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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #144

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

    These are books for the week of October 1st-October 7th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Endless Knight

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    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ENDLESS KNIGHT is the second book in Author Kresley Cole’s The Arcana Chronicles.

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    Oh. My. Gosh. Release date is just about here for ENDLESS KNIGHT and the official final version will be making its way to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I received the print copy this past week but it’s way too pretty to even think about breaking the spine. So I will have to wait before I can take a peek to see just how different the final version is from the version I read for review.

    And the wait is killing me. Absolutely killing me.

    I cannot get this book out of my head. It’s there beckoning to me to devour it again, to experience what happened with Evie and Jack and Death just one more time. And I know it won’t leave me alone until I do.

    ENDLESS KNIGHT was the book I chose for my Book Watch post. I may have gone on and on about just how amazing it was in that post. Just like I did in my review, which is all set to post on Monday. When I love a book as much as I love this book it is that much harder to wrangle those thoughts, so it’s taken me awhile to finally nail those down and write a semi-coherent review.

    So as much as I want to keep talking about how excited I am for this book’s release, how its release means that I’m that much closer to the next book in the series’ release, how there will finally be a bunch of readers who will get the chance to read it so I can talk with them about it, I won’t go on and on. I’ll just end by saying that this is an amazing follow-up, it’s an absolute must-read, must re-read, and must re-read again after that.

    I could not love this book any more than I do. And any words I have uttered about it or could utter don’t even come close to explaining just how amazing it is.

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    In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

    Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

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    Wild Cards

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    WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 352 pages.

    WILD CARDS is the first book in author Simone Elkeles’ new series of the same name. A release date for the second, currently untitled, book in the series is not yet available.

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    I am so excited for the release of Simone Elkeles’ WILD CARDS this week. I had the chance to read it early and I loved it, but I am totally thrilled that my finished copy will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    I love the fact that the author creates characters and stories that are somewhat unconventional. I loved getting to meet Derek and Ashtyn and seeing their relationship develop. And I loved that Ashtyn was someone who was focused, driven and determined in spite of, or perhaps because of, the situation she had at home.

    There were a couple moments in this story that brought tears to my eyes. There were some very real issues the characters had to overcome. And what the author put them through made it just so easy to connect with them even when their problems were ones that I couldn’t always relate to.

    But I don’t want to reveal those issues and their outcomes in this post, or any post for that matter. I will just say that this was a quick read, an engaging story and one I hope to someday read again.

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    After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

    Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

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    Blackout

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    BLACKOUT by Robison Wells will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 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 432 pages.

    BLACKOUT is the first full-length book in author Robison Wells’ new series of the same name. A prequel novella, GOING DARK, was published on August 6th.

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    I can’t believe that it’s just about October 1st and my Kindle copy of BLACKOUT will be downloading before I will have had the chance to get it on the pile. I grabbed an eARC and was so excited about the prospect of reading it early but clearly that didn’t happen since its release date is just a couple days away.

    But I want to read it. Desperately. This book sounds amazing – terrorists, a virus that results in “impossible powers,” “deception” and “catastrophic danger.” I am totally intrigued. And I’m even more curious about how the book’s title factors into the story.

    I’m tempted to at least read the prequel novella this week to find out what causes things to go dark. But I just have to find out how the lives of two trained terrorists and two high school students become intertwined and whether an explosion is triggered that “ends it all.”

    And I seriously need to read this book in the next couple of weeks.

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    Laura and Alec are trained terrorists.

    Jack and Aubrey are high school students.

    There was no reason for them to ever meet.

    But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

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    How to Love

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    HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 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 400 pages.

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    I have heard HOW TO LOVE is amazing and I’m so excited it is releasing this week and that I’ll have my electronic copy in hand on Tuesday. It sounds like the perfect type of love story for me to read – complicated, messy and very possibly a little (or a lot) heartbreaking.

    I am just so curious as to why Sawyer ends up falling for Reena the first time when he hadn’t noticed her for so long. I’m also super curious as to why he just suddenly left her behind and why he decided to come back.

    And, of course, I’m interested in finding out whether she forgives him and lets herself fall back in love with him after he abandoned her the way that he did.

    The description promises a story that is “breathtaking” and I cannot to wait to find out if that’s true.

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    Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

    After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

    In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

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    The Beautiful and the Damned

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    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED by Jessica Verday will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 272 pages.

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED is a spin-off of author Jessica Verday’s The Hollow series.

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    When I first read the description for THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED I knew that I just had to pre-order a copy for my collection. I never expected to be approved for an eARC and while I was approved, I always planned on keeping my pre-order for the finished copy. So I can’t wait for it to download on Monday Midnight.

    I have not yet had the chance to meet Cyn and Avian. But I just know that I’m going to love reading their story. And I know that I’m going to love Cyn based upon that line in the description that mentions she casts spells on men for the purpose of stealing their cars.

    I can’t wait to go back to Sleepy Hollow to see if they’ll be able to vanquish the source of Cyn’s power. And I can’t wait to find out how she’ll change if she does survive.

    While I haven’t had the chance to read this companion novel yet I definitely plan on reading it some time in October. It’s the perfect month to read a book that takes place in the Hollow.

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    Cyn’s blackouts have deadly consequences in this sexy, suspenseful spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Hollow series.

    Cyn and Avian are far from a perfect match. She’s a witch who casts spells on men so she can steal their cars. He spends his time being judge, jury, and executioner to the truly evil in the supernatural realm.

