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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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #85

    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 August 14th-August 20th that I have pre-ordered.

    Touched by Cyn Balog will be released in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I had read and loved Cyn Balog’s book Fairy Tale before I became a blogger. I was sad that it was a standalone, but I was thrilled to read Sleepless when it came out. While I haven’t had a chance to read Starstruck, I have that in my collection and I’m thrilled to be able add Touched.

    I absolutely love the sound of this story and I can’t wait to meet Nick Cross. I’m a huge fan of stories where someone tries to intervene to change the future. And I’m curious to know why it doesn’t work for Nick. Why nothing is a surprise to him. And what the choices are that he’ll “be forced to make.”

    I am also super curious to find out more about this Book of Touch and to see why meeting Taryn makes things unpredictable for him. This book sounds really, really awesome and I can’t wait to read it in early September.

    Forsaken by Thomas E. Sniegoski will be released in the U.S. on August 14, 2012 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 416 pages.

    Forsaken is the fourth book in the author’s The Fallen series with its new numbering.

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    I also discovered Thomas E. Sniegoski’s The Fallen series before I started blogging. I had finally broken free of my vampire phase and decided to try out stories about angels and fallen angels. None of these books were available for the Kindle so I found myself pining for them as I passed them by at my local Borders week after week. I even went so far as to download from iTunes and watch the ABC Family mini series version of the first few books.

    Try as it might, it did not dissuade me from wanting to read them. But it was only after I finally gave up that of course they were made available for the Kindle. So I bought them and gave away the print copies. But, by then I was already blogging and couldn’t move them to the top of the pile.

    And even though I’m not caught up on the series, I just had to pre-order Forsaken. I want to find out just what’s been going on with Aaron and what’s been happening in the battle between Heaven and Hell.

    I’m super nervous, as the description mentions that his “faith will be tested” and that “casualties mount.” I am hoping that Aaron and the other Nephilim are able to protect humanity from the chaos Lucifer wants to unleash.

    I hope to get the chance to get caught up on this series early this fall. Though I really want to read it right about now….

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    The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

    Pub. Date: August 14, 2012

    Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    I am glad this week is a bit of a slow release week, as I’ve added a ton of new books to the collection over the past couple of weeks. And in searching to find out if I just happened to miss any major releases this week, I ended up pre-ordering another ten books. Many of them releasing in September.

    As I already have nine or ten books pre-ordered for the week of August 28th, I’m glad there are at least one or two weeks this summer without a ton of new books to buy.

    And while both books aren’t going to be immediate reads, I really do hope to at least read Touched in the next month. Though that remains to be seen.

    Anyway…. I hope you have some awesome books headed your way this week.

    UPDATE (8/14/12): Yes, I did purchase two other books that are releasing today. One I can’t believe I forgot to buy as I’d always intended to pre-order it, and that’s…

    False Memory by Dan Krokos

    Pub. Date: August 14, 2012

    Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    … and the other I just couldn’t buy until release date as it wasn’t available to pre-order in eBook format. But I can’t believe how completely I spaced since I just reviewed it, I just had participated on the tour and I’ve been thinking about re-reading it again! Of course this awesome book is…

    Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Pub. Date: August 14, 2012

    Published by: Entangled Teen

    (Amazon PB, Amazon eBookBarnes & Noble)

    Clearly it was not as slow of a release week as I’d thought….

    [END OF UPDATE]

    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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    Review: Onyx

    Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on August 14, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format only at Amazon and in both formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Onyx is the second book in author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. The third book, Opal, is slated for release on December 11, 2012.

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    Goodreads description:

    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.

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    Katy Swartz’s entire life changed the day she met Daemon Black. Going back to the life she had before she met him wasn’t an option. But she wasn’t sure that moving forward with him was something she wanted either.

    After everything they’d gone through together, she just wanted a chance at normal for awhile. A chance with someone who didn’t drive her crazy. A chance with someone she wasn’t connected to. A chance with someone other than Daemon. Someone human.

    But try as she might, she just couldn’t seem to stay away from him.

