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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #121

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

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    Arclight
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    ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 416 pages.

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    I hadn’t heard of ARCLIGHT until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books told me it was amazing and that I had to read it. She sent me the ARC, which I am definitely going to read, but I just had to pre-order the eBook so that I could have this for my permanent collection.

    When Jaime recommends a book that strongly I know it’ll be one I enjoy. And as the description sounds really cool and very different, I think it’ll be a book I’ll enjoy a lot.

    I can’t wait to find out how Marina ended up in the Grey, with no memory of her family or her time in the Fade. And I can’t wait to learn just how she even managed to survive the Fade, something no one has ever done before.

    The description mentions that she could be either humanity’s hope or its destruction and I’m so curious to find out which she’ll be.

    While I won’t get the chance to read ARCLIGHT this week, I’ll definitely be picking it up in early May.

    Unbreakable

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    UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 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 Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 496 pages.

    UNBREAKABLE is the second and final book in author Elizabeth Norris’Unraveling series.

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    I cannot believe that UNBREAKABLE is releasing this week. One moment it seemed like the release date was ages away and now it’s finally here and everyone will get to see how awesome this sequel is. The moment I finished reading UNRAVELING last fall I ran to Amazon to pre-order UNBREAKABLE because this series was one I knew I’d want to keep reading.

    Of course I had no idea this was only a two book series, which still makes me a little bit sad. But I am so happy that I did get the chance to read UNBREAKABLE, even if it was only a week or so early.

    Yes, as soon as I heard there wasn’t going to be a book three I completely panicked and couldn’t bring myself to say goodbye to this series that I’d only just met. Everyone who’d met these characters when UNRAVELING released had some time with them before this book’s release when they’d have to say goodbye. Whereas I’d just met them and was most definitely not ready.

    Though I did finally read it. And it was amazing. And there were lots and lots and lots of tears.

    And I won’t say anything more since I already rambled about UNBREAKABLE in my Book Watch post the other week, I will be posting my review soon and my stop on the UNBREAKABLE Blog Tour is coming up. So my lips are sealed.

    But yes this is a must read series and yes this final book is fan-freaking-tastic!

    The Rules

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    THE RULES by Stacey Kade will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON (the eBook is available HERE) and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE RULES is the first book in author Stacey Kade’s Project Paper Doll series. No details on the sequel are yet available.

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    I haven’t listened to any of the chatter about THE RULES, but when I saw that author Stacey Kade was releasing a new title I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. And while I was so tempted to request it on NetGalley, I refrained due to an overcrowded review pile. But I’m totally stoked that release date is just about here and that I’ll be able to check out this awesome-sounding book.

    I am super curious to find out just what having a mix of human and extraterrestrial DNA means for Ariane. And I’m also curious as to just what her creators were planning on doing with her if she hadn’t escaped.

    The five rules she’s chosen to live by seem fairly straightforward. But of course they don’t take into account the fact that it’s almost impossible to stop yourself from falling in love. Love doesn’t play by the rules.

    But I am hopeful that falling for Zane Bradshaw doesn’t complicate things too much. Though I’m guessing it just might.

    THE RULES sounds so very exciting and I cannot wait to get the chance to check it out.

    Chosen at Nightfall

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    CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL by C.C. Hunter will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 416 pages.

    CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL is fifth and final full-length book in the author’s Shadow Falls series.

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    I just saw that CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL will be the final book in this series and I’m absolutely devastated. I’ve fallen quite far behind and I’d hoped to catch up before the series ended. And yet it’s ending and I’m still behind.

    I have all previously released book in the series – and the novellas – on my Kindle. And I’ve had CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL pre-ordered for ages. So when it downloads on Monday Midnight I will have the complete Shadow Falls collection. I just need to get caught up.

    I have not read beyond the fist paragraph of the description but it does hint that there is still a love triangle… though not who the two boys are…. And it mentions that the conclusion will be epic, which is something I’m all for.

    I hope that things work out for Kylie but if she still must decide between two boys – pick Lucas, pick Lucas! – I think this series ending will be a bittersweet one.

    And as I am so far behind I won’t get the chance to catch up this spring, but I definitely want to devour the entire series this summer.

