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    RYAR Review: MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr

    Previously published on ReadingYA.rocks


    ABOUT THE BOOK


    MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr
    Published by HarperCollins on September 16, 2014
    Genres: Mystery, Thriller
    Provided by: Author
    Rating: 4 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

    For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


    REVIEW


    Melissa Marr’s MADE FOR YOU is an exciting and page-turning thriller. The story is dark and chilling, the killer is creepy and disturbing, and the mystery will keep you guessing. Told from multiple points of view, including the killer’s perspective, the author keeps things interesting by letting events unfold through more than just her main character Eva’s viewpoint.

    The stage is quickly set when Eva Tilling is nearly killed by an unidentified stalker known only as Judge. What at first seems like a hit and run turns out to be the first in a series of murders which are revealed to be connected to Eva. While the killer’s motivation is his obsession with Eva, he claims he is following the Lord’s plan. And as his need to deliver his message to Eva grows so does the danger to Eva and her friends.

    MADE FOR YOU adds an interesting twist to the typical mystery novel with Eva’s ability to foresee people’s deaths following her near-death “accident.” Not only does it make for a more suspenseful read, it gives the protagonist a way to catch the killer. And as it’s an unpredictable ability, and one that is not easily believable, it creates tension in the story for both characters and readers.

    I was quite surprised by the level of creepiness in this read. I did not expect the murders to be as shocking and horrifying as they were. I did not expect to learn what I learned about the killer’s “inspiration” for what he did. And I did not expect there to be a religious element to this story. The author went well beyond the standard boundaries in YA to craft her spine-tingling tale.

    I’m not the biggest fan of stories with “God made me do it” reasons for violence, but even with that as the driving force for the killer’s actions I found MADE FOR YOU to be a well-plotted, gripping and thoroughly entertaining read. And while I may have guessed who Judge was from the moment he was introduced, there was still some doubt and there were still plenty of questions needing answers to keep me engaged.

    From its small-town Southern setting with its restrictive set of rules as regards its social hierarchy, to its somewhat diverse group of characters who feel bound by those rules, to the main character’s psychic ability that let’s her see people’s deaths, to the fanatical, obsessive, creepy stalker turned murderer, MADE FOR YOU is a captivating, if unsettling, mystery.

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    MADE FOR YOU Blog Tour: Scavenger Hunt Excerpt + Giveaway

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    I am totally stoked to be hosting today’s RELEASE DAY stop on the MADE FOR YOU Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I am such a huge fan of Author Melissa Marr and I am so unbelievably excited for this book. (And if you’ve taken a peek at the early scavenger hunt stops, I just know you’ll agree with me.)

    MADE FOR YOU releases today. The wait is over. And I’m thrilled that everyone will finally get the chance to meet Eva Tilling, who I just recently had the pleasure of getting to know. You’ll get to learn more about her ability, find out whether it helps her and her friends, and discover whether she is able to stop a killer.

    If you haven’t yet, be sure to visit the previous stops on tour to read the sneak peeks and grab the scavenger hunt words. There are also a few fab reviews, in case you want to know what other readers thought about MADE FOR YOU.

    If you have checked out the earlier stops, then just scroll on down to my excerpt for the next peek and word. And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some pretty fabulous prizes.

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    About Made for You

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    Title: MADE FOR YOU
    Author: Melissa Marr
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

    For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

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    About Melissa Marr

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    Melissa grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college lit for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing.

    Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal) as well as various countries overseas. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens and Graveminder for adults.

    Wicked Lovely was her first novel; it was simultaneously released in the US and UK by HarperCollins in 2007 (with translation rights also sold in twenty-some countries). It debuted as a NY Times Bestseller and evolved into a multi-book series with myriad accolades and international bestseller lists.

    Her debut adult book, Graveminder, released to strong critical reception in 2011.  Following that she has edited anthologies with Kelley Armstrong (Enthralled and Shards & Ashes) and with her friend Tim Pratt (Rags & Bones), and released a second adult novel (The Arrivals) in 2013.

    With Kelley Armstrong, Melissa is the co-author of the Blackwell Pages trilogy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), a children’s series about the Norse myth of Ragnarök.

    Her upcoming HarperCollins 2014 release, Made For You, utilizes both her graduate degree in Southern Literature and her personal experience with stalkers in a story about a killer who terrorizes a small North Carolina town.

    Her first picture book (Bunny Roo) will be released in 2015.

    Currently, Melissa resides in Virginia with her spouse, children, and many dogs.

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    The Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

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    Everyone, of course, means only our closest friends, but they’re the same people I’ve spent the past few hours with—really, the past seventeen years with if I want to get technical. They’re my friends, and I love them. Sometimes, though, I want to be just a girl with her boyfriend, not a girl, her boyfriend, and their dozen closest friends.

    “Fine.” I blush a little before suggesting, “We could go to one of the bedrooms . . .”

    “With all of our friends out here?” Robert looks at me like I suggested we have sex on the coffee table.

    “Just to fool around,” I clarify.

    He leans in and kisses me briefly, lips closed, and then he wraps an arm around my waist. “Come on.”

    For a moment I think he’s agreed with me, but then I realize that he’s headed back to the sofa. He murmurs in my ear, “We can do that at your house any day. Tomorrow, I’ll meet you at Java the Hut, and then we’ll go to your house for a dessert.”

