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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #177

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

    These are books for the week of May 20th-May 26th that I have pre-ordered.


    While Your Away HC

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    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 288 pages.

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY was also previously published in six parts in eBook and audio formats.


    I am so excited that WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is releasing this week. I read this story when it was released in parts and I absolutely loved it. It was a fantastic read, though it was torturous having to wait for each new installment.

    I’ve wanted to read it all over again, all at once, to see if it reads any differently. So I can’t wait until my print edition arrives.

    I loved meeting Will and Sarah, though I wasn’t sure if I would be biased against them for being cheaters. But I did adore them and root for them and was anxious when things got in the way.

    As I did review all six parts, and I don’t want to risk spoiling things by rambling too much, I’ll just say that I can’t wait to re-read this, the writing is gorgeous and the story is all twisty-turny and angsty and romantic. And it’s definitely the book I’m most excited for this week.

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    Once a cheater, always a cheater?

    From the moment Will and Sarah first set eyes upon each other, they know that what they have is special.

    There’s just one little problem . . . each of them already has a significant other.

    After flirting with danger, it becomes clear their passion is too strong to be denied. But even if they make their relationship official, there are plenty of challenges in store. Will leaves for college at the end of the summer, while Sarah faces her senior year of high school in their small suburban town. Long-distance relationships always come with their fair share of troubles—mismatched schedules, jealousy, and temptation are only the beginning.

    Can cheaters ever change?

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a steamy story about a love triangle, a long-distance relationship, and learning the true meaning of commitment.


    The Art of Lainey

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    THE ART OF LAINEY by Paula Stokes will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.


    I received an early copy of THE ART OF LAINEY and had every intention of reading it pre-release – and I still might get the chance to tonight – but I’m super excited that my finished eBook copy will be downloading on Monday Midnight.

    I love the idea that instead of wallowing in heartbreak, Lainey and her friend plan to win her ex back by using the Sun Tzu book to formulate a game plan. I’m curious to see whether after all their planning she wants him back or whether she chooses to be with Micah… or whether Micah wants to be with her if he wasn’t aware he was a pawn.

    This book sounds sweet and fun with the potential for heartbreak, so I can’t wait to read it. And if all goes as planned I will definitely sneak it on the pile tonight.

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    Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

    And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

    What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you’re meant to be with if you’re still figuring out the person you’re meant to be?


    Dangerous Creatures
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    DANGEROUS CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in all formats, plus a signed edition, at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 384 pages.

    DANGEROUS CREATURES is the first full-length book in the authors’ series of the same name. A prequel novella, DANGEROUS DREAM, released on December 17, 2013.


    I am a huge fan of the authors and I loved the books that I did read in their Beautiful Creatures series. So of course I had to pre-order DANGEROUS CREATURES.

    I can’t wait to read Ridley’s series and see what happens with her and Link. And I can’t wait to find out just what price is on his head.

    I don’t know whether there are spoilers for the other series, so I’m wary of reading this book until I finish that one. I thought the writing was amazing in Beautiful Creatures and I just know it will be the same in this series. Which makes me want to read this more than ever. So it may just be worth the risk. We shall see….

    If not, I’ll plan on reading this after reading the final book in that first series and reading the eBook novella, DANGEROUS DREAM. Now that I won’t technically have to say goodbye to Ethan and Lena, I might just be able to do so this summer.

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    A new series returns to the world of Beautiful Creatures. Some loves are cursed…others are dangerous.

    Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she’s a bad girl. She’s Dark. She’s a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she’s around. Lucky for her, Wesley “Link” Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn’t hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.

    Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of Beautiful Creatures, are back and casting another magical spell. Their signature mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with a dash of fun and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.


    Other Books of Note

    End TimesEND TIMES by Anna Schumacher

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Carbon County, Wyoming is like a current running through Daphne’s heart.

    When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.

    Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. And incredible occurrences soon support their belief. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig, helps around the house, hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen, a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears.

    Daphne landed in Carbon County for a reason. She only has to read the signs—and believe.


