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    Novella Reading Week Wraps Up!

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    Novella Reading Week has ended. Wow that went fast! I’d been debating making it a two-week event, but it seems that one week was the perfect length in order to get a few of those novellas read and not cause too much of a backup for those review books.

    And I cannot thank Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads enough for co-hosting this event with me. It was nice to know that even if no one else took part in the challenge this past week, she was joining me in my quest to clear a few novellas off my TBR pile.

    But she wasn’t the only one participating in Novella Reading Week! I am totally stoked that there were so many awesome readers joining us this past week. And I cannot wait to check out each and every one of the reviews.

    Mindy and I will be gathering all the participants entries – from the Linky List and from the comments on our posts – and we’ll throw them into Random to choose the winners, which will be announced in our Novella Reading Week Begins posts on Tuesday.

    I hope that you got a few novellas cleared off your piles and that at the one, or ones, you did read made it worth your while. And I can’t thank you all enough for joining this event and for sharing your thoughts about those novellas you did read.

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    My Novella Reading Week…

    While I didn’t get every novella read that I wanted to read, I did reach my goal of reading seven novellas for this challenge. I’d originally chosen five books to read for the challenge, but decided to aim for seven and I managed to read them all.

    Though I would have liked to read the other five novellas I’d earmarked, I wouldn’t have been able to read all those stories and have any time left over to write reviews. So I stuck with just my seven initial picks.

    And while I only posted reviews for four of the novellas I read, I did end up writing six reviews before the challenge officially ended and hope to finish writing the last one momentarily. The three remaining reviews will be posted on Tuesday and Wednesday as I have a blog tour scheduled for today.

    The novellas I read for the challenge were…

    UNDONE (Unbreakable #1.5) by Elizabeth Norris. (Review)

    GLITTER & DOOM (Masque of the Red Death #1.5) by Bethany Griffin. (Review to post Tuesday)

    DIE FOR HER (Die for Me #2.5) by Amy Plum. (Review)

    RADIANT (Unearthly #2.5) by Cynthia Hand. (Review)

    DESTROY ME (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi. (Review in progress)

    FLIRTING WITH MAYBE by Wendy Higgins (Review to post Wednesday)

    ORIGINS: THE FIRE (Mila 2.0 #0.5) by Debra Driza. (Review)

    So while it wasn’t a complete success, I do consider this past week a success. I read seven novellas I’ve been wanting to read – some for quite some time. I managed to fall in love with some of my favorite series all over again. And reading a couple of the novellas gave me the push I needed to finally be willing to say goodbye to those series. Which, for me, is a win.

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    Your Novella Reading Week…

    But enough about me. What about your novella reading week?

    Did you read all the novellas you wanted to read this week? Did you read more than you’d planned? Or did you read fewer than anticipated?

    Were the novellas you did read ones that you absolutely adored or were some more of a miss than a hit?

    And, whether you read one or twenty-one, do you consider this a successful novella reading week for you?

    If you’d like to share your thoughts, I’d love to know!

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    Quickie Review: Radiant

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    RADIANT by Cynthia Hand was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the story is 69 pages.

    RADIANT is a novella in the author’s Unearthly series set between HALLOWED and BOUNDLESS.

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    Description…

    From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand comes a riveting original novella (available only as an ebook) set in the world of the Unearthly series.

    Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn’t ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

    For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met a mysterious guy in Italy two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.

    Alternating between Angela and Clara’s perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.

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    RADIANT is a short novella that alternates between Clara and Angela’s points of view. Set in the summer between the events that took place in HALLOWED, the second book in the series, and those in BOUNDLESS, the final book, this story takes readers to Italy where they’ll learn just a little bit more about the mysterious boy from Angela’s past.

    And because of the dual perspectives, readers will get to know Angela a little bit better, from her insecurities to her wariness about falling in love.

    Even though RADIANT includes Clara’s point of view, it is Angela’s story and it is a bit of a love story. It reveals some weaknesses in Angela’s character as well as some of her vulnerabilities, developing her into someone who is more than a little bit selfish but also rather sympathetic.

