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    Moonset Blog Tour: Character and Author Interviews + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be a part of the tour for MOONSET by Scott Tracey who happens to be one of my very favorite authors. I had the chance to read MOONSET early and may have read it more than once… more than twice… more than that, even… and I can only say that it was amazing and where’s the sequel?

    While I won’t be posting my review as part of the tour – apparently I have several posts scheduled for today – it will be up on the blog on Wednesday. So if you’d like to see what I thought about the Moonset coven, its legacy and its characters, feel free to stop back then.

    For today, though, I have an awesome interview with children of MOONSET and with the author. And while I’d love to ramble on for awhile, because this post is long and because the interviewees are much more interesting than I could ever be, I’ll stop now.

    Of course I have to share the book’s description – just in case you haven’t seen it – some places where you can find it online, a short bio of this incredibly talented author (with photo) and places where you can find him online.

    If you’re already a fan and know all about this book and author, then just skip ahead to the interview and be sure to check out the giveaway below for a chance to win one of five copies of the book!

    Now, without any further ado, may I present to you….

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    Moonset

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    About the Book…

    Moonset, a coven of such promise . . . Until they turned to the darkness.

    After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their parents started.

    A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans . . . or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them .. .

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    About the Author…

    Scott Tracey is a YA author who lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think).

    He is the author of WITCH EYES, chosen as one of Amazon’s Best LGBT Books of 2011, as well as an ALA Popular Paperback in the Forbidden Romance category. The final book in the WITCH EYES trilogy, PHANTOM EYES, will be released in the fall of 2013.

    He is also the author of MOONSET, a new series which will be released April 8, 2013, as well as a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology, edited by Cassandra Clare.

    His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm which led to nearly being shot by the police; attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and once moving cross country for a job only to quit on the second day.

    His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.

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     The Interviews
    Justin…

    Even though you’re not the oldest you seem to be the one in charge, the one trying to keep the peace. How do you feel about shouldering this burden? Are you angry that Mal hasn’t taken the lead?

    It has to be someone’s job. I don’t mind that it’s me. I mean, it’s not easy all the time: trying to keep everyone from killing each other is a full time job on even a good day. Mal gets too angry sometimes, he wouldn’t make a good mediator. So I think it’s a good thing that it’s me. At least I can try to make everyone happy.

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    Would you rather be normal – no magic, not related to the Moonset coven – or is having magic worth all the negatives?

    Ouch. Give up my family just to be free from who I am? Never. I mean, sure magic might have its downsides, but I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t have all of them. They’re my family. I like who I am. I like who they are. And how would I ever make up for what my parents did if I didn’t have the gifts that I have?

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    Jena…

    What do you think about Carrow Mill? If you knew your last expulsion would land you in this town would you have done it anyway?

    We moved from the middle of No-One-Cares to a town filled with Witches and Covens? I call this a win-win. Sure, things in town are a little…off. But we’re always being taught by sideshow talents with only a few tricks up their sleeves. I want to know the things the Covens know. Where better to start learning?

    No one wants to talk about how stifling our last town was. There are a lot of places we’ve gone where the town is small and in the middle of nowhere, but you can tell the witches know what’s up. This wasn’t one of them. We didn’t even get any real training. Kids my age should be able to cast a decent glamour on themselves. I can barely eavesdrop on someone in the next room. Tell me how that’s fair?

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    What is your favorite way to piss Justin off?

    Some days all it takes is a smile, did you know that? It drives him crazy, wondering what’s going on in my head. That’s the thing about Justin – I always know what he’s thinking, and he can never really figure me out. So sometimes I walk around with a smug little smile and wait for him to implode.

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    Malcolm…

    How does it feel to be stuck with your siblings? You’re the one most likely to be able to live a normal life, do you think that’ll ever happen?

    A normal life? You’re kidding, right?

    Look, we are what we are. There’s nothing that I can do about it. I leave schools when they have to leave, I move when they move. Wherever they go, I have to follow. Normal has a restraining order out on me. I can’t get within five hundred feet of it.

    Do I think it’ll ever happen? No. I’ll be with the rest of them until we die.

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    Cole…

    If you could pull a prank on one of your siblings, who would you prank and why?

    Mal, of course. Bailey cries too easily, and no one in their right mind pisses Jenna off. And Justin’s boring. Besides, Jenna gets dibs on that. But Mal freaks out and it’s always hilarious. This one time, I took pictures of him sleeping and posted them up around the school, and girls wouldn’t leave him alone! They had to have a sexual harassment assembly just for him. I mean, not like for him, like he was the only one there. I mean there was one for the whole school, because of the way people treated Mal.

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    What do you think about the Witchers? Cool or creepy?

    Dude, have you seen them? They’re so badass. One of them saved my life, y’know. Quinn’s cool. He has this knife thing and he can use all kinds of wicked magic with it! He used it to stop this gash on my face from bleeding and then turned around and blew up a building like it was nothing!

