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    SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West will be released in the U.S. on February 11, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    SPLIT SECOND is the second book in Kasie West’s Pivot Point series.

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    Oh my gosh, ohmygosh ohmygosh ohmygosh I am SO excited that SPLIT SECOND by Kasie West is releasing in less than two weeks. Wait… that’s not how I usually start off these posts. But ohmygosh I cannot help it. I am so completely and totally stoked about this news.

    Okay… deep breaths… take two.

    The week of February 11th has some fantastic books releasing, but the book that jumps to the tip top of the list for me is SPLIT SECOND, the sequel to PIVOT POINT. It feels like forever and ever since I read PIVOT POINT – has it really only been a year? – but I’m just dying to find out what’s going to happen next with Addie and Laila.

    As I really don’t want to spoil the first book in the series, for those who might not have read it yet, I’m going to try to keep my rambling, and gushing, vague. But ohmygosh what are you waiting for? That book is awesome. And that ending is KILLER.

    I am so nervous about why Addie’s powers are acting up. I’m even more nervous about her going to see her Dad and running into Trevor. And I’m so very anxious about what Laila is trying to do and how it might change things…. But that’s all I’m going to say out loud. Even though I’m curious about so many other things.

    PIVOT POINT was every bit as amazing as I thought it might be. And from the description it appears that this sequel will be just as amazing, if not more so. SPLIT SECOND will be a D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) book for me on its release date and I’m getting really, really excited – if you couldn’t tell – for its upcoming release.

    So, while I am also excited about the other four titles listed below, I am the most thrilled about SPLIT SECOND‘s release. I have loved the two books I’ve read by Author Kasie West and I just know I’m going to be crazy about this sequel. Which is why I had to shine the spotlight on it and why I’m calling it the book to watch this week.

    What about you?

    Of all the books releasing the week of February 11th, is SPLIT SECOND the one you’ve been pining for the most or longest? Have you been counting down the days since PIVOT POINT’s release to find out what happens next?

    I’d love to ask about Trevor, but those of you who “met” him know any talk of all things Trevor would be seriously spoiler-y. So I’ll just ask whether you’re as intrigued by Connor as I am?

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Life can change in a split second.

    Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

    When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

    Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

    As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are four other awesome books releasing the week of February 11th:

    ALL THAT GLOWS by Ryan Graudin

    THREE (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons

    BEFORE MY EYES by Caroline Bock

    THE WORLDS WE MAKE (Fallen World #3) by Megan Crewe

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2013

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    Today is the first of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours each day for the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

    I read a ton of awesome books this year. Many from the same series by the same author. But as I was trying so very hard to keep my list to just ten, I decided to choose only one book from each series, even if I read multiple books in a particular series that I thought were amazing.

    And I couldn’t list all my favorite reads this year since one or two of them were a secret. Nor could I list all the 2013 releases I love, love, loved since I read some of them in 2012. But I’m not too sad about that, because reading them last year made creating this list just a little bit easier.

    There were also a few books I loved in 2013 that were not YA. But in keeping with my typical YA only “best” list, I didn’t include them in this post. Though I plan on posting my non-YA favorites on The Annex. Yes, I’m cheating just a little… as usual. But I just can’t seem to help myself.

    Anyway…

    It took me ages to narrow my list down from my original picks and to keep my “honorable mentions” to only four titles, just like last year. But after much hair pulling and nail-biting I was able to get it done.

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    The Best I’ve Read in 2013

    1.

    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    As sad as I was to see this series end, I still couldn’t help falling madly in love with this last installment. It was heartbreaking and nerve-wracking and exciting and heartwarming and I loved every single minute of the read.

    I especially loved the fact that I was able to become intrigued by a brand new character, that the story wasn’t rushed and that the ending didn’t leave me feeling like something was missing. It was the perfect ending to an amazing series and I couldn’t have loved it any more than I did.

    2.

    Endless Knight

    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles are completely and totally amazing. They are so my kind of books. From beginning to end in both books in this series I was utterly riveted.

    And while I didn’t think it was possible, this second book in the series was even more exciting than the first. It was darker, it was hotter, it was all sorts of sexy. The lore was fascinating. And it made me fall head-over-heels in love with Death just like I hoped it would.

    To say that I am dying for the next installment in this series would be a major understatement.

    3.

    Through the Zombie Glass

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I read both books in this series in 2013 and absolutely loved both of them. They were unputdownable reads and I couldn’t have been more surprised by the fact that I fell so completely in love with zombie books that gave a nod to Alice in Wonderland.

