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    ROOMIES ‘Win One for You and Your Reader’ Campaign: My Roomie Story + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be participating in Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ ROOMIES “Win One for You and Your Reader” Roomie Story Campaign. While the Roomie survival kit/gift pack that is up for grabs for participating blogs (and one of their readers) sounds awesome, I would have participated regardless of the prize.

    The idea of sharing my roomie story sounded like so much fun – especially as it was a complete nightmare – that it wouldn’t have taken much prodding for me to share it. AND helping to promote ROOMIES and the authors’ upcoming tour is something I’m totally stoked to do.

    ROOMIES was released on December 24th, 2013 and both Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando will be on tour in January and February. If you’d like to meet the authors they’ll be on tour…

    January 12, 2014 – New York, NY | McNally Jackson

    January 15, 2014 – Salt Lake City, UT | The King’s English

    January 16, 2014 – Provo, UT | Provo Library

    February 4, 2014 – San Francisco, CA | Books Inc., Opera Plaza

    February 5, 2014 – Petaluma, CA | Copperfield’s Books

    The publishers have also offered up for giveaway a copy of the book on each participating blog – US only. If you’d like to enter for a chance to win, just scroll down to the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. The giveaway ends on January 16th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

    The survival kit/gift pack winners will be announced by the publisher on January 20th. The gift pack includes: earplugs, home spa essentials, a signed copy of the book, a special note from the authors, and other fun things – all packed into a shower caddy. How awesome is that?

    If for some reason I do win the prize, I will be passing it along to one of my blog’s readers who needs it more than I do. I adore my current roomie.

    Anyway…

    Before I get to MY roomie-from-heck story… which actually kind of makes me sound a little mean-girl… I thought I’d share some information about the book, places to find it online, a link to read an excerpt and its trailer and some information about both authors and places to find them online.

    I’ve tucked My Roomie Story in just before the giveaway. And I’m so curious to see who you think is worse – me or her. 

    About Roomies

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    Description…

    It’s time to meet your new roomie.

    When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

    As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

    National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

    Authors: Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
    Publication Date: December 24, 2013
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 288
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Read an excerpt HERE.

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    About Sara Zarr

    Sara Zarr

    Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of five novels for young adults, most recently The Lucy Variations, which the New York Times called “an elegant novel.” Her sixth, a collaborative novel with Tara Altebrando, came out December 2013.

    She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been variously named to annual best books lists of the American Library Association, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, the Guardian, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library, and have been translated into many languages.

    In 2010, she served as a judge for the National Book Award. She has written essays and creative nonfiction for ImageHunger Mountain online, and Response as well as for several anthologies, and has been a regular contributor to Image‘s daily Good Letters blog on faith, life, and culture. As of summer 2013, she’s a member of the faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Sara also hosts the This Creative Life podcast. She is the current Salt Lake City Literary Death Match Champion.

    Born in Cleveland and raised in San Francisco, she currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at www.sarazarr.com.

    Find her: WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | GOODREADS

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    About Tara Altebrando

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    In addition to my most recent novel, THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR (PATHETIC) LIFE, I’m the author of three previous books for Young Adults, including DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens of 2011, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS and WHAT HAPPENS HERE.

    Next up is ROOMIES, a novel I cowrote with Sara Zarr (Little Brown, December) and then my middle-grade debut, THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE (Running Press Kids, May 2014).

    I live in Queens, New York, with my husband and two young daughters, Ellie and Violet.

    Find her: WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

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    My Roomie Story

    I didn’t go to camp because the idea of sharing a room with a number of strangers for an entire summer scared me to no end. While I never lacked friends, it always took me a while to warm up to strangers. And with all the nightmare stories I heard about pranks at camp, the idea of putting myself in that situation was just too terrifying to fathom.

    So it wasn’t until I left for college that I was faced with having a roommate. Which was good… and bad.

    I wasn’t given a heads-up about who my roommate would be. And as I was moving into a suite with four other girls, one of whom had the single reserved, I wasn’t even sure which of the four would actually be my roomie.

