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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #87

    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 August 28th-September 3rd that I had and have pre-ordered.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Embers & Echoes is the second book in the Wildefire series by the author. The third and final book in the trilogy, Afterglow, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I had Embers & Echoes pre-ordered from the second it was made available for eBook download. And I also pre-ordered a copy of the hardcover because I just had to see if it was every bit as gorgeous in real life as it seemed online.

    While I had the chance to read it early. Twice. I know I’ll be reading this book again and again and it will be so much easier on my Kindle. And as I have read and reviewed it, I can’t speculate as to what might be happening with Ash as she leaves her life in California behind for an adventure in Miami, because I already know. But I can say that this Polynesian Volcano goddess does not have an easy road ahead.

    There are battles. There is danger. There is heartbreak. And there is page after page of captivating story that makes me wish I could pick it right back up again.

    Speechless by Hannah Harrington was released on August 28, 2012 in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    Speechless is the second book of Hannah Harrington’s that I’ve pre-ordered. And while I still haven’t had a chance to read Saving June, I couldn’t resist putting her next book on my list of books to buy.

    This book sounds incredible. I can’t wait to meet Chelsea Knot and find out if she’ll be able to stick with the vow of silence she’s taken. I am curious to learn just how tough it will be for her to keep silent in the face of the “ridicule” and attacks she has to endure. And I really want to know if she’ll be able to forgive herself for the part she played in almost getting someone killed.

    I’m not sure when I’ll get to read this sequel, but I’m hoping to be able to add it to the pile this fall. Because I’ve been dying to read a book by this author as I’ve heard such amazing things about her writing. And because this story sounds fascinating and possibly heartbreaking.

    Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers the print edition is 448 pges.

    Enshadowed is the sequel to author Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.

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    I think I’ve talked about Enshadowed enough. I’ve had it pre-ordered since early 2011. It was my only remaining pre-order for 2011, in fact. And it’s finally been released. Which means I will be devouring it as soon as I finish my current read.

    I have missed Varen and Isobel. I have been dying to find out what will happen to him. Things were left in a dark and haunting place. And I want to see if they’ll get even darker or if there is any possibility for a happy ending.

    I have no idea if this is the final book in the series or if there is more to come. And I don’t want to know. Because I have got to read this book right now. Even if it means after this long, long wait that I will have to say goodbye to the characters and story forever.

    I loved the connection the author made with Poe in her first book and I can’t wait to see just how much Poe and his stories play a role in this sequel. I probably will miss many of the more subtle connections, but I am looking forward to trying to discover them all. Which will hopefully be in a day or two.

    The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    The Blood Keeper is the second book in author Tessa Gratton’s The Blood Journals series.

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    The Blood Keeper is another book I’ve had pre-ordered for the longest time. I fell head over heels in love with Blood Magic last year and was dying to get to read more from author Tessa Gratton. She is a gorgeous writer and has such a beautiful, poetic way with words that make her stories just cling to me.

    I love the dark aspect to her stories and can’t wait to see how the darkness blends with the beauty in this one. I’m excited to meet Mab and to see just how blood magic affects her life. And I really excited to find out whether any of the characters from that first book make an appearance in this one.

    The Blood Keeper is another book that I hope to read this week. I don’t think I can wait any longer than that to find out what happens with Mab and Will and the “dangerous force” that is seeking “its own dark power.”

    Isolation by Dan Wells was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print length is 75 pages.

    Isolation is a prequel novella in the author’s Partials series.

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    While I have not yet read Partials, I just had to pre-order Dan Wells’ novella Isolation. I’ve been in love with the covers for these books and I’ve been dying to dive into Partials for awhile now. Especially as I’ve heard such amazing things about it from a few bloggers I know.

    I can’t wait to see what life is like in this novella set long before the events in Partials, when the world was in a war of isolation and energy was at a premium. I’m super curious to find out how the author handles the power struggle of the various nations and where “ambition far outstrip[s] its foresight.”

    And I am excited to meet Heron and see just what she discovers on her mission into enemy territory. I’m still debating whether to read this prior to reading Partials or if I should just wait and read the books in the order the author intended.

    Starling by Lesley Livingston was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Starling is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Lesley Livingston.

