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    The Extras: Teasers #6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    King Lucifer to Luc:

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

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

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

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

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

    He stopped abruptly, pulling back, his breath ragged.

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

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

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

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

    Jana’s thoughts about Michael:

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

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

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

    Wolfe to Rogan:

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

    “Why you arro-“

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Amelia and Joshua:

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

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

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

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

    Chloe’s thoughts:

    They forgot who she was:

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

    Someone powerful, but in the end not powerful enough.

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

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

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    Review: Original Sin

    Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers is the second book in the Personal Demons series. It was released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011 in paperback, eBook and audio formats.

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

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

    Goodreads description:

    Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.

    Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.

    Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.

    And not everyone will get out of it alive.

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    Just because Luc got away once doesn’t mean that King Lucifer is ready to give up. Hell wants Luc back and they’re prepared to do whatever they can to bring him back and make an example of him.

    But with Heaven standing in their way, they will have to pull out all the stops to tag his soul once again. And that means going after the only person that Luc cares about. Frannie Cavanaugh.

    And if Frannie is too strong and too protected then they’ll just have find someone close to her who isn’t – one of her friends or maybe her new Guardian. Whatever it takes. Because not everyone can resist a demon’s lure, not even an angel.

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    Original Sin is the absolutely riveting, seductive and irresistible sequel to Personal Demons. In this second book in the series the story is even more gripping, with a new character that will keep readers on edge, the intensity is elevated to a whole new level, and the ending is an exquisite torture.

    Even though Frannie loves Luc, enough to have saved him from Hell to keep him with her, she is still torn. She still loves Gabe. She still needs the peace he offers, his comfort and his protection.

    But even Gabe knows that she should be with Luc. As much as that thought tears him up inside, he knows that as a Dominion he and Frannie can never be. And so he chooses someone to be her Guardian. Someone he knows cares about Frannie and will make sure to protect her just as he would.

    Just because her Guardian is new doesn’t mean he can’t protect Frannie, even with Hell’s demons coming after her to get to Luc. But Gabe never expected King Lucifer to send the most prized weapon in his arsenal.

    And he never knew just how wrong things would go or he would have stayed, no matter the risk to himself. Because being claimed by Hell would have been far less great a price to pay than the one that was exacted.

    Lisa Desrochers has absolutely done it again. Original Sin is even more intense, more provocative and more electrifying than Personal Demons. The story is a nail-biter and will keep readers tied in knots, long after they’ve reached the final page.

    The story switches between each of the main character’s perspectives, giving readers the greatest insight about what’s going on. The author drops enough hints to make readers aware of all that is happening while the characters remain in the dark, building tension and making this an even more torturous and anxiety-filled read.

    The story ends in a major cliffhanger that will keep fans of this series in torment until the final book in the series is released.

    Original Sin is an absolute must read for fans of stories about dreamy angels, delicious demons, steamy love triangles, and ones that will keep them on edge from beginning to end.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    “Oh, for the Sin of Satan.” Lisa Desrochers is trying to kill me. Absolutely kill me. I would have thought that reading this book twice would take away some of the tension and make me just a little less tortured at the end. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

    This book was fan-freaking-tastic. The first time I read it I devoured the book in one night. It was so worth the sleep sacrifice. And with this second read, which I savored over the course of a couple days, I loved it even more.

    I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait another year for the next book in the series. Talk about leaving me hanging. That ending is so totally demonic.

    Through both reads I was in complete agony. Because the story is told from the different character’s viewpoints, it made it even more torturous. I had all this information and there was nothing I could do about it. I don’t know how many times I screamed for certain characters to just reveal what they knew so that they could figure out what I already had.

    It was easy to put the puzzle pieces together to figure out something it took the characters a while to do, but the author dropped a major hint fairly early on, which I caught both times I read it.

    I cannot believe how cruel the author was with that ending. If it was just the one part that was left hanging that would be bad enough, but in the last chapter she added in a completely new surprise element.

