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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #112

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

    These are books for the week of February 19th-February 25th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Shards & Ashes

    SHARDS & ASHES by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong et al will be released in the U.S. on February 19, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    SHARDS & ASHES includes stories from Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder, Melissa Marr, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, Carrie Ryan, and Margaret Stohl.

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    I am not the world’s biggest anthology reader, but when there is an antho filled with stories from some of the most amazing authors in YA I just have to add it to my collection.

    And SHARDS & ASHES sounds incredible. Not just because of the authors, but because of their stories. Dystopian stories. Stories of “chemical warfare and cruel gods.” Stories of disease and corruption. Stories where “courage is tested.”

    While I won’t be reading the entire anthology in one sitting, I will most definitely be reading a story here, a story there, in between my required reads over the coming weeks.

    How to Lead a Life of Crime

    HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME by Kirsten Miller will be released in the U.S. on February 21, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 358 pages.

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    I recently discovered HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME on NetGalley and while I didn’t request it for review, I did pre-order it. The title and book cover were totally eye-catching and the book’s description makes it sound all sorts of gritty.

    I love that this story involves a school that trains criminals. I love that Mandel Academy has been around for “over a century.” And I love that in order to graduate the students have to be the most ruthless.

    But more than that, I’m so curious as to what happens to those that don’t. The description says they “disappear” and I’m guessing that’s a disappearance of the permanent variety.

    I can’t wait to meet Flick. His criminal behavior seems just a bit less harsh than some of the other students, so he just might be redeemable. I’m curious to see whether he does join forces with his ex or if they take the competition more seriously and battle for the chance to graduate.

    I haven’t yet read anything by author Kirsten Miller, but with HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME I’m so very excited to get the chance. And I will definitely be checking this out on release date.

    Mind Games

    MIND GAMES by Kiersten White will be released in the U.S. on February 19, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 256 pages.

    MIND GAMES is the first book in Kiersten White’s new series of the same name. The second book, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I can’t believe MIND GAMES is releasing this week. I’d had an early copy which I gave away before I got the chance to read it, but I’m super excited for the chance to read it now that it is releasing.

    As I’ve already spotlighted MIND GAMES for my Book Watch post a few weeks back, I won’t go on and on and on. But I am still just as excited to meet Fia and Annie. I’m just as curious to see what they’re forced to do with their abilities. And I’m so very intrigued by this story that’s dubbed a “psychological thriller.”

    I love “intense” books and if this is just as intense as the description promises, then I will be hooked. And as this is such a different type of story from the author’s Paranormalcy books, I’m that much more excited to read it. Which I hope to do very, very soon.

    Other Books of Note

    Crash and Burn

    CRASH AND BURN by Michael Hassan

    Pub. Date: February 19, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Different Girl

    THE DIFFERENT GIRL by Gordon Dahlquist

    Pub. Date: February 21, 2013

    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Neferet's Curse

    NEFERET’S CURSE (House of Night Novellas #3) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

    Pub. Date: February 19, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    It’s the calm before the storm… or perhaps, given how many books released last week, it’s the calm during the eye of the storm.

    I only have three books pre-ordered, though I may have pre-ordered the novella for NEFERET’S CURSE, even though I’d stopped reading that series and won’t continue reading it again until it ends. I have this morbid fascination to see just how long it will drag on and what the authors can possibly do to make it continue. Anyway…

    There are three titles I am super excited about that will be downloading to my Kindle this week. And while I will likely be reading the anthology piecemeal, I hope to devour both MIND GAMES and HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME in the next few weeks.

    I am getting nervous about just how many books will be releasing at the end of February and the beginning of March, because there is no WAY I’ll be able to catch up anytime soon. So I hope to be able to read both books releasing this week before those other tempting reads download.

    Anyway… I hope you have some great books being delivered to your door, to your bookstore or to your eReader this week. Happy acquiring and happy reading!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #94

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

    These are books for the week of October 16th-October 22nd that I have pre-ordered.

    Crewel by Gennifer Albin will be released in the U.S. on October 16, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 368 pages.

    Crewel is the first book in a new series, Crewel World, by the author.

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    I’ve been seeing CREWEL crop up on blogs all around the blogosphere. While I haven’t read any reviews, I saw it was getting high marks so I checked it out on Goodreads. And I was very intrigued by the description so I decided to pre-order it.

