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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #63

    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 March 13th-March 19th that I have pre-ordered.


    Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Infamous is the third book in the Chronicles of Nick series by author Sherrilyn Kenyon.


    I seriously have to start reading the Dark-Hunters books and I must get caught up on the Chronicles of Nick. I loved the first book in the series and I’ve been dying to read Invincible since its release. So, of course I pre-ordered this for my Kindle the second it was available.

    In this third book, according to the description – and yes I took a peek – Nick Gautier must fight for his survival. Even his father is trying to kill him. And this battle is even more epic because it will determine whether he’s a hero or the boy who “ends the world.”

    And apparently for someone who has all sorts of amazing abilities like raising the dead and killing zombies, he isn’t mastering the art of driving. That normal, mundane, human task.

    I can’t wait to finally find the time to catch up on Nick’s story and to meet him as an adult in the author’s adult series. I hope to do one or the other in the next couple of months.

    Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Spell Bound is the third book in the Hex Hall series by the author.


    Finally. Finally, finally, finally! The wait is over. I can’t believe it. Seriously. I know I’m in the middle of reading another book right now, but I will be checking my Kindle download the second I get Spell Bound so that I can find out what the heck happened.

    The wait has been torturous. I haven’t been able to stop guessing as to just what might have happened to everyone at the end of Demonglass. I am so glad to not have to wait any longer. The author and publisher have been very hush hush about everything and it’s been killing me. Slowly. Every day. Just killing me.

    Even the description doesn’t reveal anything. It actually made things worse by saying that Sophie is “defenseless” and “alone.” What does that mean?

    Because of all the secrecy and that cliffhanger ending, I think this is the book I’m most anticipating the release of this week. I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post last month and I’ve been counting down the days until its release.

    I am so curious as to why Sophie’s powers have been stripped, how she plans on saving the world and most of all just what happened after that cliffhanger. I have no idea if this is the final book in the series, but I seriously hope not and I hope that if there are many books to come that the endings aren’t quite as cruel as the last.

    The Savage Grace by Bree Despain will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 496 pages.

    The Savage Grace is the third and final novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain.


    I can’t believe that The Savage Grace is the final novel in the series. When I heard that it was, a few months back, I was wrecked. This series was one of my very first series about werewolves that I fell in love with – being a fan of the vamps I was always wary of their furry counterparts. But this series was so easy to love.

    Even though my pre-order will download tonight I have a feeling that I’m going to pretend that this series is not ending and wait to read it for just a little while. Although I wanted to throttle Grace just a bit in the last book, I still adore her and Daniel and even Caleb.

    The description is not making it easy, though. Starting right off with – “A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.” – has already more than piqued my curiosity. And to say that the love story will have a “breathtaking conclusion” has me freaking out a little.

    But I am ecstatic that this book is releasing this week and that I’ll have my copy in just a few short hours. I only wish that there were a couple more books to come.

    Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Wanderlove is author Kirsten Hubbard’s sophomore novel.


    Wanderlove is another book whose release date surprised me. But I’m super thrilled it’s releasing this week and that I’ll have a copy for my collection. When I first heard about the book, it seemed like forever until its release, but forever is here.

    The cover is what drew me in. Much like the cover for Like Mandarin, the author’s debut novel, its beauty and simplicity really caught my eye. But a story about a girl who is on a “quest for independence” who travels to Central America to discover herself and meets a boy who is also trying to find his way sounds absolutely beautiful and magical and bittersweet.

    I can’t wait to meet Bria and Rowan and discover just what they learn about themselves, if anything.

    To read a short excerpt from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Pretty Crooked is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at


    The title of the book Pretty Crooked is what first grabbed me. Then after reading the description I was hooked. This story sounds fun and super cute. I love Robin Hood stories and one with a contemporary spin is even better.

    I had an early ARC I received through a trade, but had to pass it along since I wasn’t able to read it before release, but I did pre-order it because I wanted to have this book in my collection to read when I got the chance.

    Prep school. Theft. Revenge. And one incredibly distracting bad boy. Yes, this book is definitely a book I can’t wait to read.