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    I have been a huge fan of author Lesley Livingston for the longest time. I feel in love with her Wondrous Strange series long before I started blogging and I’ve been desperately waiting for Once Every Never to be available for the Kindle.

    So when I heard that she had a book called Starling coming out I instantly added it to my list of books to buy. And while I did get an early copy through a trade, I didn’t get a chance to read it. But I will be reading my eBook copy very, very soon. Possibly as soon as I finish this post….

    I was tormented by the quote in the description – “Love is just the beginning… of the end.” Absolutely, maddeningly cruel. In the best possible way.

    I can’t wait to meet Mason Starling. and I can’t wait to see Fenn again, as I am dying to find out why he’s lost his memory and whether he’ll get it back. I am so intrigued by the promise of Norse mythology and I am excited about the fact that this book has both “sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.”

    Waiting any longer to read this book is just not an option.

    Defiance by C.J. Redwine was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Defiance is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author.

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    I have been fascinated by this book ever since I saw its cover and title. I added Defiance to my list of pre-orders in part because of cover love, in part from the promise of what the story would hold based upon its title and in part because the main character can “deftly wield a sword.”

    I hope to be able to read this book very, very soon. I want to see what’s going on in Baalboden. I want to meet Rachel Adams. And I definitely want to meet Logan McEntire. But most of all I can’t wait to see what happens as they “battle their way through the Wasteland.”

    This story sounds epic. The main character sounds fiery. The protagonist sounds swoon-worthy. And any book with monsters, assassins, romance and heartbreak is one I am sure to enjoy.

    Don’t Tun Around by Michelle Gagnon was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Don’t Turn Around is the first book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE Trilogy.

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    I first learned about Don’t Turn Around just before the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and instantly added it to my pre-orders. I loved the sound of this world from the moment I read the description.

    Intrigue. Hackers. Mystery. Amnesia. Danger. And romance.

    Yes, this book has just about everything I love. And as I haven’t read anything quite like it in YA before, I’m excited to meet the characters and see just how the author presents the story. I’m very curious to see just what secrets they hold and whether they’ll be able to find the answers they need before it’s too late.

    While I know I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I am really hoping to read it mid-September.

    The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and ebook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    The Iron Legends is the bind-up of three former eBook only novellas, Winter’s PassageSummer’s Crossing, and Iron’s Prophecy.

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    I love that all three short eBook novellas are contained in a bind-up. I pre-ordered The Iron Legends in ebook format although I have the first two…possibly all three… stories already as eBooks. But I love that I’ll be able to read all three without having to search for them on my Kindle.

    And I love that this has a little something extra something called the “Guide to the Iron Fey.”

    I’ve read Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing but I still have to read Iron’s Prophecy. So I will be reading it from this eBook bind-up versus trying to track it down wherever it lives on my eReader.

    Julie Kagawa wrote such a delightful series with her Iron Fey books. And while I still haven’t been able to say goodbye to the series, I am glad that I have yet another peek into the world with the Guide, which I will be checking out next weekend.

    Erasing Time by C.J. Hill was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    Erasing Time is yet another book I pre-ordered based on cover and title before even checking out the description. I was fascinated with the idea of erasing time and so curious to see what that meant in context with the story that I just had to buy it no matter what the description might say.

    And then I checked that out too and was even more curious to read this book. The idea of waking up four hundred years in the future is terrifying. And to a world that exists under domes, where the language spoken is hardly recognizable, is even more frightening.

    I can’t wait to meet Taylor and Sheridan and find out how they manage to survive in this futuristic world. And I’m very interested to learn more about Echo and find out just what secrets he holds.

    This story promises heartbreak and “adrenaline-injected chases” and I can’t wait to read all about it.

    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

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    The Lost Girl sounded so unbelievably heartbreaking I just had to add it to my list of pre-orders. The idea of the story – a girl created to replace someone else in the event of their death – is both chilling and just so very sad.

    Just reading the description and I already feel my heart aching for Eva and for Amarra’s family. I can’t imagine what Eva’s life must have been like just knowing she could be ripped from her home at any moment and be forced to step into someone else’s life and play the part of them for the rest of her life.

    I am so curious to see what choice Eva will make – stay an echo or become an original. And I’m so interested in finding out more about Eva, what it was like to have to study Amarra and then have to become her, and just how this story will end.