    Gena Showalter was incredibly creative with her stories. She did not skimp on the action. It was edge-of-your-seat exciting. And the love story was angst-filled and twisty-turny to the max.

    And as I opted to choose just one of the two books in this series as a favorite, I had to select the one that absolutely killed me in the best possible way.

    4.

    The Eternity Cure

    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I did not expect to love the Blood of Eden series more than I loved the author’s faerie books. But oh my gosh I couldn’t help myself. Dystopia and vampires are an unexpected combination but one that the author made work so amazingly well.

    The characters, the epic journey, the killer cliffhanger all worked together to make this one of my favorite books and not simply a 2013 favorite. I’m talking all-time favorite.

    5.

    Crash Into You

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I fell under Katie McGarry’s spell in 2013. She is a fan-freaking-tastic writer and her Pushing the Limits series is one of my very most favorite contemporary YA series.

    I read all three books in this series, plus the novella, in 2013, which made it very hard to choose only one of the books for my top ten list. But I had to choose Isaiah and Rachel’s story, even though I adored Noah and Echo’s story so, so much.

    Perhaps it was getting to know and love Isaiah before reading his story that made me love it that much more. Or perhaps it’s simply just that Isaiah is amazing. But whatever the reason, it is my favorite of the series and it’s definitely one of my favorite reads from 2013.

    6.

    Afterglow

    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I was devastated to see this series end. The world that Karsten Knight created was so unique and fascinating and exciting. The characters were lovable and detestable and completely and totally kick-a**. And this final installment in the series was just as phenomenal as its predecessors.

    And that ending. Oh. My. Gosh. That ending. While I can’t talk about that ending, I will just say that it gives me hope. For a certain character. Oh the possibilities.

    7.

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    STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I was so glad that I got the chance to read both books in The Cahill Witch Chronicles this year. I was completely surprised by how much I loved each of the books. They are not stories in my typical go-to genre and yet both books are among my most favorites.

    I couldn’t help but fall in love with the story, the setting, the characters. It’s a totally addictive read and one that’s definitely re-read worthy. Though even after a re-read, it’s no easier to have to wait for the next installment in the series. This I know all too well.

    8.

    The Beautiful and the Cursed

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Yet another unexpected favorite on my list is Page Morgan’s THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. If someone told me that I could fall in love with a gargoyle I would have totally rolled my eyes at them. I might have even told them that they were crazy. I would have definitely thought it.

    Well, this author made me not only fall in love with a gargoyle, but her story about them. The sequel is one of my most anticipated reads for 2014. And the wait is killing me.

    9.

    While You're Away

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I read this book in its serialized format, with just a few chapters available to read in one sitting. It was exquisite torture. This story was tantalizing and nerve-wracking and beautiful and nerve-wracking – yes I said it twice, but it needed to be said two times… if not more.

    I was made to root for a love story that I never would have thought I’d cheer for. I was made to wish and hope for a happily ever after for two characters who, at first, I didn’t think deserved one. I was anxious, I was fearful, I was tentatively hopeful and at times I was even sad. But I was keeping my fingers crossed the entire time for the slim chance that things would work out.

    10.

    A Touch Menacing

    A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Leah Clifford’s Touch Trilogy is one of my favorite series of all time. It’s so very different from anything I’ve ever read. It’s very dark. It is full of surprises. Shocking surprises. Devastating surprises. But it is wicked, wicked awesome.

    The end of this final installment in the series left me in tears. And, no, I won’t say whether they’re happy or sad tears. But if you have read this book or you’ve read any of the books in this series by this author I think you will know exactly what kind of tears there were.

    This last book was non-stop action, with more than a few punches to the face. I couldn’t devour it fast enough. It was that epic. And if I didn’t think it could get any better, the unpublished epilogue made this book that much more off-the-charts amazing for me. Holy-freaking-wow.

    Other Books I Love, Love, Loved

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    SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins

    Exciting. Sexy as heck. Captivating from start to finish. Delicious. An absolute must.

    The Testing

    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

    Gripping. Surprising. Totally addictive. A total stand-out.

    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

    Magical. Enchanting. Captivating. Epic. Fan-freaking-tastically good.

    Pivot Point

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

    Intriguing. Nerve-wracking. Unputdownable. Amazing.

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    I tried to keep my rambling to a minimum when it came to my top ten picks for 2013. But I may have gone on just a little longer than I’d planned. Oh well…

    But I just couldn’t help myself. They are my favorite reads this year… well, most of them. There are a few others…

    I will try to be a lot less wordy in the rest of the posts this week, but when it comes to favorite reads I always feel the need to go on… and on… and on.

