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    The Extras: The Teasers #10

    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 couple of months.

    Of course there were two books that I read in the past month that I would love to tease, but because both aren’t close to release I can’t quote from them.

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    I could easily tease ten or more amazing passages from Divergent that just stuck with me. I included one of my favorites with my review, but it wasn’t my absolute favorite.

    I actually do have one of those, but as I said then, it has to be read in context so I won’t tease it here.

    But this one makes my breath hitch just a little….

    Tris about Four…

    His straight eyebrows are drawn low over his eyes. My stomach writhes, partly because I know he makes a good point but I don’t want to admit it, and partly because I want something I don’t know how to express; I want to press against the space between us until it disappears.

    And this one stops me from breathing altogether….

    Tris about Four…

    It isn’t the height that scares me–the height makes me feel alive with energy, every organ and vessel and muscle in my body singing at the same pitch.

    Then I realize what it is. It’s him. Something about him makes me feel like I am about to fall. Or turn to liquid. Or burst into flames.

    For such a dark book there were surprisingly quite a few gorgeous passages in Hushed that created these beautiful moments amidst the darkness and violence.

    I chose one of my favorites to include with my review, but I just knew I’d be including at least one more for this post.

    It was a tough choice, but once again I went with a beautiful passage rather than a dark one.

    Archer and Evan…

    Archer’s vision blurred. The damned tremors found their way back into his hands, and he curled them tightly against his own chest. Evan’s forehead touched his. So close, they were sharing breath. “I can’t stand it when you look at me like that,” Evan whispered.

    Archer curled his hands tighter, nails biting into his palms. “Like what?”

    “Like your heart is breaking.”

    On a Dark Wing is another book that had so many amazing passages and quotes to choose from. I don’t know how many I flagged, but they take up nearly two pages of my typed review notes.

    There is one that I really want to tease, but I won’t. While it’s not spoiler-y, it is important to the story and should be discovered during the read, not outside of it.

    And while I chose a passage about Nate for my review, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tease a quote this time. And to be just a bit cruel, I won’t reveal who the speaker is.

    … to Abbey

    “I want you to know. The time I’ve spent with you has meant everything to me. Whether I face an eternity of nothing or it all ends tonight…” He looked up from the fire and fixed his beautiful blue eyes on me. “You were worth the risk, Abbey.”

    I love teasing passages from Alexander Gordon Smith’s Escape from Furnace series. There are so many chilling ones to choose from, and Death Sentence is most definitely not the exception.

    I chose to tease one about Alex’s encounter with the warden in my review, but I saved this longer passage specifically for this post.

    And yes, the last (and best) two sentences are missing from this. This is a teaser after all.

    Alex’s thoughts…

    And then he was gone. With no hand to block it, the floodgates opened once again and the mayhem cascaded into my head. I fought it, I fought to remember who I was and what had happened to me. But the film on-screen was a tide of violence that consumed me, and as I drowned in the endless parade of bloodlettings and bruisings I realized I could no longer remember what I looked like. 

    There are just so many stunning and beautiful and heartbreaking passages in Everneath, though most of them are spoiler-y and can’t be teased. I mean really, really spoiler-y.

    And while I did tease a passage in my last Teasers post it was the same one I included with my review. So I think it’s more than fair that I get to tease another one. Especially since I did read Everneath a second time in early December, well within the timeframe for the reads for this post.

    And while this one could be considered a spoiler, since I won’t say who said it or who it’s about, I think it’s perfectly safe.

    …to Nikki…

    “Trust me, Becks. I know exactly what loving you looks like on a person. And he loves you.”

    My face went warm and I looked away.

    Cinder is filled with so many quotes and passages that just made me grin. Even a few that made me laugh out loud. But my favorite passages and quotes were those between Kai and Cinder.

    And if I could have teased this entire scene I would. But then it wouldn’t really be much of a teaser, would it?

    So I decided to take a few sentences from right in the middle. To find out what comes before and what comes after? Well, I will say that it’s in the book, just waiting to be read.

