

    Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

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    Anything to Have You

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    ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

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    I love Paige Harbison’s writing and I’m totally stoked that ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU is releasing this week and the finished copy will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday. While I didn’t get the chance to read it early, I will definitely be reading it in the next couple of weeks.

    I can’t wait to meet Natalie and Brooke and find out what the repercussions will be for the night Natalie spent with Aiden. I am super curious to know whether their friendship will be strong enough to get past what happened or if Natalie’s actions will have destroyed what they had.

    The description gives absolutely no clue about just what direction this story will take, so I’m dying to find out what happens. And I hope to be able to do so in the next couple of weeks.

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    Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

    Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

    Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can’t remember and Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, can’t forget. Suddenly there’s a question mark in Natalie and Brooke’s friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.

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    And We Stay

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    AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 240 pages.

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    I only recently discovered AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard but I immediately added it to my list of pre-orders because the style the story was written in sounded incredibly intriguing. And the story itself sounded heartbreaking but hopeful.

    While I received an eARC for review, I haven’t had the chance to read it just yet, so I’ll likely be reading the finished copy when I do get it on the pile. But I did end up taking a peek at the first several pages and, as I hoped I would be, am intrigued by the style the story is told in.

    I can’t wait to see how the author presents this tragic but hopeful story. I can’t wait to see how the spirit of Emily Dickinson is able to help. And I hope to be able to do so in just a few weeks.

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    When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

    This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.

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    Manor of Secrets

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    MANOR OF SECRETS by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Point, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I have been dying to read MANOR OF SECRETS but haven’t yet been able to get it on the pile, though I did read the first few chapters. I have an ARC, but as my finished copy will be landing on my Kindle on Tuesday I will likely be reading that version instead.

    I can’t wait to discover all of the Manor’s secrets, get to know Lady Charlotte and Janie even more, and find out just what happens when rules are broken. The description is rather vague about the details which piques my curiosity all the more.

    Katherine Longshore is a fantastic writer and I just know I’ll fall in love with her latest release. I am anticipating romance and mystery and a gorgeous setting and I can’t wait to dive back in.

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    The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .

    Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.

    Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn’t sure she possesses the courage — or the means — to break free and follow her passions.

    Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.

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    Her Dark Curiosity

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    HER DARK CURIOSITY by Megan Shepherd will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 432 pages.

    HER DARK CURIOSITY is the second book in Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2015.

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    I did not read the first book in Megan Shepherd’s series, but I own it and just had to pre-order HER DARK CURIOSITY. I have heard such amazing things about that first book that I couldn’t resist adding this second book in the series to my collection.

    I don’t want to take a peek at the description for the sequel as I’m not sure what happened with Juliet Moreau in that first book and I don’t want to happen upon any spoilers. If it’s as amazing as everyone said it was, I can only imagine that I’ll be heartbroken if even a moment of it is spoiled.

    I recall the first book’s description giving me chills – Dr. Moreau’s experimentation is so unbelievably creepy – and I can only guess that this sequel’s description is just as chilling. But as I refuse to read it I don’t know for sure.

    As much as I’d love to dive into both books immediately, I’m wondering whether I should wait until closer to book three’s release. I guess it will depend upon just how long I’ll be able to live with being curious.

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    To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

    Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

    As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

    As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

    With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

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    Into the Still Blue

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    INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 400 pages.

    INTO THE STILL BLUE is the third and final full-length book in Author Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series.

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    I cannot believe that this series is ending and I haven’t yet read the first book. I am absolutely heartbroken. I own each of the books in this series – including the novellas – and have INTO THE STILL BLUE pre-ordered.

    I just know I’m going to love this series madly. Everyone whose opinions I trust was crazy about this series. I’ve heard that many hearts were broken knowing this series was concluding. I imagine the same will be true for me when I devour it in its entirety.

    The description – yes I peeked just a tiny bit at the blurb – mentioned it was “earth-shattering” and I’m excited to find out just why that is. But I haven’t read beyond that blurb as I don’t want to know anything more.