    But now that I’m done I can’t wait to check out what your favorite reads are, so be sure to leave a link to your posts or Goodreads shelf in the Linky List that follows just below the giveaways.

    The Giveaways

    We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

    There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Review: Pivot Point

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    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West was released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON an BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    PIVOT POINT is the first book in author Kasie West’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in February 2014.

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    Goodreads description…

    Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

    Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

    In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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    PIVOT POINT is an exciting and immensely entertaining first book in author Kasie West’s new series that combines the paranormal with a mystery and offers an exciting twist on a story about difficult choices and the consequences of those decisions.

    Fast-paced, with a captivating mystery that will keep readers guessing, and a heroine whose ability proves that sometimes knowing the outcome doesn’t make the decision any easier, this story will grab readers with its distinctive premise and won’t shake them loose until they solve the puzzle and learn which future will become Addie’s reality.

    Addison Coleman is given the choice of whether to stay in the Compound where she has lived her entire life with her mother, her friends and all the rest of the residents with paranormal abilities or leave what she’s always known to join her father in the normal world, where her abilities and her past must be kept secret.

    As someone with the ability to Search the future, figuring out the right decision to make should simple. But when both futures have the potential for heartbreak, not just for Addie, choosing which future to let slip away is anything but easy.

    From start to finish, PIVOT POINT will keep readers engaged and anxious to discover just what happens along each of Addie’s potential paths. The story switches between her life in the Compound and the one among the “Norms,” furthering the plot with each peek, revealing just enough to keep readers in suspense and more than enough for readers to become invested in both potential futures and the outcome of Addison’s decision.

    Kasie West does an incredible job of keeping readers connected to the story through each of the transitions between the two parallel storylines. Each chapter ends at a logical point in the story, yet one that is compelling enough to make readers want to return to that version of the main character’s existence. And each chapter begins with a clever definition, one that makes which of Addie’s paths readers are on clearly identifiable.

    While readers will have to suspend disbelief and accept that there is only one possible outcome for each of Addison Coleman’s paths, it isn’t difficult to do so during the read. The characters – Addie, Laila, Duke and Trevor – are interesting and relatable, the writing has an easy flow, the mystery is suspenseful and knowing that only one of the two futures is possible, makes this story bittersweet.

    PIVOT POINT is an absolutely captivating must read first book in this new series that will appeal to fans of paranormal, mystery and contemporary stories alike.

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    On a personal note…

    The second I put PIVOT POINT down after I finished reading it, I wanted to do nothing more than pick it back up and re-read it. It was just that awesome. And it left me desperately wanting to know what was going to happen in the sequel.

    Because even though I wouldn’t call the end a cliffhanger, there were certain possibilities for Addie’s future that I wanted to know more about right away. But of course I’ll have to wait for 2014 like everyone else.

    I knew going in that I would love this book. Just the idea of two possible paths for the main character to take had me intrigued. Addie had her very own “choose your own adventure” with every major life decision. And getting a peek at the two options she had in this particular story was all sorts of awesome.

    I loved that the story went back and forth between the two potential futures – and I love, love, loved the chapter identifiers/definitions. I was worried that the alternating futures might keep me from being able to connect, but it did the opposite. It made me that much more anxious to find out what was happening along the one path when I was reading about the other, and that much more curious to see where the two futures intersected.

    I knew that there would be a bit of a mystery involved from having read the description. And while I was suspicious of a few of the ultimately guilty characters, I didn’t have a clue as to exactly why they were guilty or what their motivations were. So I was definitely surprised when all was revealed.

    And I also knew exactly which path I wanted Addie to take. Though I can’t say which one I wanted or whether she did end up choosing that future, or I would totally spoil the read.

    But I abso-freaking-lutely loved how one decision could have such vastly different outcomes for not only Addie’s future but for so many others. And I especially loved getting to “watch” how both decisions played out.

    PIVOT POINT is a super quick read. One I am so very tempted to read again right now, as I’m certain I missed some small foreshadowing event that I would have picked up on had I not been racing through it. I seriously love the characters’ abilities. Though not delved into fully in this first book, they are absolutely fascinating and potentially very, very dangerous. What I wouldn’t do to have one or two of them myself….

    I love the world the author created – from the Compound to the world outside with the Norms – I love her main character Addie and a certain boy, who I shall not name or it will totally reveal which path I wanted Addie to choose, and I love the way everything came together at the end.

    And I also really love that the decision Addie had to make was not an easy one, that there are so many possibilities for where this story could go in the next book, and most of all that this isn’t a standalone novel. Because I definitely want to read more by this author and I definitely want to revisit this world and these characters… well, the characters I love. Maybe not the evil ones.

