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    The Trailers: August

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books releasing in August, a peek at a few of those coming out in September and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at an author talking about their book.

    While I may have already included a few of those August trailers in the June/July peeks, some were just too good not to repost.

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    Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Rift by Andrea Cremer

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Wake by Amanda Hocking

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (AuthorAmandaHocking)

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    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (heatheranastasiu)

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    Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    And because I just had to…

    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    The Kill Order by James Dashner

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (hellogiggles)

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    The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Defiance by C.J. Redwine

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Erasing Time by CJ Hill

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (azwriter1) – unofficial trailer (?)

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    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (SanguMandanna)

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    Speechless by Hannah Harrington

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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    For just a peek at what’s coming in September and beyond….

    Outpost by Ann Aguirre

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    Origin by Jessica Khoury

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Entice by Jessica Shirvington

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Because it is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Venom by Fiona Paul

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

    Release date: January 15, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – Level 2 Cover Reveal

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    And for a look back at one or two we may have missed….

    The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

    Release date: July 10, 2012

    (Lisa M. Stasse)

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    Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

    Release date: July 10, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Here’s what one author is saying…

    False Memory by Dan Krokos

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (hyperionteens) – the author talks about his recently released book

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

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    Guest Review: Obsidian

    Thank you to Ana for stopping by to share her review of Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


    Title: OBSIDIAN

    Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Pages: 335 (2nd edition)

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Goodreads description:

    Starting over sucks.

    When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

    And then he opened his mouth.

    Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

    The hot alien living next door marks me.

    You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

    If I don’t kill him first, that is.

    Obsidian was a quick and sexy read. Fast-paced and with a fresh new twist: Aliens. Who knew aliens could be so frustrating and sexy, even friendly if they want to be?

    One of the things I really liked about this book was the writing. I was hooked to every page and when I had to put it down I couldn’t stop thinking about it and the feeling that I wanted to go back and read some more. Pretty entertaining, that is very hard to find in my opinion.

    I enjoyed all the action scenes, especially because they weren’t too close to one other so I was really surprised with each one of them. The author did a great job with the background and details, without losing the tension and edgy feeling.

    Of course we can’t forget about infuriating Daemon Black. He is one sexy alien, let me tell you, and I couldn’t help but fall for him even with his hot and cold attitude. I only wish his reasons for been such a jerk were justified sooner in the book; that would have helped me understand him better and have more empathy for him. But despite that, I found myself enjoying Katy and Daemon and their whole dynamic, laughing at his teasing and her snarky responses. Katy doesn’t put up with Daemon’s attitude and I totally applaud that, especially how everything ends with them.

    I love the glimpses of the nice, friendly and caring Daemon. I hope we get to see more of that in book two.

    The sexual tension between them was overpowering, in a good way, because it was enjoyable and very seductive. You can totally tell they want each other but there are other circumstances that keep them apart, besides their mutual dislike. They are drawn to each other and their chemistry is undeniable. But all that waiting and tension is rewarded with this one hot scene, trust me the wait is worth it.

    The secondary characters are one of my favorite parts of this book. They are not just filler; they play an important part in each and every different scene. But Dee was my favorite character, she is a ball of sunshine, so cute and lovable and her relationship with Katy was so balanced. I love that!

    I love the challenge at the end of the book, I was grinning, imagining all the possibilities that it can lead to. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next with Katy and Daemon. Dying to know the new developments in the most anticipated sequel, Onyx.

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    30 Days of Daemon Tour: Character Interview Daemon Black

    When I first heard that there was going to be a thirty day tour that was all about Daemon I could not stop grinning. I mean, it’s Daemon Black. And thirty days of him. What could be more awesome?

    Well, the fact that there would be multiple stops each day. Yep. That’s definitely more awesome. I think it blew my mind. And I’m not too sure I’ve recovered….

    And the fact that I got to interview Daemon? Well… it was a dream come true. Didn’t help much in that whole recovering from the blown mind situation. But, at least I was left with just enough brain cells to post the interview. Anyway….

    For those of you who haven’t read Obsidian, I thought I’d give you a chance to check out the description before hearing what Daemon has to say in his interview. And if you haven’t heard about the amazing author of this series, Jennifer L. Armentrout, there’s just a little bit about her too.

    But I’m pretty sure you already know about JLA. It’s why you’re here reading all about Daemon.

    About the Book

    Starting over sucks.

    When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.And then he opened his mouth.

    Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me.

