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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #147

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

    These are books for the week of October 22nd-October 28th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Teardrop

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    TEARDROP by Lauren Kate will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 464 pages.

    TEARDROP is the first book in a new series of the same name by Author Lauren Kate. An eBook novella, LAST DAY OF LOVE, set after book one is slated for release on December 10, 2013.

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    I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for the release of TEARDROP by Lauren Kate. I’ve had it pre-ordered since March and I cannot wait for it to download to my Kindle this week.

    I absolutely love the cover, but it’s the description that has me dying to read it. I want to know what powers Eureka has. I want to know what Ander knows that he shouldn’t. And I want to know why Eureka is in “grave danger.”

    I also cannot wait to find out more about this ancient tale that might be “more than a story.”

    The description calls this an “epic saga” – I love epic sagas – and it also promises romance and dark magic. And while this is just the first book in this new series, I don’t think I’ll be able to wait for the sequel’s release to read it.

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    Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

    But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.

    From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

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    Allegiant

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    ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 544 pages.

    ALLEGIANT is the third and final full-length book in Author Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.

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    I am anxiously awaiting the release of ALLEGIANT this week. I’ve had this pre-ordered even longer – since February of 2013 – and I will be watching my Kindle for its arrival when it releases on Monday Midnight.

    As I’ve already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post and rambled about it just yesterday when I added it to My Reading Pile, I will only just say that I hope that there aren’t too many tears when I have to say goodbye to Tris and Tobias. I hope that the story is every bit as exciting as I think it will be.

    And I hope that whatever “explosive new truths” are revealed don’t change too many of the hearts of those Tris loves.

    I love the fact that there is a dual POV in this final book and while I haven’t read all of the novellas, I cannot wait to dive into this series-ending book. Even if saying goodbye will be devastating.

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    One choice will define you.

    What if your whole world was a lie?
    What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
    What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

    The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

    But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

    Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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    The Dollhouse Asylum

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    THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM by Mary Gray will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 296 pages.

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    I may have only just pre-ordered THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM for my Kindle but I am super thrilled it’s releasing this week. I thought that when I first heard about this book this past August I immediately clicked to pre-order it, but it seems I didn’t. Maybe it wasn’t available for the Kindle then?!? I’m just glad that I discovered this now and that it will be added to my collection on its release date.

    I love the idea that there’s some twisted game these character couples must play in order to stay in Elysian Fields. I’m curious as to why they have to be renamed and pass this unusual test. And I want to find out just who this Teo Richardson really is.

    The cover totally freaks me out and I wonder if the story will do the same. It does sound very much like it’s a game of living dolls, which is more than a little bit creepy. And I really want to know if that’s the case and just what playing this game means.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak this book onto the pile before the end of the month.

    Description…

    A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

    At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

    The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

    If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.

    But if they play it wrong, they’ll die.

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    Rags & Bones

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    RAGS & BONES: New Twists on Timeless Tales by Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt et al will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 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 368 pages.

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    As soon as I saw the name Melissa Marr I immediately pre-ordered RAGS & BONES. When I then learned that it’s a collection of fairytale retellings I was even more excited for its release. Though I am a little wary about the retelling of “The Monkey’s Paw,” as that story still gives me the heebie-jeebies.

    I have read most, if not all, of these stories that are being retold so I cannot wait to see what these talented authors do with them. It will be so interesting to compare and contrast and to see whether or not I love the modern-day versions more than the originals.

    The description certainly paints a picture with the statement that these stories will be “boil[ed] down to their bones.” And I cannot wait to read at least a few of them when they release this week. They sound like the perfect reads for this time of year.

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    The best writers of our generation retell the classics.

    Literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them; ones that have become ingrained in modern culture; and ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and then reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

    Today’s most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild these twelve timeless stories:

    Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene – Saladin Ahmed; W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw” – Kelley Armstrong; Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” – Holly Black; “Sleeping Beauty” – Neil Gaiman; The Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” – Kami Garcia; Kate Chopin’s The Awakening – Melissa Marr; Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” – Garth Nix; Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” – Tim Pratt; E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” – Carrie Ryan; Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto – Margaret Stohl; William Seabrook’s “The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” – Gene Wolfe; Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” – Rick Yancey; And six illustrations by Charles Vess.

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    Blood of an Ancient

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    BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT by Rinda Elliott will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in eBook format only at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Samhain Publishing, the book is 234 pages.

    BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT is the second book in Rinda Elliott’s Beri O’Dell series.

