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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #150

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

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    Afterglow

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    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight will be released in the U.S. on November 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 & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    AFTERGLOW is the third and final book in author Karsten Knight’s Wildefire trilogy.

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    I cannot believe that AFTERGLOW is releasing this week and I will officially have to say goodbye to Ashline Wilde. I have both the eBook and the print edition pre-ordered so I can’t wait until they both show up on Tuesday.

    As I mentioned in my Book Watch post, I read AFTERGLOW ages ago. But I’m actually re-reading it – and just about finished – so that I can talk about it with anyone and everyone and not be fuzzy on any of the small details.

    This series was amazing and unique and the author is insanely talented and this final book in the series was more than I could have hoped for. It was exciting and shocking and absolutely riveting. The only way I could have been happier with it is if it weren’t the last book in the series and I didn’t have to say goodbye.

    As I already read this, and will be finished with it a second time before its release, I won’t be adding the finished version to the pile this week. But I definitely plan on re-reading this series in its entirety some time early next year. And I cannot wait.

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    The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy.

    Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

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    This Wicked Game

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    THIS WICKED GAME by Michelle Zink will be released in the U.S. on November 14, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Dial, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I am so excited that THIS WICKED GAME is releasing this week. I’ve had it pre-ordered ever since I first heard about it and it was available in Kindle format. I love Michelle Zink’s writing and this new book of hers sounds awesome. So I’m so totally stoked to finally be getting a copy so I can check it out.

    I was so tempted to enter the giveaway for an ARC of THIS WICKED GAME when the author stopped by the blog for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and shared a scene from her character Claire’s perspective about the first time she practiced voodoo. But as I decided it wasn’t appropriate to enter a giveaway I was hosting, I’ve just had to pine for it for the past few months.

    This story and setting sound amazing. I’ve never read a YA story that centered on voodoo and am totally intrigued about how the author will approach this, how much detail she’ll go into, and how scary it will be.

    And I’m just so glad that the wait is almost over and that I’ll be able to find out more about Claire, the Guild, Xander Toussaint, and, of course, voodoo. Something I hope to be able to do next week.

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    Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

    The voodoo business.

    Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

    She doesn’t believe.

    Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

    But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

    Including her own.

    As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.

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    A LITTLE TOO MUCH by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in eBook format and in paperback format on December 10th. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by William Morrorw, the print edition is 416 pages.

    A LITTLE TOO MUCH is the second book in Author Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far series. The third book in the series, A LITTLE TOO HOT, releases on January 21, 2014.

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    I love Lisa Desrochers’ writing and loved getting the chance to read A LITTLE TOO MUCH just a bit early. I have the eBook pre-ordered so I can add it to my permanent collection, even though I have an eARC, because finished copies are always better. As I own a print copy of the first book in the series I’m also tempted to purchase the print copy of this sequel, but as it isn’t coming out until December, I have a bit of a wait.

    After reading about Alessandro and Lexie in the first book in this series, I couldn’t wait to see whether Alessandro got his happily ever after. And when I learned that this sequel was going to involve a girl from his past, I couldn’t wait to dive in.

    As I have read it I don’t want to reveal too much, and I won’t be adding it to the pile this week. But I am excited for everyone else to meet Hilary and find out what secrets she’s been keeping, whether their past will be too much for them to overcome and whether happiness is even possible for both of them.

    Of course, now I’m dying to read the next book in this series – Sam’s story. Especially after reading that way-too-short peek.

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    In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little Too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

    Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

    Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

    As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

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    Other Books of Note

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    Ink My HeartINK MY HEART (Luminescent Juliet #2) by Jean Haus

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Even if he weren’t the lead singer of the popular college band, Luminescent Juliet, Justin Noel would have his pick of women. And he does pick. Nightly. Tattooed, blonde, and green eyed, he flashes his dimples and females swoon.

    Except for one.

    Tattoo artist, Allie Landon, rarely dates, and especially not men like Justin. Though he’s hot enough to melt off permanent ink, she’s done with the bad boy type. But when the ex who broke her heart wants to reunite, desperation has Allie introducing her latest client as her boyfriend. Justin’s more than happy to play the part. He’s completely intrigued by the sexy artist and college student.

    However, Allie’s life isn’t what it seems. There’s little room in it or her shattered and confused heart for Justin. But as Justin remains persistent, ignoring the growing attraction—both physical and emotionally—between them becomes more difficult than tattoo removal.