    Now that the series will be available to read back-to-back-to-back, I do plan on reading it in the very near future. And by that I mean next month.

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    The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

    Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

    The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

    Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

    Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

    In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

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    The Unbound

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    THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE UNBOUND is the second book in Author Victoria Schwab’s The Archived series.

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    I love Victoria Schwab’s writing and while I haven’t finished reading THE ARCHIVED I just had to pre-order THE UNBOUND. I just can’t believe its release date is almost here. I really had hoped to get caught up before its release.

    I can’t wait to find out what happened to Mackenzie and see what happens to her in this sequel. The world the author created was so very different from any I’d read before and I’m curious to see whether this sequel takes readers back there.

    As I haven’t yet finished reading the first book, and I have a feeling this sequel’s description will be spoiler-y, I haven’t taken a peek. But I am dying to know whether this will be the final book in the series or if there is a third book planned. So if anyone knows, without revealing spoilers, I would love to know.

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    Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

    Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

    Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

    With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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    Infinite

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    INFINITE by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 432 pages.

    INFINITE is the third and final full-length book in Author Jodi Meadows’ Newsoul series.

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    I own both previous books in this series and have had INFINITE pre-ordered for ages, but I haven’t yet had the chance to dive into this series that had me captivated since before book one’s release. And it wasn’t just each book’s stunning cover that drew me in.

    I have wanted to meet newsoul Ana. I have been curious as to whether she has no soul. I’ve been hopeful that she doesn’t just have the one life to live. And I’ve been dying to find out whether Sam is willing to risk being with her even if she does.

    I don’t know what happened in INCARNATE or ASUNDER, but I hope to be able to find out everything that did. I hope to be able to devour all three books and the novella some time next month or the month after that. I kind of love the idea of getting to spend all this time with the characters in their world. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen as planned.

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    DESTRUCTION
    The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

    FLIGHT
    Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

    CHOICE
    The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

    With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

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    Other Books of Note

    The Queen's ChoiceTHE QUEEN’S CHOICE (Heirs of Chrior #1) by Cayla Kluver

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

    When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen’s mantle herself.

    Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined….

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    TimestormTIMESTORM (Tempest #3) by Julie Cross

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    The breathtaking conclusion to the time-travel trilogy that is “both tender and electric” (Publishers Weekly)

    The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

    As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also amongst a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their life and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Doctor Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between freewill and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

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    Forever coverFOREVER (Temptation #3) by Karen Ann Hopkins

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    All I want is my happily-ever-after.

    That’s all I’ve wanted since meeting Noah Miller.

    From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I’m carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there’s a storm on the horizon, and it’s sure to cause serious devastation.

    If we can get through this, we’ll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever.

    But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off.

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    FireFIRE (The Englesfors Trilogy #2) by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: Overlook Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Praised by Lev Grossman as “stunning, …raw, real, smart, very thrilling and very, very wicked,” The Circle, the first book in the internationally bestselling Engelsfors Trilogy, introduced a group of high school girls with special powers who became the Chosen Ones. As book two, Fire, begins, Minoo, Vanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin and Ida have been struggling with their own demons all summer long. Now school is back in session, and whether they like it or not, the five Chosen Ones must stick together stronger than ever before.

    Evil is back in Engelsfors and it threatens to engulf everyone and everything—and only if the five girls accept their strengths and trust each other unconditionally will they have any chance of defeating it.

    The second installment of the Engelsfors Trilogy—an international sensation with rights sold in 26 countries—Fire sees the past woven together with the present, the living with the dead, our human world with demonic forces. This spellbinding novel takes the reader on a wild journey in a world where the stakes are higher than life-and-death.

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    MindersMINDERS by Michele Jaffe

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist,MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

    Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

    Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

    Q: What if the crime is murder?

    Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

    Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

    Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford’s life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

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    Face of DeathFACE OF DEATH (Touch of Death #3) by Kelly Hashway

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi’s enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her–the punishment doled out by the very people she’d sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.

    Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.

    Jodi’s one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa’s blood.

    But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she’s faced yet.

