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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #155

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

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    Fracture Me

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    FRACTURE ME by Tahereh Mafi released in the U.S. today, December 17, 2013, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online in eBook format only at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the novella is 72 pages.

    FRACTURE ME is a companion novella to Author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. The final book in the trilogy, IGNITE ME, is slated for release on February 4, 2014.

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    I don’t normally include novellas in my Releasing This Week posts but I just had to talk about FRACTURE ME which I’m totally stoked released today. I have loved everything about this series from the moment I first read the first few pages of the very first book in the series and I am so excited to have yet another story about this world and its characters.

    As I am terrified of just how this series will end and how badly my heart will be broken I am so glad to have a companion novella which just might not do as much damage. Though, having read the description, I have a feeling it might….

    While I haven’t been able to pick up a book for the past couple of weeks due to some real life stuffs going on, I think FRACTURE ME will be just the book to be able to hold my focus and allow me to escape for a little while. And I can’t wait to dive in.

    Description…

    In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel MeFracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

    As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

    On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

    Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

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    Ashes to Ashes

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    ASHES TO ASHES by Melissa Walker will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ASHES TO ASHES is the first book in a duology by Author Melissa Walker. The second and final book in the series, DUST TO DUST, is slated for release in December 2014.

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    When I first read the description for ASHES TO ASHES I knew I had to add it to my list of pre-orders and I can’t wait for it to finally be released on Monday. The description promises tragedy, romance, a story that is “emotionally rich” and an ending that is breathtaking – how could I not want to have this book in my collection?

    I love the idea that in this story Callie’s life doesn’t end with her death and that her spirit travels to an ethereal plane populated by ghosts. I love that she is able to bring peace to those she left behind. And I love, too, that she has to fight to save those she loves from the angry spirits who threaten their existence.

    I can’t wait to meet Callie and find out whether her story is one that has a happy eternally ever after or is one that ends in heartbreak. But I suppose that even if I were to read ASHES TO ASHES right now, I won’t know for certain. I’m pretty sure I won’t get that answer until next December with the release of DUST TO DUST.

    And as much as I probably should wait until closer to that book’s release, I don’t think I’ll be able to. Though I will try and wait until January. Especially as I just know there will be tears.

    Description…

    If I Stay meets the movie Ghost in this first book in a teen duology about a teenage-girl-turned-ghost who must cling to the echoes of her former life to save the people she left behind.

    Ashes to Ashes is author Melissa Walker’s sweeping, romantic, and emotionally rich story about the things that torment and tempt us, even from the Great Beyond. This book is perfect for fans of Die for Me and Imaginary Girls, and its breathtaking ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series conclusion, Dust to Dust.

    When Callie’s life is cut short by a tragic accident, she expects to find nothingness, or maybe some version of heaven.

    Instead, her spirit travels to the Prism, an ethereal plane populated by the ghosts she thought were fictional. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who is meant to guide her as she learns to haunt and bring peace to the loved ones she left behind.

    However, Callie uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world: The angry souls who always populate ghost stories are real, dangerous, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.

    As she fights to save them, Callie will learn that while it may no longer beat, her heart can still love-and break.

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    Echo in Time

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    ECHO IN TIME by C.J. Hill will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 400 pages.

    ECHO IN TIME is the second book in Author C.J. Hill’s Erasing Time series.

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    I can’t wait to get the chance to read ECHO IN TIME when it releases on Monday. I love this series and I am anxiously awaiting the chance to continue it with this second book, which I’ve had pre-ordered for ages.

    As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post the other week and I will be on the book’s tour in a couple weeks, I won’t go on and on and on. But I am seriously excited to find out what happens on Taylor and Joseph’s mission and to see just what consequences their actions have.

    The description calls this sequel “action-packed and romantic” and I am very much looking forward to escaping into this world and finding out if that’s true. If real life isn’t too crazy next week I hope to be able to discover it then.

    Description…

    Echo in Time delivers on “the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel” (Kirkus Reviews) to Erasing Time.

    After being pulled 400 years into the future, twins Taylor and Sheridan have found some refuge from the government of Traventon, which used the dangerous Time Strainer to yank the girls from the past. Yet the threat of the dangerous technology still looms. Taylor and an ally, Joseph, are selected to go on a mission to destroy the time machine and weapon. But their actions before they do may have major consequences for the future and the past.

