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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #139

    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 August 27th-September 2nd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Crown of Midnight

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    CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas will be released in the U.S. on August 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 Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 432 pages.

    CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is the second full-length book in author Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. The third through sixth full-length books, currently untitled, are slated for release in 2014 through 2017.

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    I cannot wait for the release of CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas on Tuesday. I own all of the previous books in the series, including the novellas, and I’m totally stoked that this latest installment in the series will be added to my collection this week.

    I have heard this sequel is even more amazing than the first book in the series and I’m excited to see what happens with Celaena now that she’s the new royal assassin. The description hints that she’s going to have to have to make a choice. I only hope it isn’t between Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall.

    I really wanted to read this book before its release, as I had an eARC, but I wasn’t able to. Though I will definitely be reading it next week as I am dying to find out what happens in this sequel.

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    The Bitter Kingdom

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    THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 448 pages.

    THE BITTER KINGDOM is the third and final full-length book in author Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy.

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    I cannot believe that release day is just about here for THE BITTER KINGDOM. I am reading the previous book in the series and hope to sneak this on the pile just after its release this week. But as it is a series-ending book I’m not trusting my ability to say goodbye to this awesome series.

    The description calls this series epic, and I couldn’t agree more. I love the world that author Rae Carson built and I love Elisa and Hector.

    I hope that this series has a happily ever after ending, though, given just how heartbreaking the events in book one were, I’m not entirely confident about that.

    If I can’t get it on the pile later this week, I will definitely try to conquer my series-ending fears and read it next weekend. And I won’t take a peek at this book’s description until I finish THE CROWN OF EMBERS.

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    Origin

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    ORIGIN by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    ORIGIN is the fourth full-length book in author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. The fifth book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I am so excited for the release of ORIGIN and can’t wait for it to download to my Kindle this week. I am a little bit behind on this series due to a mishap which involved reading the ending of book three and so I’m hoping that now that the fourth book in the series is out, the element of the unknown will motivate me to dive back in.

    I love these characters and the author’s writing style. I am fascinated by the world. And as much as I want to take a peek at ORIGIN’s description, I refuse to, in the event I might potentially encounter another spoiler.

    I feel like it’s been forever since I last read about Katy and Daemon and I hope that after things quiet down in mid-September I’ll be able to read both this book and the previous book, so that I can get caught up.

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    The Beginning of Everything

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    THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Robyn Schneider will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I am totally stoked to finally get a copy of THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. I’d hoped to get my hands on an early copy but then the release date changed and so did this book’s title. But the wait is almost over until I can finally take a peek at this story that’s intrigued me for quite a long while.

    I am just so curious about Ezra and his theory about everyone having a tragedy waiting for them. His particular tragedy is very similar to someone I’ve known, so I already feel a connection with the story. But I cannot wait to meet Cassidy Thorpe, too.

    The description calls this book “lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching” and if it is all those things I just know I’ll fall madly in love with this story that I hope to be able to sneak onto the pile over Labor Day weekend.

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    Consume

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    CONSUME by Melissa Darnell will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback 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.

    CONSUME is the third book in author Melissa Darnell’s Clann series.

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    Melissa Darnell’s Clann series is such a sweet and delightful read and I am thrilled to be able to add CONSUME to my collection this week. I had the chance to read this book just a bit early and it was just as entertaining as the previous books in the series.

    As I have read it, I don’t want to talk about what happens with Tristan and Savannah in this installment. I won’t reveal just what happens with the Clann and the vampires. But it was a super quick and engaging read and a great addition to the series.

    And with all the new YA books releasing this week, I’m so glad I had the chance to read this already and it won’t be stuck on an ever-expanding TBR pile.

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    Deception

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    DECEPTION by C.J. Redwine will be released in the U.S. on August 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 Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 480 pages.

    DECEPTION is the second book in author C.J. Redwine’s Defiance series.

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    I love, love, love this series. I only just recently read DEFIANCE a month or two ago and am going to be reading DECEPTION on Monday and I cannot wait. I will probably switch from the printed ARC to my Kindle copy when it downloads at Monday Midnight so I can read that much faster.

    I fell in love with Rachel and Logan’s story and the world that author C.J. Redwine created. Their story is captivating and heartbreaking and when I put DEFIANCE down I wished I’d had the sequel to dive right into.

    Of course now that release day is just about here, I’m getting a bit nervous as to whether there is another book in the series and whether it will be that much more agonizing to wait an entire year for that book. Though I’m pretty sure it will.

    My plan is to read this on Monday and even though it is a fairly lengthy book, I’m confident I’ll be able to finish it in one sitting, even if it means a late night read.

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    DESCENDANT by Lesley Livingston will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 336 pages.

    DESCENDANT is the second book in Lesley Livingston’s Starling series.

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    I am currently reading DESCENDANT and I will definitely have it read before it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. It was just so easy to fall back into this story and into this world of Norse mythologies, Mason Starling and the Fennrys Wolf.

    I love Lesley Livingston’s stories and I immediately fell in love with the first book in this spin-off series that includes one of my most favorite characters from her Wondrous Strange series, Fenn. After that cliffhanger ending in STARLING, I didn’t think I’d survive the wait for DESCENDANT’s release. But thanks to a slightly early finished copy I didn’t have to wait quite as long.

    Of course the longer it takes me to write this post, the longer I’ll have to wait to get back reading. So I will just say that this sequel sounds even more action-packed than the first, I am totally thrilled about the journey into the Underworld and I am super curious whether the ending of this second book in the series will leave me dangling off a cliff.

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    The Liberator

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    THE LIBERATOR by Victoria Scott will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE LIBERATOR is the second book in author Victoria Scott’s Dante Walker series.

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    I am totally stoked that Dante… I mean THE LIBERATOR is releasing this week. I fell madly in love with the first book in the series and its adorable heroine and bad-boy hero – yes Dante is a hero.

    I was lucky enough to get a peek at this story just a little bit early. And as I mentioned in My Reading Pile this past weekend I will be finishing this book on Tuesday. So this won’t be on the TBR pile for very long at all. Which is a good thing, as I don’t think that Dante has very much patience.

    And as I spotlighted this in my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I really don’t want to ramble on any longer. Especially as this post is super long with all the new releases that are being added to my collection this week and the many that are under consideration.

    Besides, it’s Dante Walker, need I really say anything more?

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    Don't Look Now

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    DON’T LOOK NOW by Michelle Gagnon will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DON’T LOOK NOW is the second full-length book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE series.

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    I am super excited for the release of DON’T LOOK NOW, the second book in author Michelle Gagnon’s trilogy. While I haven’t yet had the chance to read the first book in the series, I do own it and the novella and I cannot wait to add this book to my collection this week.

