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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #160

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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 January 21st-January 27th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Avalon

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    AVALON by Mindee Arnett was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 432 pages.

    AVALON is the first book in a new series by Author Mindee Arnett. The second and final full-length book in the series is entitled MERIDIAN. A prequel novella, PROXY, was released in December.

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    I love the sci-fi trend in YA as it’s allowed me to try different types of reads that I might have been hesitant to try in the past. Books like AVALON, which I decided to pre-order after I heard such amazing things about it.

    While this is not my typical genre and space is not a typical setting in books I usually gravitate toward, the idea of mercenaries, corruption and a conspiracy piqued my interest. I can’t wait to meet Jeth Seagrave and learn more about what life is like for those in the star systems in the Confederation.

    I am curious as to just what information he finds that is worth killing for. And I’m hopeful he will be able to gain his freedom.

    AVALON now lives happily on my Kindle and I am hopeful of diving into this first book in the duology some time next month.

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    A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.

    Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

    Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

    Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon’s cult hit show Firefly.

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    Evertrue

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    EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 368 pages.

    EVERTRUE is the third and final full-length book in Brodi Ashton’s Everneath series.

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    I already read EVERTRUE, but I’ve had it pre-ordered since long before then. And regardless of the fact that I have read it, have discovered how everything ends, I still had to add this final book in the series to my collection.

    As I have read it and have very definite opinions on just how things ended, I don’t want to ramble on here for very long. Because I will let some key piece of information slip and that would not be at all good.

    I loved the characters and world the author created in this series. Throughout the entire series there were many tears, angst-filled moments, and quite a few swoon-worthy ones, too. But the fact that this series had to come to an end after just only three books was the thing that devastated me the most.

    While I won’t be reading EVERTRUE in the next few weeks, I do plan on reading the entire series again some day. I already miss Cole and Nikki… and Jack. So I’m thinking that “someday” will be someday soon.

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    Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself… which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

    Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

    In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

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    The Rule of Three

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    THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 416 pages.

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    When I first took a peek at the description for THE RULE OF THREE I immediately added it to my list of pre-orders. It sounded kind of awesome. Absolutely chaotic, but definitely awesome.

    I am just so curious as to how having a police captain as a parent and having a spy living next door will help Adam survive. I can’t wait to get submerged into this world where a viral catastrophe has taken out most, or all, electronics. And I am dying to find out just what happened to make everything shut down.

    While I know I won’t get the chance to read THE RULE OF THREE this month, I am hopeful that at some point in early February I’ll get to add it to the pile.

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    One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.

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    FRAGILE SPIRITS by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on January 23, 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 320 pages.

    FRAGILE SPIRITS is the second book in Author Mary Lindsey’s Souls series.

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    I am so excited for the upcoming release of Mary Lindsey’s FRAGILE SPIRITS. I’ve been just dying to get back to this world the author created what feels like forever ago.

    As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post the other week and talked about quite a few of the reasons why I can’t wait for this book, I am going to try to keep things short.

    But I can say that I am so glad the wait is just about over. And I will say that while this second book in the series isn’t about Lenzi and Alden, I am just as thrilled for its release and for the chance to meet Paul and Vivienne. This sequel sounds every bit as amazing as the first.

    And if all goes as planned I’ll be able to devour it this weekend.

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    Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.

    Vivienne ignores the voices of the dead.

    Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny.

    Vivienne never does what she’s told.

    So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.

    In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill-ride of a novel.

    **Note from author: This book begins one month after Shattered Souls leaves off. Lenzi and Alden are featured in this book, but reading Shattered Souls is not a prerequisite.

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    The Witch is Back

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    THE WITCH IS BACK by Brittany Geragotelis was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE WITCH IS BACK is the third and final book in Author Brittany Geragotelis’ Life’s a Witch series.

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    I am a little bit behind on this series but I just had to pre-order THE WITCH IS BACK, the third and final installment. I loved the first book, I own the second and now can’t wait to read these final two back-to-back. As both the second and the third books are from Hadley’s POV, it will be the perfect two-book read.

    I did end up taking a peek at the spoiler-y description, but even with spoilers I can’t wait to read both books. I’m excited that this final story will have Hadley and Brooklyn clash and I’m super curious if it is because of Asher. But what I am most curious about is the price Hadley is going to have to pay for love.

    As my reading schedule is a bit crowded at the moment, I am hoping to be able to dive into this series-ending book in mid-February for my Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge. But I plan on reading LIFE’S A WITCH just a few days sooner than that.

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    When two gorgeous, popular witches clash over a man, it’s magical mayhem in this conclusion to the Life’s a Witch trilogy!

    It’s been a trying year for teen witch Hadley Bishop—she led her coven into battle against the Parrishables and lost her mother in a surprise attack. Now that the Parrishables and their leader, Samuel Parris, have been defeated, Hadley is looking forward to a relaxing, love-filled summer with boyfriend Asher Astley.