    ThunderstruckTHUNDERSTRUCK (Weather Witch #3) by Shannon Delany

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Jordan, Rowen and the crews of both the Tempest and the Artemesia strike out for Philadelphia to start a revolution aimed at abolishing slavery and changing their stormpowered society to one that runs on previously repressed steam innovations and will allow for true equality. But can Jordan and Rowen come back together after all the things determined to drive them apart?

    Thunderstruck is the third installment in the Weather Witch series from Shannon Delany.


    RebornREBORN (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1) by C.C. Hunter

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.

    For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.  When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?


    Biggest FlirtsBIGGEST FLIRTS (Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

    Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.

    As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…


    Now and ForeverNOW & FOREVER by Susane Colasanti

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    What if your boyfriend was the world’s biggest rockstar?

    Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she’s ever met, but he’s an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he’s believed he has what it takes to be a star.

    When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he’s thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she’s attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan’s monumental sold-out concerts.

    It’s a dream come true…but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when “forever” comes to an end?


    The Rules for BreakingTHE RULES FOR BREAKING (The Rules for Disappearing #2) by Ashley Elston

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom.

    But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.

    The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he’s using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it’s time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.

    Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life back once and for all. But her true enemies are hidden in plain sight. Before long, Anna will learn that putting her trust in anyone may be the last mistake she ever makes.


    V is for VillainV IS FOR VILLAIN by Peter Moore

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Disney Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad’s basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn’t measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he’s happy to join a new crew-especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own.

    But when they’re pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he’s on. And once he does, there’s no turning back.

    Perfect for fans of The Avengers, Ironman, and classic comic books, V is for Villain reveals that it’s good to be bad.


    Out of ControlOUT OF CONTROL by Sarah Alderson

    Pub. Date: May 22, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target.

    Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.

    When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.


    The Summer InvitationTHE SUMMER INVITATION by Charlotte Silver

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Two sisters are summoned to their aunt’s Greenwich Village flat, where they must start dressing like young ladies, cultivate their artistic sensibilities, and open themselves up to Life with a capital L.

    When Franny and her older sister Valentine are summoned by their Aunt Theodora from foggy San Francisco to sunny New York City for one summer, they are taken to old-world locales like Bemelmans Bar, the Plaza, and the Sherry Netherland by their chaperone, Clover, Aunt Theodora’s protégé. As they discover New York City going lingerie shopping and learning about the simple elegance of a cucumber sandwich, they also begin to unearth secrets and answers about Aunt Theo’s glamorous and romantic past, and they have a few romantic adventures of their own.


    Kate Walden DirectsKATE WALDEN DIRECTS: NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIE CHICKENS by Julie Mata

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Night of the Zombie Chickens is supposed to be Kate Walden’s breakout film. But her supporting actresses-her mother’s prize organic hens-are high maintenance, to say the least. Thank goodness Kate’s best friend Alyssa is the star. She’s great at screaming and even better at killing zombies in creative ways.

    But when Alyssa turns into a real-life soulless zombie and ditches Kate for the most popular girl in seventh grade, Kate suddenly finds herself both friendless and starless. Now, thanks to Alyssa’s new crowd, Kate is the butt of every joke at school and consigned to the loser table at lunch.

    If movies have taught Kate anything, it’s that the good guy can always win-with the right script. And her fellow social outcasts may be the key to her own happy ending. Kate hatches the perfect revenge plot against her former best friend, but even though her screenplay is foolproof, Kate soon realizes that nothing-in filmmaking or in life-ever goes exactly as planned. Especially when there are diabolical hens out to get you.


    DollhouseDOLLHOUSE by Anya Allyn

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: The Studio

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Dress-up turns deadly. . .

    When Cassie’s best friend, Aisha, disappears during a school hike, Cassie sets off with Aisha’s boyfriend Ethan and their best friend Lacey, determined to find her. But the mist-enshrouded mountains hold many secrets, and what the three teens discover is far more disturbing than any of them imagined: beneath a rundown mansion in the woods lies an underground cavern full of life-size toys and kidnapped girls forced to dress as dolls.