    I nod. There’s no way to say that it isn’t really physical contact I want.

    I want to feel swept away. I want to not sit here listening to gossip while Nate has sex in another room. I want to be wanted—and distracted. Instead, I sit next to Robert, our hands twined together, and resume the same routine.

    “You totally missed it,” Piper gushes. “You will never believe what Davey Jackson just did!”

    Nothing ever changes, not here, not for me.


    The Giveaway

    This tour includes some seriously wicked cool prizes…

    • ONE WINNER will receive a full paperback set of the 5 books in the Wicked Lovely series and the Wicked Lovely companion book and a hardcover copy of MADE FOR YOU – US only
    • ONE WINNER will receive a paperback of GRAVEMINDER and ARRIVALS and a hardcover copy of MADE FOR YOU – US only
    • ONE WINNER will receive a hardcover copy of MADE FOR YOU – US only

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Sept. 8th – Katie’s Book Blog – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Sept. 9th – Crossroad Reviews – Review

    Sept. 10th – Fire and Ice – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Sept. 11th – Reading with ABC – Review

    Sept. 12th – BookHounds YA – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Week Two

    Sept. 15th – Ticket to Anywhere – Review

    Sept. 16th – Fiktshun – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Sept. 17th – Seeing Night Reviews – Review

    Sept. 18th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Scavenger Hunt Excerpt

    Sept. 19th – Fictitious Delicious – Review

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    My Reading Pile #183

    MyReadingPileIt was an awesome week at the mailbox this week. A book I am so unbelievably excited to read showed up and a surprise book I’ve been hearing some amazing things about also showed up.

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    I received an ARC of ROOMS by Lauren Oliver courtesy of the publisher, Ecco, in anticipation of the tour I’ll be on this coming week. I plan on reading and reviewing it for my stop on the 19th and I have an amazing interview to accompany my post. I’m totally stoked and can’t wait to start reading.

    I also received a surprise finished copy of A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall, courtesy of the publisher, Swoon Reads. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and it sounds awesome and the cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to meet all the characters. It looks to be a super quick read and I’m thinking I just might take it with me on my mini sailing vacay later this week.

    And if you can believe it, I did not request a single eARC this past week. Nope, not one. I’m kind of surprised, but at the same time very happy to not add more to my never diminishing eARC collection on my Kindle.

    But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a couple of books that I am dying to read this week. And so…

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

    {September 14, 2014 – September 20, 2014}


    Made for You

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    First up on the pile is MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr. I received an eARC in anticipation of its tour, and I can’t wait to read it. While I am only sharing an excerpt for my stop, and my pre-order will arrive on Tuesday, I cannot wait to dive in just a few days before its release.

    I love Melissa Marr’s writing and I love YA contemporary and this book sounds so very, very awesome. I can’t wait to read this “twisted southern gothic tale,” meet Eva Tilling, and find out who is obsessed with her and why she awoke from an accident with the ability to foresee people’s deaths.

    The description promises murder, romance and an enthralling and wild ride. And I cannot wait to be taken along this weekend.

    The Description…

    Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

    For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


    Rooms

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    Next up on the pile is ROOMS by Lauren Oliver. I received an ARC from the publisher this past week for the book’s tour and I cannot wait to dive in on Sunday or Monday. Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer and I cannot wait to see how she tackles her adult debut that promises to be “haunting.”

    I may have already peeked at the answers the author gave to my interview questions, which makes me that much more excited to meet these characters, find out what happens with the ghosts that share the Walkers’ home, and what the “cataclysmic results” are when the spirit and human worlds collide.

    I just know I’m going to love the writing, I’m already intrigued by the story, so I have a feeling this will be one of those reads I’m not going to want to put down. If I can’t get to it late Sunday night, I’m going to clear my schedule on Monday evening so I can devour it in one sitting.

    The Description…

    The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways

    Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

    But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

    The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

    Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I really want to finish reading THE WITCHES OF EAST END by Melissa De La Cruz. I just binge watched the entire TV series and am all caught up and I really want to finally finish reading this first book and all currently released sequels. But as I have a ton of books sitting in my living room just begging to be read, I can’t go totally off-pile to read the series, as much as I desperately wish I could.


    Those Left Behind

    I am still reading INVISIBLE as I write this post. I will be finished by the time it goes “live” on the blog, but for now I’m not quite done reading. I plan on writing a review after my tour stop, but I will be posting it on Reading YA Rocks where I’ll be posting most of my YA reviews from now on.

    But I did post my review for FALLING INTO PLACE and have written my review for GET EVEN which I’ll be posting over on RYAR on its release date, Tuesday.

    And I did end up finishing and loving THE GIFTED DEAD and I hope to have a review written for it here on its release date, the 23rd.

    I also managed to write and post my reviews for BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins over on RYAR. And I should have my review for BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin on that blog either today or Sunday.

    Things were a lot less crazy this week at work, but I took the time to completely veg and binge watch The Witches of East End and catch up on Teen Wolf. So I didn’t get much reading done. (Yes, I’m glad I only added one book to the pile!)

    But I’m back to adding two books to the pile and I hope to read more than that. We shall see.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t request a single eARC from anywhere or anyone this week. I’m very proud of myself. Though I really want to search through old MRP posts to request some of those books I wanted to request but didn’t.

