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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #163

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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 February 11th-February 17th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Split Second

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    SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    SPLIT SECOND is the second book in Kasie West’s Pivot Point series.

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    I am so totally excited that in just a few hours my Kindle copy of SPLIT SECOND will download and I’ll be able to read it. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for its release and it is finally, finally, just about here.

    As I have spotlighted it for my Book Watch post and I will likely be gushing about it anywhere and everywhere, I don’t want to ramble on for too long now.

    But I will say again that this is my most anticipated read this week. I love, love, LOVED the first book in this series, and I am so very curious about how this sequel will end. I’m not sure whether I want the ending to be as killer as the last book’s ending. In some way I do, but in a completely other way i really don’t.

    While I have another book I will be reading this week, I can’t resist moving this one immediately onto the pile and hopefully will have much of it read by Tuesday.

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    Life can change in a split second.

    Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

    When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

    Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

    As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

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    AllThatGlows pb c

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    ALL THAT GLOWS by Ryan Graudin will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 480 pages.

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    I can’t believe I didn’t grab an early copy of ALL THAT GLOWS but I am stoked that my Kindle pre-order will be downloading soon. As I just rambled about this book’s release on my tour stop earlier today, I really don’t want to be too repetitive.

    But I am really excited about discovering a story that I’m told is totally sweet and romantic. It will be the perfect Valentine’s Day read if I can sneak it onto the pile at the end of the week.

    I love stories of magic, the Fae and princes. The fact that this particular prince is a “partying bad boy” makes me even more thrilled to meet him. And the fact that there is a touch of darkness in this story makes this a definite must read for me.

    I hope to sneak this onto the pile at week’s end, but if I actually spend time studying like I should be doing, then I might not get this on the pile until next week.

    Description…

    Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.

    When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

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    Three

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    THREE by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    THREE is the third book in Author Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 series.

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    I’ve had THREE pre-ordered since last summer and I’m super excited that it will finally be added to my collection this week. While I am seriously behind on this series by Author Kristen Simmons, I just had to pre-order this newest installment.

    But I don’t want to take a peek at the description to find out where this story picks up. I don’t want to know what’s been happening with Ember and Chase. I don’t want to know if this is the final book in the Article 5 series.

    And I really don’t want to accidentally spoil something major. So, yes, I am squinting as I type this so I don’t inadvertently read what I’ve pasted just below.

    As I am a bit behind on this series, I won’t be adding THREE to my reading pile in the next couple of weeks. But if things slow down just a bit I hope to get caught up some time in April.

    Description…

    Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

    And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

    Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

    With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

    Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

    Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.

    At fighting back.

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    White Space

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    WHITE SPACE by Ilsa J. Bick will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 560 pages.

    WHITE SPACE is the first book in Author Ilsa J. Bick’s new Dark Passages series. The second book in the series, THE DICKENS MIRROR, is slated for release in 2015.

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    Oh. My. Gosh. I have been waiting forever for WHITE SPACE to release. And I can’t believe it will be in my collection in a matter of hours. The description for this book is completely and totally epic and I can’t wait to discover its dark amazingness.

    This sounds totally chilling, totally dark, totally creepy. I love, love, love Memento and Inception which this book’s description references. I was completely sold when I read the words “deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines” – how perfect is that!?!

    And I am just dying to be able to finally get the chance to read this book.

    As this is a fairly lengthy tome and I have got to spend some time studying this week and I just know I would end up staying up all night reading this story, I have got to wait until next week to dive in. But I really, really want to read it the instant it downloads. It sounds like a total mind… bender.

    Description…

    In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

    Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it’s as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she’s real.

    Then she writes “White Space,” a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

    Unfortunately, “White Space” turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she’s never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she’s dropped into the very story she thought she’d written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they–and Emma–may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

    Now what they must uncover is why they’ve been brought to this place–a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written–before someone pens their end.

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    Pieces of Me

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    PIECES OF ME by Amber Kizer will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    When I read the description for PIECES OF ME I was totally intrigued and because I love the author’s writing I added it to my list of pre-orders. And I’m thrilled that it is releasing this week.

    I am curious to find out whether this story is about posthumous self-discovery or whether it has more of a sci-fi bent… or whether it has a bit of both. The only types of stories I have heard of that involve the concept of cell memory are all horror stories, so I’m very interested in seeing if this story is just a bit different.

    The tagline leads me to believe it’s something new, something heartwarming. So I can’t wait to get the chance to get this on the pile and find out. And if I don’t take on any more review books in the next couple of weeks, I hope to be able to add this to the pile in early April.