    When the blackouts Cyn’s been having ever since her time in Sleepy Hollow start escalating, she finds herself unable to remember where she’s been or what she’s been doing. Frightened, she seeks guidance at a local church, and it’s there she meets Avian.

    The unlikely pair soon discovers that her blackouts are a side effect of what she truly is—an Echo—a conduit for souls of the dead. The only way to prevent Cyn from losing complete control is to return to Sleepy Hollow and vanquish the source of her power—but she may not survive the process. And if she does? She won’t ever be the same…

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    Perfect Ruin

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    PERFECT RUIN by Lauren DeStefano will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    PERFECT RUIN is the first book in author Lauren DeStefano’s new series The Internment Chronicles. An eNovella is expected on April 8, 2014 and the second full-length book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release on February 1, 2015. A third book in the series is also planned.

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    I am not entirely sure how I missed all the buzz about PERFECT RUIN, but I’m so glad I did not miss adding this book to my pre-orders in August. I think the author is awesome and I cannot wait to read this first book in her new series.

    I have not read a single review or checked out this book’s rating on Goodreads. But I read the description and it sounds all sorts of amazing and I seriously cannot wait for my copy to download so I can take a peek… or perhaps dive right in.

    I love that this story is set on a floating island in the clouds. I love that for some reason getting close to the edge causes madness. I love that there are secrets that will hopefully be revealed in this first book in the series, though I have a feeling there will be quite a few secrets left for future books.

    I desperately want to know what Morgan finds out when she investigates the murder in Internment. And I really, really, really want to know just who she’ll lose.

    If I do have any time this week I am going to make it a priority to sneak PERFECT RUIN in. Even the title is intriguing. And I know I will not be able to resist the lure of this book for very long.

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    On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

    Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

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    Kami Garcia/Unbreakable

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    UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    UNBREAKABLE is the first book in Kami Garcia’s new Legion series. The second book in the series, UNBOUND, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I have long been a fan of author Kami Garcia so when I discovered that she had a book coming out written by her alone I just had to pre-order it. And UNBREAKABLE sounds wicked cool – and not because the description compared it to Supernatural… well, not just because of the comparison.

    But I love stories that have secret societies. I love stories with vengeful demons, even ones where the demon is bad versus bad boy. And I always love stories that have a bit of a mystery.

    The description promises all sorts of things I love – suspense, paranormal romance and chilling urban fantasy – and I cannot wait to read it. Though I’ll at least have to wait until my Kindle copy downloads on Tuesday before I do.

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    Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia. 

    I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

    When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

    Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

    Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

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    Stir Me Up

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    STIR ME UP by Sabrina Elkins will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print length is 268 pages.

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    Even though I received an eARC for review I just had to pre-order the finished copy of STIR ME UP for my Kindle. And even if it wasn’t super inexpensive I’d still want to add it to my collection.

    I’m reading it right now and so far am loving it. And I hope that by the time this post goes live I’ll have finished reading it and found out what happens with Cami and Julian and with Luke, the boyfriend who seems just the tiniest bit possessive.

    I don’t yet know if this story will just be about the romance or whether it will delve a bit deeper with regard to Julian’s injuries. But whether it is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story or just one that’s fun and flirty I can’t wait to finish reading it. Which will definitely happen before its release date if it hasn’t already happened by the time this post is published.

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    Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She’ll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father’s French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami’s family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

    Julian’s all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami’s starting to feel. And Cami can’t stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He’s got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….

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    Other Books of Note

    EndlessENDLESS (The Violet Eden Chapters #4) by Jessica Shirvington

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    LOVE WILL KILL US ALL

    Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose-literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she’s about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she’s not nearly ready.

    The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head-not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face…

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    StainedSTAINED by Cheryl Rainfield

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for “normal.”

    Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.

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    EntangledENTANGLED by Amy Rose Capetta

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Alone was the note Cade knew best. It was the root of all her chords.

    Seventeen-year-old Cade is a fierce survivor, solo in the universe with her cherry-red guitar. Or so she thought. Her world shakes apart when a hologram named Mr. Niven tells her she was created in a lab in the year 3112, then entangled at a subatomic level with a boy named Xan.
    Cade’s quest to locate Xan joins her with an array of outlaws—her first friends—on a galaxy-spanning adventure. And once Cade discovers the wild joy of real connection, there’s no turning back.

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    Hideous LoveHIDEOUS LOVE: THE STORY OF THE GIRL WHO WROTE FRANKENSTEIN by Stephanie Hemphill

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

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    From award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill comes the fascinating story of Mary Shelley, a brilliant teenager who wrote one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time: Frankenstein.

    An all-consuming love affair.

    A family torn apart by scandal.

    A young author on the brink of greatness.

    Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

    Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.

    This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.

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    HereafterHEREAFTER (Shadowlands #2) by Kate Brian

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She’s also made friends with a local clique–including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan.

    But Rory’s world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn’t what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory’s every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again. From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the pieces after the only life she’s ever known ends.

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    Eat Brains LoveEAT, BRAINS, LOVE by Jeff Hart

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Two teenage zombies search for brains, love, and answers in this surprisingly romantic and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel with guts.

    Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during lunch, Jake’s whole life changed. He and Amanda suddenly locked eyes across the cafeteria, and at the exact same instant, they turned into zombies and devoured half their senior class.

    Now Jake definitely has Amanda’s attention-as well as Cass’s, since she’s been sent on a top-secret mission to hunt them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own-one that will lead the three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.

    Eat, Brains, Love is a heartwarming and bloody blend of romance, deadpan humor, and suspense that fans of Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies will devour. With its irresistibly dry and authentic teen voice, as well as a zombie apocalypse worthy of AMC’s The Walking Dead, this irreverent paperback original will leave readers dying for the sequel that’s coming in Summer 2014.