    PIVOT POINT is a total must read and one of my favorite reads so far this year.

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    I got so caught up in the story that I barely made any notes, including which were my favorite passages and quotes. But there were a few that I did highlight. One that still makes me smile, but without reading it in context it wouldn’t make any sense. Much like an inside joke.

    And there is another that also makes me grin… would make any book lover grin… but I decided to choose this one instead, because it really is my most favorite.

    “Sometimes perfection reveals the lie, Addie, not the truth,” she says. I nod and wait with the others who have already completed the task.

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    My Reading Pile #101

    This was an absolutely amazing week because of a certain box of books I received in the mail. While I still haven’t received a number of expected books, I got a book that I’ve been just dying to read for ages and ages. It is also a book I’m incredibly sad to read because it is a series ending book.

    But before all that, I did get a few awesome books from a trade I made awhile back.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I seem to have an issue with saying “no” to books offered for trade. And when I saw this selection of books being offered, I couldn’t bring myself to say no. Even though I haven’t yet read the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s series or the first books in Anna Banks’ or Emmy Laybourne’s. But I will.

    So I just had to get my hands on SIEGE AND STORM, MONUMENT 14 and OF TRITON. And as I never heard back from Edelweiss about Aprilynne Pike’s LIFE AFTER THEFT, I just had to trade for a copy of that too.

    And while I’m super excited to read all of those books, the book I am most excited for is one I received signed by the author AND one that I have a spare signed copy to give away.

    Of which I am incredibly thankful to the amazing author for. She is so unbelievably generous and amazing – yes I said that already – and full of awesome.

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    Yes, that is a stack of stunningly beautiful copies of WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent. A book that I am already madly in love with although I’ve only read the first chapter before creating this post. A book I am so excited for and so devastated about. But only because it is THE END.

    No more deadly sins. No more Kaylee Cavanaugh. No more Tod Hudson. No more Avari.

    But I will be reading it this week. In fact it’s the very first book on the pile. But there is another, so….

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (February 17, 2013 – February 23, 2013)

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    With All My Soul

    First up on the pile is WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent. I knew before I even started creating this post that if it arrived in the mail I would be reading it. And likely by the time this post goes “live” I will have finished reading it.

    As much as I don’t want to see how this series ends, I do. As much as I don’t want to say goodbye to Tod Hudson and his quotable quotes, I want to. As much as I don’t want to know if Kaylee gets her happily ever afterlife, I need to. And as much as I don’t want to find out if Avari gets what he deserves, I really kind of do.

    I am terrified to find out just who that “one more person” is that’s taken from Kaylee. I’m terrified of sobbing my way through yet another book in the Soul Screamers series. I’m heartbroken that this amazing world won’t continue on for books – and years – to come.

    But I do want to know just how close to the edge Kaylee gets. I do want to meet Wrath. And I do want to see just how the author says goodbye to her characters and world.

    And I will. Even though ending this series will likely destroy me for awhile.

    What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

    After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

    But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

    Pivot Point

    Next up on the pile is PIVOT POINT by Kasie West. I’d hoped to sneak this one in last week when it downloaded but I went a bit crazy with the off-pile reads instead, and so I’ve had to add it to the pile this week.

    And as I read the first few pages, I already know that I’ll definitely be finished with PIVOT POINT before the long holiday weekend is over. Yeah it’s that good… addictive… easy to get lost in.

    I am so happy I’ll finally get to read this book that everyone is raving about. I’ll finally get to meet Addie and see which future she chooses. And I’ll finally find out just where things will leave off at the story’s end and whether I’ll be left desperate for the next book in the series.

    Though I’m pretty sure already that I’ll be desperate for book two. I already love the fact that Addie’s parents have certain abilities which do not sound ideal for parents of a teenager. And I love just how easily I was able to get caught up in the story only having read a mere handful of words.

    As soon as I finish the first book on the pile I will definitely be diving right into PIVOT POINT.

    Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

    Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

    In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I really want to read THE GODDESS LEGACY by Aimee Carter and re-read THE GODDESS TEST. I am so sad I’d fallen behind on that series and I have an early copy of THE GODESS INHERITANCE which releases next week. So I’d love to be able to start this series from the beginning and read all three books books back-to-back.

    And as I do have an extra day off this week, I’m hoping I have the chance to do just that. Wishes have to come true sometimes, right?