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    When high school oddball and introvert Jessica Chai is killed in a car accident, her parents decide that Jessica would have wanted her organs donated to those who so desperately need these gifts of life. But Jessica is angry about dying and being dismembered.

    Taking the idea of cell memory to the next level, not only do the recipients get pieces of Jessica, but gets pieces of their memories and lives moving forward—she knows what they know and keeps tabs on their growth, recovery, and development. This begins her journey to learn her purpose as she begins to grasp that her ties to these teenagers goes beyond random weirdness. It’s through their lives that Jessica learns about herself, as she watches the lives she literally touched continue to interlock.

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    Other Books of Note

    The Worlds We MakeTHE WORLDS WE MAKE (Fallen World #3) by Megan Crewe

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    The virus has taken away Kaelyn’s friends, her family, her home.

    And now a deadly enemy threatens to take the one hope she has left:THE CURE.

    When Kaelyn and her friends reached Toronto with a vaccine for the virus that has ravaged the population, they thought their journey was over. But now they’re being tracked by the Wardens, a band of survivors as lethal as the virus who are intent on stealing the vaccine no matter what the cost.

    Forced onto the road again, Kaelyn and her companions discover the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is their best hope for finding scientists who can reproduce the vaccine. But with the virus already spreading among them, the Wardens hot on their trail, and hundreds of miles to cross, Kaelyn finds herself compromising her morals to keep her group alive. Her conscience seems a small price to pay if protects them and their precious cargo. Unless even that is not enough…

    In the final installment in Megan Crewe’s captivating the Fallen World trilogy, Kaelyn is on the run from her biggest adversaries yet. While she continues to face horrific loss, her resolve is still strong. But to survive this shattered world, will she have to sacrifice all that’s left of the girl she was?

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    Before My EyesBEFORE MY EYES by Caroline Bock

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    From the author of LIE, a powerful new young adult novel about a fateful Long Island summer and the lives of three young people who will never be the same.

    Dreamy, poetic Claire, seventeen, has spent the last few months taking care of her six-year-old sister, Izzy, as their mother lies in a hospital bed recovering from a stroke. Claire believes she has everything under control until she meets “Brent” online. Brent appears to be a kindred spirit, and Claire is initially flattered by his attention. But when she meets Max, the awkward state senator’s son, her feelings become complicated.

    Max, also seventeen, has been working the worst summer job ever at the beachside Snack Shack. He’s also been popping painkillers. His parents—more involved in his father’s re-election than in their son’s life—fail to see what’s going on with him.

    Working alongside Max is Barkley, twenty-one. Lonely and obsessive, Barkley has been hearing a voice in his head. No one—not his parents, not his co-workers—realizes that Barkley is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Until the voice in his head orders him to take out his gun.

    Narrated in turns by Claire, Max, and Barkley, Before My Eyes captures a moment when possibilities should be opening up, but instead everything teeters on the brink of destruction.

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    Arcadia FallsARCADIA FALLS (Arcadia #3) by Kai Meyer

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Mafia clan leader Rosa Alcantara’s life is falling apart: everyone she loves is dead and everything she’s ever known about her family is a lie. Even so, Rosa and her boyfriend, rival leader Alessandro Carnevare, refuse to give up on their love for each other. On the run from their adversaries and searching for answers, Rosa and Alessandro begin to unravel the secret behind the conspiracy to keep them apart: an ancient prophecy that predicted the destruction of all Arcadia.

    As the clock ticks down to their own destruction, it’s a race against time for the young lovers as they evade murderers, track down clues, and avoid a showdown with the man who wants them dead.

    The pair must find out the truth behind Arcadia once and for all—but will it be the key to unlocking their freedom and future together, or the final step in bringing them to their knees?

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    The LureTHE LURE by Lynne Ewing

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From the bestselling author of the Daughters of the Moon series comes a gritty, sexy novel about a teen who is forced to become a “lure”-a beautiful girl who is used to lure victims of gang violence.

    Fifteen-year-old Blaise Montgomery lives in the gritty outskirts of Washington, DC, where a stray bullet can steal a life on the way to school. Drugs and violence are the only ways to survive, so Blaise and her friends turn to gangs for safety, money, and love. When Blaise is invited to join Core 9, one of the most infamous crews, she jumps at the chance. Though her best guy friends, Rico and Satch, warn her about the danger, she agrees to be beaten for a minute straight as part of the gang’s initiation ritual.

    Now Blaise is finally part of a crew. A family.