    I could go on and on and on about the ending, but I’ll stop now. And I don’t want to talk about the story itself as anything I mention will be spoiler-y, but I have to talk about a few of my favorite characters. But before I go into a full on ramble, I have to warn you that I am a Luc Cain fan all the way.

    I was really nervous before I started this story that Luc would be missing some of the charisma he had in the first book. Even lacking some of his demonic powers, he was just as delectable as ever. And every single moment reading from his viewpoint was a total thrill. He may have been a tormented soul, but he was sexy, brave and still so totally hot.

    Frannie was still frustrating, but I love her. But by the end of the book I really felt like I understood her a lot better. What I love about her is that she really tries to do the right thing, usually fails along the way, but comes out on top in the end. She’s not perfect, but she is both strong and fragile and she loves her family and friends.

    She got herself into some pretty “interesting” – and by interesting I mean eyebrow raising – situations in this book. And I’m dying to find out about this one thing the author hinted about her, which is yet another total teaser for the next book in the series.

    Though Luc is my first love, I do also love Gabe in all his angelic glory. He is not immune to Frannie and is always at risk of a big fall, which makes him much more swoon-worthy. Who wants total perfection? Not me. But as much as I like Gabe, I still really want her to ditch the angel and pick Luc. Sorry Gabe.

    Then there was the new Guardian. Can’t say too much about him without being revealing, but I am not a fan. He’s supposed to be a protector. Well, hello epic fail.

    I will definitely have to re-read this as I don’t think I can wait a whole year before diving back into Luc, Frannie and Gabe’s world. But I think I’ll start from the first book so I can experience it from the very beginning.

    This story is definitely not all full of sweetness and innocence. But, as long as you are prepared to fall in love with a demon and don’t mind a little heat and a little violence in your stories, then this is an amazing book and a definite must read.

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    To read an excerpt courtesy of the publisher, Tor Teen, CLICK HERE. (You must be registered.)

    Book trailer for Original Sin:

    This review is based on an ARC I received through a contest on the author’s website.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #27

    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 July 5th-July 11th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Sirensong, the third book in the Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black, will be released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats. (Click here for the eBook format from B&N.)

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I received a printed ARC from the publisher, read it awhile back and posted my review last week. But I’ve passed along the ARC and can’t wait to receive my finished copy, which I’ve had on pre-order for several months.

    I really want to see if the ending is any different from the version I read, so I plan on taking a peek. I still have no idea if this is the final book in the series or if there are other books planned.

    Sirensong is the third book in the Faeriewalker series. While it is not necessary to have read the first two books in the series, it is recommended that both books, plus the short novella, Remedial Magic, be read prior to reading Sirensong.

    This series is so much fun, with an interesting twist on your typical faerie stories. The main character, Dana Hathaway is a faeriewalker – someone who can take technology into Faerie and bring magic out. In Sirensong, Dana finally leaves Avalon and goes into Faerie. And things, as expected, don’t quite go as smoothly as planned.

    Each installment in the series is a quick read, a fun adventure, with a few steamy scenes, super cute boys, and one very dangerous and sexy leader of the Wild Hunt – Arawn, the Erlking. (My favorite male character in the series.)

    As I’ve already read this book I won’t say that I can’t wait to read it. But I will say that I can’t wait to get my eBook pre-order downloaded so that I can have this one in my permanent collection. And I would love to get a printed and personally signed finished copy to go with the other two in my collection, as I have major cover love for all the books in this series.

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

    Hammered, the third book in The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, will be released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011 in mass market paperback, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Click here for the audiobook from B&N.)

    Published by Del Rey, the print edition is 336 pages.

    I still have not yet read the first two books in the series, but I hadn’t planned on reading them until I had all three in my collection. Well, apparently there are now at least three more books planned in the series, so I better get reading soon.