    Even with the new boy more than willing to offer her a distraction. Even with the knowledge that being with Daemon put her and everyone she knew in danger. And even though the possibility of a happily ever after for them was more dream than reality.

    Maybe it was their connection. Maybe it was because she needed his protection. Maybe she really did like him. Or maybe it was just the simple fact that she was his Kitten.

    Whatever the reason, she’d have to make her mind up about Daemon fast, because time is running out. Someone’s been telling lies. Someone has betrayed their trust. Someone’s coming after them.

    And this time luck might not be on their side.

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    Onyx is the electrifying second book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. Tension-filled, suspenseful and exciting from start to finish, this book will keep readers on edge as each new discovery is made, each secret uncovered, each new danger unleashed and each betrayal revealed.

    Shocking surprises, deadly threats, heartbreaking losses and sizzling chemistry all combine to make this sequel a blazing-fast and addictive must read. With the return of the series’ two favorite characters – Katy and Daemon – and the introduction of a few new ones, readers must decide what to believe, who to trust and who the real enemies are.

    As Katy Swartz tries to cope with the connection she has with Daemon, she’ll have to find a way to determine whether his interest in her is real or a product of their bond. And she’ll have to decide not only whether she can trust his feelings for her but whether she can trust her feelings for him.

    But with a new arrival in town, someone who seems to be able to offer Katy the normalcy she’s been longing for, things with Daemon seem that much less clear. So when she gets the opportunity to learn to protect herself instead of relying on Daemon she jumps at the chance.

    Even if it means keeping secrets. And even if it means risking her own safety by putting her trust in a stranger. Because as dangerous as that may be, it’s nothing compared to the risk she’d have to take by putting her trust and her heart in Daemon’s hands.

    Author Jennifer L. Armentrout has delivered yet another spellbinding book in this series. Her lovable heroine Katy and the easy flow to her writing will keep readers coming back for more. Her at times antagonistic protagonist Daemon will keep readers transfixed. And her intriguing and nail-biting plot infused with humor, sarcasm, fiery personalities and smoldering chemistry will leave readers anxious for Opal, the next book in the series.

    Onyx is an absolute must for anyone who enjoyed Obsidian, for readers who love an easy to devour book with characters they’ll want to connect to and for fans of paranormal/sci-fi books with a bit of a mystery, a whole lot of action and an electrically-charged love story.

    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:

    I completely and totally inhaled this book. Once I finally had a second to pick it up that is. And once I did I could not put it down. Yes it was unputdownable. Well, until just before the end when I didn’t want to keep reading because I didn’t want it to end.

    Onyx had all the heat and chemistry that Obsidian had. But it had so much more – more danger, more sizzle, more heartbreak, more angst, more danger…did I say that already? That’s okay. It deserves to be mentioned twice. The threats in this book were way more deadly than those in that first book.

    And there was more story development in this sequel. The plot progressed quite a bit actually. We got to learn so much more about this world the author created. And as far as character development? Oh there was a whole lot of that. Let’s just say that we got a much closer and longer look at Daemon.

    Yes, Daemon, who finally became more than the hot, sexy jerk he was in that first book. Though he was every bit as hot, every bit the tease, and every bit the tormenter of Katy, he showed us that isn’t all he is. There is more to him. And he has much more to offer.

    Katy drove me a little batty in this book because she was so stubborn when it came to Daemon and so secretive when she could have been so much more open. What about? Well, that I can’t say without being seriously spoiler-y. But she had a few chances to open up and chose to remain silent. And let’s just say there were consequences for those actions. Big ones.

    But Katy also was seriously awesome in this book. She did things…. Well I can’t say exactly what things she did or that would be spoiler-y too, but she did do some things that I never thought possible. Not by her. And by the end of this book she was definitely a different Katy than she was at the start of it.

    As if it wasn’t enough that this book was filled with action, and packed full of Daemon and Katy moments, there were some other moments that made my breath catch, made me bite my nails and made me wish and hope and plead for certain outcomes. And some that made me desperately wish they wouldn’t ever come true.