    But things get only more dangerous when she becomes a member of Core 9 and tensions with a rival gang heat up. Trek, the head of Core 9, asks Blaise to be his “lure,” the sexy bait he’ll use to track down enemy gang members and exact revenge. Rico and Satch tell her it’s a death sentence, but Blaise can’t resist the money and unparalleled power. As Trek puts Blaise in increasingly dangerous situations, she begins to see that there’s more to lose than she ever realized-including Satch, the one person who has the power to get under her skin. With death lurking around every corner, should Blaise continue to follow the only path she’s ever known, or cut and run?

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    Inside DivergentINSIDE DIVERGENT: The Initiate’s Word by Cecelia Bernard

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The #1 New York Times bestselling novel Divergent is soon to be a major motion picture in theaters March 2014!

    Illustrated with more than 100 photographs—many never before seen—this eye-catching volume takes you inside the film version of Divergentwhere you’ll discover the factions, meet the initiates, and enter the thrilling dystopian world.

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    Fool's GoldFOOL’S GOLD (Order of Darkness #3) by Philippa Gregory

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    All that glitters may well be gold in the third book in the Order of Darkness quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.
    Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny.

    Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist they’ve been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goal—he plans to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life.

    With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

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    The Tinker KingTHE TINKER KING (The Unnaturalists #2) by Tiffany Trent

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    After Vespa, Syrus and Bayne defeated the Grue and restored order to their world, they thought their future was secure. Empress Olivia, committed to peace and equality for humans and Elementals alike, was a fair and just ruler. And the Creeping Waste had vanished for good, giving them hope for the first time.

    But rebellion is brewing in the far-off city of Scientia, and dark Elementals are plotting war in the ruins of New London. When a wave of unimaginable terror threatens to destroy everything in its path, Vespa, Syrus and their friends are plunged into a new swamp of intrigue, deception and magic—and the cost of survival may be more than any of them are willing to pay.

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    Feral CurseFERAL CURSE (Feral #2) by Cynthia Leitich Smith

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Candlewick

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The second installment of New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s thrilling Feral series delivers danger, romance, and suspense in an all new action-packed adventure.

    The adopted daughter of two respectable human parents, Kayla is a werecat in the closet. All she knows is the human world. When she comes out to her boyfriend, tragedy ensues, and her determination to know and embrace her heritage grows. Help appears in the lithe form of sexy male werecat Yoshi, backed up by Aimee and Clyde, as the four set out to solve the mystery of a possessed antique carousel while fielding miscast magic, obsessive strangers, and mounting species intolerance. Paranormal fans will go wild for this rousing second Feral adventure.

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    Love MeLOVE ME (Starstruck #2) by Rachel Shukert

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A new series set in the golden age of glam . . .

    Amanda is heartbroken. She’s tried, but she can’t get over her breakup with hotshot writer Harry Gordon. If only she could talk to him, she could convince him that their love story is bigger than any screenplay. But Amanda isn’t the only one in Hollywood keeping a secret—Harry’s got one too.

    Margo has to pinch herself: there’s talk of her getting an Oscar nom for her first film role, and she’s living with the Dane Forrest, the gorgeous movie star millions—including herself—swoon over. But if the public finds out about their domestic arrangement, her career will be over. The studio has a plan to fix it all . . . but is Margo prepared to pay the price?

    Gabby’s drinking is out of control, but who cares? She’s bored and depressed. She needs someone who will treat her like the woman she is beneath the silly stage costumes and pigtails. And she’s sure unpredictable musician Eddie Sharp is The One. But playing with bad boys like Eddie isn’t for little girls. . . .

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    Lady ThiefLADY THIEF (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of.

    Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves.

    With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

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    The Glass CasketTHE GLASS CASKET by McCormick Templeman

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Death hasn’t visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders’ bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal.

    Rowan’s village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan’s door once again.

    Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.

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    Grasshopper JungleGRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof how he and his best friend, Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

    To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

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    FatesFATES (Fates #1) by Lanie Bross

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, and Sarah J. Maas, and for girls who love all things pretty, romantic and inspirational.

    One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

    She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

    But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again–this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

    “Different and imaginative.”–Kirkus Reviews

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    StormSTORM by Donna Jo Napoli

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A sixteen-year-old stowaway discovers her destiny on Noah’s ark in this riveting reimagining from award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli, available in time for the March 2014 major motion picture Noah.

    The rain starts suddenly, hard and fast. After days of downpour, her family lost, Sebah takes shelter in a tree, eating pine cones and the raw meat of animals that float by. With each passing day, her companion, a boy named Aban, grows weaker. When their tree is struck by lightning, Sebah is tempted just to die in the flames rather than succumb to a slow, watery death. Instead, she and Aban build a raft. What they find on the stormy seas is beyond imagining: a gigantic ark. But Sebah does not know what she’ll find on board, and Aban is too weak to leave their raft.