    Action-packed and romantic, this futuristic sequel to Erasing Time is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and Matched by Ally Condie.

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    Other Books of Note

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    Dangerous DreamDANGEROUS DREAM (Beautiful Creatures #0.5) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

    Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series continues in this brand-new digital-exclusive story.

    Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can’t resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link.

    Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.

    Where’s a Linkubus when you need him?

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    The Last Stand of the New York InstituteTHE LAST STAND OF THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE (The Bane Chronicles #9) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

    Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Find It: AMAZON

    Description:

    Magnus meets Valentine in battle as the Circle attacks the Downworlders of New York City.

    In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York…and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out…

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    What We Lost in the DarkWHAT WE LOST IN THE DARK (What We Saw at Night #2) by Jacquelyn Mitchard

    Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Allie Kim’s fatal allergy to sunlight, XP, still confines her to the night. Now that she’s lost her best friend Juliet to an apparent suicide, the night has never felt darker—even with Rob at her side.

    Allie knows why Juliet killed herself: to escape the clutches of Garrett Tabor, whom the trio saw committing an unspeakable crime. Garrett is untouchable; The Tabors founded the world-famous XP clinic that keeps Allie and Rob alive and their small Minnesota town on the map.

    Allie can’t rest until Garrett is brought to justice. But her obsession jeopardizes everything she holds dear. Not even Parkour can distract her; nothing reminds her more that Juliet is gone. When Rob introduces Allie to the wildly dangerous sport of nighttime deep diving, Allie assumes he’s only trying to derail her investigation… until they uncover the horror terrible secret Garrett Tabor has hidden under Lake Superior.

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    Missed Last Week

    ***NOTE: This is an ADULT title***

    The Professional Part 1THE PROFESSIONAL Part I (The Game Maker 0.1) by Kresley Cole

    Pub. Date: December 16, 2013

    Publisher: Pocket Star

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    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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    I know I missed last week’s Book Watch: Releasing This Week post and I will very likely post and backdate it just so that I have a complete record on the blog of books that have released that I’ve pre-ordered. But I didn’t want to miss posting about this week’s releases, even if I am just a touch late in posting it.

    While I’m still not reading, as I can’t seem to find an escape in books at the moment, I am desperately going to try and do so with FRACTURE ME this week. But we shall see. Life has given me a beating as of late, but I’m hoping that books will be able to once again be things that bring me joy.

    For all of you who are able to find happiness in a good book or three, I hope there are some titles releasing this week that will do just that for you. And while there aren’t a ton of new releases this week, there are a few lovely eNovellas out this week that are definitely worth adding to your collection.

    So I wish you all a happy book acquiring and reading week this week.

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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 #79

    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 July 3rd-July 9th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Once by Anna Carey will be released in the U.S. on July 3, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. (A paperback edition will be available on July 20, 2012.) It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harper Collins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Once is the second book in the Eve trilogy by author Anna Carey. The third book in the series, Rise, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I can’t believe I still haven’t met Eve. I’ve been dying to meet Eve. And now, in just a few hours, Once will be downloading to my Kindle and I can’t believe I haven’t gotten caught up on the series so that I can read it this week.

    I have been waiting for this book’s release. I even spotlighted it last month for my Book Watch post but I just couldn’t find the time to get caught up. Though I may be able to sneak in back-to-back reads later this week. Which actually sounds like an awesome idea.

    I can’t wait to go with Eve on her journey and find out just what secret she discovers about her past. I can’t wait to be caught up in a “tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice” as the description promises. And I can’t wait to join all other fans of the series who will have to suffer the wait for Rise which won’t be released until next year.

    Waking Storms by Sarah Porter will be released in the U.S. on July 3, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Waking Storms is the second book in the Lost Voices trilogy. The third book, The Twice Lost, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I have not had a chance to read Lost Voices but I’d heard such amazing things about it that I decided to pre-order the sequel, Waking Storms, with the hope of catching up on this series later this summer.

