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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #183

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    Below are the (mostly) YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of July 1st-July 7th that I have pre-ordered.


    Sinner

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    SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on July 1, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 368 pages.

    SINNER is standalone companion novel to Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver Trilogy.


    I cannot wait for SINNER to be released and for my copy to download to my Kindle. I LOVED this series by the author and one of my most favorite characters was Cole St. Clair.

    I am so excited to see what’s been happening with him. I was so sure, when reading the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, that his story had come to an end. Especially with the way things seemed to be going. Of course they didn’t. Thankfully. But I’m even more excited that his story is continuing.

    I can’t wait to find out why he’s in danger. I can’t wait to see what happens with Isabel. Heck… I can’t wait to read this and spend just a few more hours with Cole, in this world, which I have loved for such a long time. And I don’t think it can be avoided. I think I’m going to have to sneak this one on the pile this week.

    Description…

    A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

    Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?


    On the Fence

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    ON THE FENCE by Kasie West will be released in the U.S. on July 1, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.


    I am super excited for the release of ON THE FENCE by Kasie West. I got the chance to read this early and I took full advantage of that opportunity. Of course it’s now been ages since I read it, but I remember it and I remember falling in love with this story. It was sweet and romantic and I adored Charlie and Braden.

    I loved their late night chats by the fence. I loved how she started to fall in love with him. I loved how… okay, so I’m not going to keep talking about what I loved because I will likely reveal what secrets were shared and what happened in the end. But I just have to add that it was an engaging and heartwarming story.

    And while I may not be reading it again this week, I’m so thrilled to be able to finally get the finished copy for my collection because I definitely will be reading it again some day soon. Kasie West is an amazing writer, I’ve loved everything she’s written, and I can’t wait for everyone to get the chance to read this book and see just how awesome it is.

    Description…

    She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

    Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

    Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.


    eBook Novellas

    OutcastOUTCAST (Courier’s Daughter #0.5) by C.J. Redwine

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A thrilling, dangerous adventure, this prequel novella to C.J. Redwine’s Defiance and Deception features Quinn, a popular character from the series.

    Quinn Runningbrook knows a hundred ways to kill a man and make it hurt. He can track, ambush, and torture his prey with terrifying skill—just like his father taught him. But every kill consumes another piece of him, and Quinn longs to stop, to save himself and his sister Willow from becoming like his father—a man who kills for entertainment.

    But when Quinn refuses to torture a group of trespassers caught too close to the Tree Village where his family lives, and instead kills them quickly, he disobeys a direct order from his father . . . and Willow is forced to do it instead. Suddenly, Quinn isn’t the favored apprentice to the family business of “protecting” the Tree Village anymore. Willow is.

    When Jared Adams—a courier from the nearby city-state of Baalboden—is caught traveling too close to their borders, Willow is ordered to torture him for information. But Quinn knows that Jared doesn’t deserve torture or death. And he realizes he has to take action…or the fate chosen for Willow and himself by their father will remain carved in stone.


    Nothing Real Vol 2NOTHING REAL VOLUME 2 by Claire Needell

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The second of three digital-only short story collections from teacher and writer for The New Yorker Claire Needell, about coming of age in contemporary America. These original stories are refreshingly honest, poignant, and humorous.

    This outstanding second digital-only collection of short stories from Claire Needell includes the memorable stories “Frank and Me,” “Nothing Personal,” “The Switch,” and “Mom and Ginger Pete, A Love Story.” Each story tells a unique and candid story of teenagers looking for love—from others, and from themselves.

    HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.


    Other Books of Note

    Find Me Where the Water EndsFIND ME WHERE THE WATER ENDS (So Close to You #3) by Rachel Carter

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Lydia has been trained into a person she might have once feared: focused, fierce, deadly. Although she never wanted the life of a Montauk Project recruit, the Project has captured someone she loves-someone she’ll do anything to save.