    Even as Cassie desperately tries to escape the Dollhouse, she finds herself torn between her forbidden feelings for Ethan, and her intense, instinctive attraction to The Provider, a man Cassie swears she has known before…

    Because Cassie’s capture wasn’t accidental, and the Dollhouse is more than just a prison where her deepest fears come true—it’s a portal for the powers of darkness. And Cassie may be the only one who can stop it.


    Infinite SkyINFINITE SKY (Infinite Sky #1) by C.J. Flood

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014 (first published February 14, 2013)

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl’s life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family’s field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket – but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend?

    Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.


    There are a ton of amazing-sounding books releasing this week. And while I only have the three books pre-ordered, I just know I’ll be purchasing END TIMES, THUNDERSTRUCK, REBORN, BIGGEST FLIRTS, THE RULES FOR BREAKING, and NOW & FOREVER.

    I have been trying not to “click to buy” too many books pre-release, in order to be absolutely sure I wanted to add them to my collection. But I’m not so sure that waiting for release date to buy them has worked to reduce the number of books I order each week. Oh well.

    I’ve also tried to spend a little less time online, which means less time stalking Amazon and which is why I hadn’t had the last two weeks’ posts prepared. After spending three hours researching the books releasing and gathering the images, I ran out of time to actually put the posts together. Oops. But hopefully I’ll be back on track from now on.

    I’m hoping that I didn’t miss any books releasing this week, though I think I might have. Amazon’s search function was a little hinky so there might be one or two titles that I missed. But I suppose I’ll find out when either they download to my Kindle on Tuesday or when I see the book birthday wishes go by on Twitter.

    I hope one of your favorite authors has a book releasing this week, or one of your most anticipated reads is releasing, and that you get to add it to your collection. And as ever…

    Happy release week to some amazing books and I hope you have a very happy reading week ahead!

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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 #159

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

    These are books for the week of January 14th-January 20th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Vitro

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    VITRO by Jessica Khoury will be released in the U.S. on January 14, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I only recently learned about VITRO’s release but the second I read its description I pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle. This book sounds awesome and a little bit scary-creepy.

    I am both intrigued and repelled by the idea of scientific experimentation. So the fact that this story is about experimentation that has potentially disturbing and devastating consequences makes me morbidly curious.

    I can’t wait to find out what flaw the Vitros have. I can’t wait to meet Sophie and her Vitro twin Lux. I can’t wait to discover just how far science has gone.

    VITRO sounds fascinating and chilling and I can’t wait to dive in, hopefully next week. Though I’m definitely going to take a peek when it downloads on Monday Midnight.

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    On Skin Island, even the laws of creation can be broken.

    On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings—the Vitros—have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.

    Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. With the help of Jim Julien, a young charter pilot, she arrives–and discovers a terrifying secret she never imagined: she has a Vitro twin, Lux, who is the culmination of Corpus’s dangerous research.

    Now Sophie is torn between reuniting with the mother who betrayed her and protecting the genetically enhanced twin she never knew existed. But untangling the twisted strands of these relationships will have to wait, for Sophie and Jim are about to find out what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.

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    The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant

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    THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT by Joanna Wiebe will be released in the U.S. on January 14, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by BenBella Books, the print edition is 272 pages.

    THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT is the first book in Joanna Wiebe’s The V Trilogy.

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    THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT is another book I only recently learned about. And when I read its description I immediately pre-ordered it and can’t wait for it to download to my Kindle.

    As I mentioned in my Book Watch post just the other week I love stories that take place in boarding schools. I love that this story is full of secrets. And I am so very curious about this competition and its rewards.

    The title of this book makes me curious about just what’s “unseemly” about Anne’s education. The description makes me wonder what are the “hushed truths” in this “cloak-and-dagger world.” The mystery makes me want to read this book right now.

    Though I’ll have to wait at least until it releases on Tuesday or more likely until next week when I have a bit more time for an off-pile read.

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    So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.

    One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.

    As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.

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    Stormbringer

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    STORMBRINGER by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on January 14, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    STORMBRINGER is the second book in Shannon Delany’s Weather Witch series. The third book in the series, THUNDERSTRUCK, is slated for release on May 20, 2014.