    Being able to “weave time with matter” sounds absolutely fascinating. While I haven’t the first clue what having that ability means to the story, I definitely want to find out just what it does mean. All I know for certain is that Adelice has that ability, she doesn’t want it, and the Guild will be coming after her because she does.

    The description hints that becoming a Spinster is something there’s no escape from, so unless Adelice decides she wants to control people she’ll have to go on the run. And quickly.

    CREWEL’s description is a definite tease. I have no idea just what the story encompasses – whether it’s Adelice’s adventure as she attempts to hide from the Guild, whether it’s one in which she’s caught and forced against her will to work as a Spinster, or whether it’s something entirely different.

    Whatever direction this story may take, I can’t wait to find out. Which means I may just have to take a quick peek when it downloads to my Kindle on Monday night.

    Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters will be released in the U.S. on October 16, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

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    I am so completely curious about BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES. And I have been for ages. Ever since I first saw the cover and glanced at the description on Goodreads. So, of course I had to pre-order it and make it mine.

    Because I want to know why the ghosts are gaining power. I want to know what this “sinister plot” is that Veronica and Kirk uncover. And I want to know whether Veronica’s teacher succeeds in his plan to make her the host for his dead daughter.

    When I spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post at the end of September it felt like release date would never get here. Now it’s just about here. And I can finally find out for myself if this is every bit the “creepy and suspenseful thriller” the description promised. Which I hope to do in the next couple of weeks.

    Second Chance by Heather Brewer will be released in the U.S. on October 16, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dial, the print edition is 276 pages.

    Second Chance is the second book in author Heather Brewer’s The Slayer Chronicles.

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    I own every book in author Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. I own the first book in her Slayer Chronicles. And now I have SECOND CHANCE pre-ordered. Yet I’ve only read just one-and-a-half books total from both series.

    So I have some serious catching up to do. But I loved the author’s writing and characters. I thought the first book in Vlad Tod’s series that I had read was absolutely adorable. And so I just couldn’t resist buying up all books in the series with the hope of reading them back-to-back one day.

    And when I learned that Joss was going to get his very own spinoff series, I was stoked and just had to buy up those books too. Because I thought it would be awesome to see things from his perspective, to see what life was like for Joss as a Slayer and to see if there were any other peeks at Vlad Tod that might not exist in that first series.

    This second installment in the Slayer Chronicles sounds just as entertaining as the first. Murders are being committed in New York City. Joss must determine if a vampire is behind the killings. And it’s up to him to be the savior or risk losing his status as a Slayer.

    I am seriously considering just jumping right into Joss’s series so I don’t have to wait too long to find out whether he is able to keep everyone safe and remain a Slayer. If I do decide to read things just a bit out of order, then I might just get the chance to read SECOND CHANGE next month.

    Hidden by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will be released in the U.S. on October 16, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Hidden is the tenth book in the authors House of Night series.

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    I’ve fallen a bit behind on the House of Night series but decided to pre-order HIDDEN regardless. I have invested quite a bit of time into this series and I’m just so curious to find out where it’s headed and whether this book is the final installment in the series. Though it doesn’t sound like it will be.

    I did take a peek at the description even though I hadn’t read the previous book in the series and it seems that a certain wicked character’s true nature has been revealed to the Vampyre High Council. And according to the description “chaos reigns” because this character isn’t “going down without a fight.”

    The description does not reveal what’s happening with Zoey, Stevie Rae or any of the other characters. So I am a bit curious as to whether they did make it into this tenth book. Though if it is Zoey on the cover, then she has made it to book ten and she looks seriously mad about something….

    I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read this next installment, but as I’d heard the previous one was good, I may try to read that one this winter so I can get caught up on the series before book eleven – if there is a book eleven – gets released.

    The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez

    Pub. Date: October 16, 2012

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Starstruck (Fame Game #2) by Lauren Conrad

    Pub. Date: October 16, 2012

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

    Pub. Date: October 16, 2012

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos

    Pub. Date: October 16, 2012

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Game Changer by Margaret Peterson Haddix

    Pub. Date: October 16, 2012

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Innocents (The Innocents #1) by Lili Peloquin

    Pub. Date: October 16, 2012

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    There are a huge number of books releasing this week, but I’ve only pre-ordered four of them. I just haven’t had the time to take a longer look at the other books of note to see if they’re books I must add to my collection. Though I hope to get the chance this week.