    *New Adult. Recommended for mature readers due to language, drug references, and sexual situations.

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    ExtractedEXTRACTED (The Lost Imperials #1) by Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Welcome to the war.

    The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

    The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

    Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

    When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

    Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.

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    UnspokenUNSPOKEN (The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation #2) by L.J. Smith and Aubrey Clark

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: 47North

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Death is only the beginning…

    Elena Gilbert’s entire world has shattered in a single moment. Her true love, Stefan, is dead, staked through the heart by their so-called friend Jack. Now the only thing Elena cares about is destroying Jack and his race of scientifically created vampires.

    But Jack’s creations are impossible to kill—immune to sunlight, stakes, and every traditional weapon against vampires. Elena and Damon set out to uncover the mystery of Jack’s dark past in hopes of finding his weakness. As they spend more time together, Elena and Damon can’t deny that their connection is stronger than ever. Can she face her feelings for him without betraying Stefan’s memory, or are some things better left unspoken?

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    Missed Last Week – NEW ADULT

    ForeplayFOREPLAY (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

    Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

    Publisher: William Morrow

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs. 

    Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

    Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

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    I can’t believe I didn’t have FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan in my post last week. While I typically only post about YA releases, because I read it and loved it and had it pre-ordered I had every intention of listing it. But November’s been a little hectic and so I completely spaced. And while I have included it with the “Other Books of Note” it is a book I read and love, love, loved, it is a book I have in my permanent collection and it is a series I can’t wait to continue.

    I am also super surprised by how quiet a week it is for new releases. Of the three books releasing that I have on order I’ve already read two of them, so there is just one new book for the pile, a book I’ve been dying to read for months. But they are three books on my “must have” list, so fewer isn’t a bad thing.

    Of course it’s entirely possible I’m missing a number of new releases, in which case I’ll have to add them to next week’s post once I discover them after they’ve landed on my Kindle tomorrow. But I’m pretty sure I’m not missing many, if I am missing any. And I think next week is fairly quiet too. Which is a really, really good thing for my TBR pile and for my wallet.

    But I hope at least one or two of this week’s releases are ones you’ve been anxious to read, that this slower week for YA releases is a good thing for your TBR pile and that you have a little space on your shelf to accommodate any new acquisitions.

    Happy bookish acquiring!

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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 #115

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

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    Poison

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    POISON by Bridget Zinn will be released in the U.S. on March 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 Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am so excited for the release of POISON by Bridget Zinn. I just started reading it and it’s every bit as enchanting as I’d hoped it would be. While I have it pre-ordered for my Kindle, I am definitely going to be checking out the print version after it releases. Because if it’s even half as gorgeous as the ARC, the hardcover will be a must have for my collection.

    As I’ve talked about POISON quite a bit in my Book Watch post a few weeks back, and as I’m reading it now, I don’t want to reveal too much. But I will say it is just so easy to get transported into the world the author created. And I cannot wait to finish this journey with Kyra.

    And as much as I do love this adventure, it is a bittersweet read for me knowing that this lovely author isn’t around to share more of her stories or to learn of her book’s reception among its readers.

    But I am so very happy that I did learn of this book and get to go on this adventure. One I cannot wait to get back to. And I cannot wait for the finished copy to download on Monday Midnight.

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    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza will be released in the U.S. on March 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 Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 480 pages.

    MILA 2.0 is the first book in author Debra Driza’s new series by the same name. The second book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release on April 1, 2014 and the third book in the series does not have a release date yet set.

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    I was so excited to have been able to trade for an early copy of MILA 2.0. But I cannot wait until the finished copy downloads to my Kindle on release date. Because I definitely want this book to be a part of my permanent collection and ARCs don’t stick with me for very long.

    I loved the cover for MILA 2.0 but I loved the story even more. Even though it’s dubbed a “sci-fi” thriller, which are generally not my kind of stories, to me it was just an awesome and action-packed story with a character I instantly connected with.

    The description was not wrong when it called MILA 2.0 “riveting” with “heart-pounding action.” Because I was totally riveted from start to finish. And there was plenty of action to keep me on the edge of my seat. Of course there was that ending… but I won’t be talking about that.

