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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #170

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

    These are books for the week of April 1st-April 7th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Dorothy Must Die

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    DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 464 pages.

    DOROTHY MUST DIE is the first book in a new series of the same name by Author Danielle Paige. The second and third books in the series are currently untitled. But a prequel novella, NO PLACE LIKE OZ, was released on November 12, 2013.

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    I heard that DORTHY MUST DIE was amazing and that I had to pre-order it. So I did. And then I checked out the description and I kind of have to agree that it does sound awesome.

    I love the idea that Oz is a bit twisted compared to the Oz we’ve come to know and love. I love that the good guys are the bad guys and vice versa… Maybe. I love that Dorothy is a power hungry B.

    And I love that the main character, Amy Gumm, must unravel everything that Dorothy helped build and then try and take Dorothy out.

    While things are a bit crazy with my schedule over the next few weeks, if I can find some time to sneak this onto the pile I am definitely going to.

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    I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

    But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

    Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

    What happened?

    Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

    My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
    I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
    I’ve been trained to fight.
    And I have a mission:
    Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
    Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
    Take the Lion’s courage.
    Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

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    The Ring and the Crown

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    THE RING & THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 384 pages.

    THE RING & THE CROWN is the first book in a new series of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz.

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    I am so excited that THE RING & THE CROWN is releasing today and that everyone will get the chance to read this first book in the series. I got the chance to read an eARC and I fell madly in love with this book.

    I did not realize when I started reading that there would be multiple POVs. But I loved getting the inside scoop on Marie, Aelwyn, Ronan, Wolf and even Isabelle.

    And I loved the alternate version of history the author created in her book where magic trumps technology.

    As I just finished reading this a few days ago, I won’t be re-reading it right away. But I’m so excited to have the finished copy on my Kindle and I’m hoping to pick up a print copy as the cover is so amazing.

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    Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

    Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

    But even with the aid of Emrys’ magic, Eleanor’s extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard.

    Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie’s face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she’s always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she’s always dreamed of–the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor’s court: trust no one.

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    Foretold

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    FORETOLD by Rinda Elliott releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the story is 167 pages.

    FORETOLD is the first book in a new series by Author Rinda Elliott entitled Sisters of Fate. The second book in the trilogy, FORECAST, is slated for release on August 4, 2014 and the third book in the series is entitled FORESWORN.

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    I am totally stoked that FORETOLD releases today because it means that the second book in the trilogy is that much closer to being available. I got the chance to read FORETOLD just a little bit early, but as I now have the finished copy residing on my Kindle, I definitely plan on re-reading this soon.

    I would love to talk about the characters, the mythology and where things left off, but as I already rambled about FORETOLD in my Book Watch post the other week and I plan on posting my review later today, I am just going to say that this book is a definite must.

    And I will just add that I am so curious which characters I’ll end up loving the most by the time this series has ended.

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    It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny. But only if they survive…

    The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.

    Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can’t quite explain. He’s intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn’t know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn’t giving her a choice.

    Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire. Or even from something else…

    Sisters of Fate

    The prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.

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    Salvage

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    SALVAGE by Alexandra Duncan releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

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    I am thrilled that SALVAGE releases today and that everyone will have the opportunity to discover this engaging and fascinating book. While sci-fi isn’t typically a “go to” genre of mine, after being lured in by the cover and reading the description, I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I love that this book has a message and that its main character has difficult choices to make. Her situation is not an easy one so neither are the decisions she’s faced with.

    While this might not have been the type of read I normally gravitate toward, I found myself drawn in by the author’s writing and by this world that’s quite different from any I’ve read about in recent years.

    And while I have the Kindle copy happily living on my eReader, I am just so curious to see whether the cover on the physical book looks even more awesome than the digital version… and whether I’ll end up with both formats in my collection.

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    Salvage is a thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. This is literary science fiction with a feminist twist, and it explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family.

    Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. This is a sweeping and harrowing novel about a girl who can’t read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change? Named by the American Booksellers Association as a Spring 2014 Indies Introduce Pick.

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    ILLUSION by Sherrilyn Kenyon releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 464 pages.

    ILLUSION is the fifth book in Author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series. The sixth book in the series, DEFIANT, is slated for release on April 7, 2015.