    I tried asking him to show it to me, but he said not until I was older. Which is lame, because Justin and Jenna and Mal are older, and they don’t do anything fun with knives. They don’t do anything fun anyway, but especially not with knives.

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    Bailey…

    What are the best and worst parts of having Jenna as your sister?

    Oh…I don’t…is she going to read this? I don’t know.

    Jenna’s sweet, she really is. She shows me how to do stuff, she makes sure I’m taken care of, she protects me when she thinks I need it. It’s just…she’s under a lot of pressure. I think it’s harder for her than the rest of us, and she doesn’t want us to know that. I don’t think she wants us to get in trouble, but she just doesn’t know of any other way to make her point.

    I just wish people would stop treating her like she’s the worst of us. She’s really not. Evil people don’t take their little sisters shopping and stay up half the night talking about boys. Or do makeovers together. I just wish people could see the Jenna I see, sometimes. I wish Jenna could see. Because I think she’s starting to believe what they tell her. And that scares me.

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    My Thoughts…

    Justin – Your answers just prove why you’re the perfect one to “lead” your family. You rock!

    Jenna – Ha! A “little off”???? Really, Jenna? Though it is totally unfair that you can’t glamour yourself. That would be an awesome skill to have. Oh, and I didn’t know that about Justin, though I should have guessed. 🙂

    Mal – You sound a little resigned, a little depressed. Time for a coffee run? Maybe Justin could make one for you. 😉

    Cole – Hehehe! Poor Mal. But you totally chose the right sibling to prank. Love it! As far as the Witchers, I have not had the chance to see them first-hand. And as much as I’d love to, if they were around, that would mean something really bad was going to happen.

    Oh, and Cole, you’re scaring me just a little bit with your fascination with knives….

    Bailey – Somehow I don’t think Jenna wants everyone to see just how great a person she can be. And I agree, she’s not evil. But magic can be a dangerous thing….

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    Scott Tracey…

    If the Moonset coven were pitted against the Lansings and the Thorpes who do you think would win? Whose magic would you say is strongest?

    Well, the Moonset kids have the curse that protects them from being separated/killed, so in a full out assault I’d say they’d win out. But if the Lansings/Thorpes did their research, they might find alternative ways to deal with them.

    Magic wise, definitely the Moonset kids. At least the potential is there. In Witch Eyes, everyone has a certain level of strength and/or skill. Jason and Catherine are leagues above most witches, and Braden is leagues above them. But in the Moonset world, you’re only as strong as what spells you’ve learned, but anyone can be a powerful badass. At that point, it becomes a numbers game, and there’s 5 Moonset kids, and only two adults. Moonset all the way. 😉

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    Who would you say is the strongest character in MOONSET? The most magically inclined? The most clever? The most secretive? The most complicated?

    It’s funny, because I’m working on the second book now, and my answers would change significantly between the two books. But since we’re talking MOONSET, here’s what I would say.

    Strongest: If we’re talking straight up ‘witch fu’ it’s a tie between Illana Bryer and Quinn, the kids’ guardian. Quinn doesn’t really get a chance to flex his muscles too much in Moonset, but his reputation is well earned.

    Magically inclined/clever: These go hand in hand. Jenna is the MacGyver of the group – she has a knack for taking a dozen harmless spells, and finding a way to combine them towards explosive results. Justin is clever, but in different ways, and his gifts would suit him well in rivaling Jenna for most magically inclined. The two of them have the potential to be the most dangerous (in a much different way than Bailey) out of all the Moonset kids. Which is to be expected, because their parents were the most magically gifted members of the original Moonset coven.

    Secretive: Justin. The adults keep a lot of secrets, but Justin has an inherent distrust of anyone outside of his family unit, even when keeping secrets is to his detriment. Maybe it’s because he knows that sometimes, a good leader has to hold back, but he has trust issues on a monumental scale.

    Complicated: Jenna for sure. Yes, she can come across a thoughtless, spiteful person, but I think there’s a whole interior of mushy emotions and fear that she’s trying to conceal. Jenna to me is the most layered character of the five, because I think that there’s always something deeper at play with her. That’s part of the reason she dislikes Ash so much, because in a way they’re too much alike.

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    Quinn was another character who played a fairly significant role in the story. How would you describe him and his role? Do you think Justin and his siblings see Quinn the same way you do?

    To me, I see Quinn as the older brother that the kids always needed. Even if they don’t understand it like that. He’s someone in a unique position – he’s one of the heir apparents to the witch Congress (as the grandson of the two most politically powerful witches around), he’s one of the most highly regarded Witchers to come out of training, and he’s one of the few people who doesn’t look at Justin and the others and think “Moonset.” It affords him a position where he’s able to look out for the kids, and try to guide them, in the way that an older sibling should.

    Quinn’s one of my favorite characters, because I see him as being something different to each of the Moonset kids. He models himself after what he thinks each of them need, so as a result the relationships he forms with each of them is just a little bit different. It’s not just that he’s looking out for the kids, but he knows them. He knows how they behave, what they want out of life. And he genuinely wants to be a part of their lives.