    Trying. To. Refrain.

    Anyway… there are a few interesting-sounding books on NetGalley this week.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING by Rachel Harris (Spencer Hill Contemporary, Sep 30 2014)

    EVERY UGLY WORD by Aimee Salter (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

    IMITATION by Heather Hildenbrand (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

    SHADOW CREATURES (Lost Worlds #2) by Andrew Lane (Pan Macmillan, Sep 11 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**


    I did not take the opportunity to blog a few hours each night this past week. While I did put some time into updating my features and review pages and writing a few reviews, I did not get ahead of things. I still have a ton of reading and a ton of post formatting to do for the upcoming tours I’m on.

    But part of the reason for my slacker-like qualities was that both the tweaks to Reading YA Rocks and the final design elements were completed. So I couldn’t resist spending some time figuring things out over there.

    It’s tough preparing to say goodbye to the blog that is Fiktshun. It’s a place I’ve been blogging at regularly for the past (almost) four years. It’s kind of crazy to even think about blogging somewhere new, especially with a viable blog here that I love. But a fresh start, something a bit less serious, with (hopefully) zero plagiarism incidents is something that I desperately need. And when the time comes to walk away for good, it might be just a little bit easier to say goodbye.

    I haven’t decided yet whether or not to move My Reading Pile over to the other blog or just post a sort of “Book Haul” and list my current reads. But in the next couple of weeks I’ll decide… I hope.

    Anyway… I hope you had as amazing a week at the mailbox as I did, that you read way more than I did, and that the books you read were awesome. And if you’d like to share what you’ve been reading and what you received, leave a comment or link so I can check it out.

    Happy reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #147

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

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

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    Teardrop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Allegiant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Description…

    One choice will define you.

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

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

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

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

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    The Dollhouse Asylum

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Description…

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

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

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

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

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

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    Rags & Bones

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    RAGS & BONES: New Twists on Timeless Tales by Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt et al will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

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

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

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

    Description…

    The best writers of our generation retell the classics.

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

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

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

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    Blood of an Ancient

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

    Published by Samhain Publishing, the book is 234 pages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Other Books of Note

    FreakboyFREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

    Pub. Date: October 22, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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

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

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    Reality BoyREALITY BOY by A.S. King

    Pub. Date: October 22, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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

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

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

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    IndigoINDIGO by Gina Linko

    Pub. Date: October 22, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A gift?

    A curse?

    A moment that changes everything. . . .

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

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

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    Other Releases

    THE GHOST PRISON by Joseph Delaney

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

    Pub. Date: October 15, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Happy bookish buying!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #145

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

    These are books for the week of October 8th-October 14th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Just One Year

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    JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman will be released in the U.S. on October 10, 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 Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 336 pages.

    JUST ONE YEAR is the second and final book in the Just One Day series by author Gayle Forman.

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    I have not yet read JUST ONE DAY but I pre-ordered JUST ONE YEAR the moment it was available to order for my Kindle and I cannot wait for its release this week. I wanted to read the first book in this two book series right away until I remembered that I loved reading both of Gayle Forman’s books in her If I Stay series in close proximity to one another.

    And I knew that once I met the characters in this series, I wouldn’t want to have to wait. So I thought it was better to wait without having met them.

    But now that both books will be available to read I cannot wait to meet Allyson and Willem and see what happens on the day they meet and in the year that follows. I have heard that both books in this series are amazing – not that I expected anything less – and I’m so excited to finally be able to find out for myself.

    If it’s as beautiful and emotional and heartbreaking as the author’s other series I just know there will be lots and lots of tears. But I also know it will be so worth it and this time I will be ready with the Kleenex box close at hand.

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    The heartrending conclusion—from Willem’s POV—to the romantic duet of novels that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day

    After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.

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    Desert Tales

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    DESERT TALES by Melissa Marr will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 272 pages.

    DESERT TALES is a companion novel in author Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series.

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    When I heard that there would be a companion novel in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series releasing, I nearly died. I have been desperately waiting for DESERT TALES’ release – and no, I did not read the manga – since the moment I first heard about it. And I am so unbelievably thrilled that release day is just about here.

    Maybe, finally, I’ll be able to read DARKEST MERCY because I won’t have to say goodbye to this series that I’ve loved forever. Having one more book in this series means that it doesn’t all end with that other book I’ve been both desperately wanting and refusing to read ever since I first got my hands on an early copy back in… 2011?

    While this won’t necessarily include all of those characters from the books I’ve known and loved, it is still in the world of. And according to the description, events from those other books are what set this faery tale in motion. So I’m really excited for its release and the possibility of reading DARKEST MERCY. Finally.

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    Return to the world of Melissa Marr’s bestselling series and discover how the events of Wicked Lovely set a different faery tale in motion…

    The Mojave Desert was a million miles away from the plots and schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that’s exactly why Rika chose it as her home. The once-mortal faery retreated to the desert’s isolation after decades of carrying winter’s curse inside her body. But her seclusion—and the freedom of the desert fey—are threatened by the Summer King’s newfound strength. And when the manipulations of her trickster friend, Sionnach, thrust Rika into a new romance, she finds new power within herself—and a new desire to help Sionnach protect the desert fey and mortals alike. The time for hiding is OVER.

