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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #152

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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 26th-December 2nd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Crash Into You

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    CRASH INTO YOU by Katie McGarry releases in the U.S. today, November 26, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 496 pages.

    CRASH INTO YOU is the third full-length book in Author Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. The fourth book, TAKE ME ON, is slated to release on May 20, 2014.

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    I am so excited that CRASH INTO YOU releases today and that I have the finished copy on my Kindle and my print copy will be arriving at some point (hopefully) later today. This was my favorite story in the series so far. I loved reading about Isaiah and Rachel and I can’t wait to do so again.

    I was super lucky to get the chance to read this early, but I am so glad that it’s finally available so that everyone will get the chance to read this amazing book. I am just so curious to see if Isaiah will take the place of Noah in other readers’ hearts as he did for me.

    As I have read this story and know how the love story begins and ends I won’t ramble on about it here. But the description, while fantastic, doesn’t come close to doing it justice – it was sweet and romantic and heartbreaking and amazing. It is my favorite book yet by the author. And it is a book I definitely plan on reading again.

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    From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

    The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

    Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

    But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

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    Pawn

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    PAWN by Aimée Carter releases in the U.S. today, November 26, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    PAWN is the first book in the author’s The Blackcoat Rebellion series. The second book in the series, CAPTIVE, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I can’t believe that PAWN hits shelves today, that my Kindle copy downloaded last night and I still haven’t had the chance to finish it and find out what happens in this first book in the series. This is a book whose release I’ve been anxiously awaiting, was so excited to have received an eARC of early, and still wasn’t able to get it read in its entirety prior to release, which just kills me.

    PAWN was my choice for a book to spotlight for my Book Watch post, I was so excited to read it, and here it is release date and I haven’t found out what happens to Kitty at the end of this story. I haven’t found out whether she was able to stop the rebellion. I haven’t found out… hardly anything.

    But I am still totally stoked about this book. I still plan on finishing it. I still expect to fall in love with it like everyone whose read it and buzzed it has. It will just have to be next weekend, after I clear a few IRL stuffs off my plate.

    Though I plan on continuing to read it from the finished eBook instead of the eARC as finished copies are always better.

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    YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE EVERYTHING.

    For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

    If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked – surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

    There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed, and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

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    Crystal Fire
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    CRYSTAL FIRE by Jordan Dane releases in the U.S. today, November 26, 2013, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    CRYSTAL FIRE is the second book in Author Jordan Dane’s The Hunted series.

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    I loved the first book in Jordan Dane’s The Hunted series and I’m so excited that CRYSTAL FIRE released today and that I have the sequel on my Kindle. I didn’t request the eARC though I was so very tempted to do so, but I knew my schedule was insane.

    But now it has released and now it’s mine, mine, all mine and I can read it at my leisure. Though as I’m desperately curious about what will happen in this follow-up, I plan on reading it sooner rather than later.

    After checking out the description I’m anxious to find out whether the Believers will succeed in taking Gabe down. I’m curious to find out what is in Gabe’s past. And I’m hopeful that the Indigo and Crystal children will be able to defeat them before too many are forced to suffer from their cruel experiments.

    I love Jordan Dane’s unique voice and I can’t wait to read this next book in her series. I am hopeful, schedule permitting, that I’ll be able to do so some time in December.

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

    A storm is brewing on the streets of LA, one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life.

    While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese–the obsessed leader of the Believers–the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They’re silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds.

    When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He’ll need to confront his past–and the man who made him–before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.

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    Angel Fever
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    ANGEL FEVER by L.A. Weatherly releases in the U.S. today, November 26, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Candlewick, the print edition is 496 pages.

    ANGEL FEVER is the third and final full-length book in Author L.A. Weatherly’s Angel trilogy.

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    I am super excited that ANGEL FEVER released in the U.S. today. I’ve been in love with this series since before the first book was released in the U.S. and I was so excited when I got the opportunity to read book one just a bit early courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.

    While I haven’t had the chance to read book two, ANGEL FIRE, yet, I definitely plan on reading both books back-to-back. I actually planned on waiting as the wait for each book’s release has been maddening and this is one of those stories that you just want to dive into and not stop reading until the end.