    I am very interested in meeting Luce and learning about just what life is like for mermaids in this world the author created. I am curious to find out, in this sequel, whether she decides to return to her tribe and become their queen or continue to live her life on her own.

    And I can’t wait to find out if humans really do know of the mermaids’ existence and if Dorian and Luce’s love can really overcome their hatred for each other. As always, I love stories of “forbidden romance” so I can’t wait to find out if things will end happily for Dorian and Luce or if I’ll have to wait for the third book in the series to find out.

    Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan will be released in the U.S. on July 3, 2012 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 352 pages.

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    Team Human sounds like so much fun. I absolutely love Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing and this book she has co-authored with Justine Larbalestier is one I’m dying to read. The title is whimsical – though I might just be Team Vampire myself – and a story with mystery, romance, adventure and zombies sounds like it will be incredibly entertaining.

    I’m curious about the “mysterious disappearance” and whether Mel will be able find out the truth. And I’m even more curious about both the vampire wannabe and how things turn out for Mel’s friend Cathy and her vampire boyfriend.

    This book that the description describes as “hilarious and touching” is one I can’t wait to dive into this summer.

    Just for Fins (Fins #3) by Tera Lynn Childs

    Pub. Date: July 3, 2012

    Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

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    Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

    Pub. Date: July 3, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    I only have three new books that are getting added to the collection this week, but they’re books I can’t wait to get a chance to read. And even though I haven’t yet read the first books in the Lost Voices and Eve trilogies, I am still super excited that they’re releasing this week. Because now I won’t have to wait to continue the story from first book to second.

    I really hope to read the Eve books this week so that I’m not the only person on the planet who hasn’t. I love the sound of that world and have been waiting ages to discover it for myself.

    It was another fairly slow week for releases, though perhaps that’s because it is a holiday week in the U.S. But next week, I believe, has quite a few books releasing that I have pre-ordered, so I hope I can catch up on a few more books from my very large reading pile before the new ones get added next week.

    I hope you have a few new awesome books you’re adding to your bookshelves this week and have had a chance to move a few off your TBR piles. 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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    Quickie ARC Giveaway: Team Human

    I can’t believe how fast time flies. I received an ARC for Team Human awhile back from a trade and I ran out of time to read it before release. Which just so happens to be on Tuesday of next week.

    As it will be downloading to my Kindle, I thought I’d pass along the ARC. It seems to be in great condition aside from a small tear, but I haven’t read it so can’t confirm if there are pages missing or misprints.

    Sarah Rees Brennan is awesome and while I haven’t had a chance to read Team Human yet, I can’t wait to read it.

    If you’d like to check out its description on Goodreads, just click the image above.

    What’s up for grabs:

    An ARC of Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan that I received through a trade.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per household.

    2. There will be ONE winner.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends TONIGHT at 9:01 p.m. Pacific.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced TONIGHT in this post.

    7. Winner will have 24 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

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    Random Thoughts: Books I’m Dying to Re-read

    With so many new books releasing every week – have you seen just how many awesome books are coming out this week yet? – it’s almost impossible to squeeze in all those new releases, let alone think about books you love and want to re-read. But I just can’t help it. I do.

    I find that during those quiet hours I miss re-reading my favorites. I find my thoughts straying to those books I love and miss and want to dive into again.

    Not every book I read is re-readable immediately. Sometimes I don’t want to revisit those books for months or years. But most of my favorites end up on my re-read wish list eventually. And right now there are just a few that keep calling out to me, begging for some of my attention.

    As that list is long, I’ll just name five that are at the top of my TBRR pile.

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    I may have mentioned just how much I’ve been missing Nick from The Demon’s Lexicon, well I still am. I am dying to re-read this first book in the series. After reading The Demon’s Surrender I was sad to see the series end and missed the Nick that I got to know and love from book one.

    I did read this book twice already. The first time was before I started blogging, and then I just had to read this again for review. And it was such a different experience the second time, knowing what was going to happen and being on the lookout for clues right from the start. Plus, with the second read I knew I already loved it, so it didn’t take much to make me fall in love again.

    So, of course, now I want to go back and meet him all over again. I am still hoping that there will be some kind of spinoff book in the series, but for now, I would be happy to have a chance to re-read this book.

