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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #178


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

    These are books for the week of May 27th-June 2nd that I have pre-ordered.

    City of Heavenly Fire


    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 752 pages.

    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is the sixth and final full-length book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.

    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is my most anticipated read this week. I have been waiting forever and ever for this book’s release and I cannot wait until it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I will be reading it the moment it arrives.

    I love this series, and I am totally heartbroken that it will be ending. But at the same time I can’t wait, as I feel like I’ve been waiting forever.

    I have not read the description, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to know until I read about it in the book. And while I normally take forever and ever to read a series-ending book, I don’t want to have this series’ ending spoiled for me, so I hope to be able to read it in one sitting. No matter how late I’ll have to stay up to do so.



    I am coming.

    Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

    Take Me On


    TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 544 pages.

    TAKE ME ON is the fourth full-length novel in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. A novella, BREAKING THE RULES, is slated for release on December 30, 2014.

    love this series by Katie McGarry. I hope it never ends. I got the chance to read TAKE ME ON just a little bit early and I love, love, loved it. So of course I can’t wait for the finished copy to download and get added to my permanent collection.

    I would love to talk about West and Haley but as I plan on posting a review just after my tour stop next week, I don’t want to ramble on here. But I will just quickly say that Katie McGarry brings her amazing writing and characters to this fourth book in the series. And it’s every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I adored West before I read this book, but now I adore Haley too. And while I won’t be re-reading it just yet, I will definitely be re-reading all the books in this series some day soon.


    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

    The Girl with the Windup Heart

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 400 pages.

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is the fourth full-length novel in Author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.

    I had the opportunity to read THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART early but I just couldn’t bring myself to (possibly) say goodbye. As much as I want to know what’s going to happen with Finley, Griffin, Jack, Emily, Sam, Jasper and even The Machinist, I am just not ready for these characters’ stories to end.

    The finished version will be downloading to my Kindle this week and I am planning on buying a print copy for my collection. But it may take a few more weeks for me to be ready to part with this series.

    I am excited about learning more about Mila who we briefly got the chance to meet in the previous book. I’m not sure whether I’ll like her, given that Jack seems to have taken a fancy to her. But if this is really the series-ending book, I hope he gets a happily ever after. I just kind of still wish for it to be with Finley.

    I know I won’t be reading it this week, but I hope to read it in June. I really don’t want to risk having this ending spoiled for me. So I might just have to be brave. We shall see.


    In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

    London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

    Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

    Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.

    The Dark World Cover

    THE DARK WORLD by Cara Lynn Shultz will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 384 pages.

    THE DARK WORLD is the first book in Cara Lynn Shultz’s series of the same name.

    I love Cara Lynn Shultz’s writing and can’t wait for THE DARK WORLD to download to my Kindle on Tuesday. When I first heard that the author was writing a new series and that it involved demons and demon slayers, I immediately pre-ordered a copy.

    The description, which is somewhat vague, totally piqued my curiosity. But it revealed enough to make this read a must. Magic and warlocks and demons and a Dark World sound so totally awesome.

    It sounds like such a “me” book. And I can’t wait to dive in. So I hope I can manage to sneak it in next week. If not, it will definitely be the week thereafter.


    Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


    GUARDIAN by Alex London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 352 pages.

    GUARDIAN is the second book in Alex London’s Proxy series.

    I can’t believe that GUARDIAN, the sequel to PROXY, releases this week. I had every intention of reading the first book just before its release so that I could read both books back to back when this book downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

    I definitely have some catching up to do.

    As I don’t want to risk spoilers by reading the description, I don’t know what happened with Knox and Syd. I don’t know what happens during their flight across the country. I haven’t met the rebels.

    But I can’t wait to do so, especially now that this sequel is out. And I hope to be able to read both books in a couple of weeks.


    The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

    In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger.

    People are falling ill—their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned.

    This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page.

    A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.

    The Lost

    THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 MIRA, the print edition is

    THE LOST is the first book in Sarah Beth Durst’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series, releasing in 2014 and 2015, are entitled THE MISSING and THE FOUND.

    I am so excited about this new series by Author Sarah Beth Durst. I love her writing and can’t wait to read THE LOST when it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    While this isn’t a YA series, it sounds every bit as fascinating and thrilling as the books she’s written for the genre. I can’t wait to find out more about this town called Lost. I can’t wait to see whether Lauren is able to escape.

