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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #139

    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 August 27th-September 2nd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Crown of Midnight

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    CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 432 pages.

    CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is the second full-length book in author Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. The third through sixth full-length books, currently untitled, are slated for release in 2014 through 2017.

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    I cannot wait for the release of CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas on Tuesday. I own all of the previous books in the series, including the novellas, and I’m totally stoked that this latest installment in the series will be added to my collection this week.

    I have heard this sequel is even more amazing than the first book in the series and I’m excited to see what happens with Celaena now that she’s the new royal assassin. The description hints that she’s going to have to have to make a choice. I only hope it isn’t between Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall.

    I really wanted to read this book before its release, as I had an eARC, but I wasn’t able to. Though I will definitely be reading it next week as I am dying to find out what happens in this sequel.

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    The Bitter Kingdom

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    THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 448 pages.

    THE BITTER KINGDOM is the third and final full-length book in author Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy.

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    I cannot believe that release day is just about here for THE BITTER KINGDOM. I am reading the previous book in the series and hope to sneak this on the pile just after its release this week. But as it is a series-ending book I’m not trusting my ability to say goodbye to this awesome series.

    The description calls this series epic, and I couldn’t agree more. I love the world that author Rae Carson built and I love Elisa and Hector.

    I hope that this series has a happily ever after ending, though, given just how heartbreaking the events in book one were, I’m not entirely confident about that.

    If I can’t get it on the pile later this week, I will definitely try to conquer my series-ending fears and read it next weekend. And I won’t take a peek at this book’s description until I finish THE CROWN OF EMBERS.

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    Origin

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    ORIGIN by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    ORIGIN is the fourth full-length book in author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. The fifth book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I am so excited for the release of ORIGIN and can’t wait for it to download to my Kindle this week. I am a little bit behind on this series due to a mishap which involved reading the ending of book three and so I’m hoping that now that the fourth book in the series is out, the element of the unknown will motivate me to dive back in.

    I love these characters and the author’s writing style. I am fascinated by the world. And as much as I want to take a peek at ORIGIN’s description, I refuse to, in the event I might potentially encounter another spoiler.

    I feel like it’s been forever since I last read about Katy and Daemon and I hope that after things quiet down in mid-September I’ll be able to read both this book and the previous book, so that I can get caught up.

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    The Beginning of Everything

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    THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Robyn Schneider will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I am totally stoked to finally get a copy of THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. I’d hoped to get my hands on an early copy but then the release date changed and so did this book’s title. But the wait is almost over until I can finally take a peek at this story that’s intrigued me for quite a long while.

    I am just so curious about Ezra and his theory about everyone having a tragedy waiting for them. His particular tragedy is very similar to someone I’ve known, so I already feel a connection with the story. But I cannot wait to meet Cassidy Thorpe, too.

    The description calls this book “lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching” and if it is all those things I just know I’ll fall madly in love with this story that I hope to be able to sneak onto the pile over Labor Day weekend.

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    Consume

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    CONSUME by Melissa Darnell will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 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 384 pages.

    CONSUME is the third book in author Melissa Darnell’s Clann series.

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    Melissa Darnell’s Clann series is such a sweet and delightful read and I am thrilled to be able to add CONSUME to my collection this week. I had the chance to read this book just a bit early and it was just as entertaining as the previous books in the series.

    As I have read it, I don’t want to talk about what happens with Tristan and Savannah in this installment. I won’t reveal just what happens with the Clann and the vampires. But it was a super quick and engaging read and a great addition to the series.

    And with all the new YA books releasing this week, I’m so glad I had the chance to read this already and it won’t be stuck on an ever-expanding TBR pile.

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    Deception

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    DECEPTION by C.J. Redwine will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 480 pages.

    DECEPTION is the second book in author C.J. Redwine’s Defiance series.

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    I love, love, love this series. I only just recently read DEFIANCE a month or two ago and am going to be reading DECEPTION on Monday and I cannot wait. I will probably switch from the printed ARC to my Kindle copy when it downloads at Monday Midnight so I can read that much faster.

    I fell in love with Rachel and Logan’s story and the world that author C.J. Redwine created. Their story is captivating and heartbreaking and when I put DEFIANCE down I wished I’d had the sequel to dive right into.

    Of course now that release day is just about here, I’m getting a bit nervous as to whether there is another book in the series and whether it will be that much more agonizing to wait an entire year for that book. Though I’m pretty sure it will.

    My plan is to read this on Monday and even though it is a fairly lengthy book, I’m confident I’ll be able to finish it in one sitting, even if it means a late night read.

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    DESCENDANT by Lesley Livingston will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 336 pages.

    DESCENDANT is the second book in Lesley Livingston’s Starling series.

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    I am currently reading DESCENDANT and I will definitely have it read before it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. It was just so easy to fall back into this story and into this world of Norse mythologies, Mason Starling and the Fennrys Wolf.

    I love Lesley Livingston’s stories and I immediately fell in love with the first book in this spin-off series that includes one of my most favorite characters from her Wondrous Strange series, Fenn. After that cliffhanger ending in STARLING, I didn’t think I’d survive the wait for DESCENDANT’s release. But thanks to a slightly early finished copy I didn’t have to wait quite as long.

    Of course the longer it takes me to write this post, the longer I’ll have to wait to get back reading. So I will just say that this sequel sounds even more action-packed than the first, I am totally thrilled about the journey into the Underworld and I am super curious whether the ending of this second book in the series will leave me dangling off a cliff.

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    The Liberator

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    THE LIBERATOR by Victoria Scott will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE LIBERATOR is the second book in author Victoria Scott’s Dante Walker series.