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    Picture Me GonePICTURE ME GONE by Meg Rosoff

    Pub. Date: October 3, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Printz Award-winning author Meg Rosoff’s latest novel is a gorgeous and unforgettable page-turner about the relationship between parents and children, love and loss.

    Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room—sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past—slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she’s closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best.

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    9780670786206_ManMadeBoy_JK.inddMAN MADE BOY by Jon Skovron

    Pub. Date: October 3, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

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    Description:

    Love can be a real monster.

    Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.

    Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can’t escape his demons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more.

    This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster—and a man.

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    Everything BreaksEVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove

    Pub. Date: xx, 2013

    Publisher: xx

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    Description:

    Tucker was supposed to be the designated driver. But there was something about the beauty of that last true summer night, that made him want to feel out-of-control just once. He drank so much and so quickly that he was instantly sick. That left Trey to drive. “I’ll catch up to you later,” were the last words Tucker would ever say to his friends as he heaved by the side of the road. It was the last time Tucker would ever see them alive.

    Tucker’s grief and guilt are just about unbearable and he wonders how he can continue living himself. When he meets the Ferryman who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divide the world of the living from the world of the dead, Tucker gets a chance to decide: live or die. The temptation to join his three best friends on the other side may be too much for Tucker to overcome.   A gripping, haunting and emotional read.

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    Confessions The Private School MurdersCONFESSIONS: THE PRIVATE SCHOOL MURDERS (Confessions #2) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

    Pub. Date: October 7, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Tandy Angel may have played the hero when she solved the case of her magnificently wealthy parents’ mysterious deaths, but she isn’t done yet. Her brother Matthew stands trial for homicide, young girls are found murdered all around New York’s Upper West side, and Tandy is determined to use her piercing intellect to get to the bottom of both cases. But the biggest mystery of allmay be what actually happened to James Rampling, the handsome son of a family enemy, whom Tandy fell in love and ran away with–though most of her memories of the affair are disturbingly absent…

    The confessions keep coming as Tandy delves even deeper into her own tumultuous history and the skeletons in the Angel family closet.

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    Goodbye Rebel BlueGOODBYE, REBEL BLUE by Shelley Coriell

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Amulet Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she falls for Nate, the golden boy do-gooder who never looks out for himself.

    Perfect for fans of Jay Asher’s blockbuster hit Thirteen Reasons Why, Coriell’s second novel features her sharp, engaging voice along with realistic drama and unforgettable characters.

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    Made of StarsMADE OF STARS by Kelley York

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

    The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.

    Then Chance’s mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?

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    Zom-B BabyZOM-B BABY (Zom-B #5) by Darren Shan

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The fifth book in the series.

    B is trying to settle into life with the Angels, but finds it hard to believe some of Dr Oystein’s claims. When she decides to seek refuge elsewhere, she scours the streets of London in search of a place to call home.

    But what she finds will lead B to question everything that she has ever held to be true.

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    Scarlet in the SnowSCARLET IN THE SNOW by Sophie Masson

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Australia

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A deserted mansion. Empty picture frames. A perfect red rose in a snowy garden. There is rich and powerful magic here, and a mystery to unravel . . .

    When Natasha is forced to take shelter from a sudden, terrible blizzard, she is lucky to see a mansion looming out of the snow. Inside it’s beautiful: the fire lit, the table set. But there is no one there. And on the walls, instead of paintings, are empty frames. In the garden, she finds one perfect red rose about to bloom, a vivid splash of scarlet against the snow. Dreamily she reaches out a hand . . . Only to have the master of the house appear – a terrifying, gigantic creature who looks like a cross between a bear and a man – and demand vengeance on her for taking his rose.

    So begins an extraordinary adventure that will see Natasha plunged deep into the heart of a mystery. She begins to realise she has stumbled onto a great tragedy – a spell of revenge laid on the young man the Beast once was, devised by a powerful sorcerer. But even if she can break the spell, the Beast she has now come to love will be snatched from her. Natasha will have a long journey, and many ordeals, ahead of her before there can be a happy ending

    Inspired by two beautiful Russian fairytales – The Scarlet Flower (the Russian version of Beauty and the Beast) and Fenist the Falcon, Scarlet in the Snow is a beguiling mix of magic, romance, adventure and mystery.

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    Allure_500ALLURE (The Hoodoo Apprentice #2) by Lea Nolan

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Worst. Summer. Ever.

    Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

    Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

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    The Enchanter HeirTHE ENCHANTER HEIR (The Heir Chronicles #4) by Cinda Williams Chima

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors, Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a global network that hunts the undead. He is being groomed to succeed Gabriel Mandrake, the sorcerer, philanthropist, and ruthless music promoter who established the Thorn Hill Foundation, the public face of Nightshade. More and more, Jonah’s at odds with Gabriel’s tactics and choice of targets. Desperate to help his dying brother Kenzie, Jonah opens doors that Gabriel prefers to keep closed.

    Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions.

    Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Madison Moss and the Interguild Council, threatening the fragile peace brokered at Trinity.

    Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid growing suspicion that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.

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    She Is Not InvisibleSHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick

    Pub. Date: October 3, 2013

    Publisher: Indigo

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Laureth Peak’s father is a writer. For years he’s been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he’s obsessed, Laureth thinks he’s on the verge of a breakdown.He’s supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.

    On impulse she steals her mother’s credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.

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    SickMechfinalSICK by Tom Leveen

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Amulet Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead as a group of unlikely allies tries to survive a deadly outbreak.

    Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

    The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

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    Other Releases

    SEVEN DEADLY SINS VOL. 3: SLOTH; GLUTTONY; GREED by Robin Wasserman

    SIX MONTHS LATER by Natalie Richards

    SHADOWLARK (Skylark #2) by Meagan Spooner

    PRETENDERS (Pretenders #1) by Lisi Harrison

    EVANESCENT (The Chronicles of Nerissette #2) by Andria Buchanan

    FIRE STORM (Young Sherlock Holmes #4) by Andrew Lane

    HERO (Woodcutter Sisters #2) by Alethea Kontis

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    Once again it seems that I have eight books pre-ordered, but as I plan on buying ALLURE by Lea Nolan, HEREAFTER by Kate Brian and HIDEOUS LOVE by Stephanie Hemphill, it’s really more like eleven.

    While I have read ENDLESS KNIGHT and WILD CARDS and will be finished reading STIR ME UP, there are still a ton of new releases that will be added to the TBR pile in my collection. I wish I could read faster, be less distracted by the various blogs, have more time in the day to read and review books just a bit quicker than I do.

    But someday – hopefully soon – I’ll get the chance to read them all. I also hope I didn’t forget any titles like I did last week.

    Last week I had an additional book download on Monday Midnight that wasn’t a YA book so I completely missed its release date. It was a total surprise. And that book was…

    Vicious

    VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab
    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013
    Publisher: Tor Books
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

    Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

    Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

    In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

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    This book sounds totally awesome – hence the pre-order – so I hope I’ll be able to find some time to read it, or get the chance to shove a few books off the pile in order to do so, really, really soon.

    Anyway… Once again this post is super long – and has taken me over eight hours to pull together – so I’ll stop my rambling now. But I hope that there are a few awesome books releasing this week that end up topping your TBR pile and I hope that if you do read ENDLESS KNIGHT the ending won’t make you as desperate for the next installment in the series as it did me.

    Dying. Abso-freaking-lutely dying.

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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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    The Extras: The Teasers #10

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tris about Four…

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

    And this one stops me from breathing altogether….

    Tris about Four…

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

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

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

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

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

    Archer and Evan…

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

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

    “Like your heart is breaking.”

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

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

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

    … to Abbey

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

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

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

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

    Alex’s thoughts…

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

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

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

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

    …to Nikki…

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

    My face went warm and I looked away.

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

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

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

    Kai and Cinder…

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

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

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

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

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

    Lenzi and Alden…

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

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

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

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

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

    Ones like this one…

    Clara about Tucker:

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

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

    Clara and…

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

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

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

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

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

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    Hushed Blog Tour: Author Interview Kelley York

    I am absolutely thrilled to be today’s stop on the Hushed blog tour as it gave me the opportunity to ask author Kelley York all those burning questions I had about her just-released debut book Hushed.

    By participating in the tour, I was also lucky enough to get a chance to read Hushed early and what an amazing read it was. If you’d like to see what I had to say about this captivating, dark and edgy story, feel free to check out my spoiler-free review.

    In case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book, here’s what Goodreads has to say….

    Goodreads description:

    He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

    Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another – Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

    Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

    But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants…And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

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    And if you’d like to take a longer look inside Hushed on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Who is Kelley York?

    Author Bio:

    Kelley was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry – be them squeaky, barky or meow-y – is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.

    Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

    Kelley’s website: http://www.kelley-york.com/blog

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    Q. Hushed is a wonderfully dark and captivating read. It starts off and gets right to the chase and keeps on delivering those shocks. For someone who hasn’t yet added it to their TBR pile, in one sentence, how would you, as the author, describe Hushed?

    A. HUSHED is a dark look into the human psyche, and explores the deadly lengths some will go to for the ones they love.

    [Fiktshun: Oooh! I love, love, love this!]

    Q. Evan is really the only bright spot in this book. When you brought him into the story, was he meant to be Archer’s redemption? Or did that change as the story progressed?

    A. Originally, Archer wasn’t meant to have much redemption. It wasn’t a conscious decision to change anything, since I didn’t plot anything out. I had this vague idea that Archer would be alone (or, you know, dead) at the end of the book. Within two chapters of Evan’s introduction, I realized that was going to change. His character was immediately drawn to Archer and he wanted to make everything better. (Far be it for me to stand between that, right?)

    [Fiktshun: Absolutely!]

    Q. Archer and Vivian seem like polar opposites in terms of personalities – one is organized, quiet, calm and the other is fiery, frantic, chaotic. Yet both were incredibly broken. What did you like most about writing Vivian’s character? And Archer’s?

    A. I love Vivian’s chaotic temperament. I love how she can twist a situation and justify everything she does. Archer gets mad at her for something, and she so effortlessly (and unconsciously!) folds it back on him. In this way, she’s damaged Archer more than what he witnessed as a kid did. For Archer, I love his shyness. His hesitance toward Evan and how, the closer he wants to be, the more he draws away.

    [Fiktshun: I have to say that I love both Viv’s chaos and Archer’s shyness. They balance each other out sooo well!]

    Q. In another interview you mentioned changing the ending. Having read Hushed, I see how that other ending works just as well as this one – a dark book with an even darker ending definitely has an appeal. What made you decide to end this on a happier note – and I say “happier” not “happy”?