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    No PlaceNO PLACE by Todd Strasser

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    When Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless, issues of injustice rise to the forefront in this relatable, timely novel from Todd Strasser.

    It seems like Dan has it all. He’s a baseball star who hangs with the popular crowd and dates the hottest girl in school. Then his family loses their home.

    Forced to move into the town’s Tent City, Dan feels his world shifting. His friends try to pretend that everything’s cool, but they’re not the ones living among the homeless. As Dan struggles to adjust to his new life, he gets involved with the people who are fighting for better conditions and services for the residents of Tent City. But someone wants Tent City gone, and will stop at nothing until it’s destroyed…

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    Secret coverSECRET (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

    Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.

    And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

    SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.

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    TapeTAPE by Steven Camden

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Record a voice and it lasts forever…

    In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

    In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

    Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

    This is their story.

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    Other Releases

    SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Someone to Love #2) by Addison Moore

    FIRSTBORN by Lorie Ann Grover

    BREATH OF YESTERDAY by Emily Bold

    THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON by Paige Toon

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    What an absolutely insane week for new releases this is. I have eleven books pre-ordered that I know about. It’s entirely possible there will be more downloads to my Kindle than just those eleven. *GULP.* I’m not even going to check to see if there are eNovellas releasing or this post might take me another few hours to complete.

    While I’ve managed to read a few of this week’s releases, there are so many releases that I haven’t read that are part of series that I’m behind on. I’m starting to think that I might never catch up.

    And while I would love to keep rambling about all the amazing books releasing this week, this post is long enough. And I really would like to try and actually read one more of the books I have the opportunity to read pre-release. So I’m going to run off and do that right now.

    I hope that I haven’t missed any of this week’s releases. I really, really, hope so. Because my wallet and my TBR pile couldn’t handle it if there were more. And I hope that a few of this week’s releases are books you’ve been anxiously awaiting, because it means the wait will soon be over.

    As ever, a happy book birthday to each of this week’s releases and happy bookish acquiring and reading in the week ahead.

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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 #109

    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 January 29th-February 4th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Shadows in the Silence

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is the third and final full-length book in Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire series.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is releasing this week. While I had the chance to read it early, I desperately want to have the finished copy in my collection. And as this is one of my favorite series I am getting both the eBook version and the print edition on Tuesday.

    As I have reviewed it and talked about it in my Book Watch post a few weeks ago, I am trying very hard not to reveal too much. About just what happened at the end with the characters that made it that far. About the “ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.” And about who lives and who dies in this amazing and totally epic conclusion to this series.

    I am heartbroken that the series has ended and that I will have to say goodbye. Even though I did read it and have technically said goodbye already, it didn’t really feel like goodbye because the final book wasn’t released officially. Well this week it will be releasing. And I’m so very sad to see this series end.

    But I do plan on re-reading this series again and again. Ellie and Will and Cadan are characters that are so very memorable. They’re flawed and imperfect but even more perfect for their flaws. They’re brave. They’re loyal. And they’re absolutely wonderful characters to have gotten to know these past couple of years.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE was the perfect end to this action-packed, heartbreaking and utterly riveting series. This final book shows even more character growth, even more deadly battles, even more depth to the story and an ending that…. Nope. Not going to reveal that.

    The Madman's Daughter

    THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It’s currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER is the first book in the author’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series are as yet untitled. Book two is due out in 2014 and book three in 2015.

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    I hadn’t really heard of this book until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books said that this was an absolute must read for me. So I trusted her judgment and pre-ordered the book without actually looking into just what it was about.

    Well now that release date is almost here and I’m putting together this post I decided it was time to find out. And I had no idea it was inspired by THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. That it was a story about Juliet, Dr. Moreau’s daughter, who discovers that he is, in fact, alive and travels to the island to find out if the rumors about his experiments are true.

    I had no idea… and now I’m totally creeped out. And I’m a little nervous about it downloading to my Kindle this week. Because the original book totally freaked me out. I am totally squeamish about books involving scientific experimentation. The idea of cross-species experiments are absolutely horrifying to me. And I just know this book will give me nightmares.