    Originally presented as a manga series, and now available for the first time as a standalone novel, Desert Tales combines tentative romance, outward strength, and inner resolve in a faery story of desert and destiny.

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    Bang

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    BANG by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 Simon Pulse, the print edition is 256 pages.

    BANG is the second book in author Lisa McMann’s Visions series. The third book in the series, GASP, is slated for release on June 3, 2014.

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    I absolutely love Lisa McMann’s writing and am super excited for the release of BANG, the second book in this series. I have not yet read the first book, but only because I’ve been trying to wait to begin series until at least the second book has been released.

    I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to try and wait for GASP to be released next spring before I dive into CRASH and BANG. I remember having to anxiously wait for GONE’s release and that was torturous. So maybe I should.

    But it’s been ages since I read a book by this author and I miss that unique style she has. So I don’t think I’ll be able to wait the eight months until the third book will be available. I’m not confident I’ll even be able to wait for the end of the month. Only time will tell….

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    Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.

    Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.

    Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…

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    Resist

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    RESIST by Sarah Crossan will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    RESIST is the second and final book in author Sarah Crossan’s Breathe series.

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    I am so upset that I didn’t get to read RESIST before its release. I received an eARC and desperately wanted to get this book on the pile ages ago, but that didn’t happen. So I will most likely end up reading the finished copy which is set to download to my Kindle on Monday Midnight instead of the eARC. But I definitely plan on readng it soon.

    I’m just so sad that it’s only a two book series. I really loved getting to meet Quinn, Alina and Ben in BREATHE and would have loved to have more than just the two adventures through this oxygen deprived world.

    I am super curious to see how this series ends, to find out whether all three characters will survive in the Outlands. I am anxious to find out what happens with the revolution they started and whether they’ll be able to save human society. The description promises a “thought-provoking” and “unforgettable” novel and I am so desperately in need of one of those right about now.

    Hopefully I will be able to sneak it onto the pile later this week or some time next weekend.

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    The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan’s Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what’s left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.

    Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there’s enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod’s Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie. Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.

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    The Brokenhearted

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    THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 352 pages.

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    I received an eARC of THE BROKENHEARTED and am actually reading it right now and hope to have it finished before it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday. I am on the tour for this awesome-so-far novel tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what happens with Anthem.

    I don’t want to risk spoiling anything, though I’m only about one-quarter of the way into this story so there’s not too much to spoil, but it’s totally got me hooked. I’m curious about where this story is headed as the description doesn’t reveal very much. And I refuse to take a peek further into the story to find out.

    The description compares it to The Dark Knight and Cinder, a film and a book that I love, love, love. So I’m totally excited to get back to reading just as soon as I finish writing this post.

    And I cannot wait for it to download on Tuesday so that I can have the finished copy in my permanent collection.

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    A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

    Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

    The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.

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    Phantom Eyes

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    PHANTOM EYES by Scott Tracey will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and in paperback format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    PHANTOM EYES is the third and final full-length book in Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series.

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    I am so unbelievably heartbroken that Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series has come to an end. But I am totally stoked that the final version of PHANTOM EYES will be downloading this week, as I’m dying to know if there are any differences from the eARC I read.

    Because I love this series, I do not want to reveal too much in this post about what happened in this final book. I’ll just say that there were tears, there were moments that I may have screamed out loud about what went down, and there may have been a few smiles and smirks.

    PHANTOM EYES was the book I spotlighted for my Book Watch post the other week, so I will try to wind this ramble down quickly by just saying that this is an epic finish to an awesome series and I wholeheartedly agree with the description when it says that “victory comes with a cost.” Yes. Yes it does.

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    Every child in Belle Dam is taught about the feud from an early age. There are ‘our’ people and ‘their’ people. Friends and enemies. Associates and strangers. It’s the kind of town where eyes are always watching, and you don’t need a reason to sell out your neighbors.

    But the feud is a lie. As a new wave of fury sweeps through the town, creating a third front to an already overtaxed war, Braden has been broken worse than ever. His innocence? Shattered. His heart? Crushed. His magic? Gone. His new life? Ruined. And this is only the beginning.

    Beneath the city lay deep wellsprings of power. The one who controls them is the one who will win the feud. In a city filled with puppet masters, Braden must elude their strings and end the feud once and for all. But first, he must outsmart his father, evade Catherine’s dark magic, regain what was stolen from him, trick a phantom who refuses to die, and foil a demon’s master plan.

    Even then, he may not survive. Because power is a problem, and victory comes with a cost…

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    Blythewood

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    BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 496 pages.

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    I received an unexpected print ARC of BLYTHEWOOD from the publisher a month or so ago, which put this book on my radar, as I hadn’t previously heard about it. And while I wasn’t able to sneak it onto the pile before its release date, I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle because this is a book I definitely plan on reading and think would make the perfect addition to my collection.

    The first line after the “welcome” message totally grabbed my attention. A character who escaped from an insane asylum is one I just have to meet. A story set at an elite boarding school with a “dark secret” is one I have to visit.

    And with a description that promises a “vivid and atmospheric” read “full of mystery and magic” and romance, BLYTHEWOOD is a book that I absolutely must read.

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    Welcome to Blythewood.

    At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.

    But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.

    Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.

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    Pull Down the Night

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    PULL DOWN THE NIGHT by Nathan Kotecki will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HMH Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    PULL DOWN THE NIGHT is the second book in author Nathan Kotecki’s The Suburban Strange series.

