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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #129

    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 June 18th-June 24th that I have pre-ordered.

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    STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    STAR CURSED is the second book in author Jessica Spotswood’s Cahill Witch Chronicles. The third book in the series does not yet have a title or release date scheduled.

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    I am so excited that STAR CURSED is releasing this week and that it will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I absolutely loved this second book in the author’s Cahill Witch Chronicles and after that ending….

    Oh. My. Gosh. The not knowing when the next book in the series will be releasing is going to kill me. And of course the not knowing what will happen next is already driving me out of my mind. That ending is killer.

    And now that I’ve fallen madly in love with this series and its characters I want that next book now. Desperately.

    STAR CURSED was such an amazing follow-up to BORN WICKED and reading both books back-to-back was absolutely divine. I have only positive things to say about this series, the writing, the story, the characters and both books’ endings. And this sequel was filled with all sorts amazing – suspense, action, romance, betrayal.

    As I have already read STAR CURSED very recently I won’t be reading it again right when it releases, but I will be reading it again before the next book in the series comes out. And it’s most definitely a series worth reading again and again and again.

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    Tarnish

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    TARNISH by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 448 pages.

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    Anne Boleyn is quite a fascinating historical figure and I’m totally stoked that TARNISH is releasing this week so that I can check out how author Katherine Longshore tells her tale.

    As I’ve only read paragraphs in my history books about her, and not a biography, I’m very curious to see her life as a story rather than a bunch of facts and dates on a page.

    I love that this author combines history and fiction to create stories full of intrigue and heartbreak. She brings history to life and makes these people from the past far more three-dimensional than a simple history lesson could ever do.

    As I have a few books I must read in the next few weeks, I won’t get to read TARNISH immediately. But I definitely plan on adding it to the pile some time in July. Because I really want to “meet” the young Anne Boleyn.

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    Proxy

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    PROXY by Alex London will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 384 pages.

    PROXY is the first book in author Alex London’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, GUARDIAN, is slated for release in 2014.

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    Ever since I saw the cover for PROXY by Alex London I’ve been pining for this book. And I’m so thrilled that release day is just about here and that I’ll finally get the chance to read it.

    I love the idea, horrifying as it is, that in this world there are Proxy’s who are there to take the punishments for the wealthy. It’s not a wholly unrealistic concept and I’m super curious to see what the author does with this. I’m also just so curious as to what Knox and Syd have in common that would make them try to “beat the system” and “save each other.”

    From the description, this first book in the series sounds action-packed. And I cannot wait to find out just what “debts…cannot be paid.”

    I really, really hope to be able to sneak this onto my reading pile next week. Because it sounds just so amazing. And I’ve been waiting for it for so very long.

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    Solstice

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    SOLSTICE by P.J. Hoover will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 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 384 pages.

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    This week makes me happy. SOLSTICE is releasing this week! This book sounds totally awesome and I cannot wait to sneak it onto the pile in the very, very near future so that I can take that journey to Piper’s world and see just how things spiral out of control for her.

    As I very recently spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post, I won’t go on and on about just why I want to read it. But a story in which gods are battling for control of the Underworld is one that has awesome written all over it.

    I can’t wait to meet Piper and find out what the answer to the secret is. And I can’t wait to dive into this story that is a “melding of mythology and dystopia.”

    And I’m fairly certain the wait won’t be very long because I really want to read this book. Now.

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    Defy the Dark

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    DEFY THE DARK by Saundra Mitchell, Aprilynne Pike, Carrie Ryan, Rachel Hawkins, Sarah Rees Brennan, Tessa Gratton, Christine Johnson, Valerie Kemp and Malinda Lo will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 496 pages.

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    I am really curious about this new anthology, DEFY THE DARK. The description on Goodreads is rather cryptic, but when I saw the author line-up I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    It sounds like there will be a broad spectrum of stories from a multitude of genres, but I’m guessing they’ll all tie in to the anthology’s title. And I can’t wait to check a few – or all – of them out.

    The description also hints at a mystery author. So, of course I’m dying to find out who that is. But I guess I’ll have to wait for Monday Midnight to find out. And you can bet I will be taking a peek the instant it downloads.

    Other Books of Note

    Triangles

    TRIANGLES by Kimberly Ann Miller

    Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A Trick of the Light

    A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Lois Metzger

    Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Intuition

    INTUITION (Transcendence #2) by C.J. Omololu

    Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Witch Fire

    WITCH FIRE (Burn Mark #2) by Laura Powell

    Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Winter Queen

    WINTER QUEEN (Fairy Queens #1)  by Amber Argyle

    Pub. Date: June 19, 2013

    Publisher: Starling Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Praefatio

    PRAEFATIO (Praefatio #1) by Georgia McBride

    Pub. Date: June 18, 2013 (paperback ed.)

