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    THE GLITTERING COURT Paperback Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

    It’s the paperback release day for THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead and I’m totally stoked to help celebrate by participating in this blitz which includes a giveaway for a copy of the book to ten winners.

    If you don’t yet have a copy of this awesome first book in the series or you want to add a paperback edition to your collection, be sure to enter for a chance to win in the Rafflecopter.

    And if for some reason you haven’t yet heard about this fantastic book, its bookish details – with a link to an excerpt – follow immediately below.


    About THE GLITTERING COURT

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    Title & Series: THE GLITTERING COURT (The Glittering Court #1)
    Author: Richelle Mead
    Release date: April 5, 2016 / Paperback release date March 28, 2017
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

    Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

    When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

    But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

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    About Richelle Mead

    RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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    The Giveaway

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    • Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Book Boyfriends of 2016

    Welcome to Day Four of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I am hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Book Boyfriends of 2016

    It wasn’t easy picking bookish boyfriends for this year’s post. I read quite a few YA contemporaries this year and my bookish boyfriends almost always come from non-contemporary stories unless they’re NA. Also, I wasn’t able to catch up on all series with my forever bookish boyfriends so I had to put a bit more thought into my selections. And, for a couple books I was torn between two characters, which made choosing that much harder. But I finally decided, and here they are…


    #1

    ARIC

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    Title & Series: ARCANA RISING (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Pages: 280
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

    When the battle is done . . . 
    The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

    And all hope is lost . . . 
    With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

    Vengeance becomes everything.
    To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

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    #2

    DIMITRI

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    Title: VAMPIRE ACADEMY (10th Anniversary Edition)
    Author: Richelle Mead
    Release date: November 29, 2016
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

    Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

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    #3

    ELIAS

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    Title & Series: A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
    Author: Sabaa Tahir
    Release date: August 30, 2016
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Elias and Laia are running for their lives.

    After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

    Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

    But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

    Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.

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    #4

    PAUL

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    Title & Series: A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3)
    Author: Claudia Gray
    Release date: November 1, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite’s hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

    Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

    Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

    In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.

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    #5

    MATHER

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    Title & Series: FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Release date: September 20, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

    Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

    Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

    Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

    As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

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    #6

    TEACH

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    Title & Series: BLACKHEARTS (Blackhearts #1)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

    Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

    From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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    #7

    PLOY

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    Title & Series: VIAL THINGS (Resurrectionist #1)
    Author: Leah Clifford
    Release date: August 9, 2016
    Publisher: Self-published
    Pages: 221
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.

    Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.

    But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.

    Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.

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    #8

    KHALID

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    Title & Series: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
    Author: Renée Ahdieh
    Release date: April 26, 2016
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

    In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

    Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

    The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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    #9

    LORD THORNTON

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    Title & Series: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG (Haunted Hearts Legacy #1)
    Author: A.G. Howard
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: A.G. Howard
    Pages: 425
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

    For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

    To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

    International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

    New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

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    #10

    FOWLER

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    Title & Series: REIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1)
    Author: Sophie Jordan
    Release date: February 9, 2016
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

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    I opted not to officially choose any honorable mention bookish boyfriends, though I was so tempted to list a few of my favorite not-so-boyfriend-material villains as book boyfriends like Enzo Valenciano (wrong for so many reasons) or King Maven to name just two…


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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Book Covers of 2016

    Welcome to Day Two of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned yesterday…

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I’ll be hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Book Covers of 2016

    I tried to include only covers for books I’ve read this year, but there are a few books on my TBR pile with covers that I’m madly in love with, so I just had to include them…

    #1

    BLACK MOON (Zodiac #3) by Romina Russell – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #2

    VAMPIRE ACADEMY (10th Anniversary Edition) by Richelle Mead – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUNDGOODREADS


    #3

    NEMESIS (Nemesis #1) by Anna Banks – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #4

    HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #5

    GLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #6

    BLACKHEARTS (Blackhearts #1) by Nicole Castroman – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #7

    FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #8

    AND I DARKEN (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #9

    THE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2) by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #10

    A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    And once again because I didn’t read a ton of books this year and have already favorited covers for books still on my TBR pile, I have not put together a list of honorable mentions. Though if I had, I would have definitely included the covers for THE WINNER’S KISS by Marie Rutkoski and CROOKED KINGDOMS by Leigh Bardugo.