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    If you could pick one line of dialogue that made you grin while writing it, what would it be?

    “You look like Betty White’s grandmother, and you smell like a Kardashian!”

    Basically, any time Cole is in a good mood and feeling mouthy, it’s my favorite.

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    Each of your chapters offers up a little bit of Moonset’s history. What made you decide to reveal pieces of the dark coven’s past in that way? And is this something we’ll see more of in the sequel?

    I’m not sure where the idea first came from, but I remember latching onto it as soon as I wrote the first one. I needed something in terms of Moonset’s history, and it became an extension of the worldbuilding, because of course in a world where magic was regulated there would be books written, interviews done, investigations, etc.

    Each book will probably continue this trend, but not in the same way. Book one was the ‘setting the stage’ book, so it was mostly about Moonset and the war they started. The second book’s epigraphs will be tailored to the mysteries of that book. But so far, I only have one written for sure. (I don’t write the epigraphs until after the book is done).

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    You’re working on the sequel to Moonset right now. How is the research for the second book different than what you had to do for the first?

    Well, with the first book, most of my actual research was just in putting together the theories about how this world worked. How the government operated, who was in control, how Moonset had happened, etc. So I spent a lot of time figuring out the structure of the world. My goal was to create a world of witches that was bogged down in bureaucracy and ineffective because of its size. Shades of our real world government, in a way.

    With the second book, I’ve had to do a lot more actual research. The first book was all about setting the stage, and the second has become more about advancing the story. I’ve had to do a lot of research into psychopathy in teenagers, what causes psychotic breaks, other types of disorders that stem from a loss of control.

    And then of course there’s the fun stuff: there’s a wealth of websites that deal with abandoned structures, and the people who investigate them. Second to actually going to these places to investigate for yourself, a website full of stories and high-res pictures of it’s current state are incredibly inspiring. I like to think of Carrow Mill as a quintessential New England kind of town, but it’s a town with a big history. So I think that probably around the time Moonset came to it’s end, the town reincorporated itself, shedding layers and buildings that no longer fit it’s “new” image. The idea that there are parts to the town that were just cast aside or swept under the rug fascinates me.

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    My Thoughts…

    Yay for the children of Moonset! Though I’d still love to see a full out Lansing/Thorpe assault. That would be awesome!

    Woot, I love Quinn! And not just because he’s older, has mad skills and is a great guardian. But what he does… oh, I probably shouldn’t say, should I?

    LOL re: the MacGyver reference. Explosive, I totally agree. But I think her results are more of the “happy little accidents” variety. And I love that you dropped the reference to Bailey in there. 🙂 And oh Justin and his trust issues. Though I think Jenna probably has some major ones, too.

    Love Jenna! And I love layered characters. Makes them much more interesting. I’d love to see a story from her POV at some point.

    I’m so glad to hear from you that Quinn is in fact genuine. As much as I do love him, I always have trust issues with characters in his particular position. The fact that you tell me he’s genuine makes me smile. Of course, I am a little worried you’ll change your mind down the road…. Yes, I have trust issues as regards authors and their characters, too.

    Cole is awesome! That line, LOLOLOL!

    I love those peeks into Moonset’s history. I don’t usually pay attention to things at the beginning of a book’s chapters as I find they pull me out of the story, but in MOONSET they were tidbits of info that I was excited to discover.

    Ahh research…. I would say it doesn’t sound like fun, but “psychotic breaks”? “Psychopathy”? Yeah, that could be very interesting. But… OH MY GOSH what is going to happen in book two!?!

    Those neglected buildings from a bygone age fascinate me, too. I can’t wait to see what you do with all of that… and your other… research. So… how long again until the sequel?

    Forget about these tours, KEEP WRITING!

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    And I just have to say a huge THANK YOU to the author and his characters for sharing all sorts of insights with me and my blog’s readers. You totally made this final stop on the tour ROCK!

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    The Giveaway

    The very awesome publisher is offering up for giveaway FIVE copies of MOONSET. It is US ONLY and you must be 13 and older to enter.

    There are no requirements to like or follow, just answer the question from the Rafflecopter in the comments section about which witches sound more like your kind of witches – those from the author’s Moonset coven or those from his Witch Eyes series. (The description for WITCH EYES can be found HERE.)

    There are also a few extra entry opportunities (not required).

    Just enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    As this post is super long, I’ve only included the tour schedule for this last week of the tour. But if you’d like to check out the full schedule you can find it on Rockstar Book Tours HERE.

    Week Three

    Apr. 8th – Tynga’s Reviews – Interview
    Apr. 8th – Bibliojunkies – Review
    Apr. 9th – A Dream Within A Dream – Guest Post
    Apr. 9th – BookPics – Review
    Apr. 10th – JeanBookNerd – Interview
    Apr. 11th – The Best Books Ever – Guest Post
    Apr. 12th – Reader Girls – Guest Post
    Apr. 13th – Unabridged Bookshelf – Review
    Apr. 14th – Fiktshun – Interview

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #118

    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 April 2nd-April 8th that I have pre-ordered.