    To read an excerpt of the prologue at TeenReads CLICK HERE.

    Starters by Lissa Price will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Starters is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author and is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at


    I only just recently discovered Starters, though I did see it on NetGalley a few weeks before that. But having listened to the chatter and then taking a look at the description made me so curious about this book with a cover that is hauntingly, eerily beautiful and somewhat disturbing.

    And oooh that description. It makes this book sound seriously creepy and incredibly good, so of course I had to pre-order it. When I first saw the words “Spore Wars,” it made me think this was a fantasy type of novel. But reading on, it seems like something very different.

    Between the neurochips, Prime Destinations – the facility in Beverly Hills that rents out bodies so that older people can feel young again – and some kind of an evil plan, this is one book that I’m already dying to find out more about.

    I really, really hope that I can read this next month.

    To take a look inside, courtesy of the publisher Delacorte Press, CLICK HERE.

    And to check out the book on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Scorched Skies by Samantha Young will be released in the U.S. in paperback format on March 16. The eBook is available now at Amazon.

    Scorched Skies is the second book in the Fire Spirits series by author Samantha Young.


    One of the seriously awesome things about self-published books is that the wait between releases in a series tends to be a bit shorter. Especially books by author Samantha Young, because she is a writing machine.

    Scorched Skies, the second book in the Fire Spirits series already released in eBook format, but the paperback edition comes out this week. So, even though I have an eBook copy, I wanted to include it with this week’s releases since I hadn’t included it in last week’s post.

    I am so excited to continue the story of the Ari, Jai and Charlie. The world that the author created of the Jinn (genies) is magical and alluring and exciting. And I’m incredibly nervous about what is to come in this second book in the series.

    According to the description there are lives lost, Ari is being hunted and there is someone else for her to fear. I can’t wait to find out if Ari takes control of her powers and becomes the hunter instead of being the hunted and just what happens, if anything, with her and Jai… or Charlie.

    And I absolutely can’t wait to find out what the White King is up to and to meet the new villain in this story, a dark sorcerer.

    This sequel sounds totally epic and I can’t wait to read this (hopefully) next week.

    Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)


    The Vampire Diaries: Moonsong (The Hunters Vol. 2) by L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)


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


    Another awesome week full of amazing new releases. I don’t know how I am going to stay on track with my reads when there are just so many books releasing this week that I’m dying to dive into.

    Maybe things will quiet down for the next couple of weeks… I hope… because there are quite a few books releasing in April and a ton of new books releasing in May that I’m more than anxious to devour. Though I have a feeling there are just a few more books full of win that will be releasing this month.


    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!


    Random Thoughts: My 2011 Top Ten List of Unread Books

    This post can alternatively be titled: My 2011 Unread Books Shame Spiral

    So, I’ll be the first one to admit that I can’t possibly read every single book when it comes out. But, oh, I so want to. However, I usually try to read all of my favorites within a week or two, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. And as more time passes, especially now that my evenings are taken up with blogging, some of my favorite reads are falling farther and farther down my “to be read” list.

    I never thought the day would come when a “can hardly wait” book would end up at least thirty books away from the top of the heap, but it’s happened. And I’m actually kind of devastated.

    When I first started blogging my enthusiasm fueled me and allowed me to pull any number of all-nighters to stay up reading and writing my reviews. Those days feel like a lifetime ago. Somewhere around two o’clock in the morning I crash and no amount of caffeine will keep me awake reading into the wee hours of the night. Or morning as the case may be.

    Of course what prompted this post of shame is the fact that I am sitting here, three weeks after release date and I still haven’t read City of Fallen Angels. I do blame iBooks and their download debacle which has yet to be resolved, but in the end, I am ultimately to blame for not taking the time out to read this book.

    I’ve posted quite a few giveaways, saw the author at both the signing and the RT Convention in Los Angeles, but still haven’t managed to finish the book. And right now, it’s about midway through the second page on my Kindle, and falling fast, as week after week more books download and push it farther away from my watchful eyes.