    Themes of family, loss, and ultimately, survival and love make for a timeless story. Donna Jo Napoli has imagined a new protagonist to tell the story of Noah and his ark. As rain batters the earth, Noah, his family, and hordes of animals wait out the storm, ready to carry out their duty of repopulating the earth. Hidden below deck…is Sebah.

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    Novellas

    UndiscoveredUNDISCOVERED (Unremembered #0.5) by Jessica Brody

    Pub. Date: February 14, 2014

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Girioux (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Before the crash of Freedom Airlines flight 121… 

    There was a top-secret research compound hidden deep in the desert.

    There was a girl held prisoner in a restricted sector.

    And there was a boy who found her. And risked everything to set her free.

    Romantic and action-packed, Undiscovered is sure to thrill fans of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy.

    In this 100-page novella, told from Zen’s point of view, more secrets are revealed about Seraphina’s forgotten past, the corporation that created her, and the boy who fell in love with her. Undiscovered also includes a sneak peek of Unforgotten, the anticipated second book in the trilogy.

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    Five's LegacyFIVE’S LEGACY (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files #7) by Pittacus Lore

    Pub. Date: February 11, 2014

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this exciting seventy-five-page prequel companion novella to the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, discover the true origins of the traitorous Number Five. Before allying himself with the Mogadorians, before infiltrating the Garde, before committing the ultimate betrayal, Five was in hiding just like the others. But when his Cêpan dies, Five is forced to survive on his own. Eager to finally experience the world he was always kept apart from, Five soon gets involved with the wrong kind of people—the Mogadorians. In Five’s Legacy see how one of Lorien’s last hopes for survival became one of its most dangerous adversaries.

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    Other Releases

    ROAD RASH by Mark Huntley Parsons

    WILLOW by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

    BEYOND MAGENTA by Susan Kuklin

    THE TYRANT’S DAUGHTER by J.C. Carleson

    DIVERGENT (Movie Tie-in Edition) by Veronica Roth

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    I’m pretty sure I only have the five books and two novellas pre-ordered this week. Which makes me really happy, even though I haven’t read any of them. While all five novels may be TBR pile adds, for the first time in a long while my wallet will get a bit of a break. Though I am eyeing at least three books on the “Other Books of Note” list….

    THE GLASS CASKET has been just begging me to click to buy, as has been ARCADIA FALLS and THE WORLDS WE MAKE. I’m not sure I’ll have the strength to resist. Especially as next weekend is a long weekend and I potentially have jury duty to sit through the following week.

    And the longer I look at FATES the more my resistance begins to crumble. *SIGH.*

    But for now I just have five books and two novellas pre-ordered. So that’s not such a bad thing. Even if I totally cave and add those other four books to the pile this week. Right?

    Anyway…

    I hope that there are a number of books releasing this week that you’ve had on your radar and will now have in your collection. And I hope that when you do get to take them off the TBR pile that they are every bit as amazing as you’d hoped they’d be.

    And if they’re just temporarily being loaned to you, I hope you don’t have to wait too long to devour them. Because I know just how much waiting sucks. So I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    Happy reading!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #111

    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 February 12th-February 18th that I have pre-ordered.

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    SEVER by Lauren DeStefano will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 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 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 384 pages.

    SEVER is the third and final book in author Lauren DeStefano’s The Chemical Garden trilogy.

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    I am so excited that SEVER is releasing this week and that I’ll finally be able to read this book which I heard is an awesome conclusion to the trilogy. I loved WITHER and while I haven’t yet read FEVER I am so excited about reading these two books back-to-back.

    I heard the second book in the series was a bit of a departure from the first so I thought I’d wait until the final book was out before continuing the journey. And I’m so glad the wait is finally over. I can’t wait to see what happens to Rhine. Though I am even more curious about Linden.

    I did take a quick peek at the description and I’m dying to find out just what “everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered” means. I don’t know that there is a possibility for a happy ending, but I’m very anxious to see whether it will be bittersweet… or worse.

    The Indigo Spell

    THE INDIGO SPELL by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 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 Razorbill, the print edition is 432 pages.

    THE INDIGO SPELL is the third book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. The fourth book in the series, THE FIERY HEART, is slated for release later this year.

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    The wait is finally over and THE INDIGO SPELL is out… almost. And I’m so glad it will be downloading to my Kindle this week. While I am just a little bit behind on this series – I’ve only read about 100 pages of THE GOLDEN LILY – I’m anxious to get caught up.