    Publisher: Month9Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    My Sister's Reaper

    MY SISTER’S REAPER by Dorothy Dreyer

    Pub. Date: June 18, 2013 (paperback ed.)

    Publisher: Month9Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    First published in 1995

    The Watcher in the Shadows

    THE WATCHER IN THE SHADOWS (Niebla #3) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    It’s a much quieter week for releases this week. Thankfully. I only have five books pre-ordered and there are quite a few less books of note to ponder adding to my collection. Though I’m pretty certain I will be adding Lois Metzger’s book to said collection.

    But the books I am definitely adding are ones that I either know are amazing, imagine will be amazing or am so very hopeful will be amazing.

    And while I wish I’d read more than just the one book releasing this week, I’m happy to have four new books to dive into this summer penned by a few new-to-me authors.

    Anyway…

    It’s very possible that I am missing quite a few new releases this week. It’s also very likely that there will be a few surprise downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday. But for now I’m happy with the fact that it isn’t a crazy week for new releases and my TBR pile and my wallet get a short reprieve.

    Because I’m pretty sure that next week there are quite a few new releases. Many of which I have pre-ordered.

    But if there are some awesome titles hitting shelves this week, please let me know. Because, as much as I complain about my TBR pile I’d rather it be filled with wonderful bookish possibilities than empty.

    And as ever, I hope you have a few awesome titles being added to your collection this week. I also hope you have time to read one or two of them.

    Happy reading!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #124

    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 May 14th-May 20th that I have pre-ordered.

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    GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby will be released in the U.S. on May 14, 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 & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am so excited that GOLDEN is releasing this week. I have been waiting forever for its release and I’m totally stoked that I only have to wait a couple more days before I can call this book mine.

    When I first read the description ages ago, I just knew this story was one of those that would resonate with me. And I can’t wait to get the chance to follow along with Parker as she both tries to uncover the mystery behind what happened with Julianna and Shane and takes a step onto a new path for her life.

    I love author Jessi Kirby’s writing and I am curious to see just how she develops this story. I have heard this book is amazing and I cannot wait to find out for myself just how awesome it is.

    I love a mystery. I love a love story. And I especially love stories that are tragic. Hopefully I’ll get to add GOLDEN to my reading pile next week, but if not I will definitely be reading it over the long holiday weekend.

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    The Beautiful and the Cursed

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    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan will be released in the U.S. on May 14, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED is the first book in author Page Morgan’s The Dispossessed series. No information is yet available on the sequel.

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    I am totally thrilled that THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED is releasing this week and that it will download to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. While I did get the chance to read it just a little bit early it’s one of those books that are a “must have” addition to my permanent collection.

    And while I have lots and lots to say about this ahhh-mazing book, as I already talked about it in my Book Watch post a couple weeks back and I will be posting my review for it in a couple of days for the blog tour I’m on, I don’t want to say too much here.

    But… yes there is always a but… I will just say that I loved getting transported into the world that the author created. I loved getting to meet Ingrid. And I loved getting to uncover all of this story’s fascinating secrets along with her.

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    Spirit and Dust

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    SPIRIT AND DUST by Rosemary Clement-Moore will be released in the U.S. on May 14, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 400 pages.

    SPIRIT AND DUST is the second book in Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Goodnight Family series.

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    I had no clue that SPIRIT AND DUST was the sequel to author Rosemary Clement-Moore’s TEXAS GOTHIC when I pre-ordered it awhile back. While I hadn’t read that book by the author, I do own it, and I just had to add her latest title to my collection.

    I read her book THE SPLENDOR FALLS ages ago and I thought the writing was absolutely beautiful, the world was crafted exquisitely and I enjoyed its leisurely pace. I was so totally spellbound by that book that I knew I had to buy anything and everything the author wrote.

    And now that I know that her latest book is a part of a series, I definitely have to move TEXAS GOTHIC up on the pile so that I can read both of these books back to back. While I have yet to meet Amy I did read the description and I’m excited to meet Daisy.

    Mystery and magic in stories always pique my interest. So I can’t wait to get the chance to see how they combine in SPIRIT AND DUST. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to read both books in this series early this summer.

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    School Spirits

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    SCHOOL SPIRITS by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on May 14, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 304 pages.

    SCHOOL SPIRITS is the first book in a Hex Hall spinoff series by author Rachel Hawkins. No information is yet available on a sequel.

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    I am super excited for the release of SCHOOL SPIRITS. When I first learned that there would be a spinoff to the author’s Hex Hall series I knew I had pre-order it once it became available.

    The author created such a fun and utterly delightful series with Hex Hall and I can’t wait to meet her new characters in this new series. Izzy sounds like such an engaging character and I can’t wait to see how she manages to solve the mystery involving the hauntings in her new town.