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    I am totally stoked that Dante… I mean THE LIBERATOR is releasing this week. I fell madly in love with the first book in the series and its adorable heroine and bad-boy hero – yes Dante is a hero.

    I was lucky enough to get a peek at this story just a little bit early. And as I mentioned in My Reading Pile this past weekend I will be finishing this book on Tuesday. So this won’t be on the TBR pile for very long at all. Which is a good thing, as I don’t think that Dante has very much patience.

    And as I spotlighted this in my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I really don’t want to ramble on any longer. Especially as this post is super long with all the new releases that are being added to my collection this week and the many that are under consideration.

    Besides, it’s Dante Walker, need I really say anything more?

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    Don't Look Now

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    DON’T LOOK NOW by Michelle Gagnon will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DON’T LOOK NOW is the second full-length book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE series.

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    I am super excited for the release of DON’T LOOK NOW, the second book in author Michelle Gagnon’s trilogy. While I haven’t yet had the chance to read the first book in the series, I do own it and the novella and I cannot wait to add this book to my collection this week.

    This series sounds totally like my kind of read – packed with action, danger, thrills and excitement. And I cannot wait to finally meat Noa and Peter.

    As I haven’t yet read the first book in the series I tried hard not to look too closely at this sequel’s description, but I did catch the very bold words “jaw-dropping” when I was grabbing the book’s link on Goodreads. Which made me that much more interested in meeting the characters and discovering this story for myself.

    I am still going to try and hold out until closer to the release date for the third book in the series before I dive into these books. But I have a feeling that I’ll only last until October before my curiosity gets the best of me.

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    The Fall of Five

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    THE FALL OF FIVE by Pittacus Lore will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE FALL OF FIVE is the fourth full-length book in the Lorien Legacies.

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    I cannot believe that THE FALL OF FIVE, the fourth book in this series, is releasing this week. I pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle the second I saw it on Amazon even though I’m officially so far behind on this series that I really shouldn’t buy another installment without catching up.

    And while I’ve only read the first book in this series and part of the second, I have taken a peek at each and every description. And I’m not going to change my approach for this fourth book.

    I love that this installment has all six survivors banding together to defeat their enemy. I love that they’re going to try and “master their Legacies” so that they stand a chance against the Mogadorians. And I am curious to find out whether Number Five’s sign is really a trap and whether the Garde will be able to find Five “before it’s too late.”

    The description promises that the Lorien will rise again. It promises that they will not lose the war. I am hoping that this installment lives up to its promises. And I’m hoping to be able to finally catch up on this series before the next installment is released.

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    The Dark Between

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    THE DARK BETWEEN by Sonia Gensler will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

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    When I saw Sonia Gensler’s latest release, THE DARK BETWEEN, available for pre-order I immediately clicked to order it for my Kindle. In addition to the awesome title and the super creepy cover, the book’s description sounded amazing.

    I love the early twentieth century setting. I love that this story is dubbed “[a] supernatural romance about the powers that lie in the shadows of the mind.” And I can’t wait to meet Elsie, Kate and Asher and find out whether it’s a villain or something “otherworldly” that is responsible for the dead body they discover.

    I am always totally creeped out by stories of ghosts and spirits, in a good way, of course. And the idea that there may be something more to this story has me intrigued.

    I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get this on the pile in September, but this sounds like a perfect story to read at the end of October.

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    Here Without You

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    HERE WITHOUT YOU by Tammara Webber will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback format and was previously released in eBook format on August 6th. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE in paperback format and is available to order online now in eBook format.

    Self-published, the print edition is 252 pages.

    HERE WITHOUT YOU is the fourth and final book in author Tammara Webber’s Between the Lines series.

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    I had no idea until the week prior to the eBook release of HERE WITHOUT YOU that Tammara Webber was concluding her Between the Lines series. And while I already have the Kindle copy in my collection, I’ve been trying to list releases based upon their print release date. Which is why I’m just posting about this now.

    This series is amazing. I knew from the moment I read the first book in the series that this author was insanely talented. She had such a way with words and gave me a story – and series – that blew me away. I did not expect the layers of depth in her story, I did not expect to make such a strong emotional connection to it. But I did.

    I thought it was just going to be a light and fun series, but it was dramatic and heart-wrenching and gorgeous.

    I have not yet read this final installment to the series. It is one of those series I don’t want to see end. Just thinking about the fact that I’ll have to say goodbye to these characters is making me teary-eyed.

    So I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to say goodbye to it. Even though I am super curious about what happens with Reid and Dori. But I am hopeful I’ll get the courage up later this fall.

    Other Books of Note

    Love in the Time of Global Warming

    LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Just Like Fate

    JUST LIKE FATE by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Taste Test

    TASTE TEST by Kelly Fiore

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Two Boys Kissing

    TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Confessions of a Hater

    CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Relic

    RELIC by Renee Collins

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Everlast

    EVERLAST (The Chronicles of Nerissette #1) by Andria Buchanan

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Battle Lines

    BATTLE LINES (Department 19 #3) by Will Hill

    Pub. Date: August 29, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Overpowered

    OVERPOWERED by Mark H. Kruger

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    To Be Perfectly Honest

    TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST by Sonya Sones

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Unfed

    UNFED (Undead #2) by Kirsty McKay

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Chicken House

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Black Spring

    BLACK SPRING by Alison Croggon

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Moonlight & Ashes

    MOONLIGHT & ASHES by Sophie Masson

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Australia

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Blood Song

    BLOOD SONG (Llarmell #1) by Rhiannon Hart

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Australia

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Rein It In

    REIN IT IN (The A Circuit #4) by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Morning Star

    THE KATERINA TRILOGY, VOL. III: THE MORNING STAR by Robin Bridges

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Nazi Hunters

    THE NAZI HUNTERS by Neal Bascomb

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Believe

    BELIEVE by Sarah Aronson

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Carolrhoda Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Iron Fey Volume One

    THE IRON FEY VOLUME ONE by Julie Kagawa

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Promise Me Something

    PROMISE ME SOMETHING by Sara Kocek

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This Is How I Find Her

    THIIS IS HOW I FIND HER by Sara Polsky

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    As this post is insanely long already I’m going to keep this section brief. Or at least I’ll try to be brief….

