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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #116

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

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    Clockwork Princess

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    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on March 19, 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 Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 592 pages.

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is the third and final book in the author’s The Infernal Devices series.

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    I am so unbelievably excited and incredibly sad that CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is releasing this week. I wish this series was a six-book series like The Mortal Instruments as I absolutely adore Tessa, Jem and Will and I don’t want their story to end so quickly.

    But I cannot wait to find out just how it ends. Even if I will be utterly heartbroken when I reach that final page. I am just so curious as to what the dangers they’ll face will be, just who will survive and just who will be left with a broken heart.

    I am also so curious to find out if my theory is correct, if what I’ve suspected is in fact true, and what it means for the characters if it is.

    With all the “Will” name-drops in CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS and CITY OF LOST SOULS, I am more anxious than ever to see what his fate is. I am just so glad I don’t have much longer to wait.

    And while I could go on and on about this amazing series, as I did spotlight it for my Book Watch post I will stop now. But I am so very tempted to click the link in that post to the chapter one excerpt which was recently revealed.

    I suppose if my Kindle copy doesn’t download at Monday Midnight I will give in and click it. Because I really don’t think I’ll be able to wait much longer than that to start reading.

    17 and Gone

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    17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma will be released in the U.S. on March 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 Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I am so very excited to read 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma when it releases later this week. I absolutely loved her book IMAGINARY GIRLS and I cannot wait to read this story about the missing girls.

    If it’s even half as haunting as that other book by the author, or written just as beautifully, I know I’ll be wowed.

    I cannot wait to meet Lauren and find out why the missing girls are speaking to her. I cannot wait to discover just how she can help them. And I am hopeful that she is not next in line to go missing.

    The description calls this book complex and rich and I am so glad to finally be able to dive into another one of this author’s amazing stories. One that I will definitely be taking a peek at when it downloads on Thursday and one I hope to be able to read very soon thereafter.

    Pretty Girl 13

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    PRETTY GIRL-13 by Liz Coley will be released in the U.S. on March 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 Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I traded for an early copy of PRETTY GIRL-13 but hadn’t had the chance to read it. But I am so thrilled that it’s releasing this week and I’ll have it happily residing on my Kindle on Tuesday.

    I was intrigued by the title but was sold by the description which called this book “a disturbing and powerful psychological mystery.” I am very interested in meeting Angie and learning about how she uncovers the truth behind those missing three years of her life.

    And I’m curious to find out whether she does accept the truth or tries to keep it buried, hidden by her “alters.”

    While this book does sound incredibly dark and emotionally difficult, the description does talk of “courage, hope, and love” so I am eager to find out just how Angie copes with, and possibly overcomes, the horrors she’s had to endure.

    Other Books of Note

    Fox Forever

    FOX FOREVER (The Jenna Fox Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson

    Pub. Date: March 19, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Everafter

    EVERAFTER (Kissed by an Angel #6) by Elizabeth Chandler

    Pub. Date: March 19, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Tiger

    TIGER (Dark Eyes #2) by William Richter

    Pub. Date: March 21, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I only have three books pre-ordered this week, at least I think I do. I suppose I’ll find out for sure on Tuesday like I did last week.

    And the three books that are releasing this week are ones I’m so stoked to finally have in my hands. Well, technically, on my eReader, though I’m so very tempted to buy CLOCKWORK PRINCESS in print as that cover is all sorts of amazing.

    While I don’t have FOX FOREVER pre-ordered I will be buying it eventually as I have the first two books in the series on my Kindle and I know I’ll want to complete my collection someday. Someday soon.

    I’m just glad that these past two weeks have not put a huge dent in my wallet as I know that in the next couple of weeks I have more than a few books on order. And I’m trying so very, very hard not to overspend. But books are my greatest weakness.

    Anyway…

    I hope you are just as excited as I am for the final book in The Infernal Devices series. And if you have any other awesome books you’re dying to add to your collection this week that I don’t have listed I’d love to know.

    Happy book buying and 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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    The Extras: Teasers #6

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

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    I have five favorite passages in this book. One which is a total spoiler and is tied for my favorite. It is so hard not to reveal it right here and now because there is nothing I want to talk about more.

    The other one in the tie is slightly less revealing, but could potentially be seen as a spoiler. I may reveal parts of that in my defense of Tod when he goes up in the tournament against Archer Cross, but we’ll see.