    I pre-ordered this book, along with the first two books in the series, and release date is finally here for book three. Hammered sounds every bit as action-packed and exciting as the previous two books. This installment involves a Viking vampire seeking revenge against a Norse god. He asks for help from Atticus, and they, along with some pretty awesome paranormals, head off to do battle.

    I absolutely love the large cast of characters in each book in the series. And I am dying to find out what I’ve been missing. Since the next few weeks are a little slower for new releases, I am really hoping to get started, if not finished, with this exciting series.

    Original Sin, the second book in the Personal Demons series by Lisa Desrochers, will be released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011 in paperback, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available online to pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

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

    I received a signed ARC from a contest I won on the author’s website a few months ago. I read it immediately. I completely devoured and loved it. It was a D.E.A.R. book. (Drop Everything And Read.)

    But I had no intention of writing my review at the time, which is why I’m re-reading it now. I read it strictly for pleasure and it was worth every delicious moment. And I can’t say I’m complaining about reading it again, as it’s every bit as good as I remembered.

    I’ve had Original Sin pre-ordered since the day it became available for the Kindle. I had fallen in love with Luc the moment I met him in Personal Demons and I knew I had to get my hands on this next book as soon as I possibly could.

    As my review will be up in the next day or two, I will not go into too much detail here, but for fans of this series, this is not a book to miss. There are some pretty h.o.t. scenes, and for readers looking for their Luc fix they will not be disappointed. Although, those on Team Gabe may miss their angelic hero a bit.

    If you are new to the series, be sure to check out Personal Demons and pick a team. And if you think it’s tough to make a choice between Luc and Gabe, don’t worry. It’s just as difficult for Frannie.

    Original Sin is definitely a book to be added to any TBR pile.

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    I am stunned. Shocked. I sit in disbelief. I only have three books pre-ordered for this week. My wallet walked up and hugged me. Hugged me. I am sure I must be missing something, though I checked the Simon & Schuster and Harper catalogs just to be sure and I don’t see anything.

    I am happy and sad all at once.

    Happy because there will be one less week of books I’m buying that will sit too long on my TBR pile. I’ve already read two of the three books I’m purchasing, so TBR they are not, though they will likely be re-read one day soon.

    Sad because it means that there are fewer new books coming out. I always want tons of new books to be released even if it means my wallet and my TBR pile suffer.

    I blame the holiday weekend in the U.S. It’s why there aren’t really any movies releasing either. But I think I can squeak by with only three new books being added to my collection.

    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 #16

    After last week I wasn’t sure I’d receive any books to snap a picture of this week. But a few books did arrive in the mail. I received a signed copy of Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson that I won from an online charitable auction.

    I also received an ARC of Shattered Souls from a trade with Alex of Electrifying Reviews. Of course, I am expecting another copy in the next week or two, I realize, as I am part of an ARC tour for this book, which I didn’t find out until after I had traded for a copy.

    And I received an ARC of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and Frost by Marianna Baer courtesy of Greenwillow Books and HarperTeen.

    Although I’m still waiting on quite a few books, I’m not sure they’ll be arriving next week, so there may just be a generic photo shown above.

    Anyway, onto the star of the show…

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

    (July 3-July 9, 2011)

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    First up is Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers. I received an ARC of the book from a contest on the author’s blog. It was a DEAR (drop everything and read) book. I absolutely loved it, but I read it strictly for pleasure. And it was scrumptious.

    As I wasn’t clever enough to write a review at the time, I will need to read it again. Not that I’m complaining. Believe me. And I can’t believe it, but it’s finally coming out on Tuesday. Yay! I’m super excited because I just love this series.

    Next up is Supernaturally by Kiersten White. I received an ARC of this book through a trade. (Well, two actually.) And I need to pass this one along, so I’ve decided to move this up in the TBR pile and read it for review this week.

    I loved Paranormalcy and I love this series. I had some serious cover love for both books, but especially for this one.

    Evie is a lovable, if at times frustrating, main character and I can’t wait to see just what trouble she gets into in this second book in the series.