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    Those Left Behind:

    I did not get the chance to read BORN OF ILLUSION last week. I spent much of the week completely out of it due to illness. I was so achy I couldn’t even hold a print book for any length of time, so I was forced to read books on my Kindle which I could just prop up on its side next to my pillow.

    Which means I did go off-pile and read FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick. I then decided comfort books were the way to go and read – finally – CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS and CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare. I was – and still am – desperately in the mood to read books with characters I’ve known for years. But I was also wary of reading review books when I wasn’t feeling stellar.

    But I will be reading BORN OF ILLUSION this weekend, without a doubt. Because from what I’d read already it rocks. And I don’t want to delay the awesome.

    I am a little behind on reviews now that I’ve read all these TBR pile books. I will be writing my review for FINALE for Monday, but I’m debating on whether or not it makes sense to review the Cassandra Clare books. They’ve been out for ages, I’m a huge fan, I will love Clary and Jace for as long as I live and breathe, so I’m not sure what new thing I can add to that conversation. We’ll see….

    And I still need to write my review for OUT IN BLUE for the After Dark blog.

    So, I’m not too behind on last week’s reads, though I am starting to fall a little behind on books I need to read for review. With a ton of books releasing on March 5th, a few of which are review books and some that are DEAR (drop everything and read) books, I have my reading “work” cut out for me.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    Once again I refrained from requesting any new titles on NetGalley, but I was so tempted by 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma as I loved IMAGINARY GIRLS. But as I’m so overwhelmed by books at the moment I decided to just wait for my pre-order to download.

    And while there aren’t a ton of new titles, I did find a few that caught my eye….

    17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma (Dutton Juvenile, Mar 21, 2013)

    DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Jun 1, 2013) *ONLY for Australian bloggers*

    WITCH FIRE by Laura Powell (Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books, Jun 4, 2013)

    THE WALL by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books, Jun 4, 2013)

    KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS by Shawn Goodman (Random House Children’s Books, May 14, 2013)

    BURNING by Elana K. Arnold (Random House Children’s Books, Jun 11, 2013)

    manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (Random House Children’s Books, Apr 23, 2013)

    I am so tempted to click and request 17 & GONE, BURNING and manicpixiedreamgirl. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to hold off, but I’m really trying. I have so many titles I need to read before making new requests and I don’t want to end up where I was in 2011 with tons of unread NetGalley titles and even more unread print books.

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    I have definitely fallen back in love with reading. I was feeling that way at the start of the year, and aside from that little hiccup with the drama llama, I’m still feeling that way. And while I will always get that nervous/anxious feeling when I sit down to write my reviews, at least now it’s not this huge panic.

    If the words come, they come. If they don’t, I get lost in a book for awhile until they do.

    And while I still tend to go off-pile as often as I stay on, I love creating reading piles each week to at least try to keep me focused. Plus, it makes it that much more fun to be rebellious and go off pile for some books that demand my attention.

    Anyway… because I really want to dive into – and finish – WITH ALL MY SOUL, I am going to keep this wrap-up really short. Well… my version of “really short” anyway.

    The only thing left to do is announce the winner for my BoYC giveaway from my 100th Reading Pile post. And that is…

    Braiden @ Book Probe

    Congratulations Braiden! I think this is the first time that the first person who entered actually won one of my giveaways. Please email me with your book of choice and your address details and I’ll order it from either Amazon or The Book Depository.

    Thank you so much to everyone for sharing your reading piles last week. I loved seeing what everyone is currently reading. And even though there isn’t a giveaway this week, feel free to share your current reads in the comments or leave a link to your book haul posts so I can check them out.

    As always have an amazing reading week!

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #111

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

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    Sever

    SEVER by Lauren DeStefano will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 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 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 384 pages.

    SEVER is the third and final book in author Lauren DeStefano’s The Chemical Garden trilogy.

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    I am so excited that SEVER is releasing this week and that I’ll finally be able to read this book which I heard is an awesome conclusion to the trilogy. I loved WITHER and while I haven’t yet read FEVER I am so excited about reading these two books back-to-back.

    I heard the second book in the series was a bit of a departure from the first so I thought I’d wait until the final book was out before continuing the journey. And I’m so glad the wait is finally over. I can’t wait to see what happens to Rhine. Though I am even more curious about Linden.

    I did take a quick peek at the description and I’m dying to find out just what “everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered” means. I don’t know that there is a possibility for a happy ending, but I’m very anxious to see whether it will be bittersweet… or worse.

    The Indigo Spell

    THE INDIGO SPELL by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 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 Razorbill, the print edition is 432 pages.