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    I have yet to finish the first book in this series, but I started it, own the finished copy and just had to pre-order the sequel, STORMBRINGER. I love reading this author’s stories and meeting her characters and what from I’ve read so far, this series is no exception. So I’m super excited that this next book in the series is releasing this week and that it will be a part of my collection tomorrow.

    I have no idea what’s in store for Jordan in book two, as I refuse to read the description in case of any spoilers. But I’m hoping that whatever happens will be every bit as exciting as I imagine it could be. And, actually, I’m just hoping that Jordan will be in this next book as I don’t know for sure that she will.

    As I haven’t yet finished the first book, I won’t be able to catch up and read STORMBRINGER in the next couple of weeks. But hopefully I’ll have a bit more room on my reading pile in early February so that I can get both books on the pile then.

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    The second book in the Weather Witch series in which Jordan Astrea learns of her true powers

    In the intrigue-filled follow up to Weather Witch, Jordan Astraea, once a young Philadelphia lady of good social standing, is now in the final stages of her brutal training to become a Conductor—the Weather Witch who serves as a living battery to keep the massive airliner Artemesia aloft. Meanwhile, Rowen, determined to rescue her after losing his only other true friend and being wanted for murder, has found himself forced aboard a much different air vessel, this one manned by a dangerous crew and carrying a cargo so treasonous, that, if finding its destination, will herald a storm of revolution for the still young United States.

    With a spirit for adventure, romance, fantastic world building and cunning imagination, Shannon Delany delivers the sensational follow up to Weather Witch in the second book of the trilogy.

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    Other Books of Note

     

    Going RogueGOING ROGUE (Also Known As #2) by Robin Benway

    Pub. Date: January 14, 2014

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver.

    Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

    But when Maggie’s parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her “new team” flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.

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    Hollow CityHOLLOW CITY (Miss Peregrine #2) by Ransom Riggs

    Pub. Date: January 14, 2014

    Publisher: Quirk Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

    This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

    Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

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    The Moment BeforeTHE MOMENT BEFORE by Suzy Vitello

    Pub. Date: January 14, 2014

    Publisher: Diversion Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    “Don’t get me wrong. I loved my sister. I never, not once, wished her dead.”

    Brady and Sabine Wilson are sisters born eleven months apart, but they couldn’t be more different. Popular Sabine, the head cheerleader dating the high school hunk, seems to have all the luck, while her younger, artsy sister “Brady Brooder” is a loner who prefers the sidelines to the limelight.

    After Sabine dies in a horrific cheerleading accident, grief unravels Brady and her family. Once recognized for her artistic talent, 17-year-old Brady finds herself questioning the value of everything she once held dear. Her best friend betrays her. Her parents’ marriage is crumbling. And the boy everyone blames for the accident seems to be her only ally in the search for answers in the wake of her sister’s death. As an unlikely friendship emerges, Brady learns more about Sabine – and love – than she bargained for.

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    Other Releases

    HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson and Hadley Hooper

    BIRD WITH THE HEART OF A MOUNTAIN by Barbara Mariconda

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    I am so glad that this week is quite a bit quieter than last week. And while I plan to grab a copy of GOING ROGUE when it releases, at the moment I am happy to have only three books (that I know of) pre-ordered.

    If I had a set book budget I’d have blown it ten times over last week, so getting a bit of a respite for my wallet and my TBR pile is a good thing. Though I did not read any of the three books I have on order this week which means three new books for the TBR pile, two of which I want to read right away.

    I don’t think I missed any new releases this week in YA, but it’s always possible there are a few that I just didn’t see. If that’s the case, please let me know, as I don’t want to miss out on any potentially amazing new books.

    And if my Kindle surprises me on Monday Midnight with a few titles that I hadn’t mentioned above but have on order, I’ll include those missed books in next week’s post. But I’m really hoping it’s just three additions.

    Anyway… I hope that you have a very happy bookish acquiring and reading week ahead. And if there are any titles you are most excited about, leave a comment and let me know!

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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 #130

    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 June 25th-July 1st that I have pre-ordered.