    The description calls it a “dark and breathless Gothic thriller” and I hope I have the courage to dive in. Because I am already imagining these creepy humanoid animals and it’s giving me the chills.

    Nobody But Us

    NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I am so excited that NOBODY BUT US is releasing this week. I have desperately wanted to read this book ever since I first heard about it. I was immediately sold by the first lines in the description – “Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY.” The fact that it’s “heart-wrenching” is just icing on that already tasty-sounding cake.

    I can’t wait to meet Zoe and Will and find out just what their pasts hold that makes them feel they have to run from them. I love the idea that this story is told from both characters’ perspectives. And I can’t wait to find out how it all ends… even if the ending isn’t a happy one.

    I am just so curious about what dangers abound and what choices they’ll have to make. This book sounds like it will be absolutely heartbreaking and I seriously hope I can read this next week.

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    WHAT THE SPELL by Brittany Geragotelis will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 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 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    WHAT THE SPELL is the first book in the author’s Life’s a Witch series. The second book in the series, LIFE’S A WITCH, is slated for release on July 9, 2013 and the third book in the series, THE WITCH IS BACK, is slated for release in January 2014.

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    WHAT THE SPELL is such a fun, easy-to-read and delightful book. I am so stoked that it’s releasing this week and that the finished version will download to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

    I don’t want to talk too much more about this book as I have read it and will be reviewing it this week on the blog. But I will just say that I loved getting to meet Brooklyn and getting to see just how accessing her powers changes her life.

    WHAT THE SPELL was a super quick one-sit-read for me. It was the perfect escape with writing and characters I adored. And I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.

    Stolen Nights

    STOLEN NIGHTS by Rebecca Maizel will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    STOLEN NIGHTS is the second book in author Rebecca Maizel’s Vampire Queen series.

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    I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime and a half for this second book in the author’s Vampire Queen series. I’d waited ages for the first book to be released in eBook format and then heard that this sequel was delayed. So I decided to wait to read book one until after STOLEN NIGHTS was released so that I didn’t have to wait.

    Well, the wait is just about over. And I’m dying to dive into this series whose description for the first book had me desperate to get my hands on it. The opening quote made me melt – “‘Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you… no one.'”

    Those first lines broke my heart – “Those were some of Rhode’s last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.”

    So, yes, as you can imagine I’ve been just dying to meet Lenah Beaudonte. To find out why Rhode sacrificed himself for her. To learn how she could possibly fall in love with Justin when someone like Rhode had done what he’d done for her.

    And you can imagine just how tough it’s been to wait for this sequel, whose description I will not take a peek at.

    But now that both books are out, I cannot wait to dive in and find out for myself just what happens. And I plan on doing that in the next few weeks because I’ve waited long enough.

    Asunder

    ASUNDER by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    ASUNDER is the second book in author Jodi Meadows Newsoul series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I have not yet read the first book in the Newsouls series but I’ve been told that I absolutely must read it and that I just had to get book two, ASUNDER. And so I pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    I haven’t yet met newsoul Ana. I haven’t found out why a soul just vanished when she was born. I haven’t learned whether she was a nosoul or responsible for the attack on Heart. And I haven’t yet met Sam and found out whether they only have one lifetime to be together.

    But I just had to take a peek at the description for ASUNDER. I just couldn’t resist.

    I am so curious to find out just what darksouls are. I am anxious to find out why Ana’s presence is a “reminder of unstoppable changes.” And I’m nervous about whether Ana will be able to believe in Sam’s feelings for her and what will happen if she doesn’t.

    This series sounds absolutely gorgeous and I cannot wait to get the chance to read both books. The descriptions alone makes these books sound like must reads for me and I hope to read them both in February or March.