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    While I received an early copy of BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT to read and review, I just had to pre-order a finished copy when I noticed it on Amazon this past August. I love this series and its characters and I can’t wait for its release this week so I can add it to my collection.

    And while it isn’t a YA title, as I am ordering it – and have been anxiously awaiting its release – I didn’t just want to include it in the “books of note” section of this post. Because it’s definitely more than that.

    But as my plan is to write and post my review on one of my blogs this week, I don’t want to share any of my thoughts just yet… okay, maybe just the one…. This sequel is even more awesome than the first book in the series. Darker. More exciting. More action-packed. Sexier.

    And even though I have already read it, I may just have to take a peek at the finished version when it lands on my Kindle on Tuesday. I may even have to do a full re-read.

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    Saving the love of her life could mean letting her inner darkness out to play.

    Beri O’Dell is on a mission. She has to rip back into a hell dimension fast, but needs two things first—the blood of an ancient and a fix for her friend Blythe’s magic, which careened out of control after the battle with the Dweller.

    Finding ancient blood isn’t easy when the old ones are rare and unwilling to donate. She needs to find Blythe’s former mentor…except the woman has lost her mind and joined a traveling band of singing witches.

    That’s not the only magical monkey on her back. Nikolos is imprisoned, and after a screwed-up spell lets her witness the horror that has become his life, her fear for him grows by the day. Now there’s another problem—a powerful being unleashed during the battle with the Dweller likes her gluttonous new existence, and will kill anyone who threatens it.

    But Beri has a few tricks up her costumed sleeve, even if it means mining the darkness of her soul to set everything right…and get Nikolos back in her arms.

    Warning: Sleazy ancients. Random fires. Nosy teenage hackers. Hints of off-screen torture. Battles with…Beri doesn’t know what. And one scary boyfriend who keeps inching toward insanity.

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    Other Books of Note

    FreakboyFREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

    Pub. Date: October 22, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?

    In Freakboy’s razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

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    Reality BoyREALITY BOY by A.S. King

    Pub. Date: October 22, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

    Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.

    In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.

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    IndigoINDIGO by Gina Linko

    Pub. Date: October 22, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    A gift?

    A curse?

    A moment that changes everything. . . .

    Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine’s first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch–charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color–surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life.

    When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine’s withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?

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    Other Releases

    THE GHOST PRISON by Joseph Delaney

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    RevealedREVEALED (House of Night #11) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

    Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    The spellbinding eleventh and penultimate installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling vampyre series

    Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever—and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?

    The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 150 weeks and counting. With more than 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty–eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now, in the eleventh and penultimate installment of the series, the action is more intense and the stakes even higher as Zoey and her friends battle to protect their school and home from devastating evil—all while balancing romances, precarious friendships and the daily drama of the House of Night’s halls.

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    I am happy that this week isn’t jam-packed with new releases. I’m also happy that one of the five books releasing this week is one I’ve already read. This means there won’t be too many books getting added to a pile I’m now calling the “I hope to read in it this lifetime” reading pile.

    And as I definitely will be reading ALLEGIANT before the ending is completely ruined for me, there will only be two novels and one collection of stories still TBR. As I’m so totally intrigued by both novels and short stories I don’t think they’ll be “to read” books for very long.

    While things may be a little quiet on the blog for the next six weeks I still plan on reading whenever I have a free moment. I can’t spend all my time locked up in my head with my own stories and I just know I’ll be dying to read stories by some of my favorite authors when they release.

    But I hope that I didn’t miss any “must read” books that are releasing this week. And I hope that you’re able to get your hands on some of those titles you’ve been dying to read.

    And… I really, really, hope the ending for ALLEGIANT isn’t spoiled for you before you get the chance to devour it when it releases this week.

    Happy bookish buying!

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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 #76

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

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    Rapture by Lauren Kate will be released in the U.S. on June 12, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 464 pages.

    Rapture is the fourth and final book in author Lauren Kate’s Fallen series.

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    I absolutely love this cover for Rapture and I’m sad to see the series end, though I still need to read Passion. But my eBook copy downloads this week and I’d really love to read it this month. So I am kind of desperate to get caught up, though I think I want to re-read the first two books in the series before reading the final two.

    I don’t know what happened to Luce and Daniel in Passion but I’m dying to find out how things end in Rapture. And I’m super curious what role Cam plays in this final book in the series.

    I did sneak a peek at the description and it does make me nervous. Really, really nervous. The idea that they’re being pursued by dark forces, the threat of Daniel and Luce being torn apart again and the fact that there are “great sacrifices” and that “hearts are destroyed” is utterly tormenting.