    I did get all twisty inside from this one particular scene and maybe another one. And very possibly a third. I actually couldn’t believe just how much happened in this book. The story was packed so full and yet I kept wanting more. At the end I just wanted to keep reading even though there was no story left to read.

    Onyx made me want to go back and re-read Obsidian the second I finished it. I wanted to compare the Daemon in that book with the Daemon in this one and I wanted to do the same for Katy.

    I loved this new side of Daemon that we got to see. I loved learning more about the Luxen. And I both loved and hated the new character that made an appearance in this book and in Katy’s life.

    I can’t wait to find out what happens in Opal. I am dying to learn what the meaning behind that particular title is. I am even more nervous about what’s going on with the DOD and incredibly anxious about some of the dangers that have arisen.

    I am so worried that things are not going to end well. And I’m terrified about just how other things will progress. Especially after what happened at the end. While not totally unexpected, as the author built it up so perfectly, there are so many different directions the story can take.

    Most of which have the potential to be utterly heartbreaking. And where things can go very, very wrong. Fast.

    I just know the wait for Opal will be so unbelievably tortuous. It’s only been a short time since I finished Onyx and I’m already going crazy. So a re-read of both books may be in order, because release date for the third book in the series is a long, long ways away.

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    If I had to choose a favorite passage that sizzled I couldn’t pick just one. This book was full of all sorts of heat. So, I decided to choose one that summed Daemon Black up perfectly.

    …Daemon leaned over the center console and kissed me. The tender touch was so at odds with what he’d just said. Deadly and sweet–that was what Daemon was; two very different kinds of souls rested in him, fused together.

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    To get a peek at the first two chapters of ONYX, 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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    Book Watch: Onyx

    Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on August 14, 2012 in paperback format and will likely be available on release date in eBook format.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Onyx is the second book in author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. The third book in the series, Opal, is slated for release on December 11th of this year.

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    It’s yet another week where I didn’t even have to check around to know exactly which book I’d be spotlighting. August 14th has been a date I’ve had red flagged in my mind for quite some time. Probably since the moment the release date was announced.

    And while it’s not yet available to pre-order in eBook format, I have been checking, almost daily, to see if Onyx has been made available for my Kindle. I may be just a little bit obsessed with this sequel.

    I have been a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing since before her first novel, Half-Blood, was released. And I became an even bigger fan when Obisidian, the first book in her Lux series came out. There’s just something about that Daemon Black….

    While I have an early copy, which I’ve already begun to read – and yes it’s even more amazing than the first book – I can’t wait for its official release on the 14th. And while it has been quite the hyped book on the interwebs, it’s one that is very deserving of the buzz it’s received. The author makes it just so easy to get caught up in her story. The chemistry between Katy and Daemon just sizzles. And the story is one that will turn even the staunchest of opponents of sci fi into a fan.

    I can’t wait to find out if Daemon proves to Katy that there is more to their feelings for each other than just this connection they have. And I am dying to find out just what  the DOD is up to and who this new boy is. I am wondering if he’ll be a little competition for Daemon. Hoping, actually….

    Even though I’ll have read Onyx before its release date, there is no way I wouldn’t choose it as the Book to Watch this week. The author’s writing alone makes it spotlight worthy. Add in a whole lot of Daemon, a potentially nail-biting story and another book in the series to look forward to this year and this book practically shines all on its own.

    To read the first two chapters of Onyx on Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s BLOG

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s books on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    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.

    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here is another awesome book releasing the week of August 14th:

    Touched by Cyn Balog

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    My Reading Pile #71

    I didn’t technically get any books to read this week, but what I did get was a giant box of awesome from Rachel Vincent. I’d sent all the books for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge to be signed and I got them back this week. So I had to share a picture of the awesome. And yes, I had a book of my own signed, too.

    And I knew that the author was going to be signing some gorgeous postcards, but I didn’t know how gorgeous they’d be.

    I’m in love…. There are no other words…. I am truly and utterly speechless.