    This sounds like an incredible debut novel and one I cannot wait to get the chance to read. Hopefully I’ll have the time to sneak it in early this fall.

    Inbetween by Tara Fuller was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Inbetween is the first book in a new series entitled Kissed by Death by author Tara Fuller.

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    I had the chance to read Inbetween just a little bit early, but I did not get the chance to finish it. I’m so glad that I pre-ordered the eBook as it will be much easier to read the finished eBook version.

    This story has romance and reapers, a good boy, a bad boy, a good girl and an evil one. It’s sweet and fun and I am very curious to find out what I missed between where I left off and where the story ended. Yes, I took a peek.

    I don’t want to say too much more as I might completely, and very unintentionally, spoil the ending. But I will definitely be picking this book back up to catch up with all that stuff inbetween.

    Silver by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2012 (thought it’s official release date is September 8, 2012) in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 386 pages.

    Silver is the first book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. The second book in the series, Gold, is slated for release in 2013.

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    Oh my gosh I can’t wait until Silver downloads to my Kindle this weekend. I absolutely loved this book from the moment I met it. I had no idea I would. It took me completely by surprise. And it was an absolutely awesome one at that.

    I didn’t discover this book because of its cover – but it’s a gorgeous cover. I’d heard of the author for quite awhile on Twitter, but I hadn’t realized that Silver was her book and that it was coming out in September. Not until I was invited on the tour.

    So, yes, I decided to read it early. Yes, I’ve written my review. Yes, I completely and totally loved it and am now suffering the long wait until Gold is released next fall…2013 that is.

    I cannot pretend to guess what might happen in this book because I know exactly what happens. And I didn’t forget one single moment of action, romance, nail-biting suspense or heartbreak.

    And I could never forget how easily I connected with the story and the beautiful and enchanting writing that was used to deliver it. Writing such as this, from a quote included in the description – “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

    Oh I may have just sighed again. And I may just have to re-read this book the moment it downloads next weekend. Because I still haven’t lost that connection with Brianna, Blake or Austin and I’m not sure I’m ready to let go just yet.

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    UPDATE: I apparently have yet another book pre-ordered this week that hadn’t been included on my post earlier today….

    Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2012

    Published by: Harlequin TEEN

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I KNEW I couldn’t possibly have missed Iron Prophecy’s release! I knew I owned, and read, the first two novellas in the bind-up, but I wasn’t sure about this one. Well, clearly, since it hadn’t been previously released, it couldn’t possibly live anywhere on my Kindle.

    And while I already have this eBook included as part of the bind-up, I still plan on purchasing this short novella separately. Why not, right?

    END OF UPDATE

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    I had thirteen fourteen books pre-ordered – not nine or ten as I’d thought! Twelve of which have already downloaded and which are vying for my attention on my Kindle. Fortunately I’ve already read a couple of them, though I want to read both of those again. But not counting those potential re-reads, that still means books in the double digits are being added to my TBR pile. And I don’t even want to think about what this quantity of books is doing to my wallet.

    Especially since next week there are a ton of new releases, too.

    I have been waiting a very long time to read quite a few of these books, some of which I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to read early like I’d wanted to. And others I didn’t have the opportunity to read in advance, but am dying to read this week. I really hope I’ll have that chance. But that remains TBD.

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #76

    This week not only did I get no books in the mail, but for five of the six mail delivery days I actually got no mail. So, I’m not sure what’s happening with the mailman. Especially as I was expecting one book in the mail this week.

    Hopefully it will show up on Monday, because I think I’ll cry just a little bit if it’s lost.

    Anyway, while I didn’t receive anything new to read in the mail, I am expecting quite a few books to land on my Kindle on Monday night. Two of which I just can’t wait to read. And so….

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

    (August 26 – September 1, 2012)

    First up on the pile is Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh. I’ve been waiting years for this book’s release and I don’t want to have to wait any longer than this week to read it. I almost cried when the release date was moved from January to August of this year.

    I won’t talk too much more about this book since I very recently posted about it for my Book Watch post. But I want to find out just what’s going to happen with Isobel and Varen. I want to find out who this “Poe Toaster” is.

    And I want to know more about this “ancient evil” who is “challenging [Isobel] for Varen’s affections.”