    Not knowing was nerve-wracking. But I was already a wreck as I was leaving the love of my life behind as I trekked across country to attend school. And when I got there, the roommate situation was already sorted. Which was also good… but mostly bad.

    The single was taken by a really nice, super smart, wealthy, soon-to-be-sorority girl. She lasted all of two months before she moved into the sorority.

    The first double was taken up by the two girls who got there first. They’d arrived earlier than I did – both from California already – met, liked each other and decided it was better to pair up – in the larger room, I might add – than take a gamble that the two later arrivals might be better.

    I really liked all of my suitemates, even my roommate when I first met her. On the surface she appeared to be the typical California girl – blonde, athletic, surfer. Underneath the surface she was all kinds of crazy.

    While I won’t go into all the reasons why – there were many – in a nutshell my biggest issues involved hygiene, borrowing and not returning my stuff, being overly sensitive about everything.

    My roomie liked to work out. A lot. Which was great. But she claimed some kind of problem with thin hair due to bleaching it that prevented her from washing it. Okay… but then I couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t shower, or wash her workout gear, or any of her clothes for that matter. And why, when she borrowed my clothes she’d put them in her dresser, soiled and smelly, and not bother to return them. Ever.

    While I was all about swapping clothes with my suitemates, I expected those clothes returned cleaned and folded or hung up when they were done borrowing them. I also expected them to be returned. Julie seemed to have a problem with that.

    She also wanted to be included in everything that we – my suitemates and I – did. Which wasn’t always feasible because our schedules didn’t coincide. It also wasn’t particularly desirable as our personalities didn’t, either.

    And it wasn’t just me. Both my other suitemates weren’t particularly fond of her. We tried. Oh how we tried. But her incessant need to have suite meetings to share our feelings and talk about grievances didn’t go down well with a bunch of eighteen-year-olds just looking to have fun.

    The straw that broke the camel’s back was a late-night lengthy argument in which she demanded that I and my suitemates look at her when talking to her. At all times. So if we were reclined on the sofa watching TV and she asked us a question, we’d have to lock eyes. If we were throwing a party in which we were chatting up a bunch of different people, we’d have to visually connect.

    Had we been more mature, we might have been more sympathetic. We might have understood that she was feeling left out, that she was a bit more needy than most. But the constant after-party disagreements, which were a major downer, coupled with the sour smell of unwashed roomie and the daily… or I should say nightly… visits from her rather unpleasant, super cheap (don’t ask) and noisy (you don’t want to know) boyfriend made her persona non grata.

    So after not-so-much debate we launched our own campaign to have her ousted from the suite. Photographic evidence of her uncleanliness and permanent borrowing of clothing was compiled, write-ups about her personality quirks were amassed from not only myself and my roommates but others in our “dorm” and we presented our case to the housing office of our near-campus housing.

    Thankfully, as there were a number of students who left to move into sororities after the first quarter, they were able to find her a new roommate situation. While they could have moved one of us (me or her) into the newly emptied single in our suite, they opted instead to lock that room and move her out of the suite completely.

    Which left me roommate free for the rest of the year. Well, mostly… as I did move the love of my life into our suite later that spring – yes, he moved to California – a few weeks prior to end of term. And for the rest of forever. Unless you count the love of my life, a.k.a. The Dude. Who has been the only roomie I’ve had since then.

    But what about you?

    Have you had a roommate-from-heck situation? Or was your roomie someone you liked who became a bff?

    Whether it’s a long story or a short one, if you’d like to share your roomie story, leave a comment. I’d LOVE to hear about it!

    Note: I left a LOT out about my roomie so as not to make this person sound quite as bad, so that I wouldn’t reveal how awkward things actually got, and so I wouldn’t be crossing so far over the TMI line there would be no coming back from it.

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    The Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs…

    The publisher has offered up for giveaway a copy of ROOMIES to ONE winner – US only.

    The Deets…

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US only
    • Prize will be shipped directly from the publisher
    • Giveaway ends January 16th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter

    There are NO requirements to follow or like. Just leave a comment answering the question about your roomie story – or your lucky/unlucky lack of one!