    Against popular opinion, I am a fan of Reth, he is the bad boy after all. And I’m dying to find out what happens with him and Evie in Supernaturally. I also love Lend, but Reth just makes my heart beat a little bit faster. Plus he makes this a pretty exciting love triangle.

    Last up is Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve had this for a few weeks now, thanks to Britney of I Eat Words who sent me a copy from BEA. And, as I plan on passing this one along as soon as I can, I added it to the pile this week.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodby to Sam and Grace, so this is going to be a really tough read for me. I’ve managed to avoid final books for most of the series I’ve come to love. But the pressure to pass the ARC along is forcing my hand.

    And so I plan on biting the bullet and reading Forever to find out whether there is a happy ending for the characters. I really, really hope so.

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    Last week was a really bad week for me. I only finished one book the entire week. I never should say I’m going to read during my time off, because something always seems to happen.

    Due to last week’s drama it took away my motivation to read and so I only managed to read one book. And that was Witch Eyes, which I definitely want to read again before I review it, as I’ve been completely scatterbrained all week and the notes I took to write up my review are a bit incoherent. So not good.

    I did not get any other books read during the week. Zero. I am deeply, deeply ashamed, but I did watch True Blood if that counts for anything.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    My wishful thinking reads are all the books I didn’t get a chance to read last week – Spellbound, Forbidden, The Day Before – but as it’s going to be a busy week I will probably only get a chance to read Spellbound.

    And I would like to read Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey as the copy I received from the trade needs to be sent on to someone else for awhile so they can read it. I’ll eventually get it back in December, but for now I only have temporary custody of it. If I don’t get to it this week, then I’ll read it next week for sure.

    Those left behind:

    I left everything but Witch Eyes behind, so I added all my unread books from last week to my “Wishful Thinking Reads” list. I hope that I’ll be able to read at least one or two of them this week, especially Spellbound. And I did not get a chance to read any of my “fun” non-required reads. So much for vacation.

    My hopes at being successful this time around were an epic fail. I really should not cross my fingers. But this time it really wasn’t my doing. There are no excuses, but if you’re not just not in a place where you can enjoy reading, you’re just not. And believe me, if you read a book when you’re not in the mood, it’s not good for you or the book.

    I am feeling the bookish love again, so I imagine I’ll get at least a few books read and reviewed this week. Ever hopeful (as always)…

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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: July

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

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

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

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

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

    Sirensong by Jenna Black will be released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011.

    This is a fun and completely delightful series to read. Sirensong is the third book in the series and it continues Dana Hathaway’s adventures and this time she’s headed into Faerie.

    The author is giving readers a look at Chapter One on her website, HERE

    Even if you haven’t read the other books in the series the first chapter isn’t super spoiler-y.

    Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011.

    This is the second book in the Personal Demons series. This is a book and series not to be missed. I have read both books in the series so I will give nothing away, but these books are definitely smoking hot.

    Tor.com is giving registered readers a peek inside, HERE.

    Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011.

    I think this cover and the font and the title are so amazing. I love this author’s writing style and I’m dying to read this book.

    The main character, Amy Goodnight, comes from a family of witches. She has to spend her summer on the Goodnight Ranch where there are apparently ghosts, a “hot neighbor cowboy” and a bunch of bodies turning up. Definitely not an idea summer vacation.

    The publisher, Random House,  is offering a short excerpt on their website, HERE.

    Forever by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011.

    It is the third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. There is just something so addictive about this series and so amazing about the author’s writing style.

    For each of the past two books I was completely entranced by the writing and the story. I suspect there was magic involved.

    Maggie Stiefvater reads an excerpt from Forever:

    Wildcat Fireflies is the second book in the Meridian series by author Amber Kizer. It will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011.

    It’s been awhile but the sequel is finally coming out! I loved the idea of beings called Fenestras and I was completely hooked when I first read the book. Then I found out it would be ages before the sequel. I think I cried a little bit.