    And these are the books I got back…. Yes, they are all signed. And while the bottom two extras were ones I knew would be included, I believe the author added three more copies of Before I Wake to the box. Sooooo awesome.

    [After cross-checking with my original photo, yes, there are three extra copies of Before I Wake in this pile.]

    Well, while these books aren’t – mostly – technically for me and they aren’t books to read for review, I now want to start reading this series all over again. But I should probably read this book instead….

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

    (July 22 – July 28, 2012)

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    Once again I’m only adding one book to the pile. The tour has taken up all my free time and so I haven’t read in weeks. So I definitely have a lot of catching up to do. Including with this book, which has made it back on the pile this week.

    I’d started reading Onyx a few weeks ago and had to put it down to get other things done. Well I’m picking it back up. Because all this talk about Daemon Black has made me pretty desperate to find out more…. About him, of course…. Oh, and the story too!

    And as I’ve gone into detail a couple times before – in my Teasers post and in a previous Reading Pile post, I won’t blather on again. But I am desperate to see Daemon torment Katy. And I am nervously anticipating the torture the author will put me through with this book.

    I can’t wait to finally see what happens in Onyx and just how this book in the series ends. I’m really and truly hoping the cliff is not too big. But I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I want to read lots and lots of books that I don’t even have in my possession. One of those of course being Biting Cold by Chloe Neill. But fortunately for me the wait ends soon as it comes out next month. And then there is Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh. A book I’ve been waiting a lifetime for. And I would love for the wait to be over.

    But I have to say Unraveled by Elizabeth Norris is my wishful thinking read this week. I’ve heard so many awesome things about it, and hearing from fans of the book made me want to grab the ARC off my shelf or download the finished eBook onto my Kindle this week. With a couple review books to catch up on, I doubt I’ll be able to, but I really, really wish I could.

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    Those left behind:

    Everything. From last week and the week before and possibly the week before that. Though I’m taking Ten with me this weekend because I can’t wait to read it. And of course I’ll have all of my books with me on my Kindle, so who knows what other missed read I might be able to sneak in this week.

    I am ever hopeful….

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I didn’t get any new books from NetGalley this week. I’ve been good. Though I know I’m missing out on the awesome. But it’s better this way. Especially since I haven’t read a thing in weeks. Weeks!

    What’s my excuse this week? Planning an event with my co-hosts that was supposed to be great and ended up being epic.

    A month of authors was more than I’d ever hoped for in our Authors Are Rockstars Tour. I never anticipated we’d get 31 let alone 88 authors on tour. But that’s what happened. And I’m beyond belief happy. But it takes much more work putting together an event of 88 versus one of 31. Especially when there are… how shall we say… “glitches.”

    And so I haven’t read at all this week as the event planning took all my free time. Every last second of it. But the majority of the work is done. For now. At least until the tour starts. So I’m hoping to catch up on my reads. And maybe write a review or two.

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

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    The Extras: Teasers #12

    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 few months.

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    I have so many favorite passages in Unravel Me that if I were to include them all I’d practically be reprinting the book. Which, contrary to popular belief, would not be good. So I had to choose just one favorite, which proved impossible to do.

    And so I chose two. Both with just enough to tease, but that are not too revealing – though my very favorites are the most spoiler-y of them all. And both that definitely made me sigh.

    And yes, I left off just who was sharing either or both moments with Juliette.

    “Hey, you,” he whispers, right up against my neck.

    I bite back a shiver as the blood rushes up to blush my cheeks and for a moment, just for this moment, I drop my bones and allow him to hold me together. “Hey.” I smile, inhaling the scent of him.

    Luxurious, is what this is.

    And because one just wasn’t enough….

    “Let go of me.”

    “No.”

    I feel his breath on the back of my neck and it’s killing me to be so close to him. It’s killing me to know that I have to rebuild the walls I’d so carelessly demolished the moment he came back into my life.

    I am so in love with this sequel to Wildefire. Embers & Echoes is definitely a book I’d call epic. But it’s so much more than that. There are so very many passages that are absolutely gorgeous.