    I can’t believe I will be the owner of all twelve releases I’ve spotlighted by Monday Midnight. This makes me both excited and nervous about the size of my TBR pile.

    And with twenty-one other books releasing this week that caught my eye, I’m thinking I should have budgeted just a little bit more for books this week, as I just know I’ll be clicking to buy a few of them.

    While next week may not be as “bad” as this week, I know of at least six books I’m adding to my collection next week already. So it’s very possible I have just as many, if not more, books pre-ordered that will be releasing next week. *GULP.*

    Fortunately I have read one of the books releasing this week already, and will hopefully have four others read by the end of the week. But that, for now, remains to be determined.

    Anyway….

    I promised to keep this short – for me – so I will just end by saying that I hope you have a few books, or more, releasing this week that will be added to your collection. And I hope that your TBR pile won’t be quite as crazy as mine will be over the next two or three weeks.

    And if there is a YA title I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments… though I’ll be a little scared if there is.

    As ever, happy reading and happy book buying!

    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 #134

    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 July 23rd-July 29th that I have pre-ordered.

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    A Darkness Strange and Lovely

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    A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY by Susan Dennard releases in the U.S. today, July 23, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY is the second book in author Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly series. The third and final book in the series, currently untitled, is due in 2014.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY releases today and that it will be downloading to my Kindle any second. While I have the last twenty-five percent or so of the first book in the series to finish reading, I can’t wait to do so and dive right into this sequel.

    I absolutely loved meeting Eleanor and going back in time to the eighteen hundreds to a Philadelphia with a bit of a zombie problem. The author’s writing was instantly captivating and her characters were ones I immediately adored. And I can’t wait to continue this series and find out what happens in the aftermath of the war and learn just what this darkness is that’s “lurking.”

    The description teases that Eleanor will be “forced to make a deadly decision” which makes me even more anxious about what will transpire in this sequel. I am hopeful that I will be able to sneak A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY onto the pile next week so that I can find out just what she decides.

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    OfBeastAndBeauty

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    OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay releases in the U.S. today, July 23, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

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    I am currently reading an eGalley of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, but I’m still totally stoked that my finished eBook copy will be downloading to my Kindle today. I absolutely love this story by author Stacey Jay and I’ve been so excited for its release since I first read the description.

    The world is enchanting and I can’t wait to find out just what happens with Isra and Gem as the story progresses. So far it’s not quite what I imagined it would be… but it’s even better than I hoped it could be.

    And I don’t want to say any more. As I am currently reading it. And I don’t want to guess as to what will happen at the story’s end. I don’t want to be wrong. And, mostly, I don’t want to be tempted to take a sneak peek further along in the story to find answers.

    OF BEAST AND BEAUTY is on my reading pile this week – it’s actually just waiting for me to return to reading it – and I hope to finish it on Wednesday, if not before.

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    Undercurrent

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    UNDERCURRENT by Paul Blackwell releases in the U.S. today, July 23, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime or two for UNDERCURRENT to be released. The fact that it will be mine to read in just a few moments makes me so unbelievably happy.

    And if it weren’t for the fact that I’m reading an amazing book right now I’d totally be picking this book up the instant it downloads. But I’m thinking this will be my next read.

    As it was the book I spotlighted for my Book Watch post a few weeks back, I am not going to go on and on and on about it in this post. But I just have to say that I can’t wait to be thrilled, I can’t wait for the suspense, I can’t wait to have my mind bended, and I can’t wait to meet Callum Harris and learn just what exactly happened when he went over the falls.

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    The Fury

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    THE FURY by Alexander Gordon Smith releases in the U.S. today, July 23, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 688 pages.

    THE FURY is the first book in author Alexander Gordon Smith’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, THE STORM, was recently published in the UK and should be available in the U.S. next year.

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    I absolutely love author Alexander Gordon Smith’s writing and I can’t wait to embark upon THE FURY, the first book in this new-to-the-U.S. series of his. I received an eCopy for review, but I’ll be much happier reading the finished copy on my Kindle.

    I’d been waiting to dive into this new series until after I finished reading the author’s first series. But I am still loathe to finish the Escape from Furnace series as I don’t want to know how it ends. I don’t want to find out what happens with Alex. And as the epilogue sounds just so ominous, I’m terrified of having my heart broken. So I may have to start reading THE FURY before I take the plunge.

    The description sounds amazing. Terrifying. Electrifying. And I can’t wait to find out what Cal, Brick and Daisy discover and what the price for survival will be.

    I am not at all daunted by the length of this book, but I think I’m going to save this one for when I go on vacation in a couple of weeks. It’ll be the perfect escape.