    You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

     

    About the Author

    Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

    Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOKWEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS

    Hi Daemon, thank you so much for stopping by the blog today to answer just a few questions.

    Not to boost your ego, but you have quite a few fans who are desperate to know everything you are willing to share about yourself – your likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, just what kind of workout regimen you have to make yourself look as good as you do shirtless….

    Anyway… before I begin bombarding you with questions, would you be so kind as to tell readers of the blog who may not have met you already just a little bit about yourself, in ten words or less?

    I can sum it up in four words: I’m pretty damn awesome.

    Fiktshun: Ego much? Yes. But it’s most definitely true. You’re so freaking awesome.

    From the moment you met Katy it seemed like there was a feeling of hatred and disgust toward her. Was this specific to her or was it your overall dislike for humans? Or did you really feel something else and were only feigning your disinterest?

    I was never disgusted by her. I just didn’t want her or any human living so close to us and buddying up with my sister. I’m kind of an equal opportunity hater when it comes to most humans. Of course, Kat has a way of wiggling past that.

    Fiktshun: Yes she does. She is quite determined when she wants to be, isn’t she?

    And from the moment we met you it seemed as if you were often shirtless. Did you do this on purpose to keep Katy off balance or do you just really enjoy being shirtless?

    Clothing can be so restrictive.

    Fiktshun: Oooooooooooh.

    You didn’t want to have anything to do with Katy and yet it was almost as if you couldn’t stay away. Why did you keep getting involved in her life? Was it just to annoy Katy or was there some other reason?

    I really don’t think I had a choice. Okay. Well, part of my involvement was to annoy Kat. I like it when she gets all feisty, but after a few incidents, we no longer had a choice. She was stuck with me.

    Fiktshun: Yes you are stuck together. And I’ll just bet she loves and hates it in equal parts. *GRIN.*

    Every chance you get it appears as if you are trying to get under Katy’s skin. You call her names like Kittycat and Kitten, which bother her to no end. Do you enjoy antagonizing Katy? Do you plan to keep doing it?

    I enjoy doing a lot of things that involve Kat, not limited to making up annoying nicknames or teasing her.

    Fiktshun: So I’ve read. *BIG GRIN.*

    Some would say the two of you have great chemistry. Others might say the two of you together are toxic. What do you think?

    Depends on the day.

    Fiktshun: That’s true, though I’m thinking it’s even more frequent than that!

    Katy was very hyper aware of every time you touched her. Did you know this? Did you do this on purpose? And did you feel the same way when she touched you?

    I’m pretty sure anyone would be hyper aware of me touching them, don’t you think?

    Fiktshun: …. …. Okay, that was me just mentally striking my initial response before this interview takes a totally different turn for this interviewer. 🙂 Let’s just say my answer involved having you put that theory to the test.

    If you had to describe Katy to someone who’d never met her, how would you describe her?

    Kitten. That would be all I would say.

    Fiktshun: Somehow I don’t think she’d like that very much, Daemon. Not very much at all.

    If Katy were to decide that she’s had enough of your games and your species and decided to date someone more like her, what would you do?

    Like she would decide to date something other than me.

    Fiktshun: Ahem, she just might. Even if it were just to get back at you. There are a couple more stories – at least – in which Kat (or Jennifer) might think some competition would fun.

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    And now for a few “Favorites” and “This or That” questions….

    Favorite movie?  Same as Dawson’s: Cocoon.

    Favorite thing to eat?  I pretty much just like food in general. 

    Favorite time of year?  Summer.

    Favorite thing about Earth?  Neighbors?

    Favorite thing about not being human?  Everything? 

    Favorite moment with Katy?  The lake.

    Favorite nickname you have for Katy? Kitten.

    Shirts on or shirtless? Shirtless.

    Tormenting Katy or kissing Katy? That’s a given.

    Vain or humble? Me? Humble as pie. Ha.

    Fiktshun: Neighbors, huh. Maybe one neighbor in particular, Daemon? And the lake was my favorite moment of yours with Katy, too. Although… the laptop scene was pretty H.O.T. And yes, Daemon, you are absolutely humble as pie….

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    This has been so much fun. For me. As you can imagine. Being so humble and all…. Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by.

    Thank you for having me.

    I wish you could stay a lot longer…. *SIGH.* But I know you have another stop on the tour today and quite a few ahead of you. I wouldn’t want to be greedy and keep you all to myself. (Yes, I would.)