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    NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow will be released in the U.S. on April 4, 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 336.

    NAMELESS is the first book in author Lili St. Crow’s new series Tales of Beauty and Madness.

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    NAMELESS sounds just so amazing and I’m so excited it’s releasing on Thursday. While I won a signed copy in a charitable auction, I didn’t want to read it because it was signed and I try to never read them if I can help it. So, I’m anxiously awaiting its download to my Kindle on Wednesday Midnight. And I plan on finding some time at the end of this week to dive in.

    I am just so curious how this tale is an “evocative update of Snow White” given the book’s description which makes it sound like a completely unique story. Well, aside from the fact that Cami is taken in and cared for by the head of one of seven Families, much like Snow White who was “adopted” by those seven dwarves.

    I can’t wait to meet Cami and find out just what her secrets are and why she was scarred and mute when she was found. I’m also very interested in meeting the mysterious Tor and finding out about his past.

    I love that this story has the addition of “A Tale of Beauty and Madness” as part of its title, as it makes me all the more intrigued by it. And if I manage to get just a bit more caught up with my must read for review books, I will definitely be diving into NAMELESS later this week.

    The Collector

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    THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in paperback format – the eBook was released on March 25th. It is currently available to pre-order (and order) online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE COLLECTOR is the first book in the Dante Walker series by author Victoria Scott. The sequel, THE LIBERATOR, is slated for release on August 27, 2013.

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    I actually already have a copy of THE  COLLECTOR on my Kindle from when it downloaded last week. But I decided to order a print copy to add to my collection, too, and I will hopefully get it on Tuesday.

    I’ve already read THE COLLECTOR and fell madly in love with it so there will be no guessing about what Dante Walker was up to in this book. Because I already know. Of course I won’t say what he was up to. That would be spoiler-y. But as you can imagine, if you’ve heard anything about this book, not all of what he’s up to is good.  He is a collector after all.

    I will just say that the book lived up to its hype. Dante may not have been at all what I expected, but I loved who he actually was much more than the hyped version. Of course I may just have to re-read it now that I’ll have a couple copies of the finished version. Especially since the release date for the sequel is almost five months away. And that’s way too long to be without Dante Walker.

    Vengeance Bound

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    VENGEANCE BOUND by Justina Ireland will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I have been dying to read VENGEANCE BOUND since the moment I checked out the description ages ago. It sounds so completely awesome – bloodlust, the Furies, justice… revenge. And I cannot wait for its release on Tuesday.

    I can’t wait to meet Cory and learn just how she managed to escape the asylum. But more, I want to know how she can live with the Furies constantly in her head. And I also can’t wait to meet Niko and find out why the Furies are quiet around him and what it all means.

    The description calls this book “edgy” and I am so excited to finally be able to go along on Cory’s “quest for revenge.” Even if it means there won’t be a happily ever after in her future.

    If I can’t find the time to read it this week, I definitely hope to add VENGEANCE BOUND to the pile next week.

    Dark Triumph

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    DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 400 pages.

    DARK TRIUMPH is the second book in the His Fair Assassin series by author Robin LaFevers. The third book, MORTAL HEART, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I am so excited that DARK TRIUMPH releases on Tuesday and that everyone will have a chance to read this amazing book, which I am currently reading. Sybella is awesome. Seriously, seriously awesome.

    As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I will be brief. But I just have to say that I love that this second book in the series follows a new character, even though I totally adore Ismae. I think the world that author Robin LaFevers created is so richly detailed and so easy to get lost in that I have no idea why I didn’t read this book the moment I had a copy in hand.

    And I think Sybella’s story is just as exciting as Ismae’s…. maybe a bit more so because I already know I love the world and its characters.

    If I hadn’t already wanted to read this book, the description would have completely sold me on it when it mentioned that DARK TRIUMPH “serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure….”

    But I already very much wanted to read it. So the fact that I had pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle should come as no surprise. To anyone.

    The Rising

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    THE RISING by Kelley Armstrong will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE RISING is the third and final book in author Kelley Armstrong’s Darkness Rising trilogy.

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    While I am a little bit behind on this series – I still must read book two – I have THE RISING pre-ordered and cannot wait to read it later this month. After the major cliffhanger at the end of THE GATHERING I was slightly hesitant to pick up the next book in the series without having the final book on hand.

    Well all that changes this week as the end of the trilogy is upon us. And I am so stoked that I will be able to read the rest of the series without having an excruciating wait. And, I don’t have to re-read the first book as it is still totally fresh in my mind… most likely due to the killer cliffhanger ending.

    But I am so excited to get back into this series and see just which of the characters from the author’s other series make their appearance in this one. But I also cannot wait to find out what’s going to happen with Maya… though I refuse to read the description since I haven’t found out exactly what happens in THE CALLING.