    The setting sounds amazing and I love stories that involve fate. And if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to get this on the pile next week.


    Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. *

    Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we’ll discover just what it means to lose one’s way….

    It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

    Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.


    MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 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 Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 464 pages.

    MERIDIAN is the second book in Josin McQuein’s Arclight series.

    I was told that I must read the first book in the series, so I added it to my collection and pre-ordered MERIDIAN. Now that both books are out I will definitely be reading them back-to-back.

    I haven’t yet met Marina, Tobin or Anne-Marie, so I don’t know whether they all survive an encounter with the Fade. And while it seems that Marina might have, I don’t know what she has become.

    I refuse to peek at the description for this book, though I am super curious. I’ll just have to wait until I can get both books on the pile to find out. I’ll just have to be patient.

    As things are a little crazy IRL and with required reads for the blog, I will have to wait just a bit before I can try to get this on the pile. But I hope to be able to do so before the end of June.


    Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans’ enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they’d never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all.

    The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.


    DIVIDED by Elsie Chapman will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    DIVIDED is the second book in Elsie Chapman’s Dualed series.

    I have had DIVIDED pre-ordered since the moment I noticed it was available to order it for the Kindle. While I haven’t yet read DUALED, it was one of my most anticipated releases. So of course I had to order the sequel.

    And while I received an invite for an eARC of DIVIDED, I wasn’t able to get both books on the pile prior to DIVIDED’s release. But this is another series where I definitely plan on reading both books back-to-back, and I hope to do so mid-June.

    I can’t wait to discover this world, meet West and find out whether she’s met her Alt. I can’t wait to learn what misstep caused her to lose confidence. And I can’t wait to find out why not only her Alt, but love, can destroy her.


    The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

    West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

    The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

    How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.


    Just One NightJUST ONE NIGHT (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman

    Pub. Date: May 29, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Children’s

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace.

    Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective.

    Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.

    The Best Things in DeathTHE BEST THINGS IN DEATH (The Memory Chronicles #1.5) by Lenore Appelhans

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    In this Memory of After e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other.

    Having recently saved Level 2 from the Morati and been reunited with her boyfriend, Felicia decides to make up some lost time with Neil before moving on to the mysterious Level 3.

    In this e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other from their past lives on Earth.

    Tiger's PromiseTIGER’S PROMISE (The Tiger Saga #0.5) by Colleen Houck

    Pub. Date: June 1, 2014

    Publisher: CreateSpace

    Find it: AMAZON


    Before the curse, there was a promise.

    A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

    Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.

    Other Books of Note

    We are the GoldensWE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

    When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.

    PlayedPLAYED (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    This Game Is Getting All Too Real

    He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

    She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.

    While We RunWHILE WE RUN (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan’s no ordinary girl – she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi’s time, 100 years later.

    Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.

    A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality – and mortality, too.

    Circa NowCIRCA NOW by Amber McRee Turner

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    Twelve-year-old Circa Monroe has a knack for restoring old photographs. It’s a skill she learned from her dad, who loves old pictures and putting fun digital twists on them. His altered “Shopt” photos look so real that they could fool nearly anybody, and Circa treasures the fun stories he makes up to explain each creation.

    One day, her father receives a strange phone call requesting an urgent delivery, and he heads out into a storm. The unimaginable happens: a tornado, then a terrible accident. Just as Circa and her mom begin to pick up the pieces, a mysterious boy shows up on their doorstep, a boy called Miles who remembers nothing about his past. The only thing he has with him is the photograph that Circa’s dad intended to deliver on the day he died.

    As Circa tries to help Miles recover his identity, she begins to notice something strange about the photos she and her father retouched-the digital flourishes added to the old photos seem to exist in real life. The mysteries of the Shopt photos and Miles’s past are intertwined, and in order to solve both, Circa will have to figure out what’s real and what’s an illusion.

    With stunning prose, captivating photographs, and a hint of magic, Circa Now is a gripping story full of hope and heart.