    I can’t wait to finally pick this book up and get those long awaited answers. I can’t wait to dive back into this fascinating world within a world that the author created. And I can’t wait to see whether this ends happily, tragically or on a cliff.

    Because I have no idea if there’s another book in the series. And I don’t want to find out until after I’ve read it.

    Next up on the pile is The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton. This is another book I’ve been just dying to read. I fell in love with the simply gorgeous way the author writes when I read Blood Magic just a bit early last year.

    And I was reminded, more recently, of just how stunning and enchanting and magical that writing is.

    I cannot wait to get pulled back in by the author’s words. I cannot wait to meet new characters and perhaps get to see one or two that I already know. And I absolutely cannot wait to read this book that is described as being “[a] stunning blend of romance, horror and magic.”

    From reading the description I just know that I’ll fall in love with this book and her characters, Mab and Will. I am anxious to see just why Mab’s practice of blood magic affects Will’s mind in the way it does. And I’m curious to find out what those secrets are that were kept from her.

    But most of all I’m dying to find out if this “dark power” does manage to “break free from the earth” and if it does, what does that mean for the two of them.

    I am definitely nervous….

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I wish I could read Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. I took a look at the author’s favorite passages and quotes from this book on her stop today for the Authors ARE Rockstars Tour and I immediately and completely fell in love with that book.

    Which of course means that I wish I could read it right now. Because I really, really want to. I love her main character’s voice. I love the brief peek I got of the author’s writing and I think it would absolutely be the perfect read for me right about now.

    If only I had just a few hours to dive into this book… and if only wishes could come true.

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    Those left behind:

    I just started reading OVER YOU, which I should definitely finish before I start this week’s reads because I won’t be getting them until late Monday. So, I’m not technically behind on last week’s reading pile. Of course, if this review I need to write takes longer than expected then I might fall just a little bit behind schedule.

    But I did not quite get the chance to finish the other book I’d been reading last week, which was INBETWEEN. Though I did take a peek at the end….

    Things have been just so hectic in real life and with my mind racing a mile a minute I just wasn’t able to sink into this book and connect with it in the way I’d wanted to. I found myself getting too easily distracted with the long list of “to do’s” I have in front of me instead of being able to escape in the book.

    I have it pre-ordered, so I will give it another try when things are a little less crazy for me. But for right now I will be setting it aside and tackling – hopefully – one or two of those other review books I’m a bit behind on.

    Though, chances are, that won’t happen. I have a feeling I will end up reading the books on the pile this week, because they’re both so highly anticipated for me that I don’t even think real life stress will cause me to lose focus. At least that’s what I’m hoping.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did not head over to NetGalley this week. Even I am not crazy enough to have added more required reads to the pile when I have so much going on in my life outside of blogging. Okay, maybe I am that crazy. But I wasn’t that crazy this week.

    My attempts at becoming a more focused blogger are failing epically. I am barely able to focus long enough to put this post together as I’m thinking about those upcoming releases on Tuesday that I’m dying to read, the stack of books I’m sitting next to that I’ve paused to peruse more than once and the other random blog posts I’d like to be writing.

    Yeah. Epic failure.

    I did not start and finish one single book this week. No, starting doesn’t count. And I didn’t end up writing a review, either, for my tour stop on the Throne of Glass tour.

    While I did manage to find a few more books to clear off the shelf, I wasn’t clearing them off because I’d read them. Which makes me just a wee bit sad. And even more envious of those who can read a bit faster or those who can’t but have a little more time to read than I do right now.

    And instead of putting my blog My Reading Pile on hiatus for the month of September while I deal with some real-life issues, I came up with a new feature. Yep, totally brill.

    Not. Even. Close.

    Well… anyway….

    I do have two wicked awesome books on the pile this week. And even though I didn’t receive the book I was hoping to receive in the mail, I think I’m actually a little bit happy as I wouldn’t have been able to read it this week even if it had arrived.

    But although my mailman brought me no goodies, I hope you got some exciting books in the mail. Ones you’ve been dying to read. Ones that are a bit unexpected. Or ones you think of as old favorites.

    And I hope, as always, that you have the happiest of reading weeks 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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    Book Watch: Enshadowed


    Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh will be released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

    Enshadowed is the second book in author Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore series. The third book, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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    It was impossible to choose a book to watch this week because there are nine books releasing the week of August 28th I’m excited about. And if it weren’t for the fact that I already had Karsten Knight stop by the blog last week and have Tessa Gratton scheduled at the end of the month, I wouldn’t have been able to choose.