    A new character is introduced in this novella. Someone who this story makes clear will have a rather significant role to play in the final book in the series. Their presence and the questions they raise about events to come add mystery and suspense, making for an incredibly engaging read.

    RADIANT leaves readers on the edge of a cliff with its parting line. And for those that haven’t yet read the final book in the series, they’ll want to dive right in to find out just what that one decision means for the story. For those that have, it will reveal the possibility of a very different outcome had a different decision been made.

    While this series can be enjoyed without having read this novella, getting more insight into another character from the series and getting the chance to see just how different things might have been, makes RADIANT an exciting, must read addition to this series.

    And for those that don’t yet have BOUNDLESS, this novella offers an incredibly entertaining sneak peek at the prologue and first chapter.

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    On a personal note…

    It was so easy to fall right back in love with this series when reading RADIANT. While Clara wasn’t exactly at her best – pining over Tucker, suffering from her visions – and Angela seemed to be at her worst – selfish, jealous, weak – I still found myself glued to this short story.

    I wanted to know more about this mystery man. I wanted to know what it was about him that made Angela’s behavior totally change. I wanted to know if he was someone trustworthy or if Clara was right to be wary.

    RADIANT was such a tease. It made me incredibly curious about Angela’s vision – what it meant, when it would come to pass and just who was the guy in the vision. It made me worried about what visions Clara was having. And it made me super nervous about the new character.

    But it was the last line that killed me. I had to fight the urge to pick up BOUNDLESS the instant I finished reading this story. It filled me with dread about the events to come. And it made me worried about how just one small choice could alter things so drastically and for the worse.

    Fortunately I have BOUNDLESS so I don’t have to wait too long to read it. I cannot imagine how torturous the wait must have been for those who read this novella before it was available to dive right into.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #101

    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 December 4th-December 10th that I have pre-ordered.

    THE ALMOST TRUTH by Eileen Cook was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    I am so happy that THE ALMOST TRUTH released this week. I’d had this book on my radar for ages and it looks like so much fun. I pre-ordered it a month ago and was thrilled when it finally downloaded on my Kindle on Monday midnight.

    I love that this story is about a girl with a less than stellar home life – a “delusional mom” and a “jailbird dad” – who decides to pull a con to get back her life savings. Savings that were stolen by her not-so-great mom.

    I cannot imagine what kind of con she’ll have to pull in order to get back the money she lost. And I can’t imagine how, in the middle of it all, she manages fall for a boy who happens to be the “wrong boy.” Of course this con is doomed to backfire. But I can’t wait to see just how it all goes down.

    This book sounds like it will a super quick read. And I just know that I’m going to have a lot of fun reading it and getting those answers for myself.

    While I won’t be able to officially add it to the pile this month, I just may end up going off-pile to read it.

    NEVER LET YOU GO by Emma Carlson Berne was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2012 in paperback 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 256 pages.

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    NEVER LET YOU GO looks so freaking amazing. I already rambled about it endlessly in my Book Watch post. But I’m so super psyched that it now lives on my Kindle. Even though it does give me the chills.

    I can’t wait to find out just how “horribly wrong” the love triangle goes in this story. I can’t imagine things will end anywhere in the neighborhood of “happily ever after.” And I’m excited to read a story that just might be a bit more grim than the books I typically read.

    Two characters with chemistry and one who “doesn’t like to be ignored” does not sound like the best mix. And I can’t wait to see just what Anna does when Megan and Jordan make her feel left out.

    I love that the description promises a “very dark turn” and I can’t wait to take that turn with the characters. I really hope to be able to do so in the next couple of weeks.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS by A.R Kahler was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2012 in serial Kindle eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online exclusively at Amazon.

    The Kindle eBook is published by 47North.

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    When I first learned of THE IMMORTAL CIRUS I was so curious about it. I have read a few serial novels of the dark and morbid variety and I absolutely loved them. So I couldn’t wait to find out more about this book.