    While I won’t get the chance to read SCHOOL SPIRITS this week, I definitely plan on reading it next week.

    Other Books of Note

    The Sweet Dead Life

    THE SWEET DEAD LIFE by Joy Preble

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Parallel

    PARALLEL by Lauren Miller

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Rules for Disappearing

    THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elston

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Five Summers

    FIVE SUMMERS by Una LaMarche

    Pub. Date: May 16, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Formerly Shark Girl

    FORMERLY SHARK GIRL (Shark Girl #2) by Kelly Bingham

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Caged Graves

    THE CAGED GRAVES by Dianne Salerni

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Towering

    TOWERING by Alex Flinn

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Rose Throne

    THE ROSE THRONE (The Rose Throne #1) by Mette Ivie Harrison

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Cydonian Pyramid

    THE CYDONIAN PYRAMID (The Klaatu Diskos #2) by Pete Hautman

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Yellowcake

    YELLOWCAKE by Margo Lanagan

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers – Reprint Edition

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Truth or Dare

    TRUTH OR DARE (Truth or Dare #1) by Jacqueline Green

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Poppy

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Kindness for Weakness

    KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS by Shawn Goodman

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Out of this Place

    OUT OF THIS PLACE by Emma Cameron

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Language Inside

    THE LANGUAGE INSIDE by Holly Thompson

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Year of Luminous Love

    THE YEAR OF LUMINOUS LOVE by Lurlene McDaniel

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Under the Light

    UNDER THE LIGHT (Light #2) by Laura Whitcomb

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Winger

    WINGER by Andrew Smith

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Firecracker

    FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

    Pub. Date: May 16, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Waiting Tree

    THE WAITING TREE by Lindsay Moynihan

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Diva

    DIVA (Breathing Underwater #2)  by Alex Flinn

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013 – Reprint Edition

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Rithmatist

    THE RITHMATIST (The Rithmatist #1) by Brandon Sanderson

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I thought the number of books releasing last week was insane, but this week is so much worse… or better… depending upon how you look at it. While I don’t have as many books pre-ordered this week as I did last week I just know I will end up buying quite a few of the other books of note that I listed in this post.

    THE SWEET DEAD LIFE, TRUTH OR DARE and THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING are already on my list to check out further. And all of them are books I may not be able to wait for their release day before I end up clicking to buy.

    I’m still trying to only purchase books I know I’ll be reading within a month or two, but so far that has not worked out. At all. Because I don’t want to end up forgetting about a particular “wish list” book. I’d rather own it and not read it immediately than save it for later and forget about it altogether.

    I’m just relieved that I don’t have too many new titles being added to my collection and to my reading pile this week. Last week I had so many book purchases that it will take me weeks and weeks to read them all. At least. With only four new additions and only three TBR books being added to my collection this week, the possibility of actually reading them soon is really good. That is, if I don’t end up buying more of these new release titles.

    Anyway….

    With all the new books releasing this week I hope that you don’t bust your book budget. Or if you do it’s for books that you’ve been dying to read and own.

    And I really hope I didn’t miss any new YA titles releasing this week. If I did, it means there are more than twenty-five new books coming out… and that would totally blow my mind. And my budget.

    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 #95

    It was another super quiet week at the mailbox. Or it might have been. But I won’t know until after this post goes live. There wasn’t any mail on Tuesday due to the holiday and I decided that I was only going to check my mailbox once or twice a week – Tuesdays and Saturdays – unless I was expecting something.

    So at the time of this post – which I have created early for a change – I had an empty mailbox. Again. But that’s okay. Because if you kept an eye on the new releases for January 1, 2013 you will have seen just how many awesome books released this past week, many of which are living on my Kindle just begging to be read.

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    So while I don’t have any new physical books in my hands to devour, I have plenty on my shelves and eShelves. A couple that I will be devouring this week.

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (January 6, 2013 – January 12, 2013)

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    Altered

    I couldn’t resist the chance to add ALTERED by Jennifer Rush to the reading pile this week. It downloaded on Tuesday and I keep having to fight the urge to click it to read. Even though all I see is a tiny image of the cover on my Kindle, it still calls to me.

    But, as I mentioned in my Book Watch post last weekend, it’s not just cover love. I want to meet Anna and find out how the Branch has been altering the boys – Nick, Cas, Trev and Sam.

    And I really want to find out what happens when Anna and Sam escape. Do they make it to safety? Are they caught? Do they find out about Sam’s past? Anna’s?

    This book sounds so awesome and the cover… well, you know how I feel about that. So I really cannot wait to dive into it this week.