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    PRODIGY by Marie Lu will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    PRODIGY is the second book in author Marie Lu’s Legend series. The third book, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    Marie Lu’s series is yet another one I haven’t started on. I own book one and just had to pre-order PRODIGY for my collection. Mainly because everyone says this series is amazing and I don’t want to be the very last person to read it. Although I won’t be diving in until book three’s release, so that I won’t have to wait between books and can experience this series all at once.

    There is something very reminiscent of The Hunger Games with these books – perhaps it’s the militaristic dystopian setting and the books’ covers. Which may be the reason why I wasn’t instantly drawn to the stories. But I did take a peek at the writing in LEGEND and from that alone I know that they’ll be books I will easily devour.

    I just don’t want to have to suffer the wait between releases. I want to read June and Day’s story from beginning to end without pause. I want to find out what life is like in the Republic without having to leave the world. And I want to see whether they will be able to “change the nation” and “give voice to a people silenced for too long” without having to hang off the side of a cliff for a year before I get those answers.

    I’m just not entirely sure I will be able to wait.

    Til the World Ends

    ‘TIL THE WORLD ENDS by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre and Karen Duvall will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Luna, the print edition is 368 pages.

    ‘TIL THE WORLD END contains three stories – DAWN OF EDEN by Julie Kagawa, a prequel novella in her Blood of Eden series, THISTLE & THORNE by Ann Aguirre and SUN STORM by Karen Duvall.

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    I pre-ordered this book not realizing at the time that there were three short stories contained within. But I’ve since read the descriptions for all three that comprise ‘TIL THE WORLD ENDS and I cannot wait until it downloads this week.

    While I haven’t yet read the first book in Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, I love the sound of this prequel, DAWN OF EDEN. This virus, the Red Lung, sounds horrific and I’m so curious to find out just what “strange things are happening to the remains of the dead.”

    Ann Aguirre’s story THISTLE & THORNE sounds awesome. I can’t wait to see what “evil plot” Mari Thistle and Thorne Goodman have to face in this world that has become a “vast chemical wasteland.” I know from taking a peek at Ann Aguirre’s ENCLAVE the worlds she creates are amazing, so I am super excited to read this short story by the author.

    And SUN STORM by Karen Duvall sounds so wildly different and exciting. I love this power that she’s given her character Sarah Daggot. The idea of Kinetics – those “with the power to sense coming storms” – sounds wicked awesome. And I cannot wait to read just how they attempt to battle against the sun.

    Other Books of Note

    Prey

    THE PREY (The Hunt #2) by Andrew Fukuda

    Pub. Date: January 29, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS by A.R. Kahler

    Pub. Date: January 29, 2013

    Publisher: 47North

    (AMAZON)

    The print edition and completed Kindle eBook edition of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS are releasing this week. As I’d already purchased – and nearly finished – the serial eBook edition I’ve listed it here.

    And I just have to say that this book is AWESOME!

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    This is a HUGE week for releases. I have eight books pre-ordered and am so very tempted to purchase Andrew Fukuda’s book, too. While I’ve read two of the books I have on order, that leaves six for the TBR pile. And as a few of them have previous books in the series that are still on the TBR pile, that means a LOT more reading if I want to catch up.

    I am desperately hoping I can read Kristin Hallbrook’s NOBODY BUT US in the next couple of weeks, but as I am already so very far behind on my reads for the year it may be a couple weeks beyond that.

    And I’m battling the urge to read INFINITE DAYS and STOLEN NIGHTS right now. Because that description… oh… my… gosh… I’m just dying to read them both right now…. Well, on Tuesday when I get my hands on book two, that is.

    And I have this total morbid curiosity about THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER even though it totally sounds like it will give me nightmares.

    With eight new books being added to my collection I think I need to follow Parajunkee’s advice once more about the reading more and talking less. And I hope to do more of the one and less of the other this week because there are some awesome new books being added to my collection.

    But what about you? Do you have any new releases getting added to your collection that you’re as excited for as I am for mine? Is PRODIGY or ASUNDER a book you’ve been desperately waiting to read but have had to suffer a long wait to get your hands on it? And are you as excited and sad, all at once, about reading and then saying goodbye to the Angelfire series when you read SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE?