    But what’s most nerve-wracking is that Luce and Daniel may not be meant to be and I’m wondering if she’s truly meant to be with Cam. I can’t wait to find out, but I know that no matter how it ends, I think I’ll be the one with a broken heart.

    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on June 12, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Razorbill, an imprint of the Penguin Group, the print edition is 417 pages.

    The Golden Lily is the second book in author Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. The third book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I just recently read Bloodlines after much fear of starting this series in the same world as Vampire Academy. But I fell in love and was dying to get my hands on The Golden Lily. I’m reading it right now, but I can’t wait for the eBook to download on Tuesday so that I can have it in my permanent collection.

    I am super curious to see where this second book in the series leads. Especially when it comes to a certain Alchemist and a certain Moroi. As always I’m worried about the Strigoi and Jill’s safety. But I’m also excited to read about the character from the Vampire Academy series that is in this book.

    And no, I won’t say who it is….

    I’ve heard this book is even more amazing than the first and I hope to finish tonight so I can begin the long wait for book three.

    Timepiece by Myra McEntire will be released in the U.S. on June 12, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Egmont USA, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Timepiece is the second book in the Hourglass series by author Myra McEntire. The third book in the series, Infinityglass, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I still haven’t read Hourglass but I plan on reading both books now that Timepiece is releasing. I heard how amazing the first book was during last year’s Crush Tourney and have felt like I was totally missing out ever since. So, I’m super glad I book two is out so I can finally find out for myself just how awesome this series is.

    I am not going to peek at the description for fear of spoilers, but I can’t wait to meet Emerson, Michael and Kaleb. Though I’m most curious about Michael from having read Hourglass’s description. I love “dark” and “mysterious” characters and ones that create an electrical charge whenever they’re around makes them sound even more interesting.

    But I also can’t wait to meet Emerson, to find out just what’s going on with her visions and to find out more about the organization called Hourglass. I hope to read both books this summer so I can suffer the wait along with all the other fans for book three’s release next year.

    Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown will be released in the U.S. on June 12, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Lies Beneath is the author’s YA debut. The second book in the series, Deep Betrayal, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I love the sound of this book. I can’t remember where I first learned of Lies Beneath, but after I checked out the description I just had to pre-order it. I think it was the “murderous mermaids” that pulled me in.

    I can’t wait to see what Calder White is like and to meet his vicious family who kill humans to take their energy. The description makes them sound very evil and yet Calder manages to fall in love with Lily. To say that this sounds like an ill-fated love story is an understatement.

    I can’t imagine what will happen when Lily finds out the truth. But it doesn’t sound like things will end happily, especially with the second book in the series entitled Deep Betrayal.

    I haven’t read any mermaid stories where the mermaids were predators, but I can’t wait to check this book out this summer. It definitely sounds like a book I will thoroughly enjoy.

    For Darkness Shows the Stars will be released in the U.S. on June 12, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 416 pages.

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    I haven’t yet read anything by author Diana Peterfreund though I own two books in the author’s Killer Unicorns series. But I wanted to check out this new book by the author as I kind of fell in love with the title, For Darkness Shows the Stars.

    I had an early copy but haven’t yet had a chance to read it, so I will be reading the eBook version that will be downloading to my Kindle this week. But I’m very curious to see how the author was inspired by Jane Austen’s book Persuasion.

    While I am not a huge fan of books with a science fiction bent, I love that this story is deemed a “breathtaking romance.” Because I do love a love story. And I can’t wait to meet Elliot and Kai and find out just what secret he’s been keeping and whether Elliot will choose duty this time around or follow her heart.

    And if she does, I really hope that things end happily and she doesn’t end up heartbroken. I am super excited to find those answers for myself this summer.

    Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Tokyo Heist is Diana Renn’s young adult debut.

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    I first heard about Tokyo Heist when I was offered a copy through a trade. And when I didn’t get a chance to read it early, I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle because it seems really interesting and different and exciting.

    It sounds like an adventure and a mystery and I love the fact that it’s set mainly in Japan. I can’t wait to see whether Violet manages to track down the van Gogh art thieves and just what dangers she’ll encounter in trying to solve the crime.

    I’m curious to find out why Violet and her father’s lives are on the line and exactly what will happen if she doesn’t recover the stolen art. I hope she finds someone she can trust to help her out, as the “yakuza-invested streets of Tokyo” do not sound at all safe for a sixteen-year-old girl from Seattle.