    This series sounds totally like my kind of read – packed with action, danger, thrills and excitement. And I cannot wait to finally meat Noa and Peter.

    As I haven’t yet read the first book in the series I tried hard not to look too closely at this sequel’s description, but I did catch the very bold words “jaw-dropping” when I was grabbing the book’s link on Goodreads. Which made me that much more interested in meeting the characters and discovering this story for myself.

    I am still going to try and hold out until closer to the release date for the third book in the series before I dive into these books. But I have a feeling that I’ll only last until October before my curiosity gets the best of me.

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    The Fall of Five

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    THE FALL OF FIVE by Pittacus Lore will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE FALL OF FIVE is the fourth full-length book in the Lorien Legacies.

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    I cannot believe that THE FALL OF FIVE, the fourth book in this series, is releasing this week. I pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle the second I saw it on Amazon even though I’m officially so far behind on this series that I really shouldn’t buy another installment without catching up.

    And while I’ve only read the first book in this series and part of the second, I have taken a peek at each and every description. And I’m not going to change my approach for this fourth book.

    I love that this installment has all six survivors banding together to defeat their enemy. I love that they’re going to try and “master their Legacies” so that they stand a chance against the Mogadorians. And I am curious to find out whether Number Five’s sign is really a trap and whether the Garde will be able to find Five “before it’s too late.”

    The description promises that the Lorien will rise again. It promises that they will not lose the war. I am hoping that this installment lives up to its promises. And I’m hoping to be able to finally catch up on this series before the next installment is released.

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    The Dark Between

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    THE DARK BETWEEN by Sonia Gensler will be released in the U.S. on August 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 Knopf Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    When I saw Sonia Gensler’s latest release, THE DARK BETWEEN, available for pre-order I immediately clicked to order it for my Kindle. In addition to the awesome title and the super creepy cover, the book’s description sounded amazing.

    I love the early twentieth century setting. I love that this story is dubbed “[a] supernatural romance about the powers that lie in the shadows of the mind.” And I can’t wait to meet Elsie, Kate and Asher and find out whether it’s a villain or something “otherworldly” that is responsible for the dead body they discover.

    I am always totally creeped out by stories of ghosts and spirits, in a good way, of course. And the idea that there may be something more to this story has me intrigued.

    I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get this on the pile in September, but this sounds like a perfect story to read at the end of October.

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    Here Without You

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    HERE WITHOUT YOU by Tammara Webber will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback format and was previously released in eBook format on August 6th. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE in paperback format and is available to order online now in eBook format.

    Self-published, the print edition is 252 pages.

    HERE WITHOUT YOU is the fourth and final book in author Tammara Webber’s Between the Lines series.

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    I had no idea until the week prior to the eBook release of HERE WITHOUT YOU that Tammara Webber was concluding her Between the Lines series. And while I already have the Kindle copy in my collection, I’ve been trying to list releases based upon their print release date. Which is why I’m just posting about this now.

    This series is amazing. I knew from the moment I read the first book in the series that this author was insanely talented. She had such a way with words and gave me a story – and series – that blew me away. I did not expect the layers of depth in her story, I did not expect to make such a strong emotional connection to it. But I did.

    I thought it was just going to be a light and fun series, but it was dramatic and heart-wrenching and gorgeous.

    I have not yet read this final installment to the series. It is one of those series I don’t want to see end. Just thinking about the fact that I’ll have to say goodbye to these characters is making me teary-eyed.

    So I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to say goodbye to it. Even though I am super curious about what happens with Reid and Dori. But I am hopeful I’ll get the courage up later this fall.

    Other Books of Note

    Love in the Time of Global Warming

    LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Just Like Fate

    JUST LIKE FATE by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Taste Test

    TASTE TEST by Kelly Fiore

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Two Boys Kissing

    TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Confessions of a Hater

    CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Relic

    RELIC by Renee Collins

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Everlast

    EVERLAST (The Chronicles of Nerissette #1) by Andria Buchanan

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Battle Lines

    BATTLE LINES (Department 19 #3) by Will Hill

    Pub. Date: August 29, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Overpowered

    OVERPOWERED by Mark H. Kruger

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    To Be Perfectly Honest

    TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST by Sonya Sones

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Unfed

    UNFED (Undead #2) by Kirsty McKay

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Chicken House

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Black Spring

    BLACK SPRING by Alison Croggon

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Moonlight & Ashes

    MOONLIGHT & ASHES by Sophie Masson

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Australia

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Blood Song

    BLOOD SONG (Llarmell #1) by Rhiannon Hart

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Australia

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Rein It In

    REIN IT IN (The A Circuit #4) by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Morning Star

    THE KATERINA TRILOGY, VOL. III: THE MORNING STAR by Robin Bridges

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Nazi Hunters

    THE NAZI HUNTERS by Neal Bascomb

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Believe

    BELIEVE by Sarah Aronson

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Carolrhoda Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Iron Fey Volume One

    THE IRON FEY VOLUME ONE by Julie Kagawa

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Promise Me Something

    PROMISE ME SOMETHING by Sara Kocek

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This Is How I Find Her

    THIIS IS HOW I FIND HER by Sara Polsky

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    As this post is insanely long already I’m going to keep this section brief. Or at least I’ll try to be brief….

    I can’t believe I will be the owner of all twelve releases I’ve spotlighted by Monday Midnight. This makes me both excited and nervous about the size of my TBR pile.

    And with twenty-one other books releasing this week that caught my eye, I’m thinking I should have budgeted just a little bit more for books this week, as I just know I’ll be clicking to buy a few of them.

    While next week may not be as “bad” as this week, I know of at least six books I’m adding to my collection next week already. So it’s very possible I have just as many, if not more, books pre-ordered that will be releasing next week. *GULP.*

    Fortunately I have read one of the books releasing this week already, and will hopefully have four others read by the end of the week. But that, for now, remains to be determined.

    Anyway….

    I promised to keep this short – for me – so I will just end by saying that I hope you have a few books, or more, releasing this week that will be added to your collection. And I hope that your TBR pile won’t be quite as crazy as mine will be over the next two or three weeks.

    And if there is a YA title I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments… though I’ll be a little scared if there is.

    As ever, happy reading and happy book buying!

    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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    Consume Blog Tour: Savannah and Tristan Character Interviews + Giveaways

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    When I was selected to be a part of the tour for CONSUME, the third book in Melissa Darnell’s The Clann series, and given the opportunity to interview both Savannah and Tristan I was so excited.

    The series is sweet and romantic and at times heartbreaking and a super quick read – I had no idea the books were as long as they were! The pages just flew by.

