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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #178

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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 May 27th-June 2nd that I have pre-ordered.


    City of Heavenly Fire

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    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 752 pages.

    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is the sixth and final full-length book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.


    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is my most anticipated read this week. I have been waiting forever and ever for this book’s release and I cannot wait until it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I will be reading it the moment it arrives.

    I love this series, and I am totally heartbroken that it will be ending. But at the same time I can’t wait, as I feel like I’ve been waiting forever.

    I have not read the description, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to know until I read about it in the book. And while I normally take forever and ever to read a series-ending book, I don’t want to have this series’ ending spoiled for me, so I hope to be able to read it in one sitting. No matter how late I’ll have to stay up to do so.

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    ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

    I am coming.

    Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!


    Take Me On

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    TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 544 pages.

    TAKE ME ON is the fourth full-length novel in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. A novella, BREAKING THE RULES, is slated for release on December 30, 2014.


    love this series by Katie McGarry. I hope it never ends. I got the chance to read TAKE ME ON just a little bit early and I love, love, loved it. So of course I can’t wait for the finished copy to download and get added to my permanent collection.

    I would love to talk about West and Haley but as I plan on posting a review just after my tour stop next week, I don’t want to ramble on here. But I will just quickly say that Katie McGarry brings her amazing writing and characters to this fourth book in the series. And it’s every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I adored West before I read this book, but now I adore Haley too. And while I won’t be re-reading it just yet, I will definitely be re-reading all the books in this series some day soon.

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    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


    The Girl with the Windup Heart
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    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is the fourth full-length novel in Author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.


    I had the opportunity to read THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART early but I just couldn’t bring myself to (possibly) say goodbye. As much as I want to know what’s going to happen with Finley, Griffin, Jack, Emily, Sam, Jasper and even The Machinist, I am just not ready for these characters’ stories to end.

    The finished version will be downloading to my Kindle this week and I am planning on buying a print copy for my collection. But it may take a few more weeks for me to be ready to part with this series.

    I am excited about learning more about Mila who we briefly got the chance to meet in the previous book. I’m not sure whether I’ll like her, given that Jack seems to have taken a fancy to her. But if this is really the series-ending book, I hope he gets a happily ever after. I just kind of still wish for it to be with Finley.

    I know I won’t be reading it this week, but I hope to read it in June. I really don’t want to risk having this ending spoiled for me. So I might just have to be brave. We shall see.

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    In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

    London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

    Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

    Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.


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    THE DARK WORLD by Cara Lynn Shultz will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE DARK WORLD is the first book in Cara Lynn Shultz’s series of the same name.


    I love Cara Lynn Shultz’s writing and can’t wait for THE DARK WORLD to download to my Kindle on Tuesday. When I first heard that the author was writing a new series and that it involved demons and demon slayers, I immediately pre-ordered a copy.

    The description, which is somewhat vague, totally piqued my curiosity. But it revealed enough to make this read a must. Magic and warlocks and demons and a Dark World sound so totally awesome.

    It sounds like such a “me” book. And I can’t wait to dive in. So I hope I can manage to sneak it in next week. If not, it will definitely be the week thereafter.

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    Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


    Guardian
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    GUARDIAN by Alex London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 352 pages.

    GUARDIAN is the second book in Alex London’s Proxy series.


    I can’t believe that GUARDIAN, the sequel to PROXY, releases this week. I had every intention of reading the first book just before its release so that I could read both books back to back when this book downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

    I definitely have some catching up to do.

    As I don’t want to risk spoilers by reading the description, I don’t know what happened with Knox and Syd. I don’t know what happens during their flight across the country. I haven’t met the rebels.

    But I can’t wait to do so, especially now that this sequel is out. And I hope to be able to read both books in a couple of weeks.

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    The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

    In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger.

    People are falling ill—their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned.

    This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page.

    A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.


    The Lost
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    THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin MIRA, the print edition is

    THE LOST is the first book in Sarah Beth Durst’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series, releasing in 2014 and 2015, are entitled THE MISSING and THE FOUND.