    I am so sad that this, too, is a short series as I’d love to see a longer YA series by the author. Her paranormal series for adults is quite a bit longer, and as I love all of her characters in this series and her Darkest Powers series, I wish these series would be longer, too.

    At least this final book will be releasing this week and I won’t have to wait to conclude this series…. Still not sure I’m ready to see it end, though.

    The Sweetest Dark

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    THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Bantam, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE SWEETEST DARK is the first book in author Shana Abe’s series of the same name. The sequel, THE DEEPEST NIGHT, is slated for release on August 13, 2013.

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    I fell for THE SWEETEST DARK because of its cover and the last two lines of the description, so of course I had to add it to my list of pre-orders. And I cannot believe that it’s releasing on Tuesday. Especially with the sequel releasing just four months from now.

    No. No, I’m not complaining about that.

    But I cannot wait to get lost in post-Victorian England and in a “love story that defies time.” I cannot wait to discover Lora’s secrets and see just what powers she does have.

    And I can’t wait to choose whether I’ll be rooting for Jesse or Armand to be a part of that love story. As both boys seem to be equally appealing from the description, I haven’t the first clue who I’d choose.

    I really hope to get the chance to visit Iverson and meet these most intriguing characters later this week.

    Moonset

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

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 384 pages.

    MOONSET is the first book in author Scott Tracey’s The Legacy of Moonset series. Information on the second book in the series is not yet available.

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    MOONSET releases next Monday. Wow. I cannot believe it is really going to be on shelves in less than a week. After such a long, long wait, it’s finally almost here! And while I may have read it more than a few times, that fact makes me no less excited for its release which will hopefully download on Sunday night.

    Of course I will be stalking the bookstore next weekend in the hope that it will be on shelves a few days early. Fingers most definitely crossed.

    And while I could have included MOONSET with next week’s releases, as I follow release weeks from Tuesday through Monday, I just had to list it among this week’s releases.

    As I have read it, and talked about it on the blog A LOT, my lips will be sealed from any further praise. Until my review, that is. But I just have to quickly say that I love this book. I love the fact that the story surrounds a coven of witches and that there is dark magic and a dark past. And I cannot wait to see this story continue in the sequel.

    Rise

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    RISE by Anna Carey will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    RISE is the third and final book in Anna Carey’s Eve trilogy.

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    I am so excited that RISE is releasing on Tuesday. Even though I only recently met Eve and Caleb, both already released books have lived on my Kindle since their respective release dates. And so I feel like I’ve known them forever.

    And as I am reading ONCE, I am not going to even glimpse at the Goodreads description. Because I have been burned by spoiler-y descriptions in the past and don’t want to have the ending spoiled when I’m so closed to reaching it.

    So, I will just say that while I only started reading this series the other week, I am incredibly excited to be finishing it up this week. I love not having to wait between each book, because it allows me to stay immersed in the world, to remain connected to the characters and their plight, and to feel like I’m on this incredible adventure with them.

    There is no question that I will be reading RISE on release date, even though it is a series ending book. Because I am not ready to leave the world just yet. I only hope I’ll be ready to say goodbye when the time comes….

    White Lines

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    WHITE LINES by Jennifer Banash will be released in the U.S. on April 4, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    WHITE LINES will be releasing on Thursday and I cannot wait for my copy to download. I did receive a couple early copies, which I just had to take a peek at. And from what I read so far I absolutely loved the author’s writing style and was intrigued by her main character, Cat. So I had just to pre-order a copy of this book for my collection.

    But it was the description that first grabbed my attention. The setting – New York City in the 1980’s – is one that immediately made this a must read. And the fact that the main character tries to escape into NYC’s nightlife makes this story one that is very relatable to me.

    The description promises a “gritty, atmospheric” story and I cannot wait to find out if that is true and whether I’ll be held captivate from start to finish.

    My plan is to read my early copy before release date. But if I don’t finish reading it by Thursday, I will definitely switch to the finished eBook copy in my collection once it downloads.

    Other Books of Note

    In the Shadow of Blackbirds

    IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters

    Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

    Publisher: Amulet Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Light

    LIGHT (Gone #6) by Michael Grant

    Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    My Life After Now

    My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

    Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    If He Had Been With Me

    IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME by Laura Nowlin

    Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Fearless

    FEARLESS (Mirrorworld #2) by Cornelia Funke

    Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Stung

    STUNG by Bethany Wiggins

    Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    RENEGADE (Ripper #2) by Amy Carol Reeves

    Pub. Date: April 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Naturals

    NATURALS (The Lost Souls #2) by Tiffany Truitt

    Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I knew the week of April 2nd was a big release week. I just don’t think I knew I had nine books on order. Wow. Plus, I really want to buy IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, but as it isn’t available to pre-order in electronic format, I’m doing a wait-see and will hopefully buy it on release date if it is.