    I may have not yet read Passion but I really want to re-read Fallen, the first book in the series. Of the two I’ve read, Fallen was my favorite and I really want to go back and meet Luce, Daniel and Cam all over again.

    I had a completely different experience between the first and second reads, although between both reads, some of the details got a little fuzzy and so parts of the book felt like they were brand new.

    The first time I read Fallen I loved Daniel and only Daniel, but when I re-read it, I grew to like Cam just a little bit more. And after reading Torment, I am seriously starting to love Cam.

    It’s been a long while since I’ve read either book, but I really miss Luce and Daniel and seeing Luce’s reactions to Daniel, and discovering what she does, makes me want to go back to it once more.

    While I loved Hex Hall, I’m pining for a re-read of Demonglass. I think it’s really just that I want to torture myself with questions all over again about that ending. I’m a little bit twisted, what can I say?

    I only read Demonglass the one time, but was left with so many “what ifs” that I drove myself mad for a short while. Sadly, after much debate I think I’m ready to do that all over again.

    I want to see if Archer is as great as I remember him or if Cal is my favorite, as I had hoped he would be when I met him in book one. And I think a second read will be the only way to figure this out.

    As there is no novella or short story to keep me going between release dates, I think a re-read would be the perfect fix for my addiction.

    I am dying to re-read Nevermore thanks to Mary Lindsey, actually. Just hearing about her upcoming book Annabel has me thinking about Poe and dark, dark things and it immediately brings to mind Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.

    I’ve actually read this book twice – once before I began blogging and once after – and I love the dark and twisty world that Isobel and Varen live in and that ending left me so, so sad both times I read it.

    With Enshadowed on the horizon I just have to go back to this story. I never realized just how long it was until I got a signed copy, as I’d read it both times on my Kindle, but I just got so caught up in that imaginative world that I didn’t even notice.

    And I love how Varen’s name is a play on “raven” and so of course I’m wondering just how many more hidden-to-me Poe references there are.

    Yes, of course I want to re-read A Touch Mortal, when don’t I? This is also a book I’ve read a couple times. Maybe more, but who’s counting? I’m not.

    I think having my Facebook avatar as the cover for A Touch Morbid always keeps that series in mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s top of mind because of my cover love. I don’t need a reminder to want to re-read this book.

    I love dark books. And each time I re-read this book makes me realize how much I’ve missed on the previous read. I feel like I’m getting to know the Siders way more by revisiting their story, even though it’s the same story over and over.

    Yes, I need to read book two, but in the meantime I’d be happy just to have the chance to read this one more time.

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    So, you’re wondering where If I Die is on this list, aren’t you? It’s all I’ve been talking about everywhere for the past month or two. And yet it hasn’t made my “Dying to Re-read” list.

    Well, that’s because although I am dying to re-read it, I won’t be dying for long. I will be re-reading it this week, so I can’t very well complain about pining for it.

    The re-read wish list above is just that, a wish list. As much as I’m dying to re-read all those books, the likelihood of that happening in the next month is pretty slim.

    But If I Die by Rachel Vincent is a must re-read. I only read it the one time and that wasn’t even the finished copy, so there may be new surprises in store for me in the published version that I’ll be receiving on my Kindle at Monday Midnight.

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    Do you like to re-read books? Is your TBRR pile as long as your TBR pile?

    I would love to hear your thoughts on re-reading and which books top your TBRR pile

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    The Extras: Teasers #6

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

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    I have five favorite passages in this book. One which is a total spoiler and is tied for my favorite. It is so hard not to reveal it right here and now because there is nothing I want to talk about more.

    The other one in the tie is slightly less revealing, but could potentially be seen as a spoiler. I may reveal parts of that in my defense of Tod when he goes up in the tournament against Archer Cross, but we’ll see.

    My third favorite passage I might just add to the teasers next month. That’s still TBD. So here is my fourth favorite. And no, I will not tell you who said it or who is being talked about.

    Anonymous – sorry, but this is a teaser after all:

    “He feels…addictive.” She hugged her own stomach, and her backpack swung to one side, but she didn’t seem to notice. “When he looks at you, you feel really, really good. Like an afterglow that’s not…after. You want things, and you know he can give them to you, and when he looks away, it feels like the spotlight left you to shine on someone else, and you’ll do anything to bring it back. To feel that heat.”