    Hadley’s summer plans take an unexpected turn though when she and her coven head off to a witchy summer intensive. Once there, Hadley immediately finds herself in a power struggle with Brooklyn Sparks. Like Hadley, Brooklyn is gorgeous and popular, but she’s also…Asher’s ex-girlfriend?!

    As if this news isn’t enough to rattle Hadley, there are rumors of a rogue witch in the woods, and someone is playing dangerous pranks around camp. Hadley suspects that Brooklyn is behind the pranks, but is she willing to risk losing her friends and Asher to prove it? In this electrifying conclusion to the Life’s a Witch series, Hadley will discover that love is more powerful than any spell—but it comes with a price.

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    ALittleTooHot

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    A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in eBook format. A paperback edition will be released on February 25, 2014 and an audiobook will be releasing on March 11th. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by William Morrow Impulse, the print edition is 416 pages.

    A LITTLE TOO HOT is the third book in Author Lisa Desrochers A Little Too Far series.

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    I am so excited that A LITTLE TOO HOT released this week. I got the chance to read it early and it is my favorite book in the series. It was the perfect mix of sexy, nerve-wracking, heartbreaking and exciting and I’m so glad that the finished version has joined the previous two books in my Kindle collection.

    As I have read it there is nothing to guess about. It’s awesome. And revealing anything more than what the description mentions is dangerous. But I am so glad that Sam got her own story/love story. I love, love, loved meeting the super sexy Harrison. I absolutely adored Sam’s friends, especially Jonathan.

    And I will just say that I did not see that coming. What “that” is, however, I shall not reveal.

    As I have already read and loved A LITTLE TOO HOT I will not be adding it to the reading pile in the coming weeks. But I definitely think this one deserves a re-read, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to do that some time this spring.

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    This book is a stand-alone A LITTLE TOO FAR novel.

    If you play with fire…

    Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

    Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

    Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

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    Other Books of Note

    A Mad Wicked FollyA MAD, WICKED FOLLY by Robin Benway

    Pub. Date: January 23, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

    After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

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    ***This is an ADULT title and not a YA title***


    The Professional Part 3THE PROFESSIONAL Part 3 
    by Kresley Cole

    Pub. Date: January 20, 2014

    Publisher: Pocket Star

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Are you ready to play?

    Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest – and most forbidden – fantasies can come true…

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    Other Releases

    FAKE ID by Lamar Giles

    THE GOSPEL OF WINTER by Brendan Kiely

    HIDDEN GIRL: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall and Lisa Wysocky

    THE SCAR BOYS by Len Vlahos

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    I can’t believe I forgot to list the first episode’s release of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: FINAL ACT last week. I was so caught up with its tour that it seems I did not include it on my list of books I’d pre-ordered. Since I did miss posting about it and as it is releasing in serial format first, I think I’ll wait until it’s released in full before giving it my full ramble.

    But I don’t think I missed anything else last week, and I don’t think I missed anything else releasing this week. Though, because I’m posting this a bit later than usual, I do have the benefit of having most of my pre-orders downloaded for confirmation.

    Anyway… I can’t wait to check out AVALON, which will be a completely different sort of read for me. I’m excited by the fact that I have read two of the books I have on order so that I don’t have too many new additions to the TBR pile. And I am still anxiously awaiting the release of FRAGILE SPIRITS because I love Mary Lindsey’s writing and her Souls series.

    But enough about me and what I’m excited about. I hope that there are a few titles you’re excited about that are releasing this week. And if there are, or if I have missed one or two “must adds” then leave a comment and let me 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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    Book Watch: Fragile Spirits

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    FRAGILE SPIRITS by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on January 23, 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 320 pages.

    FRAGILE SPIRITS is the second book in Author Mary Lindsey’s Souls series.

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    There are a ton of awesome books releasing the week of January 21st, a few of which I was lucky enough to get the chance to read early. But the book I am most excited for, and have been waiting the longest for, is Mary Lindsey’s FRAGILE SPIRITS.

    I read the first book in the series, SHATTERED SOULS, quite a bit earlier than its release – July 2011 – and so it’s been a two-and-a-half year wait for this sequel. And while the main characters in this second book in the series aren’t Lenzi and Alden, they are in this book about Paul and Vivienne, according to the author’s note.

    I can’t wait to meet Paul and Vivienne and find out whether I’ll love their story as much as I did Lenzi and Alden’s. I can’t wait to get a peek at what Lenzi and Alden have been up to in the one month that passed in their world and the two-and-a-half years that passed in mine.