    I really hope to sneak this one in next month, because I’m definitely in the mood for something a little bit different and this fits the bill perfectly.

    Serpent’s Kiss (The Beauchamp Family #2) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2012

    Published by: Hyperion

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    Queen of Swords by Katee Robert

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2012

    Published by: Entangled Select

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    Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

    Pub. Date: June 14, 2012

    Published by: Razorbill

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    It’s another one of those so many books, so little time weeks. I have eight books pre-ordered. The six young adult books I mentioned above and the two non-YA books I have listed in the “Other Books of Note” section. And I’ll have only read one or two of them by release date.

    I really want to catch up on the Fallen series books because I fell in love with the first book in that series and really want to see how things end for Luce, Cam and Daniel. And I’m dying to read Myra McEntire’s Hourglass series because I feel like I’m the only one in the world who hasn’t.

    I’m sure I missed a ton of great books this week, but after seeing I had eight books pre-ordered, I decided it would be best not to look for any releases I might have missed. Though if I see a few reviews come in for books releasing this week that look awesome I may just have to add a few more books to the TBR pile.

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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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    Giveaway: Fallen + Torment + Passion Signed

    Well, my local Barnes & Noble may have had a couple… or more… copies of Fallen, Torment and Passion. All of which happened to be signed. And as you might know by now, I can’t walk past signed books without picking up a copy – or all of them. Yes, I bought every single one of them.

    They must have been shipped in, because I never saw the notice that author Lauren Kate was going to be doing a signing at my Barnes & Noble, but still. They were just too amazing to pass up. I even thought of keeping a set for myself.

    But as space is at a premium, and since they aren’t personally signed, I will be giving them all away for the holidays.

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A signed set of Lauren Kate books – Fallen (paperback), Torment (paperback) and Passion (hardcover) – to three (3) winners.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be three (3) winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on December 23, 2011.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on December 24th.

    7. Due to the holidays, winners will have until Tuesday, January 2nd to respond with their details.

    8. Books will be sent via U.S. mail after the holiday weekend if details are received.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you to everyone for entering the giveaway. I’ll be running the names through Random in the morning and announcing the winners in this post. Stay tuned and happy holidays!

    Congratulations Alyssa, Jessica and Sonia! You are the three winners of the Lauren Kate signed giveaway. I’ll be contacting you by email for your address details and you will have until January 2, 2012 to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner(s)!

    Happy holidays to everyone and I am sorry that I have only three sets to give away. I’m sure I’ll find some more signed books in the new year for giveaway so feel free to stop by again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #24

    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 June 14th-June 20th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Revenant by Sonia Gensler will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover, library binding and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and library binding formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

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

    I’ve had an advance copy of The Revenant for awhile but haven’t had a chance to read it before release date. This book definitely sounds like an intriguing mystery and is another very different kind of story than one I typically read. And, I decided to pre-order the eBook to have for my collection because I believe this one will be a keeper.

    Until recently I hadn’t even heard of the term “revenant,” but now I’m very curious to see how the revenant factors into this story which involves a main character who is hiding out on Cherokee lands and begins to see what she believes might be ghosts.

    Hourglass by Myra McEntire will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 400 pages.

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

    I also had an advance copy of Hourglass that I just didn’t have a chance to read prior to release, but I’ve had the eBook on pre-order since long before I got the printed ARC. I thought this cover was absolutely amazing – and yes it reminds me a little of the cover for Imaginary Girls which is immediately below this. But the premise of the story drew me in.

    Hourglass sounds like it’s a mystery involving time travel with an added paranormal element – the main character sees apparitions. And it promises to be dark and seductive so I’m sure this will certainly be a debut to love.

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 352 pages.

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

    I had this on pre-order since the moment I heard about it. I do have the eARC and it’s at the top of my reading pile this weekend, but I already planned on adding this one to my collection. And as I’ve already talked about this endlessly, I’ll try to be quick here.

    Imaginary Girls sounds haunting and dark and mysterious and I really want to know what the secrets are between Chloe and Ruby. This does not sound like a novel that will end happily and I can’t wait to find out if my suspicions are correct.

    Book trailer for Imaginary Girls:

    Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second book in the Raised by Wolves series. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 368 pages.

    I had this on pre-order since the moment it was available for the Kindle. I read the first book in the series before I started blogging and couldn’t wait for the sequel. I managed to get my hands on an early copy of Trial by Fire but was only able to read one-third of the book and had to set it down in order to meet deadlines. But even with the ARC, I knew I’d want to have this book for my eBook collection.

