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    DARK BREAKS THE DAWN Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

    Welcome to today’s stop on the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN blog tour. If you haven’t yet heard of this awesome new series by Sara B. Larson, you should definitely check out the all the stops on the tour to learn more.

    For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this amazing first book in the duology. Though I am keeping my lips sealed about its similarities to Swan Lake. And even though I would love to talk about just what happened. Especially right there at the end.

    Whether you are a fan of Swan Lake or are unfamiliar with it, DARK BREAKS THE DAWN is a story that promises to captivate and will leave you desperate for the next installment.

    So if you’re in the U.S. and would like the chance to win a copy, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter below. And if you’d like to know what I thought, scroll down for my review.


    About DARK BREAKS THE DAWN

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    Title: DARK BREAKS THE DAWN
    Author: Sara B. Larson
    Release date: May 30, 2017
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

    But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.

    In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

    In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake — a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    DARK BREAKS THE DAWN is an enchanting and magical and riveting tale that introduces a princess who is just about to come into her abilities, a people who are divided by their powers of darkness and light, and two warring kingdoms kept embroiled in battle by a ruthless king who wants to rule them both. It is an exciting and suspenseful story that will keep readers guessing and will leave them anxiously awaiting the sequel.

    Evelayn spent years training in anticipation of the day she would finally have access to her full powers. But nothing could have prepared her for what it would feel like to have them. And she never would have expected to have to master them as quickly as she needed to.

    But when, after ten years of fighting valiantly against King Bain’s onslaughts, the Light Kingdom of Éadrolan’s defenses are breached, Evelayn will have to become the queen that her people need her to be and find a way to defeat the Dark Kingdom. Even if it means taking risks her mother never did. Because with no experience and no time to hone her skills, there are no safer options that could lead to victory.

    Sara B. Larson penned a captivating and imaginative story that goes well beyond the confines of Swan Lake. She delivers the beauty, romance, magic, tragedy and betrayal that readers will expect, but adds adventure and mystery, creates tension, offers a number of characters to adore and despise, and teases secrets that will be revealed in the next installment.

    DARK BREAKS THE DAWN is a mix of fairytale and fantasy. It is fascinating. It is thrilling. It is heartbreaking. It is bewitching. And with a beautiful princess, a handsome lord, two gorgeous but deadly princes, an evil king, a wicked queen, a dangerous quest, amazing abilities, and a killer cliffhanger ending, it promises to be a wonderfully gripping read.

    The Rating


    About Sara B. Larson

    SARA B. LARSON is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy Defy trilogy: Defy, Ignite, and Endure. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their children. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the loss of nap time) and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting of her sugar addiction.

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    Top 10 of 2015: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

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    Welcome to Day Five of the Top 10 of 2105

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As I mentioned previously…

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 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.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting Day One’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting today’s Day Four giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.


    Books I Can’t Wait For

    Today’s topic is…

    Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

    I am looking forward to so many books in the coming year – so many continuing series and so many new releases. And so, as to be fair to all those new releases (as I tend to favor continuing series because I’m already invested), I’m doing two top 10 lists – one for continuing series and one for new standalones and series books.

    And of course I couldn’t resist including a few honorable mentions for some of the many continuing series I am desperately eager to read in 2016.


    Top Ten Continuing Series Books

    #1

    TheFlameNeverDiesTHE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2) by Rachel Vincent

    Release date: August 16, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

    In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

    Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.


    #2

    UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #4) by Kresley Cole

    Release date: May 31, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #3

    MASQUERADE (Menagerie #2) by Rachel Vincent

    Release date: Fall 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #4

    A Tourch Against the NightA TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

    Release date: August 30, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

    In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.


    #5

    TheWinnersKissTHE WINNER’S KISS (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski

    Release date: March 29, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

    But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?


    #6

    The King SlayerTHE KING SLAYER (The Witch Hunter #2) by Virginia Boecker

    Release date: June 14, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Magic, suspense, and political intrigue collide in this sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

    Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule–namely Elizabeth and the witches, wizards, pirates, and healers she now calls her friends.

    Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.

    In this sequel to The Witch Hunter, Virginia Boecker delivers a powerful story full of action, suspense, camaraderie, and romance.


    #7

    Glass SwordGLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

    Release date: February 9, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

    The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

    Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

    But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

    Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


    #8

    UNTITLED (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray

    Release date: 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #9

    CROOKED KINGDOM (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: September 22, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #10

    TRAITOR’S PYRE (The Worldwalker Trilogy #3) by Josephine Angelini

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    Find it: Goodreads


    The Honorable Mentions
    • FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch – Goodreads
    • ENDURE (Defy #3) by Sara B. Larson – Goodreads
    • UNTITLED (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu – Goodreads
    • THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh – Goodreads
    • THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2) by Caragh M. O’Brien – Goodreads
    • CLANLESS (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins – Goodreads

    Top Ten New Releases

    #1

    BlackheartsCoverBLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman

    Release date: February 9, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    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.