    I was such a huge fan of this world when I first read about it, and I can only imagine it will be every bit as awesome in this next book in the series. I also think the dynamic between Vivienne and Paul is going to super exciting to read. And if there is a love story, as the description hints, I have a feeling it will be just as amazing as Alden and Lenzi’s.

    The description also promises secrets, a mystery and a malevolent spirit. And I can’t wait – really, really, really can’t wait – to finally get to read FRAGILE SPIRITS and uncover the secrets and attempt to solve the mystery.

    So while I am excited to discover a few of the other books releasing the week of January 21st, and I’m thrilled that a few of the books I have read are releasing, I cannot be more excited than I am for FRAGILE SPIRITS. Which is why it absolutely, positively had to be the book I put in the spotlight this week.

    And, for me, it is unequivocally the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author on GOOGLE+

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.

    Vivienne ignores the voices of the dead.

    Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny.

    Vivienne never does what she’s told.

    So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.

    In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill-ride of a novel.

    **Note from author: This book begins one month after Shattered Souls leaves off. Lenzi and Alden are featured in this book, but reading Shattered Souls is not a prerequisite.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are five other awesome books releasing the week of January 21st:

    A LITTLE TOO HOT (A Little Too Far #3) by Lisa Desrochers

    EVERTRUE (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

    AVALON (Avalon #1) by Mindee Arnett

    THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters

    THE WITCH IS BACK (Life’s a Witch #3) by Brittany Geragotelis

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    Ashes on the Waves Blog Tour: ‘Annabel Lee’s Influence’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am so unbelievably excited to be today’s stop on the ASHES ON THE WAVES Blog Tour. Not only because of the amazing post I have to share by one of my most favorite YA authors. And not only because I love, love, loved this amazing book based on Poe’s “Annabel Lee.”

    But because TODAY is the RELEASE DATE for ASHES ON THE WAVES! Which means that EVERYONE will have the chance to read this dark and gorgeous and haunting and amazing and completely captivating story.

    Everyone will get to meet Liam and Anna. Everyone will know just how tragic and beautiful this story is. Everyone will get to see just how closely tied it is to Poe’s poem. Of course reading Mary Lindsey’s guest post below may help with that last part. But reading the book is an even better way to make those comparisons.

    In addition to this very awesome guest post, in which the author reveals – with a visual aid – just how her story was influenced by Poe’s, there is also a GIVEAWAY and there will be five winners.

    And for those who haven’t yet had a chance to take a peek at ASHES ON THE WAVES, I’ve included the description immediately below, along with places where it can be found online. There is also an exciting trailer for the book, so be sure to take a peek at that too!

    If you haven’t had the chance to “meet” author Mary Lindsey, click on a few of the links beneath her bio to find out where she hangs out online. She’s super nice and easy to chat with, even for someone as shy as I am.

    The tour ends tomorrow, but it’s not over yet, and I’ve included the full tour schedule with direct links to all the stops before mine in case you want to check out the vlog, guest posts, interviews and reviews that make up this tour.

    And while completely unrelated, I just had to include a little bit about the second book in the author’s Souls series which is coming out in January and which I’m DYING to read.

    While I know I may have gone on just a bit longer than normal in my intro, and I should really turn my blog over to Mary, I just have to sneak in my own giveaway for a couple finished copies of ASHES ON THE WAVES that I’ll order from Amazon or The Book Depository.

    All my normal giveaway rules apply.

    To enter just leave a comment saying you want to enter my giveaway and what appeals to you about this story.

    I’ll announce the winners in the comments and on Facebook on Monday July 1st. Please don’t leave your contact details in the comment.

    ASHES ON THE WAVES was one of my most favorite reads of 2012 – yes I read it super early – and a book I’ve been in love with ever since I got a tiny peek at it back in September 2011. I just re-read it this past week and it is every bit as amazing as I remembered it to be. And I cannot wait to talk about it with everyone else now that it has released!

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    About the Book

    Ashes on the Waves

    About Ashes on the Waves

    Release Date: June 27, 2013
    Publisher: Philomel
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    A sexy gothic romance based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee”

    Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

    With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied, but the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

    Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, with references to many of his other works including The Raven, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

    Perfect for fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, Kendra Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood, and Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN

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    Praise for Ashes on the Waves

    “Achingly beautiful and darkly sensuous … an extraordinary read that left me breathless at every turn!” –Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight

    “Mary Lindsey, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, has created a haunting, mystical world. I loved this tragic, romantic story.” –Cate Tiernan, author of Sweep and  Immortal Beloved

    “A romantic potpourri of doomed amour, Celtic lore and mystery-laden suspense.” –Kirkus Reviews

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    About the Author

    Mary Lindsey

    About Mary Lindsey

    Mary Lindsey lives in Houston with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter’s pet rats, an Australian bearded dragon, and dozens of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches (The roaches are along story. Don’t ask).

