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    Title: THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL
    Author: Katie Alender
    Release date: August 25, 2015
    Publisher: Point
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Asylum meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

    Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up “troubled” young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play–and it doesn’t want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

    So the house kills her.

    Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house’s history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house’s next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Katie Alender’s THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL is an immensely entertaining one-sit read that offers a captivating mystery, a deliciously creepy setting, and several rather interesting ghostly residents to keep readers hooked. And with a heroine whose unavoidably tragic fate is known from the start, it promises to be a story that is both immeasurably sad and incredibly spooky.

    Delia never wanted to spend the summer cleaning out the home she inherited from her aunt. But when she arrived and discovered it was not just a home, but a former institute for girls that had been dubbed Hysteria Hall, she was just a tiny bit curious about the place her aunt called home. That is until she felt as if she was being watched, followed, chased. Until she thought Hysteria Hall might be haunted.

    However, with both parents dead set on staying until the job was done, leaving right away wouldn’t be option. And once the malevolent force residing in the institute set its sights on Delia, she wouldn’t be leaving at all. Not alive, anyway.

    Author Katie Alender infused her chilling and eerie ghost story with humor and heart. She touched upon issues that were very real and relevant and horrifying and heartbreaking at one point in our country’s history. She gave readers a heroine who was headstrong, a touch selfish, not always easy to like, but sympathetic and ultimately someone to root for. She added in the possibility of romance. And she created a mystery with a few twists and turns and surprises. All of which make for a positively gripping read.

    With a number of mysterious disappearances and deaths, an asylum with a dark and hidden past, an intriguing array of ghosts with secrets of their own, and its newest trapped resident anxious to uncover what her aunt had been trying to tell her and desperate to find a way to escape, THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL is guaranteed to be a suspenseful and electrifying and unputdownable page-turner that may generate a few smiles as well as a few tears.

    The Rating

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    About Katie Alender

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    Katie Alender is the author of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Famous Last Words, Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer, and the Bad Girls Don’t Die series. She is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. When she’s not writing novels, she can usually be found quilting, reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out with her friends (on very special occasions, she manages to do all of those things at once).

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    THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL Blog Tour: ‘Favorite & Most Challenging Scenes’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    It is now officially less than one week until the release of THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL and I’m so excited to have Author Katie Alender on the blog to talk about her favorite and most challenging scenes to write in her soon-to-be-released book of awesome.

    I am just pages away from discovering the ending the author decided upon… of course I’m now super curious to find out what might have happened if she’d chosen one of those other outcomes she mentions in her post.

    THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL is a lightning fast read and every bit as riveting as the description promises. The writing makes it just so easy to get instantly caught up in the story and the mystery will keep you hooked. Read more

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #143

    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 September 24th-September 30th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Through the Zombie Glass

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    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover and audio formats. (It will be available in eBook format on October 1st.) It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 480 pages.

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is the second book in author Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles. The third book, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I am totally stoked that THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is releasing this week. I read it early thanks to a trade for an ARC and it was so unbe-freaking-lievably awesome. Cole!!!!

    But even though I already read it, I can’t wait until my print copy arrives this week and it downloads to my Kindle next week so that I can read it again and again, highlight my favorite passages – there were a ton – and fall in love with this sequel for a second time.

    As I have already read this amazing book and this post is so very long, I will just say this is a total must read sequel, it’s angst-filled, nerve-wracking, maddening – in a really good way – action-packed and awesome. Okay, so I’ve said awesome already. But it’s awesome times two, times ten, times a million.

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    Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

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    Untold

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    UNTOLD by Sarah Rees Brennan will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UNTOLD is the second book in author Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Lyburn Legacy. The third book, UNBROKEN, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I haven’t yet read the first book in The Lyburn Legacy but I’m such a huge fan of author Sarah Rees Brennan that I just had to pre-order UNTOLD and hope to read both books in the series some time this fall.

    Even though I haven’t yet met Kami Glass and found out why – and how – she can love a boy she never met, found out how come her imaginary friend isn’t so imaginary and found out why either Jared or Ash is so familiar to her, I can’t wait to read this sequel. Both books sound awesome – yes I took a peek at this books’ descriptions and may have spoiled just one teensy piece of the story. Oh well. Totally worth it.

    I want to know what exactly were those “bloody deeds” that happened in the woods. I want to know what Kami’s mother is hiding. I want to know whether she still loves her not-so-imaginary friend or if she’ll choose to love someone else and most of all I want to know which side she chooses in Sorry-in-the-Vale – good or evil.