    #2

    And I DarkenAND I DARKEN (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White

    Release date: June 28, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

    Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

    But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.


    #3

    PassengerCoverPASSENGER (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken

    Release date: January 5, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    passage, n.
    i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
    ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
    iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

    In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

    Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

    Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.


    #4

    Salt to the SeaSALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

    Release date: February 2, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

    In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

    Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.


    #5

    Reign of Shadows CoverREIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan

    Release date: February 9, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    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.


    #6

    Sword and Verse CoverSWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan

    Release date: January 19, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

    Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.


    #7

    Assassin's HeartASSASSIN’S HEART by Sarah Ahiers

    Release date: February 2, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

    Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

    With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.


    #8

    Burning GlassBURNING GLASS by Kathryn Purdie

    Release date: March 1, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

    Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

    But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

    As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

    BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.


    #9

    The Crown's GameTHE CROWN’S GAME (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

    Release date: May 17, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

    And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

    Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

    For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

    And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

    As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


    #10

    The Way I Used to BeTHE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith

    Release date: March 22, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

    Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

    What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

    Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.


    So, those are the books I’m most looking forward to in 2016. What are yours?

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    RYAR Review: IGNITE by Sara B. Larson

    Previously published on ReadingYA.rocks


    ABOUT THE BOOK


    IGNITE by Sara B. Larson
    Series: Defy #2
    Published by Scholastic Press on December 30, 2014
    Genres: Epic Fantasy
    Provided by: Edelweiss
    Rating: 5 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

    Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?


    REVIEW


    Sara B. Larson’s IGNITE is an absolutely riveting second installment in the series. Hidden agendas, unknown enemies, unidentifiable threats, and a tension-filled love story make for an incredibly suspenseful and unputdownable read. It’s a story that will keep readers guessing, make them race through the pages in search for answers, and will have them wishing for the third book in the series to discover what happens next.

    Putting the best interests of her country and her King before her own, Alexa must fight to hide her feelings and her broken heart so that she can remain the King’s most trusted guard. But it isn’t easy. Not when just being near him makes her heart leap into her throat.

    So when a beautiful woman is sent to deliver a message to King Damian, Alexa can’t be sure if her distrust for this woman is based on instinct or because she might be someone who could replace Alexa in his heart. And if she can no longer trust herself, maybe she isn’t the best person to protect her King from the growing dangers to him and to Antion. And maybe, had she known the true cost of her decision, she might have made a different one.

    IGNITE continues the story only a short time following the events in DEFY. And while things may have settled down for the kingdom of Antion and its new ruler, the calm is short-lived. With an ally ostensibly now an enemy, the hope to rebuild will have to be set aside as their attention must turn to this new menace.

    Action-filled, gripping and nerve-wracking, the story, the pace, the excitement do not let up. Tension continues to mount as Alexa tries to uncover who is behind the attacks on Antion, learn what their motives really are, guard Damian, defend Antion, and protect her own heart.

    The threats are deadlier, the enemies more powerful, the betrayals more devastating, and the choices made will have even greater repercussions in IGNITE. No one is safe. No one can be trusted. Not even those most loyal.

    Expect to be transfixed, expect to be shocked and surprised, expect to fall in love with this utterly thrilling and highly addictive must read sequel in a series that is positively epic.

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    DEFY Trailer Reveal + Giveaway

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    I am super stoked to be able to take part in this awesome reveal for the book trailer for DEFY by Sara B. Larson. I loved DEFY and have been absolutely dying to read IGNITE and not just because of the way things ended in book one.

    DEFY was released in January, but the paperback edition will be releasing this month on the 25th and then, on December 30th, the wait will finally be over for IGNITE. And I just so happen to think that it will be the perfect final read for 2014.

    In addition to the fab trailer, in case you haven’t yet become acquainted with DEFY or IGNITE, I’ve included some information about them and the author below.

    And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of DEFY in its soon-to-be-released paperback format, just scroll down to the giveaway a bit further down in the post.

    Anyway…

    I happen to love this trailer and can’t wait for you to check it out. So, without any further ado, here is…


    The Trailer


    About DEFY

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    Series: Defy #1
    Author: Sara B. Larson
    Release date: January 7, 2014 | Paperback edition to be released November 25, 2014
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.

    Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

    The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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    About IGNITE

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    Series: Defy #2
    Author: Sara B. Larson
    Release date: December 30, 2014
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

    Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

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    About Sara B. Larson

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    Sara’s debut YA fantasy novel, DEFY, released in January of 2014 from Scholastic. The sequel will come out in early 2015–stay tuned for announcements about the title, cover, and synopsis! Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three young children. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish or some mint chocolate truffles. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    This reveal includes an awesome giveaway courtesy of Mundie Moms and Scholastic for…

    A paperback copy of DEFY to THREE winners – US ONLY

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    Cover Reveal: IGNITE by Sara B. Larson + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be participating in the cover reveal for Sara B. Larson’s IGNITE, the second book in her Defy series. I loved both the cover and the story for the first book in the series and I couldn’t wait to get an early peek at this cover for its sequel.

    And….

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    It’s gorgeous! It’s purple. It perfectly complements the cover for DEFY.

    I love that the focus is on the weapons in each cover. I love that the backgrounds hint at nature – leaves, flowers. I love that the fonts are bold yet simple. And I love that these covers immediately let you know that the stories are epic/high fantasy without having to tell you that they are in words.

    The image of the bow and arrow is fascinating, eye-catching, beautiful. I love that the arrow is a thorny rose. I love that there is just a hint of faded color on the rosebud/arrowhead. And I love that this weapon is gold in color versus silver like the weapon on the first book’s cover.

    I can’t wait to see this cover in print. It’s just so pretty. I know IGNITE’s gorgeous cover will look stunning wrapped around the epic story within and will look amazing on my shelf next to DEFY.

    About IGNITE…

    Title: IGNITE (Defy #2)
    Author: Sara B. Larson
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Release date: January 6, 2015

    Pre-order it: AMAZON | iTUNES | GOODREADS

    Description…

    Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

    Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?


    Other Books in the Series

    DefyTitle: DEFY (Defy #1)
    Release date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

    Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

    The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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    About Sara B. Larson

    Sara

    Sara’s debut YA fantasy novel, DEFY, released in January of 2014 from Scholastic. The sequel will come out in early 2015.

    Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three young children. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.”

    On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish or some mint chocolate truffles. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of the publisher, Scholastic, this blog-wide reveal includes 3 ARCS OF IGNITE for giveaway – US ONLY

    Please note: As this is a January release, ARCs are not currently available. They will be sent to winners as soon as they are.

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    DEFY Blog Tour: ‘Character Bios’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am totally stoked to be able to share these Character Bios from Author Sara B. Larson for the DEFY Blog Tour. I have had the chance to meet Alexa, Marcel, Prince Damian, Rylan – all of whom I adore – and a few others who are amazing and one or two who are utterly dastardly.

    While not too revealing, especially the ones for Damian and Marcel, the bios perfectly describe these rather important characters. But the best way to get to know each one of them is to pick up a copy of DEFY, which released just yesterday.

    It is an exciting adventure. It is a story that is filled with heartbreak and sorrow but also joy and hope. There are battles. Deadly threats. Sorcery. Trickery. Cruelty. But there is also love and loyalty. Bravery. Honor. And there are some incredibly positive messages to take away.

    And yes, there is a love story. But with whom? Well, that I’ll never tell.

    If I had to list one negative, it would be only that I don’t have the sequel to dive into right now. I have no idea when to start counting down to its release. And I have no clue about what to expect in DEFY‘s sequel.

    While I know it’s going to be every bit as epic as this first book in the series, it’s what I don’t know that’s torturous!

    Anyway… you’re not here to listen to my random ramblings about this awesome first book in a series that already promises to be amazing. You’re here to get to know ALEXA, MARCEL, DAMIAN and RYLAN just a little bit better.

    And you’re here to learn more about the book and author and perhaps to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy.

    Of course if you want to know a little bit more than what I get to reveal, and you’re not quite ready to read DEFY, be sure to stop by some – or all – of the other stops on tour.

    But first, thanks to Author Sara B. Larson, let me introduce you to the characters of DEFY.

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    The Guest Post

    Character Bios by Sara B. Larson

    Alexa

    Her father was from Blevon, her mother was from Antion, but she is born and raised in Antion. She is tough and extremely talented at fighting. She’s stubborn and determined. But she also has a very vulnerable side that she’s had to suppress to pull off her disguise as a boy. She’s learned to lower her voice and subdue her emotions for her deception. As DEFY unfolds, Alex/Alexa struggles to reconcile the persona she’s had to adopt with who she truly is. She comes to discover the depths of her strength and courage—as her true self.

    Marcel

    Alexa’s twin brother. They are almost identical in looks, which helps convince everyone of her disguise. He’s always giving Alexa a hard time, and he’s very competitive with her. But when it comes down to it, he’s incredibly protective of her and does everything he can to guard over her and keep her secret. He’s one of my favorite characters in DEFY.