    I did see CREWEL all over the blogosphere this past month and it sounded awesome so I decided to pre-order it. And I’m hoping at least a couple of the remaining six books are ones that I must buy.

    But I am glad that I only have four books pre-ordered this week as I am coming to the harsh realization that I’ll never get caught up on my TBR pile if my book buying continues to exceed my book reading every single week.

    While I have increased the number of books I’ve been reading each week, I still haven’t managed to devour more than four, so I’m hopeful that I can keep my book purchases to four books or less for at least the rest of the year. But I’m just not sure that’s possible.

    We shall see….

    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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #57

    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 January 31st-February 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Destiny and Deception is the fourth full-length book in the 13 to Life series by author Shannon Delany.

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    I’ve been a huge fan of this series since I discovered it after I began blogging. I love the world that Jess and the Rusakova’s exist in and can’t wait to read this fourth book in the series. I’ve had the eBook pre-ordered for awhile and I can’t believe release date is almost here.

    I won’t talk too much about what I’m hoping for in this book just in case someone hasn’t caught up with the series yet. But I am dying to find out if things are really looking up for Jess and Pietr or if it’s just the calm before the storm.

    And from the description there are a few things going on with Alexi that I can’t wait to discover for myself.

    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Wings of the Wicked is the sequel to Angelfire by author Courtney Allison Moulton.

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    I can’t believe this book releases this week. I also can’t believe I have to wait an entire year until the next book comes out. I am so excited that I’ll have the eBook on my Kindle in less than twenty-four hours because I’m curious to see just what has changed between the ARC and the finished copy.

    I just finished reading this and I’m already dying to read it again. I thought Angelfire was awesome. I thought that first book had me tied up in knots in a way that the sequel never could. I was so totally wrong.

    The dangers facing Ellie and Will are even more terrifying. Cadan is even more swoon-worthy. And the ending is even more of a killer than I ever thought possible. I’m hanging on by my bitten and ragged fingernails, but only just barely.

    New Girl by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 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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    I had a chance to read Here Lies Bridget by the author last year and I was excited to see she had another book coming out, so I added it to my pre-orders even without knowing exactly what it’s about.

    But after reading the description I can’t wait to read more. I want to find out just how the New Girl is handling life at Manderly Academy where she landed a spot when Becca Normandy went missing. I want to find out just why everyone seems to blame her. I want to see what happens between her and Max Holloway, Becca’s “sort of” boyfriend.

    And I want to see if we get to find out the New Girl’s name.

    There is just something a little eerie about the description, though I can’t put my finger on it. And so I really want to read New Girl now and find out just why I feel that there is.

    Incarnate by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Incarnate, the first book in the Newsouls series by author Jodi Meadows is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I have had an ARC of Incarnate sitting on my shelf for a while thanks to a trade, but I haven’t had the chance to read it before release which I’m totally devastated about. I’ve heard such amazing things about this debut book and I want to find out for myself just what it’s about.

    Though I’ll probably read the eBook version that will be downloading to my Kindle instead of the ARC, just in case something major changed that I wouldn’t want to miss.

    I love the idea of reincarnated souls. And I love the idea that Ana is a newsoul… or possibly a nosoul. I can’t wait to find out which she is, especially if being a nosoul means she’ll only have one existence to live.

    And I can’t wait to go on the journey with Ana as she tries to solve the mystery of why she may have received another’s life.

    The description mentions “romance, fantasy, and danger” – all things I love – so I can’t wait to read Incarnate in February.

    Article 5 by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Article 5 is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    This book sounds like a super cool dystopian that I can’t wait to read. I hadn’t heard of it before I traded for a copy, but when I checked it out, it sounded like a book I’d really love to devour so I added it to my pre-orders.

    The future society the author created sounds very strict and very harsh. Compliance with the Moral Statutes sounds like it will be impossible. And the punishments sound far worse than the crimes.

    I can’t wait to meet Ember and discover what life is like in her world. And to find out just how horrible it is to learn that the boy she loves is the very one who arrests her mother.

    I’m curious to see just how dark things will get for her after her mom’s arrest and to see if she is able to save her or if there will be no happy ending for either of them. I wish I could add it to the top of the pile now, but at the very least, I really hope I can read this new release in March.

    Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 160 pages.

    Lenobia’s Vow is the second novella in the House of Night series by author’s P.C. and Kristin Cast.

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    I have the first novella in this off-shoot series from the authors’ House of Night novels, although I haven’t yet read it. But as I own all books in the series I decided to pre-order this next one for my Kindle.

    I like the idea of meeting these other characters and getting a chance to learn their story prior to the events in House of Night. Lenobia was always a very likable character and I can’t wait to meet her when she was much younger and hear how she first fell in love.

    As it is a fairly short novella, I hope to be able to sneak this one on top of my reading pile really soon.

    Shift by M.R. Merrick will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2012 in eBook format and will be releasing soon in paperback format. It is not available to pre-order, but it will be available to purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble on release date.

    Shift is the second book in The Protector series by the author.

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    I did receive an eARC from the author for review, but I will be purchasing the finished eBook for my Kindle on release date and I can’t wait. I recently read the first book in the series and it was every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I can’t wait to get back into the world the author created and unravel more of the mystery. I am super curious to find out what will happen next with Chase and Rayna, if they’ll find the answers they’ve been looking for, and just what it means to be a Protector.

    And I’m dying to know just how tough they’ll need to be in order to win the battle against their enemies. While I will be reading the eARC, I am excited to have the finished eBook as part of my permanent collection.

    The Rivals by Daisy Whitney will be released in the U.S. on February 6, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    The Rivals is the sequel to The Mockingbirds by author Daisy Whitney.

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    I have not yet read The Mockingbirds, the first book in the series, but everyone said that I had to read it and so I bought it for my Kindle. And because I own book one, I just had to pre-order the sequel when I learned that it was going to be releasing soon.

    I refuse to look at the Goodreads description for fear of spoiling book one, but it is linked in the cover art for anyone who wants to check it out.

    The Mockingbirds caught my eye because idea of a secret society that takes action to right the wrongs done to the students at Themis Academy intrigued me. And even though the subject matter is harsh – the main character was assaulted – the idea that she is willing to fight back makes her sound like someone that I’d like to meet.

    I had no idea until recently that it was a series. But now, more than ever, I want to read both books and find out exactly how the Mockingbirds help those who need it. Even if it means that I find out that their brand of help is nothing more than vigilante justice.

    To check out an excerpt of The Rivals from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    UPDATE: I did have one other book pre-ordered….

    Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne

    Pub. Date: February 2, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

    Pub. Date: February 1, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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    It’s definitely not a quiet week for releases this week. I had no idea I had quite so many books pre-ordered. Fortunately I’ve read Wings of the Wicked and will be reading Shift in the next day or two, so I won’t have quite so many books to add to the TBR pile.

    As much as I love it, I think participating in the Debut Author Challenge is a dangerous thing for my reading pile and for my wallet, but I can’t resist the chance to discover a new book or author that I might not have otherwise discovered. Even if I don’t always get to read their books immediately….

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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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    Giveaway and Book Trailer: Destined

    Just in time for its book birthday, on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, Macmillan released the new trailer for Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. And in honor of its release, they are also offering a copy for giveaway.

    Destined is the ninth book in the House of Night series by the authors and an installment that has been eagerly anticipated by fans of the series.

    I decided to accept a copy for review as I’ve read all previous full-length books and I am curious to see where this one leads.

    From the description, it seems that Zoey will be headed back to the House of Night with Stark, and Stevie Rae and Rephaim will have a chance to be together. As with each story in the series, I’m sure that there will be obstacles for both Zoey and Stevie Rae, but I am hopeful that things will take a turn for the better for all of them in this book.

    A Peek Inside

    If you would like to read or listen to an excerpt on the book’s website, CLICK HERE.

    About Destined

    Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is.

    Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.

    To add Destined to your TBR pile on Goodreads, click here.

    The Trailer

    Places to stalk

    The House of Night fan page on Facebook

    The House of Night website

    P.C. Cast’s blog

    The Destined event page on Facebook

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    One copy of Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is US and Canada ONLY.

    4. Book will be shipped directly from the publisher.

    5. Contest ends at 7:00 p.m. Pacific on Friday, November 4th.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Friday.