    I’d love to know what books you’re most excited for this week. And I hope you’ll have some awesome new additions for your collection this week and that it will be a happy reading week ahead!

    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 #57

    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 January 31st-February 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Destiny and Deception is the fourth full-length book in the 13 to Life series by author Shannon Delany.

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    I’ve been a huge fan of this series since I discovered it after I began blogging. I love the world that Jess and the Rusakova’s exist in and can’t wait to read this fourth book in the series. I’ve had the eBook pre-ordered for awhile and I can’t believe release date is almost here.

    I won’t talk too much about what I’m hoping for in this book just in case someone hasn’t caught up with the series yet. But I am dying to find out if things are really looking up for Jess and Pietr or if it’s just the calm before the storm.

    And from the description there are a few things going on with Alexi that I can’t wait to discover for myself.

    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Wings of the Wicked is the sequel to Angelfire by author Courtney Allison Moulton.

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    I can’t believe this book releases this week. I also can’t believe I have to wait an entire year until the next book comes out. I am so excited that I’ll have the eBook on my Kindle in less than twenty-four hours because I’m curious to see just what has changed between the ARC and the finished copy.

    I just finished reading this and I’m already dying to read it again. I thought Angelfire was awesome. I thought that first book had me tied up in knots in a way that the sequel never could. I was so totally wrong.

    The dangers facing Ellie and Will are even more terrifying. Cadan is even more swoon-worthy. And the ending is even more of a killer than I ever thought possible. I’m hanging on by my bitten and ragged fingernails, but only just barely.

    New Girl by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I had a chance to read Here Lies Bridget by the author last year and I was excited to see she had another book coming out, so I added it to my pre-orders even without knowing exactly what it’s about.

    But after reading the description I can’t wait to read more. I want to find out just how the New Girl is handling life at Manderly Academy where she landed a spot when Becca Normandy went missing. I want to find out just why everyone seems to blame her. I want to see what happens between her and Max Holloway, Becca’s “sort of” boyfriend.

    And I want to see if we get to find out the New Girl’s name.

    There is just something a little eerie about the description, though I can’t put my finger on it. And so I really want to read New Girl now and find out just why I feel that there is.

    Incarnate by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 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 Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Incarnate, the first book in the Newsouls series by author Jodi Meadows is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I have had an ARC of Incarnate sitting on my shelf for a while thanks to a trade, but I haven’t had the chance to read it before release which I’m totally devastated about. I’ve heard such amazing things about this debut book and I want to find out for myself just what it’s about.

    Though I’ll probably read the eBook version that will be downloading to my Kindle instead of the ARC, just in case something major changed that I wouldn’t want to miss.

    I love the idea of reincarnated souls. And I love the idea that Ana is a newsoul… or possibly a nosoul. I can’t wait to find out which she is, especially if being a nosoul means she’ll only have one existence to live.

    And I can’t wait to go on the journey with Ana as she tries to solve the mystery of why she may have received another’s life.

    The description mentions “romance, fantasy, and danger” – all things I love – so I can’t wait to read Incarnate in February.

    Article 5 by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Article 5 is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    This book sounds like a super cool dystopian that I can’t wait to read. I hadn’t heard of it before I traded for a copy, but when I checked it out, it sounded like a book I’d really love to devour so I added it to my pre-orders.

    The future society the author created sounds very strict and very harsh. Compliance with the Moral Statutes sounds like it will be impossible. And the punishments sound far worse than the crimes.

    I can’t wait to meet Ember and discover what life is like in her world. And to find out just how horrible it is to learn that the boy she loves is the very one who arrests her mother.

    I’m curious to see just how dark things will get for her after her mom’s arrest and to see if she is able to save her or if there will be no happy ending for either of them. I wish I could add it to the top of the pile now, but at the very least, I really hope I can read this new release in March.

    Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 160 pages.

    Lenobia’s Vow is the second novella in the House of Night series by author’s P.C. and Kristin Cast.