    So getting the chance to ask both Savannah and Tristan a few of the questions I’d wanted answers to after having read COVET was amazing. I tried to keep them spoiler-free, but of course there were just certain events that took place toward the end of COVET, the second book in the series, that I just had to ask about.

    And I also just had to ask them a few similar questions, as I was dying to know what each of their answers would be to questions about each other, favorite moments, happily ever afters….

    I was not at all surprised by what Savannah had to say. I felt like I got to know her really well in the books. But I was totally surprised by a few of Tristan’s answers. And I also did not expect his answers to be as swoon-worthy as they were. Though I really should have, as he is most definitely swoon-worthy. But for those of you who already “met” him, I don’t need to tell you that.

    Anyway. These were such fun interviews to conduct. And I’m so grateful to the author for allowing her characters to answer all of my questions and for the tour hosts to grant me an interview stop on the tour.

    If you haven’t yet met Sav or Tristan, you’ll get to know a little bit about them from their answers. And for those who already do, you might just learn a few new things.

    As this is the tour for the third book in the series, CONSUME, I thought I’d share the book’s description and places to find it online first. But the interviews follow immediately after that if you just want to get right to them.

    I’ve also included some information about the author and places to find her online, as well as descriptions for the other books in the series if you’d like to learn a little bit more about these enchanting stories.

    And the wonderful folks at Harlequin Teen have a number of awesome giveaways for this tour, so be sure to check the details below and enter for a chance to win.

    The tour continues on Friday at Mundie Moms. But if you’d like to check out the two stops before this one, they are linked in the schedule at the bottom of this post. You can also find out more on Kismet Book Touring’s website linked in the banner above.

    About the Book

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    CONSUME (The Clann #3)

    Available August 27th

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    These violent delights have violent ends

    And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,

    Which, as they kiss, CONSUME

    —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

    About CONSUME

    Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert’s joy—and despair. By changing the Clann’s golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

    As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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    The Interviews
    Savannah

    Q. For those who have not yet met you, how would you describe yourself in 15 words or less?

    I’ve learned I’m different…really different…and that’s okay. 🙂

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    Q. How would you describe Tristan in 15 words or less?

    Tristan is a guy with so much depth and heart, plus a whole lot of sexy!

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    Q. If you could give up all your dhampir abilities to be normal would you? And why?

    Yes and no. I’d love to just be normal because then my life would be so much easier, the lives of everyone around me would be easier, and Tristan wouldn’t have ever been off limits to me. My dhampir abilities have been a curse in some ways and caused situations that brought me and my loved ones heartache and loss.

    But on the other hand, my dhampir abilities have also given me a few advantages that have allowed me to save some people I love and eventually change the world in a couple of huge ways! I’ve learned to accept who and what I am, and that’s a big deal after hating my abilities for so long.

    It really comes down to choice, though…I’ve finally figured out that just because I have these abilities doesn’t make them a curse or a blessing. It’s how I choose to use them and work with them that determines how my life turns out and what kind of person I am each day. (And yes, Mom, I know you’re reading this and muttering “I told you so!”. Okay, so you were right after all!)

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    Q. If you had to choose between being a vampire or one of the descendants, which would you choose and why?

    Well, obviously being a descendant has some huge bonuses, like having some sway in your local community, plus the whole spell casting thing. But it also comes with a ton of rules and secrecy and others telling you what to do and how to live your life.

    Being a vampire is both harder and easier…it’s easier because you only have a few basic rules to follow in terms of hiding your abilities and needs from the humans and you don’t have a bunch of fellow vamps judging you and telling you what to do everywhere you go. But being a vamp is harder because your needs are physical and can’t be escaped or ignored for long without some serious and potentially horrible consequences, plus you’re a constant danger to every human and descendant around you. And did I mention that whole blood memory thing? Awful, really awful.

    But I still think I’d prefer being a vamp to a descendant, because at least as a vamp I can learn to adjust to my basically unchanging physical needs without all that political Clann stuff to have to deal with. Adjusting to the changing rules and political demands of the Clann as a descendant would take more constant mental effort, and I’m not the greatest at dealing with other people’s unreasonable and ever-changing demands!

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    Q. Tristan is gorgeous, obviously, but what is the one thing about him that made you fall in love with him?

    Before we fell in love, we started off as best friends when we were little kids. He’s always been the easiest person for me to talk to (other than my mom and Nanna), and he always finds a way to make me laugh somehow even when my life seems like a nightmare. So I guess I’d have to say that it’s his personality and heart that I fell in love with, even if that’s a cliche. It’s true that he’s gorgeous, but there are lots of hot guys who can flash a great smile. Tristan’s different. Underneath the looks is a guy with so much depth and heart and really amazing courage that I can’t help but be inspired by him sometimes.

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    Q. What is your most favorite moment that you spent with Tristan?

    This is a tough one. Through all the ups and downs and tough times, we’ve also had a lot of really great moments together, especially while dream connecting. But probably our first date would be the best because it was before I was aware of all the consequences of every moment we spent together and the danger I put him in just by kissing him.

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    Q. If you could change one thing that happened in your life, what would that be?

    That day in the woods with Nanna.

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    Q. What is your happily ever after?

    Finding a way to be with Tristan forever without having the vamp council and Clann chasing after us or afraid of us! And I’d really like to see my parents, each of my friends and Tristan’s sister Emily all find their own happily ever afters too (because it’s really hard to enjoy your own happily ever after if the people you love aren’t happy too!).

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    ***SPOILER-Y QUESTION***

    Q. You were forced into a tough situation – change Tristan or watch him die. Do you regret changing him? If you had it all to do over again, would you?

    No, I refuse to regret that. I’ve learned the hard way that you just have to make the best decisions you can in the moment, because we can’t see the future and know ahead of time how everything will turn out. And I never could have gone on living for a literal eternity if he had died. So yes, I would absolutely do it all over again.

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    Q. For those who have not yet met you, how would you describe yourself in 15 words or less?

    Oh man, I hate questions like these. No, wait, I know! I’m the guy who loves Savannah Colbert the best! 😉

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    Q. How would you describe Savannah in 15 words or less?

    Beautiful inside and out. Amazing dancer. Best laugh ever. The only girl I’ve ever loved or ever will love.

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    Q. You and Savannah were friends once, and are more than friends now. Do you wish that you’d never stopped being friends for all those years or are you glad to have had the time apart so that you could have more than friendship now?

    I hate that I let my parents tear us apart for years. Even back then I think I kinda knew she was the one. But you know, I was just a kid, so what was I supposed to do?

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    Q. What is the one thing about Savannah that made you fall in love with her?

    You want me to pick just one thing? Nope, can’t do it. It’s a long list, and we’d be here all day if I got going on it. Let’s just say she’s the whole package…her smile, her laugh, the way she makes me feel when I’m around her (and I’m not just talking about the dhampir stuff).