    A. Like I mentioned above, it wasn’t a conscious change. Archer started out with the lot of the flaws Vivian has. The manipulative qualities and whatnot. But quickly, Viv took those over and she turned from a sweeter, more sympathetic character into…well, who she is in the book now. My characters always take routes all their own whether I like it or not. Archer became this character I felt desperately needed a second chance, so I’m glad the story steered toward the ‘happier’ (not happy!) ending. In retrospect, the original ending I had in mind would’ve been very flat. It would’ve felt like, “All of this, and for nothing.”

    [Fiktshun: Oh, I don’t know about flat…. Those kinds of endings make a huge impact, though I’m imagining quite a few irate fans.]

    Q. Archer Pond seems like someone who is starved for affection. The slightest outreach from Evan made such a huge difference. You mentioned that originally Archer’s feelings toward Evan went unrequited, as they did with Vivian. If Archer’s affections weren’t returned by either character, how might that have changed him and the story?

    A. Having not one, but two people he loved, turn him away would have utterly ruined him. He would’ve been convinced he was the monster everyone said he was, and I doubt there would have been any saving him at that point.

    [Fiktshun: Well, then I’m so incredibly glad that Evan returned Archer’s feelings.]

    Q. I am such a huge fan of dark, morbid and unhappily-ever-after stories. Hushed has so many of those wonderful qualities. But you changed the ending to one that is slightly less grim, you added in a love story where there originally had been none. Were there any changes from the original that added darker elements where they may have once been more optimistic?

    A. Marissa and everything she brought into the story, as well as the stuff with Archer’s parents, were all additions that cropped up as I wrote and weren’t intentional nor planned. The way things ended with Vivian, too, is definitely darker and grimmer than I originally thought it would be.

    [Fiktshun: Oh yes, Marissa did bring in a kinder and gentler aspect to this story. Though Archer’s parents…. I will say nothing about that situation.]

    Q. What are your favorite go-to snacks while writing?

    A. I’m not much of a snacker while I write. I need lots and lots of soda, though.

    Q. What are your favorite writing distractions when you’ve hit a wall?

    A. Movies, video games, Facebook games…

    [Fiktshun: Oh, Facebook games are sooooo addictive!]

    Q. What are some of your favorite dark contemporary reads?

    A. GONE, GONE, GONE by Hannah Moskowitz is fairly dark, as was BROTHER/SISTER by Sean Olin. LARK by Tracy Porter was good.

    Q. Do you prefer writing from a male main character’s p.o.v. or a female main character’s and why?

    A. I can do both, though I seem to lean toward male POV and I’m not sure why.

    Q. If you had to pick your favorite character from Hushed, who would it be and why?

    A. Definitely Archer. He was the first of the characters to appear in my head, and he’s such a good person underneath it all. He’s just, you know, broken.

    [Fiktshun: Here’s to being broken. The broken make for such amazing characters to read about!]

    Q. If you had to pick your favorite character from another dark contemporary book who would it be and why?

    A. Ohh. Maybe Will from BROTHER/SISTER? He was so very broken and wanted to do what was right.

    And now it’s time to play…

    “This” or “That”

    Q. Happy endings or tragic endings?

    Tragic!

    Q. Love stories or unrequited love?

    Unrequited love.

    Q. Writing in silence or writing with music?

    Music.

    Q. Writing in the morning, afternoon, evening or dead of night?

    Dead of night.

    Q. Mac or PC?

    PC.

    Q. Outlining or free writing?

    Free writing.

    [Fiktshun: I absolutely love all these answers. I, for one, am all about the unrequited love story. There’s nothing quite as tragic. And the dead of night is the perfect time to write – fewer distractions and don’t all dark thoughts come in the dead of night?]

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    I am so unbelievably happy with all these answers. Thank you so much for stopping by and answering every single one of my questions. Had I know this was a possibility, I might have been even greedier and asked just a few more!

    Hushed was released on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 242 pages.

    Here’s what people are saying:

    ‘Kelley York delivers in this impressive debut. I was at the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next! Bottom line, this was unputdownable!!!’

    — YA Fantasy Guide —

    ‘How exciting that we live in a time when gay teen protagonists can be just as screwed up as straight ones — and their stories just as creepy!’

    — Brent Hartinger, award-winning author of Geography Club and Shadow Walkers —

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #49

    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 December 6th-December 12th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Clockwork Prince is the second book in The Infernal Devices series by author Cassandra Clare.

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    It’s finally out! The wait is over! Though I’m still waiting to receive all the print copies I’ve ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books of Wonder, I’ve had this book on pre-order for my Kindle for months and months and it downloaded early. So it’s mine!

    I already read and reviewed Clockwork Prince (HERE) so I’m not going to ramble on and on about what I think this book might be about. Because I already know. And it’s awesome! Soooooo awesome.

    I am super curious to see whether everyone will be Team Will or Team Jem when they’ve finished reading it. I also can’t wait to hear what everyone will think of Tessa. And as is always the case with Cassandra Clare novels, I have even more questions at the end than I had when I started reading.

    I only finished this book just over a week ago, but I’ve been dying to talk about it with everyone. So I hope there will be tons of reviews for me to stalk in the coming weeks.

    If for some reason you’re the one person who hasn’t pre-ordered their copy, or if you just weren’t sure about this sequel, check out an excerpt of the prologue from the series website, CLICK HERE. It might just change your mind.

    Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Deadly Little Voices is the fourth book in the Touch series by author Laurie Faria Stolarz.

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    I have been a fan of this series since way before I started blogging. They don’t make the eBook versions available too far in advance of release date, so this is one book I’ve been stalking regularly over the past couple of months so that I could add it to my list of pre-orders the second it was available.

    I have missed this series and am dying to find out just what happens to Camelia, Ben and Adam in this next installment. And as always with this series, I can’t wait to try and solve the mystery, which there seem to be a few of in this book.