    I couldn’t help but take a peek at the description – and now hope that I’ll forget about the spoilers for book two – as I was curious to see if this was, in fact, the final book. It is, which makes me happy, and a little bit sad, but more happy because I won’t have to wait for answers.

    Answers to the questions about what will happen with Willow, Seb and Alex, about how, or whether, the human race will survive, and just what consequences each of them will have to face. Answers I plan on getting when I read both books in January.

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    As half-angel Willow strives to save the world from her parasitic otherworldly kin, romance and tension heat up to a climactic finale.

    In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in “refugee” camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey.

    Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?

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    Other Books of Note

    The Next Big ThingTHE NEXT BIG THING (The Start-Up #2) by Sadie Hayes

    Pub. Date: November 26, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    The second page-turning installment in the Start-Up series, following twin college students Amelia and Adam as they attempt to make it in the competetive world of Silicon Valley.

    Amelia and Adam’s new company, Doreye, may have won over Silicon Valley, but the trouble is far from over. After facing down skepticism, a meddler from their past and a saboteur who makes their app malfunction right when it matters most, drama suddenly seems to be brewing within the ranks. While Adam has money signs in his eyes and enough charm to win over the investors, Amelia decides she wants to give away their app for free, leading to discord and a separation of responsibilities—and power.

    As if that weren’t hard enough on their relationship, Adam and Amelia are both keeping secrets from each other, the kinds of secrets that could change everything if revealed. As they grow farther apart, others grow closer together. Patty finds a new boyfriend—and a fascinating new job—to distract her from Chad; Adam becomes involved with an older woman who seems to be as interested in Doreye as he is; and TJ starts to notice that Amelia is more than just a computer nerd with the tensions running high, Adam makes a decision that topples Amelia’s carefully constructed life and sets off a chain of events that could threaten the future of Doreye. Can Amelia find a way to save their company before it’s too late?

    Previously published as The Anti-Social Network.

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    PushedPUSHED (The Sense Thieves #2) by Corrine Jackson

    Pub. Date: November 26, 2013

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    She didn’t know how far she’d go—until she was pushed.

    Remy O’Malley was just learning to harness her uncanny healing power when she discovered the other,darker half of her bloodline. Now she lives trapped between two worlds, uneasy among her fellow
    Healers—and relentlessly hunted by the Protectors.

    Forced to conceal her dual identity, and the presence of her Protector boyfriend Asher Blackwell, Remy encounters a shadow community of Healers who will put her loyalties to the test.

    Pushed to the limit, with the lives of those she loves most on the line, Remy must decide whether to choose sides in a centuries-old war—or make the ultimate sacrifice and go to a place from which she may never return…

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    It may be a fairly quiet week for releases, what with it being Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. But it’s a freaking AWESOME week for releases which more than makes up for the fact that I only have four full-length books getting added to my collection.

    While I have read CRASH INTO YOU, it is a book I plan on reading again, which means I have four new books for the TBR pile. But I am not going to complain, as I am desperate to read them all. And I’m just so happy that they’re mine and that I can read them whenever the mood strikes.

    I don’t think I forgot anything last week. I don’t list novellas – though I’m thinking I really should – so I didn’t include the various novellas that downloaded in the past two weeks – like Claudia Gray’s THE FIRST MIDNIGHT, Veronica Rossi’s BROOKE, Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan’s WHAT TO BUY THE SHADOWHUNTER WHO HAS EVERYTHING. But I own all of those and I’m excited to read them all one of these days.

    And as I don’t always list New Adult purchases, I may have neglected to include REDEMPTION (Defiance #2) by Stephanie Tyler, which I can’t wait to read, that released on November 18th.

    But I don’t think there were any YA titles that I just had to have last week or that are releasing this week, that I forgot to mention. Of course I’m happy to stand corrected. So if there are any “must own” titles I missed, please feel free to let me know.

    I hope that a few of this weeks releases are ones you have been anxiously awaiting and that the wait has finally come to an end. Whether they were delivered to your door, to your eReader or you were able to grab a copy at your local bookstore or from your library, I hope that any one of this week’s releases mean that you have a very happy reading 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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    Review: Indigo Awakening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    On a personal note…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    But back to my favorite characters….