    Exile

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    EXILE by Rebecca Lim will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 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 288 pages.

    EXILE is the second book in author Rebecca Lim’s Mercy series. The third book in the series, MUSE, and the fourth book, FURY, are not yet slated for release in the U.S.

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    I never thought they’d release EXILE in the U.S. I’ve been waiting not so patiently for almost two years for its release. Actually, longer than that, since I read an eGalley through NetGalley prior to its release in May 2011.

    It’s been so long that only the tiniest of fragments remain in my memory – the writing had a very unique cadence to it. And there was a bus.

    But I’m not one to give up on a series that makes me wait ages and ages – I waited more than a decade for all the books in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. In comparison, two years isn’t too terrible.

    So when I discovered that EXILE was available to pre-order for the Kindle I jumped all over it. Even though my memories are fuzzy, I do remember enjoying it and wanting to see where this story was headed. But if there is going to be another two year wait between books in the U.S., I think I’ll just order the foreign editions of the remaining two books if this sequel turns out to be awesome.

    Why wait if I don’t have to?

    I did end up taking a peek at the description, which is bringing back some memories of Mercy’s story. I do remember being fascinated by the fact that Mercy was doomed to return to Earth in a different human form over and over. And I do remember that she suffered from memory loss. But I don’t remember much about the love story, so I’m excited to have my own lost memories of this series restored.

    I am also super curious to find out if the author reveals why Mercy’s been exiled and whether she’ll be able to break the cycle she’s forced to repeat. As this is a four book series, I don’t know how much will be unveiled, but I’m hopeful of getting a few answers in this installment.

    Natural Born Angel

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    NATURAL BORN ANGEL by Scott Speer will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 368 pages.

    NATURAL BORN ANGEL is the second book in Scott Speer’s Immortal City series. No information is yet available about a sequel.

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    I am so thrilled that the second book in Scott Speer’s Immortal City, NATURAL BORN ANGEL, is releasing this week. I have loved the sound of this series since before the first book was released, and I’ve actually read about half of book one before being forced to set it aside for a review book or two.

    I’ve had NATURAL BORN ANGEL pre-ordered for my Kindle since very soon after it was made available to order online. But I have not checked out this book’s description as I do not want to spoil the ending for IMMORTAL CITY.

    I cannot wait to continue this series and hopefully Maddy’s story. But as I don’t know the outcome of that first book or whether this sequel switches to another character’s perspective, I can only hope… and wonder….

    I would love to read the two books in this series back-to-back. Hopefully early this summer. And as it has been awhile since I read the first-half of book one, I am going to start over and read it from the beginning.

    I’ve never been a fan of picking a book back up from where I’ve left off when I’ve been away from it for several months, as I never reconnect in quite the same way. And I want to be able to connect with these characters, with this world and with this story.

    The Elite

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    THE ELITE by Kiera Cass will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE ELITE is the second book in author Kiera Cass’ Selection series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, THE SELECTION, but I own it and it sounds like it will be a fun read. I did cave and check out a review just the other week, which made me think that it definitely will be something I’ll enjoy when I get the chance to read it. So I headed over to Amazon to pre-order THE ELITE for my Kindle and it seems I’ve had it pre-ordered since October 24, 2012.

    Clearly I’d planned on continuing this series for awhile. Even without having checked out another blogger’s views on book one. It’s very possible I was lured in by the pretty covers.

    And it’s very likely that I was hooked by the fact that this story involves a competition with a Prince as its prize.

    I couldn’t help but peek at this book’s description, which thankfully isn’t too revealing. And it’s made me curious to find out who I’d choose for America – Prince Maxon or Aspen. But it’s also made me wonder just what “devastating loss” America suffers that makes her “question everything.”

    As this is a trilogy any possibility for a happily ever after ending won’t be in this book, but I am hopeful this won’t end on too big of a cliff as I do plan on reading these first two books in the series early this summer.