    There are a few extra entry opportunities to follow the authors on Twitter, like their pages on Facebook and add ROOMIES on Goodreads.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #156

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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 December 24th-December 30th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Roomies

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    ROOMIES by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando releases in the U.S. today, December 24, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

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    I first learned about ROOMIES through NetGalley when I saw the newsletter email. And after having read the description I had to add it to my list of pre-orders. It sounded like a lot of fun and as I love Sara Zarr’s writing I definitely wanted a copy for my collection.

    While I wasn’t able to read it early, I can’t wait to read the finished copy on my Kindle and meet Elizabeth and Lauren and see what they have to say in their emails to each other in the summer prior to their first year at college.

    I’m curious as to why two girls who are so very different are paired up as roommates and whether they become friends before ever meeting one another or realize that being roomies will never work out. The description mentions that their email exchange impacts both their summers and I’m intrigued as to why that is.

    While I didn’t receive an email with my roommates details, I can very clearly remember just how interesting it was meeting both my roommate and my suitemates that first day at college. Being surprised was definitely better than meeting them in advance. I might have been way too nervous to head off to college if I had. Which makes me that much more curious about Lauren and Elizabeth’s story.

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    It’s time to meet your new roomie.

    When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

    As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

    National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

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    Control

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    CONTROL by Lydia Kang will be released in the U.S. on December 26, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Dial, the print edition is 400 pages.

    CONTROL is the first book in author Lydia Kang’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, CATALYST, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I am so excited for CONTROL’s release this week. While I haven’t been waiting for this book for ages, it feels like I’ve been waiting for a long, long time. And the wait is almost over. Just two more days until it downloads to my Kindle. I’m totally stoked.

    I can’t wait to meet Zel and Dyl and discover the futuristic world that Author Lydia Kang created. I am super curious to see what life is like in a world in which there are those with “peculiar” gifts and humans who are considered genetic “mistakes.”

    I rambled on and on about my excitement for CONTROL just a few weeks ago in my Book Watch post, so I won’t go on and on again here. But this is a highly anticipated read for me and I can’t wait to discover it for myself later this week.

    While I might not get the chance to read it in its entirety due to family stuffs, I will definitely be taking a peek at it the moment it downloads on Thursday.

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    An un-putdownable thriller for fans of Uglies

    When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

    A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

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    Due to the holiday week, it’s a super quiet week for releases and there are only two books that I’ve got pre-ordered and no other books that I’m aware of that are releasing this week. Of course it is possible there are a few other releases, some of which I might discover when they download during the week, but as of this post I only have the two releases above on my radar.

    I don’t think I missed any books last week, which, aside from quite a few novellas, was also a fairly quiet release week. But I am pretty sure that there are quite a few new titles coming out next week. Which makes me really, really excited.

    As it is a holiday week this week, I hope that those of you who celebrate get the chance to do so with an amazing book or a few. And I hope that a few awesome books get added to your collection this week, whether newly released or long-anticipated wish list books.

    Happy holidays. And, as ever, happy 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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #123

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

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    Reboot

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    REBOOT by Amy Tintera will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    REBOOT is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Amy Tintera. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that REBOOT is releasing this week. I fell instantly in love with it the second I read the description. And I have major cover love for it, too. So, waiting for its release has been torturous.

    I cannot wait to meet Wren Connolly and Callum Reyes. I can’t wait to see just how his humanity turns the “perfect soldier” into someone willing to disobey her orders. And I cannot wait to visit this intriguing world that author Amy Tintera has created.

    I have avoided all reviews, but I couldn’t help but hear the tiniest bits of chatter mentioning that this book rocked. So I’m hoping that I’ll be finished with this week’s reads early enough so that I can sneak REBOOT onto the pile this week.

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    Invisibility

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    INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I love Andrea Cremer’s writing and I am so very curious about this joint endeavor with author David Levithan. I’ve had INVISIBILITY pre-ordered since the moment I first learned of its existence and I can’t wait to check it out.