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    Q. What is your most favorite moment that you spent with Savannah?

    Every moment I’m with her. Except for when we were broken up, because all of those sucked big time.

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    Q. If you could change one thing that happened in your life, what would that be?

    Losing Dad.

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    Q. What is your happily ever after?

    Getting to spend the rest of my life with Sav without being on the run from something or someone.

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     ***SPOILER-Y QUESTION***

    Q. Do you regret what happened to you, or are you glad that Savannah changed you and now you can both share your thoughts, kiss without fear, go public with your relationship?

    How can I possibly regret being turned by the only woman I’ll ever love? It’s the best thing that’s happened to me…well, other than that whole part where I need to drink blood. Because that sucks (get it? lol).

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    ***SPOILER-Y QUESTION***

    Q. If you had to choose between being a vampire or going back to being just one of the descendants, which would you choose and why?

    This one’s easy…I’d be a vamp. Being a descendant comes with too many rules and expectations and people watching you all the time and telling you what to do and how to live your life. At least being a vamp I can live my life how I want as long as I don’t reveal the existence of vamps to the human world or attack a descendant. And did I mention being a vamp means I can be with Savannah now without her being afraid to kiss me?

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    About the Author

    Melissa Darnell

    About Melissa Darnell

    Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction books. Born in California, she grew up in Texas and has also called the following states home since then: Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa and South Dakota.

    She currently lives in Nebraska with her husband Tim and two children, Hunter and Alexander, where she enjoys watching Whale Wars, Glee and True Blood, designing digital graphic products for the virtual world of Second Life, and of course writing her latest book.

    For information about her other books, please visit Melissa’s website at www.melissadarnell.com.

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    Other Books in the Series

    Crave

    CRAVE (The Clann #1)
    Release date: October 25, 2011
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description:

    Savannah Colbert has never known why she’s so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It’s as if he’s a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she’s destined to fail.

    For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can’t stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences….

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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    CovetCOVET (The Clann #2)

    Release date: September 25, 2012
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description:

    Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.

    Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she’s becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

    Tristan can’t believe Sav won’t even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don’t expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

    A reckoning is coming…and not everyone will survive.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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    The Giveaways

    The tour includes some amazing giveaways. (US/Canada ONLY)

    — A giveaway for a copy of the winner’s choice of ONE of the books in The Clann series at each of the six blog stops

    — A GRAND PRIZE “Harlequin Teen Prize Pack” giveaway – incl. CONSUME, COVET, INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf, THE IRON TRAITOR (ARC) by Julie Kagawa, 3 bookmarks, a Harlequin notebook, a YEAHYA! lip gloss, 2013-2014 Harlequin Teen catalog

    So be sure to check out ALL the stops for additional chances to win.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour

    WEEK ONE

    Monday, Aug. 5th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog

    Tuesday, Aug. 6th – A Bookish Escape

    Wednesday, Aug. 7th – Fiktshun

    Friday, Aug. 9th – Mundie Moms

     

    WEEK TWO

    Monday, Aug. 12th – A Book Obsession

    Wednesday, Aug. 14th – Parajunkee

    Friday, Aug. 16th – Mother. Gamer. Writer

     

    Visit the CONSUME tour page at Kismet Book Touring for more information.

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    My Reading Pile #121

    I got two lovely surprises in the mail this week. One might have been in the mailbox since last Saturday but I hadn’t checked before prepping last week’s post. The other was sitting outside my door on Wednesday.

    My Reading Pile 121

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received an audiobook of Sophie McKenzie’s CLOSE MY EYES from Macmillan Audio thanks to Armchair BEA. I’d completed a survey about the event and won this lovely prize.

    I also received a copy of ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry thanks to the amazing team at Viking Juvenile. I hadn’t heard of this book but after taking a peek at the description I am totally intrigued. It sounds very, very different and I can’t wait to check it out. It sounds like it could be a “me” book.

    While CLOSE MY EYES will be releasing on the 9th, I won’t get the chance to add it to the pile this week. But there are a couple of books that I hope to be able to read. And they are…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (July 7, 2013 – July 13, 2013)

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    First up on the pile is 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. I received a copy through a trade a couple of weeks ago and I cannot wait to check it out. Even though it’s not releasing until mid-September, I just can’t bring myself to wait.

    I always have every intention of reading this author’s books early and then they end up lingering on the TBR pile due to books I need to read for review. Well that’s not going to happen this time around.

    I love stories about parallel universes. I love that they overlap every twelve hours and that Josie and her doppelganger, Jo, get the chance to switch places. And I love that not everything is as it appears in Jo’s world and that in her universe there are “shadowy creatures [that] feed on human flesh.” How creepy is that?

    And of course Jo is an evil doppelganger and covets Josie’s life. Of course. Could it really be any other way? But I can’t wait to find out if Josie can figure out how to open the portal and take her life back. And I’m super curious as to why it might be “too late.”

    I’m supposed to wait to start on this week’s reading pile until Sunday, but I have a feeling that I’ll end up taking a peek just a little bit early.

    Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.

    Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

    Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

    Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

    But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

    By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

    From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

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    Next up on the pile is CONSUME by Melissa Darnell. I received an eARC from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley for the tour I’ll be on next month but I want to read it now.

    I think this is an adorable series and I loved meeting Savannah and Tristan last fall and can’t wait to continue their story in CONSUME. From the description – which is super spoiler-y for those who haven’t read CRAVE and COVET – it sounds like it will be an epic installment in this series.

    The description has me anxious to find out what happens between them, whether their love is strong enough to survive all that they have to go through or if it is the thing that the description hints must be sacrificed.

    While I initially planned on waiting until closer to the tour to add CONSUME to the pile, the description made waiting a total impossibility. I have to find out whether Sav and Tristan’s love – or Sav and Tristan themselves – will meet Shakespeare’s “violent ends.”

    These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which, as they kiss, consume.—William Shakespeare, Romeo and JulietTristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert’s joy—and despair. By changing the Clann’s golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

    As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I am all over the place with regards to my reading interests these days. And right now I really wish I had the time to read ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill. The book sounds amazing and devastatingly heartbreaking and the eARC I have sitting on my Kindle is just begging to be read. I just wish I could read it right now.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I went off-pile again this week but as it was a holiday week for me I did manage to read both of last week’s reads – REPLICA and EARTHBOUND – and I even managed to review one of them. I also finished reading DEFIANCE from the previous week’s pile and posted my review for that book, but I still have to finish and post my review for ASHES ON THE WAVES, which I hope to do on Monday.