    You are always welcome to stop back, shirts are definitely optional, to talk some more about you, about Kat or just what your plans are for the not so distant future.

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    Other Stops On the Tour

    Today…

    The Reading Geek – Music that reminds me of Daemon

    Earlier… 

    May 15:

    Mundie Moms – Launch post + giveaway

    May 16:

    Pure Imagination – Dear Daemon post

    Stuck in YA Books – Dear Daemon post

    May 17:

    Two Chicks On Books – Obsidian scene from Daemon’s POV

    Book Kitty Blog – Obsidian Dream Cast

    May 18:

    Tater’s Tall Tails – Favourite Daemon Moments/Quotes

    Book Loving Mom – Love Letter to Daemon

    Later…

    For the full tour schedule, check it out on Entangled’s website, HERE.

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    Other Books in the Series

    About Shadows

    The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

    Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

    Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

    Captivated. Lured. Loved.

    Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    About Onyx

    Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

    Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

    Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

    The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

    But then everything changes…

    I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

    No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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    The Crush List #6

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

    Everneath by Brodi Ashton is a new crush, but one that I feel like I’ve had forever. What was first just a cover crush developed into a steal-your-heart-and-hold-it-hostage kind of crush.

    I read this book nearly a month ago and even with all the amazing reads since then, it has refused to let go. And I’m certainly not ready to let it go.

    Why I’m crushing: A ticking clock. A seemingly inescapable fate. A love that knows no bounds. A tragic end from the very beginning. Loss. Heartbreak. Devastation. Despair. A moment that changed everything. And one deliciously, incredibly sexy immortal.

    A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford is a new crush on a series and characters I’ve been crushing on for over a year. It’s a painful crush that rides that fine line between crush and heartbreak.

    I knew I would crush hard. I knew I would be tormented. I knew that things would not end well. And yet I still gave my heart to this book knowing it would be crushed, destroyed, smashed to smithereens.

    Why I’m crushing: It’s dark. It’s devious. It’s incredibly, dangerously and wickedly sexy. It’s heartbreaking. It’s cruel. And yet I still beg for more. It’s twisty. It’s turny. It’s gritty. It’s edgy. And oh how edge-of-your-seat nerve-wracking it is. All hope may be lost. The outlook is grim. And it’s likely to end happily never after.

    Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout is a brand spanking new crush and one that has earned a permanent place on my crush list. It was a total surprise and one that completely blindsided me. Knocked me flat on my face, it did.

    When you think of hot and sexy books to read, you do not think aliens. At least I didn’t… until now. I am anchored to this series for as long as those books just keep on coming.

    Why I’m crushing: Tantalizing. Electrifying. Chemistry so H.O.T. it sizzles. Forbidden attraction. Tension, tension and more tension. And one super sexy, smokin’ hot, shirtless bad boy, Daemon Black. Dangerous secrets. Deadly rivals. And an ending that will leave you begging, pleading, groveling for more.

    Where You Are by Tammara Webber is a completely new and different crush to the one I have for the first book in this series. I assumed my crush on this book would just be an extension of my existing crush, but  an all new crush formed instead.

    I was briefly worried my new crush would fade, as is often the case where the first book in a series ends so perfectly. But I worried for nothing and now I have two huge crushes on this series.

    Why I’m crushing: Plotting and scheming. Lies and betrayals. Deception. Rejection. Heartbreak. Heartache. Redemption. Deliciously torturous drama. A love story that will make you smile one minute and cry the next. And a nail-biter from start to finish.

    Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare is an existing crush that grew to epic proportions after this read. Crushing on a steampunk story is always a surprise to me, but crushing on any story set in Victorian Era London is a total shocker.

    I did not expect to fall quite so hard for this book. My clear favorite has always been The Mortal Instruments series. But that clarity has definitely gone opaque after I finished this book.

    Why I’m crushing: Secrets revealed. A devastating betrayal. Everything on the verge of collapse. A choice must be made. Loyalty and friendship are put to the test. Suspense hangs over every action, every word, everything. Stolen kisses. Love is in the air. A night of romance, magic and danger. All leading up to an ending that will make you want to scream.

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    I have another book I’ve read and am crushing on, but I decided to save it for next month’s post. Five crushes seemed like the perfect number to list, and I like having one in the queue just in case I don’t develop any new crushes in the next month.

    Besides, once again I had so many new crushes that I didn’t even get to list one of my old favorites. But I’m glad my crushes this month are diverse, even though I don’t have a vampire crush among them.