    THE INDIGO SPELL is the third book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. The fourth book in the series, THE FIERY HEART, is slated for release later this year.

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    The wait is finally over and THE INDIGO SPELL is out… almost. And I’m so glad it will be downloading to my Kindle this week. While I am just a little bit behind on this series – I’ve only read about 100 pages of THE GOLDEN LILY – I’m anxious to get caught up.

    Especially after I read the first few lines in this book’s description before I shut my eyes and closed the page. Because now I am seriously desperate to find out just what “forbidden moment” there was that “rocked Sydney to her core.”

    I’m really, really hoping that it involves a certain immortal being. But I suppose I’ll have to finish reading TGL to find out. Which I plan on doing this month… maybe next week.

    Because, even though there are quite a few books still left in this series, I miss Richelle Mead’s world and characters. I miss getting those tiny peeks at just what’s going on with Rose and Dimitri. And I really, really miss Adrian.

    As I refuse to read any more of this book’s description I’ll have to wait until I finish THE GOLDEN LILY to know just what might be happening in THE INDIGO SPELL. But I have a feeling that the wait won’t be too much longer.

    The Gathering Dark

    THE GATHERING DARK by Christine Johnson will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013 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, the print edition is 512 pages.

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    The first thing that grabbed me was the title for THE GATHERING DARK. It immediately drew me in for a closer look. And while I would have most likely pre-ordered it just because it’s penned by author Christine Johnson, there is no doubt I would have purchased it after reading the description.

    I am just dying to find out what Walker is. I want to know just why Keira’s visions intensify when she confides in him. And I want to know exactly what her “visions” are if they’re not actually visions.

    I love stories where there is an “electric connection” and I cannot wait to read about the connection between Keira and Walker and what it means for the characters.

    I am hopeful of reading THE GATHERING DARK early next month because I am totally intrigued by this book and have been for many, many months.

    The Lives We Lost

    THE LIVES WE LOST by Megan Crewe will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and in hardcover format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 288 pages.

    THE LIVES WE LOST is the second book in author Megan Crewe’s Fallen World series.

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    I have yet to read the first book in the Fallen World series but just had to pre-order THE LIVES WE LOST. This series just sounds so amazing and I cannot wait to read both books back-to-back.

    THE WAY WE FALL sounds chilling but also hopeful. And this sequel – yes I took a peek – sounds even more epic than the first. In this world decimated by this virus, I am already rooting for Kaelyn to find a way to replicate the vaccine and to save the remainder of the human race.

    The description promises this sequel is “action-packed” and talks of sacrifice and lost love. And I cannot wait to get lost in this world later this month. THE WAY WE FALL and THE LIVES WE LOST sound like the perfect way to spend a day… all the while being very, very glad that Kaelyn’s reality is not mine.

    Pivot Point

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    PIVOT POINT is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Kasie West. The second book, as yet untitled, is slated for release in February 2014.

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    I have heard nothing but amazing things about PIVOT POINT. I’ve had this book pre-ordered forever. And while I’d hoped to get the chance to read it early, I’m really glad it’s downloading this week. Because I WILL sneak in a read before the week is over.

    As I’ve already talked about PIVOT POINT endlessly – both for my Book Watch post and for the Blog Tour I was on last week – I won’t say much more. Other than I cannot wait until this downloads and I can finally meet Addison Coleman and see which version of the future she decides to make her reality.

    I will be reading it this week, even though I didn’t add it to the pile, as I am already finished with one of the two books I had added. So, yeah, I will definitely be reading it before week’s end.

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    DANCE OF SHADOWS by Yelena Black will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 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 Children’s Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    DANCE OF SHADOWS is the first book in author Yelena Black’s Dance of Shadows trilogy.

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    I am so thrilled I got to read DANCE OF SHADOWS just a little bit early. It was a super quick and exciting read and I’m happy to add it to my collection this week. I’d pre-ordered it the moment I saw the gorgeous cover, even before I’d read it. And I’m so glad that I did.

    As I read it and reviewed it I won’t say too much more. Because I already know what happens with Vanessa. I know what happens when she dances. I know the truth behind the disappearance of her sister. And I know who is trustworthy – Justin or Zep.

    I am very curious where this series will lead next. While I’ve said before that I thought it would have been an awesome standalone, I very much enjoyed the author’s writing and cannot wait to see where she plans on taking this series and her characters.

    But I suppose I’ll have to wait a year to find out just what happens next.

    Breaking Point

    BREAKING POINT by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    BREAKING POINT is the second book in author Kristen Simmons’ Article 5 series.