    Other Books of Note

    Starglass

    STARGLASS (Starglass #1) by Phoebe North

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    OCD Love Story

    OCD LOVE STORY by Corey Ann Haydu

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A Really Awesome Mess

    A REALLY AWESOME MESS by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Shadows of Glass

    SHADOWS OF GLASS (Ashes Trilogy #2) by Kassy Tayler

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A print bind-up of the eNovellas

    Secret Histories

    SECRET HISTORIES (Lorien Legacies – The Lost Files #4-6) by Pittacus Lore

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Contaminated

    CONTAMINATED by Em Garner

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong

    THE COUNTERFEIT FAMILY TREE OF VEE CRAWFORD-WONG by  L. Tam Holland

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Extremities

    EXTREMITIES: Stories of Death, Murder and Revenge by  David Lubar

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A two-in-one bind-up

    Chain Letter

    CHAIN LETTER (Chain Letter, The Ancient Evil) by  Christopher Pike

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I actually think I have CHAIN LETTER pre-ordered. And as I already had all the eNovellas in the Lorien Legacies downloaded to my Kindle I don’t need the printed version. But I’m very tempted by OCD LOVE STORY and EXTREMITIES, which I just might have to order once I take a longer look.

    But for now I’m totally stoked about the four books I have on order and I can’t wait to read each and every one of them this summer. And so that I can get back to OF BEAST AND BEAUTY I will end this post sooner than I might have. Yeah, it’s just that good.

    So….

    I hope you have a few awesome titles pre-ordered. I hope that either Amazon or Barnes & Noble delivers them on release date so you won’t have to wait. And I hope that when you do get to read them they are every bit as amazing as you hoped they’d be.

    Happy book collecting!

    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 #86

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

    These are books for the week of August 21st-August 27th that I have pre-ordered.

    Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto will be released in the U.S. on August 21, 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 Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 432 pages.

    Heaven is the third and final book in Alexandra Adornetto’s Halo series.

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    I own the first two books in the series so of course I had to pre-order Heaven, the final one, to complete the collection. But I haven’t yet had a chance to read any of them. So I will not be taking a look at the Goodreads description for this final book like I did for book two.

    I discovered this series before I started blogging when desperately looking for books about angels. I wish-listed Halo as it sounded so amazing, but there was a long wait until release date. So when it finally was released, I was caught up in stories of demons and dark magic and did not get Halo moved to the top of the pile.

    And then I started blogging.

    I love that these stories were written by such a young writer. And I love that the stories are about good and evil. I can’t wait to meet Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany and I hope their stories end well and that all of them have made it into this final book in the series.

    At least, with all three books available to read back-to-back-to-back I won’t have to wait anxiously for each installment. While I won’t be able to read them this fall, I think these will make the perfect reads this winter and I can’t wait.

    The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore will be released in the U.S. on August 21, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-0rder online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    The Rise of Nine is the third full-length book in the Lorien Legacies series by the author.

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    I am super excited to finally get the chance to dive back into this series. I’d read the first book in the series last year just prior to the release of The Power of Six, but I hadn’t had a chance to read that second book at the time. Both books are in my eBook collection, and now, thanks to the publisher, I have them in print, as well.

    Because I’m already hooked on this series I had to pre-order this third full-length book, The Rise of Nine. I can’t wait to read this latest installment and its predecessor to find out just what has been going on with the escapees fight against those who are after them.

    I did take a peek at the description a little while back, but now that I will be reading it shortly I don’t want to accidentally risk reading any spoilers. But I am excited to get back into the world and find out if they’ve all survived.

    While my Kindle pre-order will be downloading on Tuesday, I’ll likely read the ARC I received from the publisher when I jump back into the series next week.

    Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus will be released in the U.S. on August 21, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I just talked about this book yesterday as it’s on My Reading Pile this week so I won’t say too much more here. But I’m, so, so excited to read it. Which I will be doing tonight as I have the ARC. But, my pre-order eBook will be downloading on Monday night so I may switch to that if I haven’t finished devouring this book by then.

    As I said before, I love these authors’ books and writing. They collaborate so incredibly well I would never have imagined there were two voices that contributed to the stories. Their ability to tell a story is effortless and I cannot wait to get caught up in this latest release.

    And I’m super glad that I don’t have to wait until tomorrow to do so!

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    Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates

    Pub. Date: August 21, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    I am so glad it’s another quiet release week. Though this is the quiet before the storm. Because next week and the week after that are so incredibly filled with the new releases I have on order that they take up almost two pages of my list of pre-order eBook downloads at Amazon.

    I plan on having two of these three books read before the first of September and so there is just the one book getting added to my longer-term TBR shelf. So that’s somewhat of a relief, as I will be drowning in new release titles on both August 28th and September 4th with no real hope of catching up any time soon!

    I hope you found some exciting, delectable, enchanting, bewitching, action-packed, torturous, dreamy or nail-biting books to add to your collection this week. And…

    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 #73

    Apparently the post office did it again and lost the remaining eight books I traded for. I’m really starting to suspect this post office…. Well, while not okay, I still got two seriously amazing books in the mail this week.

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    At the top of the pile is Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens. I received an ARC from the author from a giveaway she had on her website. As I’ve loved every single book I’ve read by this amazing author I couldn’t help but be super excited to get a chance to read her next book. I definitely plan on adding it to the pile next week.

    I also received an ARC of Rift by Andrea Cremer for review from the publisher Penguin Young Readers Group. I have the book pre-ordered, which comes out on Tuesday, but I will be reading this version for review next week.

    Well, it looks like my reading pile is set for next week, but…

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

    (August 5 – August 11, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I read this book last year but hadn’t reviewed it. I am re-reading it for review and as a refresher so that I can read the next two books in the series this week.