    My third favorite passage I might just add to the teasers next month. That’s still TBD. So here is my fourth favorite. And no, I will not tell you who said it or who is being talked about.

    Anonymous – sorry, but this is a teaser after all:

    “He feels…addictive.” She hugged her own stomach, and her backpack swung to one side, but she didn’t seem to notice. “When he looks at you, you feel really, really good. Like an afterglow that’s not…after. You want things, and you know he can give them to you, and when he looks away, it feels like the spotlight left you to shine on someone else, and you’ll do anything to bring it back. To feel that heat.”

    (As this quote is from an ARC, when the finished book is released I will check it against that source for accuracy.)

    There are actually quite a few hot and steamy passages in this book. Some that would easily rate above a PG-13. But while they were some of my favorites, they didn’t tease me nearly as much as this one did.

    And although I read this book twice, and have thought about what exactly this passage might mean, I still have no idea. So, this is as much a teaser for me as it might be to those who haven’t yet read this book.

    King Lucifer to Luc:

    “I know what she is, and I’m going to have her, Lucifer. She was mine in the Beginning and she’ll be mine again. There’s nothing you can do to stop me.”

    It was fairly difficult to choose a teaser for this book. There were a few rather beautiful passages in this story and several entertaining ones, but I always tend to favor those about love.

    I wanted to include the entire interaction to give a complete picture – cutting it off short would have been too cruel. But in order not to give too much away, I decided to leave the name of the boy who kissed Violet a mystery.

    Violet and…(well now, to find out you’ll just have to read it) :

    He just stepped closer to me, right on my shadow, which had been the only thing between us. His eyes were angry and conflicted but his hands were gentle on my face, wrapping around the back of my neck. He pulled slightly and I stumbled forward. His mouth closed over mine, the kiss sending warmth shooting all the way from my belly down to my knees. His tongue was bold, sliding over mine as if I were strawberry ice cream. I felt devoured, delicious, decadent.

    He stopped abruptly, pulling back, his breath ragged.

    “I’m not good enough for you either.”

    I really thought about teasing some of the funnier lines in the story, and there are so many humorous and twisted passages. Those passages, and they were many, were my favorites.

    But as they really need to be discovered in context with the rest of the story, and would also spoil some of the enjoyment in reading this book if I revealed them here, I decided on one that gives just a little insight into Jana’s thoughts about Michael.

    In her eyes, he really was her one true love, her soul mate, her Romeo.

    Jana’s thoughts about Michael:

    She thought of the times she’d danced with Michael. When they danced, they became one person. They gave themselves to each other. Just like when they kissed. His lips were hers. Her lips were his. When she and Michael kissed, they owned each other, but not themselves. Two people becoming one person was the way Jana had always imagined true love.

    I know I already included a short quote with my review, but there were a number of passages that I loved in this book. So, as this is the teaser post, I thought I’d include a longer one here.

    It’s still not my favorite quote, as that one is filled with much innuendo and is definitely above the PG-13 rating I’m trying to keep here on the blog, so sadly (or not so sadly) that one can only be discovered by reading the book for yourself.

    Wolfe to Rogan:

    He cocked his eyebrow. “At first I thought imposed isolation would make you miss me-“

    “Why you arro-“

    “-But then I realised that it’s being near me you can’t resist. And there are only so many kisses you’ll take before you give in to me completely, Rogan.”

    I already included one of my favorite passages in my review, but there were a few more gems in this book. Sin was such a sarcastic main character and couldn’t help some of the hilarious things she said, so I almost included one of her best lines as the teaser.

    But, as is to be expected, I decided instead to include something much more swoon-worthy.

    Cynthia and…if you can even believe it…Alan:

    He was gorgeous by moonlight, hair and skin turned a hazy golden color, his eyes starlit-night blue and so sweet, so deep, pools you could drop your heart into and lose it forever.

    “Cynthia,” he murmured, fingers still brushing her cheek, making her shiver. “I’m not lying.”

    I included my very favorite passage in my review, but this one is also so completely awesome. It is from the same scene as the one I chose before, which goes on for a few pages and has so many amazing passages.

    This scene alone, which is just about mid-way through the book, makes this story worth a read.

    Amelia and Joshua:

    …We leaned into each other and pressed our lips together.