    Damian

    His mother was Blevonese and his father is Dansiian (but invaded Antion with his brother Armando and made himself king of Antion). Damian acts like a spoiled-rotten royal jerk. He’s very condescending and everyone believes he’s lazy and rude and selfish. He also tends to be very sarcastic. He’s had an incredibly hard life due to his mother dying when he was young and his father’s demanding personality. Not everything is quite what meets the eye with him. He’s a very complex character.

    Rylan

    Is full Antionese. He’s loyal and strong and fun-loving, but he also has a serious side and he’s the only guard who’s come close to beating Alexa in a sparring match. He is Alexa’s closest friend besides her brother.

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    Thanks for having me on the blog today, and I hope you enjoy getting to know these characters (and many more!) better in the pages of DEFY!

    About Defy

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    Description…

    A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

    Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

    The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

    Series: Defy #1
    Publication date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    About Sara B. Larson

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    Sara loves writing, reading, and dessert–but the order varies by the day. She wrote her first book in second grade about a woman who had a premature baby, complete with a “to scale” drawing of the baby’s size–while her mom was pregnant. To say she was a bit precocious is putting it lightly. Now that she’s an adult, she writes books for teens that have magic and romance and kick-butt girls (and very few premature babies).

    She lives in Utah with her husband, two young sons and baby girl. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims that she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish.

    She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary and her YA debut DEFY is coming January ’14 from Scholastic!

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

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    The Giveaway

    This tour includes a tour-wide giveaway for some seriously awesome prizes.

    5 signed copies of DEFY – US ONLY

    3 Audiobook downloads of DEFY – US/Canada

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Dec. 30th – A Book and a Latte – Interview

    Dec. 30th – Book Nerd Canada – Review

    Dec. 31st – Primrose Musings – Review

    Dec. 31st – Fictitious Delicious – Guest Post

    Jan. 1st – Jessabella Reads – Review

    Jan. 1st – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

    Jan. 2nd – Curling Up With A Good Book – Review

    Jan. 2nd – Icey Books – Guest Post

    Jan. 3rd – The Demon Librarian – Review

    Jan. 3rd – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview

    Week Two

    Jan. 6th – She Dreams in Fiction – Review

    Jan. 6th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    Jan. 7th – Bookish – Interview

    Jan. 7th – Hannah Reads Books – Review

    Jan. 8th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

    Jan. 8th – Crossroad Reviews – Review

    Jan. 9th – Fiction Freak – Interview

    Jan. 9th – In the Best Worlds – Review

    Jan. 10th – Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance – Review

    Jan. 10th – The Cover Contessa – Guest Post

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #158

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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 January 7th-January 13th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Unhinged

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    UNHINGED by A.G. Howard will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Amulet Books, the print edition is 400 pages.

    UNHINGED is the second book in Author A.G. Howard’s Splintered series. The third full-length book, ENSNARED, is slated for release in 2015.

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    Ack! So excited that UNHINGED is releasing in just a couple days and everyone will get the chance to read this awesome sequel. A sequel that includes such amazing lines as, “Nothing can break the chains you have on my heart. For you are Wonderland.” A sequel that is all sorts of imaginative and unique and every bit as fan-freaking-tastic as I’d hoped it would be.

    A sequel that I had to spotlight for my Book Watch post, even with all the amazing books releasing this week. A sequel I have pre-ordered in both eBook format and in print.

    While I would love to go on and on about this magical and enchanting and captivating book, I already rambled about it a little in that post and I hope to talk more about it in my review. And since there are 36 other YA releases this week, eight more of which I have pre-ordered and plan to talk about, I am going to try to keep my rambling to a minimum.

    But whether you are a fan of Morpheus or Jeb or Alyssa, there are all sorts of things to love, love, love about this book that will keep you completely and totally riveted from beginning to end.

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    Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

    That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

    As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

    If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

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    Independent Study

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    INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HMH Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    INDEPENDENT STUDY is the second book in Author Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing series. The third and final full-length book in the series, GRADUATION DAY, is slated for release on June 3, 2014.

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    I am super excited for the upcoming release of INDEPENDENT STUDY because I’m dying to talk to everyone about the thing that happened at the end. I was totally stoked to have had the chance to read it early thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books after I was rejected for a review copy from Edelweiss and thought I’d have to wait for my Kindle pre-order to download on January 7th.

    This was one of my favorite series last year to discover and the sequel did not disappoint. It kept me glued to each and every page before it practically annihilated me at the end. Wow. I did not see that coming. At all.

    I am currently devouring GRADUATION DAY, hoping to finish it before the release of INDEPENDENT STUDY on Tuesday. I’ve heard the final book in the series is awesome and I can’t wait to see how things end.

    As I’m on the blog tour for INDEPENDENT STUDY and my post should go up shortly after this one, there will be a few more rambles about this book in that next post, so I’ll just end this short ramble by saying this is a must read series.