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    I have not yet read ARTICLE 5 but now that BREAKING POINT is releasing this week I definitely plan on remedying that. I’ve had this sequel pre-ordered for months and months and I’m so excited that it’s finally releasing.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description for this sequel, but only a very quick one as I don’t want to spoil just what happened in book one. But I just couldn’t help myself, because I really want to finally meet Ember and Chase and see just what life is like for them in this overly restrictive dystopian society.

    The description calls this series “fast-paced” and “gripping” and I cannot wait to devour both books. Of course that means I’ll have to suffer the wait for the third book in the series, as I don’t think I’ll be able read slowly enough to make the gap between books disappear.

    I hope to be able to read these books in March as I am very much in the mood for dystopia. And as I thought the trailer looked pretty awesome I just had to include it here….

    Other Books of Note

    Arcadia Burns

    ARCADIA BURNS (Arkadien #2) by Kai Meyer

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Out of the Easy

    OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Philomel

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Override

    OVERRIDE (Glitch #2) by Heather Anastasiu

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Feral Nights

    FERAL NIGHTS by Cynthia Leitich Smith

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Hattie Ever After

    HATTIE EVER AFTER (Hattie #2) by Kirby Larson

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Revel

    REVEL by Maurissa Guibord

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Notes from Ghost Town

    NOTES FROM GHOST TOWN by Kate Ellison

    Pub. Date: February 12, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I have way too many books pre-ordered. Seven. At least I think it’s seven. As it’s nearly impossible to tell since Amazon changed the way you can look up your open digital orders. But I am pretty sure I also have NOTES FROM GHOST TOWN pre-ordered after I discovered it the other week on NetGalley. So… eight.

    I am trying so hard not to buy sequels until I’ve read the first book in the series – which is why ARCADIA BURNS and OVERRIDE are only books of note for the moment. But I’m so very tempted to purchase both books on release date. I hate not having a completed series in my collection.

    Though I caved when it came to SEVER, THE INDIGO SPELL, THE LIVES WE LOST and BREAKING POINT, because I just know I’ll be reading those books in the next month or two at the very latest.

    The longer I keep blogging the closer my eBook collection gets to the 1500 books mark. In fact, I might be at… or over… that mark. But I’ve been too scared to look too closely. Especially since I know – given the number of books I’ve read in 2011 and 2012 – that I am not anywhere near that number of books actually read.

    I don’t want to go on a book buying ban, but I seriously have to try and be more selective of the books I do purchase. I just don’t think I can. Because there are so many amazing books releasing each week. And I hate not having the option to read them whenever I feel like it.

    Anyway… I hope you are able to add one or two amazing books to your collection this week. I don’t think I missed any new titles. But if I did, please let me know!

    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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    Pivot Point Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

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    When I was invited to be a part of the PIVOT POINT Blog Tour hosted by Mundie Moms I was totally stoked. And of course I said yes. Because PIVOT POINT is one of my most anticipated reads.

    And even though I haven’t yet read it, release date is right around the corner and I will be reading it when it releases next week. Unless I manage to wrangle a copy just a few days before release date. Because this would totally be a D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) book.

    I’ve already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post just the other week and now I only have a week left to count down until I’ll be able to discover for myself just how awesome this book is. And judging by the short excerpt I have to share with my post, PIVOT POINT is going to be amazing.

    It’s definitely a “me” book with characters I just know I’m going to love.

    In addition to the excerpt, I have all sorts of information about the book and author, below, so that you can decide for yourself if PIVOT POINT is a book you’ll want to move to the top of your TBR pile when it releases.

    I also have a shared giveaway in which two copies of PIVOT POINT are up for grabs – US only – so be sure to check it out below.

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    About the Book

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    Title: PIVOT POINT
    Author: Kasie West
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 352
    Release Date: February 12, 2013
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

    In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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    GOODREADS AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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    “Kasie West is a master of suspense. The unique structure–seeing two alternate realities playing out at once–leaves you pleading with the characters, don’t answer that phone, don’t go to that house, don’t talk to that person. PIVOT POINT is at once tense and romantic, challenging and engaging. It’s a truly remarkable debut.”

    (Robison Wells, Author of VARIANT)

    “West’s debut is an expertly plotted, delightfully clever story. Addie’s dual realities pull the reader along to a startling—and devastatingly unavoidable—finale. I can’t wait for the next book!”

    (Kiersten White, New York Times Bestselling Author of PARANORMALCY)

    “With superb storytelling, a masterful blend of paranormal and normal, a helping of wit and humor, and a mouth-watering romance, PIVOT POINT is one of the most delicious books I’ve read.”