    Especially after I read the first few lines in this book’s description before I shut my eyes and closed the page. Because now I am seriously desperate to find out just what “forbidden moment” there was that “rocked Sydney to her core.”

    I’m really, really hoping that it involves a certain immortal being. But I suppose I’ll have to finish reading TGL to find out. Which I plan on doing this month… maybe next week.

    Because, even though there are quite a few books still left in this series, I miss Richelle Mead’s world and characters. I miss getting those tiny peeks at just what’s going on with Rose and Dimitri. And I really, really miss Adrian.

    As I refuse to read any more of this book’s description I’ll have to wait until I finish THE GOLDEN LILY to know just what might be happening in THE INDIGO SPELL. But I have a feeling that the wait won’t be too much longer.

    The Gathering Dark

    THE GATHERING DARK by Christine Johnson will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 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 512 pages.

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    The first thing that grabbed me was the title for THE GATHERING DARK. It immediately drew me in for a closer look. And while I would have most likely pre-ordered it just because it’s penned by author Christine Johnson, there is no doubt I would have purchased it after reading the description.

    I am just dying to find out what Walker is. I want to know just why Keira’s visions intensify when she confides in him. And I want to know exactly what her “visions” are if they’re not actually visions.

    I love stories where there is an “electric connection” and I cannot wait to read about the connection between Keira and Walker and what it means for the characters.

    I am hopeful of reading THE GATHERING DARK early next month because I am totally intrigued by this book and have been for many, many months.

    The Lives We Lost

    THE LIVES WE LOST by Megan Crewe will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and in hardcover format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 288 pages.

    THE LIVES WE LOST is the second book in author Megan Crewe’s Fallen World series.

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    I have yet to read the first book in the Fallen World series but just had to pre-order THE LIVES WE LOST. This series just sounds so amazing and I cannot wait to read both books back-to-back.

    THE WAY WE FALL sounds chilling but also hopeful. And this sequel – yes I took a peek – sounds even more epic than the first. In this world decimated by this virus, I am already rooting for Kaelyn to find a way to replicate the vaccine and to save the remainder of the human race.

    The description promises this sequel is “action-packed” and talks of sacrifice and lost love. And I cannot wait to get lost in this world later this month. THE WAY WE FALL and THE LIVES WE LOST sound like the perfect way to spend a day… all the while being very, very glad that Kaelyn’s reality is not mine.

    Pivot Point

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    PIVOT POINT is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Kasie West. The second book, as yet untitled, is slated for release in February 2014.

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    I have heard nothing but amazing things about PIVOT POINT. I’ve had this book pre-ordered forever. And while I’d hoped to get the chance to read it early, I’m really glad it’s downloading this week. Because I WILL sneak in a read before the week is over.

    As I’ve already talked about PIVOT POINT endlessly – both for my Book Watch post and for the Blog Tour I was on last week – I won’t say much more. Other than I cannot wait until this downloads and I can finally meet Addison Coleman and see which version of the future she decides to make her reality.

    I will be reading it this week, even though I didn’t add it to the pile, as I am already finished with one of the two books I had added. So, yeah, I will definitely be reading it before week’s end.

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    DANCE OF SHADOWS by Yelena Black will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    DANCE OF SHADOWS is the first book in author Yelena Black’s Dance of Shadows trilogy.

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    I am so thrilled I got to read DANCE OF SHADOWS just a little bit early. It was a super quick and exciting read and I’m happy to add it to my collection this week. I’d pre-ordered it the moment I saw the gorgeous cover, even before I’d read it. And I’m so glad that I did.

    As I read it and reviewed it I won’t say too much more. Because I already know what happens with Vanessa. I know what happens when she dances. I know the truth behind the disappearance of her sister. And I know who is trustworthy – Justin or Zep.

    I am very curious where this series will lead next. While I’ve said before that I thought it would have been an awesome standalone, I very much enjoyed the author’s writing and cannot wait to see where she plans on taking this series and her characters.

    But I suppose I’ll have to wait a year to find out just what happens next.

    Breaking Point

    BREAKING POINT by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    BREAKING POINT is the second book in author Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 series.

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    I have not yet read ARTICLE 5 but now that BREAKING POINT is releasing this week I definitely plan on remedying that. I’ve had this sequel pre-ordered for months and months and I’m so excited that it’s finally releasing.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description for this sequel, but only a very quick one as I don’t want to spoil just what happened in book one. But I just couldn’t help myself, because I really want to finally meet Ember and Chase and see just what life is like for them in this overly restrictive dystopian society.