    From what I remember, the story was super cool. I loved the premise. And I loved meeting Number Four. It was definitely a different sort of book for me, but I found it incredibly engaging.

    Of course I’m curious to see what my re-read experience will be like.

    Next up on the pile is The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore. I had received an unsolicited early copy of this book last year which prompted me to buy the first book in the series. While I hadn’t gotten the chance to read this second book in the series, I did purchase the eBook and it’s been on my list of “really want to read” books along with all the short stories in the Lorien Legacies series.

    I have been waiting quite some time to meet Number Seven. And I can’t wait to finally get a chance to this week.

    I can’t even imagine where this series is heading, but I want to find out who the girl is in Number Seven’s dreams. I want to know whether she is real and whether they do meet. And I want to know just what kinds of powers she has.

    I decided to add a third book to the pile this week and that is The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore. It may be a bit ambitious and I may end up reading it next week instead, but I wanted to be able to try and read all three books in this series back-to-back-to-back.

    My only concern is that I won’t want to put any of the books down, which will make for a difficult time reviewing them if I wait.

    I only took a glance at the description for this third book in the series as I don’t want to risk reading any spoilers for The Power of Six. But I believe this book is told from Number Six’s perspective and I really can’t wait to hear Number Six’s story and see how the series has progressed.

    I am hoping this book will be action-packed and full of surprises, though I guess I’ll find out when I read it later this week.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    It’s more of a will be reading than a wishful thinking read, as there’s no way I can pass up the chance to read it, but I am so looking forward to Biting Cold by Chloe Neill, which releases this week.

    I probably should not be going off pile to read it, but there’s no way I can miss the chance to see what’s going on with Ethan and Merit. So, I think, for once, a wishful thinking read will be more than a wish.

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    Those left behind:

    I didn’t read either of my books from last week, but I will be reading them this week as I have some time off work and hope to spend much of that time relaxing and reading. I just hope I’ll be as productive with my reviews….

    I did end up reading Onyx last week and it was so incredibly awesome. So awesome. Now I am even more desperate to get my hands on Opal, the next book in the series. I will have my review up later this week as I’m on the ONYX Blog Tour, I just have to finish writing it… and editing out a few of  the “oh Daemon” comments I may have made throughout.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I was goaded into requesting a book from NetGalley, The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, as I was told it was awesome and that I had to request it. Thanks Jaime. So now I just have to read The Iron Knight which I kept putting down because I didn’t want the series to end.

    And while The Iron Prince is about Ethan, there are a few of my favorite characters from The Iron Fey series that I love that will be making an appearance in this book. Yay!

    Between the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, the Olympics and work, I haven’t gotten any time to read during the week. As I will be on vacation this week I hope to catch up on my reading because there are some seriously amazing books sitting on my TBR pile right now.

    I really wish I could figure out how to build more hours into a day. If anyone knows just how to do that, I’d love to know.

    Anyway….

    I hope you’ve received some amazing books this week and have a few awesome books on your pile. Happy reading!

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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: September

    Yes we’re back with this month’s “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.

    I know I’m a little late this month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff! And since I am a little late, I’ve included a peek at an October release I can’t wait for.

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    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series. The title really says it all. According to the description, when Ethan Wate returns home, Gatlin has gone haywire and is in complete chaos. If that wasn’t enough, his dreams, which are haunted, don’t seem to be staying dreams anymore.

    But the worst thing of all is that the description promises, “this time there won’t be a happy ending.”

    Oh. No.

    To get a look at the first thirteen pages, CLICK HERE.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book in a new series of the same name. The second book, Crown of Embers is slated for publication in 2012 and the third book, The Bitter Kingdom in 2013.

    This is the story of a girl who is meant to fulfill a prophecy, who is secretly married to a king and whose enemies hunt her. It’s a story of a princess who meets a man who sees her differently from everyone else and to whom she may just fall in love.

    I’m intrigued.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Enthralled by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Vincent and many, many more, will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Enthralled is an awesome collection of paranormal stories written by some of the top authors in the genre, including Rachel Vincent, Claudia Gray, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, with the common thread of “journeying” to tie them together.

    This has been a book I’ve been dying to get my hands on for months. I’m glad the wait is now less than two weeks.

    To get a nice long look inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Cold Kiss is author Amy Garvey’s young adult debut and it sounds absolutely heartbreaking. Wren loses her boyfriend in a car accident. She brings him back from the dead, but it sounds as if Danny isn’t quite who he used to be and she begins to fall for someone else.

    No matter what she chooses to do, I can’t imagine any of those choices being easy or being painless, and I do expect there might be some tears involved with this read.

    Once again HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Beautiful Days is the second book in the Bright Young Things series. If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (See the very next Extra in this post.)

    This series is set in 1929 during the Jazz Age in New York and follows Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur and Astrid Donal. This sequel continues their story during an age when the nights are filled with parties and excitement.

    And with a description that hints at even more danger, heartbreak and romance, this is a new series I can’t wait to discover.

    To get a sneak peek courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen was released in the U.S. on October 12, 2010.

    This is the first book in a series set during the Jazz Age in 1929 New York. Two small town girls, Cordelia and Letty, head to the big city, one seeking stardom and the other trying to track down her father. And when they arrive, they discover a world that is opulent, exciting and dangerous.

    The story also introduces Astrid, a beautiful and wealthy flapper, who comes from a family with much to hide. Bright Young Things is just the beginning of each of their stories.

    Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and includes Bonus Material.

    To download the eBook from Amazon, CLICK HERE.

    To download the eBook from Barnes & Noble, CLICK HERE.