    She is the author of Shattered Souls (2011), Ashes on the Waves (2013), and Fragile Sprits (2014), all YA from Philomel/Penguin. Mary also writes paranormal romance under the name Marissa Clarke for Entangled Publishing. The first book in the Underveil Series, Love Me To Death is scheduled for release in 2014.

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    Guest Post

    How did “Annabel Lee” influence Ashes on the Waves?

    I am thrilled you picked this as the guest post topic today, Rachel, because the poem is the essence of the entire book.

    The voice, tone, mood, characters, and the story itself were all derived from that one short poem.

    The narrator of “Annabel Lee” is male. That’s why I wrote Ashes on the Waves in a male voice, rather than that of Anna. I wanted him to tell the whole story to us, to expand on that poem (which happens to be one of my favorite poems ever).

    First, I studied the voice. It is dramatic and romantic. Distinctly male. He is suffering almost to, if not past, the point of madness from his grief.

    Often, in deep mourning, someone will blame an outside source for the death–God, or a higher power. In “Annabel Lee,” the narrator blames the “winged seraphs of Heaven” for killing his lover out of jealousy. That was a fantastic starting point for me. Then, he mentions the “demons down under the sea.” Perfect. Two entities conspiring against love. Bingo.

    In the poem, the narrator believes these beings conspired against his and Annabel’s love. Poe’s narrators are often unreliable, which is what I love so much about his stories. Did the angels really covet their love to the point they killed his Annabel, or is it an expression of deep grief in which he is trying to justify in his mind and heart why bad things happen to good people.

    I chose to make the supernatural in the novel the real deal, but didn’t want to use angels and demons like those mentioned in the poem because they are prevalent in young adult books. Instead, I turned to Poe’s Scottish lineage. I met with a friend of mine who is from Ireland and knowledgeable on Celtic mythology, and asked him to help me sort it out. When I asked him what could be construed as an angel in Celtic lore, immediately, he suggested fairies. Nope. Been done often and well. I wanted something different. He suggested the washer woman, a Bean Sidhe/banshee. She can appear as a creepy woman washing blood from clothes, or as a brilliant, beautiful, etherial being, sometimes with a silver comb. Yeah. That would work as an angel in appearance.

    What about the “demons of the sea”? After more research, I turned up the Na Fir Ghorm, which are super creepy blue merman-type things that lure sailors to their death and will spare a ship if the captain can win a contest of wit by completing rhymed couplets. I’m not even kidding. These guys were perfect.

    As for the narrator, Liam, I tried to give him the voice of the poem and biographical ties to Poe himself–from his inability to fit in to his society, to his family structure.

    Anna was a bit more of a challenge for me. She needed to be Liam’s opposite and an outsider to his anachronistic world. When I read about “her high-born kinsman,” in the poem, I knew she had to be of a higher social strata–elite even, so I made her a New York socialite.

    I also got a feel for the character of Anna based on the narrator’s description of her in the poem. My daughter recorded descriptors, key words, and the number of times they were used and wrote them in the right margin of my book (see the photo below). I tried to work these in to Anna’s character in proportion to the importance to the narrator of the poem.

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    The setting naturally fell into place from the sea references. The chilling wind mention convinced me to put it in a colder climate.

    But the main takeaway for me from the poem, was the unwavering love of the narrator for his dead bride. From his point of view, even death can’t sever his soul from that of his lost love. That in itself was intriguing enough for me to run with it. Add images of a grief-stricken lover at a tomb by the sea, and I was lost. I had to write this book.

    I referenced many of Edgar Allan Poe’s works in the book–several dozen, in fact. But in the end, it all boiled down to “Annabel Lee”– especially the ending of the novel.

    I am so grateful to Penguin USA for enabling me to write and share a book based on the works one of my all-time literary heroes. Hopefully, readers unfamiliar with Poe, or even those who have read selections by him, but who are unfamiliar with his less-popular pieces, will be inspired to pick up a collection of his work. I would love to be an ambassador for this amazing man’s literary legacy.

    Thank you, Rachel, for having me on your blog today. And thank you to the readers who have been so supportive of me on this crazy journey. I’m the luckiest person I know.

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    The Giveaway

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    The ASHES ON THE WAVES Blog Tour has some amazing prizes for giveaway to FIVE winners.

    ***This tour-wide giveaway is open to US only.***

    Check out the prize details…

    ++ 2 winners will receive their choice of an ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES or a paperback of SHATTERED SOULS, a necklace tile, magnet, and a signed bookmark.

    ++ 1 winner will receive their choice of an ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES or a paperback of SHATTERED SOULS (out of whatever is left from the first 2 winners), a necklace tile, and a signed bookmark.