    The description calls this series “fast-paced” and “gripping” and I cannot wait to devour both books. Of course that means I’ll have to suffer the wait for the third book in the series, as I don’t think I’ll be able read slowly enough to make the gap between books disappear.

    I hope to be able to read these books in March as I am very much in the mood for dystopia. And as I thought the trailer looked pretty awesome I just had to include it here….

    Other Books of Note

    Arcadia Burns

    ARCADIA BURNS (Arkadien #2) by Kai Meyer

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

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    Out of the Easy

    OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Philomel

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    OVERRIDE (Glitch #2) by Heather Anastasiu

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Feral Nights

    FERAL NIGHTS by Cynthia Leitich Smith

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Hattie Ever After

    HATTIE EVER AFTER (Hattie #2) by Kirby Larson

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Revel

    REVEL by Maurissa Guibord

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Notes from Ghost Town

    NOTES FROM GHOST TOWN by Kate Ellison

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I have way too many books pre-ordered. Seven. At least I think it’s seven. As it’s nearly impossible to tell since Amazon changed the way you can look up your open digital orders. But I am pretty sure I also have NOTES FROM GHOST TOWN pre-ordered after I discovered it the other week on NetGalley. So… eight.

    I am trying so hard not to buy sequels until I’ve read the first book in the series – which is why ARCADIA BURNS and OVERRIDE are only books of note for the moment. But I’m so very tempted to purchase both books on release date. I hate not having a completed series in my collection.

    Though I caved when it came to SEVER, THE INDIGO SPELL, THE LIVES WE LOST and BREAKING POINT, because I just know I’ll be reading those books in the next month or two at the very latest.

    The longer I keep blogging the closer my eBook collection gets to the 1500 books mark. In fact, I might be at… or over… that mark. But I’ve been too scared to look too closely. Especially since I know – given the number of books I’ve read in 2011 and 2012 – that I am not anywhere near that number of books actually read.

    I don’t want to go on a book buying ban, but I seriously have to try and be more selective of the books I do purchase. I just don’t think I can. Because there are so many amazing books releasing each week. And I hate not having the option to read them whenever I feel like it.

    Anyway… I hope you are able to add one or two amazing books to your collection this week. I don’t think I missed any new titles. But if I did, please let me know!

    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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    Breaking Point Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I was totally drawn to this series by the description for ARTICLE 5. I loved the idea of this futuristic, militaristic version of the United States where the world is under such harsh restrictions. But even more I loved those last lines….

    The ones that mention that Ember’s mother was arrested by the love of her life, Chase Jennings.

    And not just because I’m picturing Liesl and Rolf from The Sound of Music….

    While I haven’t yet read ARTICLE 5 – though it’s cued up to read on my Kindle as I write this post – I’m super excited for the sequel, BREAKING POINT, which is releasing on February 5th.

    Because this series sounds awesome. And because this way I can read both books back-to-back and I won’t have to wait to find out what comes next. Though I may have seen one or two words in the description, try as I might not to peek while creating this post.

    Aside from the fact that this series sounds like my kind of read, I am madly in love with the covers. Especially the cover for BREAKING POINT. The cover alone has me dying to get my hands on this sequel.

    But anyway….

    You’re not here to listen to me babble about how much I’m looking forward to diving into this series. You’re here to check out author Kristen Simmons’ guest post where she shares with you the most important thing she learned in school. And I have to say that it is such a great thing to have learned. Not everyone makes that discovery and benefits from that knowledge when they’re in school.

    Of course if you want to know just what I’m talking about you’ll have to read her post, which is below.

    But first… yes, there’s a but first… here’s a little bit of information about BREAKING POINT and places to find it, as well as ARTICLE 5 and places where you can find it, too. And there’s also a short bio and a few links to where you can connect with author Kristen Simmons online.

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    About BREAKING POINT

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    The second installment in Kristen Simmons’s fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

    After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

    Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

    Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.

    Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.

    With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

    Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

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    About ARTICLE 5

    New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

    The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

    There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

    Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

    Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

    That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

    Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

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    About Kristen Simmons

    Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband Jason and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida

    Find her: Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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    Kristen Simmons shares the most important thing she learned in school…

    The most important thing I learned in school was to be proud of who I am. Much of this I got at home, but a lot came from those years behind a desk. Beginning at a young age, the lines are so deeply carved between all of us. Kids that play in the sandbox together begin to recognize that they’re different once they get out on a playground, and by the time middle school and high school hits, they’re divided by interests, clothes, how much money they’re parents make, or the color of our skin. School was an important time for me to figure out how I fit into the world, the things that I liked and the things I didn’t.