    Other Books of Note

    Crush

    CRUSH (Crash #3) by Nicole Williams

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood

    JANE AUSTEN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD by Abby McDonald

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Truth or Dare

    TRUTH OR DARE (Capital Girls #3) by Ella Monroe

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Unnatural Creatures

    UNNATURAL CREATURES: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Silver Dream

    THE SILVER DREAM (Interworld #2) by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    How Zoe Made Her Dreams Mostly Come True

    HOW ZOE MADE HER DREAMS (MOSTLY) COME TRUE by Sarah Strohmeyer

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    manicpixiedreamgirl

    manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Darius and Twig

    DARIUS & TWIG by Walter Dean Myers

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Amistad

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    How I Lost You

    HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Quintana of Charyn

    QUINTANA OF CHARYN (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I didn’t realize I had seven books pre-ordered. I knew there were a ton of books releasing this week, I just didn’t realize that I’d have seven books scheduled to download on Tuesday.

    What’s worse… or better depending on how you look at it… is that there are a couple books releasing that I didn’t pre-order but I know I will be buying on release day. Such as manicpixiedreamgirl and HOW I LOST YOU. So the reality is there are likely nine books getting added to my collection, of which eight of them are TBR books.

    And with the number of books releasing the weeks of April 30th and May 7th, I am a little bit terrified of how deep a hole I’m digging for myself. I may seriously have to start putting the blinders on when it comes to new releases. Or seriously look into taking that speed-reading course I’ve been curious about.

    Or discover a way to have a book’s contents implanted into my brain – with all the feels – so that it will cut down on reading time by at least one thousand percent. Now that would be awesome.

    Anyway….

    I don’t think I missed any titles that I’ve ordered, even if I might have missed one or two books of note that are releasing this week. But maybe that isn’t such a bad thing. The not discovering, that is. I can only read so many books in this lifetime. And I have enough already on my Kindle to last me for years and years.

    Still… I’d love to hear which of the books releasing this week are books you’ve had your eye on and are most excited to add to your collection. If you’d like to share your favorite releases, feel free to leave a comment!

    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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    Review: Mercy

    Mercy by Rebecca Lim was released in the U.S. on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online in both formats at Amazon and in hardcover format at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of the Disney Book Group, the hardcover is 288 pages.

    The Australian edition, first published by HarperCollins on October 28, 2010, is also available online at Amazon in paperback and eBook formats.

    Goodreads description:

    A fallen angel haunted by her past. Yearning for her immortal beloved. Forever searching for answers. Who will show her Mercy?

    Mercy has lost herself. She can’t count how many times she’s “woken up” in a new body, and assumed a new life, only to move on again and again. During the day she survives in the human world on instinct and at night her dreams are haunted by him. Mercy’s heart would know him anywhere. But her memory refuses to cooperate.

    But this time is different. When Mercy wakes up she meets Ryan, an eighteen year old reeling from the loss of his twin sister who was kidnapped two years ago. Everyone else has given up hope, but Ryan believes his sister is still alive. Using a power she doesn’t fully comprehend, Mercy realizes that Ryan is right. His sister is alive and together they can find her. For the first time since she can remember, Mercy has a purpose; she can help. So she doesn’t understand why the man in her dreams cautions her not to interfere. But as Ryan and Mercy come closer to solving the dark mystery of his sister’s disappearance, danger looms just one step behind.

    Will Mercy be able to harness her true self and extraordinary power in time?

    The first in a dazzling new series, Mercy masterfully weaves romance, mystery and the supernatural into a spell-binding tale.

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    I woke up again. But this time feels different. The girl whose body I’m currently occupying, Carmen, isn’t anything special, but somehow this time just feels unlike those other times and those other girls.

    I wish I could remember more about them. I wish I could remember more about me. I know that I’m not this petite, or this plain looking. It feels strange occupying the shell of someone so much smaller than I know me to be. And I know I’m not as shy and awkward as I can sense this girl is.

    This time it seems I’m headed to a small town called Paradise. Something about the name triggers a memory, but I’m confident I’ve never been here before. Well, as confident as anyone who doesn’t really remember too much of her past.

    There’s a reason for her, this Carmen, to be here – some kind of singing event. Do I even sing? What’s my reason for being here now, with this girl? Carmen isn’t like those other girls. I don’t feel that same sadness. I don’t sense any threat to her. So, why am I here? What has changed this time around?