    The kiss crashed over me, wave upon wave of fire. The ache exploded across my chest like an atom bomb, incinerating everything in its path. I let it burn me; I let it consume me.

    Almost every single passage in this story had such a beautiful flow. I included the one I thought was the most powerful – and didn’t contain any spoilers – in my review.

    This was another passage that I thought was absolutely amazing, but I’ve only included a portion – enough to tease but not reveal too much.

    Chloe’s thoughts:

    They forgot who she was:

    Something fantastic we could never explain. Someone better and bolder than every one of us. Someone to paint murals and build bridges for. Someone worth every ounce of our love.

    Someone powerful, but in the end not powerful enough.

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    Last month I decided not to post a teaser from If I Die by Rachel Vincent. But as Tod just won his first match (but hopefully not his last) in the YA Crush Tourney, I thought I’d post a small teaser here. I’ll save the slightly bigger one until either my next match in the tourney or next month’s teasers post.

    And although I read and reviewed Supernaturally, I completely forgot to write down my favorite passages and have since given away both copies of the book. So any teasers I have for it will have to be included in the post next month. Sorry!

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    Review: Imaginary Girls

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma was released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Imaginary Girls is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    Goodreads description:

    Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

    But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

    With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

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    Once upon a time there was a town called Olive. But when it was decided that the City of New York needed more water for their residents, Olive and eight other towns were slated for destruction.

    The residents of all the other towns gave up their land and their homes willingly but the townspeople of Olive were much more resistant.

    So when that final bell sounded out across the valley that once contained their homes, those that remained behind as a final line of defense against this injustice were there to bear witness to the powerful flood of water that rushed in to overtake the town, submerging it far beneath the waterline. Relegating it to a thing of the past.

    But this town, though forgotten by many, was not forgotten by all. And both Ruby and Chloe knew that when they trespassed in this reservoir, the town of Olive lay quietly far beneath the surface in it’s murky depths. That just maybe those that stayed when the waters came rushing through could see them as they swam above against the backdrop of the night sky.

    And they knew that the place where the water was coldest, over the deepest part of the reservoir, lay right over the heart of the town that was once known as Olive.

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    Imaginary Girls is a hauntingly beautiful, incredibly eerie, touching and melancholy story about the bonds of sisterhood and the power and limitations of one girl.

    This is ultimately the story of two sisters, Ruby and Chloe, who come from a broken home, with an alcoholic for a mother and two different absentee fathers. During their childhood older sister Ruby became Chloe’s protector, putting her before all else until the one time she didn’t.

    And it was that one moment which shattered everything, which broke their bond, and caused Chloe to leave home and Ruby behind.

    After time and distance, Ruby seeks out her sister in an attempt to put things right and Chloe decides to return home. But what’s done can’t be undone, and no matter how influential Ruby is in her town, and over her sister, things can never return to the way they were before.

    As past actions demand consequences, secrets come to light that threaten to unravel everything Ruby has done to bring her sister home.

    Author Nova Ren Suma is an absolutely brilliant writer. Her writing is poetic and lyrical and totally mesmerizing. As she takes readers through all the complex twists and turns in the story, they cannot help but become ensnared by her alluring and simply beautiful passages which transport them right into this dark and fascinating world.

    This is a story that will make readers think. Readers will have to dig a little deeper to uncover some of the hidden meaning and important points the story makes. Nothing is spoon-fed or just lying out in the open.

    It is easy to be captivated by the words, as the lyrical quality of the writing makes it effortless for readers to just skim the surface, but there is depth to this story and it is a story that is quite heartbreaking.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I am completely wowed by this story. It was exactly as I expected and yet nothing remotely like I ever imagined it would be.

    Hours after reading this book I am still thinking about some of the deeper meaning that the story held – about family and trying to make things right. About sacrifice and about love. And about the power that one person has over another, which can alter them even if that is not the intent. And bind them to one another, when saving them was the only goal.

    Much of the story on the surface was a mystery, but what was hidden beneath was what truly mattered.

    It made me just so very sad. I felt rather despondent when I finished reading this story and couldn’t quite figure out why. Perhaps it was the fact that no matter what the characters did, they couldn’t change the past or make up for mistakes that they had made. And I really feel the loss for both Ruby and Chloe. Even though neither were particularly likable characters, they were both extremely sympathetic ones.