    I already read two of the books I have pre-ordered and plan on finishing four more this week – RISE, THE SWEETEST DARK, DARK TRIUMPH and WHITE LINES. Though I really want to be able to read NAMELESS, too. But I think four books are more than I can handle, so I’d say my plan is overly ambitious. But who knows….

    And I don’t think next week is quite as packed full of new titles as this week is. But if it is, I hope I’ll be able to read most of them and avoid making my TBR pile grow any larger.

    Anyway…

    I hope that you found some amazing titles to add to your collection this week. And if I’ve missed anything, please let me know so that I can check it out and potentially add it to my collection, too.

    And if you have a favorite title releasing this week, I’d love to know which one it is you’re most excited for and whether you’ll be moving it immediately to the “currently reading” pile.

    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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    Giveaway: Moonset

    Moonset

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    I was lucky enough to be able to get the chance to read MOONSET just a bit early. In fact, I had enough time between when I first got my hands on an early copy and its release – which is coming up on April 8th – that I was able to read it more than once.

    And I absolutely loved the characters that author Scott Tracey created for this new series. I loved the fact that there were so many dark secrets about the Moonset coven in this first book in the series. And I love that not everything has been revealed at the story’s end.

    As the author is one of my favorite new authors, whose writing I love a little bit more with each story of his I read, I just had to offer up a few copies of his very-soon-to-be-released book MOONSET.

    All the details are below. But first, if you haven’t yet heard of MOONSET, I’ve included the Goodreads description which reveals a little bit about the story but doesn’t even begin to hint at the book’s awesomeness.

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    Moonset, a coven of such promise . . . Until they turned to the darkness.

    After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their parents started.

    A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans . . . or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them . . .

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    A paperback copy of MOONSET by Scott Tracey to THREE (3) winners

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    Moonset Book Blast + Giveaway

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    With one month to go until MOONEST hits the shelves, we want to make sure you are all ready for it. Be sure to add MOONSET to your TBR piles, and don’t forget to check out the giveaway below for $25.00 gift cards to iTunes and B&N!

    I cannot believe that MOONSET’s release is only a month away. I remember when I heard the author first mention his new series, and the date for its release felt a lifetime away. Now it’s just a month.

    Of course I grabbed it when it was made available on NetGalley. Of course I read it way to early for me to even think about writing my review. Of course I had to read it again just to be sure I didn’t miss anything.

    And…

    Of course I just had to take part in this book blast to help spread the word about this super awesome author’s upcoming release. As such a huge fan of his writing, his characters and the worlds he builds, I couldn’t resist. Though I will resist the temptation to reveal just what happens in MOONSET, just what it means to be a member of the Moonset Coven, and just what happens to Justin, Jenna, Cole, Malcom and Bailey after landing in Carrow Mills.

    Even though MOONSET’s release is a month away, I’m already pining for the sequel. But for those who haven’t yet read about MOONSET, be sure to check out the description below to learn more. And be sure to visit the author’s website for all sorts of information about his new book and series.

    As part of this blast there is also a giveaway being shared across all the blogs hosting this post. You can find details on that below.

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    Moonset Moonset (Legacy of Moonset #1)

    Author: Scott Tracey
    Release Date: April 8, 2013
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 384

    Justin Daggett, his trouble-making sister, and their three orphan-witch friends have gotten themselves kicked out of high school. Again. Now they’ve ended up in Carrow Mills, New York, the town where their parents—members of the terrorist witch organization known as Moonset—began their evil experiments with the dark arts one generation ago.

    When the siblings are accused of unleashing black magic on the town, Justin fights to prove their innocence. But tracking down the true culprit leads him to a terrifying discovery about Moonset’s past . . . and its deadly future.

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    About Scott Tracey

    Scott TraceyScott Tracey is a YA author who lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think).

    He is the author of WITCH EYES, chosen as one of Amazon’s Best LGBT Books of 2011, as well as an ALA Popular Paperback in the Forbidden Romance category. The final book in the WITCH EYES trilogy, PHANTOM EYES, will be released in the fall of 2013.

    He is also the author of MOONSET, a new series which will be released April 8, 2013, as well as a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology, edited by Cassandra Clare.

    His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm which led to nearly being shot by the police; attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and once moving cross country for a job only to quit on the second day.

    His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.

    Find him…

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    The Crush List #8

    Here are five books that I’m crushing on big time

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard is a new crush, but one that I feel like I’ve had for a lifetime. Maybe it’s the familiarity with the ALICE IN WONDERLAND story. But I think it’s more likely that I’ve been trapped in Wonderland ever since. And time is different there.

    I read it nearly a month ago and I still can’t get it out of my head. I still find myself wondering about the different paths Alyssa has before her. And different boys she has to choose from.

    But whether it’s me not wanting to say goodbye, or the story not letting me go, I can’t seem to get SPLINTERED out of my head.