    ++ 2 winners will receive their choice of an ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES or a paperback of SHATTERED SOULS (out of whatever is left from the first 3 winners),  and a signed bookmark.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    June 17th – IB Book Blogging –  Vlog

    June 18th – Electrifying Reviews – Guest Post

    June 19th – Jenna Does Books – Interview

    June 20th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    June 21st – Auntie Spinelli Reads – Interview

    Week Two

    June 24th – Parajunkee – Guest Post

    June 25th – About to Read – Review

    June 26th – In Which Ems Reviews Books – Review

    June 27th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

    June 28th – Books Complete Me – Review

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    Coming January 23, 2014

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    FRAGILE SPIRITS (Souls #2)

    Formats: Hardcover, eBook
    Publisher: Philomel
    Pages: 320

    Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.

    Vivienne ignores the voices of the dead.

    Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny.

    Vivienne never does what she’s told.

    So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.

    In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill-ride of a novel.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #130

    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 June 25th-July 1st that I have pre-ordered.

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    In the After

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    IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 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 HarperTeen, the print edition is 464 pages.

    IN THE AFTER is the first book in author Demitria Lunetta’s series of the same name. No information is yet available about other books in the series.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that IN THE AFTER is releasing this week. This book sounds soooo good. Chilling. Totally chilling. I’ve been dying to read it forever. And I just discovered that I have the printed ARC which Jaime of Two Chicks on Books had given to me.

    So maybe I don’t have to wait until my pre-order downloads on Monday Midnight to start reading this book. Because I am so curious about “Them” – who and what they are and why they are. I want to know why, after arriving in New Hope, things are still not ideal for Amy and Baby.

    And I really, really want to know what exactly happened before. Because life in the after does not sound at all good for those who live in it.

    The description calls IN THE AFTER “thrilling” and “pulse-pounding” and I cannot wait to be thrilled, to have my pulse race and to find out just what happens in this book whose release I’ve been waiting forever for.

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    The Lost Sun

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    THE LOST SUN by Tessa Gratton will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE LOST SUN is the first book in the author’s The United States of Asgard series. No information is yet available about other books in the series.

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    I absolutely adore Tessa Gratton’s writing. I think she is an amazing writer and I cannot wait for this fascinating new series to begin. As soon as I heard about THE LOST SUN I instantly pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    While I knew that this was a new series and I had read the first line of the description, I didn’t actually take a closer look at it until now. I didn’t need to because the author’s books are ones I will automatically add to my collection. But now that I have….

    I cannot wait to meet Soren Bearskin. I love that this world has Norse mythology at its base. I love that the story involves warriors, battles and berserking. And I love, love, love that the setting includes both an Academy and a road trip.

    I really, really hope to be able to sneak this on the pile next week, as I cannot wait to get lost in this story of a missing god and embark upon a new series by this wonderfully imaginative author.

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    Weather Witch

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    WEATHER WITCH by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    WEATHER WITCH is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Shannon Delany. The second book in the series, STORMBRINGER, is slated for release on January 14, 2014.

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    I cannot believe that WEATHER WITCH is releasing this week. I’ve been dying to get my early eARC on the pile so that I could read it before its release and before my pre-ordered copy downloads. Something I still hope to do this afternoon.

    I love that this is set in the 1800s and that it mixes together affluent society and witchcraft. I am so curious about what exactly a weather witch does – aside from what I imagine is to influence or control the weather – and just why harboring one is “the greatest of social sins.” And I can’t wait to start this new series by this author.

    The description is a bit vague about just where the story is headed, but its setting, at such an interesting time period in a country at the brink of war is incredibly enticing. I love that the setting is dark, I love that the description sounds more than a little bit ominous.

    And I can’t wait to get this on the pile either this afternoon or in the next couple of week so that I can get answers to my questions and meet Jordan, Rowen and Catrina.

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    After Daybreak

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    AFTER DAYBREAK by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    AFTER DAYBREAK is the third and final book in the Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy by the authors.

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    I have fallen just a little bit behind on this series, but now that AFTER DAYBREAK, the final book in the trilogy, is releasing, I am excited to get caught up. I really enjoyed the setting and its characters in the first book in the series and getting the chance to continue the story to its end is incredibly appealing.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description for this third book – I know, I know, I really shouldn’t have – but I’m so glad I did, because it makes me want to read this series to its conclusion even more. Especially since it mentions nothing about it being the final book or how things might end.

    So I’m wildly curious. And I’m even more curious about what happened to Dawn in L.A.

    As I own book two and this book is downloading this week, I hope to be able to read both books back-to-back in July. Because I want to know whether Dawn and Victor will be able to defeat Sin and stop the spread of the Thirst.

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    Ashes on the Waves

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    ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on June 27, 2013 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 384 pages.