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    I have not yet had the chance to read the first book in this series but have pre-ordered PULL DOWN THE NIGHT so that I can read both books back-to-back. I received an early copy of THE SUBURBAN STRANGE, but was in a bit of a quirky reading mood at the time and didn’t get the opportunity to devour it.

    Now that the sequel’s release is just about here, I definitely want to try to get both books on the pile so I can meet Celia, find out more about the Rosary and learn why girls at Suburban High are having “near-fatal accidents” just as they’re about to turn sixteen.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description for this second book in the series and I’m curious to see if this book is told from the POV of Bruno, a new character. I can’t wait to find out more about his supernatural abilities and to see just what “cosmic battles” he gets involved in.

    But I’m also super curious to experience this series from both Celia and Bruno’s perspectives. And I hope to be able to do so some time next month.

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    This year at Suburban High School is just as troubling as the last. A curly-haired girl ghost is disrupting lives with dreaded “kiss notes,” and students are inexplicably sinking into depression. Bruno—the new kid on the block—finds himself at the center of the mystery when he discovers his natural map-reading abilities are actually supernatural. When the reluctant hero isn’t engaged in cosmic battles against evil, Bruno is swooning over the mesmerizing Celia (from The Suburban Strange) and navigating the goth sensibilities and musical obsessions of the Rosary, her über-chic clique. A hypnotic coming-of-age novel that chills and thrills.

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    Other Books of Note

    StrikeforceSTRIKEFORCE (Skyship Academy #3) by Nick James

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Two brothers battle for one planet’s fate

    Earth is under attack by the alien Authority. Cassius Stevenson and his brother Jesse Fisher, descendants of the planet Haven’s resistance forces, are the catalyst and key to marshaling Earth’s remaining resources and warding off the invasion.

    But the Authority has only begun to fight. Their terrible new weapon sends Earth’s defenders—Skyship soldiers, the Surface government, and an army of Drifters—into turmoil. Alliances shift, traitors are revealed, and soon Earth’s last chance at salvation lies in the hands of one brother who must make the ultimate sacrifice.

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    Death and the Girl He LovesDEATH, AND THE GIRL HE LOVES (Darklight #3) by Darynda Jones

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister. Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul. And on top of that she’s seeing visions. This is nothing new for Lorelei. But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world. Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril. Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil.

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    PremeditatedPREMEDITATED by Josin McQuein

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.

    Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

    Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

    Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

    Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

    Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

    By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.

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    Time After TimeTIME AFTER TIME (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

    It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?

    Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

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    No AngelNO ANGEL by Helen Keeble

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn’t exactly heaven on Earth.

    Raffi’s about to learn that St. Mary’s is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he’s no angel-but it’s pretty hard to deny that there’s some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

    Helen Keeble’s debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it “refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.” No Angel brings you angels and demons like you’ve never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.

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    The Cutting Room FloorTHE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR by Dawn Klehr

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

    Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she’s publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

    Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn’t know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez’s web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.

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    Backward GlassBACKWARD GLASS by David Lomax

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Crack your head, knock you dead, then Prince Harming’s hunger’s fed.

    It’s 1977, and Kenny Maxwell is dreading the move away from his friends. But then, behind the walls of his family’s new falling-apart Victorian home, he finds something incredible–a mummified baby and a note: “Help me make it not happen, Kenny. Help me stop him.”

    Shortly afterwards, a beautiful girl named Luka shows up. She introduces Kenny to the backward glass, a mirror that allows them to travel through time. Meeting other “mirror kids” in the past and future is exciting, but there’s also danger. The urban legend of Prince Harming, who kidnaps and kills children, is true–and he’s hunting them. When Kenny gets stranded in the past, he must find the courage to answer a call for help, change the fate of a baby–and confront his own destiny.

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    One Crow AloneONE CROW ALONE (After the Snow #0.5) by S.D. Crockett

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    “They say it’s going to get worse. That it’s not going to end.”

    The snow won’t stop falling in this dangerous-new-world.

    The long, bitter winters are getting worse, and a state of emergency has been declared across Europe. In Poland, the villagers are subject to frequent power cuts and fuel shortages. After the death of her grandmother and the evacuation of her village, fifteen-year-old Magda joins forces with the arrogant, handsome Ivan and smuggles her way onto a truck bound for London – where she hopes to find her mother. But London, when they reach it, is a nightmarish world, far from welcoming. Riots are commonplace and the growing chaos is exploited by criminals and terrorists alike. Magda’s mother is not to be found, and as the lost girl struggles to come to terms with her changing situation, she eventually becomes friends with a rag-tag group of travellers planning a new home and future. They will need all the cunning and know-how they possess as they realise that the frozen wilderness of Britain has become just as lawless as the as the city.

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    Emerald GreenEMERALD GREEN (Ruby Red Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.
    She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

    This stunning conclusion picks up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

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    RedRED by Alison Cherry

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.

    Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:

    I know your secret.

    Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say “strawberry blond.” Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.

    Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?

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    Beauty's DaughterBEAUTY’S DAUGHTER by Carolyn Meyer

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?

    Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War.

    In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione’s life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war—and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?