    Kai and Cinder…

    Her body simultaneously yearned to close the gap between them and push him away. The anticipation that warmed her lips made it impossible to do either. “Your Highness?”

    She tilted her face toward him, the subtlest of movements. She listened to his wavering breath and this time, it was his eyes dropping to her lips.

    Somewhere during the month of December I managed to sneak in another read of Shattered Souls and was reminded again of just how many things I loved about this book. Especially Lenzi’s thoughts.

    I did tease a nice long passage months ago in my Teasers post after I first read it and a shorter one was included with my review. But, because there were just so many passages and quotes that I noted, of course I found one more to tease.

    And yes, even this one has a touch of sarcasm mixed in.

    Lenzi and Alden…

    I loosened my grip and shifted so that I faced him. I’d never felt this charged and confident. The resolution was a huge rush, and my strange, unearthly attraction to him was more than I could resist. I entwined my fingers in Alden’s thick, silky hair, and before I thought through what I was doing, I kissed him on his gorgeous mouth. Not a gentle kiss, either.

    To my astonishment, he laughed. I pulled back, mortified.

    “Well, you wanted to be friends,” he said, eyes twinkling. “That was friendly, I suppose.”

    One of my more recent reads was Hallowed, so all my favorite passages and quotes are fresh in my mind. So much so that I still tear up when I think of them. Though I didn’t include one of those heartbreaking passages along with my review, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to include one here.

    And while I couldn’t tease any of my most favorite heartbreaking ones, as they are completely spoiler-y, there were plenty I loved that weren’t quite so revealing.

    Ones like this one…

    Clara about Tucker:

    I pick a seat way in the back of the bleachers. I shouldn’t be here, I know, shouldn’t be away from home right now, when no one else knows where I am. But I want to see Tucker. Part of me thinks that if I can just lay eyes on him, I’ll find myself again. I’ll know.

    And although I’ve been trying to fight the urge not to tease my favorite non-heartbreaking one, I think I might have lost that battle. But to be fair, I’m only revealing just a few lines from this five paragraph scene that just makes me melt.

    Clara and…

    I stop. We’re both breathing heavy, snow clinging to our hair, melting on our clothes. I stare down at him. Snow floats around us….

    He sucks in his bottom lip for a second, the quickest, tiniest motion, to moisten it.

    All I would have to do is close my eyes and let go.

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    Once again I decided to stop after teasing just eight books. While I have a few more reads with passages that will definitely tease, I’ll save those for the next time. And since I have been reading more books lately, I’m sure my next teasers post will be sooner rather than later.

    While these teasers may not all be my absolute favorite passages from each book, they are passages that I love, love, love. And if I were to reveal those favorites here, I think I’d be ruining the very best parts of the story. And that wouldn’t be a tease. That would be just mean.

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    Review: On a Dark Wing

    On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane will be released officially in the U.S. on December 27, 2011 in paperback format and will be released on January 1, 2012 in eBook format.

    It is currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in print format (available since December 20) and for pre-order in eBook format.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn’t prepared for. And Death would be my willing teacher.

    Five years ago, Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her “lucky” break came at the expense of her mother’s life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.

    Now she’s the target of Death’s ravens and an innocent boy’s life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey’s secret crush—starts to climb Alaska’s Denali, the Angel of Death stalks him because of her.

    And Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.

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    Abbey Chandler first met Death five years ago when she was in a car accident that took her mother from her. But Death didn’t claim her then.

    She has had to live for years with the memory of that day and the guilt from believing that the accident was her fault. That she was responsible for her mother’s death.

    But escaping from Death’s grasp didn’t mean that Abbey was alive. Ever since the accident she’s been going through the motions. Keeping everyone at a distance. Living but not living.

    That is until the day that Death decided to come back for her.

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    On a Dark Wing is a beautifully written story about love, loss, sacrifice and learning what it means to be human. This intriguing story, told through multiple perspectives, is moving and heartbreaking but still filled with hope.

    Abbey Chandler nearly died in a car accident that killed her mother. And she never really recovered. She felt her mother’s absence from her and her father’s life every single day and she blamed herself.