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    I am seriously behind on the Chronicles of Nick series but I just keep acquiring each of the new releases. And I am thrilled to no end that ILLUSION, the fifth book in the series, is now a part of my permanent eBook collection.

    I have no idea what’s been going on with Nick as of late, though I did take a peek at the description. And it sounds like things have not been at all easy. Which explains why he just wants to be normal.

    I am super curious about the concept of an alternate reality and whether it will fit in with the series or feel like a bizarre detour. But as I am so far behind – I’ve only read the first two books in the series – I won’t get any answers anytime soon. Though I am hopeful of catching up at some point this summer.

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    Be careful what you wish for…

    You just might get it.

    Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn’t want to be the son of a demon who’s fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else.

    But normality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that every person has a specific place in the universe… Even the son of a hated demon.

    Most of all, he sees that his powers aren’t the curse he thought they were, and that the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can’t imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy.

    Old enemies and new friends square off for a major battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever.

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    Love Letters to the Dead

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    LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) the print edition is 336 pages.

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    I can’t believe that LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD released today, that the finished copy has downloaded to my Kindle, and that I haven’t yet read it. I received an ARC of this amazing-sounding book and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I received it.

    But, as of today, I still haven’t had the opportunity to do so. And it’s killing me.

    I love the idea of this book, writing love letters to the dead. I love that Laurel uses her assignment to write about all sorts of things that are important to her life. The exercise is sort of like a forced journal.

    This story sounds sad and sweet and seems to be about understanding and overcoming loss. So even though I didn’t get to read it early, and I’m seriously bummed out that I didn’t, I am super excited for the chance to read the finished version on my Kindle some time this month.

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    It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.

    Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her.

    Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

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    Time After Time

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    TIME AFTER TIME by Wendy Godding releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Escape Publishing, the book is 238 pages.

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    I can’t remember exactly where I first heard about TIME AFTER TIME. Whether it was on NetGalley, or whether someone had buzzed it. But I have had TIME AFTER TIME pre-ordered since early last month. So I must have heard about it recently.

    I love the idea of dreams of past lives. I am curious about why Abbie’s dream of a past life as Penelope Broadhurst bleeds into her present in ways that are “sinister and familiar.” I’m even more curious to meet Heath Lockwood and Marcus and Rem Knight.

    I am also super curious about just what ancient love story has a puzzle that must be solved. So I really hope that I can add TIME AFTER TIME to the pile very soon.

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    She has died countless times before, and she is not going to let it happen again.

    Abbie Harper dies just before her eighteenth birthday. It has happened before, more times than she can remember — and always at the hands of the same man. Her dreams are plagued with past lives, cut short.

    But this latest dream feels different. Her past life as Penelope Broadhurst — an English pastor’s daughter in 1806 — keeps bleeding into her present life in ways both sinister and familiar. As Penelope meets and falls in love with the dashing Heath Lockwood, so too does Abbie meet the brothers Marcus and Rem Knight. One wants to love her; the other to kill her.

    Time is running out for Penelope, but as Abbie mourns her inability to change the past, she chases the slim chance to save her future. To survive, she must solve the puzzle of an ancient love story…and Penelope just might be able to help.

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    This Side of Salvation

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    THIS SIDE OF SALVATION by Jeri Smith-Ready releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I have been very curious about THIS SIDE OF SALVATION since the moment I first read the description. So of course I had to pre-order a copy for my Kindle. And I can’t wait to read it.

    I am curious to see just how big of a part religion plays in this story. I’m curious as to why Bailey makes David feel “better, brighter, happier.” And I’m curious why David needs salvation.

    I don’t typically enjoy books with too heavy a religious focus that aren’t books specifically about religion. So I am eager to find out just what kind of a balance is struck in this story. And I hope to be able to do so in the next month.

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    Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

    Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

    But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined…

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    Novellas

    Gilded AshesGILDED ASHES (Cruel Beauty Universe) by Rosamund Hodge

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

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    A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale,Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author’s debut novel, Cruel Beauty.

    Orphan Maia doesn’t see the point of love when it only brings pain: Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia’s father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother’s approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they’ll all be struck dead by the curse.

    Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn’t believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. What’s the point of pretending to fall in love with a girl just so she’ll pretend to fall in love with him back? But when his father invites all the suitable girls in the kingdom to a masked ball, Anax must finally give in and select a wife.

    As fate would have it, the preparations for the masquerade bring him Maia, who was asked by her eldest stepsister to deliver letters to Anax. Despite a prickly first encounter, he is charmed and intrigued by this mysterious girl who doesn’t believe in love. Anax can’t help wishing to see her again—and when he does, he can’t help falling in love with her. Against her will, Maia starts to fall in love with him too. But how can she be with him when every moment his life is in danger from her mother’s deadly bargain?

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    Red at NightRED AT NIGHT by Katie McGarry

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen & More than Words

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

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    In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She’s the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He’s a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella’s favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

    Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah’s friends. Once he’s sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won’t have time for her anymore. Too bad she’s already fallen for him….

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    You Are HereYOU ARE HERE by Liz Fichera

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen & More than Words

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

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    In You Are Here, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Whitman wishes she could just disappear. After her father’s death, her family lost everything, including their home and comfortable way of life. With the help of a local charity, they’ve relocated to downtown Phoenix. But Jenn has unfinished business back in Paradise Valley.

    Sixty-six days ago, Jenn fell in love with seventeen-year-old cowboy William Finnigan…and then he shattered her heart. She’s been avoiding him ever since. But if Jenn wants to reclaim her beloved horse, she’ll have to stop running. Jenn needs to face Finn one last time so she can put her past behind her and truly start over.

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    Other Books of Note

    The Last ForeverTHE LAST FOREVER by Deb Caletti

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

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    Endings and beginnings sit so close to each other that it’s sometimes impossible to tell which is which.

    Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home.

    Her father’s solution? An impromptu road trip that lands them in a small coastal town at Tessa’s grandmother’s. Despite all the warmth and beauty there, Tessa can’t help but feel even more lost.

    Enter Henry Lark. He understands the relationships that matter. And more importantly, he understands her. A secret stands between them, but Tessa’s willing to do anything to bring them together—because Henry may just be her one chance at forever.

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    SekretSEKRET by Lindsay Smith

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    An empty mind is a safe mind.

    Yulia’s father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one–not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention–and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.
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    Dear KillerDEAR KILLER by Katherine Ewell

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
    Rule Two—Be careful.
    Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
    Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
    Rule Five—The letters are the law.

    Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

    But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

    Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.
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    The Summer I Wasn't MeTHE SUMMER I WASN’T ME by Jessica Verdi

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Lexi has a secret…

    Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, seventeen-year-old Lexi’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good.

    You are on the road to truth. Help is on the way.

    The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.
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    Going OverGOING OVER by Beth Kephart

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall–Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

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    The Maze Runner Series Complete CollectionTHE MAZE RUNNER SERIES COMPLETE COLLECTION by James Dashner

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Read James Dashner’s New York Times bestselling The Maze Runner series in this complete four-book collection, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze Runner, will soon be a movie starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Will Poulter, and Aml Ameen, hits theaters September 19, 2014!

    If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

    Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

    Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

    Everything is going to change.

    Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
     
    Remember. Survive. Run.
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    Cold CallsCOLD CALLS by Charles Benoit

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In the vein of the teen suspense classics I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Face on the Milk Carton, Cold Calls is a chilling thriller, an unsettling mystery, and a provocative exploration of bullying, culpability, and the cost of keeping secrets.

    Three high school students-Eric, Shelly, and Fatima-have one thing in common: “I know your secret.”

    Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. But how could anyone have obtained that photo, read those hidden pages, uncovered this buried past? Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them-before time runs out and their shattering secrets are revealed…

    This suspenseful, pitch-perfect mystery-thriller raises timely questions about privacy, bullying, and culpability.

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    Learning Not to DrownLEARNING NOT TO DROWN by Anna Shinoda

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.

    There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.

    To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug-addicted convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember—and who has always been bailed out by their parents.

    Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn’t been easy. And when he comes home (again), she wants to believe this time will be different (again). Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core. And then Luke is arrested. Again.

    Except this time is different, because Clare’s mom does the unthinkable on Luke’s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act…or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.

    Debut novelist Anna Shinoda’s raw, gritty, powerful novel cuts right to the bone and brings to life the skeletons the lurk in the closet.