    I am so excited about this new series by Author Sarah Beth Durst. I love her writing and can’t wait to read THE LOST when it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    While this isn’t a YA series, it sounds every bit as fascinating and thrilling as the books she’s written for the genre. I can’t wait to find out more about this town called Lost. I can’t wait to see whether Lauren is able to escape.

    The setting sounds amazing and I love stories that involve fate. And if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to get this on the pile next week.

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    Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. *

    Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we’ll discover just what it means to lose one’s way….

    It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

    Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.


    Meridian
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    MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 464 pages.

    MERIDIAN is the second book in Josin McQuein’s Arclight series.


    I was told that I must read the first book in the series, so I added it to my collection and pre-ordered MERIDIAN. Now that both books are out I will definitely be reading them back-to-back.

    I haven’t yet met Marina, Tobin or Anne-Marie, so I don’t know whether they all survive an encounter with the Fade. And while it seems that Marina might have, I don’t know what she has become.

    I refuse to peek at the description for this book, though I am super curious. I’ll just have to wait until I can get both books on the pile to find out. I’ll just have to be patient.

    As things are a little crazy IRL and with required reads for the blog, I will have to wait just a bit before I can try to get this on the pile. But I hope to be able to do so before the end of June.

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    Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans’ enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they’d never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all.

    The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.


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    DIVIDED by Elsie Chapman will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    DIVIDED is the second book in Elsie Chapman’s Dualed series.


    I have had DIVIDED pre-ordered since the moment I noticed it was available to order it for the Kindle. While I haven’t yet read DUALED, it was one of my most anticipated releases. So of course I had to order the sequel.

    And while I received an invite for an eARC of DIVIDED, I wasn’t able to get both books on the pile prior to DIVIDED’s release. But this is another series where I definitely plan on reading both books back-to-back, and I hope to do so mid-June.

    I can’t wait to discover this world, meet West and find out whether she’s met her Alt. I can’t wait to learn what misstep caused her to lose confidence. And I can’t wait to find out why not only her Alt, but love, can destroy her.

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    The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

    West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

    The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

    How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.


    Novellas

    Just One NightJUST ONE NIGHT (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman

    Pub. Date: May 29, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Children’s

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace.

    Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective.

    Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.


    The Best Things in DeathTHE BEST THINGS IN DEATH (The Memory Chronicles #1.5) by Lenore Appelhans

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this Memory of After e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other.

    Having recently saved Level 2 from the Morati and been reunited with her boyfriend, Felicia decides to make up some lost time with Neil before moving on to the mysterious Level 3.

    In this e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other from their past lives on Earth.


    Tiger's PromiseTIGER’S PROMISE (The Tiger Saga #0.5) by Colleen Houck

    Pub. Date: June 1, 2014

    Publisher: CreateSpace

    Find it: AMAZON

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    Before the curse, there was a promise.

    A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

    Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.


    Other Books of Note

    We are the GoldensWE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

    When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.


    PlayedPLAYED (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    This Game Is Getting All Too Real

    He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

    She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.


    While We RunWHILE WE RUN (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan’s no ordinary girl – she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi’s time, 100 years later.

    Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.

    A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality – and mortality, too.


    Circa NowCIRCA NOW by Amber McRee Turner

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Twelve-year-old Circa Monroe has a knack for restoring old photographs. It’s a skill she learned from her dad, who loves old pictures and putting fun digital twists on them. His altered “Shopt” photos look so real that they could fool nearly anybody, and Circa treasures the fun stories he makes up to explain each creation.

    One day, her father receives a strange phone call requesting an urgent delivery, and he heads out into a storm. The unimaginable happens: a tornado, then a terrible accident. Just as Circa and her mom begin to pick up the pieces, a mysterious boy shows up on their doorstep, a boy called Miles who remembers nothing about his past. The only thing he has with him is the photograph that Circa’s dad intended to deliver on the day he died.