    Why I’m crushing BIG TIME:

    A familiar journey. A dangerous quest. A dark twist. An even darker world. A shocking revelation. A complicated yet wickedly appealing guide. An incredibly delectable white knight. A heroine with a bit of a wild side. A totally twisted dinner party. An exciting and magical adventure. And heartbreak so crushing it leaves one breathless.

    MOONSET by Scott Tracey is also a new-ish crush. Though I’ve been crushing on this book ever since I first heard about it months and months ago. And it’s not just because I love the author’s writing. Or that I love stories about witches.

    I just knew that I would fall madly in love with this new world, these new characters and the absolute insanity that is their existence. I knew that I’d want more from the second I dove in. And I knew that I’d be pining for the sequel before I even got halfway through.

    I can only hope that the wait for the next book in the series won’t kill me. But as that book is so very far, far away from being a reality, it’s very possible it will.

    Why I’m crushing:

    A dark legacy. A secret past. Hidden truths. Black magic. Wicked awesome abilities. Deadly enemies. Magic. Covens. Action. Suspense. Kick-a** characters. All set in a town called Carrow Mills.

    POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole is a fairly new crush but one that hit me hard. Like a two-by-four in the face kind of hard. I haven’t fully recovered. I am still scarred. And I don’t think I will recover until I find out what’s happening in the sequel.

    When I first heard of the series I hadn’t had  a clue what an “Arcana Chronicle” could possibly be about. But now that I do know, oh…my…freaking…gosh!

    And all I can say now is, “I can’t wait! I can’t wait! I can’t wait!” Wait for what? ENDLESS KNIGHT. October 2013. That is all.

    Why I’m crushing:

    An incredibly hot and totally sexy Cajun boy named Jack Deveaux. An utterly dark and twisted world. Filled with even darker and more twisted people. A road trip through a landscape that is the stuff of nightmares. An ending that will make you want to scream. And a story that absolutely sizzles. I’m talking H.O.T.

    UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris is a brand new and totally surprising crush. I did not expect to crush on this book. At all. It was not a sub-genre I thought I’d ever like, let alone love, love, love.

    Yet I do. A LOT. And if it’s humanly possible I love it even more than that.

    If I’ve learned one thing from having read and crushed on this book, it is not to judge a book by its label.

    Why I’m crushing:

    A ticking clock. Heartbreak. A sexy savior. Heartbreak. A daring and determined heroine. Heartbreak. An intriguing premise. Some more heartbreak. A lightning-fast pace. And an outcome you just might not see coming.

    STARLING by Lesley Livingston is both an old and a new crush. I’m still crushing on the author’s WONDROUS STRANGE series and often wonder what’s going on with those characters that did not make an appearance in this book.

    But it’s new because of the exciting new world and awesome new characters, but mostly it’s because of the Fennrys Wolf.

    I knew this book would make my crush list before I even cracked open the cover. Because it’s Lesley Livingston. Because it is set in the same city as the series of hers I already adore. Because of the Fennrys Wolf.

    But even with all of that, I couldn’t help but get crushed by the grand and…revealing…entrance that Fenn made. One I can’t help but think about long after I devoured this book.

    Why I’m crushing:

    Magic. Danger. Faeries. Sword battles. A city under siege. A killer beginning. A killer ending. And all sorts of Fennrys in between. A quest for answers. An action-packed adventure. And a heroine who knows how to handle both a sword and a wolf with a memory problem.

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    I know it’s been a long while since I posted one of these. It’s not because I haven’t been crushing on the books I’ve read, because I have. But I haven’t crushed on five books that I’ve read in a relatively short timespan from one another since my last post in February. Which meant no Crush List post.

    But now, I have so very many book crushes that they won’t even fit into this post. I actually have three books I’m crushing on that did not make this list and two more I know I’ll be crushed by when I read them next week. So maybe, just maybe, I’ll have another one of these posts next month.

    Once again my crushes seem to be all over the place – Sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, supernatural and fantasy. But it doesn’t diminish their crush-ability in the least.

    Not. At. All.

    All I can say for sure is that I haven’t crushed this hard on this many books in a long time. But perhaps it’s because of the dark and sexy Morpheus, the magical journey through Wonderland, the dangers abounding in Carrow Mills, the lone bright spot in the post-apocalyptic world that is Jack Deveaux, the heartbreak that is Ben Michaels and the pants-less Fennrys Wolf.

    Yes. Perhaps that’s it. [INSERT WICKED GRIN HERE.]

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    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

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    My Reading Pile #87

    It seems the post office returned to sender the books I’ve been dying for from my unplanned book trade a few weeks ago. But they are now headed my way and should be here next week. Yes, I’m not sure how I’ve been able to survive without EVERBOUND, SHARDS & ASHES and the other books I’d broken my trading ban to trade for. But hopefully I’ll have a lovely picture of them in next week’s pile.

    So I wasn’t anticipating a single book showing up this week, until I opened my mailbox and found a copy of EASY by Tammara Webber that I’d ordered. And oh my gosh that’s so gorgeous in print. But as I don’t share purchased books or these piles would be seriously embarrassing, I have just the one surprise book that arrived….