    After all, what’s not to love about immortals, the fallen, siders, hot aliens, actors and actresses and Shadow Hunters?

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #49

    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 December 6th-December 12th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Clockwork Prince is the second book in The Infernal Devices series by author Cassandra Clare.

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    It’s finally out! The wait is over! Though I’m still waiting to receive all the print copies I’ve ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books of Wonder, I’ve had this book on pre-order for my Kindle for months and months and it downloaded early. So it’s mine!

    I already read and reviewed Clockwork Prince (HERE) so I’m not going to ramble on and on about what I think this book might be about. Because I already know. And it’s awesome! Soooooo awesome.

    I am super curious to see whether everyone will be Team Will or Team Jem when they’ve finished reading it. I also can’t wait to hear what everyone will think of Tessa. And as is always the case with Cassandra Clare novels, I have even more questions at the end than I had when I started reading.

    I only finished this book just over a week ago, but I’ve been dying to talk about it with everyone. So I hope there will be tons of reviews for me to stalk in the coming weeks.

    If for some reason you’re the one person who hasn’t pre-ordered their copy, or if you just weren’t sure about this sequel, check out an excerpt of the prologue from the series website, CLICK HERE. It might just change your mind.

    Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Deadly Little Voices is the fourth book in the Touch series by author Laurie Faria Stolarz.

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    I have been a fan of this series since way before I started blogging. They don’t make the eBook versions available too far in advance of release date, so this is one book I’ve been stalking regularly over the past couple of months so that I could add it to my list of pre-orders the second it was available.

    I have missed this series and am dying to find out just what happens to Camelia, Ben and Adam in this next installment. And as always with this series, I can’t wait to try and solve the mystery, which there seem to be a few of in this book.

    Fortunately there is at least one more book in the series, because I’m not ready for this series to end. Though I’m worried that things appear to be getting darker and darker. And in this book, Camelia’s abilities seem to be causing her to become slightly mentally unstable, which does not sound like a good thing at all….

    Shattered Dreams by Ellie James was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Shattered Dreams is the first book in the Midnight Dragonfly series by author Ellie James.

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    I actually received an unsolicited ARC for this book last spring but hadn’t had the time to check it out until very recently. And since I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to read it before release, I decided to pre-order it so I could read the finished copy instead.

    This book sounds very intriguing. And I love that the description uses the words “dark odyssey” to describe what happens to the main character, Trinity, in her search for a missing girl. A girl that she had a vision about. A girl everyone thinks Trinity might have something to do with the disappearance of.

    I want to find out just what happened to Jessica, what secrets Trinity uncovers about her past, and just what these “shocking truths” are.

    There is a bonus short story, Haunted Destiny, that came out two weeks ago that is currently available as a free eBook download for the Kindle, HERE, and for the Nook, HERE.

    Struck by Rhonda Stapleton was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 752 pages.

    Struck is a bindup of Stupid Cupid, Flirting with Disaster and Pucker Up by Rhonda Stapleton.

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    I first learned about this book back in October. I’d known of the author for a lot longer, but hadn’t known about this bind-up until the cover caught my eye when stalking the publisher’s catalogs. I was pretty much sold by the cover, so as soon as I skimmed the description I pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    I love the idea that the main character, Felicity Walker, applies for a job at a matchmaking company and discovers that she’s actually a cupid. I also love that the author modernized cupid.

    There are no winged cherubs with bows and arrows in this book. Cupids now get hot pink PDAs, and love arrows get sent through email instead of the old fashioned way. It also makes me smile to know that cupid has a quota.

    This really does sound fun and super cute and I can’t wait to take a peek at this soon and hopefully get a chance to read all three stories around Valentine’s Day.

    Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on December 8, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Shattered Souls 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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    Just two more days until release day. And I can’t wait! I didn’t have time to stalk my local bookstore to see if Shattered Souls was on shelves early, but I have a print copy pre-ordered and am anxiously awaiting my eBook downloading to my Kindle on Thursday.

    I absolutely love, love, loved this book when I read it last spring – yes, it was a really, really long time ago. I was hoping to have the ARC I traded for back in my hands by now, but that didn’t happen. Fortunately I only have a couple more days to wait.

    I did end up posting my review of Shattered Souls this summer as part of the book tour, but I will probably be doing a buzz post soon. Because I’m so curious as to what everyone else will think of this book that I love. Whether they’ll love Lenzi as much as I do – especially her sarcasm – whether they’ll love Alden or whether they’ll be heartbroken over Zak.