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    In the After

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    IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 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 464 pages.

    IN THE AFTER is the first book in author Demitria Lunetta’s series of the same name. No information is yet available about other books in the series.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that IN THE AFTER is releasing this week. This book sounds soooo good. Chilling. Totally chilling. I’ve been dying to read it forever. And I just discovered that I have the printed ARC which Jaime of Two Chicks on Books had given to me.

    So maybe I don’t have to wait until my pre-order downloads on Monday Midnight to start reading this book. Because I am so curious about “Them” – who and what they are and why they are. I want to know why, after arriving in New Hope, things are still not ideal for Amy and Baby.

    And I really, really want to know what exactly happened before. Because life in the after does not sound at all good for those who live in it.

    The description calls IN THE AFTER “thrilling” and “pulse-pounding” and I cannot wait to be thrilled, to have my pulse race and to find out just what happens in this book whose release I’ve been waiting forever for.

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    The Lost Sun

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    THE LOST SUN by Tessa Gratton will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE LOST SUN is the first book in the author’s The United States of Asgard series. No information is yet available about other books in the series.

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    I absolutely adore Tessa Gratton’s writing. I think she is an amazing writer and I cannot wait for this fascinating new series to begin. As soon as I heard about THE LOST SUN I instantly pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    While I knew that this was a new series and I had read the first line of the description, I didn’t actually take a closer look at it until now. I didn’t need to because the author’s books are ones I will automatically add to my collection. But now that I have….

    I cannot wait to meet Soren Bearskin. I love that this world has Norse mythology at its base. I love that the story involves warriors, battles and berserking. And I love, love, love that the setting includes both an Academy and a road trip.

    I really, really hope to be able to sneak this on the pile next week, as I cannot wait to get lost in this story of a missing god and embark upon a new series by this wonderfully imaginative author.

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    Weather Witch

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    WEATHER WITCH by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    WEATHER WITCH is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Shannon Delany. The second book in the series, STORMBRINGER, is slated for release on January 14, 2014.

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    I cannot believe that WEATHER WITCH is releasing this week. I’ve been dying to get my early eARC on the pile so that I could read it before its release and before my pre-ordered copy downloads. Something I still hope to do this afternoon.

    I love that this is set in the 1800s and that it mixes together affluent society and witchcraft. I am so curious about what exactly a weather witch does – aside from what I imagine is to influence or control the weather – and just why harboring one is “the greatest of social sins.” And I can’t wait to start this new series by this author.

    The description is a bit vague about just where the story is headed, but its setting, at such an interesting time period in a country at the brink of war is incredibly enticing. I love that the setting is dark, I love that the description sounds more than a little bit ominous.

    And I can’t wait to get this on the pile either this afternoon or in the next couple of week so that I can get answers to my questions and meet Jordan, Rowen and Catrina.

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    After Daybreak

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    AFTER DAYBREAK by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    AFTER DAYBREAK is the third and final book in the Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy by the authors.

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    I have fallen just a little bit behind on this series, but now that AFTER DAYBREAK, the final book in the trilogy, is releasing, I am excited to get caught up. I really enjoyed the setting and its characters in the first book in the series and getting the chance to continue the story to its end is incredibly appealing.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description for this third book – I know, I know, I really shouldn’t have – but I’m so glad I did, because it makes me want to read this series to its conclusion even more. Especially since it mentions nothing about it being the final book or how things might end.

    So I’m wildly curious. And I’m even more curious about what happened to Dawn in L.A.

    As I own book two and this book is downloading this week, I hope to be able to read both books back-to-back in July. Because I want to know whether Dawn and Victor will be able to defeat Sin and stop the spread of the Thirst.

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    Ashes on the Waves

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    ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on June 27, 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 384 pages.

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    I am so excited that ASHES ON THE WAVES is releasing later this week and that everyone will get the chance to meet Liam and Annabel in this dark and gorgeous book. And I can’t wait for my print copy to arrive… which I’m hoping will be earlier than Thursday.