    I didn’t read the short prequel novella yet, but I’m just dying to find out more. So, I’m not sure whether it would be better to read before the full-length book or after. But I’m thinking after, as I liked getting to know Mila just as she was introduced in Part One of MILA 2.0 and couldn’t imagine having met her in any other way.

    Other Books of Note

    Strands of Bronze and Gold

    STRANDS OF BRONZE AND GOLD (Strands of Bronze and Gold #1) by Jane Nickerson

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Panic

    PANIC by Sharon M. Draper

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Deep Betrayal

    DEEP BETRAYAL (Lies Beneath #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Trinkets

    TRINKETS by Kirsten Smith

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Starstruck

    STARSTRUCK by Rachel Shukert

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Surfacing

    SURFACING by Nora Raleigh Baskin

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Promises to Keep

    PROMISES TO KEEP (Den of Shadows #9) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Heart of Glass

    HEART OF GLASS (Cross My Heart #2) by Sasha Gould

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Temptation

    THE TEMPTATION (The Secret Circle #6) by Aubrey Clark, L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Chasing the Prophecy

    CHASING THE PROPHECY(Beyonders #3) by Brandon Mull

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Aladdin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Escape Theory

    ESCAPE THEORY by Margaux Froley

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Scowler

    SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    There are a ton of books releasing this week, but I’ve only pre-ordered two of them. I could have sworn PRETTY SLY by Elisa Ludwig was releasing this week, but all details are stripped from its records on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, so I’m not sure the cause for the delay.

    And apparently I forgot that I had three other books pre-ordered last week – A BLOOM IN WINTER (Summerset Abbey #2) by T.J. Brown, DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION (Darklight #2) by Darynda Jones and THIRST NO. 5: THE SACRED VEIL by Christopher Pike. So I’m super glad I only have two books downloading this week, as I don’t think my wallet could have handled another huge release week.

    At least I think I only have two books pre-ordered… I can’t be positive given Amazon’s new setup. It seems that each release week brings me a new surprise on release day. Though I won’t complain about receiving unexpected books.

    As I am currently reading one of the two books releasing this week that I have on order, and have read the other, fortunately by release date on Tuesday I won’t have any new books being added to the TBR pile. Which is a relief. Because I’m anxiously awaiting CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ release next week and I just know I won’t be able to resist diving into that book on release day.

    I hope you have some awesome books headed your way this week and that the wait has ended for a few much anticipated titles.

    As ever, happy book buying and reading!

    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 #64

    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 20th-March 26th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler will be released in the U.S. on March 20, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Graphia, the print edition is 272 pages.

    Loss is the third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series by author Jackie Morse Kessler.

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    Wow. The description for this book sounds incredible. I read the second book in the series, Rage, and thought it was amazing. Dark, yes, but powerful. And it really made me think.

    And Loss sounds like it might be just as thought-provoking. But it also sounds like there’s a bit of a journey and an adventure. And the outcome seems as if it might be just a bit more hopeful.

    Just from reading the description, I already sympathize with Billy’s struggle. Being bullied by not only the students, but also the teachers, gives him nowhere to turn. I am rooting for Billy to gain the courage he needs to defeat the White Rider and the strength to stand up for himself against anyone who bullies him.

    I can’t wait to get the chance to read this next book in the series. I have Loss pre-ordered for my Kindle, but I will be picking up a finished copy as I have the first two books in the series in print, signed by the author, and I’d love to have this one in my collection even though it won’t be a signed copy.

    A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink will be released in the U.S. on March 20, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of the Penguin Group, the print edition is 448 pages.

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    I am so excited that A Temptation of Angels will be releasing this week. I reviewed it last week based on an ARC I received, so I already know that this book is amazing. So, of course I have the eBook pre-ordered for my Kindle so it can become part of my permanent collection. Although if the cover on the finished copy is as gorgeous as the cover on the ARC, I will be ordering the print edition, too.

    I am a huge fan of the author, Michelle Zink. Her writing has a beauty and a flow that I find magical. And she brings that style to A Temptation of Angels which gives it a very different feel from many of the other books in the genre that I’ve read.

    I won’t go on and on as I usually do speculating about the book, since I’ve read and reviewed it. But I will just say that I thought the story was incredible, I loved the main character, Helen Cartwright, and I absolutely adored Griffin Channing.

    And while I am thrilled to be getting my Kindle eBook this week, I would be even happier knowing that there was another book in the series planned.