    Then Lydia glimpses a world in which the Montauk Project never existed. The Project has taken so much from Lydia already, but she knows that she will sacrifice everything to make her vision of a world without the Project a reality.

    Publishers Weekly said that “readers will be hooked” by Rachel Carter’s plot-twisting So Close to You series. The conspiracy theories, romance, and compelling “what if?” questions build to a satisfying series end, making Find Me Where the Water Ends the perfect fit for the teen fans of light science fiction like The Time Traveler’s Wife.


    The Vanishing SeasonTHE VANISHING SEASON by Jodi Lynn Anderson

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell.

    The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I’m tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

    I’m tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don’t know why. I think it’s because death is coming for one of them, or both.

    All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

    From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.


    Where Silence GathersWHERE THE SILENCE GATHERS (Some Quiet Place #2) by Kelsey Sutton

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014 (PB releases July 8th)

    Publisher: Flux

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this companion novel to the critically acclaimed Some Quiet Place, Alex must choose between Revenge and Forgiveness.

    Seventeen-year-old Alexandra Tate sits outside Nate Foster’s house, clutching a gun. After serving ten years for the drunk driving accident that killed Alex’s family, Nate has been released from prison. Every night, Alex waits out of sight, building up the courage to exact her own justice. There’s just one problem: Forgiveness.

    Alex has been able to see personified Emotions for as long as she can remember, and Revenge is her best friend. But when Forgiveness suddenly appears, he offers Alex a choice—getting even or moving on. It’s impossible to decide when Revenge whispers in one ear . . . and Forgiveness whispers in the other.


    ReckoningRECKONING (Silver Blackthorn #1) by Kerry Wilkinson

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    One girl. One chance. One destiny.

    In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.

    But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?

    Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . .

    The heart-stopping first book in a new trilogy by UK author Kerry Wilkinson, Reckoning is the story of one girl’s determination to escape the whims of a cruel king, and what she must do to survive against all odds.


    Sunset RanchSUNSET RANCH (Flirt) by Emma Carlson Berne and A. Destin

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    First crush, first love, first kiss—in this addition to the sweet and clean Flirt series, Chloe finds that there’s more than just horses waiting for her at the ranch this summer.

    Chloe can hardly believe it when she lands a summer job mucking stalls at one of the best dude ranches in Colorado. The summer only gets better when she meets Stephen. He’s funny, friendly, and hardworking—a welcome antidote to Chloe’s daily doses of Zach, the cocky, self-satisfied fellow ranch hand.

    When a trailer full of new colts arrives for training, Chloe is given the job of caring for them. She’s looking forward to seeing Stephen all the time, but then Zach is assigned to help with the training and Chloe’s plans for moonlight rides and watching sunsets are squashed.

    But as the summer continues and Chloe starts to see a different side of Zach as he works with the horses, she starts to wonder if maybe she judged him too harshly at first. Could there be something between them after all?


    Thirty SunsetsTHIRTY SUNSETS by Christine Hurley Deriso

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014 (PB releases July 8th)

    Publisher: Flux

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    To Forrest Shephard, getting away to the family’s beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when her mother invites Brian’s obnoxious girlfriend, Olivia, to join them.

    Suddenly, Forrest’s relaxing vacation becomes a mission to verify the reality of Olivia’s rumored eating disorder. But the truth behind Olivia’s finicky eating isn’t at all what Forrest expected.

    And over the next thirty days, Forrest’s world is turned upside down as her family’s darkest secrets begin to come to light.


    Rebel NationREBEL NATION (Viral Nation #2) by Shaunta Grimes

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: Berkley Trade

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sixteen years ago, a plague wiped out nearly all of humanity. The Company’s vaccine stopped the virus’s spread, but society was irrevocably changed. Those remaining live behind impenetrable city walls, taking daily doses of virus suppressant and relying on The Company for continued protection. They don’t realize that everything they’ve been told is a lie…

    Clover Donovan didn’t set out to start a revolution—quiet, autistic, and brilliant, she’s always followed the rules. But that was before they forced her into service for the Time Mariners. Before they condemned her brother to death, compelling him to flee the city to survive. Before she discovered terrifying secrets about The Company.