    But since both of those authors will have – or already have had – a moment in the spotlight here this month, I decided to go with a book that I’ve had pre-ordered since early 2011, whose release date got moved, and whose ending has left me hanging longer than anyone else’s but Stephen King.

    And that, of course, is Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh. I read the first book in that series, Nevermore, back in 2010 shortly after it was released. I was drawn in by the Poe connection, I was hooked instantly by the author’s take on just what happened to Poe, and I fell in love with this series through the many ways the author wove her story in with Poe’s stories.

    I love that the protagonist in this story is named Varen Nethers. The name is so incredibly different and the fact that Varen just happens to be an anagram of raven is super cool. I love that this series is dark and haunting. Though waiting just about two years is a long time to be haunted by a book.

    I am so excited that release date is just around the corner. I’m anxious to find out what will happen – and what already has happened – with Varen. He was left in a rather terrible situation. But I’ll say no more about that just in case there is someone who hasn’t read that first book.

    I can’t wait to find out what Isobel has planned and to meet this Poe Toaster the description mentions. And I am dying to find out more about this “ancient evil, draped in veils of white.” I thought I was anxious before, but now I’m filled with trepidation about what the author plans on doing to her characters in this second installment in the series.

    I am just so glad the wait is almost over.

    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s WEBSITE

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    About the Book

    ***Warning: The Goodreads description is spoiler-y for Nevermore***

    Goodreads description:

    Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world — a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen’s creation, is the only one who can save him.

    Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the “Poe Toaster” will make his annual homage at the legendary poet’s grave.

    Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen’s affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.

    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a ton of other awesome books releasing the week of August 28th:

    The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

    Starling by Lesley Livingston

    The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa

    Defiance by C.J. Redwine

    Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

    Erasing Time by C.J. Hill

    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

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    Random Thoughts: Books I’m Dying to Re-read

    With so many new books releasing every week – have you seen just how many awesome books are coming out this week yet? – it’s almost impossible to squeeze in all those new releases, let alone think about books you love and want to re-read. But I just can’t help it. I do.

    I find that during those quiet hours I miss re-reading my favorites. I find my thoughts straying to those books I love and miss and want to dive into again.

    Not every book I read is re-readable immediately. Sometimes I don’t want to revisit those books for months or years. But most of my favorites end up on my re-read wish list eventually. And right now there are just a few that keep calling out to me, begging for some of my attention.

    As that list is long, I’ll just name five that are at the top of my TBRR pile.

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    I may have mentioned just how much I’ve been missing Nick from The Demon’s Lexicon, well I still am. I am dying to re-read this first book in the series. After reading The Demon’s Surrender I was sad to see the series end and missed the Nick that I got to know and love from book one.

    I did read this book twice already. The first time was before I started blogging, and then I just had to read this again for review. And it was such a different experience the second time, knowing what was going to happen and being on the lookout for clues right from the start. Plus, with the second read I knew I already loved it, so it didn’t take much to make me fall in love again.

    So, of course, now I want to go back and meet him all over again. I am still hoping that there will be some kind of spinoff book in the series, but for now, I would be happy to have a chance to re-read this book.

    I may have not yet read Passion but I really want to re-read Fallen, the first book in the series. Of the two I’ve read, Fallen was my favorite and I really want to go back and meet Luce, Daniel and Cam all over again.

    I had a completely different experience between the first and second reads, although between both reads, some of the details got a little fuzzy and so parts of the book felt like they were brand new.

    The first time I read Fallen I loved Daniel and only Daniel, but when I re-read it, I grew to like Cam just a little bit more. And after reading Torment, I am seriously starting to love Cam.

    It’s been a long while since I’ve read either book, but I really miss Luce and Daniel and seeing Luce’s reactions to Daniel, and discovering what she does, makes me want to go back to it once more.

    While I loved Hex Hall, I’m pining for a re-read of Demonglass. I think it’s really just that I want to torture myself with questions all over again about that ending. I’m a little bit twisted, what can I say?