    The Secret Circle: The Divide created by L.J. Smith and written by Aubrey Clark will be released in the U.S. on March 20, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    The Divide is the fourth book in The Secret Circle series created by L.J. Smith.

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    I actually haven’t read the series yet, but a few years back when I became a fan of the author, L.J. Smith, I bought the books for my Kindle in the hopes of reading them. And while this book isn’t written by the same author, I want to have this book in my collection to make comparisons when I do eventually get a chance to read them all.

    So, while I did pre-order The Divide for my Kindle, I won’t be reading it until I get caught up on this series. But I did sneak a peek at the description, which makes this book sound very exciting. And very much like the television show, of which I am a fan.

    It will be interesting to see just how different this next book in the series is, versus the author/creator’s books. L.J. Smith definitely has a unique voice and so I can’t imagine this book having quite the same feel. But I’m still curious to see just where the series leads.

    The description paints a pretty dire situation for Cassie Blake and for her entire Circle. I hope she will be able to save herself and her Circle and that it will be intact when the next book in the series, The Hunt, releases in September.

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    I know I’m missing a YA book or two that are releasing this week. I just know it. There can’t just be three books releasing on Tuesday. While I know that there are a ton of books releasing in April and May, I still thought I’d have at least four new books to add to the permanent pile this week.

    But I am super psyched that I have only one book on order this week that I’m adding to my more immediate TBR pile. As I just read A Temptation of Angels and I am not caught up on The Secret Circle series, they aren’t on my TBR right now list. Though I’m sure I’ll be reading A Temptation of Angels again in the near future and I really want to get started reading TSC.

    Well, if I am missing a few books to buy, hopefully I’ll discover them while stalking my favorite blogs this week.

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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 #18

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

    These are books for the week of May 3rd-May 9th that I have pre-ordered.

    Bite Club by Rachel Caine is the 10th book in The Morganville Vampires series. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

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

    Published by NAL, the print edition is 352 pages.

    I fell in love with this series when I first started reading young adult books about vampires. Although I haven’t yet read one for review purposes, I enthusiastically five-starred them all on Goodreads because I just adored the story and the characters.

    I love this purple cover for Bite Club and I can’t wait for it to download this week. I’m ashamed that I haven’t yet read Ghost Town but I will be doing so really soon as I miss this world and these characters.

    I didn’t read too many descriptions in case they gave away spoilers but this installment in the series seems to be about some kind of fight club with vampires, which sounds like a really dangerous endeavor. Ah, I get it now, “fight club” and “Bite Club.”

    To read an excerpt of the first two chapters from Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    I did end up pre-ordering a signed copy of Bite Club for giveaway on the blog. Once I get it, I’ll be sure to post all details.

    Illusions is the third book in the Wings (also called Laurel) series by author Aprilynne Pike. It will be releasing in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

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

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    I was really fortunate to receive a copy of Illusions through a book trade. I have another copy coming to me, too, as I apparently traded for this one twice, but I have the eBook pre-ordered for download this week even though I’ve already reviewed it here back in March.

    This is another one of my guilty pleasures series. It’s sweet and fun and the love triangle makes me crazy. I’m a Tamani fan all the way. I have the first two books on my Kindle and can’t wait for Illusions to download so that my collection will be complete.

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    Hounded is the first book in The Iron Druid Chronicles by author Kevin Hearne. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in paperback, eBook and audio formats.

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

    Published by Del Rey, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I had been following the author for awhile on Twitter and decided to check out his books on Goodreads. They sounded really cool so I pre-ordered the three books available in the series. The main character is a young tattooed Irish guy who can shapeshift and is actually centuries old even though he looks like he’s in his twenties.

    This book is definitely urban fantasy, filled with shifters, vampires, werewolves and witches. And I can’t wait to see what this series has to offer.

    To read a 62-page excerpt from Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Shift is the second book in the Shade series by author Jeri Smith-Ready. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

    It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats. And if you check out the author’s website, she has a link to the Indie Bookstore where you can order signed copies of Shift.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 384 pages.

    I’ve already spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post, which has a few other links, the Shade book trailer and a few more of my ramblings, so I won’t continue to gush here, even though I am on the Shade street team to support this author and her amazing books.