    I have always loved music. In fifth grade we learned to play the recorder, in sixth grade we sang in the choir and took our turns on a violin. By middle school I was playing the vibraphone (like a metal xylophone with a piano-like pedal) in the jazz band. By high school I was playing the drums in the marching band, the marimba in the concert band, and singing in the show choir. As you might have guessed, this made me tremendously cool.

    I learned very quickly how other teenagers outside of the music department perceived me. We may have all started out playing Hot Crossed Buns together on our recorders, but by the time 7th grade hit, everything had changed. Jocks dated pretty girls. Musicians were geeks. Smokers hung out on the hill behind the lunch room. Nobody wanted to look smart for fear of being made fun of. Nobody wanted to look stupid for the same reason. But when it all came down to it, those lines between us didn’t matter. I liked being in the band. I made friends in the band. And once I realized that, it didn’t matter to me what anyone else said.

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    That’s such an amazing thing to have learned while you were in school. It’s so tough navigating through school, but even more so if you feel “uncool.” To appreciate your friends and love who you are and what you do makes all the difference in the world.

    To be able to admit that you liked doing what you were doing, that you were proud of where you were and who you were, and that you didn’t have to be embarrassed or ashamed of any of it, must have made the experience so much fun! I wish that were true for everyone!

    Thank you so much for being a part of Jean’s tour and sharing this amazing guest post for my tour stop! I loved having you and I’m so glad BREAKING POINT will be out in just over a week so that I won’t have to wait too long to find out what comes next once I finish ARTICLE 5.

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    Below are just a few of the scheduled stops on the BREAKING POINT Blog Tour. To check out the full schedule, visit Jean BookNerd’s website by clicking the image….

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    1.26.13 – Beneath the Cover – Review & Spotlight

    1.26.13 – Fiktshun – Guest Post & Spotlight

    1.27.13 – Owl Read It – Review & Spotlight

    1.27.13 – Candace’s Book Blog – Guest Post & Spotlight

    1.27.13 – Annie Brewer Writes – Spotlight

    1.28.13 – Tsk, Tsk, What to read? – Review & Spotlight

    1.28.13. – Dystopified – Interview & Spotlight

    1.28.13 – Paranormal Book Club – Review & Spotlight

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    There is also a pretty amazing giveaway associated with this tour for…

    • A signed copy of BREAKING POINT, bookmark, postcard and button
    • 3 copies of BREAKING POINT
    • 7 signed bookmarks and postcards
    • A poster and boomark, and a button by James Vallesteros
    • 10 bookmarks by James Vallesteros

    You can check it out and enter on Jean’s blog by clicking the image below.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #57

    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 January 31st-February 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Destiny and Deception is the fourth full-length book in the 13 to Life series by author Shannon Delany.

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    I’ve been a huge fan of this series since I discovered it after I began blogging. I love the world that Jess and the Rusakova’s exist in and can’t wait to read this fourth book in the series. I’ve had the eBook pre-ordered for awhile and I can’t believe release date is almost here.

    I won’t talk too much about what I’m hoping for in this book just in case someone hasn’t caught up with the series yet. But I am dying to find out if things are really looking up for Jess and Pietr or if it’s just the calm before the storm.

    And from the description there are a few things going on with Alexi that I can’t wait to discover for myself.

    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 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 528 pages.

    Wings of the Wicked is the sequel to Angelfire by author Courtney Allison Moulton.

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    I can’t believe this book releases this week. I also can’t believe I have to wait an entire year until the next book comes out. I am so excited that I’ll have the eBook on my Kindle in less than twenty-four hours because I’m curious to see just what has changed between the ARC and the finished copy.

    I just finished reading this and I’m already dying to read it again. I thought Angelfire was awesome. I thought that first book had me tied up in knots in a way that the sequel never could. I was so totally wrong.

    The dangers facing Ellie and Will are even more terrifying. Cadan is even more swoon-worthy. And the ending is even more of a killer than I ever thought possible. I’m hanging on by my bitten and ragged fingernails, but only just barely.

    New Girl by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

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    I had a chance to read Here Lies Bridget by the author last year and I was excited to see she had another book coming out, so I added it to my pre-orders even without knowing exactly what it’s about.

    But after reading the description I can’t wait to read more. I want to find out just how the New Girl is handling life at Manderly Academy where she landed a spot when Becca Normandy went missing. I want to find out just why everyone seems to blame her. I want to see what happens between her and Max Holloway, Becca’s “sort of” boyfriend.

    And I want to see if we get to find out the New Girl’s name.

    There is just something a little eerie about the description, though I can’t put my finger on it. And so I really want to read New Girl now and find out just why I feel that there is.