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    I am so excited that ASHES ON THE WAVES is releasing later this week and that everyone will get the chance to meet Liam and Annabel in this dark and gorgeous book. And I can’t wait for my print copy to arrive… which I’m hoping will be earlier than Thursday.

    As I just rambled about this book in my post yesterday and have already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post earlier this month, I am not going to say much more except that I am so thrilled for the author that her beautiful book will be on shelves this week and that everyone can fall in love as I have.

    I have been excited for this story ever since I got a very early sneak peek back in September 2011. I fell in love with its premise and its main character instantly. And when I got the chance to read it early nearly one year later, back in September 2012, I was over the moon. It was every bit as captivating, beautiful, dark as I imagined it would be.

    And I’m totally stoked that this story will finally be available in its finished form for me to add to my collection in both print and electronic formats on Thursday.

    Other Books of Note

    Hidden

    HIDDEN (Avena #1) by Marianne Curley

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Paradox

    PARADOX by A.J. Paquette

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Robin Palmer

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Speak

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Winterveil

    WINTERVEIL (Wintercraft #3) by Jenna Burtenshaw

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Ink

    INK (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Since You Asked

    SINCE YOU ASKED by Maurene Goo

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Neptune's Tears

    NEPTUNE’S TEARS (Timedance #1) by Susan Waggoner

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A Moment Comes

    A MOMENT COMES  by Jennifer Bradbury

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

    CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND (Confessions #2) by Louise Rozett

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Forevermore

    FOREVERMORE by Cindy Miles

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Point

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Golden Boy

    GOLDEN BOY by Tara Sullivan

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Precious Blood

    PRECIOUS BLOOD (The Blessed #1) by Tonya Hurley

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Golden Girl

    GOLDEN GIRL (The American Fairy #2) by Sarah Zettel

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Feros

    THE FEROS (The Vindico #2) by Wesley King

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    fml by Shaun David Hutchinson

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Re-issued

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    wtf by Peter Lerangis

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    When creating this post on Saturday I discovered that I did not have PARADOX by A.J. Paquette or HIDDEN by Marianne Curley pre-ordered. Which was a surprise. So, of course, today, I just had to order them.

    But as I’m so late in posting this due to a late night/almost-all-night read of PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry and some things I had to do for work today, I decided if I was ever going to get this posted I should probably not to rework my post to include them with my pre-orders above.

    Besides, although they’re technically still pre-orders, it’s cutting it close. And there is also a distinct possibility, like every week, that there will be a couple other “of note” books I end up purchasing for my Kindle before they actually release on Tuesday and beyond. Books like THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET and INK.

    Anyway…

    There are a few more titles available this week than last. And while I have seven books that will be added to my collection this week, at least I’ve read one of them… although I am re-reading it this week. So, technically it’s still on the TBR pile…. *Sigh*

    But I’m so excited for each of the books releasing this week that I have on order. And I hope to be able to read all of them in the upcoming weeks. And while hopes don’t always turn into realities, this week I really, really hope they do.

    Happy reading!

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #119

    The books I traded for arrived this week, or at least three of them did. And I am totally stoked that I’ll have a chance to read all of them just a bit early. I’ve been pining for a couple of them for a really long, long time so I feel all sorts of lucky this week.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I didn’t receive any review books in the mail this week, though one of the books I did end up requesting after last week’s My Reading Pile post was approved. And I did receive an electronic copy of Stacey Jay’s OF BEAST AND BEAUTY in anticipation of the tour I’ll be on in July. So I did receive some awesome books in addition to those I traded for.

    I’ve been dying to read REPLICA by Jenna Black since last year. When I first heard about a new YA series by the author I couldn’t wait for its release. Now I’m excited that I won’t have to. While it is Sci-fi, not my typical read, I just love the sound of this series and I love the author’s writing so I cannot wait to check it out.

    I’m also super stoked to have received 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. I’d heard chatter about this book and I just decided it was a must have. Of course, until I created this post I hadn’t actually checked out the description. But yes, it sounds amazing. Doppelgangers and parallel universes. How awesome is that?

    And of course I can’t wait to read THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson. While I hadn’t known it was a series-ending book until just the other day, I love its characters and world and am so excited to be able to read it early. And while I am giving this copy away as I requested and received the eARC since making, but before receiving, the trade, it is a book that I’m dying to get on my reading pile right now.

    But as I have two books already planned for this week, it will have to wait just a bit. For now…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (June 23, 2013 – June 29, 2013)

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    Ashes on the Waves

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    First up on the pile is ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey. While I did get the chance to read this quite a bit early, it was only a beta read and I want to read it again for review. At least that is my hope.

    I received an ARC for review from the publisher, Philomel, a couple of months ago and now that its release date is almost here I want to read it once more. While I never typically write reviews for books I beta read, I’m hopeful that since it’s been so long since I had read it and that this is a more finished version than the one I had previously, I will be able to write one.