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    I have the first novella in this off-shoot series from the authors’ House of Night novels, although I haven’t yet read it. But as I own all books in the series I decided to pre-order this next one for my Kindle.

    I like the idea of meeting these other characters and getting a chance to learn their story prior to the events in House of Night. Lenobia was always a very likable character and I can’t wait to meet her when she was much younger and hear how she first fell in love.

    As it is a fairly short novella, I hope to be able to sneak this one on top of my reading pile really soon.

    Shift by M.R. Merrick will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2012 in eBook format and will be releasing soon in paperback format. It is not available to pre-order, but it will be available to purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble on release date.

    Shift is the second book in The Protector series by the author.

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    I did receive an eARC from the author for review, but I will be purchasing the finished eBook for my Kindle on release date and I can’t wait. I recently read the first book in the series and it was every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I can’t wait to get back into the world the author created and unravel more of the mystery. I am super curious to find out what will happen next with Chase and Rayna, if they’ll find the answers they’ve been looking for, and just what it means to be a Protector.

    And I’m dying to know just how tough they’ll need to be in order to win the battle against their enemies. While I will be reading the eARC, I am excited to have the finished eBook as part of my permanent collection.

    The Rivals by Daisy Whitney will be released in the U.S. on February 6, 2012 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 352 pages.

    The Rivals is the sequel to The Mockingbirds by author Daisy Whitney.

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    I have not yet read The Mockingbirds, the first book in the series, but everyone said that I had to read it and so I bought it for my Kindle. And because I own book one, I just had to pre-order the sequel when I learned that it was going to be releasing soon.

    I refuse to look at the Goodreads description for fear of spoiling book one, but it is linked in the cover art for anyone who wants to check it out.

    The Mockingbirds caught my eye because idea of a secret society that takes action to right the wrongs done to the students at Themis Academy intrigued me. And even though the subject matter is harsh – the main character was assaulted – the idea that she is willing to fight back makes her sound like someone that I’d like to meet.

    I had no idea until recently that it was a series. But now, more than ever, I want to read both books and find out exactly how the Mockingbirds help those who need it. Even if it means that I find out that their brand of help is nothing more than vigilante justice.

    To check out an excerpt of The Rivals from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    UPDATE: I did have one other book pre-ordered….

    Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne

    Pub. Date: February 2, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

    Pub. Date: February 1, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    It’s definitely not a quiet week for releases this week. I had no idea I had quite so many books pre-ordered. Fortunately I’ve read Wings of the Wicked and will be reading Shift in the next day or two, so I won’t have quite so many books to add to the TBR pile.

    As much as I love it, I think participating in the Debut Author Challenge is a dangerous thing for my reading pile and for my wallet, but I can’t resist the chance to discover a new book or author that I might not have otherwise discovered. Even if I don’t always get to read their books immediately….

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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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    Quickie ARC Giveaway: Incarnate

    Okay, so apparently I did it again. I really thought that it wouldn’t happen, because I was being so careful, but it did! I dupli-traded. I just got a copy in the mail today of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, and I have another one coming to me from a completely different trade on Thursday.

    This copy has a small tear on the top close to the binding due to the fact that the post office beat it up just a little bit when delivering it. But it’s perfectly readable. I don’t even think this copy has been read.

    So, even though I haven’t received that other copy just yet, I thought I’d pass this one along.

    What’s up for grabs:

    An ARC of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows that I received through a trade, plus random signed and unsigned swag to one winner.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International.

    4. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 16th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on October 17th.

    5. Book and swag will be sent via U.S. mail.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thanks so much for stopping by and entering the quickie giveaway for the ARC of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. I’ll be running the names through Random in the next few minutes and posting the winner here shortly. Good luck and stay tuned…

     

    Congratulations Cheri! Random chose you as the winner for the ARC of Incarnate that I received through a trade with another blogger. I have notified you by email and you have 48 hours to respond with your details or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    I’m sorry I don’t have an ARC to give to everyone who entered. But I hope you get a chance to read this new book by author Jodi Meadows as it looks incredible!

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