    My favorites, of course, are completely spoiler-y. Especially the one about… Oops. Nope. Sorry.

    So I chose this one from a scene I absolutely adore that is beautiful and intriguing.

    The song released its explosive last breath, and the band trickled into a slower song. Ash tried to latch on to the ghost of a memory; to dig further for a vision like the ones she’d been having over the last few nights. But the phantom slipped away from her, and she was left only with Wes holding her, unmoving, watching.

    This Is Not a Test is a surprisingly beautiful and heartbreaking story for a book that involves zombies. I never anticipated finding a passage to love let alone the very many that I did.

    One of my most favorite is completely spoiler-y and one of them I included with my review. But as there were so many to choose from, I couldn’t help but tease this one. Though I am not going to reveal the two people in the scene.

    …[S]uddenly everything is just slow and tender in a way it wasn’t before. The energy in the room shifts. They’re kissing still, but now they’re really kissing. It’s so open and so honest and so end-of-the-world and I can feel it from where I’m standing. I feel the absence of it from where I’m standing. I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this.

    Still here. Still here. Still here.

    There is so very much to love about Demon Eyes. Talk about a seriously amazing follow-up to a wickedly awesome book. And with the way this book ends…. Well, that’s the biggest teaser of them all, so I couldn’t possibly reveal that here.

    I have a ton of passages that I think are beautifully written that teased me throughout the read. But I think this one is the perfect one to tease with. Especially since I know who is asking the question and I know what happens next.

    “WHAT DID YOU DO?!”

    I don’t know. I could barely hold the thought together.

    Visions continued to freight train through my head, thousands and billions of snowflakes that crashed into me, lighter than feathers but harder than steel.

    He yowled in a voice that wasn’t human–sounds I don’t think even animals could replicate.

    I have nearly fifty passages marked as favorites in Before I Wake. Most of them are total spoilers for If I Die so I’ve been hesitant about talking about them. But it’s long past release date for IID and Before I Wake has been out for a couple of weeks, so I figure I can be just a tiny bit spoiler-y for If I Die.

    Of course choosing a passage to tease with was oh so tough. I already teased one with my review that was intense and beautiful. So I thought I’d go with something just a little bit more fun and a lot more grin-worthy.

    “I signed on for the role of ‘boyfriend,’ not ‘conscience.’ If you want wholesome and ethical, you’ll have to look elsewhere. But I promise that won’t be half as much fun as this is….”

    His hand slid down my side and over my hip, and my heart beat faster.

    I expected Cold Fury to be a story with action-packed sequences and so I did not anticipate finding one, let alone several, passages that I could call favorites. But the way the author talks about Chicago throughout the book is absolutely beautiful and I found so many passages that pulled me in simply from the pictures he painted.

    I have one of my favorite passages earmarked for my review that talks of betrayal, but this passage just clings to me.

    The room was so beautiful and comfortable, so desolate and remote, that it felt like the end of a life. I wanted to get up, pack my few things, and continue on my desperate journey to nowhere, but my body was dead weight.

    I tried to lift an arm but it wouldn’t move.

    I willed my leg to bend but it was paralyzed.

    I turned inward to my aloneness and cried until I was unconscious.

    I am reading Onyx right now and I can say with absolute certainty that there are so many awesome passages in this book. I think I already have at least twenty marked down and I’m not very far along in the read. This bodes very, very well.

    Of course the passage I chose just has to include Daemon Black. It wouldn’t be a teaser without him. And I decided to tease this one for just a little bit longer.

    I came off the desk swinging. My knuckles only brushed his face before he caught my hand. Wowzers, he was fast. Daemon pulled me up against his chest and lowered his head, eyes snapping with restrained anger. “Don’t hit, Kitten. It’s not nice.”

    “You’re not nice.” I tried pulling back, but he kept my wrist secured in his hand. “Let me go.”

    “I’m not sure I can do that. I must protect myself.” But he dropped my hand.

    “Oh, really, that’s your reason for–for manhandling me?”

    “Mandhandling?” He pressed forward until my lower back was against the cubicle desk. “This isn’t manhandling or whatever the hell that is.”