    The description had me instantly intrigued. A circus led by Mab, the Faerie Queen of the Winter Court. Mysterious deaths. A main character with a “bloody past.” And an rivalry between the courts. What more could I want in a book? An invitation.

    And the description offers just that. “The show’s just beginning. Step right up…”

    The first episode downloaded on my Kindle and I’m just dying to dive right in. But knowing I’ll have to wait two weeks before the next episode downloads, I may read it closer to that release date so the wait won’t be so torturous. But I might just give in. I’m so very tempted.

    RADIANT by Cynthia Hand was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by HarperTeen.

    RADIANT is an eBook novella in author Cynthia Hand’s UNEARTHLY series. It is set between books two and three. The third and final book in the series, BOUNDLESS, is slated for release on January 22, 2013.

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    When I heard that there was going to be an eNovella in the UNEARTHLY series entitled RADIANT I was so excited. I love this series by the author and am so unbelievably sad that it’s ending.

    It will be so interesting to read this story that takes place outside of Wyoming, in a totally different setting. But I can’t wait.

    I love that it alternates between Clara and Angela’s perspectives. But of course what I’m really dying to find out is what secret Angela’s been keeping about this “mysterious guy” and just how this summer “changes their lives forever.”

    I plan on reading this novella next week because there is no way I could wait any longer than that.

    BREATHLESS by Sophie Jordan was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by HarperCollins.

    BREATHLESS is a standalone eBook novella set in the author’s FIRELIGHT series.

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    Yes, I just had to buy BREATHLESS even though I haven’t yet read any of the books in the FIRELIGHT series. But I do own them all. So of course I had to pre-order this eNovella too.

    And as it is a standalone, it will be the perfect introduction to the series. Even the description agrees.

    I am totally curious to find out just what Az is and whether she’ll be able to keep her secret from Tate. The fact that this short story is a star-crossed love story totally has me desperate to read it.

    For a moment I thought that I might wait until I read the series before picking up this novella, but I don’t think I can. Wait, that is. I think I want to read it right now.

    WOLF PACT (Part Four) by Melissa de la Cruz was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Disney Hyperion.

    WOLF PACT Part 4 is the final of four installments from author Melissa de la Cruz’s WOLF PACT.

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    Yay! The final installment of WOLF PACT released this week. That means I can now read it in its entirety. Without waiting for each installment. I hate waiting.

    I have been wanting to read Bliss’s story ever since I heard there would be one. And now I finally can. I’m just so curious to see what happens to her and Lawson over the course of this four-part novel.

    I love that they’re able to travel back in time… though I’m really curious how they make that happen. And I can’t wait to see if they are able to “right the wrongs of their past.”

    Hopefully I’ll be able to read this later this month. It has been ages since I’ve read a book by this author and I’m desperate to get back into her amazing stories.

    Poison (Legacy #2) by Molly Cochran

    Pub. Date: December 4, 2012

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Burned (Pretty Little Liars #12) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: December 4, 2012

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This is an AWESOME week for releases. I keep fighting the urge to start reading more than one of the books I now have living on my Kindle. But I’m trying so very hard to stay on pile.

    Though it’s not working too well. Since a book that’s officially releasing next week showed up on my Kindle on Tuesday… apparently. (I didn’t find out it was there until late last night.) So of course I had to start reading it.

    Because it’s OPAL by Jennifer L. Armentrout. That’s right, a week early. And I just can’t resist. I can’t!

    I really hope to read all the books that have released this week in the next month or two. But I think I may be overly hopeful. We shall see. I have so many books I’m just dying to read that I’ve had for a bit longer, and I think I owe it to those books to keep them closer to the top of the pile.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be just a few less releases in the next couple of weeks because I know January is packed full of new releases that I must own. And I’m trying really, really hard to curb my book buying.

    But that, too, doesn’t seem to be working too well.

    Anyway…

    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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