    7. Winner will have 24 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thanks so much for stopping by. The giveaway for a copy of Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is now closed. I’ll be running the names through Random and announcing the winner here very shortly. Stay tuned…

    Congratulations Rabiah! You’ve won the copy of Destined! I’ll be contacting you by email in the next 5 minutes and you’ll have 24 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.

    Thanks again everyone for entering and leaving such lovely comments. I’ll be having a number of giveaways – I still haven’t figured out exactly how I’m doing it – next week for my blogoversary. So feel free to stop on back then!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #43

    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 October 25th-October 31st that I have pre-ordered.

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    Amplified by Tara Kelly will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in hardcover format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I saw this book ages ago during a cover reveal and immediately knew that I had to have it. The cover totally rocks. As it’s currently not available for for the Kindle, I have the print edition pre-ordered because I just don’t want to have to wait.

    I love the idea that the main character is a girl with stage fright who dreams of becoming a musician, leaves home and tries to convince the band C-Side – whose name I think is totally awesome – that she should be their lead guitarist.

    I am pretty sure that things are not only not going to go smoothly, but that they’ll likely end in disaster for Jasmine and C-Side and I can’t wait to find out what happens.

    I haven’t yet read anything by the author, Tara Kelly, but I heard that she is an amazing writer and I’m excited about Amplified.

    Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 240 pages.

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    Jaclyn Dolamore was one of the first new authors I “discovered” when I joined Twitter last fall. I hadn’t read any of her works before, but I heard that she had a new book coming out this year called Between the Sea and Sky. I’ve been keeping an eye on its release ever since.

    I also heard that it was available on NetGalley, but as I was so behind by the time it was made available, I decided not to request it and simply wait until it was released. Well, release date is here, and I’m excited for my eBook to download on Tuesday.

    I haven’t really read very many stories about mermaids and I’m not sure how much of a pull I have toward those stories. But I like that in this book it’s not only about mermaids, but about a race of people from the sky.

    And the love story between Esmerine and Alandare that “cannot be bound by sea, land, or air” is one that I can’t wait to discover.

    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 400 pages.

    The Iron Knight is the fourth full-length book in The Iron Fey series by author Julie Kagawa.

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    I didn’t really want to say fourth and final book above, because I don’t want this series to really be over. But I am so excited to be reading The Iron Knight right now, and I can’t wait to own the finished copy on my Kindle this week.

    When I first learned that The Iron Queen was the last story from Meghan Chase’s perspective I was devastated. But that quickly changed when I found out there would be a story from Ash’s point of view. I have been Team Ash since book one and have never deviated from that. My loyalty was always for this Winter Court boy and I’m so thrilled that the author wrote an entire book all for him and his fans.

    As I’ve already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post I will try to be brief. But I can’t help but be excited for this book which is an adventure with Ash, Puck and Grim.

    I am so hopeful that things will work out for Ash and Meghan. I can’t imagine that the author would be so completely cruel as to leave us hanging, so there must be some kind of ending, but I’m not sure just how happily ever after it will be.

    I am just really, really, really worried what this “ultimate sacrifice” is and can’t wait to get back to reading to find out.

    Crave by Melissa Darnell will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 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 432 pages.

    Crave is the first book in the Clann series by author Melissa Darnell.

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    I received a copy of Crave through a trade and I may have requested a copy on NetGalley, but I’m not sure. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, so I will most likely be checking out the eBook that will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight rather than the printed ARC.

    I wanted this book so badly once I saw the cover. And no, the title, Crave, did not make me crave it. It was the cover. In fact, until I checked out the description on Goodreads for the purpose of this post, I didn’t even know what the book was about.

    But now that I have, I’m dying to read it even more. I love the fact that Savannah is addicted to Tristan and it seems that Tristan is just as addicted to her. And it sounds like these two are from feuding clans, making this a sort of star-crossed love story. Or if not love, then obsession.

    I can’t wait to find out just what happened to change Savannah during her illness. I really hope to get the chance to read this in the next couple of weeks, because I don’t think I want to wait to find out.

    Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Destined is the ninth full-length book in the House of Night series by authors P.C. and Kristin Cast.

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    I have mixed feelings about this series, but I have Destined on pre-order for my Kindle. I have read all the full-length books in the series and have one of the novellas as an audiobook for review, so I’m not quite ready to walk away. But I think this book will be the decision-maker for me.