    (As this quote is from an ARC, when the finished book is released I will check it against that source for accuracy.)

    There are actually quite a few hot and steamy passages in this book. Some that would easily rate above a PG-13. But while they were some of my favorites, they didn’t tease me nearly as much as this one did.

    And although I read this book twice, and have thought about what exactly this passage might mean, I still have no idea. So, this is as much a teaser for me as it might be to those who haven’t yet read this book.

    King Lucifer to Luc:

    “I know what she is, and I’m going to have her, Lucifer. She was mine in the Beginning and she’ll be mine again. There’s nothing you can do to stop me.”

    It was fairly difficult to choose a teaser for this book. There were a few rather beautiful passages in this story and several entertaining ones, but I always tend to favor those about love.

    I wanted to include the entire interaction to give a complete picture – cutting it off short would have been too cruel. But in order not to give too much away, I decided to leave the name of the boy who kissed Violet a mystery.

    Violet and…(well now, to find out you’ll just have to read it) :

    He just stepped closer to me, right on my shadow, which had been the only thing between us. His eyes were angry and conflicted but his hands were gentle on my face, wrapping around the back of my neck. He pulled slightly and I stumbled forward. His mouth closed over mine, the kiss sending warmth shooting all the way from my belly down to my knees. His tongue was bold, sliding over mine as if I were strawberry ice cream. I felt devoured, delicious, decadent.

    He stopped abruptly, pulling back, his breath ragged.

    “I’m not good enough for you either.”

    I really thought about teasing some of the funnier lines in the story, and there are so many humorous and twisted passages. Those passages, and they were many, were my favorites.

    But as they really need to be discovered in context with the rest of the story, and would also spoil some of the enjoyment in reading this book if I revealed them here, I decided on one that gives just a little insight into Jana’s thoughts about Michael.

    In her eyes, he really was her one true love, her soul mate, her Romeo.

    Jana’s thoughts about Michael:

    She thought of the times she’d danced with Michael. When they danced, they became one person. They gave themselves to each other. Just like when they kissed. His lips were hers. Her lips were his. When she and Michael kissed, they owned each other, but not themselves. Two people becoming one person was the way Jana had always imagined true love.

    I know I already included a short quote with my review, but there were a number of passages that I loved in this book. So, as this is the teaser post, I thought I’d include a longer one here.

    It’s still not my favorite quote, as that one is filled with much innuendo and is definitely above the PG-13 rating I’m trying to keep here on the blog, so sadly (or not so sadly) that one can only be discovered by reading the book for yourself.

    Wolfe to Rogan:

    He cocked his eyebrow. “At first I thought imposed isolation would make you miss me-“

    “Why you arro-“

    “-But then I realised that it’s being near me you can’t resist. And there are only so many kisses you’ll take before you give in to me completely, Rogan.”

    I already included one of my favorite passages in my review, but there were a few more gems in this book. Sin was such a sarcastic main character and couldn’t help some of the hilarious things she said, so I almost included one of her best lines as the teaser.

    But, as is to be expected, I decided instead to include something much more swoon-worthy.

    Cynthia and…if you can even believe it…Alan:

    He was gorgeous by moonlight, hair and skin turned a hazy golden color, his eyes starlit-night blue and so sweet, so deep, pools you could drop your heart into and lose it forever.

    “Cynthia,” he murmured, fingers still brushing her cheek, making her shiver. “I’m not lying.”

    I included my very favorite passage in my review, but this one is also so completely awesome. It is from the same scene as the one I chose before, which goes on for a few pages and has so many amazing passages.

    This scene alone, which is just about mid-way through the book, makes this story worth a read.

    Amelia and Joshua:

    …We leaned into each other and pressed our lips together.

    The kiss crashed over me, wave upon wave of fire. The ache exploded across my chest like an atom bomb, incinerating everything in its path. I let it burn me; I let it consume me.

    Almost every single passage in this story had such a beautiful flow. I included the one I thought was the most powerful – and didn’t contain any spoilers – in my review.