    Allies & AssassinsALLIES & ASSASSINS (Enemies of the Prince #1) by Justin Somper

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    Sixteen-year-old Jared is the newly crowned Prince of All Archenfield, ascending the throne after his older brother’s mysterious death. But Jared feels reluctant and unprepared to rule the Princedom and its dangerous and powerful court. Like each Prince of All Archenfield before him, Jared must rely on the Council of Twelve to advise him. But he knows he can just as easily be at their mercy–especially when it appears that one of the Twelve might have orchestrated his brother’s untimely death. Propelled by his rage over the loss of his brother and wary of all his advisors, Jared can trust only Asta: a clever, strong-willed girl from the settlements, currently serving as the Physician’s apprentice. Asta and Jared take it upon themselves to hunt down his brother’s assassin–though the assassin may be hunting them, as well.

    Murder, betrayal, and intrigue abound in Justin Somper’s thrilling YA series debut. Exploring the political machinations of the medieval-esque court and the lives that hang in the balance, Allies & Assassins is a gripping tale of a teen torn between duty and revenge.

    OblivionOBLIVION by Sasha Dawn

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    Lisa McMann’s Dead to You meets Kate Ellison’s The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

    One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.” But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

    Since that fateful night, she’s been plagued by graphomania — an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie’s mind and through her pen don’t seem to make sense — until now.

    As the anniversary of Hannah’s vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she’s buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.

    IgnitedIGNITED (Sense Thieves #3) by Corrine Jackson

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    Nobody hides forever.
    Ever since Remy O’Malley discovered her dual identity as a Healer and a Protector, she’s kept alive by staying one step ahead of both sides in this centuries-old war. Now someone’s trying to draw her out of hiding, using her kidnapped father as bait.

    To save him, Remy will need every friend she’s got. But as new alliances form, old bonds fray. Her boyfriend Asher is losing his powers, becoming more mortal every time she touches him. Meanwhile, Remy finds herself growing closer to Asher’s brother Gabe, even as a family tragedy drives her sister Lucy farther away.

    On a rescue mission to London, Remy decides she’s tired of being the hunted. It’s time to end this war once and for all, as Protectors and Healers alike hurtle towards a final, violent confrontation that not everyone will survive.

    Perfectly MessyPERFECTLY MESSY (Effortlessly With You #2) by Lizzy Charles

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Swoon Romance

    Find it: AMAZON


    Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

    But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

    For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

    Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.

    Other Releases

    GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenoff

    GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

    SURROUNDED BY SHARKS by Michael Northrop

    THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

    BAD LUCK GIRL (The American Fairy #3) by Sarah Zettel

    CHORUS (Coda #2) by Emma Trevayne

    BLUR (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James

    CURSES AND SMOKE: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter

    It is another insane week for releases and it seems that I have eight books and two novellas pre-ordered. Only one of which I’ve read pre-release. Plus there are a couple of other books of note that I really want to add to my collection, which means even more dollars and an even bigger TBR Pile.

    And with a ton of releases coming out through early June, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read them all. Ack!

    Anyway… as this post is long enough already, and it is a holiday weekend and a gorgeous day outside, I’ll stop rambling. But I hope that one or two of your long anticipated reads is releasing this week and that you’ll get the chance to add them to your collection.

    And I hope that if one of those books is a series-ending book, it won’t be too tough to say goodbye.

    Happy release week and happy reading week!


    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!


    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #121

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



    ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 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 Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 416 pages.


    I hadn’t heard of ARCLIGHT until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books told me it was amazing and that I had to read it. She sent me the ARC, which I am definitely going to read, but I just had to pre-order the eBook so that I could have this for my permanent collection.

    When Jaime recommends a book that strongly I know it’ll be one I enjoy. And as the description sounds really cool and very different, I think it’ll be a book I’ll enjoy a lot.

    I can’t wait to find out how Marina ended up in the Grey, with no memory of her family or her time in the Fade. And I can’t wait to learn just how she even managed to survive the Fade, something no one has ever done before.

    The description mentions that she could be either humanity’s hope or its destruction and I’m so curious to find out which she’ll be.

    While I won’t get the chance to read ARCLIGHT this week, I’ll definitely be picking it up in early May.



    UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 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 Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 496 pages.

    UNBREAKABLE is the second and final book in author Elizabeth Norris’Unraveling series.


    I cannot believe that UNBREAKABLE is releasing this week. One moment it seemed like the release date was ages away and now it’s finally here and everyone will get to see how awesome this sequel is. The moment I finished reading UNRAVELING last fall I ran to Amazon to pre-order UNBREAKABLE because this series was one I knew I’d want to keep reading.