    Spell Bound

    I am finally taking the plunge. At least I hope I am. I actually read the first thirty or so pages of SPELL BOUND by Rachel Hawkins the night it downloaded but I had a review book I had to finish. Then I decided that I just couldn’t let the series end. Not then.

    But now that there is a spin-off series, I just have to finish this one so I can start that one. And so I’m taking a deep breath and will dive in later this week. Because I really do have to find out just what happened with YKW after the ending in DEMONGLASS where YKW happened.

    Nope, I still don’t know. And nope, distance has not made me any less desperate to find out just what did happen. Because I’m still super curious to get answers. Answers that the Goodreads description does not provide.

    This would be the very first book I’d be reading for the 2103 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. And I really hope the fact that it is a series-ending book doesn’t dissuade me from reading it any longer.

    Here’s to hoping I’ll be reading it later this week.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    My Wishful Thinking read this week is a non-YA read. It’s one I’ve been wishing I could read for months and months. But I’ve been trying so very hard not to add it to the pile. Because I have no clue when the next book in the series is releasing and I’m afraid if I do catch up the wait will be too much to bear.

    Oh, and if you haven’t guessed – how could you? – I’m talking about ONE GRAVE AT A TIME by Jeaniene Frost. That is the only book left in the series that is still to be read. A book I chose not to read until closer to the release of the next book in the series. But as I still can’t seem to find out when that is, it makes the waiting that much more challenging.

    So, for right now I’m keeping this a book I wish I could read rather than moving it to the top of the pile. But I won’t be able to hold out much longer. I miss Cat and Bones!

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    Those left behind:

    I got a little side-tracked this past week and did not end up reading SPELLCASTER. It was a holiday week and I found myself writing reviews, getting ahead on posts and finishing a couple books I should have finished reading ages ago – WHAT THE SPELL and INDIGO AWAKENING.

    Plus I did finish THE DEAD AND BURIED – which I love, love, loved – and my review will be going up on Wednesday. And I did end up reading SUMMERSET ABBEY which was absolutely wonderful and scandalous and gorgeous. I just have to write that review. Which I hopefully will have time to do on Sunday.

    But if I finish my review early enough on Sunday I’ll jump right into SPELLCASTER. Because that is a book I definitely don’t want to be a “back on the pile” read.

    Oh, and I did write my review for NEVERFALL which will post on the blog this week. Though I posted it everywhere else already just in case I forget. I have that tendency when I schedule my reviews to post more than a few days out.

    So it was a fairly productive week even though last week’s read was left behind. But hopefully that situation will be remedied tomorrow.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did get approved for two AWESOME titles that I desperately wanted to add to the pile this week – though I think both books will be on next week’s pile because… well, just because. They are…

    Poison cover               Dance of Shadows cover

    Amazing, right? I’m so excited. I never thought I’d get the chance to read either book early!

    Anyway… as I am creating this post a couple days earlier than I normally would – and because it was a holiday week this week – there aren’t as many new adds on NetGalley. But here are a couple new reads I noticed. And it’s very likely they’ve been there for awhile.

    Ilsa J. Bick’s THE SIN EATER’S CONFESSION (Carolrhoda Lab) looks interesting. As does Ruta Sepetys’ OUT OF THE EASY (Philomel).

    And I’m kind of fascinated by the cover and description for Chelsea Pitcher’s THE S WORD (Gallery Books).

    While I haven’t yet requested any of those titles I’m really tempted.

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    So no new books for me this week. No physical books, that is. The two I got approved for on NetGalley are so amazing and I can’t wait to devour them next week.

    But this week I have a couple awesome books I am hoping to read. Fingers are still crossed. Of course after finishing this post all of a sudden I find myself in the mood to read THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab. Hmmm…. Well that would be an awesome “off-pile” read.

    I’ll let you know next week if I ended up diving into it instead of sticking to my planned reads.

    As I’ve rambled on a little longer than I usually do, I’ll keep this last portion of the post brief. But I’m kind of excited to be just a little bit ahead with my posts and I’m really hoping this momentum lasts for awhile into the new year.

    I totally blame the awesome design I have thanks to Parajunkee Design for helping me get ahead on my posts. It makes formatting and creating these posts a ton of fun. It’s like I have a whole new canvas to work with and a totally different color palette.

    Though it does make it that much more difficult to dive back into those books when I’m just as happy playing around with my posts.

    But with awesome books like ALTERED and SPELL BOUND to keep me company, I think I’ll manage to find a way to step away from the blog. For a short while anyway.

    So….

    That sign-off wasn’t quite as short as I had planned. But plans and I aren’t always the best of friends. Here’s to hoping I can finish this post in under a hundred words.

    Anyway….