    The description makes it seem like a lot will be happening in this installment – a battle at the House of Night in Tulsa and Rephaim and Stevie Rae finally getting the chance to be together – but it also makes it sounds as if this isn’t anywhere near the end of this series, so I’m not sure just how far the story will progress.

    I am not rushing this to the top of my reading pile, but I will read it eventually. I really enjoyed this series early on – there was something very appealing about the series and especially Zoey, Kalona and Stark – and the one book that had that shocking and devastating cliffhanger kept me begging for more. But my enthusiasm has dimmed somewhat after the last two books, so it remains to be seen just how much I’ll end up loving Destined.

    You Are My Only by Beth Kephart will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    I had an ARC for this book that I received through a trade, but I knew I couldn’t read it before release date, so I passed it on. I added this to my list of Kindle pre-orders and with release date coming up on Tuesday, I can’t wait to have this one back in my collection.

    You Are My Only has such a pretty and haunting cover but the title is what first drew me in. Although, once I read the description I knew I had to read this book. It just sounds so unbelievably sad and at the same time uplifting.

    From the description it appears that this story is told from both Emmy and Sophie’s perspectives. Emmy has a child who gets taken from her. And it seems that Sophie is that child, a child who has had to lead a life being homeschooled and constantly on the run.

    I am hopeful that the two somehow manage to find each other and find happiness, but it’s just as likely that they won’t. I can’t wait to get this book back in my hands so I can read it and find out for myself.

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    Other releases of note:

    Nightshade: The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood will be releasing on October 25, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom by L.J. Smith will be releasing on October 25, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble.)

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    It’s a six book release week for me, and it would have been seven, but I decided to hold off on ordering Phantom until I had a chance to check out a few reviews. As I still haven’t read the previous book in the series, I wasn’t in a rush to purchase this one, especially as it isn’t written by L.J. Smith, at least not completely.

    I am reading The Iron Knight right now, so that’s one less book that will be sitting on my TBR “shelf,” but that still leaves five books to be added to the pile. I’d love to be able to read Amplified immediately because it’s the book I’ve been pining for the longest on this list. But I don’t think that will happen.

    I think I just need a year or two off from buying any books and maybe I’ll be caught up. One day….

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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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #28

    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 12th-July 18th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 208 pages.

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

    When I first saw this cover a few months ago I thought it was really cool and added it to my pre-orders based solely on the cover. I then heard it was a debut book from some of the blogs I stalked, so I knew I’d definitely be reading it.

    I had no idea at the time this book was about zombies. I actually haven’t read too many books about zombies and I still need to finish the Carrie Ryan series. But this book sounds like a lot of fun. And as it’s just over 200 pages, it sounds like the perfect read to sneak in this week.

    I think the idea behind this story – that steroids have had an odd effect on the football team, turning them into zombies – is clever and imaginative. And I really can’t wait to see if the main character and her friends and family are able to save the town from the zombie menance.

    To read an excerpt from Chapter One, courtesy of Random House, CLICK HERE.

    Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 1011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

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

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 416 pages.

    I mentioned this book in my “Extras” post last month and I’m so happy it’s finally coming out. This is another book I’ve had on pre-order for a long while. I fell in love with this cover last winter and couldn’t wait for the book’s release.

    I had the opportunity to meet the author at the RT convention in Los Angeles in April, so I am super excited to finally get my hands on a copy. It’s been a long wait.

    I read The Splendor Falls before I started blogging and knew I absolutely loved the author’s writing style. So adding Texas Gothic to the collection was a no brainer.

    Although I probably won’t be able to read it this week I can’t wait to find out if this story about the odd goings-on at the Goodnight Ranch, which include a ghost stalker and a number of bodies turning up, is just as spellbinding as the other book of the authors that I’d read.

    To read a short excerpt courtesy of Random House, CLICK HERE.

    Wildcat Firefies in the second book in the Meridian series by Amber Kizer. It will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

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

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 528 pages.

    This sequel is long-awaited. I loved the first book, Meridian, and found the concept of Fenestras so captivating. I’ve been just dying to find out what happens next for Meridian Sozu.

    I know I’ve had an ARC from a trade for awhile, but as release date was so far off I had to put off reading it and then just never got the chance. Of course, it now releases in just a day and I still haven’t had the opportunity.