    I won’t go on and on and on about this book, because I feel like I’ve talked about it so much already, but this story of past lives and reincarnation totally captured my heart and its gripping storyline kept me on the edge of my seat.

    To read a short excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    (The eBook was available for purchase on November 29, 2011.)

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 292 pages.

    Obsidian is the first book in the Lux series by author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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    Obsidian’s official release date is today, but the eBook was available last week for download at Amazon and so I had my copy since then. Although I read this book a little over two weeks ago, I’m already dying to re-read it.

    I had no idea when I requested this book for review that it was a story about aliens and I’m glad I didn’t. Because I might have immediately turned away from a book that I would have regretted not reading.

    Obsidian is hot. Daemon Black is hot. Just thinking about a couple of those scenes makes my heart race a little. He’s gorgeous. He’s arrogant. And he has some pretty amazing powers.

    Katy would better off if Daemon stayed away from her, and she away from him, but their chemistry draws them together. Which makes this one sizzling read. But it also puts Katy in danger.

    I won’t say more, because I already reviewed it (here). But to really know how awesome it is, it just has to be read.

    Obsidian just came out, but I already cannot wait until Onyx is released. And Daemon looks even hotter on that cover, which was revealed yesterday. So, I can only imagine just how yummy this next book is going to be.

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

    Hushed by Kelley York was released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    (The eBook was available for purchase on November 29, 2011.)

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 242 pages.

    Hushed 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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    I received an eARC of Hushed for review, read it – devoured it really – this past weekend and just reviewed it here on the blog yesterday. And as soon as I finished my review I headed over to Amazon to pre-oder a finished eBook for my collection. Because this is one book I definitely plan on reading again.

    Apparently the eBook for Hushed was also released a week in advance of its official release date, which I would have loved to know, as the eARC wasn’t formatted nearly as nicely as the finished copy.

    And since I did just review it, I don’t want to ramble on and on again twenty-four hours later. Though I’m absolutely sure I could!

    But for readers who love books that are dark and weighty, violent and shocking, with just a few moments of brightness, then Hushed is definitely the perfect read. It was for me.

    To read an excerpt of Hushed on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Surrender (A Haunting Emma Novel) by Lee Nichols

    Pub. Date: December 6, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

    Pub. Date: December 8, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars #10) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: December 6, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Sweep Volume 5 by Cate Tiernan

    Pub. Date: December 8, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    It is definitely not a slow release week this week. I have seven books pre-ordered – not including the multiple print copies of Clockwork Prince – and I’m seriously considering a couple of the other books of note to buy.

    At least I’ve read and reviewed four of the books that I’ve purchased, so they’re not being added to my TBR pile. But because I loved them so much, of course I’d love to be able to re-read all of them.

    And I’m seriously hoping to be able to squeeze in Deadly Little Voices at the beginning of January, because I absolutely love this series.

    I also hope that the next couple of weeks are a lot slower for releases, because I think I’ll be getting a gift card or two for Christmas and would love to have a few books left to buy with them.

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

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

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    The Extras: Teasers #9

    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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    There were so many amazing passages to choose from in this book. But I actually had two favorites that just stuck in my mind for days afterward.

    One is so unbelievably chest-tighteningly awesome, the other is kind of wicked. So, of course I chose the wicked one.

    Cole to Nikki:

    He put his lips against my head. “Heroes don’t exist. And if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”

    I found about twenty passages that would be just so perfect to tease. But some gave a little too much away. And others were just too awesome to reveal and would be better discovered while reading the book.

    I have a completely different quote in my review, something much more lighthearted and fun. But I couldn’t resist teasing this passage, which is one of my very favorites.

    Though to keep this a bit of a mystery I won’t say who the two characters are.

    Her breath caught, and she dropped her hand from his shoulder. “It’s been a year,” she said quickly. “God knows you’ve moved on.”

    He didn’t break her gaze. “God knows nothing.”

    It was so difficult for me to tease a passage that kept things rated PG. Because most of my favorite passages were H.O.T.

    And while I did find one passage that is deliciously perfect, it’s actually part of a much longer scene that is so unbelievably intense.

    But this is only supposed to tease, so you’ll have to grab the book to find out just what comes next.