    Clover and the Freaks, her ragtag resistance group, are doing their best to spread the rebellion and stay under The Company’s radar. But when their hideout is discovered, they are forced, once again, to run. Only this time, The Company has special plans for Clover, plans that could risk her life and stop the uprising in its tracks…


    ConversionCONVERSION by Katherine Howe

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible.

    It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

    First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

    Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

    Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?


    The Vast and Brutal SeaTHE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA (The Vicious Deep #3) by Zoraida Cordova

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    This epic clash of sand and sea will pit brother against brother-and there can only be one winner

    In two days, the race for the Sea Court throne will be over-but all the rules have changed. The sea witch, Nieve, has kidnapped Layla and is raising an army of mutant sea creatures to overthrow the crown. Kurt, the one person Tristan could depend on in the battle for the Sea King’s throne, has betrayed him. Now Kurt wants the throne for himself.

    Tristan has the Scepter of the Earth, but it’s not enough. He’ll have to travel to the mysterious, lost Isle of Tears and unleash the magic that first created the king’s powerful scepter.

    It’s a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.


    Latitude ZeroLATITUDE ZERO by Diana Renn

    Pub. Date: July 3, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    “I have to run,” said Juan Carlos. “You will call? Please? It is very important.”

    “Yes. I will call. Definitely. At two.”

    That’s what Tessa promises. But by two o’clock, young Ecuadorian cycling superstar Juan Carlos is dead, and Tessa, one of the last people ever to speak to him, is left with nothing but questions. The media deems Juan Carlos’s death a tragic accident at a charity bike ride, but Tessa, a teen television host and an aspiring investigative journalist, knows that something more is going on. While she grapples with her own grief and guilt, she is being stalked by spies with an insidious connection to the dead cycling champion. Tessa’s pursuit of an explanation for Juan Carlos’s untimely death leads her from the quiet New England backwoods to bustling bike shops and ultimately to Ecuador, Juan Carlos’s homeland. As the ride grows bumpy, Tessa no longer knows who is a suspect and who is an ally. The only thing she knows for sure is that she must uncover the truth of why Juan Carlos has died and race to find the real villain—before the trail goes cold.


    Kiss at MidnightKISS AT MIDNIGHT (Heartside Bay #6) by Cathy Cole

    Pub. Date: July 3, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    Find it: AMAZON

    Description:

    Lila’s life has been going out of control and she can’t seem to stop herself.

    Life in Heartside Bay is miserable. Her friends are worried, but she shrugs them off.

    With her grades slipping, her parents decide to hire a personal tutor. Lila’s furious. That is, until it turns out to be Josh: sweet, geeky, gorgeous Josh. Why hasn’t Lila seen it before? He’s been right in front of her all along, and he’s exactly what she’s looking for.


    PerfectedPERFECTED by Kate Jarvik Birch

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Perfection comes at a price.

    As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

    Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

    But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

    For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.


    The Giver QuartetTHE GIVER QUARTET (The Giver Quartet #1-4) by Lois Lowry

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Soon to be a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skarsgard, and Brenton Thwaites

    This first-ever Lois Lowry single-volume collection includes unabridged editions of the Newbery Medal-winning The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. Lois Lowry’s groundbreaking dystopian series comes alive in a single portable volume.

    An affordable addition to the shelves of teen fans and collectors alike.


    Shiver SeriesSHIVER SERIES (Shiver, Linger, Forever, Sinner) by Maggie Stiefvater

    Pub. Date: July 1, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Lose yourself in Maggie Stiefvater’s NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Shiver series: SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER, and now SINNER.