    Fateful by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    This new book, with its beautiful cover, by author Claudia Gray is set aboard the Titanic where the passengers consist not only of humans, but of werewolves. While the future of the ship is certain, the fates of Tess, the main character, and Alec, the boy she falls in love with, are not.

    Whether it’s Alec’s dark past or the ship’s tragic end, things do not look promising for the future of these two characters, who have the odds seriously stacked against them.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    Drink Slay Love sounds like it will be a whole lot of fun and a story filled with all sorts of sarcastic goodness. The main character is a teenage vampire who happens to develop a conscience after being stabbed by a unicorn. A unicorn! And since she is able to see her reflection and walk around during the day, she may just be becoming human.

    As someone who is now straddling both worlds, she’ll eventually have to make a choice who to side with.

    And according to the description there will also be a few “gorgeous vampires,” and “handsome were-unicorns.” Yum?

    To take a peek inside on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    And for another chance to take a peek at some of the books that are available now, check them out, below.

    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey was released in the U.S. today, September 8, 2011.

    This story had me hooked from its opening lines, which coincidentally can be found in the long look inside provided by the publisher. Braden Michaels leaves for Belle Dam in an attempt to protect his Uncle. What he finds there, aside from the utterly gorgeous Trey, is a town that is in the middle of a feud.

    The line has been drawn between two families of powerful witches. Jason Thorpe on the one side and Catherine Lansing on the other.

    And caught somewhere in the middle of it all is Braden, with an incredible power that is important that he hide. Witch eyes. Which give him ability to see the world as it actually exists and to unravel any magic spell he encounters.

    To get a look at the first five chapters of Witch Eyes, which released today, CLICK HERE.

    Vanish by Sophie Jordan was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This is the second book in the Firelight series by author Sophie Jordan. As I haven’t yet read the first book, I’ve been hiding from all conversation about this sequel and have refused to look at the description for fear of spoilers.

    But if this sequel is anything like Firelight is described, then this story will be just as magical and heartbreaking as the first and will continue the story for Jacinda, a girl descended from dragons, and Will, a hunter and enemy of her kind.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Pitch Dark’s Dark Days Sampler features excerpts from Supernaturally, Fateful, Cold Kiss, A Beautiful Dark and Eve. It was released on September 6, 2011.

    When I noticed this on Amazon last week I had to pre-order it. Although I have all the upcoming books pre-ordered, own a few of the ARCs, and have already read one of them, I just couldn’t pass up this free eBook sampler.

    While I have links in this post to excerpts of a couple of the books in the sampler, those links are to online reads, and by downloading the sampler you can take it with you almost anywhere.

    It is currently available as a free Kindle eBook download at Amazon, HERE.

    The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This book’s description tells a rather heartbreaking tale. It is the story of a teenage girl who loses her parents and her brother in a car accident. Her life in turmoil, she develops a connection with the boy whose mother also died in the accident and whose father is in a coma.

    While this book sounds like it will be so terribly, terribly sad, I am hopeful that the connection these two characters make will bring a spark of joy to this tragic story.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    Blood Bound is an utterly addicting new series by author Rachel Vincent, aimed at an adult audience. This new world she created in the Unbound series is dark, gritty and electrifying.

    In this world, filled with the Skilled who have the ability to track you down with something as simple as a name, the danger of being found and bound to one of the two crime families that control the city is always present.

    This first book is Liv and Cam’s story and is definitely one not to be missed.

    To take a peek at the first chapter of this book on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This sequel to I Am Number Four in the Lorien Legacies is Seven’s story. The six that remain of the original nine who escaped from the Mogadorians are still in hiding. But Seven is ready to fight and has just been waiting for a sign.

    And John Smith’s escape may be just that.

    To check out the first five chapters on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    Dream Dark by Karmi Garci and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    This short eBook novella, which also includes a peek at the first five chapters of Beautiful Chaos, is the story of Link’s transformation and is set before the events in the upcoming third book in the series.

    So as not to spoil anything for those who haven’t met Link, I have been purposely vague about just what kind of transformation Link’s going through.

    But for those who want to know more, a quick peek at this novella is available, HERE.

    Haunting the Night by Mara Purnhagen was released in the U.S. on August 1, 2011.

    This novella in the Past Midnight series is set before Beyond the Grave, the third full-length book. According to the description, instead of going to Prom and spending time with her boyfriend Noah, Charlotte Silver is looking for answers about everything that happened to her and her family.

    And it seems she may just get some.

    It is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Really, what more can I say. Anyone who’s stopped by the blog knows just how much I love this book about these incredibly unique gods and goddesses and especially Ashline Wilde, a Polynesian volcano goddess with a serious kick-butt attitude.

    And for anyone looking for an ending that will absolutely rock your world, Wildefire is a book not to be missed.

    In case you haven’t yet decided to grab a copy, the publisher, Simon & Schuster, is still offering a nice peek inside, HERE.

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    I have read a few, but not all of the books in the above list. And I have grabbed all the free eBooks for both my nook and my Kindle – which at the moment is DOA – but that’s what the Kindle App is for.

    I am super excited about these upcoming releases, and for those that have already released, well, they are some of my favorites. Most of these books I either own or I have pre-ordered, but for the ones I haven’t yet have a chance to discover, getting a free download or being able to take a long look inside is such a great thing.

    So, for your reading pleasure, I’ve included them here. Happy reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #34

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

    These are books for the week of August 23rd-August 29th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, the print edition is 432 pages.

    Bloodlines is the first book in a new series by Richelle Mead set in the same world as her Vampire Academy series.