    Visions of me against the wall at my house and Daemon kissing me danced in my head…

    Grave Mercy is an absolutely beautifully written book. I found myself lost in the words and the world from the very start. And I knew from the author’s writing that I’d be enchanted by nearly every word that was written. And I was.

    I had an absolute favorite passage, which I included with my review, along with another passage I loved. But they were most definitely not the only ones. Passages like this one also held me captive.

    And yes, the very next paragraph is even more….

    His eyes never leave mine, but his hand comes up and brushes a strand of hair away from my collarbone. Without even realizing what I am doing, I lean toward him.

    His hand moves up to cup my face. Slowly he draws me closer, lowering his head to meet mine. His touch is careful, as if I am fragile and precious. And then his lips are on mine, firm and warm and impossibly soft.

    This was my most challenging teasers post yet. All of the eight books I chose to tease from had writing that was just so amazingly awesome that almost every word was a tease. So selecting just a few favorites was impossible.

    Add to that the fact that I wanted to tease and not spoil made creating this post almost cruel.

    For me that is. I hope the passages I chose aren’t too torturous for you.

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    My Reading Pile #65

    It was both an amazing and heartbreaking week at the mailbox. My most anticipated read showed up and thirteen ARCs were “lost.” Sort of a win/lose situation. I also got a surprise book in the mail.

    As I’m not expecting any other books to head my way anytime soon, these may be the last bookish photos you’ll see on the blog for awhile, unless I decide to try and request Ten by Gretchen McNeil – one of the missing ARCs I traded for.

    Anyway, first the good news….

    I knew that author Rachel Vincent was sending me a couple copies of Before I Wake! What I didn’t realize is just how loudly I’d scream when I got the package in my mailbox earlier this week.

    What I attempted to say: “I got it! I got it! It’s here, oh my gosh it’s here! I can’t believe it’s really here!”

    What I think I said was: “Eeeeee. Eeeeee. EEEEE! EEEEE! EEEEEEEEEEE!” I’m told I sounded a little like a dolphin before my voice hit glass-shattering octaves.

    So, yes. I was very excited. And yes, I picked it up instantly. And yes it was every bit as amazing as I hoped it would be. And so much more. Anyway…

    Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS

    I also received a few other books that I’m super excited about. On the top of the pile is Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford. I received a surprise copy of the book in the mail and it’s signed by the author! It sounds so wickedly delicious and I definitely plan on reading it very soon. Though I think I will buy the eBook so I don’t risk damaging the lovely signed one.

    Next up in the pile is Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr. I received the ARC thanks to the seriously amazing and generous Nat, who saw my trailer post for this book on Facebook and offered to send it to me. I had planned on returning the favor with a few of the ARCs I was getting in the mail through a trade, but due to poor postal etiquette all those books are gone. Forever.

    The next book on the pile is Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss. I love these authors and have read all their co-authored books except the sequel to The Nanny Diaries. I am super excited to get to read this early. But at the same time I am heartbroken.

    I had a few trades with a blogger and all ARCs were going to be shipped out together. That was supposed to be fourteen ARCs not just the one. I received the large box. Empty except for the one book. There was a hole in the side, but it wasn’t big enough for all the books to slip out, but it’s very possible someone reached in and pulled them out. Because all that was in the box is this one book.

    I’m missing thirteen books I traded for – Ten, The Crown of Embers, Because it is My BloodGlass Heart, Time Between Us, Erasing Time, Break My Heart 1,000 Times, Beta, A Fractured Light, Lost Girl, Pushing the Limits, Suburban Strange and Don’t Turn Around. Yeah, I’m devastated. Because even if the post office reimburses the blogger I traded with and they give me the monetary equivalent or thirteen new ARCs, they won’t be these books.

    [UPDATE: It was Time Between Us and not Such a Rush that was missing.]

    Anyway, before I start sobbing again…

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

    (June 10 – June 16, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I fell in love with this book the second I saw the trailer the other week when I was creating my trailer post. I immediately headed over to Amazon to pre-order a copy and noticed three eNovellas, which I bought, too.