    As Circa tries to help Miles recover his identity, she begins to notice something strange about the photos she and her father retouched-the digital flourishes added to the old photos seem to exist in real life. The mysteries of the Shopt photos and Miles’s past are intertwined, and in order to solve both, Circa will have to figure out what’s real and what’s an illusion.

    With stunning prose, captivating photographs, and a hint of magic, Circa Now is a gripping story full of hope and heart.


    Allies & AssassinsALLIES & ASSASSINS (Enemies of the Prince #1) by Justin Somper

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sixteen-year-old Jared is the newly crowned Prince of All Archenfield, ascending the throne after his older brother’s mysterious death. But Jared feels reluctant and unprepared to rule the Princedom and its dangerous and powerful court. Like each Prince of All Archenfield before him, Jared must rely on the Council of Twelve to advise him. But he knows he can just as easily be at their mercy–especially when it appears that one of the Twelve might have orchestrated his brother’s untimely death. Propelled by his rage over the loss of his brother and wary of all his advisors, Jared can trust only Asta: a clever, strong-willed girl from the settlements, currently serving as the Physician’s apprentice. Asta and Jared take it upon themselves to hunt down his brother’s assassin–though the assassin may be hunting them, as well.

    Murder, betrayal, and intrigue abound in Justin Somper’s thrilling YA series debut. Exploring the political machinations of the medieval-esque court and the lives that hang in the balance, Allies & Assassins is a gripping tale of a teen torn between duty and revenge.


    OblivionOBLIVION by Sasha Dawn

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Lisa McMann’s Dead to You meets Kate Ellison’s The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

    One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.” But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

    Since that fateful night, she’s been plagued by graphomania — an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie’s mind and through her pen don’t seem to make sense — until now.

    As the anniversary of Hannah’s vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she’s buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.


    IgnitedIGNITED (Sense Thieves #3) by Corrine Jackson

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Nobody hides forever.
    Ever since Remy O’Malley discovered her dual identity as a Healer and a Protector, she’s kept alive by staying one step ahead of both sides in this centuries-old war. Now someone’s trying to draw her out of hiding, using her kidnapped father as bait.

    To save him, Remy will need every friend she’s got. But as new alliances form, old bonds fray. Her boyfriend Asher is losing his powers, becoming more mortal every time she touches him. Meanwhile, Remy finds herself growing closer to Asher’s brother Gabe, even as a family tragedy drives her sister Lucy farther away.

    On a rescue mission to London, Remy decides she’s tired of being the hunted. It’s time to end this war once and for all, as Protectors and Healers alike hurtle towards a final, violent confrontation that not everyone will survive.


    Perfectly MessyPERFECTLY MESSY (Effortlessly With You #2) by Lizzy Charles

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Swoon Romance

    Find it: AMAZON

    Description:

    Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

    But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

    For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

    Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.


    Other Releases

    GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenoff

    GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

    SURROUNDED BY SHARKS by Michael Northrop

    THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

    BAD LUCK GIRL (The American Fairy #3) by Sarah Zettel

    CHORUS (Coda #2) by Emma Trevayne

    BLUR (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James

    CURSES AND SMOKE: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter


    It is another insane week for releases and it seems that I have eight books and two novellas pre-ordered. Only one of which I’ve read pre-release. Plus there are a couple of other books of note that I really want to add to my collection, which means even more dollars and an even bigger TBR Pile.

    And with a ton of releases coming out through early June, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read them all. Ack!

    Anyway… as this post is long enough already, and it is a holiday weekend and a gorgeous day outside, I’ll stop rambling. But I hope that one or two of your long anticipated reads is releasing this week and that you’ll get the chance to add them to your collection.

    And I hope that if one of those books is a series-ending book, it won’t be too tough to say goodbye.

    Happy release week and happy reading week!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #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.

    Description…

    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.

    Description…

    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

    Description:

    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

    Description:

    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

    Description:

    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

    Description:

    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

    Description:

    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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