    For years she has pushed everyone away except for her only friend, Tanner Lange, who has also suffered a loss. One that left him wheelchair-bound. And the only other connection she has allowed herself is to a boy, Nate Holden, who doesn’t even know she exists.

    As the anniversary of her mother’s death nears, she and her father head to their cabin in the woods to pay tribute to her memory. And it is in these woods that she meets a boy who claims to be Nate who begins to break down the walls she’s put up around her heart.

    But she’s not sure if she can trust him, especially since he’s keeping secrets. And when Abbey learns the truth of what he’s been hiding from her, she’ll be forced to make a choice about who she should try to save and who she’d be willing to lose.

    Author Jordan Dane has taken a wonderfully creative and different approach to death in On a Dark Wing. She has made him human. She has given him a mind and a heart. She has allowed him to think and feel. She has given him the ability to choose. And she has put him in a situation where his choices won’t be easy.

    Her heroine, Abbey Chandler, isn’t an immediately sympathetic character, but one who deserves real sympathy. On the outside she’s tough and unlikable but she does have a heart and is willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves. And throughout the story, as she begins to open up, she becomes someone who is not only sympathetic but incredibly likable.

    On a Dark Wing is filled with beautifully descriptive passages that will pull readers into this story. And the multiple points of view will keep them connected to it, while giving them a look at just what’s happening not only to Abbey, but to Tanner, Nate and his family.

    As the story develops, the tension and suspense continue to build, keeping readers engaged as time begins to run out for Abbey and for Nate, leading up to a climactic end that will leave no one unscathed.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    I expected something very different when I started this book. From the cover and description I imagined this book to be about something dark and sinister. What I found instead was a story that was beautiful and sad, but heartwarming.

    There were definite nail-biting moments – really every single second that Nate spent on Denali had me on edge. And the description wasn’t kidding when it said that someone’s life would be on the line. But it was the beautifully written passages about Nate and about Death that kept me engaged and wanting more.

    I had an immediate dislike for the main character Abbey. But that changed over the course of the story as she began to open up and let herself feel things, become less closed off and more sympathetic. By the story’s end, I did like her. Very much.

    I never in a million years imagined that I’d sympathize with Death. The author made him a very real and very human character and through Abbey’s eyes, I saw him as something more and wanted a happy ending for him.

    Well, maybe not happy. He is Death after all. But something not so cold and empty. Something less final. And even though I know what he did was so wrong, I couldn’t help but root for him.

    I especially loved Tanner Lange, Abbey’s best friend, and Nate’s family. These characters really helped fill in this story, which might have been one that was too difficult to connect to, with their warmth and kindness and their love for Abbey and Nate.

    I loved that the author alternated between Abbey’s point of view, told in the first person, to the point’s of view of Tanner, Nate, Nate’s mother and Nate’s father, told in the third person. These were the characters I loved the most from the start, and being able to see the story unfold from their perspective, and not just Abbey’s, made what was happening all the more nerve-wracking.

    The story starts off at a slower pace as it sets up for things to come, but once Nate begins his trek on Denali, it immediately kicks into high gear and I couldn’t read fast enough. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to Nate, why Death was stalking him and just why Death was so interested in Abbey.

    And after I learned what I did about Death’s connection to Abbey – which I won’t reveal here – I had no idea how this story could possibly end in any other way than tragedy.

    I suppose I should have expected a story about Death to also be one about loss and love and guilt and starting over, but I didn’t. I think I was blinded by the gorgeous cover and eerie tagline – “Death never forgets….”

    So, while this story was so completely different than the one I anticipated, it is one that I love, which left me with bitten nails, an ache in my heart for what was lost, but hope for what might come.

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    There were quite a few beautiful passages that really stuck with me. Twelve, actually. But I can’t list them all, or even most of them as they are slightly spoiler-y. Especially my favorite one which is a quote from Death.

    But this description of Nate as Abbey sees him is just so perfect. It tells a little bit about Nate and a whole lot more about Abbey.