    This is an extremely quick read, although it is not a light one. But it is just so totally beautiful and as long as you let it take you where it’s headed without trying to make sense of every little thing along the way, you will see where it has been leading you from the very beginning.

    Although I have read a few books that have a similar feel to Imaginary Girls, books like Jeffrey Eugenides The Virgin Suicides, I can say that I’ve never read anything quite like this and that this is a book that I will be remembering for a long, long time.

    You definitely need to be in the right frame of mind to read this book, but it is a story that is quite powerful, achingly beautiful and extremely chilling.

    I cannot wait to read more from this author and she is most definitely one to watch.

    One of my favorite passages:

    I should have known that a closed door was no defense against Ruby. Walls and miles of road between us wouldn’t matter in the end. She’d find out. But I wasn’t thinking straight. I felt like I had no legs, like there was nothing between us, like we were floating somewhere pantsless and without names or faces together, and I forgot about her because what I felt was everything. Absolutely everything.

    All at once.

    In a way Ruby never told me.

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    To read an excerpt from Imaginary Girls CLICK HERE.

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    This review is based on an eARC received courtesy of the publisher, Penguin Group, and NetGalley.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #24

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

    These are books for the week of June 14th-June 20th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Revenant by Sonia Gensler will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover, library binding and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and library binding formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    The Revenant is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    I’ve had an advance copy of The Revenant for awhile but haven’t had a chance to read it before release date. This book definitely sounds like an intriguing mystery and is another very different kind of story than one I typically read. And, I decided to pre-order the eBook to have for my collection because I believe this one will be a keeper.

    Until recently I hadn’t even heard of the term “revenant,” but now I’m very curious to see how the revenant factors into this story which involves a main character who is hiding out on Cherokee lands and begins to see what she believes might be ghosts.

    Hourglass by Myra McEntire will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Hourglass is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    I also had an advance copy of Hourglass that I just didn’t have a chance to read prior to release, but I’ve had the eBook on pre-order since long before I got the printed ARC. I thought this cover was absolutely amazing – and yes it reminds me a little of the cover for Imaginary Girls which is immediately below this. But the premise of the story drew me in.

    Hourglass sounds like it’s a mystery involving time travel with an added paranormal element – the main character sees apparitions. And it promises to be dark and seductive so I’m sure this will certainly be a debut to love.

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Imaginary Girls is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    I had this on pre-order since the moment I heard about it. I do have the eARC and it’s at the top of my reading pile this weekend, but I already planned on adding this one to my collection. And as I’ve already talked about this endlessly, I’ll try to be quick here.

    Imaginary Girls sounds haunting and dark and mysterious and I really want to know what the secrets are between Chloe and Ruby. This does not sound like a novel that will end happily and I can’t wait to find out if my suspicions are correct.

    Book trailer for Imaginary Girls:

    Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second book in the Raised by Wolves series. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 368 pages.

    I had this on pre-order since the moment it was available for the Kindle. I read the first book in the series before I started blogging and couldn’t wait for the sequel. I managed to get my hands on an early copy of Trial by Fire but was only able to read one-third of the book and had to set it down in order to meet deadlines. But even with the ARC, I knew I’d want to have this book for my eBook collection.

    I’m dying to find out how Bryn handles her responsibilities leading the pack and whether or not a love triangle situation develops between her, Chase and Connor. The description mentions “deadly conspiracies” and I can’t wait to find out what those are in this second book in a series I already love.

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    Passion by Lauren Kate is the third book in the Fallen series. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover, library binding, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon in all formats and at Barnes & Noble in an exclusive hardcover edition and in eBook format.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

    I had this on pre-order forever. I started reading this series before I was a blogger and plan on following it to the end. I cannot wait to see what happens in Passion. I finally read the description on Goodreads. I’d been too afraid to look prior to now for fear of torturing myself unnecessarily, but it does sound epic.

    I can’t wait to get a peek at all of Luce and Daniel’s past lives. And until I read the description I had no idea that there was a concern that she might rewrite history by revisiting their past. Of course I’m completely terrified now of what will happen. At least it’s only a few days until release date.

    Book trailer for Passion:

    All the Things You Are by Courtney Sheinmel will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 256 pages.

    I saw this book on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab but knew I wouldn’t get a chance to read it before release date so I added it to my pre-orders so I’d have a chance to read it. I haven’t yet read anything by the author but I heard good things about this book.