    Oh and then I decided to check out the book’s description. Because trailer love does not necessarily mean it would be a book I’d actually love. But the trailer didn’t lie. The description makes this book sound so unbelievably wickedly awesome.

    I can’t wait to meet Celaena and see how she fares in the competition to become a royal assassin. Working in the salt mines sounds difficult but competing to be a killer in order to earn her freedom sounds absolutely deadly.

    And it seems there may be a love triangle between Celaena and the Prince and the Captain of the Guard. I’m very curious to see which “team” I’ll be on – the bad boy, potentially evil Prince or the challenging and “gruff” Captain.

    Throne of Glass definitely sounds like an epic start to the series. Between the danger, the battles, the mystery and the love story, I can’t wait to read it. And I’m super glad I discovered it on NetGalley and was approved so that I don’t have to.

    Next up on the pile is Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout which is a “back on the pile” read. I had added it to the pile a few weeks ago but had difficulty getting it onto my eReader because the file size was too large and it couldn’t be emailed to the device. And I can’t read books on the computer.

    But I have finally been able to get it added to my eReader so I can’t wait to read it this week. I’ve missed Daemon and Katy and I am dying to find out where this story takes them.

    As I already rambled about this the first time I added it to the pile, I won’t go on for quite as long, but I will just say that Daemon Black is one of my favorite characters to love to love and love to hate. He is wicked, he is charming, he is sexy and he is absolutely maddeningly frustrating. Yep, he’s kind of perfect.

    But I am really worried how things might end in this book. For Katy, but even more so for Daemon. Especially with the Department of Defense hanging around. And especially for the fact that “not everyone will survive the lies,” according to the description.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr is my wishful thinking read of the week. I am going through Melissa Marr withdrawal since it’s been ages since I last read one of her books. And now that I have this early copy in hand of her next book, I’m dying to read it. She’s a wicked awesome writer and I would love to dive into this book this week. There’s no way I can, but I really wish I could…. But maybe next week.

    If I Die by Rachel Vincent is another book I’d love to read again. I re-read it for the challenge, but now that I’ve read Before I Wake, I want to read it again to see which I love more. And then, of course, I’d love to re-read Before I Wake.

    Someday I’d love to be able to say I’ve read all my wishful thinking reads… but that’s just wishful thinking.

    Those left behind:

    My week off was just that. A week off from being responsible, a week off from email, a week off from work and a week mostly off from reading. I barely read a thing this week. Except for when I went off-pile for Before I Wake. Though I started reading another off-pile read yesterday, Drink Deep by Chloe Neill, which I finished today as it was such a super quick read.

    And I plan on reading The Golden Lily today. So it technically won’t be left behind as it will be done by the time I’m supposed to start on this week’s reads on Sunday.

    I did not get to start Something Strange and Deadly. And I’ll have to wait another week before I can, because I have a few off-pile novellas to read this week for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge and a non-YA book that’s a must read.

    I’m still not doing so well with my reading pile commitments. Though I hope to change it around in the coming weeks. I only have a handful of required reads, so it should be easier to stay on track. Even with the new season of True Blood starting….

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did not request anything new from NetGalley, though I may end up requesting Pushing the Limits since it is a book I’m dying to read and the ARC I traded for is gone forever.

    I really hope to tackle some of those older NetGalley books I requested before I’m lured once again into new requests. Here’s to hoping….

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    I have been feeling so terribly guilty for not reading all that much this past week. And for not writing my review for Before I Wake the moment I finished it. Armchair BEA posts took a lot longer than I anticipated. Except for the giveaway post, they took a minimum of three hours for each post. I really should have allotted some more time to write those.

    I’m back at work next week so my reading time will be that much more limited. But I hope that being at work will give me more reason to want to escape in a book at the end of the work day. I remain optimistic.

    I’m looking forward to a productive and happy reading week this week and wish you the same. Happy reading!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

    And feel free to leave a link to your post if you create a reading pile. I’d love to check it out!

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