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    In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

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    Defy

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    DEFY by Sara B. Larson will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DEFY is the first book in Author Sara B. Larson’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release next year.

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    I was totally thrilled to be able to grab an eARC of DEFY through NetGalley. I had heard this book was amazing so I pre-ordered it for my Kindle collection to have forever whether I got the chance to read it early or not. And while I’m not quite finished at the time of preparing this post – I’m at the 85% mark at the moment – I am loving it so far.

    Secrets, assassins, sorcerers, hidden motives and plenty of action make this one heck of an exciting read. A main character who is fierce but also sympathetic and likable makes this a must read. And a prince who is quite the surprise is a total bonus.

    So… yeah… I guess you could say that I love this book. So far.

    With just 15% left to read, I want to get finished with this post so I can do just that. Because it’s just so good I really did not want to have to put it down.

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    A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

    Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

    The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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    A BREATH OF FROST by Alyxandra Harvey will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 496 pages.

    A BREATH OF FROST is the first book in Author Alyxandra Harvey’s The Lovegrove Legacy.

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    I am such a huge fan of Author Alyxandra Harvey’s and I am super excited for the release of A BREATH OF FROST on Tuesday. I have had it pre-ordered for my Kindle for ages and ages and I cannot wait until the finished copy downloads.

    While I have an eARC that I am also in the middle of reading – yes I’m reading a few books all at once this weekend – this is a book I want to have for my collection. Scratch that. Must have for my collection. I have every one of this author’s books on my Kindle and have read most of them. So there’s no way I wouldn’t have ordered the finished copy.

    But I love this setting and the idea of the story. I love the characters I’ve gotten the chance to meet so far. I can’t wait to see how this story develops and how it ends, which should happen before its release on Monday Midnight.

    I’m just super curious to find out whether I’ll be stuck on the edge of a cliff until the sequel.

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    In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. Beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins.

    But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have inadvertently opened the gates to the Underworld.

    Now the dead, ghouls, hellhounds-and the most terrifying of all: the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters-are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers.

    And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies.

    Can the cousins unravel the clues and mystery behind their heritage and power before their gifts are stripped away …or even worse, another witch is killed?

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    Erased

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    ERASED by Jennifer Rush will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 288 pages.

    ERASED is the second full-length book in Author Jennifer Rush’s Altered series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2015.

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    ALTERED was a book I was desperate to get my hands on and tried to read the moment it downloaded to my Kindle. While I wasn’t able to dive into a book that wasn’t a review book at that time, it’s one of those books I regret not having read from 2013. Yet.

    So of course I had to purchase the novella and pre-order ERASED, even without having read book one. I just know I’m going to love it and want to have each one of the stories in this series on hand when I’m done reading it.

    And as much as I’m dying to take a sneak peek at this book’s description, to find out what might be revealed about the events in ALTERED, I am not going to look. So I don’t know what’s going to happen in this sequel, what happened in the first book and whether all the characters – Anna, Nick, Cas, Trev and Sam – survived.

    If things settle down toward the end of the month, I am hopeful that I’ll be able to read both books and the novella. Though I really wish they were a little quieter right now. Waiting sucks.

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    They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

    After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

    Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?

    Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last age is turned.

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    Where You'll Find Me

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    WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME by Erin Fletcher will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the story is 211 pages.

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    I only recently learned of WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME when I saw the cover for this book for the reveal put together by Rockstar Book Tours. I loved the cover, but when I read the description I love, love, loved the story and immediately pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    And I can’t wait for its release this week. I want to meet Hanley and Nate. I want to find out why Nate is hiding in her garage. I want to know what she’s running from. And I want to know whether their love story is one that ends happily or tragically or somewhere in between.

    I’ve been on such a contemporary kick as of late and this book sounds like just the kind of book I’m desperately in the mood to read. If all goes well this week, and I finish all the various books I’m currently reading and the next one up on the pile, I hope I’ll be able to squeeze this in.

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    When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn’t happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

    Nate doesn’t tell her why he’s in her garage, and she doesn’t tell him what she’s running from. Soon, Hanley’s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate’s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn’t sure which is worse: that she’s harboring a fugitive, or that she’s in love with one.

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    The Impossible Knife of Memory

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    THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 400 pages.

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    I first learned about THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY when I received an ARC for review a couple of months back. And while I haven’t yet had the chance to read it, I did pre-order a copy for my Kindle because I know this author is a fantastic writer and I wanted to have a copy of her next book in my collection.

    I had every intention of reading this book prior to its release and was excited to have received the chance to do so early. But due to some real life difficult stuffs going on I wasn’t able to read for awhile and am still a bit I was wary about reading books with anything but light storylines.

    But I definitely plan on reading this story and meeting Hayley and her father Andy. I want to find out whether Andy’s return home will be a positive experience rather than a negative one. And I want to know whether there will be a love story with Finn and Hayley.