    But I have had this book on pre-order for my Kindle for a long time now and I’m excited to finally be getting the finished copy. I still haven’t decided whether to read the ARC or the final version, but either way I like having the option.

    In this follow-up to book one, Meridian and Tens begin to search for others like her – a half-human, half-angel who helps souls transition to the hereafter. According to the description they find someone named Juliet who needs their help. There’s also a hint that just maybe their relationship is in for some trouble. I really hope it’s nothing too serious.

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

    The third book in the series, Speed of Light, is slated for release in the fall of 2012, and the fourth book, Counting Tens, will be releasing in the spring of 2013.

    Dragon’s Oath, a House of Night novella by authors P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

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

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 160 pages.

    I’ve had this on pre-order for a few months. I’m not sure how I became aware of the novella, but it was probably from discovering it on the blogs. I’ve been a long-time follower of this series, so I decided to add this novella to my collection.

    Until I created this post I wasn’t even sure just how it tied in with the series. It seems that the authors have decided to create a series of novellas about some of the other characters in the books and Dragon’s Oath is about Professor Lankford from before he was a professor at the House of Night.

    I’m trying this out because I have been a fan of the series and because I like Professor Lankford, but I’m not sure just how many of these I’ll be buying and reading going forward. It probably depends on the characters they choose to highlight. I have enjoyed the main series, but the past couple of books have begun to lose some of their charm for me.

    But I am really looking forward to learning more about Dragon Lankford.

    Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I first saw this book on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab, but I knew that I might not get a chance to read it prior to release so I added it to my pre-orders. Though I probably would have added it regardless, as I’ve read one or two things by this author and have several of her books on my eReader just waiting to be read.

    All I can say is this sounds like one contemporary young adult novel that will make me bite my nails the entire time I’m reading it. From the description, the four characters, Hannah, Ava, Sebastian and Noah, are all hiding something and whatever it is they are keeping secret from one another will all come to light at the start of their senior year in high school.

    The Goodreads description is such a tease and it’s made me just really want to know who ends up with who at the end of this story.

    Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 400 pages.

    I haven’t had Forever on pre-order for too long for my Kindle as it wasn’t available in eBook format until fairly recently. But I also have two signed copies on pre-order from the independent bookstore the author partners with, one I’ve ordered specifically for a giveaway.

    I have been a huge fan of this series for so long. And at the time I’m writing this post, I am just about finished reading Forever, thanks to the signed ARC that Britney from I Eat Words sent me from BEA.

    I love Sam and Grace’s story. And it is definitely more the story and the writing, versus the characters, that I find enchanting about this series. Sam and Grace are two characters who have been very difficult for me to connect with, yet I so completely love their story and this series. I won’t continue to gush, as I’ve already spotlighted Forever in my Book Watch post.

    In this final installment in the series the entire wolf pack is in jeopardy of being hunted to extinction. And because a part of the description on Goodreads sums it up so well, I’ve decided to use that so as not to risk accidentally revealing any spoilers, which I know I’d do if I continue to ramble.

    The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever. (From Goodreads)

    Maggie Stiefvater reads from Forever:

    Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn is the second book in the Siren trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

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

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Okay, this is another book I pre-ordered solely based on cover love. I have not yet read the first book in the series, but I have had it on my Kindle for quite some time. Definitely before I started blogging.

    When they revealed the new covers for this series I was so excited and stalked the eBook release for this second book in the series even though I hadn’t even started to read book one. That’s how much cover love I had for these new covers.

    I have been too afraid to read the Goodreads description in case it will spoil my read for the first book in the series, but I’ll link it HERE in case anyone might want to know what happens in this book.

    I know this series is about sirens, which I haven’t read too many books about, so I am definitely excited to finally get a chance to start reading. There’s nothing like cover love and a second book to motivate me to get caught up on this trilogy.

    There are a couple posts on the author’s blog with teaser excerpts. CLICK HERE to check them out.

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    When I started writing up this post I thought I didn’t have too many books on order releasing this week. I had checked out HarperTeen’s “Coming Soon” site and saw nothing releasing that I had on pre-order and only remembered two of the above books.

    Yeah, well apparently I have seven books on pre-order for this week. At least according to Amazon. And I won’t be surprised if I discover an eighth book downloading at Monday Midnight.