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    Free from bonds, but not each other

    It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

    But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

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    Marie Antoinette Serial Killer

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    MARIE ANTOINETTE SERIAL KILLER by Katie Alender will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 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 POINT, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I am so excited that my copy of MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER will be downloading to my Kindle this week. I absolutely loved this book and I think Katie Alender is an awesome writer and I cannot wait to have it as part of my permanent collection.

    It was such a super quick read, and the description did not lie, it was totally suspenseful. I was riveted. Now I just need to figure out how to write my review.

    But so as not to spoil anything, I will not reveal just what secret is uncovered, just what realization Colette comes to, or just why she’s in danger. It’s so much better to uncover all of that in the course of the read.

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    Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

    But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

    Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

    Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.

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    Find Me

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    FIND ME by Romily Bernard will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I cannot believe release date is finally just about here for FIND ME. I received an eARC for review, am three-fourths of the way finished and I wish I were reading it right now instead of writing this post. I absolutely love this book. I just knew I would. And it did not disappoint.

    As FIND ME was the book I spotlighted for my Book Watch post and it’s a book I hope to review, as always, I’m going to try to keep things brief here. But… yes there is always a but… I loved getting to know Wick, a.k.a. Wicket, a.k.a. Wicked. And I love the suspense involved in trying to figure out who the mystery man in Tessa Waye’s diary is and whether he’s the same person responsible for her death.

    There is one suspect at the tip top of my list but as the killer hasn’t yet been revealed I don’t know if I’m right. And I do keep second guessing myself. Which makes for the perfect mystery read for me. As I usually guess whodunit right at the start I’m usually quite bored during the read and the ending is often anticlimactic. I’m almost never wrong.

    But even if I am right, this story has kept me guessing, kept me engaged, and I am anything but bored. So I’m totally glad that I have this pre-ordered and that the final version will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. Even though it won’t go on the TBR Pile I can’t wait for it to be a part of my collection.

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    “Find Me.”

    These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

    Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

    Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

    Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

    But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

    Because it just got personal.

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    Witchstruck

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    WITCHSTRUCK by Victoria Lamb will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    WITCHSTRUCK is the first book in author Victoria Lamb’s The Tudor Witch Trilogy. The second book in the series, WITCHFALL, will likely be available in 2014 in the U.S. The third book in the trilogy is currently untitled.

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    I discovered this book thanks to a tour email from Kismet Book Touring and while I completely missed the sign-ups for the tour, WITCHSTRUCK looked so intriguing that I had to pre-order it for my Kindle. While I could have grabbed an early read from NetGalley, I knew my reading schedule was tight so I figured I could wait until its release and read my purchased copy.

    Though I wish I read it already. It sounds amazing.

    I can’t wait to go back in time to England in 1554 and meet Meg Lytton and learn more about her “dark and powerful gift.” A story of witchcraft and conspiracies against the crown sounds like just the sort of book I’d love to read right about now, especially after having watched a few episodes of “The White Queen.”

    But I am just so curious what will happen with the witchfinder Marcus wanting to wed Meg. I’m more curious about what will happen between Meg and the Spanish priest Alejandro. And I really want to find out just what “dangerous choice” she must open her heart to.

    And I really, really, hope to be able to sneak this onto the pile next week.

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    If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned. If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.

    Meg Lytton has always known she is different;that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practice witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne. With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg’s hand in marriage, and Meg’s own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn’t a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice. The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck ,the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.

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    A Radiant Sky

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    A RADIANT SKY by Jocelyn Davies will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    A RADIANT SKY is the third, and final, full-length book in author Jocelyn Davies’ A Beautiful Dark series.

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    I can’t believe this series is ending with A RADIANT SKY’s release this week. I own both of the previous books and have this last book pre-ordered, even though I have yet to discover this series. But I really want to.

    Because, as I’ve thought since prior to the first book in the series’ release, it sounds amazing.

    I want to meet Skye and the “dark and wild” Asher and  “fair and aloof” Devin. I want to find out more about Skye’s past and the secret that “threatens to shatter her world.” I love stories with a love triangle and the first book in the series holds the promise of one that sounds like it will have major repercussions. And I can’t wait to find out what those are.

    But I refuse to read the description for this final book in the series as it will potentially spoil the entire series for me. Including it in this post is proving to be quite the temptation, but one I’m desperate not to give in to as I hope to be able to read this entire series some time next month.

    And I am just so totally stoked that I’ll be able to devour an entire series from beginning to end, especially one that sounds as amazing as this one does.

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    Since the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye has been torn between two opposites: Light and Dark, the Order and the Rebellion, Devin and Asher.

    But her decision shocked both sides—because she chose neither.