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    Sam’s not just a normal boy — he has a secret. During the summer he walks and talks as a human, but when the cold comes, he runs with his pack as a wolf. Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house — but never dreamed that she would fall in love with one of them. Now that they’ve found each other, the clock ticks down on what could be Grace and Sam’s only summer together.

    linger

    Can Grace and Sam last? Each will have to fight to stay together — whether it means a reckoning with his werewolf past for Sam, or for Grace, facing a future that is less and less certain. Enter Cole, a new wolf who is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being human. For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is harrowing and euphoric, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But can it be enough?

    forever

    For Grace, Sam, and Cole, the story continues — only now, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. It’s becoming harder and harder to hold on to one another. The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment — a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

    sinner

    Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?


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    RainRAIN (Paper Gods #2) by Amanda Sun

    Pub. Date: June 24, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    American Katie Green has decided to stay in Japan. She’s started to build a life in the city of Shizuoka, and she can’t imagine leaving behind her friends, her aunt and especially Tomohiro, the guy she’s fallen in love with. But her return is not as simple as she thought. She’s flunking out of Japanese school and committing cultural faux pas wherever she goes. Tomohiro is also struggling—as a Kami, his connection to the ancient gods of Japan and his power to bring drawings to life have begun to spiral out of control.

    When Tomo decides to stop drawing, the ink finds other ways to seep into his life—blackouts, threatening messages and the appearance of unexplained sketches. Unsure how to help Tomo, Katie turns to an unexpected source for help—Jun, her former friend and a Kami with an agenda of his own. But is Jun really the ally he claims to be? In order to save themselves, Katie and Tomohiro must unravel the truth about Tomo’s dark ancestry, as well as Katie’s, and confront one of the darkest gods in Japanese legend.


    Mirror XMIRROR X (The Van Winkle Project #1) by Karri Thompson

    Pub. Date: June 30, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.

    But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.


    Going Down in FlamesGOING DOWN IN FLAMES by Chris Cannon

    Pub. Date: June 30, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

    Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

    Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

    Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

    At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.


    Other Releases

    THE GIVER (Movie Tie-in Edition) by Lois Lowry

    THE CRYSTAL HEART by Sophie Masson

    THE SEAL OF THE WORM (Shadows of the Apt #10) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    ANYWHERE (Nowhere #2) by Jon Robinson

    DAWN (Dusk #2) by Eve Edwards

    DREAM BOY by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett

    THE DARE by Hannah Jayne

    DONNEL’S PROMISE by Anna Mackenzie


    Parting words…

    Next week is insane. There are a million books releasing on July 8th. So I’m so glad that there aren’t too many books coming out this week that are on my radar. Though it’s always possible I missed a few, like I did last week.

    I only have two books – and two eBook novellas – pre-ordered that I know of. But there could be one or two more. And I will be adding THE VANISHING SEASON by Jodi Lynn Anderson to the collection as it sounds so awesome, and most likely Rachel Carter’s FIND ME WHERE THE WATER ENDS, as I own the first two books in that series.

    There are a few others that look really good, but as I am trying to hold to a budget for the next couple of months, I’m going to wait as long as possible before I click to buy.

    Anyway… I hope that I didn’t miss any new releases. I hope that if you are awaiting one of this week’s releases it will be in your bookish hands and you won’t have to wait much longer to dive in. I hope that the books you have on your radar are every bit as amazing as you hoped they’d be.

    And if it is one of your books that is releasing this week, happy book birthday to you!

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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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    The Extras: October & November

    Yes we’re back with this month’s and last month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

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    I know I’m a month late with this post, so I’m doing one LONG post combining this month and last month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff!

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    November Peeks

    Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.

    Kiss of Frost is the second full-length book in the Mythos Academy series by the author. Dark Frost, the third book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    This sounds like an exciting series. Gwen Frost is a warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, a school for “myths, magic and warrior whiz kids.” In this sequel, Gwen is in her second year and there is a new mystery or two to solve. It seems two people – an invisible archer and a Reaper – want Gwen dead. And she’ll have to team up with Logan Quinn in order to figure out how to stop them and hopefully survive.