    I hope you had a productive reading week this first week of the new year. I hope you have some awesome books on the pile this week. And I hope you haven’t fallen behind on your reading goals just yet.

    As always, I would love to know what you’re planning on reading this week and if you’ve received any awesome books you are just dying to brag about. Feel free to leave a link so that I – or anyone stopping by – can check out your post.

    Happy reading!

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    My Reading Pile #67

    It was a quiet week at the mailbox, however I did receive a sort of replacement box of books from the trade that went missing. I also received a book, which I am not highlighting here, from a publicist who said they met me at BEA….. But as it’s not a YA book, and it’s not even fiction, I am not featuring it here.

    Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS

    So, as you can see I got a bunch of books. These were replacements for the trade gone missing thanks to the post office. As they only reimbursed the blogger for half of what the insurance was, I was only to get half the ARCs I’d traded for. But they threw in a bunch of extras to make up for the quantity gone missing.

    Just three of those titles were ones I had originally traded for – Because it is My Blood, Erasing Time and Pushing the Limits. A few were ones I  was happy to get – Middle GroundThe Turning and The Other Normals. And the rest are were ones I either hadn’t heard of, will be releasing soon and I already have pre-ordered or are already released in which case I will be passing them along.

    While I am tempted to start reading Because it is My Blood, I am going to resist the urge for now. So….

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

    (June 24 – June 30, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. Yes, I am finally taking the plunge. I had every intention of reading this book the second it came out. Then I found out it was the last book in the series. Which stopped me cold.

    I did not want this series to end. I still don’t. But I do want to find out what happened. Demonglass had an absolutely killer ending, the description reveals nothing about what happens next and the beginning of the book also doesn’t provide answers. So, I’m taking a risk and reading this series-ending book. Finally.

    I want to know how things end for Sophie, Archer and Cal. I want to find out what happens with Sophie’s magic and why the Prodigium Council did what it did. I’m nervous about why the description says she’s “alone.” And I am so curious to find out if a war really was coming and if Sophie’s world did in fact end. I seriously hope not.

    This has been such an awesome series and I am equal parts excited and terrified to find out how it all ends.

    Next up on the pile is another series-ending book, Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers. This is another of my favorite series and another one I did not want to add to the pile because I didn’t want it to end. But curiosity has won out. And because this summer is all about “me” reads, I couldn’t start summer off without adding Last Rite to the pile.

    The cover makes it seem as if there’s some kind of a showdown between Luc and Gabe. And as I had picked my team long, long ago, I am really hoping for a certain “demon-turned-mortal” to win that battle. The tagline also makes me super nervous, because I have no idea who is untrustworthy. I am hoping it’s not Luc….

    Now that I have committed to reading this, I can’t wait to see whether Frannie masters her powers or if things go “apocalyptic.” And I am dying to find out just what Frannie’s brother is up to. Because it doesn’t sound good.

    But most of all, of course, I want to see what happens with this complicated love triangle between Frannie, Luc and Gabe and whether Frannie gets a happily ever after. Or at least as close a one as possible, given what happened in Original Sin…. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I know, it’s old. It’s really, really old. I’ve read it before. Many, many times. But now that I have it on my Kindle I really, really want to read it again. So, I’m wishing for just a few hours so that I can.

    I would also love to read Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel. I am being followed by zombies. So now, of course, I want to read more about them. A zombie book released this week that I loved – This Is Not a TestResident Evil was on TV so I watched it. 28 Days Later was on TV so I watched it. So at the moment I’m going through zombie withdrawal. Hmm…. Maybe I’ll have to go off pile to read this one.

    Those left behind:

    I re-read Before I Wake and now I kind of want to re-read If I Die again. I seriously need to read these books out of my system. I just don’t know how many re-reads that will take…. Yes, I cried for a second time. And I think I actually cried more than I did the first time. So. Not. Good.

    But I didn’t finish reading Stray. I had to go off pile to read a short book I’d committed to reading and reviewing, King Solomon’s Wives, and then I went off pile again to read This Is Not a Test. I just had to. I’d been pining for that book for ages and if I had remembered it was releasing on Tuesday when I created last week’s post, it would have been on last week’s pile.

    I do plan on finishing Stray this weekend, so I should be caught up in time to get both books on this week’s pile read. Now I just have to write that review for Before I Wake….

    I am trying to get back to writing two reviews per week, but I find that I’m enjoying writing my reviews a lot more when I don’t stress about them and I don’t review every book I read.

    So, while my review count is suffering here on the blog, my read count is way ahead of my 2012 goals.

    But as far as reading piles go, I am hoping to at least stick to this week’s reads so that I don’t have too many back on the pile adds this summer.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I have not heard back about my NetGalley requests from last week. And I have not gone back to NetGalley to find any more books. Though I almost requested something from Edelweiss. But I didn’t. Which is a really good thing. But I am so very tempted to read one of my older NetGalley books. If I do stay on track this week, I will make that happen next week.