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    The Eye of MindsTHE EYE OF MINDS (The Morality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Mindsis the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

    Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

    But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

    The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
    And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
    But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

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    Bzrk ReloadedBZRK Reloaded (BZRK #2) by Michael Grant

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From best-selling author Michael Grant, comes the highly anticipated, terrifying, and mind-bending second book in the BZRK trilogy. 

    The entire BZRK cell–including Noah and Sadie–has been left in pieces after the last round of battle with the Armstrong Twins, conjoined brother who plot to rob mankind of its free will. Vincent’s mind is shattered, and his memories hold dangerous secrets–secrets that Lear, BZRK’s mysterious leader, will stop at nothing to protect.

    Meanwhile, Bug Man has taken control of the President’s brain, but playing with sanity is a dangerous game. The consequences can spiral way out of control, and the Armstrong Twins are not people Bug Man can afford to disappoint.

    The nano is as terrifying, exhilarating, and unpredictable as ever. But the wall of secrets that surrounds it is cracking. What will it reveal? And once the dust has settled, who will be sane enough to find out?

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    Romeo and JulietROMEO & JULIET by William Shakespeare

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Ember

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    This exclusive edition of Romeo and Juliet includes William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy as well as the newly adapted screenplay by the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes.

    The full-color photo insert of the film’s cast features Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet, Douglas Booth as Romeo, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio, Ed Westwick as Tybalt, and Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence. Emmy-award winning Fellowes has also written an introduction for this unique edition.

    Experience the heartbreaking romance of the infamous star-crossed lovers whose passion ignites amidst feuding families.

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    Other Releases

    THE KINGDOM OF LITTLE WOUNDS by Susann Cokal

    THE MIDNIGHT DRESS by Karen Foxlee

    THE EXTRA by Kathryn Lasky

    BACKWARDS by Todd Mitchell

    JUVIE by Steve Watkins

    MUCKERS by Sandra Neil Wallace

    COALTOWN JESUS by Ron Koertge

    ENDLESS by Amanda Gray

    SEASON OF THE WITCH by Mariah Fredericks

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    Ack, it’s another eight book week! And I am pretty sure Inara Scott’s A SLEEP SO DARK is releasing this week. So I’m keeping an eye on Amazon so that I can download it to my Kindle when it does release.

    Plus I might have STRIKEFORCE, DEATH, AND THE GIRL HE LOVES and TIME AFTER TIME pre-ordered, though I refuse to check as the thought of adding eleven books to my Kindle this week is kind of freaking me out. And as I’ve only read one-and-a-quarter of the books being added to my collection, it means my TBR pile is growing. Rapidly.

    I am hopeful that next week there will be fewer releases that I “must have” as this past couple of months of bookish purchases have been hugely expensive. And as my Kindle refuses to download any more books, I’m forced to archive the ones I do have so that I can download new ones from the cloud.

    I probably should move off the books that I’ve already read, but I love, love, love most of those books and I want to have them with me always, not hanging out on some random cloud.

    Anyway, I wish you the best of book buying weeks and I hope that at least one of this week’s releases is a must read for you. If there are any other books that I’ve missed that you think I should know about, please 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: Releasing This Week #112

    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 February 19th-February 25th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Shards & Ashes

    SHARDS & ASHES by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong et al will be released in the U.S. on February 19, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    SHARDS & ASHES includes stories from Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder, Melissa Marr, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, Carrie Ryan, and Margaret Stohl.

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    I am not the world’s biggest anthology reader, but when there is an antho filled with stories from some of the most amazing authors in YA I just have to add it to my collection.

    And SHARDS & ASHES sounds incredible. Not just because of the authors, but because of their stories. Dystopian stories. Stories of “chemical warfare and cruel gods.” Stories of disease and corruption. Stories where “courage is tested.”

    While I won’t be reading the entire anthology in one sitting, I will most definitely be reading a story here, a story there, in between my required reads over the coming weeks.

    How to Lead a Life of Crime

    HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME by Kirsten Miller will be released in the U.S. on February 21, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 358 pages.

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    I recently discovered HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME on NetGalley and while I didn’t request it for review, I did pre-order it. The title and book cover were totally eye-catching and the book’s description makes it sound all sorts of gritty.

    I love that this story involves a school that trains criminals. I love that Mandel Academy has been around for “over a century.” And I love that in order to graduate the students have to be the most ruthless.

    But more than that, I’m so curious as to what happens to those that don’t. The description says they “disappear” and I’m guessing that’s a disappearance of the permanent variety.

    I can’t wait to meet Flick. His criminal behavior seems just a bit less harsh than some of the other students, so he just might be redeemable. I’m curious to see whether he does join forces with his ex or if they take the competition more seriously and battle for the chance to graduate.

    I haven’t yet read anything by author Kirsten Miller, but with HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME I’m so very excited to get the chance. And I will definitely be checking this out on release date.

    Mind Games

    MIND GAMES by Kiersten White will be released in the U.S. on February 19, 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 256 pages.

    MIND GAMES is the first book in Kiersten White’s new series of the same name. The second book, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I can’t believe MIND GAMES is releasing this week. I’d had an early copy which I gave away before I got the chance to read it, but I’m super excited for the chance to read it now that it is releasing.

    As I’ve already spotlighted MIND GAMES for my Book Watch post a few weeks back, I won’t go on and on and on. But I am still just as excited to meet Fia and Annie. I’m just as curious to see what they’re forced to do with their abilities. And I’m so very intrigued by this story that’s dubbed a “psychological thriller.”