    To get a peek at Chapter One from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Legend by Marie Lu will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.

    Legend is the first book in a new dystopian series by the debut author, set in a militaristic nation, now occupying the western portion of the United States.

    The story revolves around June, who is from a well-to-do family, and Day, who is not. Day becomes the suspect in June’s brother’s murder and she is seeking vengeance against his killer. With a description that promises “nonstop action, suspense, and romance,” Legend looks to be an exciting read.

    To get an early peek from the series website, CLICK HERE. And to read an excerpt from Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie will be released in the U.S. on November 22, 2011.

    Unleashed is the first book in the new Wolf Springs Chronicles by the authors.

    This new series sounds absolutely intriguing. Katelyn McBride is sent to live in the small town of Wolf Springs, nestled in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The town’s secrets are centuries-old and “sinister” according to the description and Katelyn is the catalyst for some sort of change – for good or bad we do not know.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE. To listen to (or download) an audio excerpt, CLICK HERE.

    The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    The premise of The Future of Us is absolutely fascinating. This story takes readers to back 1996 when fewer than half of high schoolers in the U.S. had used the Internet. Emma gets her first computer and she and her best friend Josh log on to find themselves on Facebook in 2011. Like the title says, they get a glimpse at their future selves and it will be exciting to see what it holds for these two characters.

    The authors wrote alternating chapters, according to Carolyn Mackler’s website. She wrote Emma’s first draft and he wrote Josh’s. Then they swapped and edited each other’s work. It sounds like an exciting concept where two different voices are made cohesive through the editorial process and I’m excited to see just how well it all comes together.

    To read an excerpt on Carolyn Mackler’s website, CLICK HERE.

    To access the App on Facebook for all sorts of exclusive content, CLICK HERE. (Requires a FB account.)

    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    Shatter Me is the first book in a new dystopian/paranormal series by debut author Tahereh Mafi.

    I normally give a little summary based on the Goodreads description for each book. But I’ve read Shatter Me and I loved, loved, loved it, so I first have to say, just read the excerpt. You won’t be disappointed. This book is written so unbelievably beautifully. Any description won’t do it justice.

    If you must know the basics and believe me, they don’t even touch on the amazing-ness of this book, Shatter Me is being called a dystopian novel with a paranormal twist. The Reestablishment has imprisoned Juliette for murder. Her touch is lethal and because of that she’s been in isolation for a very long time. After being in captivity for so long, without any human contact, they decide that her deadly touch could be an asset. She could be their weapon. And Shatter Me is Juliette’s story.

    To get a sneak peek at chapter one on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    The Pledge by Kimberly Derting will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    The Pledge is a dystopian novel set in Ludania, a violent country where language determines class. The main character Charlaina has the ability to understand all languages, which in Ludania can be very dangerous. And from the description, life in Ludania is harsh and its citizens are fearful, but Charlie seems to be the key to ousting the “oppressive” leadership and changing things for everyone.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    The Ripper: The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries novel and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries television show, will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.

    The Ripper is the fourth volume of Stefan’s Diaries and interestingly, its release corresponds to the appearance of Stefan as “The Ripper” on this season’s show, although this book is about the original serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

    This installment takes readers to London in 1888 where Stefan is drawn to the investigation that follows Jack the Ripper, the famous serial killer, and Stefan thinks the killer is a vampire and someone he knows.

    To take a peek inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.

    Prized is the second book in the Birthmarked series by the author. Birthmarked was the author’s debut novel.

    The second book in this dystopian series follows sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone as she leaves the Enclave and heads out into the wasteland. She’s is captured by another society, where the women outnumber the men, whose rules state that kissing is a crime. And from the description it seems that in order to be reunited with her sister, she must follow their rules and not her heart.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One, courtesy of the publisher, Macmillan, CLICK HERE.