    I’m dying to find out how Bryn handles her responsibilities leading the pack and whether or not a love triangle situation develops between her, Chase and Connor. The description mentions “deadly conspiracies” and I can’t wait to find out what those are in this second book in a series I already love.

    Book trailer for the Raised by Wolves series:

    Passion by Lauren Kate is the third book in the Fallen series. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover, library binding, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon in all formats and at Barnes & Noble in an exclusive hardcover edition and in eBook format.

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

    I had this on pre-order forever. I started reading this series before I was a blogger and plan on following it to the end. I cannot wait to see what happens in Passion. I finally read the description on Goodreads. I’d been too afraid to look prior to now for fear of torturing myself unnecessarily, but it does sound epic.

    I can’t wait to get a peek at all of Luce and Daniel’s past lives. And until I read the description I had no idea that there was a concern that she might rewrite history by revisiting their past. Of course I’m completely terrified now of what will happen. At least it’s only a few days until release date.

    Book trailer for Passion:

    All the Things You Are by Courtney Sheinmel will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 256 pages.

    I saw this book on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab but knew I wouldn’t get a chance to read it before release date so I added it to my pre-orders so I’d have a chance to read it. I haven’t yet read anything by the author but I heard good things about this book.

    This contemporary young adult fiction story does not sound like a happy journey for the main character. She goes from a privileged life to one where her mother is in trouble, money is a concern and everything just falls apart. I’m curious to check out the author’s writing style and see how she handles this difficult change in circumstances for Carly.

    And as always, I’m hoping for a happy ending.

    The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan is the final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry, the print edition is 400 pages.

    I think I checked Amazon every single day until this book became available to pre-order for my Kindle. I have been dying to read this last book in the series. I even tried to get hints from the author at the RT Convention in Los Angeles back in April. (No luck.)

    I did read the excerpt and am excited to see this story from Sin’s perspective. I hope things work out exactly as I want them to, but I have a bad feeling. I’m glad that Goodreads doesn’t have much of a description, but I did stalk the one on Amazon which is totally spoiler-y for the other books in the series so I won’t go into detail here.

    But at least we will finally get answers about Nick, Alan, Mae and Jamie, even if they’re not ones I’ll be happy about. And oh, I just hate those magicians.

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

    From Bad to Cursed is the second book in the Bad Girls Don’t Die series by author Katie Alender. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and in hardcover format only at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 448 pages.

    I pre-ordered this book at the same time that I bought the eBook for Bad Girls Don’t Die. I’m so glad it’s finally coming out, although my wait has only been since April, which isn’t too bad compared to those who had to wait ages for its release.

    Apparently things have been going smoothly for Alexis until Kasey gets herself involved in something new that Alexis needs to check out. It figures. I’m glad that Kasey is not my little sister.

    This Sunshine Club sounds more like a cult than a club, and I hope that Alexis can figure out what really is up with Aralt before it’s too late.

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    This week I have eight books on pre-order. Even more than last week’s haul. I only read one of the books I received last week, so I’m in a serious deficit coming into this week. June is definitely killing me and I know that in two weeks from now, June 28th will be another huge release day. I think next week may be slightly quieter, though, but I still think I have at least five books on pre-order.

    I’ll be going on vacation soon and I can only hope that I’ll be able to make a small dent in my reading during the week off. Still keeping fingers crossed, but as I said last week, I might not see the light of day until September.

    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, let me know!

     

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    My Reading Pile #13

    It was a happy day at the mailbox. Thankfully my mailman left my box of books in the hallway instead of locking it up or I wouldn’t have this lovely picture today. Yes, I’m back to the floor. There is no room on my bookshelf for these new books. I really have to read faster or admit defeat and buy another shelf.

    And, yes that is another copy of All These Things I’ve Done. I mentioned I ended up somehow trading for two copies and that I won a third copy in a giveaway. Well, now I officially have the two trade copies, so I’ll be posting a Quickie Giveaway for one of them this weekend.

    It is also my second copy of Original Sin, but I traded for that one specifically in order to give it to a certain blogger who is just as huge a fan as I am.

    I also want to say a huge “thank you so much” to Britney of I Eat Words. She grabbed a copy of Forever for me from BEA.

    So, I think the only ones I’ll be reading soon that I hadn’t already read are Dead Rules which comes out in just over a week and Supernaturally because I just can’t wait to see what happens in this book.