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    File Under 13 Suspicious IncidentsFILE UNDER: 13 SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS (All the Wrong Questions #2.5) by Lemony Snicket

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Match wits with Lemony Snicket to solve thirteen mini-mysteries.
    Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight — strange things are happening all over the town of Stain’d-By-The-Sea. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.

    A delicious read that welcomes readers into Lemony Snicket’s world of deep mystery, mysterious depth, deductive reasoning, and reasonable deductions.
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    Mad Dogs CoverMAD DOGS (Cherub #8) by Robert Muchamore

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Gang warfare gets gruesome in the eighth book of the CHERUB series, which Rick Riordan says has “plenty of action.”

    CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented—and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an extremely dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: Adults never suspect that teens are spying on them.

    In Mad Dogs, the British underworld is controlled by gangs. When two of them start a turf war, violence explodes onto the streets. The police need information fast, and James has the contacts to infiltrate the most dangerous gang of all…
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    Dear NobodyDEAR NOBODY: THE TRUE DIARY OF MARY ROSE by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Go Ask Alice was a hoax. But Dear Nobody is a true teen diary so raw and so edgy its authenticity rings off every page

    “I am a freak.”

    The words and drawings of Mary Rose present a gritty, powerful, no-holds-barred true experience of a teen girl so desperate to be loved, so eager to fit in that she’ll go to extremes that could cost her her life.

    This is not a story about addiction. Or sexual promiscuity. Or cystic fibrosis. It’s the story of a young woman with a powerful will to live, who more than anything wants to be heard…and loved.

    This compelling, emotional account ensures her voice will not be forgotten.
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    Summer on the Short BusSUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Running Press Kids

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.

    Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there’s life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she’s ever had.

    Summer on the Short Bus is a very non-P.C., contemporary YA with a lot of attitude, tons of laughs, and a little life lesson along the way.

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    CreatorsCREATORS (The Lost Souls #3) by Tiffany Truitt

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Heartbroken but more determined than ever after a tense showdown in the woods, sixteen-year-old Tess once again returns to the safety of her community of Isolationists. Bolstered by new alliances and desperate to protect those she loves, this time she knows she can return stronger and more powerful than ever to take back what is hers.

    As she trains in combat and grows more confident, Tess receives beautiful letters penned by her forbidden love, the chosen one James, from his prison in Templeton. He is now serving as a bodyguard to the creators—the team of scientists who created artificial life in the first place. And what he has discovered about the true origin of the illness that halted natural life could change everything.

    Enemy will become ally and death will bring new hope in this stunning conclusion to Tiffany Truitt’s epic Lost Souls trilogy.

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    WitchfallWITCHFALL (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #2) by Victoria Lamb

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Her darkest dreams are coming true

    In Tudor England, 1555, Meg Lytton has learned how powerful her magick gift can be. But danger surrounds her and her mistress, the outcast Princess Elizabeth. Nowhere is safe in the court of Elizabeth’s fanatical sister, Queen Mary. And as the Spanish Inquisition’s merciless priests slowly tighten their grip on the court, Meg’s very dreams are disturbed by the ever-vengeful witchfinder Marcus Dent.

    Even as Meg tries to use her powers to find guidance, something evil arises, impervious to Meg’s spells and hungry to control England’s fate. As Meg desperately tries to keep her secret betrothed, the Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, out of harm’s way, caution wars with their forbidden desire. And with her most powerful enemy poised to strike, Meg’s only chance is a heartbreaking sacrifice.

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    A Phantom EnchantmentA PHANTOM ENCHANTMENT (Unbound #3) by Eva Marie Mont

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The conclusion to the Unbound trilogy, in which Emma Townsend travels to Paris and gets lost in Gaston Leroux’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

    Spending her senior year studying in Paris, Emma Townsend begins hearing strange whispers through the school’s empty hallways, and begins seeing the ghostly visage of her Coast Guard boyfriend, Gray, in an antique mirror.

