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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!