    November Peeks: Already Released

    Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Tiger’s Voyage is the third book in the Tiger’s Curse series by the author. Tiger’s Destiny, the fourth book in the series, and Tiger’s Dream, the fifth book, are both scheduled for release in 2012.

    As I haven’t yet read this series, but own the first two books, I’ve been trying to avoid the Goodreads description for this book. But I did get a glimpse. And it seems that this book will bring Kelsey and the tiger princes closer to breaking the curse.

    To get a long look inside at the first four chapters from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    Reckoning by Lili St. Crow was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Reckoning is the fifth and final book in the Strange Angels series by the author.

    Strange Angels is a favorite series that I’ve fallen quite behind on, so I absolutely will not look at its description on Goodreads. But I know that the first two books in this series, which follows Dru Anderson, a girl with “the touch” who has to constantly battle to survive, were incredibly exciting.

    To get a preview at the first chapter of Reckoning, CLICK HERE.

    Crossed by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Crossed is the second book in the Matched trilogy by the author. The third book, slated for release next year, is currently untitled.

    I have yet to read Matched, but it is in my collection. In this installment, Cassia journeys to the Outer Providences to find Ky and according to the description, she still hasn’t decided about a future with Ky or one with Xander. It also promises that twists and turns can be expected for this sequel in a series I can’t wait to devour.

    To read an excerpt of the first two chapters of Crossed from EW’s Shelf Life,CLICK HERE.

    Last Breath by Rachel Caine was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Last Breath is the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. The twelfth book, Black Dawn, will be released in 2012.

    In this installment, there are three missing vampires and a new arrival in town named Magnus. Claire Danvers is certain that he he isn’t human, but she’s not sure just what he is. Could there be a new paranormal in Morganville?

    Last Breath has already been released, but for those who don’t have it quite yet, but don’t want to wait, CLICK HERE for an excerpt from Penguin’s website.

    Dark Eden by Patrick Carman was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    A sequel, Eve of Destruction, is slated for release on April 24, 2012.

    Seven teens are sent to Fort Eden in a last-ditch attempt to overcome their fears. But while Fort Eden may hold the cure, the price might not be worth paying. And with an unusual twist at the end about just what’s really going on at Fort Eden and a complete multimedia experience to supplement the story, this is definitely worth checking out.

    To get a look inside Dark Eden courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

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    October Peeks

    Since I had so many peeks for November, and the post is getting quite lengthy, for your sanity and mine, I’m only putting in the release date information and the excerpt links for October.

    Most of these books were featured in my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” posts throughout October with a brief summary, as I’ve purchased nearly all of them, so if you really wanted to know more, feel free to check them out in the archives.

    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    The Iron Knight is the fourth and final book in the Iron Fey series by author Julie Kagawa, told from Ash’s perspective.

    To read an excerpt from the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE. (Liking the page may be required to read it.)

    Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    Destined is the ninth full-length book in the House of Night series. The tenth book, Hidden, is scheduled for release in 2012.

    To read or listen to an excerpt from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom created by L.J. Smith was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    Phantom is the first book in the new The Hunters series. Moonsong, Hunters #2, and Eternity, Hunters #3, will be released in 2012.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    To get a long look inside Virtuosity courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Swear by Nina Malkin was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Swear is the sequel to Swoon by author Nina Malkin.

    To get a look inside Chapter One from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third full-length book in the Beautiful Creatures series by the authors.

    A long look inside is available on the book’s website, just CLICK HERE.

    (This excerpt was already included in my September’s Extras post, but just in case you thought I’d forgotten it, because it is an October release, I’ve included it here.)

    Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Dearly, Departed is the first book in the Gone with the Respiration series by author Lia Habel. Dearly, Beloved, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    To get a look inside Dearly, Departed from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Devoted by Hilary Duff was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Devoted is the sequel to Elixir by the author.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Unforsaken is the sequel to Banished by the author.