    But I went off-pile to read two additional books this week. I was given the opportunity to read a book, that I can’t mention, super early and I jumped at the chance. And I wish I could review it and talk about it because it is one of my favorite reads this year. Yeah, it was that good.

    I also read Kasie West’s THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which I really, really wanted to read this week. And it was so unbelievably good that I sat down one morning and didn’t stop reading until I was done. Now I’m just trying to figure out how the heck I’m going to put my thoughts about it into a review.

    I decided that this was the week to focus on reviews. So I managed to finish a few of those reviews that were lingering and write others that needed to be written. But I still need to finish my reviews for IF I SHOULD DIE and INDELIBLE and as I’m totally burnt out they may have to wait until next weekend.

    And as I’m also in the mood to only read and not blog, it makes writing those reviews that much harder. But I’m trying.

    I’m just so happy that I had zero promo posts this week and actually had something to post each day. Even if the reviews I did post were rather eclectic ones – Sci-fi, New Adult, Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian and Contemporary.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I put in two requests on NetGalley this week, though I’m doubtful I’ll get approved for either. But a girl can hope…

    The Dream Thieves covercoming

    THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, Sep 17 2013)

    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott (Harlequin TEEN, Jan 28 2014)

    I was totally stoked to see THE DREAM THIEVES on NetGalley and I absolutely love the sound of Elizabeth’s Scott’s book whose cover is not yet revealed. So, until I hear otherwise, I shall keep my fingers crossed tightly for both.

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    And while I am also interested in a couple of the other books I saw, I didn’t want to get too greedy… so, for now I haven’t requested them. But they are…

    WITCHSTRUCK (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb (Harlequin TEEN, Sep 24 2013)

    THE SOCIAL CODE by Sadie Hayes (St. Martin’s Press, Sep 3 2013)

    UNFED by Kirsty McKay (Scholastic, Aug 27 2013)

    REIN IT IN (The A Circuit #4) by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Aug 27 2013)

    THE NAZI HUNTERS by Neal Bascomb (Scholastic, Aug 27 2013)

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    Having two days that I could dedicate to blogging made all the difference in the world in terms of staying on track with my reads and reviews. I can only imagine how productive I could be if I had five days to do so. Of course the only way that will happen is for me to retire. And that’s a LONG ways away.

    But I loved getting the chance to get lost in a few amazing books this week. I just wish that could happen every week. But with only those pesky 24 hours in a day, it doesn’t always allow for it.

    So I am super hopeful I’ll be able to read the two books on the pile this week and get the chance to review at least one of them. But with the work needed to be done for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, I might not have as much time as I want to. And with a ton of stuff to handle IRL I may only get an hour to read each day. Which is a major bummer.

    Anyway…

    I hope your summer has been drama free and that you’ve had a chance to read a few awesome books. And I hope with bookish events like ALA your reading piles aren’t completely out of control. Or if they are, then only in a good way.

    And if you’d like to share the books you’ve received and are planning on reading this week, leave a comment as I’d love to know!

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

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    Covet Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

    When I heard that Harlequin TEEN was putting together a tour for Melissa Darnell’s COVET through Kismet Book Touring I just had to take a chance on being a part of the tour. I had fallen very much in love with the cover for CRAVE last year and was desperate to get the chance to read it.

    Of course time passed, and all of a sudden the sequel was released and I still hadn’t had the chance to move it to the top of the pile. Well, I was hell bent on remedying that grievous error. So, when I heard that I was accepted onto the tour (YAY!) I moved CRAVE and COVET to the top of the pile and devoured both books.

    Which were super quick reads. And a lot of fun. Though COVET was a bit more… okay a lot more… heartbreaking. But my lips are sealed as to why.

    I love the idea of the all-powerful Clann pitted against the equally powerful and dangerous Vampires. I love the forbidden love story. And I love that Savannah was willing to sacrifice her heart… but I won’t say why that is, either. Sorry!

    While I don’t have a release date for the third book in the series, CONSUME, I will be picking it up when it releases next year to find out just what is in store for the characters.

    But in the meantime, for the tour, I have a super cool guest post on “Who and What are the Clann?” by the author, along with a giveaway for a copy of the book and a chance at an unbelievably awesome prize pack. Both courtesy of the publisher. So, be sure to check it out!

    And also be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more chances to win. They are linked below.

    First, though, here is just a little bit…

    About the Book

    Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.

    Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she’s becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

    Tristan can’t believe Sav won’t even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don’t expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

    A reckoning is coming…and not everyone will survive.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, INDIEBOUND, GOODREADS, SERIES WEBSITE

    About the Author

    Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction books. Born in California, she grew up in Texas and has also called the following states home since then: Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa and South Dakota. She currently lives in Nebraska with her husband Tim and two children, Hunter and Alexander, where she enjoys watching Whale Wars, Glee and True Blood, designing digital graphic products for the virtual world of Second Life, and of course writing her latest book.

    For information about her other books, please visit Melissa’s website at www.melissadarnell.com.

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

    Who and what are the Clann?

    The Clann is Irish Gaelic for “family” or “descendant”. They are a powerful group of families who originated in Ireland, probably from druids, before they immigrated to America and ultimately chose East Texas as their main headquarters (though Clann descendants are spread out all over the world to help secure a widespread power base).

    Their magical abilities are not religiously based; rather they are a dominant trait passed down through their families (like eye color, or being tall), so everyone born into one of the Clann families is almost guaranteed to have at least a small amount of magical ability. However, like a muscle, these abilities have to be used or they will atrophy. Also, training is needed to help each descendant learn how to control their power.

    Young teen descendants have the toughest time learning how to control their abilities. Grounding is a fundamental lesson each descendant must learn so that they can safely siphon off excess energy, or power, into the ground. This prevents the excess power from accidentally lashing out in dangerous and uncontrolled ways that could hurt the descendant or others around them. When a descendant uses power, all other descendants within that same area feel the use of that power as a prickling, “pins and needles” sensation along the back of their neck and down their arms.

    Advanced level descendants learn that the true secret to controlling their abilities is through controlling their willpower, and almost any spell can be made by focusing that willpower within their mind. Once they learn this, advanced descendants don’t even need to speak or use a hand gesture to send out a spell.  This can be a crucial life saving method in situations where a descendant is unable to speak or move.  However, if they are unconscious or unable to focus their thoughts enough to concentrate their willpower, their abilities will be rendered temporarily ineffective.

    Also, it is important for all descendants to remember that every spell is energy based and will eventually fade or run out if tested or fought against long enough. Each spell lasts depending on how much energy is injected into it by its caster, as well as the resistance it is met with. So for instance a car protection spell will last depending on how much willpower was injected into it, how often others or natural events try to cause harm to that car, and how often the spell’s creator adds more energy into the spell to restrengthen it.