    Even with his back to me, every side of Nate Holden was excellent. I love how his dark hair curled at his collar and he always smelled good, but with a full frontal, his hypnotic blue eyes made me forget to breathe. Whenever he talked, his lips could mesmerize me for hours, too. Being next to him felt like getting sucker punched–and liking it.

    To read an excerpt from the prologue of On a Dark Wing from the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

    This review is based on an eARC I received from Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #51

    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 20th-December 26th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2011 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by Walker Books for Young readers, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Bleeding Hearts is the fourth book in the Drake Chronicles by author Alyxandra Harvey.

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    I love the Drake Chronicles series by author Alyxandra Harvey. I fell in love with it before I started blogging so it has an extra special place in my heart because I discovered it on my own.

    And I love this cover for Bleeding Hearts, though apparently Amazon downloaded the other – possibly UK – version for me back in October. I’ve been trying to get this version to pre-order but it won’t let me as it says I already own it. I am going to keep trying.

    I can’t wait to read this installment about Connor Drake and Christabel – Lucy’s cousin. In Bleeding Hearts, Christabel is taken by the Hel Blar who mistake her for Lucy and is infected by them.

    I really hope that Connor is able to save her, even if her new existence is as a vampire and not a human. And I hope we get a peek at Lucy and Solange and all the rest of the yummy Drake boys in this next book.

    To read an excerpt and for a link to download the full prologue from the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 240 pages.

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    Still Waters sounds like an eerie book and one I can’t wait to read. I had heard about it a month or so ago when I was offered it in a trade, but as I knew I wouldn’t get to read it before release, I pre-ordered the finished copy for my Kindle.

    Any book with a description that has the phrase “what lies beneath” always gives me the heebie-jeebies. But this just sounds so unbelievably awesome. I wish I had heard about it sooner so I could have requested a review copy, as this sounds like a perfect book for me.

    Hannah and Colin head off to a remote lake house for a romantic weekend before he goes to college. And of course things take a turn for the worse almost immediately. According to the description the town doesn’t appear on any map, the house looks lived in yet it’s supposed to have been unoccupied and Colin starts acting weird.

    I can’t wait to find out about Colin’s dark side and just what ends up haunting Hannah. I hope to squeeze this book in among my packed schedule for January reads because this is one that I won’t want to miss.

    On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 320 pages.

    The official release date for On a Dark Wing is December 27th, 2011, but it will be available for purchase on the 20th. I’ve included it in this week’s Book Watch post as I’ll be receiving my copy on the 20th.

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    I can’t wait to see the finished copy of On a Dark Wing both electronically and in print. I have the eARC courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley and I’m dying to find out whether each new chapter has an increasing number of ravens like the eARC does.

    My Kindle version downloads on the 20th, so I’ll be checking that out, but I have got to get my hands on the print edition to see if it differs in any way. I just think it’s a really cool touch. Especially as the ravens are important to the story.

    I have almost finished reading On a Dark Wing, so I have no need to guess what this story is about, but I still don’t have the first clue how it will all end. It’s a complete mystery. Which is a good thing.

    As I don’t want to say too much here about what I already know, I’ll just stick with what is revealed in the description.

    Abbey Chandler nearly died in a car accident that she was in with her mother. While her mom died, she survived. But Death became fascinated with her. And because of this, Death stalks a boy Abbey has been crushing on – Nate Holden.

    With Death and his ravens having set their sights on Nate, his life is now at risk. And Abbey must figure out what she can do to save him.

    I really can’t wait to get back to reading this book so that I can find out exactly how everything ends. While I know some more about the story than what’s been revealed, I don’t know what happens to Abbey or Nate at the story’s end.

    To read an excerpt from the prologue on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Zombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Roaring Book Press, the print edition is 240 pages.

    Zombie Tag is a Middle Grade book by author Hannah Moskowitz for children age 9 and older.

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    I decided I had to read Zombie Tag the second I heard about it during its cover reveal a few months ago. It just sounded so odd and quirky and yet heartbreaking. And, as soon as I was able, I pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    I don’t read a lot of middle grade books, but this one just seems so interesting. Funny and sad, but definitely interesting. Plus, the author has such a wild imagination and after reading Invincible Summer I had to check out something from her that is aimed at a younger audience.