    This was another passage that I thought was absolutely amazing, but I’ve only included a portion – enough to tease but not reveal too much.

    Chloe’s thoughts:

    They forgot who she was:

    Something fantastic we could never explain. Someone better and bolder than every one of us. Someone to paint murals and build bridges for. Someone worth every ounce of our love.

    Someone powerful, but in the end not powerful enough.

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    Last month I decided not to post a teaser from If I Die by Rachel Vincent. But as Tod just won his first match (but hopefully not his last) in the YA Crush Tourney, I thought I’d post a small teaser here. I’ll save the slightly bigger one until either my next match in the tourney or next month’s teasers post.

    And although I read and reviewed Supernaturally, I completely forgot to write down my favorite passages and have since given away both copies of the book. So any teasers I have for it will have to be included in the post next month. Sorry!

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    Review: The Demon’s Surrender

    The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan is the third and final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. It was released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    (This is from the UK edition as the US description says very little.)

    The Goblin Market has always been the centre of Sin’s world. She’s a dancer and a performer, secure in her place. But now the Market is at war with the magicians, and Sin’s place is in danger.

    Keeping secrets from the market she loves, struggling with a friend who has become a rival, Sin is thrown together with the Ryves brothers, Nick and Alan – whom she’s always despised.

    But Alan has been marked by a magician, to be tortured as the magician pleases, and as Sin watches Alan struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see both brothers in a new light. But how far will brother go to save brother – and what will it cost them all?

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    With the head of the Goblin Market rapidly losing the ability to lead, they are more at risk than ever from the magicians. The Market has always been home to Sin Davies. As their best and most alluring dancer, she couldn’t imagine walking away.

    But when the magicians attack, nearly burning her home to the ground, she is asked to make a choice. Give up someone she loves and stay, or walk away from her home, her life, her future.

    Now, with only one chance left to go back home and to become the new leader of the Market, Sin is willing to risk her life and fight anyone who is standing in her way to get what she wants most. But when her heart pulls her in a new direction, Sin has to decide whether taking up the reins as leader is worth giving up everything.

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    The Demon’s Surrender is the electrifying conclusion to the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. Everything that was left up in the air in the last book will be answered as the story rushes to its exhilarating finish.

    In this installment, the story is told from the perspective of Cynthia “Sin” Davies, a dancer for the Goblin Market and one of their best lures and featured attractions. She is beguiling and conniving and knows exactly how to entice.

    But Sin’s first priority is to her family and when she is asked to choose between her family and her home the decision is easy.

    Even though she had to walk away from the Market she is determined to find her way back, but to do that she must take possession of something that the magicians have. Something that is nearly impossible to get and could cost her not only control of the market, but her life.

    The Demon’s Surrender is gripping, fast-paced and tension-filled. The action starts off almost immediately and continues to build, leading up to the explosive showdown at the end. Alliances will be questioned, friendships will be put on the line, and someone very close to Sin may not come out of the battle unscathed.

    Sarah Rees Brennan has written a dramatic conclusion to the series. With a number of ways the events could have played out, she did an incredible job of wrapping things up at the end in a way that will satisfy many fans of this series.

    Readers will get more insight info a few of the characters they had only met briefly in the earlier books and get pulled into this story filled with secrets, plotting and scheming, and even a love story.

    This book and series is a must read for fans who enjoy stories of deadly demons, dark magic, twisty-turny action-packed plots and some seriously kick-a** characters.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I died a little inside when I found out that this was going to be the last book in the series. I was completely heartbroken. I don’t think I could ever get enough of Nick’s story, or for that matter, Nick himself.

    I loved getting a chance to finish the series from Sin’s perspective. She was one of the more exciting characters and I was happy that the author chose her for this final book. Seeing the story through her eyes gives her a lot more dimension than she had in the other books.

    I was really surprised to find that Sin was such a likable character, too. I did not expect to like her as much as I did, after having met her in the earlier books. She went from being just the cold-hearted bad girl to a real person who loved her family and who had very real feelings.

    And seeing things from Sin’s perspective made me realize just how much I do like her and just how much I really dislike Mae. Mae annoyed me a bit all through the series with how pushy she was, but I did grow to like her because of Nick. But I’m back to disliking her again. She is selfish and doesn’t consider anyone else when she does what she does, although that is what probably makes her perfect for Nick.