    Descendants who fall in love with other descendants have the special ability of tapping into each other’s unconscious minds when they are both asleep, regardless of the miles separating their physical bodies.  However, there are spells that can be deployed to block this connection.

    Through strategic networking and use of both Clann-specific abilities as well as good old fashioned politics and money, the Clann has ensured its power as a whole by positioning its members into beneficial roles at the local, state and federal levels of government. The Colemans, who have led the Clann for the last four generations, are expected to continue their leadership role for the foreseeable future, with Tristan Coleman to follow in his father Sam’s footsteps.

    They have some pretty seriously awesome abilities. Especially as a group. I would not want to get on their bad side, that’s for sure. It must be pretty amazing to be able to connect in dreams, but I’m sure it’s also a hassle if you want to keep your thoughts private.

    I’m still not sure whose side I’m on. Tristan’s, definitely. But some of those Clann descendants are a bit too power hungry for their own – and everyone else’s – good. Though I have to say I’m not on Team Vampire Council either.

    But this guest post rocked. I loved learning more about the Clann, even though I’d never want to live anywhere near their stronghold.

    Thanks so much to Melissa Darnell, Harlequin TEEN and Kismet Book Touring for allowing me to be a part of the tour for COVET.

    The Tour

    Monday, October 8th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog
    Tuesday October 9th – Mundie Moms
    Wednesday, October 10th – Two Chicks on Books
    Friday, October 12th – Fiktshun

    Monday, October 15th – Better Read Than Dead
    Wednesday, October 17th – Reader Girls
    Friday, October 19th – A Soul Unsung

    The awesome folks at Harlequin TEEN are offering up a copy of COVET to six daily winners during the tour. (US/Canada ONLY.) So be sure to stop at all the stops on tour for more chances to win.

    And they’re also offering up a COVET Prize Pack to one Grand Prize winner.

    Oh yes I want that… I covet that prize pack.

    And while I won’t be entering the giveaway, you can by following the Rafflecopter instructions below…

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    My Reading Pile #82

    I had a bit of a surprise in this week’s mailbox. While I was expecting one of the books – as it’s for a giveaway – I did not expect the other. And as it’s one of the few books I’ve wishlisted that I don’t actually own, I’m totally psyched… at least I think I don’t own it….

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    Thanks to HarperCollins I got an ARC of ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill for the GIVEAWAY for my tour stop post. As I hadn’t specified in the giveaway what format – as I wasn’t sure if I’d be getting a finished copy or an ARC – I will leave it up to the winner and buy a finished copy if they prefer it. But who doesn’t love an ARC?

    Anyway… the amazing folks at HarperCollins also sent a copy of TWO OR THREE THINGS I FORGOT TO TELL YOU by Joyce Carol Oates. I had my eye on this book and may not have added it to my collection yet, so I’m super thrilled to have received a surprise ARC which I hope to get the chance to read really soon.

    I also received another audiobook copy (not shown) of OUTPOST by Ann Aguirre for review thanks to Macmillan Audio. As I’d been in the process of moving when they sent the first copy, they sent out another copy to my new address. I don’t quite feel right keeping this copy so I’ll have to check if they’d like it back or if they’d like me to offer it up for giveaway.

    I’m really hoping to be able to add ENCLAVE and OUTPOST to my pile next week, but for now…

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

    (October 7 – October 13, 2012)

    First up on the pile is COVET by Melissa Darnell. I’m on the blog tour for this book later this week and while I don’t have to read it for review, I want to. It’s quite the addictive series.

    I read CRAVE last week and wanted to pick this one up right away but had to read another review book first. Then I got a bit sidetracked. But I thought CRAVE was a lot of fun and I am super excited to find out more about Savannah, Tristan and the Clann.

    The ending to CRAVE was a bit cliffhanger-y and I did find myself immediately opening up COVET and reading the first few sentences before I had to drag myself away.

    I loved the forbidden love aspect and all the secret-keeping both Sav and Tristan were involved in. It created some really nice tension throughout. I hope to see more of the same in this book, which, from checking out the description, seems very likely.

    I am so curious as to just what Tristan does to “fight for the girl he loves” and am dying to find out just what those forces are that take them in directions “neither could have foreseen.”

    The description promises that not everyone will survive and I’m very nervous as to just who won’t.

    Now I just need to decide whether to read the eARC I have from the NetGalley courtesy of the publisher or the finished copy I have on my Kindle. Decisions… decisions….

    Next up on the pile is BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD by Gabrielle Zevin. I have the finished copy on my Kindle, but I will be listening to the audiobook edition I received for review. That is if I can get the computer set up that syncs with my iPhone this weekend so that I can listen to it. Otherwise I may do a mix of both.

    I listened to the first book in the series, ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE, in audiobook format and loved the narrator and the way she brought the story to life. But more than that I absolutely loved the book and couldn’t wait until the sequel was released.

    I’m so excited to finally go back to Anya Balanchine’s world and see what happened after that ending… which I won’t talk about as it is spoiler-y. But I’m really worried about the way things start out after having read the description. Especially about what’s going on with Win.

    It seems Anya will be taking a journey in this book. And the description hints that her heart “will be tested,” so of course I’m just dying to find out by whom.

    I really hope that I will be able to listen to it in its entirety this week, because I won’t be able to resist the urge to dive into the print edition if I can’t get the audiobook on my iPhone in time.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I really wish I could read the second book in Kresley Cole’s The Arcana Chronicles. But as it’s not yet out… and not even close to being released… I’ll just have to pine. For a long, long time.

    But if I could add another book to the pile this week it would once again be Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. Yeah, I am still wishing I was reading it right about now. I may not be able to resist its lure for much longer and so it may end up being a “read” book this week instead of just a wish.

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    Those left behind:

    While I’m still behind on older reading piles, I am not behind on last week’s pile. I read CRAVE early in the week, though I still have to write the review, and then devoured and reviewed ERASING TIME.

    But I did add a couple other books to the pile since I finished last week’s reading pile on Monday. I read POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole because I just couldn’t resist. It had been tempting me for ages and I gave in. And was so not disappointed. Well… I’m disappointed that I’ve finished it. But not at all disappointed at what I discovered.

    I also started reading, and will be finished by the time I start on this week’s pile, LOTHAIRE by Kresley Cole. No, it’s definitely not YA, but after Rachel of Parajunkee’s View mentioned it was really good on Twitter, I just had to take a peek. And then a longer one. I was going through intense KC withdrawal and just needed to read something more by her.

    Yeah, it was so worth it. And will be the perfect way to return to those non-YA reads I plan on reviewing on my non-YA blog.