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

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

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

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

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

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

    And I love when reading a story makes that happen.

    Favorite passage…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Indigo Awakening Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    About the Book

    Book #1 in THE HUNTED series.

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

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

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

    They are our future–if they survive…

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    About the Author

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

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

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

    Find her:

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

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    The Trailer

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

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    Guest-Post

    Who are the Believers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I cannot wait to read it!

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

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

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    ON TOUR…

    Friday, January 4th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog

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

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

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    Giveaway

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

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

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

    To enter…

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

    The full contest rules can be found HERE.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #103

    Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of December 18th-December 24th that I have pre-ordered.

    Deadly Little Lessons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Darkest Minds

    THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken will be released in the U.S. on December 18, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 496 pages.

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

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

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

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

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

    Indigo Awakening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Vincent Brothers

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

    Pub. Date: December 18, 2012

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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

    Blood Prophecy

    Blood Prophecy (Drake Chronicles #6) by Alyxandra Harvey

    Pub. Date for eBook only: December 24, 2012

    Publisher: Bloomsbury Walker Childrens

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Free PREVIEW edition of the first 11 chapters

    Level 2

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

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

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZON)

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

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

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

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

    Anyway…

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

    Happy reading!

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #91

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

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

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

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

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

    Anyway…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

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

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

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    Those left behind:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Book Watch: Indigo Awakening

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author on YOUTUBE

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    About the Book

    Goodreads Description:

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

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

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

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

    Other Amazing Books to Watch

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

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

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

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

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    The Extras: The Teasers #10

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past couple of months.

    Of course there were two books that I read in the past month that I would love to tease, but because both aren’t close to release I can’t quote from them.

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    I could easily tease ten or more amazing passages from Divergent that just stuck with me. I included one of my favorites with my review, but it wasn’t my absolute favorite.

    I actually do have one of those, but as I said then, it has to be read in context so I won’t tease it here.

    But this one makes my breath hitch just a little….

    Tris about Four…

    His straight eyebrows are drawn low over his eyes. My stomach writhes, partly because I know he makes a good point but I don’t want to admit it, and partly because I want something I don’t know how to express; I want to press against the space between us until it disappears.

    And this one stops me from breathing altogether….

    Tris about Four…

    It isn’t the height that scares me–the height makes me feel alive with energy, every organ and vessel and muscle in my body singing at the same pitch.

    Then I realize what it is. It’s him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames.

    For such a dark book there were surprisingly quite a few gorgeous passages in Hushed that created these beautiful moments amidst the darkness and violence.

    I chose one of my favorites to include with my review, but I just knew I’d be including at least one more for this post.

    It was a tough choice, but once again I went with a beautiful passage rather than a dark one.

    Archer and Evan…

    Archer’s vision blurred. The damned tremors found their way back into his hands, and he curled them tightly against his own chest. Evan’s forehead touched his. So close, they were sharing breath. “I can’t stand it when you look at me like that,” Evan whispered.

    Archer curled his hands tighter, nails biting into his palms. “Like what?”

    “Like your heart is breaking.”

    On a Dark Wing is another book that had so many amazing passages and quotes to choose from. I don’t know how many I flagged, but they take up nearly two pages of my typed review notes.

    There is one that I really want to tease, but I won’t. While it’s not spoiler-y, it is important to the story and should be discovered during the read, not outside of it.

    And while I chose a passage about Nate for my review, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tease a quote this time. And to be just a bit cruel, I won’t reveal who the speaker is.

    … to Abbey

    “I want you to know. The time I’ve spent with you has meant everything to me. Whether I face an eternity of nothing or it all ends tonight…” He looked up from the fire and fixed his beautiful blue eyes on me. “You were worth the risk, Abbey.”

    I love teasing passages from Alexander Gordon Smith’s Escape from Furnace series. There are so many chilling ones to choose from, and Death Sentence is most definitely not the exception.

    I chose to tease one about Alex’s encounter with the warden in my review, but I saved this longer passage specifically for this post.

    And yes, the last (and best) two sentences are missing from this. This is a teaser after all.