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    I managed to review one book this week, and it wasn’t too tough, though it did take hours. I am hoping it’s broken my reviewer’s block, but we’ll see when I sit down to write my review for Before I Wake. I am, as always, ever hopeful.

    I am trying to re-focus this blog on reading and reviewing and I just hope by not taking on any new required reads this summer it will make me panic just a little bit less when sitting down to write my reviews.

    By having the freedom to choose my reads, it has also brought back my love of reading, even if I do lose an evening now and again to a zombie movie marathon.

    While I still love blogging and reviewing – most of the time – I have always been and will always be a reader first. So I am ecstatic to be spending the summer adding books to the pile that I love.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

    And feel free to leave a link to your post if you create a reading pile. I’d love to check it out!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #63

    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 March 13th-March 19th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Infamous is the third book in the Chronicles of Nick series by author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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    I seriously have to start reading the Dark-Hunters books and I must get caught up on the Chronicles of Nick. I loved the first book in the series and I’ve been dying to read Invincible since its release. So, of course I pre-ordered this for my Kindle the second it was available.

    In this third book, according to the description – and yes I took a peek – Nick Gautier must fight for his survival. Even his father is trying to kill him. And this battle is even more epic because it will determine whether he’s a hero or the boy who “ends the world.”

    And apparently for someone who has all sorts of amazing abilities like raising the dead and killing zombies, he isn’t mastering the art of driving. That normal, mundane, human task.

    I can’t wait to finally find the time to catch up on Nick’s story and to meet him as an adult in the author’s adult series. I hope to do one or the other in the next couple of months.

    Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Spell Bound is the third book in the Hex Hall series by the author.

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    Finally. Finally, finally, finally! The wait is over. I can’t believe it. Seriously. I know I’m in the middle of reading another book right now, but I will be checking my Kindle download the second I get Spell Bound so that I can find out what the heck happened.

    The wait has been torturous. I haven’t been able to stop guessing as to just what might have happened to everyone at the end of Demonglass. I am so glad to not have to wait any longer. The author and publisher have been very hush hush about everything and it’s been killing me. Slowly. Every day. Just killing me.

    Even the description doesn’t reveal anything. It actually made things worse by saying that Sophie is “defenseless” and “alone.” What does that mean?

    Because of all the secrecy and that cliffhanger ending, I think this is the book I’m most anticipating the release of this week. I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post last month and I’ve been counting down the days until its release.

    I am so curious as to why Sophie’s powers have been stripped, how she plans on saving the world and most of all just what happened after that cliffhanger. I have no idea if this is the final book in the series, but I seriously hope not and I hope that if there are many books to come that the endings aren’t quite as cruel as the last.

    The Savage Grace by Bree Despain will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 496 pages.

    The Savage Grace is the third and final novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain.

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    I can’t believe that The Savage Grace is the final novel in the series. When I heard that it was, a few months back, I was wrecked. This series was one of my very first series about werewolves that I fell in love with – being a fan of the vamps I was always wary of their furry counterparts. But this series was so easy to love.

    Even though my pre-order will download tonight I have a feeling that I’m going to pretend that this series is not ending and wait to read it for just a little while. Although I wanted to throttle Grace just a bit in the last book, I still adore her and Daniel and even Caleb.

    The description is not making it easy, though. Starting right off with – “A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.” – has already more than piqued my curiosity. And to say that the love story will have a “breathtaking conclusion” has me freaking out a little.

    But I am ecstatic that this book is releasing this week and that I’ll have my copy in just a few short hours. I only wish that there were a couple more books to come.

    Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Wanderlove is author Kirsten Hubbard’s sophomore novel.

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    Wanderlove is another book whose release date surprised me. But I’m super thrilled it’s releasing this week and that I’ll have a copy for my collection. When I first heard about the book, it seemed like forever until its release, but forever is here.

    The cover is what drew me in. Much like the cover for Like Mandarin, the author’s debut novel, its beauty and simplicity really caught my eye. But a story about a girl who is on a “quest for independence” who travels to Central America to discover herself and meets a boy who is also trying to find his way sounds absolutely beautiful and magical and bittersweet.

    I can’t wait to meet Bria and Rowan and discover just what they learn about themselves, if anything.

    To read a short excerpt from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

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

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    The title of the book Pretty Crooked is what first grabbed me. Then after reading the description I was hooked. This story sounds fun and super cute. I love Robin Hood stories and one with a contemporary spin is even better.

    I had an early ARC I received through a trade, but had to pass it along since I wasn’t able to read it before release, but I did pre-order it because I wanted to have this book in my collection to read when I got the chance.