    To read an excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Deadly Cool is the first book in the new series of the same name by author Gemma Halliday. Social Suicide, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    To read an excerpt online of Chapter One on the author’s website, CLICK HERE. To download the excerpt in PDF format to add to your eReader, also courtesy of the author, CLICK HERE.

    Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Awake at Dawn is the second book in the Shadow Falls series by author C.C. Hunter. The third book in the series, Taken at Dusk will be released in April 2012.

    To get a look at an excerpt from the first chapter courtesy of the publisher Macmillan, CLICK HERE.

    Eve by Anna Carey was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Eve is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Anna Carey. The sequel, Once, is scheduled for release in 2012.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, and DarkDays, CLICK HERE.

    Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Carrier of the Mark is the first book in a new trilogy by this debut author.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Silence is the third book in the Hush, Hush series. A fourth book, yet to be titled, is planned.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE. An audio excerpt is also available, HERE.

    Liesl & Po, a middle grade illustrated novel, written by Lauren Oliver, was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books, CLICK HERE.

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    I have only read a few of the above October and November releases. That’s just how far behind I am with my reading. And I haven’t checked out any of the excerpts.

    But I do own most of the books in the above list or have them pre-ordered, so I hope to get to them soon.

    I know I’ve missed quite a few Amazon freebie downloads in this post, but if they’re still available when I do my December Extras post in a few weeks, I’ll add them to that, much shorter list.

    I hope there are a few excerpts for books that you might enjoy. Happy freebie reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #44

    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 November 1st-November 7th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Reckoning by Lili St. Crow will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in paperback format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, the print edition is 30y pages.

    Reckoning is the fifth and final book in the Strange Angels series by author Lili St. Crow

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    I have been a fan of this series for ages, although since I started blogging I have fallen way behind. I didn’t even realize that this was the final book in the series, though its release has been on my radar for months.

    While it’s not yet available for me to pre-order for my Kindle or Nook now, I expect it to be released electronically soon. I own all the other books in the series, have read the first two, and can’t wait for this book to join my permanent collection.

    I only took a tiny peek at the Goodreads description, just enough of one to let me know it was the final book, because I didn’t want it to spoil Jealousy or Defiance, which are still on my TBR list. But for those who want to check it out, there is a link to the book page on Goodreads in the cover image.

    I can’t believe this series is ending. I would love the opportunity to re-read the series from the beginning so that I can have all four books fresh in my mind when I read this last book. I am hoping for a happy ending, but as I don’t know what happened in Jealousy or Defiance, I’m not certain where things stand for Dru Anderson.

    I wish this was already downloadable as an eBook, but this is a book and series that is worth waiting for. Of course if I do get the chance to re-read the series prior to it being made available electronically, I will purchase a print copy of this book to read.

    Crossed by Ally Condie will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, a division of the Penguin Group, the print edition is 367 pages.

    Crossed is the second book in the Matched series by author Ally Condie.

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    Crossed is another book I’ve been anxiously anticipating. I had hoped to read Matched – which I own and which has been on my TBR pile since it was first released – prior to Crossed’s release date, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

    Even though I’m not caught up, I still have this pre-ordered for my Kindle and I hope to get to both books soon. I heard such amazing things about Matched, and the few whispers I’ve listened to about Crossed have been positive, so of course I’ve been dying to dive into this series.

    Once again, as I don’t want to read the Goodreads description for fear of spoilers, I’ve linked it through the cover image. But I did check out the Goodreads description for Matched and I’m so super curious about this dystopian novel.

    I’ve loved both covers, but I think I love the cover for Crossed a little bit more. The first book’s cover had the girl trapped in the bubble, in this book the girl is breaking free, so I can’t wait to find out just how that relates to the story.

    To read an excerpt of the first two chapters of Crossed from EW’s Shelf Life, CLICK HERE.

    Touch by Jus Accardo’s official release date in the U.S. is November 1, 2011, although the eBook was made available on October 9, 2011. It is currently available to order online in print and eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 251 pages.