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    Of course I have this one pre-ordered. I also have the second book in this series pre-ordered. I would like nothing more than to drop everything and read this book. The Vampire Academy series is one of my most favorite young adult series and just the opportunity to be able to go back to the world, even if not to the same characters, is so unbelievably tempting.

    I can’t wait to get to know Sydney a little better. I always liked her but never really got to know her from her role in the Vampire Academy books. And I can’t imagine how well things could possibly work out for Jill Dragomir at a human school in Palm Springs.

    I’ve been trying not to get my hopes up too much that we’ll get to see what’s going on with Rose and Dimitri, but I’m prepared in the event we won’t get the chance. No matter what, I just know I’ll love this new series, but I still can’t help but keep my fingers crossed that Rose, Dimitri and Adrian will pop in every once in awhile.

    Possess by Gretchen McNeil will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Possess is one the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I have a signed ARC of this book, but I still have it pre-ordered to download to my Kindle. I did not get a chance to read it the other week, though I really wanted to, but I still plan on reading it later this summer or early this fall. This is not one I’m going to allow to sink too far down in the pile.

    This was one of the 2011 debut books that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. And as I spotlighted it for my “Book Watch” post a few weeks back I won’t be too repetitive now. But, I absolutely love this cover and the fact that the heroine in this story has the ability to banish demons. That sounds like a completely awesome power to have.

    I can’t wait to get just a little breathing room so that I can move this one back to the top of the pile, because from what I’d read so far Possess is definitely a book I will really enjoy.

    Nocturne by Christine Johnson will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Nocturne is the second book in the Claire de Lune series by Christine Johnson.

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    I have owned Claire de Lune for what seems like forever, but haven’t had a chance to read it…yet. I traded for an ARC of Nocturne some time ago in the hopes that I would be able to catch up with this series before Nocturne’s release. Sadly, I wasn’t able to.

    I have given away my ARC, but the eBook will download on Monday Midnight to join the first book on my Kindle. I haven’t let myself peek at the description on Goodreads for this sequel as I don’t want to discover any spoilers for book one, but I’m hoping it continues Claire’s story and not just the story of the pack of female werewolves she has become a part of.

    This is another series that I really don’t want to get further behind on and I hope to be able to read both books back-to-back later this fall.

    Sweetly by Jackson Pearce will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 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 320 pages.

    Sweetly is the companion book to Sisters Red in the Fairytale Retellings series by author Jackson Pearce.

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    This cover freaks me out to no end. I saw it in the bookstore this past weekend and I can see nothing but the spooky face created by the dark silhouettes of the tree branches. I’m glad that the eBook I have on pre-order doesn’t do covers justice or I think I’d have nightmares just looking at this cover. It’s definitely awesome, but so unbelievably creepy.

    I haven’t read Sisters Red but I do own it and hope to read it some day soon. But the story in Sweetly is much more appealing to me. I haven’t read many, if any, fairytale retellings, but I think a retelling of Hansel and Gretel sounds really interesting.

    From what I read in the description, I like the idea that it’s not keeping strictly to the original story, but offers something new. There’s still a boy and girl, a witch and a forest. But Gretchen sounds much more kick-a** than Gretel ever was, and instead of blindly wandering into a trap, Gretchen is ready to fight.

    But in this newly re-imagined fairytale the witch may not be the source of the danger or the missing girls. So there is a bit of a mystery and a love story in Sweetly and I can’t wait to find out more.

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Note: In eBook format, Blood Bound won’t be available for download until September 1, 2011.)

    Blood Bound is the first book in a new series for an adult audience by author Rachel Vincent.

    Published by Mira, the print edition is 4oo pages.

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    I am in the middle of Blood Bound right now and I absolutely love this new series. I haven’t read the author’s other series written for an adult audience, so this is my first introduction to her books aimed at an older crowd.

    I decided to add this book to the Releasing This Week post even though the Kindle version which I have on pre-order won’t be downloading until September 1st, because August 23rd is the book’s true release date.

    I am such a huge fan of the author and own all her books in both print and eBook format, so I wanted to add this one to my electronic family. Besides, as the ARC isn’t personally signed to me, I have already promised it to another reviewer.

    I won’t talk too much about this book now, as I will be posting my review on Wednesday, but from page one you are sucked right into Liv Warren’s dark and gritty world where she is a Tracker who can find people by the scent of their blood. And she must try to find and save her friend’s missing daughter from the dark and dangerous underworld where she’s been taken.

    I can’t wait to finish writing this post so I can get back to reading and find out how everything turns out at the end of this dark, sexy and gripping paranormal novel. And I’ll be even happier when the finished copy downloads onto my Kindle and I have it added to my permanent collection.

    The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats. (Note: Barnes & Noble also has an exclusive edition available to pre-order.)

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    The Power of Six is the second book in the Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore. (Pittacus Lore is the pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes.)

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    I had been on the fence about reading this series due to some of the negative press that surrounded the first book’s release. But when the publisher sent a copy of this second book for review I decided to accept it and purchase the first book in the series so that I could get caught up.

    I had seen the film version of book one, so I figured why not read the book. And so far I’m enjoying it much more than the movie, although I am picturing the book characters as the actors in the film. Although I’m not quite finished with I Am Number Four, as I am not one to have an incomplete collection, I decided to pre-order the eBook of The Power of Six.

    And, until I added the second book in the series to the pile, I had not been aware that this book is not about Six, but about Seven. Seven is just one of the six remaining beings from Lorien that are still alive and being hunted by the Mogadorians.