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    Awhile back I’d won an ARC of DEMON EYES by Scott Tracey. As I had an eARC from NetGalley, the printed ARC was just something I coveted for “keepsies.” I had an ARC of WITCH EYES that I’d traded for the year before, but was cajoled into passing that along. So I was very much desperate to have an ARC from this amazing author for my permanent collection.

    Well it arrived! And it was signed and personalized. (No, I don’t share personal inscriptions.) And it’s mine forever and ever. (Yes, I’m a little more than excited and if I were the animated gif type I’d totally make my Avi do the happy dance.)

    And there was all this yummy swag that was either signed or initialed. I suppose I can share some of that, though “mine, mine all mine” is being chanted in my head at the moment. And oh my gosh I know I’m old because I can’t read that bottom line on the Demon Eyes eye chart in this photo.

    Anyway, as I’ve already read, re-read a few billion times – not really, but pretty close to that number – and reviewed DEMON EYES, this won’t be added to my reading pile this week. But there is another Scott Tracey book that is being added. So….

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

    (November 11 – November 17, 2012)

    I am only adding one book to the pile this week as I have so much to catch up on from previous weeks. And as it’s a book I’ve already started reading, I know this one won’t be left behind.

    And while it’s not going to be released for ages, and I won’t be able to share my thoughts until I’ve had the chance to re-read it closer to release date, I just had to add MOONSET by Scott Tracey to the top of the pile this week.

    As I already know certain things have happened, I can’t “guess” as to what they might be without being spoiler-y. Though I can say that I love that the author chose to write about witches again, but in a way that is very different from his other series.

    I love that MOONSET is set in a town called Carrow Mills in the eastern U.S. versus being set out west. I love, love, love that it is about a coven of witches and black magic and “the dark arts.” And that the story starts off with a “holy wow did that just happen!?!” kind of awesome introduction to the world.

    Oh, and I especially love Justin Daggett’s “trouble-making” sister as she kind of rocks. But now I will say no more… lips are most definitely sealed.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Can I say WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent? Her Facebook postings about it have been absolutely killing me. With nearly half a year until it releases, I am just dying to find out how this series ends.

    Of course, as it is a series-ending book I am also fighting the urge not to read it. Because I don’t want it to end. I don’t want to find out who lives and who dies. I don’t want the characters’ stories to be no more.

    But, I think for this one, my desperation to find out just what happens next will make me read it the moment it release. And then I’ll be left sobbing.

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    Those left behind:

    I have not yet had the chance to read LUMINOSITY, but I will hopefully find the time this week to toss it back on the pile. I did read SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard though and I have to say I was so blown away by that book I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pick up another book again.

    I am still in tears about having to say goodbye to that world. I still feel like a part of me was left there in Wonderland. So I’m really hoping that there will be a sequel written and published because that book was magical and enchanting and amazing and dark and beautiful and amazing. Did I say it was amazing? If not, let me say it now… it was amazing.

    And to say that I loved it would be the understatement of this century and the last. Definitely one of my favorite books of all time.

    Anyway… that obviously did not get left behind this week.

    Of course I will have to read it again in a few weeks so that I’ll be able to review it. Hopefully on second read I’ll be able to think more coherently or else the review will be all mushy-gushy and that so would not be good.

    While I only have one left behind read from last week, those poor, poor reviews from books I devoured in previous piles still remain left behind. I am hopeful that I’ll be able to review something in the next couple of weeks, but with the blogoversary, blog tours I’m on and NaNoWriMo, it doesn’t look promising.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did end up sneaking onto NetGalley when I heard that MOONSET was made available. So of course I put in a request. And I was so unbelievably happy and relieved that I was approved or I might have died.

    I also requested and was approved for THE GODDESS INHERITENCE by Aimee Carter. And I definitely plan on catching up on that series before its release in February.

    So, while I still haven’t heard back from a few requests I made pre-hurricane Sandy I do have two new lovely books to read. I just knew I wouldn’t be able to resist the lure of NetGalley. I’m just glad I didn’t spend too much time on there or who knows how much trouble I could have gotten into….

    Thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books I am hoping to be able to sneak RENEGADE by J.A. Souders onto the pile this week. It doesn’t come out until Tuesday so I didn’t want to add it to the pile in the event I get caught up in one of my “left behind” reads and wouldn’t get to start it until next week. But because she is so sure I will love this one, I can’t help but think I will be starting it on Tuesday.

    Anyway…

    If you have access to SPLINTERED I can’t recommend that book enough. It’s one of those books that will make you forget that you have a reading pile waiting for you while you’re reading it and for quite some time after.

    And if it’s not a book you have on your pile, I hope there are a few books you have wanted to read for ages at the top. Because, as Jaime mentioned in her guest post just the other day, it’s so important to make sure you read the books you want to read every once in awhile.

    As always, I would love to hear what books you’re planning on reading this week and about any awesome new books you’ve received!

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

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