    But CoFA isn’t the only book that has drifted from my grasp. There are oh so many more that have slipped away – sometimes quietly, sometimes not – but I do feel their loss.

    If I had to go back to November 2010 when I started blogging I don’t think I could create a top ten list, as there would just be too many to choose from. And so I will list just those books released in 2011 that I was so eager to read on release date and yet still haven’t managed to squeeze in the time.


    Blue Bloods by Kailin Gow is one of the books I was eagerly awaiting. This installment was to be much more action packed than its predecessor and I couldn’t wait for its release. I’m sad to say it is still waiting a read.


    Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard was also a book I wanted to read right away. I even started to read it, but was on deadline for a promised review – I feel like I’m on way too many deadlines these days – so had to put it down. Sadly it has yet to be picked up again, but I have not forgotten just how much I want to read this book.


    The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker was so top-of-the-list for me. I couldn’t help but become hooked on all the craziness with the pink wigs and pinked Twitter avatars. I could not wait for this book and was so jealous of everyone who got a chance to read it before release date. I think four or five books downloaded that night for me and I knew that there was no way I could read it immediately, but that didn’t mean I didn’t want to. I kept moving it forward so that it wouldn’t sink to the back of the pack on my Kindle, but now it’s four pages in.


    Lemniscate by Jennnifer Murgia wasn’t released too long ago, but it was a sequel I was waiting forever for. It took me two reads to fall in love with the first book in the series, but fall in love I did. It was one of the first Indie books I had read and wasn’t quite used to the different style of the Indies, but when a much wiser and more experienced me re-read it I absolutely adored it. And then couldn’t wait for the sequel. And I’m still waiting to find the time to read it. I don’t feel too bad as it’s only three pages back, but still. So much for reading on release day.


    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith was an absolute must read. I have loved this series forever. (Both the TV show and the books.) I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next but I knew that there is no way I’d have time to read this book immediately as it’s a huge book. And sadly when time is a factor, it’s much easier to choose the shorter reads. Besides, I’m not entirely sure just how to write a review for these books as they are so elaborate and so detailed. But I really want to read this last book in the series written completely by the author and am sad that I still haven’t done so.


    Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany was a fairly newly discovered series for me. I read the first book only a short while before book two was to come out. I couldn’t wait. I was so hooked on this series that I couldn’t imagine not reading it the second it downloaded. But I can’t even remember what happened. I was so psyched to read it, and then somehow completely spaced. By the time I realized that I missed the chance to read it, I was already late on every single deadline and so I had to put this one back in the TBR pile. This is a book that I do not want to wait to read until the release of the paperback so that I’ll have a timely review. I just hope it doesn’t end up that way just because of my schedule.


    Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon is one one of the books that I hyped here on the blog. I couldn’t wait for its release and I absolutely love this cover. I was completely fired up to read this on release date and once again I had to set it aside for a mandatory read. I’m not too far off from release date, and I still see it hanging out on page three of my Kindle, but that’s way too far back for my liking. I really hope to have the time to read this one in the next few weeks. I think I have got to stop checking NetGalley and requesting new books to review.


    Afterlife by Claudia Gray is my saddest missed read. I didn’t care that this was the end of the road, I just had to know what happened. I even set aside a book I was reading and began to read this one. It was just as grabbing as all the rest of the Evernight series and I couldn’t wait to finish it. But as I was reading, the guilt crept in and I had to put this down. There was a little war between good and evil going on inside, but sadly the hedonist did not win against responsible me and since that date I have not had a moment to return to this story.


    Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr is yet another final book in a series that I absolutely loved. I was desperate for this book to come out, but at the same time I was devastated. I knew, especially as there were a whole bunch of series ending, that I might not want to read this right away and say goodbye to some of the most interesting characters I’ve known in a young adult series. But I didn’t think I’d have waited this long. Really. This cover still calls to me from my book pile even though the eBook is now long buried I don’t know how many pages in.