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    Other Releases

    DISRUPTION (Disruption #1) by Jessica Shirvington

    STOLEN SONGBIRD (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen

    AFTERLIFE (Parallon Trilogy #3) by Dee Shulman

    ACROSS A WAR-TOSSED SEA by L.M. Elliott

    SNITCH (Bea Catcher Chronicles #2) by Olivia Samms

    UNDER NAMELESS STARS (Zenn Scarlett #2) by Christian Schoon

    THE RISING KING (Keepers of Life #3) by Shea Berkley

    A MATTER OF SOULS by Denise Lewis Patrick

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    I knew things were going to start getting crazy this week. And I’m pretty sure next week is even worse, but I accidentally deleted the list of releases from my calendar for the next two weeks – eek! – so I can’t be entirely sure.

    And by “worse” I mean awesome. Maybe not so much for my TBR pile, but there are a ton of amazing books releasing over the next few weeks.

    So I have eight books and three novellas pre-ordered this week that have already downloaded to my Kindle. And I just know I’ll be buying DEAR KILLER and SEKRET as soon as they switch status to order from pre-order. Plus COLD CALLS sounds really good, so I might just have to check that one out, too. *SIGH.* Too many books, so very little time to read them.

    As I did end up wiping out a chunk of the list of releases on my calendar, I’m kind of worried about just how many books I’m missing that are releasing this week. But I suppose I’ll find out in just a few short hours and then I’ll have to scramble to update this post.

    I’ve heard DOROTHY MUST DIE is amazing and I can’t wait to get the chance to read it. It’s one of the books I’m most looking forward to this week that I haven’t already read. And I really hope to – one of these days – catch up on The Chronicles of Nick before I end up a gazillion books behind.

    Anyway… I hope that you have a few new books for your collection this week and if you have a book releasing this week, then… Happy Book Birthday!

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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 #146

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

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    Across a Star Swept Sea

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    ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund will be released in the U.S. on October 15, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 464 pages.

    ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA is the second full-length book in Author Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars series.

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    I am super excited that ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA is releasing this week and will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. While I haven’t yet read the first book in this series that was based on Austen’s Persuasion I am desperately curious about this second book in the series that is based on The Scarlet Pimpernel.

    I love that the author is calling her character the Wild Poppy in homage to the other story. I love that this story’s heroine is a spy who is really part of the aristocracy, much like that first book (and the Batman). And I’m just so curious what “darkest secret” that Justin Helo is keeping.

    The description calls this adventure “thrilling” and from the sound of it ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA will deliver on that promise. And even though I haven’t yet read the first book in this series, I may just have to dive into this book when it releases this week.

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    Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

    On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

    Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

    In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

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    Friends and Traitors

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    FRIENDS AND TRAITORS by C.J. Hill will be released in the U.S. on October 15, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 400 pages.

    FRIENDS AND TRAITORS is the second book in Author C.J. Hill’s Slayers series.

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    I am totally stoked that a sequel was written for SLAYERS. I have just started reading it and I know I’m going to love being able to dive into this sequel, FRIENDS AND TRAITORS, later this week. I pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle but I have an ARC from the publisher so I may get the chance to start reading it prior to its release on Tuesday.

    And while I read the description for this book awhile back when I first was invited to be a part of the tour, because I will be reading it this week I don’t want to spoil anything by reading it now.

    But I hope that the Slayers were able to keep the dragon eggs from hatching and from falling into the wrong hands. I can’t wait to read about the battles and the love story. And I am keeping my fingers crossed that they survive to be a part of this second book in the series, something I plan on finding out in the next few days.

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    The Slayers – teens who have powers to fight dragons—are back by popular demand in this high-octane sequel, now with a new cover package!

    Tori is at a White House dinner party when she hears a horrifying sound: dragon eggs hatching. It means in less than a year, the dragons will be mature and dangerous. The Slayers are well-trained, but their group is not yet complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker Davis, the mysterious Slayer who has yet to surface.

    What Tori doesn’t bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers: she isn’t a Slayer after all, but a Dragon Lord, with a built-in predisposition to protect dragons, not kill them.
    How will she overcome this to save the lives of her friends?

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    Never Fade

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    NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken will be released in the U.S. on October 15, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 512 pages.

    NEVER FADE is the second full-length book in Author Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds series. The third full-length book, currently untitled, is slated for release in December 2014. 