    I love books that involve curses. Of course I love stories that include romance. And I can’t wait to find out if Elizabeth and Stephen discover a way to break the curse and just what sacrifice they’ll have to make in order for Stephen to “become visible.”

    While I won’t get the chance to take a peek at it this month, I am hopeful of reading INVISIBILITY early next month. Because it’s been awhile since I read anything by author Andrea Cremer and I am definitely going through withdrawal.

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    The 5th Wave

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    THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 480 pages.

    THE 5th WAVE is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Rick Yancey. The second and third books in the series are currently untitled and slated for release in August 2014 and August 2015, respectively.

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    There has been a ton of buzz about Rick Yancey’s THE 5th WAVE, all of it positive, so I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. Even though I haven’t read either THE PASSAGE or ENDER’S GAME, which the description compares this book to.

    But any book that is billed as “epic” is one I have to check out. And when its description mentions that “only darkness remains” and “only the unlucky survive,” how could I not want to read it?

    I more than want to read it. I desperately want to do so. And I’m so very hopeful of being able to meet Cassie and the “[b]eguiling and mysterious” Evan Walker in the next week or two.

    The 1st Wave…


    The 2nd Wave…


    The 3rd Wave…


    The 4th Wave…


    The 5th Wave…

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    The End Games

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    THE END GAMES by T. Michael will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I cannot believe THE END GAMES is releasing this week. I had so hoped to read it early, but that didn’t happen. This book is yet another one of those books I consider must reads. It sounds so chilling and awesome.

    As I’ve spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, I won’t ramble on endlessly, especially as this post is long, but I will just say that this book is one I’m so eager to dive into. I want to find out how The Game changes, how The Bellows, evolve and just what The Game Master is up to.

    While I won’t get the chance to read THE END GAMES this week, there’s no way I’m going to let the month end without having read it.

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    If I Should Die

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    IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    IF I SHOULD DIE is the third, and final, book in the Revenants series by author Amy Plum.

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    After having just recently read UNTIL I DIE, I don’t think I’m more anxious for any book’s release than IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum. I absolutely love the author’s stories about the Revenants and I cannot wait to find out what happened after that killer ending.

    And from reading those excerpts on the IF I SHOULD DIE Blog Tour, I am even more desperate to continue the story. Which I hope to do when my eBook downloads on Monday Midnight.

    Because I want to know why Jules and Kate are in New York. I want to know what happens with the traitor. And I want to know how this series ends.

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    Icons

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    ICONS by Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, large print paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. It will be available in audiobook format on July 16, 2013.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

    ICONS is the first book in author Margaret Stohl’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is expected in 2014.

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    ICONS is another book I wanted to read before its release, but due to the umpteen books I needed to read first, it just didn’t happen. But I have ICONS pre-ordered and I will be reading it just as soon as my schedule frees up a bit.

    I am so very fascinated by the first line of the description which mentions that “[y]our heart beats only with their permission.” I’m curious to find out why Dol is so different. And I’m excited to discover this world in which Earth is at the mercy of the Icons.

    The description promises a story that is “heart-pounding” in a world that is “haunting” and I cannot wait to finally get the chance to discover it for myself. Something I plan to do a bit later this month.

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    Fall of Night

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    FALL OF NIGHT by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. It will be available in audiobook format on May 27, 2013 at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Hardcover, the print edition is 352 pages.

    FALL OF NIGHT is the fourteenth book in the Morganville Vampires series. The fifteenth book, DAYLIGHTERS, is slated for release on November 5, 2013.

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    I am seriously behind on this series. But I own every single book and I do plan on catching up on it this year. Hopefully by the time the fifteenth book is released. But I have FALL OF NIGHT pre-ordered and I’m super excited to add it to my collection when it releases this week.

    Although I shouldn’t have, I couldn’t help but take a peek at the description. And now I’m even more excited to get caught up. Because in this installment it seems that Claire leaves Morganville and has an entire adventure far away from this Texas town and its resident vamps.