    Wildcat Fireflies continues the story as Meridian and Tens search the country for other Fenestras. And there may be trouble in paradise for the two of them. But with less than a month until release the wait is almost over.

    And an excerpt is available on the book’s website, HERE.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Anyone who has ever stopped by the blog knows what a huge fan I am of this book and the author. It is an amazing debut and I don’t think you’ll find one quite like it.

    If you have any doubts just check out the super long look inside the publisher is offering.

    Check out Wildefire courtesy of Simon & Schuster, HERE.

    Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    If you haven’t read Nightshade by now, what are you waiting for? Wolfsbane is almost here. And if you haven’t yet, it’s time to choose sides – Team Ren or Team Shay?

    If you’re still undecided you should definitely check out the book’s website. There is an excerpt for Nightshade there too.

    An excerpt from Chapter One of Wolfsbane is available from the book’s website, HERE.

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

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Die for Me by Amy Plum, Hereafter by Tara Hudson, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber and Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison

    Discovering this link was like a gold mine. I wish I had discovered it before I read most of the above books. But I own them all now, so I don’t need the look inside, but if you haven’t read them, be sure to check it out.

    The Dark Days of the Supernatural and HarperTeen are offering chapter excerpts for their seven books, HERE.

    Summer’s Crossing by Julie Kagawa is a free eBook novella in the Iron Fey series. It was released on June 1, 2011 in the U.S.

    The Iron Fey series is absolutely charming and delightful. I cannot wait for The Iron Knight to be released and I’m so glad that the author has released another novella in the series to help bridge the gap between her next book’s release date.

    I haven’t yet read it, but I believe Summer’s Crossing is told from Puck’s point of view. I did grab it before it was a freebie on Amazon, but also managed to snag the free version for my nook. I plan on reading it in the next couple of weeks as I just love the easy flow of the author’s writing.

    It’s actually available for download from three sites – Harlequin, CLICK HERE, Barnes & Noble, CLICK HERE and Amazon, CLICK HERE.

    Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski was released on June 7, 2011.

    This contemporary novel by author Sarah Mlynowski sounds like it will be a really fun read. I own a copy but haven’t yet read it. I’m just hoping it’s more sweet than bittersweet. And I haven’t checked out the sneak peek, but the publisher is giving readers another long look.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur was released on May 31, 2011.

    I have been trying to find the time to read the first book in the series so I can read this one immediately afterward. The Ivy sounds like a great series to read, and if you have read the first book but not the second, this sneak peek should give you a good look at what you can expect from this book.

    I have not taken a look as I don’t want to risk any spoilers for book one.

    HarperTeen is giving readers another long look inside, HERE.

    The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries Vol. 3 – The Craving was released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011.

    I love L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries series. I haven’t yet read Midnight, but I did buy all of the books in this off-shoot series that ties in with the television show, because I love that too. This is the third book in the Stefan’s Diaries series of books so if you haven’t had a chance to read the first one, you may want to skip the peek.

    However, if you check out HarperTeen’s “browse inside” feature, they do offer a number of peeks at various different Vampire Diaries books.

    A look inside of The Craving is available from the publisher, HarperCollins, HERE.

    Virtue by Amanda Hocking was released on May 27, 2011 in the U.S.

    I downloaded the book the moment it was released but have not had a chance to read it. This story is a young adult fairytale and it promises a battle between good and evil.

    I love the author’s writing and can’t wait to read her latest book which includes goblins, demon dogs and sea dragons. Sounds pretty epic to me.

    You can check it out on Virtue’s blog, HERE.

    Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready was released in the U.S. on May 4, 2010.

    Shade is the first book in the series and the sequel, Shift, was released in May of this year. Both books are amazing, but Shade is still my favorite of the two. That ending is killer.

    It is set in a world where a shift has taken place and those born after the shift have the ability to see shades. But there is an amazing love story, a bit of a love triangle, and a whole lot of heartbreak.