    The story is about a young boy named Wil Lowenstein whose older brother died. To cope with his loss he plays a game with his friends called Zombie Tag. Which is clearly a big influence on him – he wishes his brother could come back from the dead, even if it means he comes back as a zombie. Well, Wil’s wish somehow comes true.

    And, of course, Wil’s brother is not the same.

    I have a feeling that this book will make me laugh and cry and my heart will break just a little bit for young Wil. But as this book is meant for a middle grade audience, I hope there will be more smiles than tears.

    It seems like forever ago when I first heard about Zombie Tag and I can’t wait to finally get the chance to read it.

    To read an excerpt of Zombie Tag, courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

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    Flyaway by Helen Landalf

    Pub. Date: December 20, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Legacy by Molly Cochran

    Pub. Date: December 20, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen and Richelle Mead

    Pub. Date: December 20, 2011

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Torn by Cat Clarke

    Pub. Date: December 22, 2011

    (The Book Depository)

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

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    I am so happy – you have no idea – that I’ll be getting four new books this week. And I’m seriously adding the Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide to my holiday gift list, and if I love it in print I will definitely be buying it for the Kindle.

    I also wish I could get Torn by Cat Clarke because it looks amazing, but I’m not risking The Book Depository during the holidays so it will definitely have to wait.

    It felt like the world tipped on its axis last week when there was not one traditionally published book available for download. But I’m so glad to have new books to add to my collection this week.

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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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    My Reading Pile #39

    Happily it’s a much slower week for my mailbox, but it’s partly because my mailman has decided that delivering mail isn’t always in his best interest. And clearly delivering mail on Friday was just way beyond his capabilities.

    While I don’t take pictures of books I’ve purchased, I just have to say that I’m devastated that my “express delivery” from Barnes & Noble of Clockwork Prince is still MIA from their warehouse in Nevada. I don’t tend to have luck with Barnes & Noble and all things Cassandra Clare and I’m having flashbacks of my CoFA giveaways last spring.

    My Amazon version arrived a few days ago and I’m anxiously awaiting the signed copies I’ve pre-ordered from Books of Wonder – though I’m not sure when they’ll ship – but I’d really love to have all three versions just to see how different they are.

    As I am sharing what I received in my mailbox this week, I’m giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

    Maybe I should ask for photography lessons for Christmas because it seems my photographs of books and such, when not in a nice stack, are dreadful. Sorry for the poor lighting and odd angle. But I got all sorts of awesome stuff this week that just wouldn’t pile up nicely. In addition to the two amazing books I received, I got all sorts of swag.

    I received a copy of The Childe by C.A. Kunz for review in anticipation of a blog tour in January for the authors’ upcoming release for the sequel, Dark Days. And much to my surprise it was signed. To me. So no, I will not be giving it away here on the blog when I’ve finished reading it. And there is also a lovely matching bookmark, business card, button and some jewelry, which accompanied the book in a super cute swag bag.

    I also received a signed copy of City of Bones which I won this summer in the YA Crush Tourney and which just arrived in my mailbox this week. I am super excited, even though it’s not personalized, because City of Bones has my favorite cover of the series and to own it signed is awesome. I also received a few gorgeous bookmarks and some Divergent tattoos thanks to the ladies at the YA Sisterhood’s blog.

    And last, but definitely not least, a semi-surprise package came in the mail for the holidays thanks to Blackplume, a wonderful blogger that I love to connect with here on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter. She sent me a gorgeous bookmark which I will most definitely be using, a lovely postcard with a picture of her country, and this adorable and super-soft t-shirt which I will proudly wear!

    I’m hoping Mr. Mailman decides to deliver the mail later today, but that is still TBD. So….

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

    (December 11-December 17, 2011)

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    First up is On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane. I received an eGalley from NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN for review. My review will post as part of the blog tour later this month, so I’m adding it to the pile this week.