    From the description on Goodreads, it seems that Seven is still in hiding and waiting for a sign, wondering if John Smith is just that. Or if the girl from Seven’s dreams is. But Seven is not content to remain in hiding any longer and is ready to fight back.

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    The time for slow release weeks is now over. There are six new books releasing this week that I am purchasing for my collection and next week is just as crowded with new releases that I must have.

    While not all of the above books will be read in the next few weeks, I am hoping to have them all read this year. I have grand plans. But then I always do.

    Even though I have six books pre-ordered, I still feel like I’m missing something really important. I’m just not quite sure what that is. But I’ll be keeping an eye on the Twitter timeline on Tuesday for any book birthday mentions so that I might snag any of the books that I missed. Better late than never, right?

    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 #23

    I’ve decided that my mailman hates me. I’ve been waiting on sixteen books that are yet to arrive. Some have been missing for almost two months. Poor, poor books.

    But, I will not complain too much because I did get one absolutely amazing book in the mail. Ashley from What’s Your Story? sent me a signed copy of Abandon by Meg Cabot with this lovely post card. It is absolutely gorgeous. And it’s signed. The book that is.

    I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of the amazing bookmark Ashley also included with her website’s details. I’ll have to take a snap of it for next week’s post, as it’s currently holding my place in Blood Bound.

    I also wanted to show a picture of the lovely goodies I ordered from Leah Clifford’s new online shop for all things A Touch Mortal. They arrived super quick so at least I have something else to show other than my one lonely book. I’ve been using them all, which, by the way, has caused me to miss Az all the more. Now I really, really, really want to read A Touch Morbid.

    I just have this feeling that at some point next week my mailman is going to show up at the door with a bunch of my missing items, a few of which are for review. I am hoping that next weekend’s photo will be a happy one. In the meantime…

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

    (August 21-August 27, 2011)

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    First up is The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore. I received an unsolicited printed ARC from the publisher, HarperTeen, a few weeks ago and although I hadn’t read I Am Number Four, I decided to pick up a copy and review both books.

    As I’m just starting the first book in the series I’ll be reading this one in a couple of days, but I did take a peek at the description on Goodreads. I had thought that this book would be about Six, but it’s actually about Seven, a completely new character that I didn’t meet in the film version of the first book.

    So, now I am intrigued. According to the description, Seven is ready for a fight and I wonder if the six remaining beings from Lorien will be joining together and taking the fight to the Mogadorians rather than remaining in hiding as they had been.

    And I can’t wait to find out.

    To browse inside the first book in the series, I Am Number Four, on the publisher’s website, click here.

    To take a look at the first seven chapters of The Power of Six, on the publisher’s Facebook page, click here.

    Next up is Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace. I received an eARC from the author for review in anticipation of the upcoming release and blog tour for her book – my stop will be on September 3rd.

    I have been excited to finally get a chance to read another book about vampires as it seems like ages since I read one. And I’m even more thrilled to finally meet Jaren and Mirko. Yes, Brooke is the heroine, but I’m much more curious to find out if I’ll choose the nice guy or the bad boy in this series.

    Being a part of the tour has allowed me to get a longer look at the characters behind the scenes and right now I’m leaning toward Mirko. While Jaren seems like the perfectly charming, blonde-haired, blue-eyed all-American boy, Mirko seems much more dark and dangerous. Yeah, I’m definitely Team Mirko.

    But I also can’t wait to meet Brooke and see where her journey takes her in her attempt to find out who’s been trying to kill her and whether or not she is safe when the story ends. As this is the first book in the new Vampire Born series it’s still TBD whether or not there will be a cliffhanger ending. I can’t decide whether I’m excited or terrified of that possibility.

    To read the first chapter from the book’s website, click here.

    Book trailer for Descended by Blood:

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    I decided to only add two books to the pile this week since I still have to start Reading Pile #22. I’m catching up. But super slowly. I think by mid-September I’ll finally be on track.

    Sadly, I won’t be able to read books that aren’t required reads for awhile. I know Bloodlines is coming out and I’m dying to read it, I just don’t think I will get the chance until at least November. It breaks my heart a little. But then it just means there will be a shorter wait for book two, The Golden Lily, in the new spin-off series.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Bloodlines is my only wishful thinking read this week. I can’t afford to be wishfully thinking about anything right now and must remain focus on the books in the pile. But if I ever magically found myself with extra time on my hands I would use it to read this book.

    Even if the book isn’t about my two favorite characters from the Vampire Academy series, I want to dive back into that world. And even if there is no mention of them, I just know I will still love this book. If ever there was a book, author and series to be biased toward, it would be Richelle Mead’s new series.

    Those left behind:

    Yet again, everything on last week’s pile was left behind. At least I’m now mostly just one pile behind, rather than two. Of course my reviews are another story. As soon as I can get the time I must sit down and write reviews for a few of the books that I’ve read but still haven’t reviewed.

    I’m concerned about too much time lapsing or I will need to re-read those books. Because if I no longer have that connection with the book, I just can’t adequately express my opinion about it. I certainly don’t want to sound disinterested or detached about a book I loved.

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    I have been hiding from NetGalley for fear I’ll request more books and I just can’t afford to right now. Winter is quickly approaching and I don’t want to miss out on sequels of some of my favorite old and new books.

    The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of December being a month I use to catch up on favorite missed reads and read only new or upcoming books I’ve been dying to read. That sounds just so perfect.

    One of these days I’ll figure out how to properly allocate time and create a better balance between reviewing, blogging and socializing, but in the meantime I’m still trying to keep my head above water and tackle one reading pile at a time.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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