    With the help of her friends, Skye forges her own path, setting out to gather an uprising of Rogues. The treacherous and elusive half-angels may be the key to maintaining the balance of fate and free will. But completing the mission her parents left unfinished is more difficult—and dangerous—than she could have imagined. And doing so comes at a cost: Her greatest love may now be a lethal enemy. Because it’s not just the Order that sees her as a threat who must be eliminated. The Rebellion does, too.

    And both sides will do whatever it takes to win.

    Dark days lie ahead, and if Skye is to survive, she’ll need to rely on her extraordinary powers and the strength of her will. Because she has a future—and a love—that’s worth fighting for.

    The sweeping, darkly romantic story that began with A Beautiful Dark and gathered intensity in A Fractured Light comes to a thrilling conclusion in A Radiant Sky.

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    Where the Stars Still Shine

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    WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    Ever since I first saw WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE on NetGalley I’ve wanted to read it. While I didn’t request it for review, I immediately added it to my list of pre-orders and I’m so excited that it will be downloading this week.

    There was something about this book’s title that just kept calling to me. Even before I read the description I knew that it had to be a part of my book collection. But after having read the description I definitely knew I’d want to read this book. It sounds utterly heartbreaking and haunting with the potential for a happy-ish ending.

    The description promises “love” and “betrayal” and a story that is “gritty” and “true.” And I cannot wait to read it, make a connection with Callie and root for her to find the normal she never had.

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    Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

    Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

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    Not a Drop to Drink

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    NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis will be released in the U.S. on September 24, 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 Katherine Tegen books, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I have heard so many great things about NOT A DROP TO DRINK that when searching for details for this post and seeing its discounted price at Amazon I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I can’t quite get a feel for the story based upon its description so I’m not entirely sure if it’s the type of story I would normally read. It sounds more similar to the types of movies I enjoy – a family fighting to defend their land in a post-apocalyptic type of setting that’s part post-apocalyptic, part horror.

    But it does make me curious. Especially as regards the writing, which the description says uses “evocative, spare language.” And with its beautiful cover and high words of praise from trusted blogger friends I definitely plan on reading this book some time in early November.

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    Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

    Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.

    Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

    But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

    With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

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    Other Books of Note

    All the Truth That's In MeALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry

    Pub. Date: September 26, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.

    Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

    This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.

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    CountdownCOUNTDOWN by Michelle Rowen

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013 – eBook releases 10/1

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

    2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

    Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

    1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

    Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira’s psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan’s secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira’s only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can’t escape.

    GAME OVER

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    InhumanINHUMAN (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

    America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

    Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

    Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.

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    ShadowsSHADOWS by Robin McKinley

    Pub. Date: September 26, 2013

    Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic titlesBeautyChaliceSpindle’s End, Pegasus and Sunshine

    Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.

    Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too—and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.

    In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive.

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    InheritanceINHERITANCE (Adaptation #2) by Malinda Lo

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The triangular spaceship hovered motionless in the sky above Reese Holloway’s house, as inscrutable as a black hole. It had seemed like a good idea when they were inside: to tell the truth about what happened to them at Area 51. It didn’t seem like such a good idea now.

    Reese and David are not normal teens—not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

    Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.

    In this gripping sequel to Adaptation, Malinda Lo brings a thoughtful exploration of adolescence, sexuality, and “the other” to a science fiction thriller that is impossible to put down.

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    Battle MagicBATTLE MAGIC (Circle Reforged #3) by Tamora Pierce

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tamora Pierce returns to the magical world of Winding Circle.

    On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor’s summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion. Accompanied by one of the emperor’s prize captives, the three mages rush to Gyongxi to warn its citizens of the impending attack.

    With the imperials hot on their trail, Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy must quickly help the country prepare for battle. But even with the help of new allies, will their combined forces be enough to fight the imperial army and win the war?

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    Fractured_CoverFRACTURED (Slated #2) by Teri Terry

    Pub. Date: September 26, 2013

    Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Perfect for fans of the dystopian settings of The Hunger Games andDivergent, the gripping second installment of the Slated trilogy is a riveting psychological thriller set in a future where violent teens have their memory erased as an alternative to jail.

    Kyla has been Slated—her personality wiped blank, her memories lost to her forever. Or so she thought. She shouldn’t be able to remember anything. But increasingly she can—and she’s discovering that there are a lot of dark secrets locked away in her memories. When a mysterious man from her past comes back into her life and wants her help, she thinks she’s on her way to finding the truth. But this new knowledge lands her in the middle of a tug-of-war between two dangerous adversaries, and despite her misgivings about both of them, she’s forced to choose a side for her own protection.