    If only Luc would just tell me. The dreams I have of him offer me no insight into what’s happening to me and why. His words only leave me with more questions. His visits bring me no closer to knowing the truth. But I do know, with everything inside of me, that I want to find him.

    Maybe my time with this Carmen, here in Paradise, will finally give me the answers I need.

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    Mercy is a superbly written and rather unique paranormal mystery. The main character, Mercy, knows little of who, and what, she is or the reason why she’s being made to take over each of these girls, again and again. She is forced to move from one to the next when her time with them is up, with no notice of each departure, and only a vague recollection of where she’s been.

    This first book in the trilogy begins when she “wakes up” as Carmen Zappacosta, a soprano, headed with a bunch of other students to Paradise to prepare for a performance.

    Mercy slowly gains awareness of what has happened, but with only an inkling of she who really is. What she does know is that she must figure out her purpose for becoming Carmen and surmises that it has little to do with Carmen herself, but rather the Daley family who Carmen is staying with in Paradise.

    As Mercy tries to solve the mystery of Lauren Daley’s disappearance she is also determined to find out just who she is.

    While little is revealed about Mercy in this first installment, enough of a glimpse is given to tease readers into wanting to find out more. The mystery behind Lauren’s disappearance is the focus in this story and is both engaging and heartbreaking as Mercy tries to find answers to help this family who is torn apart by the not knowing, the mistrust and their loss.

    Mercy is a story that starts out somewhat unconventionally, but settles onto a path that is easy to follow and will keep readers engaged. Once the backstory is established, the pace picks up and the tension builds as it heads toward a climactic finish with a cliffhanger ending.

    Author Rebecca Lim’s writing style is beautiful, but may not be one that all readers will connect with at the outset. But as the story continues, the cadence of the author’s writing makes sense and works in harmony with the storyline.

    There are several characters who remain a mystery in this first book, but will likely play a larger role in subsequent books. And while Mercy starts out as a very difficult character to relate to, she ends up being one who is very likable and sympathetic.

    Mercy is a great beginning for a trilogy that promises an even more elaborate mystery, a real battle for Mercy to regain what she once had, and a heartrending love story.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    On a personal note:

    Mercy was a book that I grew to love more and more as I read on. About one-third of the way in I was hooked on the story, and by the end I was dying to know more.

    I wish I had read the description more carefully before I actually started the book as it would have helped me out during those first five pages that make up chapter one where I felt completely lost.

    By the end of the third chapter I was able to get into the rhythm of the author’s writing and was completely pulled into the mystery of not only the missing girl but of who exactly Mercy was.

    There was just something about the author’s writing style that I connected with. The way she crafted each sentence, each passage, just made this story so easy for me to become immersed. It might not be a style that every reader will relate to, but was one I really loved once I got further into the book.

    I was able to get lost in the story, even with the British words and punctuation in the version I had for review. I’m not sure how much will be changed in the version released in the U.S. but I am curious to see if those changes alter the feel and pace of the story.

    This first book in the trilogy does not reveal much about Mercy’s past and only touches on the paranormal elements to the story. But what was teased is very intriguing. I would definitely have liked to know more about Mercy in this book, but am hopeful that the next book in the series, Exile, will be more revealing.

    I loved puzzling together this mystery and discovering that my guesses were right. And I like the hint of a love story that starts to develop. I hope that continues into the next book. And I really loved this completely different approach used by the author in having Mercy sort of take over someone’s life for a short period of time for reasons unknown, even by the character herself.

    This book was completely unexpected, in a good way, and is a series I will be following to its end. I’ve just got to find out what happens next and learn more about Mercy. And I definitely suggest reading past the first few chapters before making a determination about this book.

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    Thank you to Hyperion Books for Children and NetGalley for the eARC for review.

    Note: The eARC received for review was written using British punctuation and spellings and seems to be the published 2010 Australian version.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #20

    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 May 17th-May 23rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber will be released in the U.S. on May 17, 2011 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, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 224  pages.