    At the very least I’ll get the chance to read this amazing and gorgeous book again. Which is not a bad thing at all. Because I haven’t had much of a chance to re-read books this year. And this is one of those books that I really, really want to.

    Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

    With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

    Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, “Annabel Lee,” Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

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    Defiance

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    Next up on the pile is DEFIANCE by Stephanie Tyler. I received an eARC for review a couple of weeks ago from the publisher, Carina, and I’ve been just dying to check out this New Adult title by the author. Bad boys and Motorcycle Clubs make this book sound incredibly appealing. And I can’t wait to meet the characters.

    Since the label “New Adult” was created I haven’t yet read a book that fell into this category, but when I read the description for this book I decided to take the plunge. It sounds dark and gritty and more than a little bit dangerous. And I can’t wait to enter this world of “semi-darknesss and near-total anarchy.”

    As I have no idea what to expect, I am not going to even try and guess. But as it sounds like just the kind of story I’m definitely in the mood for right now, I can’t wait to dive into it this week.

    Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

    Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home … and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough — and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

    Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response … and the inevitable fallout.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    PROXY by Alex London is my wishful thinking read this week. I never thought I’d become so fascinated with dystopia but I find myself drawn to these books more and more lately. And right now I want to see what this author has to offer with this first book in the series.

    While I know that I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I’m hoping to have time to sneak it on the pile during the holiday week next week. So for now it’s just a really big wish I have.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I managed to read all those novellas that I wasn’t sure I’d finish from the previous week’s pile before the challenge ended on Sunday. And I even managed to post my reviews for them throughout the week. I also managed to, finally, finish and post my review for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH which I read in May.

    I still haven’t had time to review INDELIBLE or finish writing that review for GODDESS but I hope to be able to complete both reviews this week. And while I did manage to read IF I SHOULD DIE, saying goodbye to the one series proved a bit too much and I still haven’t yet read BOUNDLESS.

    But I hope to do so this week. We shall see. As I really want to read CLOCKWORK PRINCESS for my reading challenge, maybe I’ll try for an easier series-ending book to tackle instead of BOUNDLESS, which I know will make me cry.

    I did end up giving in to temptation and went off pile to read THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau, which would have been a one-sit-read if it weren’t for work. But it was amazing. So worth it. Of course I read the introductory teaser for the next book in the series and now I’m all grumbly because I want to read more.

    I always find it fascinating how one story can resonate differently than another for me as a reader. The shape of the story was similar to so many dystopians. It was the very reason I didn’t fall madly in love with The Hunger Games books. I never really made much of a connection. I didn’t care about the outcomes except for a clinical interest in them. I didn’t connect with the characters in any real way. And I thought the first book was too derivative of books I had read.

    Yet, THE TESTING captivated me right from the start. I connected with the characters, I was engaged in the story and the one question I had that was bothering me was answered moments after I voiced it aloud.

    I suppose it’s how the words are put together on the page, how the story is presented. So no matter that it’s a competition, a “kill or be killed” environment, a journey fraught with peril – something I’ve read about time and time again – I fell in love.

    Anyway… now that I have read a couple more books, books I have yet to review, it means I have some catching up to do. And while I don’t think that’s going to happen this week, I’m hopeful for the next. But we shall see….

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    While I didn’t put any new requests in at NetGalley this week, I did end up getting approved for one title I requested just after last week’s My Reading Pile post went live. And that is…

    Time After Time

    TIME AFTER TIME (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone (Disney Book Group, Oct 8 2013)

    I just had to request this sequel so I could read both books in this series back-to-back and not have to wait for this book’s release to do so. And now I don’t. So I’m totally thrilled that I’ll be able to add each of them to the pile in August and finally get to meet Anna and Bennett.

    I still haven’t heard back about CONSUME, but I’m keeping fingers crossed.

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    I didn’t find a ton of new books on NetGalley this week. Whether it’s the quiet before the storm or not, I’m not sure. But I did find a few…

    IMPERFECT SPIRAL by Debbie Levy (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 16 2013)

    LICK (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott (Pan Macmillan, Jul 1 2013)

    FREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Oct 22 2013)

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    I spent much of the past week out for the count. Sick. So I didn’t get as much reading or blogging done as I’d have liked to. And with a bunch of real life stuff going on this week, I’m not sure how much I’ll get accomplished. But I hope to squeeze in a few hours of reading time. And perhaps a few more dedicated to writing those reviews I’m behind on.

    And with just the one blog tour stop this week, I should have a day or a few when I can actually post those reviews. I just have to write them.

    I’m still desperate to read EARTHBOUND so I hope I don’t go off pile to read it or forego writing those reviews I need to write. And I hope I can shake this desperate need to read more dystopian novels so that I do end up reading the two books planned for this week.