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    Not Your Ordinary Wolf GirlNOT YOUR ORDINARY WOLF GIRL by Emily Pohl-Weary

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sometimes Living in the Big Apple Really Bites!

    Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she’s attacked by a wild dog.

    Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat–the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it. And so begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth…

    When a new girl gang appears in the city–with claws and paws–Sam suspects there’s a connection to her own inner beast. Trapped in a tug-of-war between her animal and human selves, forced to choose between the guy who sparked her carnal appetite and the one who makes her feel like a normal teenage girl, Sam has to unravel the mysteries of the werewolf world before her bandmates, her mother, and the media catch up to her.

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    Chasing ShadowsCHASING SHADOWS by Swati Avasthi

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftops to rooftop.

    But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof…

    After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild—and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?

    In this intense novel, Swati Avasthi creates a gripping portrait of two girls teetering on the edge of grief and insanity. Two girls who will find out just how many ways there are to lose a friend…and how many ways to be lost.

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    A Spark UnseenA SPARK UNSEEN (The Dark Unwinding #2) by Sharon Cameron

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

    When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

    But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

    Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

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    Model MisfitMODEL MISFIT (Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale

    Pub. Date: September 26, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

    Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

    What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

    With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

    Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

    Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

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    The FalloutTHE FALLOUT (The Compound #2) by S.A. Bodeen

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this long-awaited sequel to The Compound, Eli and his family can run but they can’t hide.

    After barely escaping from the compound where Eli’s dad kept his family for six years, they’re learning to acclimate to “normal” life—whatever that is for them. It seems like the entire world wants to know what happened to this high profile family.

    Slowly they begin to make their way back into the world, but Eli can’t escape the creeping feeling that they’re being watched everywhere they go. But by who?

    Eli’s anxiety is heightened as unnerving information continually surfaces about Eli’s dad’s company. Not to mention the sketchy new friend his twin brother Eddy has. Nothing seems to be “normal” anymore. New people are entering their lives—but who can Eli and his family trust?

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    The Darkest PathTHE DARKEST PATH by Jeff Hirsch

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    USA TODAY bestselling author Jeff Hirsch once again creates a futuristic world with stunning, dramatic realism.

    A civil war rages between the Glorious Path–a militant religion based on the teachings of a former US soldier–and what’s left of the US government. Fifteen-year-old Callum Roe and his younger brother, James, were captured and forced to convert six years ago. Cal has been working in the Path’s dog kennels, and is very close to becoming one of the Path’s deadliest secret agents. Then Cal befriends a stray dog named Bear and kills a commander who wants to train him to be a vicious attack dog. This sends Cal and Bear on the run, and sets in motion a series of incredible events that will test Cal’s loyalties and end in a fierce battle that the fate of the entire country rests on.

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    The Paradox of Vertical FlightTHE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    What happens when you put a suicidal eighteen-year-old philosophy student, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, and his newborn baby in a truck and send them to Grandma’s house? This debut novel by Emil Ostrovski will appeal to fans of John Green, Chris Crutcher, and Jay Asher.

    On the morning of his eighteenth birthday, philosophy student and high school senior Jack Polovsky is somewhat seriously thinking of suicide when his cell phone rings. Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Jess, has given birth, and Jack is the father. Jack hasn’t spoken with Jess in about nine months—and she wants him to see the baby before he is adopted. The new teenage father kidnaps the baby, names him Socrates, stocks up on baby supplies at Wal-Mart, and hits the road with his best friend, Tommy, and the ex-girlfriend. As they head to Grandma’s house (eluding the police at every turn), Jack tells baby Socrates about Homer, Troy, Aristotle, the real Socrates, and the Greek myths—because all stories spring from those stories, really. Even this one. Funny, heart-wrenching, and wholly original, this debut novel by Emil Ostrovski explores the nature of family, love, friendship, fate, fatherhood, and myth.

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    SteelheartSTEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    There are no heroes.

    Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.

    Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.

    It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.

    My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.

    I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

    But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

    Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

    And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

    He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

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    A Non-YA Title

    Doctor SleepDOCTOR SLEEP (The Shining #2) by Stephen King

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: Scribner

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

    On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

    Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

    Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

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    A Non-YA Title

    The Bride Wore Size 12THE BRIDE WORE SIZE 12 (Heather Wells Mysteries #5) by Meg Cabot

    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013

    Publisher: William Morrow

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

    With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather’s already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather’s sure things can’t get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather’s long-lost mother shows up.

    Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she’s determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it’s the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

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    Other Releases

    ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (The Jamieson Collection #1) by Angie Stanton (first published April 15, 2011)

    SNAPSHOT (The Jamieson Collection #2) by Angie Stanton (first published June 10, 2012)

    INVASION by Walter Dean Myers

    TASK FORCE (Recon Team Angel #2) by Brian Falkner

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    While I was totally relieved at only having eight books pre-ordered last week, that number seems to be stressing me out this week. Even though I have – or will have – read three of the books I have ordered prior to their release date.

    I’ve gotten to the point where my Kindle is telling me it has no more space to add new books. Which makes me a very unhappy camper. Especially since that Kindle doesn’t even have the eARCs on it. Just finished copies. So much for having all my books on one device.

    But I’m pretty sure I’m stressed because I also plan on buying ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME and COUNTDOWN and INHUMAN and SHADOWS. And I’ll probably purchase Malinda Lo’s sequel INHERITANCE since I own the first book.

    And as I have Stephen King’s DOCTOR SLEEP on order, which I’m kind of freaking out about, it’s really more like 13 new books for the collection versus five.

    So I’m feeling kind of buried.

    And while I decided to change up this post a little and add in the descriptions for both the books on order and the books of note, I will still be writing down my thoughts about each of the books I’ve pre-ordered. Though it makes this post hugely long. So maybe not one of my better ideas….

    Anyway… I hope that a long awaited book is releasing this week that you’ll finally get to enjoy. I hope that if you read THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS you’ll tell me how much what happened there with Cole absolutely killed you. And I hope that it won’t be too difficult to say goodbye to a series you’ve loved.

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #72

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

    These are books for the week of May 15th-May 21st that I have pre-ordered.

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    As Dead as it Gets by Katie Alender will be released in the U.S. on May 15, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 448 pages.

    As Dead as it Gets is the third book in author Katie Alender’s Bad Girls Don’t Die series.

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    I can’t wait to get my copy of As Dead as it Gets on Tuesday. I loved the first book in the series and read half of book two, but haven’t had a chance to finish it. Not because I wasn’t loving it – it was awesome, – but because I had a few required reads demanding my time.

    But I think I will be re-starting it this month once I have As Dead as it Gets safely downloaded to my Kindle so that I can read both back-to-back. I’m dying to find out how From Bad to Cursed ends and to find out just what’s going to happen in this third book.

    I haven’t taken a peek at the description for fear of spoilers, but the book cover links to Goodreads. I’m hoping that things end well for Alexis at the Sunshine Club and that As Dead as it Gets is her story. I’d be devastated if she didn’t make it.

    The title sounds just as dark and ominous as its predecessors and I can’t wait to read it to find out who the story is about and just how dead things really do get.

    Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber will be released in the U.S. on May 15, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 272 pages.

    Immortal Hearts is the ninth and final book in the Vampire Kisses series by author Ellen Schreiber

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    I had no idea Immortal Hearts was the final book in the series. I’ve had this on my list of pre-orders forever and I had no clue. I’m crushed. And now I’m more determined than ever to catch up on this series just so I can see how things end.

    I love Raven and Alexander and I thought this series was absolutely adorable. I’ve read the first seven books in the series so I only have to catch up on Cryptic Cravings to find out whether Raven’s dream of becoming a vampire finally comes true.

    I don’t know whether the author will end the series with a happily ever after or whether she’ll simply just hint at some of the possibilities for the characters’ futures. But I hope this series will get wrapped up in a nice bow.

    I did take a peek at the description and I’m excited that Alexander’s sister Stormy will be coming to town. I am super curious just how she and Raven will get along.

    And I am definitely anxious about what the author has planned for this final book. Especially as the description says that it will keep “hearts racing.” And as it is releasing this week I won’t have too long to wait. I just hope I can get to both books in this series next month.

    For those who are already caught up on the series, the first chapter of Immortal Hearts is available to read on the author’s website. CLICK HERE.

    Gilt by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on May 15, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Gilt is the first book in author Katherine Longshore’s The Royal Circle series.

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    I can’t believe release date is almost here for Gilt. I got a surprise ARC in the mail a few weeks ago, but I decided to pre-order the finished copy for my Kindle because the description made this book sound just too tempting not to have it as part of my permanent collection.

    And while I haven’t had the chance to read it early, I plan on adding Gilt to my reading pile in the next few weeks because it sounds awesome.

    I won’t go on and on too much as I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post. But the Tudor setting, the intrigue of being at court and the “secrets, lies, and sordid affairs” were more than enough reasons to make this a book I’m dying to read.

    I can’t wait to meet Kitty and Catherine and find out more about the love triangle and Cat’s “rise and fall as queen.” And I’m super excited to discover just what price they’ll have to pay for love.

    Gilt sounds absolutely fascinating. I know that I’m totally intrigued. And I can’t wait to read this first book in the author’s new series.