    Fortunately there is at least one more book in the series, because I’m not ready for this series to end. Though I’m worried that things appear to be getting darker and darker. And in this book, Camelia’s abilities seem to be causing her to become slightly mentally unstable, which does not sound like a good thing at all….

    Shattered Dreams by Ellie James was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Shattered Dreams is the first book in the Midnight Dragonfly series by author Ellie James.

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    I actually received an unsolicited ARC for this book last spring but hadn’t had the time to check it out until very recently. And since I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to read it before release, I decided to pre-order it so I could read the finished copy instead.

    This book sounds very intriguing. And I love that the description uses the words “dark odyssey” to describe what happens to the main character, Trinity, in her search for a missing girl. A girl that she had a vision about. A girl everyone thinks Trinity might have something to do with the disappearance of.

    I want to find out just what happened to Jessica, what secrets Trinity uncovers about her past, and just what these “shocking truths” are.

    There is a bonus short story, Haunted Destiny, that came out two weeks ago that is currently available as a free eBook download for the Kindle, HERE, and for the Nook, HERE.

    Struck by Rhonda Stapleton was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 752 pages.

    Struck is a bindup of Stupid Cupid, Flirting with Disaster and Pucker Up by Rhonda Stapleton.

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    I first learned about this book back in October. I’d known of the author for a lot longer, but hadn’t known about this bind-up until the cover caught my eye when stalking the publisher’s catalogs. I was pretty much sold by the cover, so as soon as I skimmed the description I pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    I love the idea that the main character, Felicity Walker, applies for a job at a matchmaking company and discovers that she’s actually a cupid. I also love that the author modernized cupid.

    There are no winged cherubs with bows and arrows in this book. Cupids now get hot pink PDAs, and love arrows get sent through email instead of the old fashioned way. It also makes me smile to know that cupid has a quota.

    This really does sound fun and super cute and I can’t wait to take a peek at this soon and hopefully get a chance to read all three stories around Valentine’s Day.

    Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on December 8, 2011 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 336 pages.

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

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    Just two more days until release day. And I can’t wait! I didn’t have time to stalk my local bookstore to see if Shattered Souls was on shelves early, but I have a print copy pre-ordered and am anxiously awaiting my eBook downloading to my Kindle on Thursday.

    I absolutely love, love, loved this book when I read it last spring – yes, it was a really, really long time ago. I was hoping to have the ARC I traded for back in my hands by now, but that didn’t happen. Fortunately I only have a couple more days to wait.

    I did end up posting my review of Shattered Souls this summer as part of the book tour, but I will probably be doing a buzz post soon. Because I’m so curious as to what everyone else will think of this book that I love. Whether they’ll love Lenzi as much as I do – especially her sarcasm – whether they’ll love Alden or whether they’ll be heartbroken over Zak.

    I won’t go on and on and on about this book, because I feel like I’ve talked about it so much already, but this story of past lives and reincarnation totally captured my heart and its gripping storyline kept me on the edge of my seat.

    To read a short excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    (The eBook was available for purchase on November 29, 2011.)

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 292 pages.

    Obsidian is the first book in the Lux series by author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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    Obsidian’s official release date is today, but the eBook was available last week for download at Amazon and so I had my copy since then. Although I read this book a little over two weeks ago, I’m already dying to re-read it.

    I had no idea when I requested this book for review that it was a story about aliens and I’m glad I didn’t. Because I might have immediately turned away from a book that I would have regretted not reading.

    Obsidian is hot. Daemon Black is hot. Just thinking about a couple of those scenes makes my heart race a little. He’s gorgeous. He’s arrogant. And he has some pretty amazing powers.

    Katy would better off if Daemon stayed away from her, and she away from him, but their chemistry draws them together. Which makes this one sizzling read. But it also puts Katy in danger.

    I won’t say more, because I already reviewed it (here). But to really know how awesome it is, it just has to be read.

    Obsidian just came out, but I already cannot wait until Onyx is released. And Daemon looks even hotter on that cover, which was revealed yesterday. So, I can only imagine just how yummy this next book is going to be.

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

    Hushed by Kelley York was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    (The eBook was available for purchase on November 29, 2011.)

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 242 pages.

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

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    I received an eARC of Hushed for review, read it – devoured it really – this past weekend and just reviewed it here on the blog yesterday. And as soon as I finished my review I headed over to Amazon to pre-oder a finished eBook for my collection. Because this is one book I definitely plan on reading again.

    Apparently the eBook for Hushed was also released a week in advance of its official release date, which I would have loved to know, as the eARC wasn’t formatted nearly as nicely as the finished copy.

    And since I did just review it, I don’t want to ramble on and on again twenty-four hours later. Though I’m absolutely sure I could!

    But for readers who love books that are dark and weighty, violent and shocking, with just a few moments of brightness, then Hushed is definitely the perfect read. It was for me.

    To read an excerpt of Hushed on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Surrender (A Haunting Emma Novel) by Lee Nichols

    Pub. Date: December 6, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

    Pub. Date: December 8, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars #10) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: December 6, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Sweep Volume 5 by Cate Tiernan

    Pub. Date: December 8, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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    It is definitely not a slow release week this week. I have seven books pre-ordered – not including the multiple print copies of Clockwork Prince – and I’m seriously considering a couple of the other books of note to buy.

    At least I’ve read and reviewed four of the books that I’ve purchased, so they’re not being added to my TBR pile. But because I loved them so much, of course I’d love to be able to re-read all of them.