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    Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition Release Day “Why I Adore the Series” Blitz + #Giveaway

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    Happy Release Day!!!!

    I am so unbelievably excited to help celebrate the release day for the 10th Anniversary Edition of VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead. I cannot believe it’s been 10 years since this book was released – wow the time does fly! And while I didn’t discover this series until a couple years after VAMPIRE ACADEMY’s release, it became one of my all-time favorite series and one I think of often when I think of favorite character couples, books I must re-read, favorite bookish quotes, series that made me cry, books that are forever memorable.

    To help celebrate its release the publisher has an awesome giveaway for a copy of this 10th Anniversary Edition – and there will be five winners! Just scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter.

    This edition has NEW and EXCLUSIVE CONTENT and I cannot wait for my eBook copy to download so that I can devour it and restart this series as I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time.

    We’ve also been asked to share why we love the series, so if you’d like to know just some of the reasons why I adore VA, my post is below the book’s details.

    And if you’re as excited as I am about this new edition, join the conversation on social media by tagging #VampireAcademy10 or #VA10!

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    About Vampire Academy

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    Title & Series: VAMPIRE ACADEMY 10th Anniversary Edition (Vampire Academy #1)
    Author: Richelle Mead
    Release day: November 29, 2016
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Richelle Mead celebrates 10 years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players:

    • The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty…
    • Hello My Name is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt…
    • The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes…
    • From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…

    St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school–it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s–the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

    Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi–the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires–make Lissa one of them forever.

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    Why I Adore Vampire Academy

    I discovered VAMPIRE ACADEMY before I started blogging about books. So this has been a long-term love affair. It wasn’t an instant love connection – yeah, it took me until page four or five to become hooked, starting from the line “And a man watching me.” And from that point on it was unputdownable and I soon fell madly in love.

    Rose is an amazing heroine – she is seriously fierce and determined, and she does not give up even when the odds are against her. She is still one of my top three favorite female main characters in YA fiction. And Dimitri is still one of my favorite male protagonists. And they are one of the most memorable character couples I have “met.”

    This series is filled with kick-a** fights. It is an emotional roller coaster. There is so much to swoon over. It’s nail-biting, nerve wracking and completely addictive. It checks every single box in terms of what I look for in a series.

    And it’s one of the first YA series I read that brought me to ugly tears on more than one occasion which puts it in a very small but elite group.

    If that isn’t enough, one of the characters said one of my most favorite and devastating lines in YA fiction – a line that I can still quote and often do. But I won’t reveal the who, or what the line is, as it is spoiler-y for those who haven’t read the series. Though it is one of the quotes I’ve long had associated with my Goodreads profile if you’re that curious.

    This is such a unique series. The writing is fantastic. The secondary characters – Adrian, Lissa, Christian, Mason and Eddie, to name a few – are every bit as captivating as the mains.

    I love ALL THE THINGS about this series – even the moments that broke my heart. (Yes I even wrote the series a love letter on the blog back in 2011.) I’ve read it more than once. And with this 10th Anniversary Edition and all the extras, you better believe I’ll be reading it and falling in love with it all over again, starting just as soon as I finish this post…


    About Richelle Mead

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    Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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    The Giveaway

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    Courtesy of the publisher…

    Enter for a chance to win one of five (5) paperback copies of Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead (ARV = $11.99 each).

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 9:00 AM Eastern Time on November 29, 2016 and 11:59 PM Eastern Time on December 5, 2016.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 12, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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    Giveaway: A ‘Recent Reads’ Pile of Books #8

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    As before…

    In an effort to keep my book tower from overflowing, every so often I will be passing along a few of my recent reads. Some will be finished copies. Some will be ARCs. But each of the books I will have reviewed or have reviewed a future book in the series. And all of the books are ones I have in my eBook collection.

    As always, there will be no follow requirements for the blog. But I have added a few extra entry opportunities to follow the authors on social media or add their books to Goodreads.

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    Giveaway is for the 4 books/ARCs shown in the picture.

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US only
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    • Winner will have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen
    • Giveaway ends November 12th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #151

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    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 November 19th-November 25th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Horizon
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    HORIZON by Alyson Noel releases in the U.S. today, November 19, 2013, in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    HORIZON is the fourth and final full-length book in author Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series.