    A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

    Pub. Date: May 15, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    I can’t believe how forgetful I was when creating last week’s post. Which makes me very nervous about this week’s post. I managed to add an update shortly after that post was published with the release information for Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers, which I forgot to include.

    And I’ve since learned that I also forgot to mention In Honor by Jessi Kirby, which was another book I had pre-ordered.

    If I’m not missing any major new releases, then it is a quiet release week. I only have three books pre-ordered, but all three of them are books I can’t wait to read. Although the first two do require reading the previous book in the series…. So, I’m thinking that maybe Gilt will be the first to make it to the top of the pile.

    I’m really glad it’s a bit of a slower release week this week. While there aren’t too many books releasing next week, there are a few that I’m absolutely dying to read, so having a bit of a slower week will keep me from falling too far behind.

    And while I only have three new books for the TBR pile this week, I am thinking of adding a new nook to the family. I’m just afraid to head to Barnes & Noble because I may end up finding a few… or more… books to add to my collection. So, we’ll see….

    Anyway, happy book buying!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #24

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

    These are books for the week of June 14th-June 20th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Revenant by Sonia Gensler will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover, library binding and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and library binding formats at Barnes & Noble.

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

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

    I’ve had an advance copy of The Revenant for awhile but haven’t had a chance to read it before release date. This book definitely sounds like an intriguing mystery and is another very different kind of story than one I typically read. And, I decided to pre-order the eBook to have for my collection because I believe this one will be a keeper.

    Until recently I hadn’t even heard of the term “revenant,” but now I’m very curious to see how the revenant factors into this story which involves a main character who is hiding out on Cherokee lands and begins to see what she believes might be ghosts.

    Hourglass by Myra McEntire will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 400 pages.

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

    I also had an advance copy of Hourglass that I just didn’t have a chance to read prior to release, but I’ve had the eBook on pre-order since long before I got the printed ARC. I thought this cover was absolutely amazing – and yes it reminds me a little of the cover for Imaginary Girls which is immediately below this. But the premise of the story drew me in.

    Hourglass sounds like it’s a mystery involving time travel with an added paranormal element – the main character sees apparitions. And it promises to be dark and seductive so I’m sure this will certainly be a debut to love.

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 352 pages.

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

    I had this on pre-order since the moment I heard about it. I do have the eARC and it’s at the top of my reading pile this weekend, but I already planned on adding this one to my collection. And as I’ve already talked about this endlessly, I’ll try to be quick here.

    Imaginary Girls sounds haunting and dark and mysterious and I really want to know what the secrets are between Chloe and Ruby. This does not sound like a novel that will end happily and I can’t wait to find out if my suspicions are correct.

    Book trailer for Imaginary Girls:

    Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second book in the Raised by Wolves series. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 368 pages.

    I had this on pre-order since the moment it was available for the Kindle. I read the first book in the series before I started blogging and couldn’t wait for the sequel. I managed to get my hands on an early copy of Trial by Fire but was only able to read one-third of the book and had to set it down in order to meet deadlines. But even with the ARC, I knew I’d want to have this book for my eBook collection.

    I’m dying to find out how Bryn handles her responsibilities leading the pack and whether or not a love triangle situation develops between her, Chase and Connor. The description mentions “deadly conspiracies” and I can’t wait to find out what those are in this second book in a series I already love.

    Book trailer for the Raised by Wolves series:

    Passion by Lauren Kate is the third book in the Fallen series. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover, library binding, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon in all formats and at Barnes & Noble in an exclusive hardcover edition and in eBook format.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

    I had this on pre-order forever. I started reading this series before I was a blogger and plan on following it to the end. I cannot wait to see what happens in Passion. I finally read the description on Goodreads. I’d been too afraid to look prior to now for fear of torturing myself unnecessarily, but it does sound epic.

    I can’t wait to get a peek at all of Luce and Daniel’s past lives. And until I read the description I had no idea that there was a concern that she might rewrite history by revisiting their past. Of course I’m completely terrified now of what will happen. At least it’s only a few days until release date.

    Book trailer for Passion:

    All the Things You Are by Courtney Sheinmel will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 256 pages.

    I saw this book on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab but knew I wouldn’t get a chance to read it before release date so I added it to my pre-orders so I’d have a chance to read it. I haven’t yet read anything by the author but I heard good things about this book.

    This contemporary young adult fiction story does not sound like a happy journey for the main character. She goes from a privileged life to one where her mother is in trouble, money is a concern and everything just falls apart. I’m curious to check out the author’s writing style and see how she handles this difficult change in circumstances for Carly.

    And as always, I’m hoping for a happy ending.