    Incarnate by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Incarnate, the first book in the Newsouls series by author Jodi Meadows is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I have had an ARC of Incarnate sitting on my shelf for a while thanks to a trade, but I haven’t had the chance to read it before release which I’m totally devastated about. I’ve heard such amazing things about this debut book and I want to find out for myself just what it’s about.

    Though I’ll probably read the eBook version that will be downloading to my Kindle instead of the ARC, just in case something major changed that I wouldn’t want to miss.

    I love the idea of reincarnated souls. And I love the idea that Ana is a newsoul… or possibly a nosoul. I can’t wait to find out which she is, especially if being a nosoul means she’ll only have one existence to live.

    And I can’t wait to go on the journey with Ana as she tries to solve the mystery of why she may have received another’s life.

    The description mentions “romance, fantasy, and danger” – all things I love – so I can’t wait to read Incarnate in February.

    Article 5 by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Article 5 is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    This book sounds like a super cool dystopian that I can’t wait to read. I hadn’t heard of it before I traded for a copy, but when I checked it out, it sounded like a book I’d really love to devour so I added it to my pre-orders.

    The future society the author created sounds very strict and very harsh. Compliance with the Moral Statutes sounds like it will be impossible. And the punishments sound far worse than the crimes.

    I can’t wait to meet Ember and discover what life is like in her world. And to find out just how horrible it is to learn that the boy she loves is the very one who arrests her mother.

    I’m curious to see just how dark things will get for her after her mom’s arrest and to see if she is able to save her or if there will be no happy ending for either of them. I wish I could add it to the top of the pile now, but at the very least, I really hope I can read this new release in March.

    Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 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 St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 160 pages.

    Lenobia’s Vow is the second novella in the House of Night series by author’s P.C. and Kristin Cast.

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    I have the first novella in this off-shoot series from the authors’ House of Night novels, although I haven’t yet read it. But as I own all books in the series I decided to pre-order this next one for my Kindle.

    I like the idea of meeting these other characters and getting a chance to learn their story prior to the events in House of Night. Lenobia was always a very likable character and I can’t wait to meet her when she was much younger and hear how she first fell in love.

    As it is a fairly short novella, I hope to be able to sneak this one on top of my reading pile really soon.

    Shift by M.R. Merrick will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2012 in eBook format and will be releasing soon in paperback format. It is not available to pre-order, but it will be available to purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble on release date.

    Shift is the second book in The Protector series by the author.

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    I did receive an eARC from the author for review, but I will be purchasing the finished eBook for my Kindle on release date and I can’t wait. I recently read the first book in the series and it was every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I can’t wait to get back into the world the author created and unravel more of the mystery. I am super curious to find out what will happen next with Chase and Rayna, if they’ll find the answers they’ve been looking for, and just what it means to be a Protector.

    And I’m dying to know just how tough they’ll need to be in order to win the battle against their enemies. While I will be reading the eARC, I am excited to have the finished eBook as part of my permanent collection.

    The Rivals by Daisy Whitney will be released in the U.S. on February 6, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    The Rivals is the sequel to The Mockingbirds by author Daisy Whitney.

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    I have not yet read The Mockingbirds, the first book in the series, but everyone said that I had to read it and so I bought it for my Kindle. And because I own book one, I just had to pre-order the sequel when I learned that it was going to be releasing soon.

    I refuse to look at the Goodreads description for fear of spoiling book one, but it is linked in the cover art for anyone who wants to check it out.

    The Mockingbirds caught my eye because idea of a secret society that takes action to right the wrongs done to the students at Themis Academy intrigued me. And even though the subject matter is harsh – the main character was assaulted – the idea that she is willing to fight back makes her sound like someone that I’d like to meet.

    I had no idea until recently that it was a series. But now, more than ever, I want to read both books and find out exactly how the Mockingbirds help those who need it. Even if it means that I find out that their brand of help is nothing more than vigilante justice.

    To check out an excerpt of The Rivals from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    UPDATE: I did have one other book pre-ordered….

    Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne

    Pub. Date: February 2, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

    Pub. Date: February 1, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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    It’s definitely not a quiet week for releases this week. I had no idea I had quite so many books pre-ordered. Fortunately I’ve read Wings of the Wicked and will be reading Shift in the next day or two, so I won’t have quite so many books to add to the TBR pile.

    As much as I love it, I think participating in the Debut Author Challenge is a dangerous thing for my reading pile and for my wallet, but I can’t resist the chance to discover a new book or author that I might not have otherwise discovered. Even if I don’t always get to read their books immediately….

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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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