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    I can’t believe that HORIZON is the final book in this series and that it’s releasing today. I own all three previous books in this series and as soon as this final installment downloads I’ll have the complete collection on my Kindle, though I haven’t yet had the chance to start it.

    I haven’t met Daire Santos and found out why she’s the last of the Soul Seekers. I don’t know how Dace became bound to the Richters. I do know that I desperately want to meet them both, to see what happens to them over the course of this series and to find out whether the question posed in the description can be answered with a “yes.”

    I love Alyson Noel’s writing and her characters, and I’m hopeful I’ll be able to read all four books in this series back-to-back in the next couple of months. I think it’s awesome that this series was optioned for film and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will make it to the big screen. Of course I definitely plan on reading it long before then.

    This final book promises an epic battle and hints that there may be sacrifice. But even if the story doesn’t end with a happily ever after, I can’t wait to get started and to find out more about Daire’s destiny and about the Soul Seekers.

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    Fate has bound them together—and torn them apart. Now Daire and Dace face one final fight that will seal their destiny forever.

    Daire Santos is the last of the Soul Seekers, and the only thing standing between the Richters and the destruction of everyone she loves. With her grandmother gone and Cade back in Enchantment, Daire must finally step into her destiny and lead the fight against the Richters. But what if that means sacrificing the person she loves most?

    Bound to the Richters by blood, Dace struggles against the darkness growing inside him that threatens to claim Daire too. Though Daire refuses to give up on him, the choice may not be hers. An epic battle is on the horizon and the end of the world looms near. With such insurmountable odds stacked against them, is their love really enough to conquer all?

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    The Fiery Heart
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    THE FIERY HEART by Richelle Mead releases in the U.S. today, November 19, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 438 pages.

    THE FIERY HEART is the fourth book in Author Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. The fifth book in the series, SILVER SHADOWS, is slated for release in 2014 and the sixth book in the series, currently untitled, will be released in 2015.

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    I am so excited that THE FIERY HEART is releasing today and that my copy will have already (hopefully) downloaded to my Kindle. I have heard some of the buzz about this fourth book in the series and it sounds totally epic. Which makes me desperate to catch up on this series.

    I am such a huge fan of author Richelle Mead. And I love the characters in this spinoff series. I just hate waiting for each installment’s release. Whenever I pick up a book by this author I want the next one right away. So I’m glad that I have a few books to read, but I just know that I’ll catch up in a matter of days and will have a long, long wait for SILVER SHADOWS.

    Still, I plan on getting all caught up this December and pining for the next book along with everyone else. And while I did end up reading the book’s description when creating my Book Watch post spotlighting THE FIERY HEART, I am not going to take a peek now.

    So I’m not sure what’s going to happen with Sydney and Adrian Ivashkov in this book. I just hope the ending won’t be too killer a cliffhanger and that Sydney won’t break Adrian’s heart… that is, if she hasn’t already.

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    In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

    But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

    Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

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    World After
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    WORLD AFTER by Susan Ee releases in the U.S. today, November 19, 2013, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and audio formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Skyscape, the print edition is 320 pages.

    WORLD AFTER is the second book in author Susan Ee’s Penryn & the End of Days series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is expected in May 2014.

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    I pre-ordered WORLD AFTER awhile back when I heard that the first book in this series was amazing. And while I haven’t yet read that first book, I’m super excited to have this sequel in hand when I do.

    I know that people have been dying for this book’s release, so I feel just a little bit guilty that when I finally do read ANGELFALL I won’t have to suffer the wait like they did. But since a third book in this series is planned, I might be in the same exact situation they are. Hopefully the waiting will not suck, as I plan on reading ANGELFALL and WORLD AFTER in January.

    As I really don’t want to risk spoiling such an amazing-sounding series I will not be reading the description for WORLD AFTER. Therefore I have not the first clue about whether the sequel includes any of the characters from the first book or whether things ended well for Penryn and Raffe at the end of that book.

    Hopefully all will be answered when I turn the final page on WORLD AFTER in January… if, that is, I can wait that long.

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    In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

    When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

    Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

    Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

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    Other Books of Note

    The Captive MaidenTHE CAPTIVE MAIDEN (Fairy Tales #4) by Melanie Dickerson

    Pub. Date: November 19, 2013

    Publisher: Zondervan

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten—the boy she has daydreamed about for years—is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have.