    The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan is the final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry, the print edition is 400 pages.

    I think I checked Amazon every single day until this book became available to pre-order for my Kindle. I have been dying to read this last book in the series. I even tried to get hints from the author at the RT Convention in Los Angeles back in April. (No luck.)

    I did read the excerpt and am excited to see this story from Sin’s perspective. I hope things work out exactly as I want them to, but I have a bad feeling. I’m glad that Goodreads doesn’t have much of a description, but I did stalk the one on Amazon which is totally spoiler-y for the other books in the series so I won’t go into detail here.

    But at least we will finally get answers about Nick, Alan, Mae and Jamie, even if they’re not ones I’ll be happy about. And oh, I just hate those magicians.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

    From Bad to Cursed is the second book in the Bad Girls Don’t Die series by author Katie Alender. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and in hardcover format only at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 448 pages.

    I pre-ordered this book at the same time that I bought the eBook for Bad Girls Don’t Die. I’m so glad it’s finally coming out, although my wait has only been since April, which isn’t too bad compared to those who had to wait ages for its release.

    Apparently things have been going smoothly for Alexis until Kasey gets herself involved in something new that Alexis needs to check out. It figures. I’m glad that Kasey is not my little sister.

    This Sunshine Club sounds more like a cult than a club, and I hope that Alexis can figure out what really is up with Aralt before it’s too late.

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    This week I have eight books on pre-order. Even more than last week’s haul. I only read one of the books I received last week, so I’m in a serious deficit coming into this week. June is definitely killing me and I know that in two weeks from now, June 28th will be another huge release day. I think next week may be slightly quieter, though, but I still think I have at least five books on pre-order.

    I’ll be going on vacation soon and I can only hope that I’ll be able to make a small dent in my reading during the week off. Still keeping fingers crossed, but as I said last week, I might not see the light of day until September.

    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, let me know!

     

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    My Reading Pile #13

    It was a happy day at the mailbox. Thankfully my mailman left my box of books in the hallway instead of locking it up or I wouldn’t have this lovely picture today. Yes, I’m back to the floor. There is no room on my bookshelf for these new books. I really have to read faster or admit defeat and buy another shelf.

    And, yes that is another copy of All These Things I’ve Done. I mentioned I ended up somehow trading for two copies and that I won a third copy in a giveaway. Well, now I officially have the two trade copies, so I’ll be posting a Quickie Giveaway for one of them this weekend.

    It is also my second copy of Original Sin, but I traded for that one specifically in order to give it to a certain blogger who is just as huge a fan as I am.

    I also want to say a huge “thank you so much” to Britney of I Eat Words. She grabbed a copy of Forever for me from BEA.

    So, I think the only ones I’ll be reading soon that I hadn’t already read are Dead Rules which comes out in just over a week and Supernaturally because I just can’t wait to see what happens in this book.

    So, even though I got all those lovely books, I won’t be reading them this week. June 14th is a big release day and…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (June 12-June 18, 2011)

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    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma is first up for the week. I have an eARC from the publisher for review and I’d wanted to read this sooner, but just couldn’t squeeze it in. But I can’t wait to read it this weekend.

    This is another book I’ve spotlighted for my Book Watch post so I won’t be unnecessarily redundant, but I’ve read a bit of it, and it’s just so amazing already. This is definitely going to be a book that will be talked about, and not just for its gorgeous cover.

    And even in a week of some of my favorite series sequels this is one I won’t be setting aside.

    To read a nice long excerpt of Imaginary Girls on Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Next up is The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan. It is the final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy and is told from Sin’s perspective, which automatically makes this a book I’m dying to read. I want to know if she really is the bad girl she appears to be or if there’s just a bit more to her than we’ve gotten a chance to know so far.

    I fell in love with this series and the ultimate bad boy Nick Ryves. And I am really hoping the author isn’t too cruel with her ending. I’m not sure how devastated I can stand to be.

    I loved the fact that each book was told from a different character’s perspective, although I would have loved there to be another book told from Alan’s. He’s just so sneaky, that Alan, and I would have loved a peek inside his mind.

    And yes, I’m putting this before Passion because I just know I’d be thinking about this the whole time I was reading that book if I switched the order.

    And my third read is Passion by Lauren Kate. I am really excited to read this book, although I think I’m anticipating the next book even more. I just have a feeling that there won’t be much resolution when I get to this book’s end.

    I love the fact that we will be getting a peek at the past, but I’m more concerned with what will happen with Daniel and Lucy in the present. So, I’m keeping fingers crossed that this one will give me some peace of find as the ending of Torment was just that – tormenting. And Daniel drove me absolutely crazy in book two.