    I have an electronic ARC of this book from Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program, so I will be reviewing this book on Monday or release date. But I also have a pre-order of the eBook which will download and have also pre-ordered a personalized signed book from the Indie Bookstore to complete my collection as I got Shade signed by the author at RT.

    I also have ordered a signed copy for giveaway on the blog in support of the author and to do my part for the street team. I was given a number of signed and unsigned bookmarks from the author, but what good is a signed bookmark without a nice signed book to tuck it into? So, I couldn’t not buy a copy to give away on the blog.

    To read an excerpt of the first chapter on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    To read the first 99 pages of Shade, check out the sidebar for a link to the publisher’s website.

    Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe will also be released on May 3, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, a division of Harper Collins, the print edition is 304 pages.

    (Although the title uses the number one for the letter “I,” I have chosen to spell the book the traditional way so that it can be searchable.)

    This story grabbed my attention with its cover. I knew right away it was a book about OCD and I thought that the topic would be very interesting to read about. I have not read anything else by the author, but was immediately drawn in by just the brief description provided.

    This subject is very personal to me and I’m looking forward to reading this story which I heard got some terrific reviews.

    Moonglass is the debut novel for author Jessi Kirby. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats, although Amazon is listing the print edition as currently available.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 240 pages.

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

    I just finished reading and reviewing an ARC of this book a few days ago and posted my review here on the blog so I won’t go into too much detail again. But I loved this heartbreaking story and the author’s writing so I immediately added the eBook to my pre-orders as I had to pass along the ARC to another reviewer that I promised it to.

    I had no idea when I started reading the book that the location was real, and once I finished I looked up the website for Crystal Cove and saw just how well the author captured the feel of this small beach community in her story.

    The main character’s story is a sad one, but the author treats it with a delicacy and optimism that keep this from being heavy. There is a touch of romance, but it is not the main focus. And there is a sweet, somewhat clueless and funny friend who will make you smile. Although this takes place on a beach, it’s not a light and flirty beach story, but it won’t leave you completely gutted.

    If you haven’t heard of the book, you can check out the description on Goodreads, here.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth is another debut book releasing on May 3, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books the print edition is 496 pages.

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

    I am really looking forward to this book. I heard so many great things about it and was told I had to read it. I managed to do a trade for an ARC, but haven’t yet received it, so I’ll be either reading that copy or the final eBook that I have on pre-order for my review this week.

    As I’ve mentioned in My Reading Pile post, I have not looked at any book descriptions, read any reviews or know really anything about this. I am buying this solely based on the hype. I am known to do that now and again.

    The cover is amazing and as I think this is a debut novel that I will really enjoy.

    The author talks a little bit about the book in this video, which I haven’t watched, but will once I’ve read Divergent.

    The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries #3: The Craving will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in paperback, eBook, library binding and audio formats.

    It is currently available for pre-order in all formats at Amazon and in paperback, library binding and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 256 pages.

    The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries series is inspired by the books by L.J. Smith and the television show by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. I have purchased the first two books in the series but still haven’t gotten around to reading them. I am very behind on my The Vampire Diaries books right now and so I have a lot of catching up to do.

    Even though I haven’t read either of the first two of these books in the series, I had to buy this one to keep the complete collection intact. I love almost all things The Vampire Diaries and I’m sure when the television show goes on hiatus I will definitely be looking to read more about Damon, Stefan, Elena and Katherine.

    A sneak peek is available from HarperTeen, HERE.

    If you haven’t yet read the series, CLICK HERE to look inside the first book, Origins, courtesy of HarperTeen.

    To peek inside of the second book, Bloodlust, CLICK HERE.

    Dead Reckoning is the 11th book in the Southern Vampires series by author Charlaine Harris. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

    It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by Ace, the print edition is 336 pages.

    I have been waiting a long time for this installment in the series. I really wish I had the patience to wait two years between books so that I could read two at a time rather than being strung along year after year. I was lucky not to discover this series until after the ninth book’s release, but sadly I’ve had to wait just like everyone else for these last two books.

    I have not looked at any of the excerpts as I refused to put myself through the torment this time, like I did last year. But I’m really excited that this is finally coming out so that can I find out what’s in store for Sookie and Eric. And I am hoping that the author doesn’t leave this book with a cliffhanger ending like she did book nine.

    The author is offering a peek at Chapter One on her website, HERE.