    I love “intense” books and if this is just as intense as the description promises, then I will be hooked. And as this is such a different type of story from the author’s Paranormalcy books, I’m that much more excited to read it. Which I hope to do very, very soon.

    Other Books of Note

    Crash and Burn

    CRASH AND BURN by Michael Hassan

    Pub. Date: February 19, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Different Girl

    THE DIFFERENT GIRL by Gordon Dahlquist

    Pub. Date: February 21, 2013

    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Neferet's Curse

    NEFERET’S CURSE (House of Night Novellas #3) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

    Pub. Date: February 19, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    It’s the calm before the storm… or perhaps, given how many books released last week, it’s the calm during the eye of the storm.

    I only have three books pre-ordered, though I may have pre-ordered the novella for NEFERET’S CURSE, even though I’d stopped reading that series and won’t continue reading it again until it ends. I have this morbid fascination to see just how long it will drag on and what the authors can possibly do to make it continue. Anyway…

    There are three titles I am super excited about that will be downloading to my Kindle this week. And while I will likely be reading the anthology piecemeal, I hope to devour both MIND GAMES and HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME in the next few weeks.

    I am getting nervous about just how many books will be releasing at the end of February and the beginning of March, because there is no WAY I’ll be able to catch up anytime soon. So I hope to be able to read both books releasing this week before those other tempting reads download.

    Anyway… I hope you have some great books being delivered to your door, to your bookstore or to your eReader this week. Happy acquiring and 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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    Blogoversary Guest Posts, Wrap Up + Giveaway III

    Well, it’s the final day of my blogoversary celebration. And it definitely feels like I’m closer to my third year of blogging than my second. Wow, November seems like a really, really long month.

    And while I am a little sad that it’s over, I’m glad to get back to posting as usual this week. Minus a review or two while NaNoWriMo continues to kick me.

    It was so amazing to have so many bloggers on the blog this past ten days to share their thoughts about blogging and to share their wisdom. Each of the bloggers has been at this for over a year, several for longer than two, and I am so thankful each and every one of them is a part of this community.

    It’s nice to know that there are others out there going through exactly what I am. That while I do this thing all by my lonesome attached to the internet by a keyboard or two, I’m not really alone. Because there are thousands of other amazing bloggers doing exactly the same thing. Pouring their thoughts out onto the digital page for the world to see.

    Each of us struggling to formulate sentences that make sense, that captivate, that draw readers to our page again and again. Each of us hoping that our voice stands out in the crowd, if not every day, then at least once. And each of us tackling the hard work, pushing past the drama and overcoming the doubt that comes along with the excitement, thrills and moments of unadulterated joy that are all very much a part of being a book blogger.

    I am still so shocked that I’ve managed to do this thing for two years, just about day in and day out. I am still surprised to see that I’ve published over 1,000 posts on this blog. I’m always puzzled by the fact that there are actually people that want to follow me on Twitter aside from spammers, marketers or auto-followers. And I can’t believe that while I don’t have the best ranking, consistent traffic or huge following, that there are these wonderful readers that do visit often, that leave a comment, that make me grin from ear to ear, and that make every moment worth it.

    While the landscape has changed over the past two years – the number of blogs has grown, the drama has increased tenfold, the tension has risen, several blogs I started out with are no more, several bloggers have shifted their focus to writing, and each year new debut authors replace the previous year’s group – there are still those bloggers going strong that I first met when I started out. Those blogs that existed long before mine did are still run by bloggers who are icons and pillars of this community. And the authors I knew of and loved before I became a book blogger are ones that I adore even more two years down the road – a few of them are ones I’ve actually had the courage to communicate with.

    Yes, that still makes me giddy.

    And those bloggers I looked up to for their wisdom and guidance when I barely knew what CSS, HTML, Widget and Sidebar even meant, are still there to offer their expertise – Pam of Bookalicious, who seems to know everything about everything, Rachel of Parajunkee’s View, whose weekly advice about blogging I stalk regularly, Lisa of A Life Bound by Books whose professionalism I admire greatly and who does a tremendous job of showcasing the books and authors she adores, and Alex of Electrifying Reviews, who manages to consistently blog, be just as passionate about as ever about books and who seems to juggle more than anyone I know.

    And before I wrap up my part of this post and pass my blog along to the two amazing bloggers I have sharing their wisdom today, I have just one final piece of advice to share.

    Make friends with Google.

    That’s right. Google. When I first started out I knew no one. I was incredibly shy – I still am – and I would never have thought to ask for guidance from anyone. So I made friends with Google. I typed in those questions I needed answers to. And Google provided answers. Most of the time.

    When I wanted to make a grab button for my post, Google gave me links to a few sites that showed me how. When I wanted to learn how to turn my image into a favicon, Google was there to give me a favicon generator.

    When I needed guidance on how to manually create a colored text box around my descriptions? Yep, you guessed it. Google. Everything I learned during my first year of blogging I learned from searching for answers on Google. And much of what I learn today comes from there too. Though I couldn’t have transitioned my blog from Blogger to WordPress without Parajunkee’s step-by-step instructions.