    I am still hoping to sneak in QUARANTINE this week and STARLING which has been screaming at me. Loudly. Very, very loudly. Plus I will be reading DEVOUR ME because it’s all about Warner. Enough said.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I’ve managed to steer clear of NetGalley this week, though I’ve been tempted to stop by as I heard they have had a complete redesign/overhaul. But so far I’ve been good. But my strength is waning. And I think I’ll be checking it out this weekend.

    While I’ve been more motivated than I have been in the longest time to read this week, for some reason I’ve been exhausted. I’ve woken up most nights on the sofa, lying atop my Kindle. And woken up in bed in the morning in a similar situation.

    And while I’ve had every intention on getting ahead on my blog posts, that might have been too lofty a goal. I’ve managed to get a post up each day and even a few on my other blogs. But I’m definitely not ahead of the game.

    I am also, once again, just a bit behind on reviews. A situation I hope to remedy this week, if I can just get ahead on formatting those tour posts – and resisting the urge to read ahead in the read along for SWEET EVIL – I just might be able to catch up.

    I still haven’t found the charger for my Kindle, but I have more than one Kindle so I haven’t been too worried. Though I really hope to find it this weekend. Anyway… I’m rambling….

    I’d love to know what books you plan on reading this week and if you got any amazing books in the mail. And I hope that your reading week past was and your reading week ahead is successful.

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    My Reading Pile #81

    I was completely surprised to find out that I received an audiobook for review this week in the mail. Aside from a book supposedly sent to me, which I have yet to receive, I did not expect anything in the mail. And yet my mailbox wasn’t empty.

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    Thanks to Macmillan Audio I received an audiobook copy of OUTPOST by Ann Aguirre for review. I was not expecting it at all so it was an awesome surprise. And it gives me the perfect excuse to read the first book in the series, ENCLAVE, which I’ve been dying to read. It sounds like such a “me” series that I can’t wait to read book one and listen to book two. Which will definitely happen in a couple of weeks.

    Though I’d love to be able to pick both books up this week I will have to clear a few books off the pile first. But I can’t wait to finally get the chance to experience this series for myself.

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

    (September 30 – October 6, 2012)

    First up on the pile is ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill. I’m on the blog tour this week and my stop is a review stop so I can’t wait to finally check this book out and share my thoughts.

    I’ve been dying to read this book since I first heard about it. I love that the two main characters somehow end up trapped in the future in a world that’s completely different from the one they came from. And I can’t wait to see just how they manage to flee the government that brought them there.

    This book promises “adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions” and I can’t wait to read them all. This sounds like an awesome adventure story and I’m so super excited to meet Taylor and Sheridan and take the journey with them.

    I really hope they are able to escape with Echo and get back to their time. But I’m guessing with a sequel planned for next year, it might not happen at the end of book one.

    Next up on the pile is CRAVE by Melissa Darnell. Though I may end up finishing it before I finish ERASING TIME as I happened to pick it up just the other day and may not be able to set it down.

    I’ve been wanting to read this book since before its release. I even got an early copy, but wasn’t able to read it… until now. I love the idea behind this book and can’t wait to find out just how this story ends. I’m on the book tour for COVET in October and while I don’t have to read both books for review, I want to.

    I want to know more about The Clann and just why they are so afraid of Savannah Colbert. I want to know what’s so wrong about her being with Tristan. While I’ve read enough to know just what’s going on with Savannah, I still can’t imagine why The Clann is so wary of her. But I can’t wait to find out more.

    The cover for this book is awesome and so far it’s been a super fast and easy read and I’m hoping if I read quickly enough I’ll be able to sneak a couple other books onto the pile this week that I’m really looking forward to reading. But especially the sequel, COVET.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I have two wishful thinking reads this week, but as I am still not settled into my new place and I have a few “must read” books for review, I can’t add either one to the pile this week. The first is Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. It releases this week and I so desperately want to devour that book. It sounds just so utterly amazing I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist the temptation to read it.

    The next book is Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I think I’ve blathered on and on about this book enough, so I won’t do it again, but I’m desperate to get just a few hours to read this book. And I’m wishing, begging, pleading, that I’ll find those hours this week.

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    Those left behind:

    I have not had the chance to read QUARANTINE just yet. But I will be reading it this week after I finish ERASING TIME. So I’m not too far behind. What I am behind on are reviews. Which I must get caught up on by next week.

    And I really would love to get the chance to read a few of those “left behind” books from older reading piles. I have so many print books stacking up that I’d like to be able to pass along. I just have to read them first.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I’ve been good. No NetGalley this week. Although the lack of internet access for most of it was definitely a reason I was able to stay away. But I am getting so very curious to see what’s coming up that I may have to check. Especially now that I’ve halted all trading.

    I’ve learned one thing this past week and that’s moving and blogging don’t mix. Not only did I have zero time to write posts and post them, I didn’t have any energy left at the end of each long day to read.

    So, my reading pile has grown. Though I’ve managed to catch up on a few television series I’d downloaded on iTunes prior to getting stuck completely offline for a few days. Such a guilty pleasure.

    But now that I’ve found my Kindle I have no excuses. So it’s back to reading. Anyway….

    I hope you have an awesome reading week ahead with some envy-inducing reads on your pile.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #91

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

    These are books for the week of September 25th-October 1st that I had pre-ordered.

    Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel was released in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Del Rey, the print edition is 496 pages.

    Dearly, Beloved is the second book in the Gone With the Respiration series by the author.

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    I cannot believe I’m behind on this series and book two, Dearly, Beloved, is already happily residing on my Kindle. I have got to find a few moments to catch up on this series as it is one I’ve been dying to read ever since I first heard about it.

    I love the mix of the Victorian setting and zombies. I love that in this sequel there are pro- and anti-zombie factions. I love that “lines are being drawn.” And I can’t wait to meet Nora and Bram.

    I did sneak a peek at the description and I’m nervous about what might happen to Nora now that she’s a target. I hope that her father can find a cure, especially for this new strain of the virus.

    I can’t wait to get caught up on this series and I hope to do so in October. Any book described as “spellbinding” and “suspenseful” is one I want at the top of my reading pile. 

    Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Alice in Zombieland is the first book in author Gena Showalter’s new series, White Rabbit Chronicles. The second book in the series, Through the Zombie Glass will be released in 2013.

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    I am so excited that Alice in Zombieland if finally out. I wish this week hadn’t been so crazy or I’d have already read it. I’ve been waiting forever for its release. Forever.

    I love Gena Showalter’s writing. And this series about Alice and zombies sounds epic. I already spotlighted it earlier this month for my Book Watch post, so I promise not to ramble, gush, rave too much, but I can’t help but do so just a little bit.