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

    Touch is the first book in the Denazen series by author Jus Accardo.

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    I heard about this book on author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s blog. I decided to check it out, and after I read the book’s description I just knew that this would be a book I’d love to read. And while I did download the eBook for my Kindle earlier this month, I waited until its official release date to mention it in my Releasing This Week post.

    I heard really great things from the bloggers I know who already read this book, so I’m even more excited to start reading this soon. I am super curious to find out just what happens at the Denazen Corporation, why Kale’s touch is deadly and what secret he’s keeping..

    I am also dying to find out just who or what the Sixes are and what kinds of weapons they’re being used as.

    I’m thrilled that this is already in my permanent collection and I can’t wait to add it to the top of my reading pile, hopefully next month.

    Last Breath by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Last Breath is the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.

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    This is another series I love but am seriously behind on. I haven’t had a chance to read Ghost Town or Bite Club, which were both released after I started blogging.

    I love this series, the world, the characters and the book covers and am excited whenever each book releases so that I can add them to my permanent collection, I just haven’t had the time to read the last few books.

    As I already spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post, I will only say that this is just such a fun and easy-to-read series and I can’t wait to get caught up and find out who this new character is in Last Breath.

    To get a long look inside Last Breath on the book’s website,  CLICK HERE.

    Dark Eden by Patrick Carman will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio 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 Katherine Tegen Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Dark Eden is the first book in a new series by the same name from author Patrick Carman.

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    While I’ve already read and reviewed Dark Eden and checked out many of the online additions like the “Fear Test” and downloaded the App from iTunes, I do have the eBook pre-ordered for my Kindle.

    I gave away my ARC and I want the eBook in my permanent collection. Especially as there will be a book two, which I did not know about when I read it.

    Eve of Destruction is slated for release on April 24, 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books, and is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    I just have to know where this series is headed after the rather surprising twist at the end. And I’m glad that Eve of Destruction will be released in less than six months.

    As I did just recently review Dark Eden, here, and got all sorts of extras as part of my blog tour stop, here, I won’t go rambling on and on. But this is an exciting story that is a bit of a mystery and even more of a chilling thriller. And I’m curious to see if the final version deviates in any major way from the ARC I read for review.

    To get a long look inside Dark Eden courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It’s currently available to pre-order online in hardcover and audio formats at Amazon, and in eBook and audio formats and an exclusive hardcover edition with an extra chapter, at Barnes & Noble. [To find the audiobook edition at B&N, CLICK HERE.]

    Published by Splinter, the print edition is 560 pages.

    Tiger’s Voyage is the third book in the Tiger’s Saga series by author Colleen Houck.

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    I don’t remember how I first learned of this series, but the cover for the first book in the series was so beautiful I had to buy it. I also purchased the second book in the series and now have the third book in the series pre-ordered at Barnes & Noble.

    While I haven’t yet read any of this series, it’s one I’m really looking forward to discovering. Aside from the beautiful covers – and this one’s my favorite – the story sounds absolutely amazing. According to the description of the first book, it’s an epic story that has magic, spells, romance and adventure – all things I love to read about.

    As I haven’t yet started the series, I have avoided the Goodreads description for this third book, but I have linked it in the cover image for those who want to know more.

    And for an even longer look at the first four chapters of Tiger’s Voyage from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    And if you haven’t yet read any of the series, be sure to check out the Tiger’s Curse website, as the first seven chapters of Tiger’s Curse are available to read online as are the first four chapters of Tiger’s Quest.

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    Once again it’s another six book week. But there are not too many books that I actually can add to the top of my reading pile. Four of the books are from series that I have earlier books I must read in order to get caught up. One book I’ve already read.

    So that just leaves Touch, which I am dying to read just as soon as I get a little more caught up with promised reads.

    But those four series books are ones that I’m just dying to get caught up on so that I can read these latest releases. I just hope that I can get to at least one or two of them before the year ends.

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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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