    If you haven’t had a chance to read this series, check out the long look at the first 99 pages of Shade that Simon & Schuster is offering HERE.

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    These are all great books and I hope you get a chance to read them. But it’s even nicer to get a long look inside before making the commitment. Happy reading!

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    My Reading Pile #4

    I am using last week’s picture as I still have most of these books to read. I actually have quite a few new books that I received this week, but many of them I’ve already read so they don’t make the pile.

    Most of my new reads this week are books from new authors I’ve discovered from my visit to RT, but I think I’ll wait until next week to add them to the pile.

    And I should really start calling this post My Reading Pile FAIL, but I still aspire to meet my goals.

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

    (April 10-April 16, 2011)

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    Persistence (and luck) pays. I won this in a contest from the author and I just got it the other day. This is on top of the pile for this week. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this book. After reading Personal Demons I fell in love with Luc and couldn’t wait until the next book in the series came out. I’m so glad that my waiting has finally come to an end.

    This is the second book in the series, which will be out on July 5th of this year. I may just read this now for pleasure and then re-read closer to release date for review, although my enthusiasm may cause me to review it sooner. I’ll know more after I read it.

    I received an eBook of The Soulkeepers from the author for review. It was just released in March. I just love this cover. It’s so eerie and mysterious. And the description is just as mysterious.

    I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book to find out if the main character Jacob is able to solve the mystery of his mother’s disappearance and if he is a success in his role of protector of human souls.

    I received an eARC of The Goddess Test through NetGalley, courtesy of Harlequin TEEN. I have been dying to read this, but I’ve just had so many other books ahead of it in the pile. But as it will be coming out soon – April 19th – I don’t want to wait any longer.

    I’ve tried to avoid reading too many reviews, but I couldn’t help but hear great things about it, so I am excited to see for myself.

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    I’ve kept things a bit lighter this week so that I could finish City of Fallen Angels and so that I could write some of my reviews.

    Wishful thinking reads:

    I just discovered Ally Carter’s Heist Society and am dying to start reading it, but it may have to wait a few weeks until I get caught up. But it looks so good. Another book I really want to read is Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler because I enjoyed Rage so much that I really want to read the first book in the series now.

    Those left behind:

    Here are the books that have been left behind due to me not keeping up with the schedule.

    Huntress by Malinda Lo – but only because I’ve determined that I want to read Ash first. City of Fallen Angels (25% read) – I can’t believe after all my talk I didn’t finish this yet. I’m getting a bit better – the remaining books from last week I just need to get my reviews written.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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    How to Win an ARC of Original Sin

    Original Sin ARC by Lisa Desrochers

    The next book in Lisa Desrochers amazing Personal Demons series, Original Sin, is releasing in four months. FINALLY.

    It will be released on July 5, 2011 and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback format.

    In the meantime, for those of us who are eager fans, she is offering us a chance to win an ARC with her “Spread the Word” contest.

    CLICK HERE for details on the contest and to enter on her blog.

    If you’d like to know more about the first book in the series, Personal Demons, click here for a description from Goodreads.

    And if you’d like to check out my review, click here. (Note: as my review is a bit older the name of book 3 is not the same as in my post.)

    The description of Original Sin from Goodreads is below. Click on the link in the text box to be taken to the Goodreads page where you can add this amazing book to your “to be read” pile!

    Goodreads description:

    When secrets and old histories come to light, Frannie realizes that nobody is who she thought they were. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Some are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.

    And not everyone will get out of it alive.

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    Yes, this is not the first dedicated post I’ve done for this book for a chance to win an ARC. But even if I didn’t have a snowballs chance in Hades I would still spread the word.

    Author Lisa Desrochers is an amazing author and I want her next book to be as successful as it possibly can so that she will write more books that I can read.

    Here are a few book trailers for your viewing pleasure

    Book trailer for Personal Demons:

    Book trailer for Gabe:

    Book trailer for Luc:

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