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    I am heartbroken that I haven’t yet had the chance to read NEVER FADE, but am happy that I’ll have the finished copy in my collection when it releases this week. This book is my most anticipated release this week and I’m devastated that I didn’t get the chance to read the eARC before its release.

    When I spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post I may have taken a peek at the description and it made me even more curious about Ruby and Liam. I want to know what secret Ruby’s been entrusted with and what happens on the mission she’s sent on. I want to know why Liam is no longer the “boy Ruby once believed was her future” and how come he won’t recognize her.

    This book’s description makes me nervous about just what happened and what will happen and I haven’t even met both characters. But I really, really, hope to be able to during my mini-vacation later this month.

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    Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

    When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

    As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

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    Other Books of Note

    The VowTHE VOW by Jessica Martinez

    Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    No one has ever believed that Mo and Annie are just friends. How can a guy and a girl really be best friends?

    Then the summer before senior year, Mo’s father loses his job, and by extension his work visa. Instantly, life for Annie and Mo crumbles. Although Mo has lived in America for most of his life, he’ll be forced to move to Jordan. The prospect of leaving his home is devastating, and returning to a world where he no longer belongs terrifies him.

    Desperate to save him, Annie proposes they tell a colossal lie—that they are in love. Mo agrees because marrying Annie is the only way he can stay. Annie just wants to keep her best friend, but what happens when it becomes a choice between saving Mo and her own chance at real love?

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    ReclaimedRECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory

    Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.

    All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.

    Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember.

    Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.

    The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.

    Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return.

    Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

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    Fault LineFAULT LINE by C. Desir

    Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.

    But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.

    Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?

    Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.

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    Anywhere But HereANYWHERE BUT HERE by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

    Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Cole’s small town is a trap he’s determined to escape in this fresh and moving debut novel that balances loss with humor.

    Ever since his mom died, Cole just feels stuck. His dad acts like a stranger, and Lauren, his picture-perfect girlfriend of two years, doesn’t understand him anymore. He can’t ditch his dad, so Cole breaks up with Lauren. She doesn’t take the news very well, and Cole’s best friend won’t get off his case about it.

    Now more than ever, Cole wants to graduate and leave his small, suffocating town. And everything is going according to plan—until Cole discovers the one secret that could keep him there…forever.

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    Meet Me at the RiverMEET ME AT THE RIVER by Nina de Gramont

    Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    We can’t choose who we love…but can we choose to let go?

    Stepsiblings Tressa and Luke have been close since they were little…and when they become teenagers, they slip from being best friends to being something more. Their relationship makes everyone around them uncomfortable, but they can’t—won’t—deny their connection. Nothing can keep them apart.

    Not even death. Luke is killed in a horrible, tragic accident, and Tressa is suddenly and desperately alone. Unable to outrun the waves of grief and guilt and longing, she is haunted by thoughts of suicide. And then she is haunted by Luke himself.

    He visits only at night. But when he’s with her, it’s almost like the accident never happened. Oh, there are reminders, from the way she can only feel him when he touches the scars on her wrist, to how she can’t seem to tell him about life since he’s been gone. As long as they’re together, though, the rest…it fades away.

    But during the day it is Tressa who can’t grasp hold of the people around her. The same people who never wanted her and Luke together in the first place are determined to help her move on. Determined to help her heal. They just don’t understand—one misstep, one inch forward, could leave Luke behind forever.

    Nina de Gramont, author of Gossip of the Starlings and Every Little Thing in the World, writes of love that is beautiful and poetic, forbidden and radical—and utterly irresistible.

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    UnsouledUNSOULED by Neal Shusterman

    Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    The story that began with Unwind continues.

    Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

    Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

    With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively – and everyone will be changed.

    Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called “poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.”

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    When Did You See Her LastWHEN DID YOU SEE HER LAST? (All the Wrong Questions #2) by Lemony Snicker

    Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    I should have asked the question “How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?” Instead, I asked the wrong question — four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the second.

    In the fading town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the diner? Is it really any of your business? These are All The Wrong Questions.

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    TandemTANDEM (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Everything repeats.
    You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
    Many worlds. Many lives–infinite possibilities.
    Welcome to the multiverse.

    Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather’s stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real–until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

    To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she’ll be trapped in another girl’s life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love–one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she’s someone she’s not.

    The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing–and no one–is what it seems.