    As I just rambled about this book in my post yesterday and have already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post earlier this month, I am not going to say much more except that I am so thrilled for the author that her beautiful book will be on shelves this week and that everyone can fall in love as I have.

    I have been excited for this story ever since I got a very early sneak peek back in September 2011. I fell in love with its premise and its main character instantly. And when I got the chance to read it early nearly one year later, back in September 2012, I was over the moon. It was every bit as captivating, beautiful, dark as I imagined it would be.

    And I’m totally stoked that this story will finally be available in its finished form for me to add to my collection in both print and electronic formats on Thursday.

    Other Books of Note

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    HIDDEN (Avena #1) by Marianne Curley

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

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    Paradox

    PARADOX by A.J. Paquette

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Robin Palmer

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Speak

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Winterveil

    WINTERVEIL (Wintercraft #3) by Jenna Burtenshaw

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Ink

    INK (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Since You Asked

    SINCE YOU ASKED by Maurene Goo

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Neptune's Tears

    NEPTUNE’S TEARS (Timedance #1) by Susan Waggoner

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A Moment Comes

    A MOMENT COMES  by Jennifer Bradbury

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

    CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND (Confessions #2) by Louise Rozett

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Forevermore

    FOREVERMORE by Cindy Miles

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Point

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Golden Boy

    GOLDEN BOY by Tara Sullivan

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Precious Blood

    PRECIOUS BLOOD (The Blessed #1) by Tonya Hurley

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Golden Girl

    GOLDEN GIRL (The American Fairy #2) by Sarah Zettel

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Feros

    THE FEROS (The Vindico #2) by Wesley King

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    fml by Shaun David Hutchinson

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Re-issued

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    wtf by Peter Lerangis

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    When creating this post on Saturday I discovered that I did not have PARADOX by A.J. Paquette or HIDDEN by Marianne Curley pre-ordered. Which was a surprise. So, of course, today, I just had to order them.

    But as I’m so late in posting this due to a late night/almost-all-night read of PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry and some things I had to do for work today, I decided if I was ever going to get this posted I should probably not to rework my post to include them with my pre-orders above.

    Besides, although they’re technically still pre-orders, it’s cutting it close. And there is also a distinct possibility, like every week, that there will be a couple other “of note” books I end up purchasing for my Kindle before they actually release on Tuesday and beyond. Books like THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET and INK.

    Anyway…

    There are a few more titles available this week than last. And while I have seven books that will be added to my collection this week, at least I’ve read one of them… although I am re-reading it this week. So, technically it’s still on the TBR pile…. *Sigh*

    But I’m so excited for each of the books releasing this week that I have on order. And I hope to be able to read all of them in the upcoming weeks. And while hopes don’t always turn into realities, this week I really, really hope they do.

    Happy reading!

    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 #84

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

    Biting Cold by Chloe Neill releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Biting Cold is the sixth book in author Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. The seventh book, House Rules, is slated for release on February 5, 2013.

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    I feel like I’ve been waiting for this next book in this series for a lifetime, but it seems that it hasn’t been all that long since I read Drink Deep. It just felt that way. I was so excited when Biting Cold downloaded to my Kindle and it’s going to be my very next read. One I hope to finish tonight.

    I can’t wait to continue Merit’s story. I don’t want to say too much as anything I might say could spoil previous books in the series. Especially Hard Bitten. But I will just say I’m curious as to what is going to happen on Merit’s road trip. I’m also super curious as to who is hunting her down. The description makes me very, very nervous when it said that this enemy will “stop at nothing” and that there’s “no mercy allowed” and that there will be “no lives spared.”

    I hope the wait for the next book in the series won’t be as torturous as the wait for this one, but I suppose I’ll have my answers very, very soon.

    [Note: I know this is not a YA release, but I couldn’t leave this off of this week’s Book Watch post as this is a book I’ve been pining for and one I’ve had pre-ordered for awhile.]

    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Throne of Glass is the first book in author Sarah J. Mass’ series by the same name.

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    I first heard of Throne of Glass when I saw the book trailer. And it looked so epic that I immediately pre-ordered it and requested it on NetGalley. Although I haven’t had a chance to read it just yet, I will be reading it next week in anticipation of the book tour I’ll be on in September.