    This contemporary young adult fiction story does not sound like a happy journey for the main character. She goes from a privileged life to one where her mother is in trouble, money is a concern and everything just falls apart. I’m curious to check out the author’s writing style and see how she handles this difficult change in circumstances for Carly.

    And as always, I’m hoping for a happy ending.

    The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan is the final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry, the print edition is 400 pages.

    I think I checked Amazon every single day until this book became available to pre-order for my Kindle. I have been dying to read this last book in the series. I even tried to get hints from the author at the RT Convention in Los Angeles back in April. (No luck.)

    I did read the excerpt and am excited to see this story from Sin’s perspective. I hope things work out exactly as I want them to, but I have a bad feeling. I’m glad that Goodreads doesn’t have much of a description, but I did stalk the one on Amazon which is totally spoiler-y for the other books in the series so I won’t go into detail here.

    But at least we will finally get answers about Nick, Alan, Mae and Jamie, even if they’re not ones I’ll be happy about. And oh, I just hate those magicians.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

    From Bad to Cursed is the second book in the Bad Girls Don’t Die series by author Katie Alender. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and in hardcover format only at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 448 pages.

    I pre-ordered this book at the same time that I bought the eBook for Bad Girls Don’t Die. I’m so glad it’s finally coming out, although my wait has only been since April, which isn’t too bad compared to those who had to wait ages for its release.

    Apparently things have been going smoothly for Alexis until Kasey gets herself involved in something new that Alexis needs to check out. It figures. I’m glad that Kasey is not my little sister.

    This Sunshine Club sounds more like a cult than a club, and I hope that Alexis can figure out what really is up with Aralt before it’s too late.

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    This week I have eight books on pre-order. Even more than last week’s haul. I only read one of the books I received last week, so I’m in a serious deficit coming into this week. June is definitely killing me and I know that in two weeks from now, June 28th will be another huge release day. I think next week may be slightly quieter, though, but I still think I have at least five books on pre-order.

    I’ll be going on vacation soon and I can only hope that I’ll be able to make a small dent in my reading during the week off. Still keeping fingers crossed, but as I said last week, I might not see the light of day until September.

    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, let me know!

     

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    My Reading Pile #13

    It was a happy day at the mailbox. Thankfully my mailman left my box of books in the hallway instead of locking it up or I wouldn’t have this lovely picture today. Yes, I’m back to the floor. There is no room on my bookshelf for these new books. I really have to read faster or admit defeat and buy another shelf.

    And, yes that is another copy of All These Things I’ve Done. I mentioned I ended up somehow trading for two copies and that I won a third copy in a giveaway. Well, now I officially have the two trade copies, so I’ll be posting a Quickie Giveaway for one of them this weekend.

    It is also my second copy of Original Sin, but I traded for that one specifically in order to give it to a certain blogger who is just as huge a fan as I am.

    I also want to say a huge “thank you so much” to Britney of I Eat Words. She grabbed a copy of Forever for me from BEA.

    So, I think the only ones I’ll be reading soon that I hadn’t already read are Dead Rules which comes out in just over a week and Supernaturally because I just can’t wait to see what happens in this book.

    So, even though I got all those lovely books, I won’t be reading them this week. June 14th is a big release day and…

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

    (June 12-June 18, 2011)

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    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma is first up for the week. I have an eARC from the publisher for review and I’d wanted to read this sooner, but just couldn’t squeeze it in. But I can’t wait to read it this weekend.

    This is another book I’ve spotlighted for my Book Watch post so I won’t be unnecessarily redundant, but I’ve read a bit of it, and it’s just so amazing already. This is definitely going to be a book that will be talked about, and not just for its gorgeous cover.

    And even in a week of some of my favorite series sequels this is one I won’t be setting aside.

    To read a nice long excerpt of Imaginary Girls on Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Next up is The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan. It is the final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy and is told from Sin’s perspective, which automatically makes this a book I’m dying to read. I want to know if she really is the bad girl she appears to be or if there’s just a bit more to her than we’ve gotten a chance to know so far.

    I fell in love with this series and the ultimate bad boy Nick Ryves. And I am really hoping the author isn’t too cruel with her ending. I’m not sure how devastated I can stand to be.

    I loved the fact that each book was told from a different character’s perspective, although I would have loved there to be another book told from Alan’s. He’s just so sneaky, that Alan, and I would have loved a peek inside his mind.