    Alex’s thoughts…

    And then he was gone. With no hand to block it, the floodgates opened once again and the mayhem cascaded into my head. I fought it, I fought to remember who I was and what had happened to me. But the film on-screen was a tide of violence that consumed me, and as I drowned in the endless parade of bloodlettings and bruisings I realized I could no longer remember what I looked like. 

    There are just so many stunning and beautiful and heartbreaking passages in Everneath, though most of them are spoiler-y and can’t be teased. I mean really, really spoiler-y.

    And while I did tease a passage in my last Teasers post it was the same one I included with my review. So I think it’s more than fair that I get to tease another one. Especially since I did read Everneath a second time in early December, well within the timeframe for the reads for this post.

    And while this one could be considered a spoiler, since I won’t say who said it or who it’s about, I think it’s perfectly safe.

    …to Nikki…

    “Trust me, Becks. I know exactly what loving you looks like on a person. And he loves you.”

    My face went warm and I looked away.

    Cinder is filled with so many quotes and passages that just made me grin. Even a few that made me laugh out loud. But my favorite passages and quotes were those between Kai and Cinder.

    And if I could have teased this entire scene I would. But then it wouldn’t really be much of a teaser, would it?

    So I decided to take a few sentences from right in the middle. To find out what comes before and what comes after? Well, I will say that it’s in the book, just waiting to be read.

    Kai and Cinder…

    Her body simultaneously yearned to close the gap between them and push him away. The anticipation that warmed her lips made it impossible to do either. “Your Highness?”

    She tilted her face toward him, the subtlest of movements. She listened to his wavering breath and this time, it was his eyes dropping to her lips.

    Somewhere during the month of December I managed to sneak in another read of Shattered Souls and was reminded again of just how many things I loved about this book. Especially Lenzi’s thoughts.

    I did tease a nice long passage months ago in my Teasers post after I first read it and a shorter one was included with my review. But, because there were just so many passages and quotes that I noted, of course I found one more to tease.

    And yes, even this one has a touch of sarcasm mixed in.

    Lenzi and Alden…

    I loosened my grip and shifted so that I faced him. I’d never felt this charged and confident. The resolution was a huge rush, and my strange, unearthly attraction to him was more than I could resist. I entwined my fingers in Alden’s thick, silky hair, and before I thought through what I was doing, I kissed him on his gorgeous mouth. Not a gentle kiss, either.

    To my astonishment, he laughed. I pulled back, mortified.

    “Well, you wanted to be friends,” he said, eyes twinkling. “That was friendly, I suppose.”

    One of my more recent reads was Hallowed, so all my favorite passages and quotes are fresh in my mind. So much so that I still tear up when I think of them. Though I didn’t include one of those heartbreaking passages along with my review, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to include one here.

    And while I couldn’t tease any of my most favorite heartbreaking ones, as they are completely spoiler-y, there were plenty I loved that weren’t quite so revealing.

    Ones like this one…

    Clara about Tucker:

    I pick a seat way in the back of the bleachers. I shouldn’t be here, I know, shouldn’t be away from home right now, when no one else knows where I am. But I want to see Tucker. Part of me thinks that if I can just lay eyes on him, I’ll find myself again. I’ll know.

    And although I’ve been trying to fight the urge not to tease my favorite non-heartbreaking one, I think I might have lost that battle. But to be fair, I’m only revealing just a few lines from this five paragraph scene that just makes me melt.

    Clara and…

    I stop. We’re both breathing heavy, snow clinging to our hair, melting on our clothes. I stare down at him. Snow floats around us….

    He sucks in his bottom lip for a second, the quickest, tiniest motion, to moisten it.

    All I would have to do is close my eyes and let go.

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    Once again I decided to stop after teasing just eight books. While I have a few more reads with passages that will definitely tease, I’ll save those for the next time. And since I have been reading more books lately, I’m sure my next teasers post will be sooner rather than later.

    While these teasers may not all be my absolute favorite passages from each book, they are passages that I love, love, love. And if I were to reveal those favorites here, I think I’d be ruining the very best parts of the story. And that wouldn’t be a tease. That would be just mean.

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