    I’ve read only one of the above books that I’m buying this week, so that’s six new books for the pile. Granted, I still haven’t read the first book in the Siren series, but I plan to, when I have a spare moment…

    I really want to read Wildcat Fireflies this week and Sometimes It Happens, but I’m not too hopeful. Perhaps next week.

    But either way, there are some fantastic new releases this week, and I’m excited to be adding them all 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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    Review: Awakened

    Awakened is the 8th book in the House of Night series by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast. It was released in hardcover, eBook and audio formats on January 4, 2011 in the U.S. The hardcover edition, published by St. Martin’s Griffin is 304 pages.

    It is available in stores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book sellers.

    Description from the author’s website:

    Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over her immortal consort Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either…

    And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?

    In the pulse-pounding 8th book in the bestselling House of Night series, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl’s heart?

    Zoey Redbird has returned from the Otherworld after Kalona’s failed attempt to keep her shattered spirit from being made whole. Even though she has returned, she is not yet ready to face the responsibilities that come with being a High Priestess or to re-enter the battle against Darkness.

    As Zoey chooses to remain behind on the Isle of Skye with her warrior Stark, Neferet returns to the House of Night to regain control of the school and the vampyres and fledglings in attendance.

    Due to his inability to fulfill his oath to Neferet, Kalona is forced to do her bidding, which does not sit well with an Immortal. But Neferet’s continued acceptance of Darkness has given her immortality and a power over him that he cannot refuse.

    As Neferet seeks to eliminate the threat of Zoey’s affiliation with Nyx and her status as a young High Priestess, her reliance on Darkness grows.

    Now the time has come for Darkness to exact its payment, and who will Neferet choose to unleash Darkness upon? Who will be the next person to fall that Zoey cares about? And will their loss be too much for her fragile spirit to handle so soon after Heath’s death?

    ***

    Awakened is the exciting continuation of the story of Zoey Redbird and her battle against the powers of Darkness. There is no break in the timeline between the previous story in the series, Burned, and this installment.

    Zoey, who has only recently returned from the Otherworld where her soul was shattered after the loss of her childhood friend and soul mate, Heath, is forced to return to Tulsa to the House of Night after the death of someone else she cares about.

    It is their death that is the catalyst that sets into motion events which will force Zoey to step up as the leader she should be, Stevie Rae to choose sides and possibly reveal secrets she’s been keeping from her friends and Kalona to decide if he is willing to sacrifice something in order to get back in Nyx’s good graces.

    Awakened alternates between the different perspectives of the characters, allowing the reader to see what is happening at all times. The authors begin to set the stage for the events that only start to unfold in the second half of this book and will surely come to a head in the next book and beyond.

    Each piece to the story is laid out in such detail, but the action, aside from the heartrending event early on, doesn’t really pick up until the final third of the book, as all the different characters and elements come together.

    It was good to have Zoey back in this installment, however there was still so much going on with the other characters that her part was not as prevalent as was hoped. And, while the other main characters were strong and decisive, Zoey’s character seems to have regressed.

    Perhaps this was intentional, due to the tragedy Zoey has faced, but where she was once strong, she came off as timid and unsure. And where previously she had a commanding presence, at times she came across as flippant and juvenile. However, toward the conclusion she began to regain some of her former strength and surety that were her most valuable characteristics throughout the series.

    In Awakened there are several surprises, both happy and sad, and the introduction of a new character that we will get to meet in the next book.

    The conclusion of this book will leave fans of this series anxiously awaiting what is to come in the next book, Destined, which will be released in November 2011.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    On a personal note:

    I am a huge fan of this series. Zoey is so different from any of the other characters I’ve met in books of this genre. Her journey throughout the series has been a real roller coaster. All the different elements, from the Red Vampyres to the Immortal Kalona, combine to make this series really unique.

    I love the fact that the authors are not afraid to kill off one of their main characters. As much as I sometimes want everything to be completely happy, it’s nice to read a story without a fairytale ending.

    This entire series is smartly written. Even though the storyline has already spanned eight books, aside from the previous book, they don’t feel at all like filler books just to drag the series on. And after reading Awakened, I am definitely interested in finding out what happens next, even though the beginning started off a bit slowly.

    The next book in the series Destined will be released in November 2011.

    To read an excerpt from the author’s website, click here.

    Book trailer for Awakened:

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