    I’m very curious about her experiments and just what happens with her human test subjects to make her question whether leaving Morganville was such a good thing.

    While I won’t be reading FALL OF NIGHT in the next few months, I am so very hopeful that I’ll have gotten caught up on this series by the end of October so that when DAYLIGHTERS releases in early November I’ll be ready to dive in.

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    Dead Ever After

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    DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover, audio and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Ace Hardcover, the print edition is 352 pages.

    DEAD EVER AFTER is the thirteenth and final full-length book in the author’s Sookie Stackhouse series. AFTER DEAD: What Came Next in the Word of Sookie Stackhouse, is due out on October 29, 2013.

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    I’m a mix of relieved and sad to see this series end. I loved the first nine books but have fallen a bit out of love with the story for the past few installments. Though I do have DEAD EVER AFTER pre-ordered in both eBook format and a special signed edition from Barnes & Noble.

    But after having the ending spoiled for me by a commentator on my other blog, I’m not sure when I will be reading this last installment. I may just pretend that this series ended with book nine.

    Eric the Northman is one of my favorite vampire characters and I’ve adored Sookie for many of the books she’s been in. Even with the head-shaking decisions she’s made. And while I am a fan of the True Blood series on HBO, that series has not in any way changed my feelings about Mr. Bill Compton, [insert derogatory term here], vampire extraordinaire.

    So learning, just yesterday, that the author originally planned for a different fate for him and altered that due to pressures because of that show, it has made me a little less enthusiastic toward the series. Because I would have loved for the author’s original idea to have been a part of her story.

    My feelings are definitely conflicted, so I don’t plan on reading DEAD EVER AFTER until the chatter dies down. But I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to read it and find out just how the story ends for these characters I’ve known and loved for years, eventually. Even if the ending isn’t one I’d wished for Sookie. 

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    Mystic

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    MYSTIC by Alyson Noel will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    MYSTIC is the third book in Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series. The fourth book in the series, HORIZON, is slated for release on November 19, 2013

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    I have yet to get started on Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series but I’ve purchased each of the books so that I eventually can read them all at once. As I’m not sure how many books are planned in the series, it might be awhile before MYSTIC ends up on my reading pile. But it will definitely be part of my collection when it downloads on Tuesday.

    I very much enjoyed the author’s The Immortals series. And I thought her middle grade spin-off series was absolutely delightful. So I’m very excited about reading her latest endeavor and meeting Daire Santos.

    I did take a peek at the description since I figure that by the time I do read it, I’ll have forgotten what I’ve read. And it sounds incredibly exciting. With someone’s fate hanging in the balance and someone else who plans on destroying the world and everyone Daire loves, this third book in the series sounds so very suspenseful.

    Which makes me glad that I will be waiting until each of the books has released before reading them so that I won’t have to wait to continue the story.

    Other Books of Note

    The Lucy Variations

    THE LUCY VARIATIONS by Sara Zarr

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The S Word

    THE S-WORD by Chelsea Pitcher

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Gallery Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Chantress

    CHANTRESS (Chantress Trilogy #1) by Amy Butler Greenfield

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Originals

    THE ORIGINALS by Cat Patrick

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Nantucket Blue

    NANTUCKET BLUE by by Leila Howland

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Tremble

    TREMBLE (Denazen #3) by Jus Accardo

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013 (eBook edition); PB May 14 but avail now

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    How My Summer Went Up in Flames

    HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Reluctant Assassin

    THE  RELUCTANT ASSASSIN (W.A.R.P. #1) by Eoin Colfer

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Fifteenth Summer

    FIFTEENTH SUMMER by Michelle Dalton

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Savage Blue

    THE SAVAGE BLUE (The Vicious Deep #2) by Zoraida Cordova

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Nothing But Blue

    NOTHING BUT BLUE by Lisa Jahn-Clough

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Maid of Secrets

    MAID OF SECRETS (Maids of Honor #1) by Jennifer McGowan

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Beauty

    BEAUTY by Nancy Ohlin

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Riptide

    RIPTIDE by Lindsey Scheibe

    Pub. Date: May 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Summer I Became a Nerd

    THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Disgrace of Kitty Grace

    THE DISGRACE OF KITTY GREY by Mary Hooper

    Pub. Date: May 9, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Seven Deadly Sins

    SEVEN DEADLY SINS Vol. 1: LUST, ENVY  by Robin Wasserman

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Beach Lane

    BEACH LANE (The Au Pairs #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013 (reissue edition – originally published May 25, 2004)

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This week is absolutely INSANE! There are just way too many amazing books releasing this week, that I have no idea how I’m going to clear them all off the pile without a reading marathon of some kind.

    I am so excited for THE 5th WAVE, REBOOT, THE END GAMES, ICONS and IF I SHOULD DIE. And there are a few books that are on my radar that I haven’t yet purchased, like TREMBLE, THE S-WORD, THE ORIGINALS, CHANTRESS and THE LUCY VARIATIONS. All of which I am so very tempted by.

    As this post is excessively long I just have to keep this sign-off brief. Because with nine books downloading on Monday Midnight, none of which I’ve yet read, I need to get to the books currently on pile so that I can make some room.

    Besides, with all the bookish information above, I doubt you’re interested in hearing me ramble.

    So….

    I hope you have some amazing titles to add to your collection this week. And I hope that if you’ve missed a few, this post has put them back on your radar.

    If any of the books are ones you’ve been anxiously awaiting, I’d love to hear which ones they are! And if, for some reason, there is another book releasing this week that I’ve missed, please let me know. Because I hate missing out on awesome new releases, even if there are a ton of books already being added to my collection.

    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: Releasing This Week #42

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of October 18th-October 24th that I have pre-ordered.

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    How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I’ve read a couple books by Sara Zarr and own one that is currently sitting on my TBR pile. But when I saw during a charity auction I was bidding in that she was releasing another book, I couldn’t wait to check it out. And as soon as I read what it was about I added to my pre-orders on Amazon.

    How to Save a Life does sound like an absolutely heartbreaking story about a girl whose father has died and whose mother decides to adopt a baby to fill the gap left by his absence.

    The story is also told from the perspective of the mother of the child who is being given up for adoption, who never felt loved by her own mother, and who may come to realize just how difficult giving up a child might be.

    I love Sara Zarr’s writing and I think she comes up with such amazing but sad and true to life stories to tell. I look forward to reading this next book of hers. And I’m not sure whether the cover feels so lonely or reminds me of the image that often accompanies that religious poem about footprints which is about never truly being alone.

    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order 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 528 pages.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series by authors Kami Garcia and Marget Stohl.

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    I can’t believe this is finally coming out. This book looks even more exciting and action-packed than Beautiful Darkness. I’ve been watching this book for a long time and pre-ordered the eBook as soon as it was available.

    I’m really hoping to go to the signing so that I can pick up a print copy to go along with the other two books that I have personally signed, but I’m not sure what’s happening that week.

    As I’ve already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post I won’t say too much about this third book in the series other than that I can’t wait to find out where the authors go with this story and just how chaotic things will become. And since the description talks of a sacrifice and an unhappy ending, I’m scared to find out who this will be.

    To get a look inside Beautiful Chaos from the book’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Del Rey, the print edition is 480 pages.

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

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    I loved the cover and title of this book since the moment I saw it. I added it to my pre-orders the very second I was able. And the tagline is seriously awesome given just what this book is about.

    This book is set almost two hundred years in the future. The world is hi-tech but the fashions are Victorian. Sort of like a futuristic steampunk novel. But…we’re talking zombies in this one. Yep. Zombies.

    The description makes this sound pretty action-packed and promises a romance. With a zombie. Huh. Thankfully he’s not falling apart. Literally. But he’s still a zombie. And because of that their time is limited.

    Of course it was the humor that grabbed me from what I read in the description – “romance meets walking-dead thriller” and “macabre comedy.” You don’t often see the terms “romance” and “walking-dead” in the same sentence let alone having the romance be with one of the walking dead.