    It feels like forever since the last book in this series came out and I literally stalked Amazon until the book was available to pre-order for my Kindle. I discovered this series during my vampire books craze and completely devoured the first six books in the series in a couple of days. They’re fun, sweet books to read and Raven is a great character.

    In this eighth installment, Jagger’s back along with a whole bunch more vampires and they’re trying to turn Dullsville into a much more exciting place to be. I can’t wait to find out what happens next, and I hope things progress for Raven and Alexander – for Raven’s sake especially.

    HarperTeen is once again giving readers a chance to browse inside, HERE.

    I have not read the peek, but it’s always nice when there’s the option.

    Graveminder by Melissa Marr will be released in the U.S. on May 17, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    I already spotlighted Graveminder for my Book Watch post, which has the Goodreads description for those who don’t know what this book is about, so I promise not to blather on and on about this book that I so cannot wait to read.

    This cover is so utterly creepy and I’m glad I’ll be reading this on one of my eReaders rather than from the book, because the cover kind of freaks me out. As this is not a young adult book, I can’t wait to see how out there the author went. I just hope that there will be no nightmares involved during, or after, the read.

    Only a few more days until release day. I cannot wait!

    The author has an excerpt of the prologue on her website, HERE.

    Mercy by Rebecca Lim will be released in the U.S. on May 17, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats from Amazon and in hardcover format from Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books, a division of Disney, the print edition is 288 pages.

    Mercy was previously published in Australia on October 28, 2010 in paperback format and on November 1, 2010 in eBook format by HarperCollins Australia. The eBook version of Mercy is available to download now at Amazon.

    I have an eARC of Mercy on my reading pile this week but I plan on downloading the finished copy on the 17th. And if I love this story and it ends on a cliffhanger I may just grab the two other books in the trilogy immediately instead of waiting for the U.S. release.

    I am always fascinated by all things immortal so I can’t wait to see how that plays into this story of fallen angels. And the promise of mystery and romance makes this even more alluring.

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    Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky will be released in the U.S. on May 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 320 pages.

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

    I haven’t heard much buzz about this book. I believe it was one of the first books I requested from NetGalley last winter, after having read its description. In those early days I tried to read everything right away, but I decided to wait for a while to read Awaken, as the release date for this book was so far off.

    I think what drew me to Awaken was that the futuristic world the author created, in which everything is done on a computer with almost no human interaction, seemed like a very real possibility for our society’s future, and it sounded both scary and intriguing.

    As I do have an eARC for review, and I am now within the allotted time frame set by the publisher for reviews, I can’t wait to finally read Awaken and see what the author does to her character who discovers that maybe there’s something more than just living an isolated life behind a computer.

    And I do have this one on pre-order for my Kindle as I think it’s going to be great.

    I did watch the trailer and parts of it really creep me out! So of course I had to include it, below.

    Book trailer for Awaken:

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    This week is another fairly quiet one for new releases, and my wallet would be happy if I hadn’t wandered into Barnes & Noble on Saturday and did not leave empty-handed.

    But at least I only have four books pre-ordered, although, like last week, I don’t anticipate making it to the end without buying one or two more books to read.

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

    Please let me know if there is a “must read” that I’ve missed. I do not like to miss out on owning great books, even if I can’t read them right away.

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    My Reading Pile #9

    So, I finally read all of the books shown in my previous reading pile photos. Just kidding… Now that was wishful thinking. I decided to only show the new books added to the huge heap this week.

    I am still working on tackling this scary, toppling pile of books, but I only seem to be getting through my eBooks. Hmm… Anyway…

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

    (May 15-May 21, 2011)

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    First up is Mercy by Rebecca Lim. I received an eARC from Disney/ Hyperion courtesy of NetGalley and I am so excited to read it. I am, however confused about the release date for this book. It seems it may have previously been published by Harper Collins Children’s Books in 2010 and is now being released by Hyperion on May 17th. It might not have been a U.S. release, but it was available to purchase at Amazon at least since January, so I’m not certain.

    I will have this sorted out when I actually write up the review, as I do research each book as much as I can, but as of the time of this post I haven’t yet done that work.