    Of course I had no idea this was only a two book series, which still makes me a little bit sad. But I am so happy that I did get the chance to read UNBREAKABLE, even if it was only a week or so early.

    Yes, as soon as I heard there wasn’t going to be a book three I completely panicked and couldn’t bring myself to say goodbye to this series that I’d only just met. Everyone who’d met these characters when UNRAVELING released had some time with them before this book’s release when they’d have to say goodbye. Whereas I’d just met them and was most definitely not ready.

    Though I did finally read it. And it was amazing. And there were lots and lots and lots of tears.

    And I won’t say anything more since I already rambled about UNBREAKABLE in my Book Watch post the other week, I will be posting my review soon and my stop on the UNBREAKABLE Blog Tour is coming up. So my lips are sealed.

    But yes this is a must read series and yes this final book is fan-freaking-tastic!

    The Rules


    THE RULES by Stacey Kade will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON (the eBook is available HERE) and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE RULES is the first book in author Stacey Kade’s Project Paper Doll series. No details on the sequel are yet available.


    I haven’t listened to any of the chatter about THE RULES, but when I saw that author Stacey Kade was releasing a new title I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. And while I was so tempted to request it on NetGalley, I refrained due to an overcrowded review pile. But I’m totally stoked that release date is just about here and that I’ll be able to check out this awesome-sounding book.

    I am super curious to find out just what having a mix of human and extraterrestrial DNA means for Ariane. And I’m also curious as to just what her creators were planning on doing with her if she hadn’t escaped.

    The five rules she’s chosen to live by seem fairly straightforward. But of course they don’t take into account the fact that it’s almost impossible to stop yourself from falling in love. Love doesn’t play by the rules.

    But I am hopeful that falling for Zane Bradshaw doesn’t complicate things too much. Though I’m guessing it just might.

    THE RULES sounds so very exciting and I cannot wait to get the chance to check it out.

    Chosen at Nightfall


    CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL by C.C. Hunter will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 416 pages.

    CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL is fifth and final full-length book in the author’s Shadow Falls series.

    I just saw that CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL will be the final book in this series and I’m absolutely devastated. I’ve fallen quite far behind and I’d hoped to catch up before the series ended. And yet it’s ending and I’m still behind.

    I have all previously released book in the series – and the novellas – on my Kindle. And I’ve had CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL pre-ordered for ages. So when it downloads on Monday Midnight I will have the complete Shadow Falls collection. I just need to get caught up.

    I have not read beyond the fist paragraph of the description but it does hint that there is still a love triangle… though not who the two boys are…. And it mentions that the conclusion will be epic, which is something I’m all for.

    I hope that things work out for Kylie but if she still must decide between two boys – pick Lucas, pick Lucas! – I think this series ending will be a bittersweet one.

    And as I am so far behind I won’t get the chance to catch up this spring, but I definitely want to devour the entire series this summer.



    EXILE by Rebecca Lim will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 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 288 pages.

    EXILE is the second book in author Rebecca Lim’s Mercy series. The third book in the series, MUSE, and the fourth book, FURY, are not yet slated for release in the U.S.

    I never thought they’d release EXILE in the U.S. I’ve been waiting not so patiently for almost two years for its release. Actually, longer than that, since I read an eGalley through NetGalley prior to its release in May 2011.

    It’s been so long that only the tiniest of fragments remain in my memory – the writing had a very unique cadence to it. And there was a bus.

    But I’m not one to give up on a series that makes me wait ages and ages – I waited more than a decade for all the books in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. In comparison, two years isn’t too terrible.

    So when I discovered that EXILE was available to pre-order for the Kindle I jumped all over it. Even though my memories are fuzzy, I do remember enjoying it and wanting to see where this story was headed. But if there is going to be another two year wait between books in the U.S., I think I’ll just order the foreign editions of the remaining two books if this sequel turns out to be awesome.

    Why wait if I don’t have to?

    I did end up taking a peek at the description, which is bringing back some memories of Mercy’s story. I do remember being fascinated by the fact that Mercy was doomed to return to Earth in a different human form over and over. And I do remember that she suffered from memory loss. But I don’t remember much about the love story, so I’m excited to have my own lost memories of this series restored.

    I am also super curious to find out if the author reveals why Mercy’s been exiled and whether she’ll be able to break the cycle she’s forced to repeat. As this is a four book series, I don’t know how much will be unveiled, but I’m hopeful of getting a few answers in this installment.