    Oh c’mon did you really expect to see anything else here? I talked about this before I even started the list! City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is my greatest shame. There is no real reason why I shouldn’t have blown off every single deadline and read this from start to finish. Who cares that there’s a cliffhanger ending? Who cares that every single person would have read and reviewed it on the exact same day? There are absolutely no excuses for why this book has not yet been read and reviewed. None.


    Do you have any books that have fallen prey to the deadlines of blogging? Have you sacrificed your favorite read because your life got in the way? Have you overspent on books that were less important, forgetting about your favorite release and now your wallet is bare?

    I’ve shared with you my dirty little secret and would love to know what unread books are your greatest shame?


    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #10

    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 March 8th-14th that I have pre-ordered.

    Afterlife is the fourth and final book in the Evernight series. It will be releasing in the U.S. on March 8, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Afterlife is another ebook I’ve had on pre-order for ages – since October 5th, 2010. I don’t even have the same device for it to download to on Monday at Midnight, so I’ll have to get it manually.

    I cannot believe this series is ending. I am certainly not ready to say goodbye to Bianca and Lucas. This has been an amazing series filled with surprises, twists and heartbreak in every book. And based upon the description and trailer this book looks like a great finish to the series.

    I have not read the excerpt or any reviews as I want to go in completely surprised. And I was not able to re-read the entire series before the Tuesday release as I had hoped so I may hold off reading this for another week or two so that I can at least re-read the first book in the series.

    As I had already spotlighted this book as one of my “Book Watch” posts I have not included many details here.

    To get more information about Afterlife, click here to check out my Book Watch post, which has links to the author’s website, an excerpt, the Goodreads description and the trailer.

    Illegal is the debut novel for author Bettina Restrepo. It will be released in the U.S. on March 8, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books the print edition is 272 pages.

    Illegal is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at Although not one of my original twelve picks I look forward to reading this one for the DAC.

    I discovered this book after I had signed on for the 2011 DAC. I read the description on Goodreads and found it to be unlike any YA story I’ve read before. It sounds like a wonderful, inspiring and hopeful journey for this young girl and her family and I look forward to seeing how everything turns out.

    To learn more about the author, check out her website HERE.

    Book trailer for Illegal:

    Like Mandarin is the debut novel for author Kirsten Hubbard. It will also be releasing in the U.S. on March 8, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the hardcover is 320 pages.

    Like Mandarin is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at This also wasn’t on my original list of DAC books chosen, but is one I will definitely read this year.

    I actually saw this book around everywhere and it was the title that intrigued me most. I discovered that Mandarin is a character in the book, which further sparked my interest as it is such a unique name. But it was the description on Goodreads that really made this a must read for me.

    I always enjoy stories where the characters are in the same trapped situation that Grace is and when someone like Mandarin comes into their life they see them as this sort of escape from the drudgery of life. But as the description teases, Mandarin is troubled and something happens to their friendship that makes it sound like this just won’t end well. This is definitely the kind of story that I love to read.

    I am going to try and make the time to read this book this month, but if not, I will definitely read it in April.

    Book trailer for Like Mandarin:


    Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler is the fourth book in the Kissed by an Angel series. It will be released in the U.S. on March 8, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

    It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon in all formats and from Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by Simon Pulse (a division of Simon & Schuster), the print edition is 288 pages.

    I saw this book first on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab newsletter and downloaded it to review. It was only after downloading it that I realized that it wasn’t the first book in the series.

    I knew that I would not be able to read all books before release date, as I only discovered this a few weeks ago, and so would have to forgo a review, but I knew this was a series I’d be interested in reading and so I purchased all books in the series with the hope of getting to this book very soon.

    I did end up reading this book’s description on Simon & Schuster’s website and on Goodreads and knew that this series, which dates back to the mid-1990’s was one that I would enjoy. Tragic death, celestial guardians, mystery and suspense are all the right ingredients.

    I am very interested in seeing how this series, originally planned as a trilogy, evolves after a fifteen year gap.

    To read an excerpt from Simon & Schuster, click here. To listen to it in audio format from Simon & Schuster, click here.