    There is also an excerpt from Chapter Three being offered by Penguin, HERE, for those who just can’t wait.

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    This week has a ginormous amount of new releases. Ugh, my poor wallet. So not good for reducing book buys. But these are all books I want to have in my collection so I will bite the bullet.

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

    And please let me know if I missed purchasing something that is a “must read” – though I’m a little afraid to have ten books download in one week…or one day as the case may be!

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    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.

    #10

    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.

    #9

    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.

    #8

    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.

    #7

    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.

    #6

    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.

    #5

    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.

    #4

    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.

    #3

    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.

    #2

    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.

    #1

    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.

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    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?

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    The Extras: April

    I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last “Extras” post. Time flies in the blogosphere. So, as some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and a couple are still there, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not April yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation.

     

    Red Glove is the second book in Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. It will be releasing on April 5, 2011. Holly Black is an amazing author and this is an amazing series.

    The author has given us a peek at the first chapter in this book on her blog, HERE.

    I have read and loved the first book in the series and can’t wait to read this book. If you’d like to read my review or learn more about Cassel Sharpe and the curse workers, click here.

    Where She Went by Gayle Forman is the sequel to If I Stay. It will be releasing on April 5, 2011. There is still time to read the first book in the series in anticipation of this release.

    For those of you who’ve already read the first book and just can’t wait to find out more or for those of you who haven’t read If I Stay, Scribd has something for all. They have provided an excerpt of the upcoming book and a chapter of the first, HERE.

    I have owned If I Stay for awhile, but it’s on my way too long TBR list. However, I am planning on reading this in the next week, as I have an early copy of Where She Went which I hope to read and review and I never like to read a sequel without having read the first book. I’ve heard such amazing things about this author, so this is a sneak peek worth checking out.

    City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare will be releasing on April 5, 2011.

    And I know, I know…I’ve already “Book Watch” posted this, with all sorts of links to extras and videos, but as this is just for the Extras, I can’t exclude it. But I won’t ramble on about this book since I’ve already done. So…

    Cassandra Clare has included an excerpt from chapter one on her site, HERE. I have not read this particular excerpt, if you can believe, as I’m trying to hold out until April 5th.

    What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen will be releasing on May 10, 2011. It is her tenth novel.

    An excerpt is available on the author’s blog, HERE.

    I have not yet read this author’s work, but I’ve heard such great things and so this will be my introduction to her characters and writing. I can’t wait and just have a feeling I’ll be a huge fan. (Which means I’ll have nine more books to read before I run out – this is a good thing.)

    Goodreads is offering a chance to win this book as part of their First Reads program. You can look through all the books they are offering for giveaway here.

    Hard Bitten is the fourth book in author Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. It will be released on May 3, 2011.

    This series is the author’s adult series, but I’ve included this excerpt here for fans of the author who have read both her adult and young adult series.

    An excerpt from Chapter One is available on the author’s website, HERE.

    I just love her young adult Dark Elite series and am very interested in reading the Chicagoland Vampires series.

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    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    A Touch Mortal is Leah Clifford’s debut novel and the first in a series. It was released on February 22, 2011.

    If you haven’t read this book, HarperTeen has offered a look inside, HERE.

    I absolutely loved this book and am excited to see what’s coming up in the series. If you want to learn more or read my review, click here.

    Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. It was released on March 1, 2011.

    An excerpt is available on the Hex Hall website, HERE.

    I’ve read and reviewed both books on the site and I loved them both, although I love Demonglass just a bit more than Hex Hall!

    Afterlife is the final book in the Evernight series by Claudia Gray. It was released on March 8, 2011.

    This is an amazing series, and if you haven’t yet read it, you can now and won’t have to wait to read all the books. (Lucky readers.)

    HarperTeen has provided an excerpt for readers who haven’t yet gotten caught up with the series, HERE.

    Illegal is the debut novel for author Bettina Restrepo. It was released on March 8, 2011.

    I am excited to start reading this one later this month, and have not taken a look at the excerpt in case of spoilers.

    But once again the folks at HarperTeen have generously provided a look inside, HERE.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith was released on March 15, 2011.

    By now everyone’s heard of the television series, but these are the books that have started it all.

    HarperTeen has been kind enough to give us a peek, HERE.

    I own but still must read this book and cannot wait to find the time – it’s a fairly long book filled with goodness!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #11

    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 15th-21st that I have pre-ordered.