    There are amazing videos that give visual demonstrations if you need answers. If you want to understand the difference between <p style> and <br /> and &nbsp, just search for it. It’s all there. Laid out in an easy to understand way by people much more skilled than I will ever be. Which is why I stalk those forums and tech blogs and instructional videos on a weekly basis.

    And while it’s not always quick or easy to find an answer, the answer is out there.

    Definitely don’t be afraid to ask for help from others in the blogging community. We are a helpful bunch. But if you don’t want to wait… I hate waiting… sometimes you can find a quick fix on Google.

    Anyway…. with that said, let me now turn the blog over to my final two guests.

    Alaiel of Librarian Mouse

    On how to keep up and don’t forget yourself in the middle

    We bloggers all know that we LOVE ARCs or eARCs, right? It’s one of the perks of being book bloggers and usually, when we already have an audience whom to share with, we reach out to publishers/authors and ask for that book we can’t wait to read.

    We might even get access to NetGalley -that frenemy of mine…- and go crazy (crazy, I’m telling you) and start requesting so many eARCs that soon we will find ourselves surrounded and overwhelmed by so many books. And then you might start to panic a little bit. And then stress out. And finally hyperventilate.

    So, my advice (because I’ve been there) is that you take a deep breath, relax and decide to be a little more picky. Yes, that’s right. Before requesting an ARC ask yourself if you really want it and if so ask yourself if you will be able to read it before publication date. If the answer is no then you are doing a favor to no one and you will, most likely, take someone else’s chance of reading and writing a review about it.

    The most important thing is: be yourself. Read the books you like, the books that hold (or you think might hold) a meaning to you, that might have an adventure you could love. And don’t forget to read and review the books that are on your TBR pile ’cause, let’s be honest, we always have a pile… and it never ends!

    FIND ALAIEL…

    TWITTER, FACEBOOK, LIBRARIAN MOUSE, GOODREADS, PINTEREST

    NetGalley is a frenemy of mine too! But I totally agree that keeping the requests to a minimum alleviates much of the stress! It’s so easy to try for every book you might think you want. But unless you are a fast reader or have some extra time to power through every book you’ve requested, being picky is key.

    Thank you so much, Alaiel for sharing your advice! And yes, those TBR piles are endless!

    For a little background…

    I am pretty sure I first met Alaiel during Armchair BEA 2011. Her blog’s name was so distinctive that it stood out to me. I mean, how cool is the name Librarian Mouse!?!

    But I got to know Alaiel much better through email and during the SSRC. I was so thrilled that she decided to participate in the event and even more stoked that she read and loved the books by one of my favorite authors of all time… the always amazing Rachel Vincent.

    Alaiel is so super nice and I love that she reads and blogs about the books she wants to, not just the popular books that bring high traffic to her blog. If you haven’t met her or her lovely blog yet, be sure to click on the links above. She is definitely someone worth getting to know in the blogosphere.

    Julie of My 5 Monkeys

    Julie has offered to share a post she had on her blog about the positive aspects of blogging. I’ve excerpted a portion of that post, but if you’d like to read it in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

    Well I think that with blogging comes great responsibility. I have had some wonderful invitations that I never would have had the opportunity without blogging. I have made some wonderful friends in real life that I would never have made. I think that I am more social and willing to help someone in need….

    I am more willing to share my books with total strangers within the blogging world. I have also made some amazing friends that its nice to talk to about a good book or bad book.

    I think that there are times that I want to stop blogging and just enjoy reading books. But I also think that their support and sharing of books, helps me get through all those times.

    FIND JULIE…

    TWITTER, FACEBOOK, MY 5 MONKEYS

    There are so many amazing opportunities that open up to book bloggers. I wish I had the chance to attend all the wonderful signings, author events and conferences!

    But I can’t agree with you more about the friendships. Like you I’ve become much more social than I ever was before. And having friends in the community makes it easier to keep going when you do want to stop blogging and just read those books on the pile.

    Thank you so much, Julie, for sharing your blogging experience and wisdom. You have an amazing blog and the fact that you can keep up your blogging and take care of your five “monkeys” is such an inspiration.

    For a little background…

    I think I first met Julie on Twitter. She was chatting with Jaime of Two Chicks On Books, I believe. But I’d actually known of Julie long before we first spoke. Because I’d seen her blog’s design on the Parajunkee Design website during the almost six months I stalked that blog before getting the courage up to add my name to the waiting list. And I clicked the link to visit her site more than a few times.

    Her blog was so pretty and whimsical. But I was awed by the fact that it seemed as if she’d been blogging forever. Which she has been and still is. And I’m so glad that she has decided to remain a part of this bookish community. Because she is one of the nicest bloggers I know of online. And even though I don’t know Julie well, I do know that she’s incredibly helpful, is so kind and supportive and someone whose absence from this community would leave a pretty huge hole.

    So be sure to check out her awesome blog or say hi on Twitter!

    As this is the final day of my Blogoversary Celebration, I thought I’d share an ARC I received through a trade of…

    My Blogoversary Celebration Day 10 Giveaway is for an ARC of SHARDS & ASHES by Melissa Marr, et al that I received through a trade to ONE winner. The ARC looks to be in great condition and will be sent via U.S. mail.

    And as I hadn’t chosen to give away a book of either blogger’s choice, I’m including a couple of extra entry opportunities to follow them on Twitter.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below, and all my usual giveaway rules apply. (See my giveaway policy if you have any questions.)
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