    I am dying, just dying to meet Alice Bell and bad boy Cole Holland. I desperately want to know what happened to Alice’s family. And I’m so curious to see just how many elements from the original tale will be incorporated into this one which sounds every bit as exciting as the original. Yes, I did read the short excerpt on Amazon.

    I’m not sure which place is worse – Zombieland or Wonderland – but I can’t wait to read and find out. And I definitely plan on doing so in the next couple of weeks.

    The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 400 pages.

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    I hadn’t heard of The Other Normals until fairly recently when I was offered a copy through a trade. It sounded like a lot of fun so I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I love that this story is about a boy-turned-hero. That he is basically a D&D a gamer who gets caught up in a real life adventure to save a princess. That he has to embark on a quest that utilizes the skills he learned from his rpg. And that all of this happens at summer camp.

    This book sounds so very different from any of the books I’ve read in YA and I can’t wait to get the chance to pick this one up and meet Perry Eckert. I haven’t yet read anything by Ned Vizzini, but I am definitely excited to check this out later this fall.

    The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 448 pages.

    The Mephisto Kiss is the second book in author Trinity Faegen’s The Mephisto Covenant series.

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    I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, but I just had to order The Mephisto Kiss as I definitely plan on reading this entire series as it sounds super cool. Even though I haven’t yet read book one, I did sneak a peek at the description for this book and it sounds just as intriguing as the first.

    I am very curious to meet this Eryx and find out whether his plans to force President Ellis to pledge his soul are successful. And I can’t wait to find out if he discovers Jordan’s true identity before the Mephisto brothers find a way to save her.

    The description promises “romance, danger, and intrigue,” which are all very much things I love, so I can’t wait to finally get the chance to discover this series for myself and read both books back-to-back.

    Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Shadows is the second book in the Ashes trilogy by author Ilsa J. Bick.

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    I hadn’t heard much about Ashes before its release. But everyone was talking about it and how amazing it was, so I ordered it for my Kindle. And while I haven’t yet read it, I did order the second book in the series because I’m so curious to find out more about this series that everyone said was so incredibly chilling and a must read.

    The description for this sequel grabbed me immediately. Even if I hadn’t heard of this series before now, just checking out the first three sentences would have made me order this book.

    I am very interested in finding out just what kind of monster lives in Alex’s head and whether she is able to outrun the “demons of her past.” And I am so super curious to meet these humans in this apocalyptic society that may be the worst kind of monsters.

    I really, really hope to be able to catch up on this series later this month. If it’s as “haunting” as the description promises, then I can’t wait to be a new fan.

    Covet by Melissa Darnell was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 496 pages.

    Covet is the second book in The Clann series by author Melissa Darnell. The third book in the series, Consume, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I received an eARC of Covet through NetGalley for review as I am part of the tour later this month. But I had it pre-ordered long before then. I first heard of this series prior to Crave’s release and had that book pre-ordered, too.

    I hadn’t had the chance to read Crave when it released, though I am reading it now and it’s a quick, fun and engaging read so far. I’d fallen in love with the first book’s cover and the description was captivating. I wanted to meet the Clann and find out more about just why the main character, Savannah, was forbidden from having anything to do with them or with Tristan. And I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally pick it up and find out.

    I refuse to look at the Goodreads description for this sequel as I am in the middle of reading book one and I don’t want to read any potential spoilers. But I imagine that things don’t end perfectly for her and Tristan at the end of the first book and I can’t wait to find out just what happens with them in book two. If there is a “them” at the end of book one, that is….

    I definitely plan on reading this sequel in the next week or two. Maybe in the next few days. Even though I don’t have a review for my tour stop, I want to find out where this series is heading as I’m already hooked. And while I’m not quite as in love with the second book’s cover, I am definitely glad I have this next book ready for me to pick up just as soon as I finish book one.

    A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    A Fractured Light is the second book in the Beautiful Dark series by the author.

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    I cannot believe that A Fractured Light released this week. I don’t know how time passed so quickly between the release date for the first book in the series and this one. But somehow book two is already in my possession and I’ve yet to read book one.

    I have wanted to meet Skye, Asher and Devin ever since I first read the description. Especially Asher, who is described as being “dark and wild.” I fell in love with the cover. I fell in love with the love triangle. And I was instantly captivated by the “impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world.”

    So of course I had to pre-order this book. Because I want to find out what happens next even though I don’t yet know what happens first. I want to be able to continue reading from one book to the next without a break in between. And I want to find out just who Skye chooses. I really hope it’s Asher.

    The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Arthur A. Levine Books, the print edition is 304 pages.

    The Savage Fortress is the first book in the Ash Mistry Chronicles by author Sarwat Chadda.

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    I first learned about The Savage Fortress this summer during the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and pre-ordered it for my Kindle. While I received an early copy a couple of weeks ago, I know I want this book for my collection and I can’t wait until it downloads on Monday.

    I am super excited to meet Ash Mistry and go on the adventure with him as he is hunted by Lord Alexander Savage and his army of shapechangers. I can’t wait to see just how the author describes the fortresses and deserts that Ash encounters on his journey.

    The battle sounds epic. The legend sounds magical. And the adventure sounds like one that I can’t wait to embark upon with Ash.

    I will definitely be reading this book later this month and I just know it will be awesome.

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    The Turning by Francine Prose

    Pub. Date: September 25, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    With all the craziness that has been this past couple of weeks, I hadn’t realized I had eight books pre-ordered this week. I was quite surprised when seven of them downloaded on Monday Midnight.

    While Wolf Pact by Melissa De La Cruz releases this week in print, I have the eBook pre-ordered and that doesn’t release until next week, so I’ll include it then. And while Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey releases this week in eBook format, as I have both the eBook and print editions pre-ordered, I will include it during its official release week, next week.

    Most of the books releasing this week are sequels and I’m still way behind on all series, though I am so super thrilled and excited that Alice in Zombieland has released so that I can dive into that long-awaited book.

    I also just started reading Crave by Melissa Darnell and would have finished it in one sitting, as it’s a quick and easy read, but for the fact that I’ve been just so exhausted. The Dude blames the sea air. I blame that, the sunshine, and the fact that it’s been a grueling couple of weeks.

    But I really can’t wait to read Lia Habel’s series and Jocelyn Davies’ series as I heard they’re both awesome. And I can’t wait to check out The Other Normals as that book has me super curious.

    I hope that this winter gets me caught up on all my “dying to read” books, but we shall see. I still haven’t been able to resist purchasing every book I want to read. Which is why I have seven new books that I’d pre-ordered in my collection this week.

    But what about you? Any new reads that you’ve added that you’ve been pining for? Is Alice in Zombieland one of your most anticipated reads this week? I’d love to know!

    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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