    And yes, I’m putting this before Passion because I just know I’d be thinking about this the whole time I was reading that book if I switched the order.

    And my third read is Passion by Lauren Kate. I am really excited to read this book, although I think I’m anticipating the next book even more. I just have a feeling that there won’t be much resolution when I get to this book’s end.

    I love the fact that we will be getting a peek at the past, but I’m more concerned with what will happen with Daniel and Lucy in the present. So, I’m keeping fingers crossed that this one will give me some peace of find as the ending of Torment was just that – tormenting. And Daniel drove me absolutely crazy in book two.

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    I am adding a fourth book this week. I think the reads will go very quickly so I think I can add another book to the pile. I’m not sure I’ll have all my reviews done, but at least I’ll have read these much anticipated books.

    From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender is my final book on the pile this week. I recently read Bad Girls Don’t Die and I cannot wait to find out what happens next in this series. I’m so glad that I didn’t have the long wait that some had between that first book and this one.

    Although that one ended without all that cliffhanger-y stuff, just knowing this book was coming out would have made the wait intolerable.

    I did not read any excerpts or reviews so I have no idea other than what the Goodreads description offers, but I am excited to find out how Kasey’s doing and what happens next with Alexis. And I really, really, really hope there are no dolls in this one.

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    So, I know last week was a slow week for reviews on the blog, but there should be a whole bunch this week as all these books are being released. I spent last week mostly reading books releasing in the far distant future, but at least I have three reviews sitting in drafts waiting to be scheduled down the road.

    Just be prepared as three of the four books above are sequels for series that I am a huge fangirl for, so there is likely to be way more gushing than analysis on these.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Hourglass by Myra McEntire. I had this forever, but just could not get the time to read it in advance of release date. I really do want to read this badly, but slacker that I am just couldn’t get to it in time. So I have it at the top of my Wishful Thinking list with the hope that I can read it soon.

    Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I started reading this awhile back but then got sidetracked. I can’t believe it’s releasing this week! Time flies. I really hope to re-read Raised by Wolves and then read Trial by Fire next week.

    And as I mentioned above, I really want to read Supernaturally by Kiersten White and Dead Rules by Randy Russell. But as I already have four books on the pile, I’ll probably be reading these next weekend instead.

    Those left behind:

    I went completely off schedule last week and read a few books that weren’t on the pile. And because I was one of the worst readers during the read-a-thon my books carried over into the week so I did not get a chance to read all the books in My Reading Pile Last week.

    So, I hope to read the two I missed this weekend, along with Imaginary Girls and get my reviews up some time this week.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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    Book Watch: Imaginary Girls

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, a division of the Penguin Group, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Imaginary Girls is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    There are so many great books releasing on June 14th, like Hourglass by Myra McEntire or Passion by Lauren Kate. Both of which I’m dying to read. And others, like The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan or The Revenant by Sonia Gensler, that have been taunting me for ages.

    But there was no question in my mind that I’d choose this debut book by author Nova Ren Suma for this week’s Book Watch post as it really piqued my interest the second I heard about it.

    The cover is stunning and vivid but also haunting and eerie, which completely fits with this story’s description. I’m dying to find out what these hidden dark secrets might be about and what exactly is going on in this story that so many reviewers have been praising.

    Call it morbid curiosity, as there is at the very least one death in this book, but from the moment I saw that quote on Amazon from author Nancy Werlin where she called this “[a] surreal little nightmare in book form,” I was hooked. Surreal. Nightmare. Utterly enticing? You bet. Like the siren’s call, this book reached out to me.

    I have not yet read the excerpt on Scribd, but I have taken a little peek at the eARC I received from NetGalley and from just those few pages I read, I could barely walk away.

    So, for that very reason, plus the description, cover and the book trailer that was recently released, I say that in this super crowded week of releases, this is one to watch for.

    To read an excerpt of Imaginary Girls on Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Goodreads description:

    Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

    But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

    With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

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    Book trailer for Imaginary Girls:

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    The Extras: June

     

    Back with another “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not June yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation.

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released on June 14, 2011.

    I love this cover and think it is beautiful and so captivating. The colors are just amazing. But apparently the story is dark and haunting, in stark contract to this bright and vivid cover.

    I haven’t yet read the sample chapters, as I don’t want to have to stop reading this book once I start, but I can’t wait until it’s released in June.