    The description promises a read that is “compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down” and I am hopeful of being able to discover this for myself later this month.

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    For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

    Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

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    SALT by Danielle Ellison will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the book is 250 pages.

    SALT is the first book in a new series by the same name by Author Danielle Ellison.

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    SALT is another book I got the chance to learn more about when I revealed its cover just last month. And when I did and also heard that this book was awesome I decided to pre-order a copy for my Kindle.

    I am very curious about this book and what its title means to the story. I am curious about how Penelope can use her sister’s magic to hide the loss of her own. And I’m curious to find out what Carter’s secret is.

    But I’m most curious about what the demons want with Penelope and what their agenda really is.

    If my reading pile isn’t too crowded in early February, I hope to be able to read SALT then. Though as it is the first book in a series, I really should try and wait until closer to the sequel’s release to read it in order to make things easier on myself. But that’s not going to happen.

    Description…

    Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

    When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find “her” demon. To take back what was stolen.

    Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

    Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

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    The Killing Woods

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    THE KILLING WOODS by Lucy Christopher will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Chicken House, the print edition is 387 pages.

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    Lucy Christoper is an amazing writer and when I learned of THE KILLING WOODS’ release I instantly added it to my list of pre-orders for my Kindle. I was totally envious that it got released over three months ago in the UK and I was so very tempted to see if I could get a print copy of the UK edition so I wouldn’t have to wait.

    But now the wait is almost over and I’ll be able to find out what happened to Ashlee Parker, find out whether Emily’s dad is innocent, find out whether Ashlee’s boyfriend knows something or whether he’s playing deadly games with Emily.

    I am super curious to see how the author approaches this story, whether her writing will pull me immediately in, and whether I’ll be able to discover the truth about what happened before the story reaches its end.

    Description…

    Fatal attraction, primal fear, survival in the forest: From the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN, the highly anticipated thriller about deadly games played in the dark.

    Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd’s dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl’s broken body. “Gone,” he says, then retreats into silence.

    What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent — isn’t he? Before he’s convicted, she’s got to find out the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee’s charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her — the kinds of games that can kill?

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    Other Books of Note

     

    Untitled-1BEING SLOANE JACOBS by Lauren Morrill

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

    Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

    When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

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    Darkest FearDARKEST FEAR (Birthright #1) by Cate Tiernan

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

    Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar?

    Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never even knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties, and even romance all lay ahead—but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could have imagined.

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    FlameFLAME (Sky Chasers #3) by Amy Kathleen Ryan

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In the thrilling conclusion to the Sky Chasers series Waverly, Kieran, and Seth struggle to survive on-board the New Horizon—and take down their enemies before it’s too late.

    Waverly and the other members of the Empyrean have scattered, and their home ship has been destroyed. Their mission to rescue their parents didn’t go as planned, and now they’re at an even greater disadvantage: trapped with their enemies on the New Horizon, trying to find a way to survive. Kieran has been pulled under Anne Mather’s wing, but is she really trying to make peace, or just using Kieran to build her own power? Meanwhile, Waverly is taken in by a mysterious old man who wants to help her bring Anne Mather down—but the more Waverly cooperates with him, the more dangerous her position is, and the more at odds with Kieran she becomes.

    Seth’s situation is even worse. After setting out from the Empyrean on his own, with only a vague strategy to guide him, he is a fugitive aboard the New Horizon. He’s doing what he can to challenge the power of Anne Mather, but he’s badly hurt, and getting sicker.

    Will Seth ever see Waverly again? Will his health hold out long enough to help her topple their enemies? And will Waverly find a way to unite with her friends before they all fall? Nothing is sure and every moment is a risk in this explosive finale of the Sky Chasers series.

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    Fugitive XFUGITIVE X (Revolution 19 #2) by Gregg Rosenblum

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Their fight for freedom is humanity’s last hope for survival. The chilling Revolution 19 trilogy continues in Fugitive X.

    A war between humans and robots is on the horizon, and only one side will survive.

    Siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are struggling to survive in a world where deadly, sophisticated robots have turned on their creators and enslaved mankind. Fugitives from one of the bot-controlled Cities, the siblings venture into the woods, but when they are attacked by bot foot soldiers, the siblings are separated…and for the first time, they are on their own.

    Created in conjunction with Alloy Entertainment; Howard Gordon, showrunner of 24 and Showtime’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Homeland; and James Wong, writer-director of the Final Destination films, Fugitive X is the gripping next installment in the cinematic Revolution 19 series.