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    I am so glad that it’s finally a somewhat quiet week for releases this week. And I believe the same is true next week – yay! I think I only have three books releasing this week on order, but I suppose I’ll find out if that’s true when my pre-orders begin to download on Monday night.

    While I don’t have any of the “other books of note” on order, I like the sound of RECLAIMED. The description has piqued my curiosity but my hesitation about ordering it has been that I keep reading the character’s name as Jana Oliver and not Jenna Oliver when reading the description. Then I think it’s a book by Jana Oliver and get confused. Then I wonder if I’ll read the entire book calling the character Jana.

    It sounds like a story that’s told by multiple POVs so I am interested in finding out if that’s true. but I might just wait and see how many books actually download this week before making another purchase.

    As it is a fairly quiet week for releases I will keep this sign-off brief. Besides I have to get ready for my second day of sailing lessons, which promises to be a bit more challenging – smaller boat, no wheel, more expectations. *Gulp.*

    Anyway… even though there aren’t a ton of new YA books releasing this week – that I’m aware of, anyway – I hope that you have one or two books that you’ve been waiting for to add to your collection. And if I’ve missed a few books that should be on my radar, I’d love to know!

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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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    Yesterday was a Most Dire Day After All

    Yesterday was a most #DireDay after all. I knew it would be quite wretched indeed. But it exceeded my every expectation. It was absolutely dreadful. With 65 books to drop in addition to the 30 books “dropped” from my giveaway on the blog, the day was downright miserable.

    My misfortune and the misfortune of those who live in my city began at the Santa Monica Public Library.

    The children’s librarian did not know what was in store for her when I dropped these 40 unfortunate books on her desk. What may have at first seemed like a wonderful gift, was in fact stacks and stacks of bothersome books. Books that chronicle a series of most unfortunate events.

    Her enthusiasm for accepting such dreadful books, however, could not be contained and she offered up a calendar for this picture to prove, in fact, that the dire day in question was Friday the 13th.

    As a thank you to her for accepting such despicable books and ridding me of a large chunk of my burden, I gave her one of the three #DireDay tote bags I received. Although it was much more a gift to me as I was rid of yet one more terrible reminder of this #DireDay.

    A little bit later on, I attempted to rid myself of some more of these bothersome books. But as they aren’t called bothersome for no reason, I wasn’t able to part ways as soon as I’d have liked. My local YMCA knew exactly just how miserable these books were and refused to make today a #DireDay for them, too.

    And so I headed toward the Santa Monica Promenade on Third Street where I couldn’t help but want to spoil everyone’s most happy day. The sun was shining – finally – but with these terrible books, I knew some dark clouds were bound to descend upon this lively street and these happy people.

    My first attempt to drop the books was absolutely miserable. I could barely part with any due to the unpleasant nature of these dreadful tomes. But not everyone was lucky enough to escape with nary a book in hand. No. I convinced two unfortunate souls to take home copies of THE BAD BEGINNING. And so the misfortune begins….

    I then decided to try a different tactic. Instead of passing out copies of the book, I could pretend I didn’t care and just leave them behind.

    After all, these are such dreadful books I couldn’t imagine that anyone would actually want to invite such misfortune into their homes. But choosing to leave them behind seemed to do the trick. Just five or six artfully placed copies of THE BAD BEGINNING created a buzz.

    And with my very first set of leave-behind copies, someone grabbed three for themselves and for their sisters. The tote, however, continued to take the journey with me.

    I added a few more books to replenish the display and keep the misery levels up for any new unfortunate people who took home one or more of these incredibly bothersome books. Somehow I felt responsible to keep this #DireDay most dire.

    With the sun sitting just a bit lower on the horizon and the burden of these dastardly tomes growing lighter by the minute, I made my way down the Promenade, earning more than a few stares because of my #DireDay tote and the grim but determined look on my face.

    Yes, it was a most miserable and disastrous day.

    At my next dinosaur book drop stop, I encountered an onlooker who just wouldn’t leave the area and allow me to get a clear shot of my books. But even this off-to-the-side view captures just how pitiful these books truly are and just how dire a day it really was.

    And while I didn’t see anyone grab a copy to take home with them, I did turn and see people flocking to these deplorable books. It was almost as if they were drawn in by the misery that oozed from the pages.