    I really, really hope that I can move this book up in the pile soon, because I have a feeling I am going to love this story.

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

    The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 416 pages.

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    I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I had an early copy but passed it along to another blogger because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get to this before release. I pre-ordered it so that I’d have it for my eBook collection, and I can’t believe it’s releasing this week. Time really does fly.

    I was not drawn in by this cover. I solely added this book to my pile because of the author. But the story about the races reminds me of Stephen King’s The Long Walk and so of course I had to add this one to my list of books I must read.

    I can’t wait to meet the quiet Sean Kendrick and find out what his fears are. And I’m dying to find out what happens with Puck Connolly in the Scorpio Races that the description says she will be unprepared for.

    Swear by Nina Malkin will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Swear is the second book in the Swoon series by author Nina Malkin.

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    I fell in cover love with this book when I first saw it. I think I’m partial to fallen leaves and petals on covers. But I decided to pre-order Swear – which Amazon still refuses to update the release date of my order on even though it now has one – because I own and have read about half of Swoon, the first book in the series.

    Swoon was one of those books I started before I moved and started blogging and just never had a chance to pick back up. I think I had it listed as currently reading for six months before I moved it back to my TBR because I knew at that point that I’d have to start it all over again.

    I read the first sentence of the description on Goodreads and found it to be totally spoiler-y of book one, so I stopped reading it with the hope that I would forget it before I picked Swoon back up. It’s linked above for anyone who wants to add it to their piles, but I don’t want to look any further and end up ruining the series because of it.

    I bought Swoon because the description sounded awesome – a bad boy that may just be too bad – and the character names were cool – Pen (Penelope), Sin (Sinclair) and Dice. From what I remember having read, I was definitely intrigued with the story and I’m now hoping to have time to read both books in the near future…since that spoiler-y sentence revealed that clearly a lot did happen.

    I had hoped to read this early, since it was on Galley Grab, but sadly I just wasn’t able. But I’m happy to add this one to my eBook collection this week.

    To read an excerpt of Swear from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    Another release of note:

    Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez will be releasing on October 18, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    UPDATE

    I cannot believe I didn’t mention that this book is releasing this week! While I purchased this last month when Amazon released it early, and so it’s not technically on my list of pre-orders for the week, its official book birthday is on Tuesday.

    Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout’s official release date in the U.S. is October 18, 2011. However, it is currently available to order online in both paperback and eBook formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Half-Blood is the first book in the new Covenant series by author Jennifer L. Armentrout

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    As I already own this book in eBook format which I purchased the second it was available for download from Amazon and have a signed printed ARC, it’s not one of my pre-orders this week. But Tuesday, October 18th is its official release date and so I’m adding it to the “Releasing This Week” post.

    I already read and reviewed Half-Blood which is amazing. (My review is HERE if you’d like to check it out, along with the Goodreads description, link to excerpt and a book trailer… or three.) So I won’t go on, and on, and on.

    I will just say that I love this book and the author’s writing and can’t wait for the next book in the series, Pure, to be released. There’s action. There are demons. There are two very yummy fic boys to fall in love with. And a heroine who kicks a** almost as much as she gets hers kicked.

    This is definitely a must read series, and if there are any doubts, be sure to check out the prequel novella, Daimon, for just a taste.

    End of update

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    Well, it’s another five book week. Not too bad…. I don’t believe there were any new HarperTeen releases this week which is probably a good thing. I’m so behind on actually downloading many of my pre-orders onto my Kindle let alone thinking of reading them.

    I’m not exactly sure when I’ll get a chance to read all of the books I’m getting this week as I have so many books that I must be reading first, and a couple books like Variant and Silence that I really want to catch up on if I’m going “off pile.”

    I am not closer to figuring out how to balance blogging, real life and reading, but I have learned one thing as I approach my one year blogoversary and that is not to accept too many books for review.

    As much as it’s wonderful to get ARCs of books that you can’t wait to read, it’s also nice to read books that are releasing that you’ve been wanting to read just as badly.

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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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