    Prep school. Theft. Revenge. And one incredibly distracting bad boy. Yes, this book is definitely a book I can’t wait to read.

    To read an excerpt of the prologue at TeenReads CLICK HERE.

    Starters by Lissa Price will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 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 Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Starters is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author and is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I only just recently discovered Starters, though I did see it on NetGalley a few weeks before that. But having listened to the chatter and then taking a look at the description made me so curious about this book with a cover that is hauntingly, eerily beautiful and somewhat disturbing.

    And oooh that description. It makes this book sound seriously creepy and incredibly good, so of course I had to pre-order it. When I first saw the words “Spore Wars,” it made me think this was a fantasy type of novel. But reading on, it seems like something very different.

    Between the neurochips, Prime Destinations – the facility in Beverly Hills that rents out bodies so that older people can feel young again – and some kind of an evil plan, this is one book that I’m already dying to find out more about.

    I really, really hope that I can read this next month.

    To take a look inside, courtesy of the publisher Delacorte Press, CLICK HERE.

    And to check out the book on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Scorched Skies by Samantha Young will be released in the U.S. in paperback format on March 16. The eBook is available now at Amazon.

    Scorched Skies is the second book in the Fire Spirits series by author Samantha Young.

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    One of the seriously awesome things about self-published books is that the wait between releases in a series tends to be a bit shorter. Especially books by author Samantha Young, because she is a writing machine.

    Scorched Skies, the second book in the Fire Spirits series already released in eBook format, but the paperback edition comes out this week. So, even though I have an eBook copy, I wanted to include it with this week’s releases since I hadn’t included it in last week’s post.

    I am so excited to continue the story of the Ari, Jai and Charlie. The world that the author created of the Jinn (genies) is magical and alluring and exciting. And I’m incredibly nervous about what is to come in this second book in the series.

    According to the description there are lives lost, Ari is being hunted and there is someone else for her to fear. I can’t wait to find out if Ari takes control of her powers and becomes the hunter instead of being the hunted and just what happens, if anything, with her and Jai… or Charlie.

    And I absolutely can’t wait to find out what the White King is up to and to meet the new villain in this story, a dark sorcerer.

    This sequel sounds totally epic and I can’t wait to read this (hopefully) next week.

    Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    The Vampire Diaries: Moonsong (The Hunters Vol. 2) by L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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    Another awesome week full of amazing new releases. I don’t know how I am going to stay on track with my reads when there are just so many books releasing this week that I’m dying to dive into.

    Maybe things will quiet down for the next couple of weeks… I hope… because there are quite a few books releasing in April and a ton of new books releasing in May that I’m more than anxious to devour. Though I have a feeling there are just a few more books full of win that will be releasing this month.

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

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

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    Book Watch: Spell Bound

    Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover format.

    It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Spell Bound is the third book in the Hex Hall series.

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    I had no idea just how many amazing books are releasing on March 13th until I started creating this post. I have seven books pre-ordered and five of them I’m dying to read right now.

    But the book I’m most anticipating, the book that has tormented me the most, and the book with a killer cliffhanger ending that made me scream, is Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. So, for all those reasons and so many more, Spell Bound just had to be the book to watch this week.

    I finally got the courage up to look at the description and, while it sounds like this will be a tremendously exciting book in the series, it gives absolutely nothing away about how things ended and where they’re headed. Not. One. Hint. Nothing. So, I’m still just as tortured as I was when I finished reading Demonglass last year.

    At least it’s less than a month until release date. And I’m really hoping the eBook will be available to pre-order so I can read it the second it releases. I will not be able to wait before I tear into Spell Bound. I mean, that ending was massive. I must know what happened.

    I love the irony the description reveals about this book. Sophie finally decides that having her powers is okay and then she loses them. And I love how major this book sounds. Sophie may be the only one who can stop a war. And while the description says the war is “epic,” I say that Sophie is if she can actually prevent one.

    But, of course, what I really want to know is if there is anyone there to help her fight it. Someone like…hmmmm…Archer perhaps….

    The wait has been long. The wait has been torturous. Re-reading Demonglass did not help me find clues about what might happen. Searching the internet for spoilers turned up nothing. Just a lot of chatter, speculation and wild guesses. None of which are any more likely to be accurate than mine.

    So, while my other four anticipated reads this week are all ones I want on the top of the pile, Spell Bound is the only book that won’t even be sitting on the pile. It will go straight from purchased to currently reading. I just wish release date was right now, not a month from now….

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    Places to Stalk

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s TUMBLR

    The author’s BLOG

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium.

    Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

    Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are four other amazing and much anticipated books releasing on March 13th:

    The Savage Grace: A Dark Divine Novel by Bree Despain

    Infamous: The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

    Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

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    Random Thoughts: Books I’m Dying to Re-read

    With so many new books releasing every week – have you seen just how many awesome books are coming out this week yet? – it’s almost impossible to squeeze in all those new releases, let alone think about books you love and want to re-read. But I just can’t help it. I do.

    I find that during those quiet hours I miss re-reading my favorites. I find my thoughts straying to those books I love and miss and want to dive into again.

    Not every book I read is re-readable immediately. Sometimes I don’t want to revisit those books for months or years. But most of my favorites end up on my re-read wish list eventually. And right now there are just a few that keep calling out to me, begging for some of my attention.

    As that list is long, I’ll just name five that are at the top of my TBRR pile.

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    I may have mentioned just how much I’ve been missing Nick from The Demon’s Lexicon, well I still am. I am dying to re-read this first book in the series. After reading The Demon’s Surrender I was sad to see the series end and missed the Nick that I got to know and love from book one.

    I did read this book twice already. The first time was before I started blogging, and then I just had to read this again for review. And it was such a different experience the second time, knowing what was going to happen and being on the lookout for clues right from the start. Plus, with the second read I knew I already loved it, so it didn’t take much to make me fall in love again.

    So, of course, now I want to go back and meet him all over again. I am still hoping that there will be some kind of spinoff book in the series, but for now, I would be happy to have a chance to re-read this book.

    I may have not yet read Passion but I really want to re-read Fallen, the first book in the series. Of the two I’ve read, Fallen was my favorite and I really want to go back and meet Luce, Daniel and Cam all over again.

    I had a completely different experience between the first and second reads, although between both reads, some of the details got a little fuzzy and so parts of the book felt like they were brand new.

    The first time I read Fallen I loved Daniel and only Daniel, but when I re-read it, I grew to like Cam just a little bit more. And after reading Torment, I am seriously starting to love Cam.

    It’s been a long while since I’ve read either book, but I really miss Luce and Daniel and seeing Luce’s reactions to Daniel, and discovering what she does, makes me want to go back to it once more.

    While I loved Hex Hall, I’m pining for a re-read of Demonglass. I think it’s really just that I want to torture myself with questions all over again about that ending. I’m a little bit twisted, what can I say?

    I only read Demonglass the one time, but was left with so many “what ifs” that I drove myself mad for a short while. Sadly, after much debate I think I’m ready to do that all over again.

    I want to see if Archer is as great as I remember him or if Cal is my favorite, as I had hoped he would be when I met him in book one. And I think a second read will be the only way to figure this out.

    As there is no novella or short story to keep me going between release dates, I think a re-read would be the perfect fix for my addiction.

    I am dying to re-read Nevermore thanks to Mary Lindsey, actually. Just hearing about her upcoming book Annabel has me thinking about Poe and dark, dark things and it immediately brings to mind Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.

    I’ve actually read this book twice – once before I began blogging and once after – and I love the dark and twisty world that Isobel and Varen live in and that ending left me so, so sad both times I read it.

    With Enshadowed on the horizon I just have to go back to this story. I never realized just how long it was until I got a signed copy, as I’d read it both times on my Kindle, but I just got so caught up in that imaginative world that I didn’t even notice.

    And I love how Varen’s name is a play on “raven” and so of course I’m wondering just how many more hidden-to-me Poe references there are.

    Yes, of course I want to re-read A Touch Mortal, when don’t I? This is also a book I’ve read a couple times. Maybe more, but who’s counting? I’m not.

    I think having my Facebook avatar as the cover for A Touch Morbid always keeps that series in mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s top of mind because of my cover love. I don’t need a reminder to want to re-read this book.

    I love dark books. And each time I re-read this book makes me realize how much I’ve missed on the previous read. I feel like I’m getting to know the Siders way more by revisiting their story, even though it’s the same story over and over.

    Yes, I need to read book two, but in the meantime I’d be happy just to have the chance to read this one more time.

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    So, you’re wondering where If I Die is on this list, aren’t you? It’s all I’ve been talking about everywhere for the past month or two. And yet it hasn’t made my “Dying to Re-read” list.

    Well, that’s because although I am dying to re-read it, I won’t be dying for long. I will be re-reading it this week, so I can’t very well complain about pining for it.

    The re-read wish list above is just that, a wish list. As much as I’m dying to re-read all those books, the likelihood of that happening in the next month is pretty slim.

    But If I Die by Rachel Vincent is a must re-read. I only read it the one time and that wasn’t even the finished copy, so there may be new surprises in store for me in the published version that I’ll be receiving on my Kindle at Monday Midnight.

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    Do you like to re-read books? Is your TBRR pile as long as your TBR pile?

    I would love to hear your thoughts on re-reading and which books top your TBRR pile

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