    Katy and Daemon:

    Time seemed to slow, every second stretching out before me, tantalizing and torturing every breath I took. Waiting, wanting to show him whatever he was looking for as his eyes darkened to a deep green.

    One of my most favorite non-spoilery passages was one at the very beginning. There are so many passages that would be perfect to tease in this post, but I thought I’d choose the one that stuck with me right from the start.

    And of course it had to be about Will, because he is such an unbelievable tease.

    Tessa about Will:

    Will was beautiful, but he was not hers; he was not anybody’s. Something in him was broken, and through that break spilled a blind cruelty, a need to hurt and to push away.

    I was torn between choosing a teaser passage that was heartbreaking or one that was heartwarming. It was too tough to choose.

    Instead I chose a passage that was just written so beautifully and is just so completely true.

    Graham’s thoughts:

    Something about first love defies duplication. Before it, your heart is blank. Unwritten. After, the walls are left inscribed and graffitied. When it ends, no amount of scrubbing will purge the scrawled oaths and sketched images, but sooner or later, you find that there’s space for someone else, between the words and in the margins.

    This is another book of the author’s with some wonderfully graphic, dark and disturbing passages. And some that are just so unbelievably sad.

    It was surprisingly difficult to choose a favorite, but I think I found one that captures the spirit of this book perfectly.

    Alex’s thoughts:

    As soon as reality breaks, as soon as we are separated from the physical world, the cracks begin to appear in our minds. And through them seeps the madness that has always been there, flowing into your skull like a liquid nightmare.

    Choosing a favorite passage from this book was harder than I thought it would be. I included one with my review, but finding one that was a little different, but that didn’t give too much away, proved to be a challenge.

    I finally managed to narrow it down to three. All of which were utterly hilarious. And one of which is below.

    Pearl about Evan:

    He shifted the car into gear and peeled out. To her delight, he sped down the street at her favorite velocity: alarmingly fast. She upgraded her impression of him from “delicious breakfast” to “attractive lackey.” Too bad the Family didn’t keep lackeys.

    I found an absolutely amazing passage to tease in my review. But I decided, instead of going for a passage that is all about the author’s beautiful writing, this time I’d tease something just a bit hotter.

    As this is only supposed to tease, I end the passage just before the other character is revealed and just before things get even steamier.

    Ari and…

    “No!” She tried to get loose. “You are not kissing me you big l-“

    And quite abruptly her insult was swallowed in his kiss. His hot, deep kiss that shut down her brain and made her legs go like Jell-O. She felt a furious heat rush into her cheeks and swim downwards into the pit of her belly….”

    ***

    I thought eight was just the right amount of books to tease. Not too many and not too few. If I was all about the spoilers those teasers would be far more tormenting than what I’ve included, so I haven’t been too evil, have I?

    Though I have to admit, reading those teasers just now makes me want to re-read all these books again.

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    Review: Obsidian

    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback format. It is currently available to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 280 pages.

    Obsidian is the first book in the Lux trilogy by the author.

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    Goodreads description:

    Starting over sucks.

    When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

    And then he opened his mouth.

    Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

    The hot alien living next door marks me.

    You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

    If I don’t kill him first, that is.

    ***

    Katy Swartz is forced to leave her life behind when her mother decides to move to West Virginia to start over. Having already lost her father, leaving her home, her friends and her school just before senior year isn’t easy.

    When it turns out her new neighbors are aliens, Katy can almost take that in stride. What she can’t take is Daemon’s hot, cold and colder attitude toward her. Tired of being a pushover, she is determined to stand her ground and fight back.

    Which proves to be more difficult than she would have imagined. Because as much as she can’t stand Daemon, she is drawn to him. With every insult, cruel remark or show of arrogance, her anger grows, but so does her attraction to him.

    But there are rules. And there are risks involved with getting too close. And if she can’t stay away from Daemon or keep him away from her, then it won’t be only her, but Daemon and his entire family, that will be in danger.

    ***

    Obsidian is the electrifying, action-packed and tension-filled first book in the new Lux trilogy by author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

    The immediate, intense and sizzling chemistry between the main character Katy and her next door neighbor Daemon will instantly captivate readers and pull them into this world of rivals, danger and forbidden attraction, that won’t let go.

    In this story of aliens – both good and bad, beautiful and ugly – it is the thrill of danger and the excitement of the unknown that keep these two characters alternately drawn to and repelled by one another.