    Natural Born Angel


    NATURAL BORN ANGEL by Scott Speer will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 368 pages.

    NATURAL BORN ANGEL is the second book in Scott Speer’s Immortal City series. No information is yet available about a sequel.

    I am so thrilled that the second book in Scott Speer’s Immortal City, NATURAL BORN ANGEL, is releasing this week. I have loved the sound of this series since before the first book was released, and I’ve actually read about half of book one before being forced to set it aside for a review book or two.

    I’ve had NATURAL BORN ANGEL pre-ordered for my Kindle since very soon after it was made available to order online. But I have not checked out this book’s description as I do not want to spoil the ending for IMMORTAL CITY.

    I cannot wait to continue this series and hopefully Maddy’s story. But as I don’t know the outcome of that first book or whether this sequel switches to another character’s perspective, I can only hope… and wonder….

    I would love to read the two books in this series back-to-back. Hopefully early this summer. And as it has been awhile since I read the first-half of book one, I am going to start over and read it from the beginning.

    I’ve never been a fan of picking a book back up from where I’ve left off when I’ve been away from it for several months, as I never reconnect in quite the same way. And I want to be able to connect with these characters, with this world and with this story.

    The Elite


    THE ELITE by Kiera Cass will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 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 HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE ELITE is the second book in author Kiera Cass’ Selection series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

    I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, THE SELECTION, but I own it and it sounds like it will be a fun read. I did cave and check out a review just the other week, which made me think that it definitely will be something I’ll enjoy when I get the chance to read it. So I headed over to Amazon to pre-order THE ELITE for my Kindle and it seems I’ve had it pre-ordered since October 24, 2012.

    Clearly I’d planned on continuing this series for awhile. Even without having checked out another blogger’s views on book one. It’s very possible I was lured in by the pretty covers.

    And it’s very likely that I was hooked by the fact that this story involves a competition with a Prince as its prize.

    I couldn’t help but peek at this book’s description, which thankfully isn’t too revealing. And it’s made me curious to find out who I’d choose for America – Prince Maxon or Aspen. But it’s also made me wonder just what “devastating loss” America suffers that makes her “question everything.”

    As this is a trilogy any possibility for a happily ever after ending won’t be in this book, but I am hopeful this won’t end on too big of a cliff as I do plan on reading these first two books in the series early this summer.

    Other Books of Note


    CRUSH (Crash #3) by Nicole Williams

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins



    Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood


    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick



    Truth or Dare

    TRUTH OR DARE (Capital Girls #3) by Ella Monroe

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin



    Unnatural Creatures

    UNNATURAL CREATURES: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins



    The Silver Dream

    THE SILVER DREAM (Interworld #2) by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen



    How Zoe Made Her Dreams Mostly Come True


    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray




    manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers



    Darius and Twig

    DARIUS & TWIG by Walter Dean Myers

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Amistad



    How I Lost You

    HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire



    Quintana of Charyn

    QUINTANA OF CHARYN (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick




    I didn’t realize I had seven books pre-ordered. I knew there were a ton of books releasing this week, I just didn’t realize that I’d have seven books scheduled to download on Tuesday.

    What’s worse… or better depending on how you look at it… is that there are a couple books releasing that I didn’t pre-order but I know I will be buying on release day. Such as manicpixiedreamgirl and HOW I LOST YOU. So the reality is there are likely nine books getting added to my collection, of which eight of them are TBR books.

    And with the number of books releasing the weeks of April 30th and May 7th, I am a little bit terrified of how deep a hole I’m digging for myself. I may seriously have to start putting the blinders on when it comes to new releases. Or seriously look into taking that speed-reading course I’ve been curious about.

    Or discover a way to have a book’s contents implanted into my brain – with all the feels – so that it will cut down on reading time by at least one thousand percent. Now that would be awesome.


    I don’t think I missed any titles that I’ve ordered, even if I might have missed one or two books of note that are releasing this week. But maybe that isn’t such a bad thing. The not discovering, that is. I can only read so many books in this lifetime. And I have enough already on my Kindle to last me for years and years.

    Still… I’d love to hear which of the books releasing this week are books you’ve had your eye on and are most excited to add to your collection. If you’d like to share your favorite releases, feel free to leave a comment!

    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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