    I am posting this a day early as I have a couple of reviews that I would like to post for Sunday eve and Monday.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith will be releasing on March 15, 2011 in the U.S. It is available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 576 pages.

    I have previously spotlighted this book in my “Book Watch” post, but it’s finally coming out this week. I can’t wait. I’ve had this on pre-order for the longest time. And as mentioned before it is the last The Vampire Diaries book completely written by L.J. Smith.

    The characters in this series have been through an incredible journey and I can’t wait to see what happens in this lengthy installment. I have not yet read the excerpt which was made available a few days ago by the publisher. I have the link in my sidebar, but you can also click here to read.

    I also have stayed away from any reviews or spoilers so that I could read this book and be completely surprised, although I probably won’t be able to read it for a couple weeks as I need to get caught up on my TBR pile, but I am anxiously awaiting the download on Monday Midnight.

    Steel by Carrie Vaughn will also be released on March 15, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online for pre-order in both formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ve seen it out in the wild for over a week at my local Barnes & Noble so you might find it at your local store bookstore.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    I have not yet read one of author Carrie Vaughn’s books, but I own her book Voices of Dragons, which still in my TBR pile.

    Steel is one of the books that Amazon had recommended to me based on my purchase history. This book is different than those I typically read, but it has time travel, magic, pirates and a duel to the death which are all very intriguing and sound like a great adventure.

    I used to love stories like this when I was younger and I think I still might. From the description Steel sounds like the perfect book to read to find out if I still do.

    Click here to read an excerpt from chapter one on the author’s website.

    Subway Girls is the debut young adult novel for author P.J. Converse. It will be published on March 15, 2011 in the U.S. and is available online at Amazon for pre-order in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 224 pages.

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

    I first heard of this book from the list of available books for the DAC. It isn’t one of my original twelve books, but I’ve seen it on a few In My Mailbox vlogs and it piqued my interest. I checked it out on Amazon this past week and thought it looked like a quick read and a sweet story so I decided to pre-order it. (I couldn’t find it on Barnes & Noble, though.)

    The Goodreads description gives a bit more detail, so I’ve included it below, along with a link to the book on Goodreads in case it’s one you might want to add to your TBR list.

    I haven’t heard much else about the book or the author, but I am always one to support debut authors and because this story sounded so charming I had to buy. But according to the author bio on HarperTeen, he is a “below-average ballet dancer, ex-waiter, and zealous fantasy football player…”

    Goodreads description:

    He is shy. Unassuming. Inexperienced.

    She is Subway Girl. Cool. Unattainable.

    From the moment he sees her on a Hong Kong subway, Simon is intrigued by Amy, but he doesn’t have the nerve to talk to her. When he finally works up the courage, he realizes he can’t. Because Amy doesn’t speak Chinese, and Simon is failing English.

    But somehow, Amy and Simon connect, and they find that they understand each other. Enough for Simon to admit that he is dropping out of school. Enough for Amy to confess that she is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby. Amy and Simon feel lost in a world so much bigger than they are, and yet they still have each other.

    In this brilliant debut by P. J. Converse, two unlikely teenagers discover that love has a language all its own.

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    I do not have a lot of books on pre-order this week, although there are quite a few that I’ll be getting next week. But…

    UPDATED 3/13/11

    There is one other book that I am hoping will be releasing this week on March 18th at Amazon in eBook format. (As its release is not yet announced I obviously don’t have it on pre-order, but plan on buying it on release date.)

    So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and posting this just in case it does. It’s a self-published young adult paranormal/romance book by debut author Tiffany Ross King called Meant to Be.

    Once an official release date is announced I will update this post with the information and link to the book.

    The author announced the release date of March 18th today on Twitter and posted the cover art on her blog.

    I “met” the author on Twitter and checked out her blog. She had a description of her new book on the blog along with a teaser. I thought it was so beautifully written that I’ve been anxiously awaiting the book’s release.

    She should be revealing revealed the cover art for her book on the blog some time later today, Sunday, March 13th and I will update updated this post with the artwork once it’s revealed. Cover is wicked cool!

    Check out the author’s blog to read the teasers.

    Description of Meant to Be from the author’s site:

    Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

    Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

    Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought.  Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

    As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets from their past about their shared connection threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.

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