    I only read Demonglass the one time, but was left with so many “what ifs” that I drove myself mad for a short while. Sadly, after much debate I think I’m ready to do that all over again.

    I want to see if Archer is as great as I remember him or if Cal is my favorite, as I had hoped he would be when I met him in book one. And I think a second read will be the only way to figure this out.

    As there is no novella or short story to keep me going between release dates, I think a re-read would be the perfect fix for my addiction.

    I am dying to re-read Nevermore thanks to Mary Lindsey, actually. Just hearing about her upcoming book Annabel has me thinking about Poe and dark, dark things and it immediately brings to mind Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.

    I’ve actually read this book twice – once before I began blogging and once after – and I love the dark and twisty world that Isobel and Varen live in and that ending left me so, so sad both times I read it.

    With Enshadowed on the horizon I just have to go back to this story. I never realized just how long it was until I got a signed copy, as I’d read it both times on my Kindle, but I just got so caught up in that imaginative world that I didn’t even notice.

    And I love how Varen’s name is a play on “raven” and so of course I’m wondering just how many more hidden-to-me Poe references there are.

    Yes, of course I want to re-read A Touch Mortal, when don’t I? This is also a book I’ve read a couple times. Maybe more, but who’s counting? I’m not.

    I think having my Facebook avatar as the cover for A Touch Morbid always keeps that series in mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s top of mind because of my cover love. I don’t need a reminder to want to re-read this book.

    I love dark books. And each time I re-read this book makes me realize how much I’ve missed on the previous read. I feel like I’m getting to know the Siders way more by revisiting their story, even though it’s the same story over and over.

    Yes, I need to read book two, but in the meantime I’d be happy just to have the chance to read this one more time.

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    So, you’re wondering where If I Die is on this list, aren’t you? It’s all I’ve been talking about everywhere for the past month or two. And yet it hasn’t made my “Dying to Re-read” list.

    Well, that’s because although I am dying to re-read it, I won’t be dying for long. I will be re-reading it this week, so I can’t very well complain about pining for it.

    The re-read wish list above is just that, a wish list. As much as I’m dying to re-read all those books, the likelihood of that happening in the next month is pretty slim.

    But If I Die by Rachel Vincent is a must re-read. I only read it the one time and that wasn’t even the finished copy, so there may be new surprises in store for me in the published version that I’ll be receiving on my Kindle at Monday Midnight.

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    Do you like to re-read books? Is your TBRR pile as long as your TBR pile?

    I would love to hear your thoughts on re-reading and which books top your TBRR pile

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    The Extras: Teasers

    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.

    From the thoughts of Ellie Monroe: (Note, this is from an electronic review copy and may not appear in the finished book.)

    Fresh, relentless, warm tears rolled down my cheeks. His promise melted through me, and my heart ached for everything that I wanted and couldn’t have. In the end, he was all I had. Through each lifetime, every last thing that I came to know and love in the world changed or vanished completely except for him. He was the only thing permanent in all of forever.

    I had to throw in one quote amongst all these passages, but it’s so true. This one from Ellie’s Mom regarding love:

    “It doesn’t make you blind. You’re very, very aware of everything about the one you truly love, whether you know it from what your eyes tell you or your heart. So no, love doesn’t make you blind. It paralyzes you until you can’t breathe or run away from it.”

    Ethan’s thoughts about Lena:

    I pulled her closer, until our hair was full of ash and grass, and the bitter lemon was lost somewhere beneath our feet at the bottom of the blanket. The heat was on my skin, like fire. Even though all I could feel was a biting cold whenever I held her hand lately, when we kissed – really kissed – there was nothing but heat. I loved her, atom by atom, one burning cell at a time. We kissed until my heart began skipping beats, and the edges of what I could see and feel and hear began to fade into darkness…

    From the thoughts of Lena Haloway:

    This is what I want. This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted. Everything else–every single second of every single day that has come before this very moment, this kiss–has meant nothing.

    AND

    I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point–the only point–is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.

    Varen Nethers writing to Isobel:

    In the shadows of the dreamland, he waits. He watches the gaping window to the world he had so longed to open. Now flown wide, bleak and empty, ravaged–like him–it grants his wish. He belongs.

    AND

    My beautiful, my Isobel. My Love. You ask me to wait. And so I wait.

    For all of this, I know, is but a dream.