    And I’m seriously hoping to be able to squeeze in Deadly Little Voices at the beginning of January, because I absolutely love this series.

    I also hope that the next couple of weeks are a lot slower for releases, because I think I’ll be getting a gift card or two for Christmas and would love to have a few books left to buy with them.

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

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

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    Review: Hushed

    Hushed by Kelley York will be released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and in paperback format at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 242 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

    Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

    Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

    But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

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    Archer Pond is a killer.

    He is seeking vengeance for the brutal crime that took his best friend Vivian from him years ago and turned her into someone he doesn’t even know. Someone he isn’t even sure he likes.

    He’s made a list. He’s studied his victims. And one by one he plans on making each of them pay for what they’ve done.

    Archer Pond is a monster… but he doesn’t want to be.

    He wants to be free. Free from the guilt he feels over what happened to Vivian. Free from Vivian, who keeps pulling him back into the drama her life has become and whose very existence is suffocating him.

    But the only way he truly believes he can be free is if no one on his list remains alive.

    That is until he meets Evan.

    Evan makes him want to be better. Evan makes him feel like he’s not alone. Evan makes him believe that there is more. And Evan makes him feel human.

    With Evan he doesn’t need revenge to make him feel free. And when he’s with Evan he doesn’t need Vivian.

    And Vivian is not happy….

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    Hushed is a raw, powerful, deliciously dark, edgy and gritty story. It is a story that combines lightness and beauty with ugliness and violence. And it is one that is filled with sadness, desperation and hope for redemption.

    From the opening pages it holds absolutely nothing back. Bringing the reader into this chilling and violent story with a main character who at first glance seems nothing more than a cold-blooded and calculating killer. Someone seeking vengeance, but with little remorse for his actions.

    Archer Pond is way more than a flawed character. He’s dark, he’s disturbed, but he is not without hope. He may not fully grasp the wrongness of his actions, but when he meets Evan Bishop he begins to see things differently and is able to recognize that there is more to life than just the cold, empty world he’s created for himself, and an existence that revolves entirely around Vivian Hilton.

    Author Kelley York takes readers on a journey to the darkest of places with her character, Archer, as he works his way through his list of those he feels are deserving of his vengeance, tries to find salvation for his friend Vivian and hopes to find freedom for himself.

    Hushed is not a light story or one that ends happily. Archer’s actions are shocking and chilling and not easily forgivable. He is not instantly likable, nor could he be called lovable, but he is a sympathetic character whose actions, while not excusable, are understandable and are not done out of evil but out of a misguided sense of righting a few wrongs.

    As the story progresses, the author begins to fill in the missing pieces from Archer and Vivian’s past, allowing readers to see the complete picture only after they’ve already formed their opinions. And forcing them to adjust their perceptions with each new revelation.

    This is a story that is as haunting and sorrowful as it is horrifying and brutal. And it is one that will stick with readers well beyond the final page.

    Hushed is a story for an older young adult audience and one for readers who aren’t sensitive to, or uncomfortable with, a fair amount of violence. While the violence is prevalent, it isn’t excessive to the story and it is incredibly important for the characters’ development.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    Wow, what an expected an amazing surprise this book was for me. I knew this would be a dark book. I glanced at the description and took one look at the cover and it was pretty obvious that this would be dark.

    What I didn’t realize is just how powerful it would be for me or how connected I would become to the story. And I never imagined just how long it would affect me after I was finished. How completely hollowed out and empty I’ve been feeling for the past few days.

    I was completely knocked over by the opening pages. The author did not ease me into her story, she shoved me in. Hard. Talk about not pulling any punches at the start. What a way to open a book. It was incredibly bold. It’s one of those openings that will either draw people in or instantly repel them. And it doesn’t let up.

    Of course I’m the perfect audience for this book. I like things dark. I like a no-holds-barred approach. I like shocking and disturbing openings that tell you exactly what to expect from the get-go.

    I did not like Archer at the beginning. There wasn’t much that was likable about him initially. He was cold. He was calculating. He seemed very OCD. And he was so intensely focused on what he set his mind on doing – killing those who had hurt his friend.

    But he was so incredibly sympathetic. And so completely messed up. He had no real sense of right and wrong. I felt for him, even if somewhere I felt that it wasn’t just the hardships in his life that made him the way he was.

    And I did find myself rooting for Archer. Hoping there would be some redemption for him. Hoping things would end up okay, even when I also hoped they wouldn’t.

    But I loved Evan. And I feared for him. Every moment I spent terrified that just being part of these two characters lives would dull his brightness, extinguish his light. He was goodness where they were darkness. He was the only bright spot in this dark story. Without him I’m a little afraid at what the outcome might have been.

    He was warm and beautiful and affectionate and his presence added a bit of a love story to this tragic tale.

    And then there was Vivian. Who was awesome and awful. And totally manipulative and immensely cruel and incredibly selfish. I hated her, but I loved to hate her. And I was afraid of what she’d do. But even with everything she did, I still pitied her.

    I loved that Archer and Vivian were total opposites in many ways and so much the same in others. He was quiet and calm and detailed and organized and she was fiery and frantic and chaotic. But they were both starved for affection. And they were both incredibly broken.

    I was captivated by this story from the moment I started reading it. It was the harshness and the cold realities of their situations that kept me reading page after page. But it was Evan who brought the sunshine and the hope that made this a read that wasn’t so emotionally tough.

    I absolutely loved this book. I’m glad that it was brought to my attention and I will definitely be buying the finished eBook when it is released. Hushed was a story that hit me hard when I read it and even harder after I was done. It was such a perfect read for me and I can’t wait to see what other dark stories the author writes as I will definitely be checking them out.