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    Zom-B GladiatorZOM-B GLADIATOR (Zom-B #6) by Darren Shan

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Beyond a shadow of a doubt, B Smith has decided to live–and to fight for good as long as possible. However, London is overridden with the brain-eating undead and swarming with human mercenaries whose sense of right and wrong dissolved when society did. When they lay a trap, B is captured. And it’ll take dozens of battles–and the fight of a lifetime–to escape.

    Filled with gripping, bloody action sequences, the sixth book in Darren Shan’s horrifying Zom-B series promises the fright–and the fight–of your life.

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    The Almost GirlTHE ALMOST GIRL by Amalie Howard

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Strange Chemistry

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

    Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

    Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

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    Diamonds & DeceitDIAMONDS & DECEIT (At Somerton #2) by Leila Rasheed

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    One house, two worlds…book two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court.

    A house divided…

    London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can’t help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross’s sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.

    Ada should be happy. She is engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? Even if she hated Lord Fintan, she would have no choice but to go through with the marriage. Every day a new credit collector knocks on the door of their London flat, demanding payment for her cousin William’s expenditures. Her father’s heir seems determined to bring her family to ruin, and only a brilliant marriage can save Somerton Court and the Averleys’ reputation.

    Meanwhile, at Somerton, Sebastian is out of his mind with worry for his former valet Oliver, who refuses to plead innocent to the murder charges against him–for a death caused by Sebastian himself. Sebastian will do whatever he can to help the boy he loves, but his indiscretion is dangerous fodder for a reporter with sharp eyes and dishonorable intentions.

    The colorful cast of the At Somerton series returns in this enthralling sequel about class and fortune, trust and betrayal, love and revenge.

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    Promise BoundPROMISE BOUND (Lies Beneath #3) by Anne Greenwood Brown

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Calder and Lily never imagined falling in love would mean breaking apart. But ever since Lily started wearing a glass pendant that once belonged to Nadia, Calder’s adoptive mother, she’s been having vivid dreams of what life was like for the mermaid matriarch. In fact, she’s been dreaming as if she were Nadia! And Nadia, it seems, made a promise before her death. A promise to reunite Calder’s biological mother with her son. Lily knows merfolk are bound to keep their promises. Calder’s not buying into it, though. He chalks up the dreams to stress. He wants Lily to focus on the future—their future, not the past. Which forces Lily to send Calder away. Calder goes, feeling rejected and more than a little tempted to revert to his hunting ways.

    What both of them overlook is the present: Calder’s sisters, Maris and Pavati, are fighting for control of the mermaid clan, and now that Lily and her dad have transformed into mer-creatures, both mermaids vie for daughter and father as allies. Which of the two mermaids can be trusted? Will Lily make costly mistakes, forcing her to descend to the depths of Lake Superior? And if Calder returns, will he be the same merman Lily grew to love? The stakes are high, with many lives at risk, but Calder and Lily must confront the past as well as their darkest impulses if they want a chance at being together.

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    No One Else Can Have YouNO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE YOU by Kathleen Hale

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.

    Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.

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    AllianceALLIANCE (The Paladin Prophecy #2) by Mark Frost

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Readers of I Am Number Four, The Maze Runner, and Legend will love this sophisticated adventure series by the cocreator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks, with its unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.

    After exposing the sinister underground society of students known as the Knights of Charlemagne, Will West stays at the Center over the summer to explore his newly developing physical and mental abilities. Meanwhile, his roommates investigate the Knights’ shadowy purpose and discover unsettling information about their own backgrounds. Will and his friends must quickly figure out what’s going on and separate friend from foe as they prepare for the coming fight.

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    Love RebornLOVE REBORN (Dead Beautiful #3) by Yvonne Woon

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Renée and Dante are dying. The soul they share cannot sustain them both, and they’re quickly running out of time.

    But Renée has in her possession a legendary chest said to contain the secret to eternal life-if only they could solve the clues that lie within it. With both the Liberum, a Brotherhood of the Undead, and a team of Monitors, led by Renée’s own grandfather, in hot pursuit, Renée and Dante must keep the chest safe or risk having it fall into the wrong hands.

    With the help of a mysterious letter-writer called only Monsieur, Renée and Dante follow a series of clues that lead them on a treacherous journey across Europe. They seek the Netherworld, a legendary chasm where souls go to be cleansed. It’s their only chance at a fresh start, but with it comes a terrible choice, one they never imagined they would be forced to make.

    The third novel in the acclaimed Dead Beautiful series is a haunting story of sacrifice, loyalty, and a love that can never die.

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    Double DigitDOUBLE DIGIT (Digit #2) by Annabel Monaghan

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    To say eighteen-year-old Farrah Higgins—or Digit—is good at math is a laughable understatement. She’s been cracking codes since childhood, and is finally at home with “her people” at MIT in Cambridge. Her talents are so off the charts that her laptop is under surveillance by both the CIA and an ecoterrorist named Jonas Furnis. So when she thoughtlessly hacks into the Department of Defense’s database, she lands in serious hot water inside and outside the law. Readers will be sad to turn the last page of this suspenseful, sassy, super smart thriller, the sequel to A Girl Named Digit.