    As I found myself peeking at WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles, it’s also very possible I’ll deviate from plan to read that book this week. Which may not be a bad thing as I haven’t exactly been successful at the YA Contemporary Challenge I’m participating in.

    But I shall try to remain on pile and if I don’t you’ll find out next week as I guiltily reveal just what was left behind.

    Anyway… as always, I hope you received some amazing books for review or ones just to read purely for pleasure. And I’d love to hear what you plan on reading this week, as it may tempt me away from my current pile. Not that I want to be tempted away from it….

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Book Watch: Ashes on the Waves

    Ashes on the Waves

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    ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on June 27, 2013 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 384 pages.

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    I feel just a little bit guilty for choosing ASHES ON THE WAVES as the book to watch for the week of June 25th because I have read it and I know it’s amazing. And I can’t weigh it equally against the other books releasing that week that I haven’t yet read.

    But I don’t feel that guilty. Because even if I hadn’t read it and only read the description, I’m positive I would have chosen to spotlight it. Because the description mentions that it’s dark, it’s “gothic” and it’s based on Poe’s “Annabel Lee.” So while there are some awesome-sounding books releasing, ASHES ON THE WAVES is the book I’m most excited for that week.

    As I did get the chance to read it early, I can’t speculate as to what will happen with Liam and Anna. I can’t guess what kinds of trials the Otherworlders will put them through. And I’m not curious about what is “in danger of being destroyed.” Because I have all of those answers and I’m not waiting anxiously for them.

    But this book was so awesome. And it’s been awhile since I read it. And I have received a printed ARC, which may be just a little bit different from the version I did read. So, yeah, I’m definitely planning on reading it again before its release.

    So, maybe I’m not dying to know what happens. But I am dying to read it again. And maybe the pages won’t fly as fast as they did the first time. But I just know the re-read will be every bit as riveting as the first.

    And because of that, because the writing is gorgeous, because the characters are ones I adore, because the story is dark and twisty, ASHES ON THE WAVES just had to be the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on TUMBLR

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

    With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

    Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, “Annabel Lee,” Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a few of the other awesome books releasing the week of June 25th:

    IN THE AFTER (In the After #1) by Demitria Lunetta

    THE LOST SUN (The United States of Asgard #1) by Tessa Gratton

    WEATHER WITCH by Shannon Delany

    PARADOX by A.J. Paquette

    HIDDEN (Avena #1) by Marianne Curley

    INK (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun

    WINTERVEIL (Wintercraft #3) by Jenna Burtenshaw

    AFTER DAYBREAK (Darkness Before Dawn #3) by J.A. London

    THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Robin Palmer

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    Cover Reveal: Ashes on the Waves

    Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

    Coming Summer 2013

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    There is nothing quite like having an absolutely amazing book enveloped by an equally gorgeous cover. And I am so incredibly thrilled to be able to reveal this stunning cover for Mary Lindsey’s ASHES ON THE WAVES here on the blog tonight.

    The artist, Nekro, could not have done a better job in capturing the spirit of the book in his creation. From the character’s upturned face into the rain, to the balance of dark and light to its overall haunting beauty, it is the perfect introduction to this dark, gothic tale.

    While I am so privileged to get the chance to reveal the cover here on the blog tonight, the artist will be revealing his original artwork, which is just a bit different, tomorrow. Whether it’s on his website, tumblr or facebook, I do not know. But keep an eye on both author Mary Lindsey and artist Nekro’s tweets, because you won’t want to miss it!

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    My Thoughts

    I love everything about this cover, from the fonts to the colors to the model’s pose to the tagline. Everything. There’s not one thing I do not love. I love how she appears to be breaking free from the crest of the wave and how the tilt of the font follows both the wave and the line of her body.

    I love how the clouds break to allow light through to give a peek at the home in the background, but that it’s still nestled in the fog, lending it an air of mystery.

    And I love the balance of light and dark from both the waves and sky.

    I could go on and on about all the delicate touches and beautiful details that capture my eye, but then this post would be endless.

    But before I go I will just say again how perfect this cover is for the story. Which is so amazing that I think I’m going to have to read it again tonight.

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    About the Book

    Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

    With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer.  Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

    Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

    Find it: GOODREADS

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    About the Author

    Mary’s writing is a natural expression of her love of reading and a fascination with the flexibility of the human imagination. Books make the impossible possible.

    Prior to attending University of Houston Law School, Mary received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Drama from the University of Houston. She has taught drama and playwriting in a large public high school and English in a private school. Currently, Mary teaches acting to children and teens at a private studio in Houston, Texas.

    Mary lives in Houston with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter’s pet rats, an Australian Bearded Dragon and dozens of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. (The roaches are long story—don’t ask.)

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS

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