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    I had so many favorite passages, some incredibly dark. But just to show that this story is more than darkness, here’s the shorter of two passages I loved that were so hard to choose between:

    He shook his head, smiling, “I think I need to do less of needing people, honestly.” As he turned to unlock the door, Evan grabbed his arm and pulled him back around. Barely a breath separated their mouths.

    “Want me, then,” Evan murmured against his lips. “If you don’t need me, at least want me.”

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    To read an excerpt of Hushed on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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    My Reading Pile #36

    I received no books in my mailbox this week. Not a one. Well, I did receive a copy of Shatter Me, which I ordered to send to someone who won a giveaway, but as I never list books I’ve bought or books that I’ve bought that aren’t for me, it doesn’t count.

    I have been waiting on a huge number of books, some which may be MIA due to the post office’s negligence, others which are just in super-slow-motion transit and may show up today – fingers crossed – and still others which I don’t think have been sent just yet.

    I have plenty to read, so I am not too sad that my mailbox was empty. Though I am a wee bit glum about a few ARCs that haven’t landed in my hands yet from trades or requests.

    And although I don’t list eBooks I’ve requested through NetGalley, I did receive an audiobook of Cinder by Marissa Meyer from the publisher, Macmillan Audio, as a digital download. I typically get review audiobooks as CDs, so this is my first digital download file, but it works just the same and I can’t wait to add it to my “reading” pile in December.

    As I am sharing something I received in my eMailbox this week, I’m giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

    And now for what I’ll be diving into…

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

    (November 20-November 26, 2011)

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    First up is Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I received an eARC from the publisher, Entangled Publishing, through NetGalley. And as release date is coming up soon and I just want to read it that badly, it’s on the top of the pile this week.

    I had my eye on this book for quite some time, but was determined not to request any books through NetGalley until I was all caught up with my reading. I caved a week or so ago after seeing someone else tweet about their review and how awesome this book was.

    While I didn’t read any reviews, I know how amazing the author is and so I headed over to NetGalley to make the request. Apparently there weren’t copies available, but after talking with another blogger on Twitter, they released more copies and approved my pending request.

    I had already read the first chapter on the author’s blog, but I knew this would be very different from her other series. Although I didn’t know, until creating this post and actually reading the description on Goodreads, that the hot neighbor Daemon was in fact an alien, not a demon as I had thought. And that the main character, Katy, gets marked by him, is now a magnet for other aliens and needs his protection.

    This will be my very first alien book, I believe, and I’m totally intrigued with the idea of this story. I’ve already taken a peek at the first three chapters, so I already know that once again I love the author’s writing. I also love the fact that the main character is a book blogger. And I can’t wait to see if I will fall in love with my very first book involving aliens.

    I suppose I should have guessed the alien nature of the book by the font in the title on the book cover, but I have been staring at the button on my blog of Daemon and really couldn’t see anything aside from him.

    As with Half-Blood, I’m sure I’ll devour this book and will suffer the wait until the next book is released. The sequel, Onyx, is slated for release in 2012.

    Next up on the pile is Hushed by Kelley York. I received an eARC from the publisher for review as I’ll be part of a blog tour for this new book, releasing on December 6th.

    I would have added it to the pile earlier, because this book sounds dark and spectacular and I’ve been dying to read it, but since my review needed to be posted closer to release date I decided to wait. I’ve waited long enough, so now it’s on the pile this week.

    The first sentences in the description on Goodreads were what got me hooked on this book. “He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.” But the cover is just as dark and scary and made me want to read this even more. I think chilling is the best word to describe that cover.

    I am so curious as to what happened to Vivian when she and Archer were children that made him so protective of her. Protective enough to kill for her. And while the description calls Vivian “manipulative,” she sounds just plain evil.

    I am hoping Archer does break free of Vivian, finds happiness with Evan – well as much as can be found given that he’s a murderer – and has a chance at redemption. Although, I’d be just as happy with a dark, dark ending. Either way, I can’t wait to start reading this book and I’m so glad I was approached to be a part of this tour.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    This is a total wishful thinking read, because the book doesn’t exist. I would love to read Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, I just saw Breaking Dawn and no, it didn’t make me want to go back and re-read the series. But it did make me want to read Midnight Sun, which, based on the first eleven chapters, is the best book of them all.

    I’d also love to read A Touch Morbid, which I probably will have as my wishful thinking read every single week until release date. But as I don’t have a copy, I’ll just have to pine for it along with everyone else.

    Those left behind:

    I’m quite behind on some older review books, and I didn’t completely finish reading the books on last week’s pile, but I am just one girl and it has been a really, really tough week. Hence few comment responses, falling behind on NaNoWriMo and late posts. I hope to catch up over Thanksgiving weekend on the comments and the NaNo stuff, but we’ll see.

    I did read Everneath and fell in love with it – that book is so completely awesome – but I haven’t yet written my review. It was one of those books I fell in love with too deeply to be able to formulate any coherent thoughts and every time I sat down to write it, what I came up with was drivel.

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    I am happy to say that I did not request a single book this week. I’ve stayed strong although I was tempted to head over to NetGalley when I heard that Tempest by Julie Cross was available for request. But since I am so behind I thought better of it.

    I do have one book, which I may be receiving this week depending on the USPS and the holiday mail schedule, that will be added to the pile for an immediate read. But if I don’t receive it until next week, I’ll add it then.

    And yep, that book is Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. And I have three days from receipt to read it, so I hope to get it on Friday and have the entire weekend to devour it.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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