    To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

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    The F-It ListTHE F-IT LIST by Julie Halpern

    Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    With her signature heart and humor, Julie Halpern explores a strained friendship strengthened by one girl’s battle with cancer.

    Alex’s father recently died in a car accident. And on the night of his funeral, her best friend Becca slept with Alex’s boyfriend. So things aren’t great. Alex steps away from her friendship with Becca and focuses on her family.

    But when Alex finally decides to forgive Becca, she finds out something that will change her world again—Becca has cancer.

    So what do you do when your best friend has cancer? You help her shave her head. And then you take her bucket list and try to fulfill it on her behalf. Because if that’s all you can do to help your ailing friend—you do it.

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    I’m not sure how I missed THE F-IT LIST last week. I only discovered this fact after it downloaded to my Kindle as I had it pre-ordered for quite awhile. This book sounds amazing and heartbreaking and I desperately want to find some time to read it this winter. I just know the subject matter is going to make me bawl.

    In terms of new releases, this week is even quieter than last. Which is a really good thing as I haven’t had much time to read lately and all of my Kindles are yelling at me for neglecting them. I may have let the battery run out on a couple of them. Bad, bad me.

    All three new books getting added to my collection are ones in a series in which I am not caught up. So it’s almost like having an additional six books added to the pile because if I want to read them I’ll have to read those other books first.

    While I haven’t listed it above, the final part to Jessa Holbrook’s WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is releasing this week, which I’m so excited about. If you love YA contemporary romance that is both hot and sexy and nerve-wracking and heartbreaking, then this is the perfect book to read. It will eventually be releasing as a complete novel, but for those that don’t want to wait, all six parts are available in eBook format as of today. I know I couldn’t wait – and I didn’t – but it is totally a book worth waiting for.

    Anyway…

    Given the fact that I seem to be missing at least one book each week, I’m curious to see what other books that I have pre-ordered will be downloading today. I think I’ll be shocked if there aren’t any additional titles… or at least any YA titles. But maybe it is possible that this week is just super quiet for releases.

    Whatever the case, I hope that at least one of the above listed titles is on your list of books you are dying to read. And I hope that you are able to get a copy to read so that you don’t have to wait any longer than you already have.

    As ever, happy bookish acquiring!

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

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

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    Book Watch: The Fiery Heart

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    THE FIERY HEART by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on November 19, 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 438 pages.

    THE FIERY HEART is the fourth book in Author Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. The fifth book in the series, SILVER SHADOWS, is slated for release in 2014 and the sixth book in the series, currently untitled, will be released in 2015.

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    The week of November 19th is a fairly slow week for YA releases, but when I saw that THE FIERY HEART was releasing I instantly knew it would be the book I wanted to spotlight this week.

    While I’m majorly behind on this series – I’ve only read one-point-five of the three books currently released – it’s written by Richelle Mead. It has one of my favorite vampires, Adrian Ivashkov. So it’s automatically a must read book for me.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description, and fortunately it was vague about what decision Sydney made in THE INDIGO SPELL. So I can still be totally surprised and shocked when I get the chance to read it. Which I now really, really want to do. But it’s also pretty cryptic about just what happens in THE FIERY HEART.

    The description talks of “passion” and “vengeance” and Sydney’s “secret life.” But it doesn’t reveal in what directions she’s pulled in or whether her secret is discovered. It hints that re-education may be something Sydney will have to fight against, but it doesn’t say for sure that she is exposed. All of which has totally piqued my curiosity and made me wonder if I have enough time to get caught up before this book’s release.

    Richelle Mead is an amazing writer. I loved BLOODLINES and every single one of the books in the Vampire Academy series. So, even though I am behind on this series, I just know I’m going to love reading THE FIERY HEART when it releases on the 19th.

    And while I’m also looking forward to checking out the latest book by Alyson Noel and Susan Ee’s novel – which I heard is awesome – the book I am most excited for releasing the week of November 19th, by an author I have adored since long before I became a book blogger and with characters I have loved for nearly as long, is THE FIERY HEART. Which is why I am calling it the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on INSTAGRAM

    The author on GOODREADS

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

    But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

    Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a couple other awesome books releasing the week of November 19th:

    HORIZON (The Soul Seekers #4) by Alyson Noel

    WORLD AFTER (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

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