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    I am adding a fourth book this week. I think the reads will go very quickly so I think I can add another book to the pile. I’m not sure I’ll have all my reviews done, but at least I’ll have read these much anticipated books.

    From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender is my final book on the pile this week. I recently read Bad Girls Don’t Die and I cannot wait to find out what happens next in this series. I’m so glad that I didn’t have the long wait that some had between that first book and this one.

    Although that one ended without all that cliffhanger-y stuff, just knowing this book was coming out would have made the wait intolerable.

    I did not read any excerpts or reviews so I have no idea other than what the Goodreads description offers, but I am excited to find out how Kasey’s doing and what happens next with Alexis. And I really, really, really hope there are no dolls in this one.

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    So, I know last week was a slow week for reviews on the blog, but there should be a whole bunch this week as all these books are being released. I spent last week mostly reading books releasing in the far distant future, but at least I have three reviews sitting in drafts waiting to be scheduled down the road.

    Just be prepared as three of the four books above are sequels for series that I am a huge fangirl for, so there is likely to be way more gushing than analysis on these.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Hourglass by Myra McEntire. I had this forever, but just could not get the time to read it in advance of release date. I really do want to read this badly, but slacker that I am just couldn’t get to it in time. So I have it at the top of my Wishful Thinking list with the hope that I can read it soon.

    Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I started reading this awhile back but then got sidetracked. I can’t believe it’s releasing this week! Time flies. I really hope to re-read Raised by Wolves and then read Trial by Fire next week.

    And as I mentioned above, I really want to read Supernaturally by Kiersten White and Dead Rules by Randy Russell. But as I already have four books on the pile, I’ll probably be reading these next weekend instead.

    Those left behind:

    I went completely off schedule last week and read a few books that weren’t on the pile. And because I was one of the worst readers during the read-a-thon my books carried over into the week so I did not get a chance to read all the books in My Reading Pile Last week.

    So, I hope to read the two I missed this weekend, along with Imaginary Girls and get my reviews up some time this week.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    The Extras: Teasers #3

    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 month.

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    Sadly I had to skip a few books with amazing passages as the passages or quotes I’d want to use would give away too much. The teasers below are just meant to tease. Never to spoil.

    It feels like I read this book a lifetime ago rather than just three weeks ago. This is one of my favorite passages. As always non-spoilery. I had included a part of this passage in my review, but the full passage is just so much more beautiful.

    Rhine’s thoughts:

    He weaves his fingers through mine, and I allow it, feel the clammy warmth of his palm against mine. Flush. Alive. Eventually I realize that I am holding on to him just as tightly as he holds on to me. And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves.

    There were just so many really amazing passages to choose from, but I’ve tried to choose one that stuck out that doesn’t give anything away.

    Cassel’s thoughts:

    At the window to my room, I catch my reflection in the glass. Shaggy black hair. Sneer. I look like a hungry ghost, glowering in at a world I am no longer fit to be part of.

    I could only choose one and I wanted it different from the one I put in my review. But really, I could have practically reprinted the entire book as almost every single passage was amazing. So, I opted to choose one that just resonated with me for a long while after reading this book. It still does.

    Mia’s thoughts:

    I don’t know exactly what’s happened to me, and for the first time today, I don’t really care. I shouldn’t have to care. I shouldn’t have to work this hard. I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.

    I’ve used this quote in my review, but I still say it’s my favorite one from the book. And I’ve since purchased the finished copy so I can confirm that this quote did make it in. Yay!

    Mark to Krista:

    “I want you to listen to me. You seem to be under the misconception that there is something wrong with you, that there is nothing special about you. There is nobody else in the whole world that I would rather be with. I could look at you for hours and never get sick of it. I could spend every second of everyday in your presence and I would die a happy man. You belong with me.”

    Yes, this one is in my review, and it’s short and to the point, but could you imagine Tamani saying anything better than this to Laurel?

    Tamani to Laurel:

    “I just don’t want to cozy up to the guy whose girl I have every intention of stealing.”

    I couldn’t choose between the two. One creepy and one a line any girl would love to hear from a boy she likes.

    Alexis’s thoughts:

    Could evil seep through the walls of the house, plant a seed of obsession in someone’s heart?

    Carter to Alexis:

    “I can’t help it, Alexis,” he said. “I want to make you think too much . . . and then I want to hear the things you’ve been thinking . . . too much.”

    How can you not want to read this book with passages like this one?

    Sophie’s thoughts:

    I stood there absorbing his words like blows, my heart aching. But it wasn’t what he said that made me feel like I’d been punched in the chest. It’s that I knew he was lying.

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