    Scribd is giving readers a peek at the first four chapters, HERE.

    The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross was released on May 1, 2011. It is a prequel novella to The Girl in the Steel Corset which will be released on May 24th in hardcover format and as an eBook on June 1st.

    It is being offered as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Of course I downloaded both versions for my eReaders. I’m excited to get a peek at the story prior to the full-length novel’s release.

    I will be reading this eBook just prior to reading The Girl in the Steel Corset and can’t wait to find out more about the world the author creates in this steampunk novel.

    I think the cover for The Girl in the Steel Corset is absolutely stunning and is what drew me to the book in the first place.

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini will be released on May 31, 2011.

    I am really excited to read this book and have refrained from checking out the excerpt as I also want to read this in full.

    This is another book with an absolutely gorgeous cover. And it seems like a lifetime since I’ve read a book about Greek mythology, so I’m really looking forward to start reading this one.

    Yet again, the awesome HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside at the first 99 pages HERE.

    Graveminder by Melissa Marr will be released on May 17, 2011.

    Author Melissa Marr has written a creepy and disturbing-sounding novel in Graveminder and I cannot wait to read it. Graveminder is not a young adult title, but I’m not a young adult so it’s perfect.

    Even this cover is super creepy. And I did check out the excerpt and now really can’t wait until this comes out next week.

    The publisher, William Morrow, is giving readers a look inside, HERE.

    Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released on April 19, 2011. It is a prequel novella to the author’s upcoming book Half-Blood which will be releasing on September 15, 2011.

    This is an amazing book and leads right into the full-length novel. Daimon is not one of those short eBooks that just tease you with a few pages. This has a real storyline that gives you a great sense of the characters and even gives you a peek at the beginning of full-length book.

    As of May 10th, the folks at Spencer Hill Press have made this available for free download in multiple formats. CLICK HERE to download.

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    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike was released on May 3, 2011. It is the third book in the Wings series.

    I adore this series. It’s sweet and fun and has a love triangle that will drive you mad.

    I don’t recommend reading this excerpt if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. But if you have, it gives you a nice peek.

    The folks at HarperTeen are giving readers a chance to look inside, HERE.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth was released on May 3, 2011 and is the debut novel for the author.

    I can’t wait to start reading this book as it’s had such high praise. I have not checked out the excerpt as I do own the book, which I will be reading soon.

    As always, HarperTeen is offering a peek inside, HERE.

    The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson was released on April 26, 2011.

    This book is a great follow-up to 13 Little Blue Envelopes and continues the story a few months after the first book ends.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a sneak peek HERE.

    (I just love HarperTeen’s Browse Inside section on their site and stalk it regularly.)

    Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell was released on April 26, 2011.

    I have not checked out this young adult series by the author, but I know it’s quite popular and I think this cover is adorable. What girl doesn’t want a quilted, pink clutch purse?

    Once again, HarperTeen is offering a look inside at the first 99 pages HERE.

    The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong was released on April 12, 2011.

    This is a new series by the author in the same world as her Darkest Powers series which will, at some point, cross over with that one. I can’t wait. I loved that series and am really enjoying this new one.

    An excerpt is available on the author’s website, HERE.

    The publisher is offering a longer excerpt on their website. CLICK HERE to read.

    Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter was released on March 29, 2011. It is the first book in her new Shadow Falls series.

    I think this is a great new series by this author. I can’t wait until the second book, Awake at Dawn, comes out this fall – in October.

    For those who have read it and want to check out some deleted scenes, CLICK HERE.

    I don’t recommend reading it if you haven’t yet read the book.

    Turned at Dark by C.C. Hunter was released on March 15, 2011. It is a bonus story in the Shadow Falls series.

    What I like about this prequel novella is that it gives you a peek at a secondary character from the series, Della, and the events leading up to her arriving in Shadow Falls.

    It’s a nice, quick read and you don’t have to have read Born at Midnight to enjoy it.

    It is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon. To download, CLICK HERE.

    Fallen From Grace by M.J. Putney was released on March 15, 2011 and is a bonus Dark Mirror short story.

    I haven’t yet read Dark Mirror so I’m not certain whether this can be read without having read the full-length book. I own both books, but to be on the safe side, I’ll be reading the full-length novel first.

    It is currently being offered as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    It’s a freebie, so of course I had to download and can’t wait to check it out.

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