    I love books about fallen angels and immortality. I also love books with a bit of a mystery to solve. So I can’t wait to find out more. And I like that the author named her character Mercy. It’s not an unusual name, but one that’s not often used and it definitely fits in a book about heavenly beings.

    The second and third books in this series are called Exile and Muse and I hope to be able to check them out soon.

    I received an eARC of The Girl in the Steel Corset from the publisher, Harlequin TEEN, through NetGalley. But I also received a print copy in the mail through a trade with another blogger. I haven’t decided which version I will read – maybe a little bit from both.

    I cannot wait to read this book and I love this cover. As I’m not a huge fan of romance novels, I love when these gorgeous covers appear on books in other genres so I can have these amazing covers for my collection.

    This is the first book in The Steampunk Chronicles and it will be my very first true steampunk series, so I’m totally curious about this sub-genre. Although I’ve read Clockwork Angel the book only touched upon the steampunk aspect in the story. I have a feeling that in this book I’ll learn a lot more about what steampunk is, and what the appeal is. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it.

    I’ve actually started reading the short novella and I already like the author’s voice, so I am excited to see where it goes and plan on reading the full-length book in the next few days.

    I purchased a copy of Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren when it was released in paperback format in February. Before I had a chance to read it in print format, the eBook came out. So I bought that one, too.

    However, by the time I could have read it, it was so far beyond release date that my review would have gotten lost in the shuffle. And so I decided to take a more seasoned blogger’s advice and read it closer to release of the sequel.

    As Cascade, the second book in the series will be coming out in a couple of weeks I wanted to add it to my pile this week to give me time to read it without having to do another back-to-back read. As much as I enjoy reading books back-to-back, I find writing the reviews a lot harder.

    Another reason this got moved to the top of the pile was because I just read Die for Me and I’m looking for another book with a touch of romance, set in a foreign country. Italy is definitely one of those romantic foreign countries. And a book that involves time travel to the fourteenth century with knights and sword fights sounds like a great escape.

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    Yep, just the three books this week. I’m keeping it small because May 31st and June 1st are going to be huge for releases. I am hoping to read one more book that’s releasing on the 23rd, but I refuse to make that commitment. And looking ahead into June is super scary.

    I also am hoping to receive Jennifer Armentrout’s Half-Blood which I finally won in an auction. You don’t know the stress it caused. After reading Daimon, I was even more desperate to get my hands on a copy. I believe I’m on a list to get an eARC from the publisher, but I just couldn’t wait. This is one book I will not wait to read.

    Ah how I envy you summer readers. I wish I was back in school and had those long, leisurely vacation days to get lost in a book and where time doesn’t really matter from June through August. But for me, my summer reading will be just like any other time of the year – whenever and wherever I can, I will.

    Wishful thinking reads:

    I really want to read Graveminder this week. It comes out on the 17th and I’m dying to read it. But because it’s not one of the books I’ve agreed to review, but rather one that I want to review, I may not be able to read it this week. Though this may be one of those books that becomes more than a wishful thinking read just because I say so.

    I also want to read Hourglass. But as the release date is now in June, I will have to wait for a bit. But this is one of those books that has received a lot of buzz and the cover is just so cool that I have got to find out what’s between those pages.

    Those left behind:

    I did not get a chance to read Flawless or Dreamland Social Club, two of the three books I picked, but I hope to squeeze one – or both – of those into my schedule between now and the end of the month. I am still not caught up with writing my reviews, but I’m happy to say that I finally finished reading and reviewing a book that had been on my pile for way too long.

    This week was a completely terrible week for reading. I’m not sure what happened. I can blame Thursday on The Vampire Diaries season finale, but other than that, I have no excuse. I managed to read a couple books that weren’t on last week’s pile, but I also ended up reading a book that wasn’t on any pile so I really shouldn’t have spent the time. But sometimes you just have to read what you want, regardless of deadlines or schedules.

    And if you aren’t one of those who check out my Facebook page, I uploaded proof that I really don’t own a bookshelf and my poor advance review books are simply stacked haphazardly on a small television table. Perhaps next week I’ll show you the sad story with my signed books.

    But I am truly a girl without a bookshelf and one with way too many books left to review.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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