    And when, in sleep, at last we wake,

    I will see you again.

    Grace’s thoughts (about Robert):

    My arms lifted and wrapped themselves around him. I brought him close against me, as close as I could, and he let me. He allowed me to bring him into the embrace, and he kissed me with a need that was beyond description. I knew it, I felt it; I breathed it in because I needed it, too.

    My heart was racing against time itself inside of my chest, and the voice inside of my head, the name that signified everything that mattered to me right then and there, blurred into peaceful hum that harmonized with the song that sang in my blood as I tasted the fire and everything it touched.


    Kylie’s thoughts from Born at Midnight: (please note that this passage is from a review copy and may not appear in the finished copy):

    Because as much as she liked kissing Trey, it was as if this was her very first grown-up kiss. Her first real taste of passion. This kiss, the thing she’d felt was somehow more. And God help her, because while she wasn’t ready for “more,” she still wanted it. And that, she supposed, was the true meaning of passion.

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    Random Thoughts: Amazon Recommends…

    This post is not meant to act as an advertisement for Amazon.com and I am certainly not their spokesperson, but as it is my primary source for online book purchases (due to Kindle ownership) it is Amazon that gets the mention, versus Barnes & Noble, Apple, or other online bookseller. (Although I buy books from each of these types of sellers, too.)

    As a voracious reader, I have to thank Amazon for their recommended reads. As there are so many authors and so many books out there, and so little time to peruse, Amazon’s recommended reading – based upon some odd formula of what I had previously purchased – has allowed me to discover new authors that I might never have come across before. And, almost all of the recommendations have been spot-on. There have been maybe two, of the at least 50 recommendations I’ve chosen this past year, that have caused me to shout, “Why? Why, Amazon? Why have you let me down in this way?”

    There have been times where I’ve tried to ignore these recommendations – just trying to tackle the ever-growing list of authors I must follow, books I have purchased and are yet to read, books I’ve downloaded and are in my cue, et cetera – but after awhile I cave. After all, if Amazon thinks I’d like them, I must … right? But of course!

    And so, thank you to Amazon for introducing me to a few authors I might never have come across, being a fairly new follower of Young Adult fiction. Some of these authors are: S.L. Naeole, author of the Grace Series; Jennifer Laurens, author of the Heavenly series; Abra Ebner, author of the Feather book series; Kelly Creagh, author of Nevermore; Kirsten Miller, author of The Eternal Ones; Amanda Hocking, author of the My Blood Approves series; Sarah Rees Brennan, author of The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy; Alyxandra Harvey, author of the Drake chronicles; and Lesley Livingston, author of the Wondrous Strange series. I could go on, but I shall digress.

    Even though each recommendation gets Amazon a few more dollars (and perhaps a few less dollars for the poor Indie bookseller) to stuff in their pockets, without these recommendations I might never have found these authors, never have supported them by buying their books, and never have been introduced into the wonderful, exciting, dark, disturbing, heartbreaking, gripping, or terrifying worlds they have created.

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    Review: Nevermore

    Synopsis from Barnes & Noble:

    Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

    Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

    As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

    Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore was released on August 31st of this year in both digital and print formats. The first book in a new trilogy, Nevermore begins with an imaginative take on the last few moments of the life of Edgar Allan Poe. It is Mr. Poe’s last actions that portend the outcome for Isobel Lanley and Varen Nethers.

    Her tale, which is at once dark and mysterious, brings the reader into a world that is shaped by the influence of both Varen and Poe. As Isobel gets drawn further and further into this twisted labyrinth, and away from her previously light and sunny existence, her role shifts from victim to savior as her feelings for the inscrutable Varen Nethers grow.

    But will this strength of character be enough for Isobel to conquer the seemingly insurmountable odds she will have to face in the next installment in the trilogy?

    The author’s passion for, and influence of, Edgar Allan Poe comes through in her writing, creating a story that is both exciting and inventive. And its conclusion, while heartbreaking, still leaves the door open for a happy ending for Isobel and Varen in the books to come.

    The individuality of the storyline and subject matter makes this book memorable and well worth the read, and will appeal to readers both young and old. This novel opens up a new niche in the young adult paranormal genre and will excite readers about the works and mind of Edgar Allan Poe.

    Reviewer gives this book: [rating=5]

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