    My favorite part of this book was how the love story developed – I’m always a sucker for a love story. I was really hoping for something like this to happen, and I’m so glad it did. Especially because Sin had to work to gain someone’s attention, which was probably a first for her, but it made her realize just how in love she really was.

    Once again those magicians kept things exciting. After what they did in the last story I couldn’t stand them, and after what they did in this story I would not have been as forgiving of them – any of them – as the characters were. They are just bad news and boy do I wish that the author unleashed the demon’s wrath on them all.

    I was absolutely heartbroken when they did that really bad thing and I ended up speed reading the rest of the story just to see how things would turn out. It was one of those times where I couldn’t help but scream, “Nooooo!!” And I was on the edge of my seat for the rest of the book, completely worried about the repercussions. There was just no easy way out of that situation.

    This is one of those books that I will have to re-read so that I can absorb some of the finer points, because once that devastating thing happened I couldn’t focus on anything else. And, yes, I’m being cryptic so as not to spoil it, but it was a terrible thing they did and it nearly broke my heart.

    I love the way the story ended and there were definitely some tears of happiness and sadness when I turned the last page. But I still think the characters have a lot more story to tell and as a huge fan I am not ready to leave them behind.

    I want to talk about the ending, I really, really, really, do, but there’s no way I can without giving it away and that just wouldn’t be fair. But the author wasn’t evil and so I didn’t cry my eyes out when I was done, though I think “glum” and maybe a little “despondent” adequately describe how I feel knowing there won’t be another book.

    I really would have loved there to be a fourth book in this series. There are still just so many questions I have about Nick and Alan’s future. And, I think an entire book from Alan’s perspective would have been so awesome. I really want to know how his mind works. Sin may be a liar, but she doesn’t hold a candle to Alan. He’s the master.

    Oh, and I really want to know more about Anzu. I don’t want to spoil the book, but there were some definitely interesting developments to his character that make me want to find out more.

    Plus, I just missed Nick when I was reading this book. Actually, I missed Nick since the first book in the series. Reading another book from his perspective would have been amazing, especially after what he learned about himself in the first book. I don’t think any fan of this series wouldn’t want more Nick. Okay, so yes, instead of a four book series I’d much rather have this one go for five books. I’m greedy, what can I say.

    This is definitely a thrilling, riveting and at times shocking series and one that I plan on keeping on my favorites list. And I will definitely miss Nick, Alan, Mae, Jamie and Sin – and even Anzu.

    Favorite passage – it just tells so much about Nick and Alan:

    “Can I go to the nurse’s office too?”

    Ms. Popplewell looked at him. It obviously took her only one look to decide. “no.”

    “I’m traumatized too,” Nick claimed, his voice completely flat.

    “He’s a delicate flower,” Alan said under his breath.

    ***

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #24

    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 June 14th-June 20th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Revenant by Sonia Gensler will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover, library binding and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and library binding formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

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

    I’ve had an advance copy of The Revenant for awhile but haven’t had a chance to read it before release date. This book definitely sounds like an intriguing mystery and is another very different kind of story than one I typically read. And, I decided to pre-order the eBook to have for my collection because I believe this one will be a keeper.

    Until recently I hadn’t even heard of the term “revenant,” but now I’m very curious to see how the revenant factors into this story which involves a main character who is hiding out on Cherokee lands and begins to see what she believes might be ghosts.

    Hourglass by Myra McEntire will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 400 pages.

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

    I also had an advance copy of Hourglass that I just didn’t have a chance to read prior to release, but I’ve had the eBook on pre-order since long before I got the printed ARC. I thought this cover was absolutely amazing – and yes it reminds me a little of the cover for Imaginary Girls which is immediately below this. But the premise of the story drew me in.

    Hourglass sounds like it’s a mystery involving time travel with an added paranormal element – the main character sees apparitions. And it promises to be dark and seductive so I’m sure this will certainly be a debut to love.

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 352 pages.