    (Elana Johnson, Author of POSSESSION)

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    About the Author

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    I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time.

    My debut novel, PIVOT POINT, will be published by HarperTeen on February 12, 2013, followed by its sequel in 2014. I also have a contemporary, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, coming out in the Fall of 2013 with HarperTeen.

    My agent is the talented, funny, and sometimes crazy, Michelle Wolfson.

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    GOODREADS | WEBSITE | TWITTER

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    Kasie West will be live and in person at…

    February 12th – Book launch in Fresno, CA at the Barnes and Noble in Riverpark (7849 N Blackstone Ave) at 6pm.

    February 13th – Book launch in Salt Lake City, UT at The King’s English Bookshop (1511 South 1500 East) at 7pm.

    February 14-16 – At LTUE in Provo, UT. Participating in a group signing on Friday night.

    February 19th – Signing with Kiersten White (for her book launch of MIND GAMES) at the Carlsbad, CA Library (1775 Dove Lane) at 7pm.

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    He readjusts his position on the floor, but it doesn’t seem to make him any more comfortable. “I never did give you that zombie quiz on Friday.”

    “That’s because you were too busy driving strangers to my house.”

    He groans. “I thought you might’ve been mad about that. Sorry.”

    “Yeah, well, you’ve known me for such a long time. You should be able to read my looks by now. Glaring at you in the rearview mirror, like this, means: ‘You will die if you take people to my house. Come up with an alternate solution.'” I give him an example of the look.

    “Good to know. I’ll start a list.”

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    This awesome tour started yesterday over at Fangirlish. You can click any of the links below to check out the other stops on tour or click the “Tour Schedule” Banner to be taken over to the Mundie Moms Blog Tour site for more details.

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    Feb. 4 – Fangirlish – Kickoff + Excerpt

    Feb. 5 – Fiktshun – Excerpt {You’re Here}

    Feb. 6 – Mundie Moms – Review

    Feb. 7 – Page Turners – Excerpt

    Feb. 8 – A Trail of Books Left Behind – Review

    Feb. 11 – Emily’s Reading Room – Review

    Feb. 12 – Anna Reads – Excerpt

    Feb. 13 – Words, Pages and Books – Review

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    • This tour also includes a giveaway for a chance to win one of TWO copies of PIVOT POINT.
    • The giveaway is for US residents only and you must be 13 or older to enter.
    • The Rafflecopter is the same on all the blogs but be sure to check out all the stops for more chances to win!

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Book Watch: Pivot Point

     

    Pivot PointPIVOT POINT by Kasie West will be released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    PIVOT POINT is the first book in a new series of the same name. The second book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    Before I even took a look at what books were releasing the week of February 12th I knew I’d be choosing PIVOT POINT as the book to watch this week. And even though there are some seriously amazing titles releasing that week, I still stand by my choice.

    Because this book sounds absolutely amazing. Aside from the fact that Addie’s ability is so incredibly cool – to be able to look into the future whenever she has a choice to make and see the end result for both decisions – there are two potential love stories, a murder investigation and a “dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear.”

    I cannot wait to meet Addie and find out which path she decides to take. I am so excited to see how things unfold with each of the two options she is presented with. I want to see what her life will be like with Trevor, the artist and what it would be like with the quarterback.

    As awesome as her ability might normally be, knowing both outcomes in this story sounds like it is anything but. It sounds like her decision will not be at all easy. And it sounds like things have the potential to be heartbreaking no matter what decision she makes.

    I first heard of this book a couple of months ago and knew that this was one of those books I’d consider a “must read.” I’m fascinated by stories and movies with alternate endings and alternate paths. And I seriously love, love, love the idea of getting to take a peek at both of them in this book.

    I have no idea which path I’d choose for Addie just yet, but I just know I will be torn up about her only being able to pick one. And I am so super excited that this book will be releasing in less than three weeks. I’ve been waiting forever already.

    From the cover to the title to the description I am just dying to get this book on my reading pile. And while there are so many other wicked awesome books releasing the week of February 12th, SEVER and THE INDIGO SPELL among them, I am most excited to read PIVOT POINT by Kasie West.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

    Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

    In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are quite a few other seriously awesome books releasing the week of February 12th:

    THE INDIGO SPELL (Bloodlines 3#) by Richelle Mead

    SEVER (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano

    DANCE OF SHADOWS (Dance of Shadows #1) by Yelena Black

    BREAKING POINT (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons

    THE LIVES WE LOST (Fallen World #2) by Megan Crewe

    ARCADIA BURNS (Arkadien #2) by Kai Meyer

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