    So, even though I got all those lovely books, I won’t be reading them this week. June 14th is a big release day and…

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

    (June 12-June 18, 2011)

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    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma is first up for the week. I have an eARC from the publisher for review and I’d wanted to read this sooner, but just couldn’t squeeze it in. But I can’t wait to read it this weekend.

    This is another book I’ve spotlighted for my Book Watch post so I won’t be unnecessarily redundant, but I’ve read a bit of it, and it’s just so amazing already. This is definitely going to be a book that will be talked about, and not just for its gorgeous cover.

    And even in a week of some of my favorite series sequels this is one I won’t be setting aside.

    To read a nice long excerpt of Imaginary Girls on Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Next up is The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan. It is the final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy and is told from Sin’s perspective, which automatically makes this a book I’m dying to read. I want to know if she really is the bad girl she appears to be or if there’s just a bit more to her than we’ve gotten a chance to know so far.

    I fell in love with this series and the ultimate bad boy Nick Ryves. And I am really hoping the author isn’t too cruel with her ending. I’m not sure how devastated I can stand to be.

    I loved the fact that each book was told from a different character’s perspective, although I would have loved there to be another book told from Alan’s. He’s just so sneaky, that Alan, and I would have loved a peek inside his mind.

    And yes, I’m putting this before Passion because I just know I’d be thinking about this the whole time I was reading that book if I switched the order.

    And my third read is Passion by Lauren Kate. I am really excited to read this book, although I think I’m anticipating the next book even more. I just have a feeling that there won’t be much resolution when I get to this book’s end.

    I love the fact that we will be getting a peek at the past, but I’m more concerned with what will happen with Daniel and Lucy in the present. So, I’m keeping fingers crossed that this one will give me some peace of find as the ending of Torment was just that – tormenting. And Daniel drove me absolutely crazy in book two.

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    I am adding a fourth book this week. I think the reads will go very quickly so I think I can add another book to the pile. I’m not sure I’ll have all my reviews done, but at least I’ll have read these much anticipated books.

    From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender is my final book on the pile this week. I recently read Bad Girls Don’t Die and I cannot wait to find out what happens next in this series. I’m so glad that I didn’t have the long wait that some had between that first book and this one.

    Although that one ended without all that cliffhanger-y stuff, just knowing this book was coming out would have made the wait intolerable.

    I did not read any excerpts or reviews so I have no idea other than what the Goodreads description offers, but I am excited to find out how Kasey’s doing and what happens next with Alexis. And I really, really, really hope there are no dolls in this one.

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    So, I know last week was a slow week for reviews on the blog, but there should be a whole bunch this week as all these books are being released. I spent last week mostly reading books releasing in the far distant future, but at least I have three reviews sitting in drafts waiting to be scheduled down the road.

    Just be prepared as three of the four books above are sequels for series that I am a huge fangirl for, so there is likely to be way more gushing than analysis on these.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Hourglass by Myra McEntire. I had this forever, but just could not get the time to read it in advance of release date. I really do want to read this badly, but slacker that I am just couldn’t get to it in time. So I have it at the top of my Wishful Thinking list with the hope that I can read it soon.

    Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I started reading this awhile back but then got sidetracked. I can’t believe it’s releasing this week! Time flies. I really hope to re-read Raised by Wolves and then read Trial by Fire next week.

    And as I mentioned above, I really want to read Supernaturally by Kiersten White and Dead Rules by Randy Russell. But as I already have four books on the pile, I’ll probably be reading these next weekend instead.

    Those left behind:

    I went completely off schedule last week and read a few books that weren’t on the pile. And because I was one of the worst readers during the read-a-thon my books carried over into the week so I did not get a chance to read all the books in My Reading Pile Last week.

    So, I hope to read the two I missed this weekend, along with Imaginary Girls and get my reviews up some time this week.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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    The Trailers: June

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the upcoming books releasing this June.

    I included a couple trailers from May 31st as the May trailers came out so late and I just wanted to make sure that they weren’t missed.

    I hope that trailers will be made for some amazing June releases, just a few of which are – Hourglass, The Revenant, and Trial by Fire.

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    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    Release date: May 31, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

    Release date: May 31, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The authors talk about the series

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    The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

    Release date: June 1, 2011

    (Scholastic Teens)

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    Hereafter by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 7, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

    (Kids at Randomhouse) – I had this in May, but it’s here for comparison with the Australian version

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

    (Randomhouse Australia) – The official trailer for the Australian release of Passion

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    A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (Bloomsbury Kids)

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    Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

    Release date: June 30, 2011

    (Dawn Metcalf)

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming later today.

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