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

    I had this on pre-order since the moment I heard about it. I do have the eARC and it’s at the top of my reading pile this weekend, but I already planned on adding this one to my collection. And as I’ve already talked about this endlessly, I’ll try to be quick here.

    Imaginary Girls sounds haunting and dark and mysterious and I really want to know what the secrets are between Chloe and Ruby. This does not sound like a novel that will end happily and I can’t wait to find out if my suspicions are correct.

    Book trailer for Imaginary Girls:

    Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second book in the Raised by Wolves series. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 368 pages.

    I had this on pre-order since the moment it was available for the Kindle. I read the first book in the series before I started blogging and couldn’t wait for the sequel. I managed to get my hands on an early copy of Trial by Fire but was only able to read one-third of the book and had to set it down in order to meet deadlines. But even with the ARC, I knew I’d want to have this book for my eBook collection.

    I’m dying to find out how Bryn handles her responsibilities leading the pack and whether or not a love triangle situation develops between her, Chase and Connor. The description mentions “deadly conspiracies” and I can’t wait to find out what those are in this second book in a series I already love.

    Book trailer for the Raised by Wolves series:

    Passion by Lauren Kate is the third book in the Fallen series. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover, library binding, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon in all formats and at Barnes & Noble in an exclusive hardcover edition and in eBook format.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

    I had this on pre-order forever. I started reading this series before I was a blogger and plan on following it to the end. I cannot wait to see what happens in Passion. I finally read the description on Goodreads. I’d been too afraid to look prior to now for fear of torturing myself unnecessarily, but it does sound epic.

    I can’t wait to get a peek at all of Luce and Daniel’s past lives. And until I read the description I had no idea that there was a concern that she might rewrite history by revisiting their past. Of course I’m completely terrified now of what will happen. At least it’s only a few days until release date.

    Book trailer for Passion:

    All the Things You Are by Courtney Sheinmel will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 256 pages.

    I saw this book on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab but knew I wouldn’t get a chance to read it before release date so I added it to my pre-orders so I’d have a chance to read it. I haven’t yet read anything by the author but I heard good things about this book.

    This contemporary young adult fiction story does not sound like a happy journey for the main character. She goes from a privileged life to one where her mother is in trouble, money is a concern and everything just falls apart. I’m curious to check out the author’s writing style and see how she handles this difficult change in circumstances for Carly.

    And as always, I’m hoping for a happy ending.

    The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan is the final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry, the print edition is 400 pages.

    I think I checked Amazon every single day until this book became available to pre-order for my Kindle. I have been dying to read this last book in the series. I even tried to get hints from the author at the RT Convention in Los Angeles back in April. (No luck.)

    I did read the excerpt and am excited to see this story from Sin’s perspective. I hope things work out exactly as I want them to, but I have a bad feeling. I’m glad that Goodreads doesn’t have much of a description, but I did stalk the one on Amazon which is totally spoiler-y for the other books in the series so I won’t go into detail here.

    But at least we will finally get answers about Nick, Alan, Mae and Jamie, even if they’re not ones I’ll be happy about. And oh, I just hate those magicians.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

    From Bad to Cursed is the second book in the Bad Girls Don’t Die series by author Katie Alender. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and in hardcover format only at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 448 pages.

    I pre-ordered this book at the same time that I bought the eBook for Bad Girls Don’t Die. I’m so glad it’s finally coming out, although my wait has only been since April, which isn’t too bad compared to those who had to wait ages for its release.

    Apparently things have been going smoothly for Alexis until Kasey gets herself involved in something new that Alexis needs to check out. It figures. I’m glad that Kasey is not my little sister.

    This Sunshine Club sounds more like a cult than a club, and I hope that Alexis can figure out what really is up with Aralt before it’s too late.

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    This week I have eight books on pre-order. Even more than last week’s haul. I only read one of the books I received last week, so I’m in a serious deficit coming into this week. June is definitely killing me and I know that in two weeks from now, June 28th will be another huge release day. I think next week may be slightly quieter, though, but I still think I have at least five books on pre-order.

    I’ll be going on vacation soon and I can only hope that I’ll be able to make a small dent in my reading during the week off. Still keeping fingers crossed, but as I said last week, I might not see the light of day until September.

    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, let me know!

     

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