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    Little Blue LiesLITTLE BLUE LIES by Chris Lynch

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Two teens discover the true danger of love in this gripping novel from Printz Honor–winning author Chris Lynch.

    Oliver loves Junie Blue. That’s true. Pretty much everything else is a lie. Both known for their deceit, Junie and O’s relationship was the only honest thing they had. But now that’s over. Oliver’s been dumped, and he’s miserable. Junie says they’re done. Unless she’s lying?

    Junie’s father works for One Who Knows, the head of an organized crime family. He won’t tell O where Junie is, not even after O hears a rumor that Junie’s won the lottery—and that One Who Knows expects to be given her ticket. O fears Junie’s in danger, and he’s determined to come to her rescue. But is there honestly anything he can do?

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    PassionariesPASSIONARIES (The Blessed #2) by Tonya Hurley

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Agnes, Cecelia, and Lucy watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in. Will the girls trust that their destiny as saints and martyrs and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or lose faith in themselves and each other in his absence? Time is running out for them to make a decision, and the fate of the world lies in the balance.

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    In DreamsIN DREAMS by Erica Orloff

    Pub. Date: January 9, 2014

    Publisher: Speak

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Inception meets Unearthly in this hot romance for fans of Meg Cabot’s Abandon Series!

    In the land of nightmares, she finds the man of her dreams…

    He haunts her in her dreams.

    She is always searching, looking for the man who calls her from afar, a disembodied voice who knows everything about her. But when she discovers the unimaginable secret her family has hidden for so long, her dreams—and her nightmares—invade her reality.

    Her true love beckons, but the terrors await her. . . . Can she find him in time, or will their love—and her life—be destroyed?

    Sixteen-year-old Iris has a recurring dream a long corridor of many doors, and behind each door a hidden world—some magical, some terrifying. But always she is searching for the man who calls to her—the man of her dreams—who knows everything about her, who stirs feelings in her she’s never felt before.

    When she discovers her father is actually the god of dreams, her nightmares and dreams follow her into reality, with both frightening and romantic results. Hunted by the god of nightmares, stalked by the horrifying creatures of the underworld, Iris must try to navigate both her worlds, as she tries to finally be with Sebastian, the man of her dreams.

    Can she triumph over the dangers that have haunted her forever, and be with Sebastian, or will terrors ultimately destroy them both?

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    Other Releases

    NEVERWAS (The Amber House Trilogy #2) by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed

    LUMINARY (Anomaly #2) by Krista McGee

    GAME SLAVES by Gard Skinner

    HERO WORSHIP by Christopher E. Long

    WHY WE TOOK THE CAR by Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tim Mohr (Translator)

    THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF NICOLO ZEN by Nicholas Christopher

    PHOENIX ISLAND by John Dixon

    TOUCH (The Queen of the Dead #2) by Michelle Sagara

    THE TRUE TALE OF MONSTER BILLY DEAN by David Almond

    OUTCASTS (The Safe Lands #2) by Jill Williamson

    MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH by Crissa-Jean Chappell

    WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST by Jason Reynolds

    ENDERS (Starters #2) by Lissa Price

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    This week is absolutely insane with new YA releases. There are 37 releases that I came across. Nine of which I know I have pre-ordered, and a few others that I think I do – BEING SLOANE JACOBS, FLAME and PROMISE BOUND. It’s possible there are even a few more that will download come Monday Midnight.

    And I haven’t even begun to check into YA eBook novella releases.

    Though I do have one non-YA eNovella on order that I do know about…

    Howling For YouHOWLING FOR YOU (Chicagoland Vampires #8.5) by Chloe Neill

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: NAL

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.

    For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.

    But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?

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    And Part 2 of an adult serialized novel…

    The Professional Part 2THE PROFESSIONAL PART 2 (The Game Maker #1.2) by Kresley Cole

    Pub. Date: January 6, 2014

    Publisher: Pocket Star

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes The Professional—the second scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?

    He makes the rules…
    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

    Rules are made to be broken…
    PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

    Are you ready to play?
    Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

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    Anyway… as there are so many books releasing this week and I do want to get back to reading DEFY, I think I’ll skip my long-winded sign-off to this post. But I will just say that I hope that this week doesn’t completely empty out your wallet as I’m pretty sure it has done to mine. I hope that you are able to get your hands on at least a few of these amazing new titles.

    And I am so glad that at least next week is just a little bit quieter, as the week of January 21st has quite a few seriously awesome new releases. A number of which I know I have pre-ordered.

    As ever… Happy bookish acquiring and reading!

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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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