    So, with an even lighter burden to bear, I continued on my journey in the hopes of quickly seeing the end of this most #DireDay.

    But it did not come at the next stop, either.

    Even with this fourth dinosaur willing to take on the unfortunate responsibility of keeping these books until some unlucky soul decided to take it on themselves, I had a handful of books left to drop. Fortunately there was one dinosaur remaining.

    And so I approached the final drop stop with hope in my heart, a new bounce in my step and the promise that this #DireDay would soon be over.

    But I couldn’t possibly be that fortunate, could I? Not with such abysmal books in my bag. Oh no. That would be much too lucky for someone like me, in such close proximity to such a vile story as this one.

    With only five books remaining, I put them on display as I had throughout my journey. But it seems my artistic endeavors weren’t quite as appreciated by everyone. And so I had to wait through countless photo opportunities while happy photogs snapped picture after picture of themselves in front of this last statue. And yes, in front of these final books on display.

    But when a lull finally occurred, and it did occur, I jumped at the chance to take this picture and run far, far away from these abhorrent books.

    Oh woe is me. Yesterday was indeed the most #DireDay I’ve had in a long time. And I can only hope that this most unfortunate and unpleasant of books doesn’t find its way into my hands on some other #DireDay.

    Now I just can’t wait to ship out the thirty dreadful books I have sitting here, before my #DireDay becomes a dire weekend. I can’t even imagine how much misfortune that would bring….

    All I know is that I most definitely do not want to find out.

     

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    Today is a Most Dire Day Indeed + an Unfortunate Giveaway

    Today is a most #DireDay thanks to Harper Collins Children’s Books. Yesterday I received three boxes of Lemon Snicket’s THE BAD BEGINNING which was terribly unfortunate for me. But today things are much, much worse.

    Because, today, I will be sending this most unpleasant of books out into the world. And I will be spreading my misfortune to YOU.

    If Friday the 13th wasn’t enough of a reason to stay indoors and hide yourself away, perhaps knowing that Lemony Snicket and his most wretched book THE BAD BEGINNING will be hitting the streets and taking over a city near you will suffice. And if not? Well, you have been warned. A copy of this most unfortunate book might find its way to you.

    But even if you thought you were safe by staying indoors, away from these pitiful books being dropped, you were mistaken. Because there is no escaping this bothersome book.

    See? I told you it was a most #DireDay!

    While the largest group of these terrible books will be spreading their misery throughout my city, I can’t help but want to share the misery with those across the country and around the world.

    And so I will be giving away 30 copies of this most unfortunate book here on the blog – up to 10 of which I will be willing to share internationally. Yes, how unfortunate a day it will be for you!

    So if you would like to win a copy of this terrible book, THE BAD BEGINNING, enter for your chance in the form below. And hopefully you, too, will get to experience this #DireDay for yourself.

    For Some More Unpleasantness

    If you have not yet had the misfortune of meeting Lemony Snicket or learning about this first book in his A SERIES OF MOST UNFORTUNATE EVENTSyou can find more unpleasantness…

    On FACEBOOK

    On his WEBSITE

    On GOODREADS.

    And to find other ways to win one of these extremely unpleasant books, be sure to look for the #DireDay tweets on TWITTER. Because as this is such a #DireDay you might just be unlucky enough to win.

    A Most Bothersome Book

    Dear Reader,

    I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

    In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

    It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

    With all due respect,
    Lemony Snicket

    A Most Unfortunate Giveaway

    What’s up for grabs:

    Thirty pitiful copies of THE BAD BEGINNING by Lemony Snicket

    UPDATE: The giveaway should have said THIRTY WINNERS not ONE WINNER! My apologies! 

    The deets:

    1. One entry per household.

    2. There will be ONE winner. THIRTY WINNERS.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International up to 10 copies.

    5. Contest ends on Friday, July 13th at 9:01 p.m. Pacific.

    6. Winner WINNERS will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on July 14th in this post.

    7. Winner WINNERS will have 72 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But to help spread the misery, there is an extra entry opportunity if you tweet!

    If you are viewing this post via email you may have to click the link to enter the giveaway on the blog if the Rafflectoper form doesn’t work.

    Enter at your own risk below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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