    And it is this magnetic push-pull that will keep readers on edge, as they discover just who Daemon really is, just how much trouble Katy is really in and what lengths they’ll have to go to keep everyone safe.

    Author Jennifer Armentrout has managed to write a book about aliens that weaves together elements of science fiction, drama, action and romance in a way that is enticing and incredibly appealing to readers beyond those simply lured in by the science fiction aspect.

    Right from the start, the tension between these two characters builds and continues to build until they and the reader are ready to explode, making this one electrically-charged and immensely entertaining story that is unputdownable.

    As this is a novel aimed at a more mature young adult audience, there is a bit more violence, language and sexual content than is typical in a young adult story, but nothing that feels over the top, out of character or unnecessary to the story.

    Obsidian is a deliciously tormenting, absolutely explosive must read with an ending that will leave readers begging for the sequel.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    Obsidian was such an amazing surprise and a book that kept me completely twisted up in knots because of that little dance that Daemon and Katy did throughout the whole entire book.

    Talk about chemistry. Well, this story was all about the chemistry between the two of them. Sure, there was all sorts of action. The pace was definitely quick. The story was completely intriguing. But it was that electricity between Daemon and Katy that just made this story so aaaahhhh-mazing.

    I don’t know how many times I wanted to scream at the two of them to “get on with it already” because the push and pull was just too tormenting. And yes, I mean tormenting in a really good way.

    The author did such a fantastic job of keeping me on edge throughout the book, wondering what would happen. When it would happen. If it would happen. I wanted to skip to the end just to find out. I barely restrained myself. Barely.

    There were a few choice scenes that made my heart race. A few scenes that made my blood boil. And a few scenes that made me so worried the story would end before coming to a satisfying conclusion.

    And while the author did tease right up to the end, it’s a conclusion I can live with for the next long while as I wait for the release of Onyx next spring.

    I love when books surprise me and what a surprise this book was. On so many fronts. I read the first chapter on the author’s blog when she posted it and I fell in love with the very hot, very much the bad boy, Daemon Black.

    What I didn’t realize, until I read the description on Goodreads after having requested the book on NetGalley, was that Daemon Black wasn’t a demon. This was a story about aliens.

    I am not a fan of reading science fiction. And I’d never read a story about aliens. So when I began reading I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy the premise of this book at all – hot boy or no. Even one where the main character is a book lover and book blogger who does IMM vlogs, WoW posts and sometimes gets zero comments on her reviews.

    But if all books about aliens were anything like this book, I’d proudly wear the “I believe” T-shirt and download every book I could. Because this story was so addictive and totally unputdownable and I was devastated that it had to end.

    Katy is not typical of my favorite heroines. She doesn’t have nearly the snark of Alex in the author’s other series, who I absolutely adore, though she’s not weak or completely sarcasm-free. And she definitely has claws. But I like that she’s different. And her personality is the perfect yin to Daemon’s yang.

    Oh but how I do love Daemon Black. Though I’m sure not everyone will. He’s not particularly nice. In fact, he can be downright cruel at times. Most of the time, actually. And he’s so unbelievably arrogant.

    But he has those green, intense eyes. He has some seriously wicked awesome powers. He’s incredibly sexy. And every so often he says or does something surprising. And rarer still, he can be sweet. But it’s rare. And I don’t always trust him.

    And that name. I love that the author gave him the name Daemon Black, because it’s so opposite to what exactly he is. Though it suits him – it’s a hot name and he is definitely hot.

    As I haven’t read any other books about aliens, I don’t know if the story is unique, but to me it was new and different and fascinating and exciting. I really never thought aliens could be exciting, aside from the kind you’d want to annihilate, that is.

    Though there was one scene in the cafeteria, where Katy noticed the table of too beautiful aliens that kept themselves separate from the human population that did somewhat remind me of another lunchroom and other beautiful “people,” but that similarity quickly faded when Katy did what she did – I’m not saying what – that kept me grinning for several pages.

    If I could immediately re-read this book I would. It was just that good. I’ve still got it stuck in my head and I know that even if I were to re-read it, I’d be just as tied up in knots anytime Katy and Daemon were together as I was on my first read.

    And there will definitely be a re-read of this book once I get the finished copy. If I manage to wait that long.

    My favorite non-spoiler-y passage:

    He lowered his head until the edges of his dark curls brushed my cheek. I was caught between wanting to crawl into my locker and crawl into him.

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    The second book in the series, Onyx, is slated for release in May 2012.

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

    This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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