    I actually started reading this last week, as I just couldn’t wait, but then I got the flu and I had to put all thoughts of reading aside when sleep became the priority. So now it’s officially on the pile and I will get back to reading – and finishing – it this weekend.

    I fell in love with the cover, the title and the description and just had to break my NetGalley temporary ban to grab a copy when I heard it was on the site. It sounded like another dark read and one I would very much enjoy at this time of year. A story about cheating death… or maybe not… had me intrigued. And just the thought of Death’s Ravens – those harbingers of doom – gave me the chills.

    I’m completely caught up in the mystery of this story and am so curious where it’s going to lead. I can’t wait to finish reading it to find out how it all ends.

    Next up on the pile is Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer. I received a temporary loan of this ARC thanks so very, very much to Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. And while I hadn’t planned on adding it to the pile until next week, I am going to try to sneak it in this week. But I’d like to re-read and review Wolfsbane first, so we’ll see.

    I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to read Bloodrose to see just where things are headed. I have not even looked at the description on Goodreads for fear I might abandon all my current reads just to find out what happens in this book.

    I’m also worried I’ll peek at a review or two while I’m there, and as I still haven’t reviewed book two, the less I know about Bloodrose the better.

    Just by the look of this cover, things appear to be quite a bit darker and while I love dark books, I’m hoping for a happier ending for this series.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I would love to be able to read Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout. No, I do not have an ARC, but I already had two wonderful bloggers – Patricia of Two Chicks On Books and Momo of Books Over Boys – offer to lend me theirs. Of course, once I couldn’t guarantee a return of said ARC, I have a feeling those offers went away pretty quickly.

    Jennifer Armentrout is an absolutely a-mazing writer. After reading Obsidian, I just can’t get enough of her writing, and the idea of having a chance to read another book by the author without having months to wait sounds heavenly. But as I hadn’t requested an ARC, and I have so many amazing books to read right now, Pure will remain on my list of wishful thinking reads.

    Those left behind:

    Practically everything. I just can’t read when I’m not feeling well. I don’t connect with the characters and the story in quite the same way and it would definitely affect my review. So, I set aside all reading this week and now have a lot of catch up work to do.

    I also did not write my review for Everneath, which I now hope to do this weekend. But because of other priorities like my tournament post, character interview questions and a few other reviews with specific deadlines, I may not be able to do it until next weekend.

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    I have not heard back from any of the publishers about my requests on NetGalley. Which is devastating. But I also didn’t request any new books, which makes me incredibly proud.

    I’m still holding out hope for Fugitives – though I feel it might be in vain – because I love, love, love, love, love that series. Though an approval would make me drop everything to read Death Sentence and immediately follow that up with Fugitives, which is probably not a great idea since I have quite a few review books on the pile.

    Oh I wish I could squeeze another two weeks in between now and Christmas!

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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: On a Dark Wing

    On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane will be released in the U.S. on December 20, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    While there may not be too many books releasing the week of December 20th, On a Dark Wing is one of the books I’ve been looking forward to reading for quite some time. And the moment I found out it was available to pre-order for my Kindle, I did.

    When I saw it on NetGalley I broke my “no request” rule, and I really hope to be able to read it on or around release date. I love the fact that the premise of this book is dark and that the main character’s second chance at life is tinged by the fact that Death’s Ravens have their eye on her.

    The idea that “Death never forgets” is such an alluring concept that I am immediately drawn to this story. I am just dying to find out if Abbey is able to truly cheat death or if those she love will pay the price.

    And I absolutely love this cover – the colors, the birds in flight, the road that seems infinite and the winged model.

    Fortunately December 20th is right around the corner and I’ll be able to add Dark Wing to my permanent collection.

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    To read the prologue on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Goodreads description:

    “The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn’t prepared for. And Death would be my willing teacher.”

    Five years ago Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her lucky break came at the expense of her mother’s life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.

    Now she’s the target of Death’s Ravens and an innocent boy’s life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey’s secret crush—starts to climb Alaska’s Denali, the Angel of Death is with him because of her.

    Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.

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