    At least by waiting just a little bit, I’ll have less of a wait until the next full-length book in the series is released. I’ve heard that this book is amazing and I can’t imagine not falling in love. Especially after I checked out the description.

    I love that this story consists of thieves, assassins and warriors. I can’t wait to meet Calaena, Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall. I’m curious whether it will be Dorian or Westfall that she’ll be drawn to. And I hope she figures out who has been killing the other contestants in this competition she’s in to find the next royal assassin.

    Just re-reading that description has made me want to start reading this book right now. If I finish my reads early this week, I may just have to start on this one early, too.

    Rift by Andrea Cremer was released today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 464 pages.

    Rift is a prequel novel in the author’s Nightshade series.

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    I love Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series. I have yet to read the final book in the series because I didn’t want the series to end, but now that there is a prequel I just might read that final book.

    As soon as I heard that Rift was being released I added it to my pre-orders, but I also got an early review copy just last week, which I will be reading next week for review. I am excited to read this novel that the description says has “action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality.”

    I can’t wait to find out just what happens in this story with Ember and Barrow, both their love story and the decision they make about Eira. If this is as captivating as the first two books in the Nightshade series, then next week will definitely be a happy reading week.

    Rivals and Retribution by Shannon Delany releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Rivals and Retribution is the fifth book in the author’s 13 to Life series.

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    I’ve fallen just a bit behind on the series. I read the first three books but have yet to read the previous book, Destiny and Deception. But as it is my plan to one day get caught up, I couldn’t not add Rivals and Retribution to my pre-orders.

    I do not want to read the description to find out just what happens in this installment as I know it will spoil the previous book in the series. It already happened when I’d read the description for Destiny and Deception before finishing Bargains and Betrayals so I didn’t want to take a chance this time around.

    I’m hoping all of my favorite characters are in this latest installment, but especially Jessie and Pietr. As I haven’t taken a peek at the description, I don’t know whether this is the final book in the series. But maybe that’s a good thing so that when I do get a chance to read it I won’t hit my typical stumbling block for series ending books. If, that is, this is one.

    While I won’t be reading this latest book this month, I hope to get caught up with the series this winter. I may end up deciding to re-read the first two books so that I can read the entire series back-to-back.

    Wake by Amanda Hocking releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Wake is the first book in author Amanda Hocking’s Watersong series. Lullaby, the second book in the series, is slated for release on November 27, 2012. Books three and four are entitled Tidal and Elegy.

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    I received an early copy for review as part of the blog tour going on right now, hosted by The Bookish Brunette. I was so excited because I’ve been a long time fan of author Amanda Hocking. But regardless of the tour or the early copy, I planned on adding Wake to my collection and pre-ordered it for my Kindle ages ago.

    As my tour stop was yesterday and my review posted then, too, I won’t go on and on about this book. But I will say that it was such a quick and fun read, the perfect start to this quadrilogy, and a series I can’t wait to continue.

    I don’t want to reveal too much about Penn, Lexi and Thea or just what happens with Gemma and why she’s attracted their attention, but I will say there were definitely a few surprises. And I will also say that the ending will leave you wanting to get your hands on an early copy of the next book.

    At least that’s what has happened to me.

    As I have read and reviewed this book, I know what happens so guessing about what might happen is out. But I am totally in the dark about what’s going to happen in the next book in the series, Lullaby, and I can’t wait to find out.

    Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in hardcover format and it will be releasing on August 21st in eBook format. It is currently available to order online in print at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    I decided to include Beautiful Lies with this week’s releases, even though my eBook pre-order won’t be available for two more weeks, as this is its official release date. This book sounded so eerie and awesome I just had to add it to my pre-orders once I’d read the description last month.

    I am so curious what is really going on with these twins, Rachel and Alice. To not only be virtually indistinguishable in appearance, but to also experience each other’s pain is fascinating and in the case of this story, terrifying.

    The description mentions that one twin is kidnapped and it’s up to the other to help find her missing sister. But it doesn’t mention which one was taken and which one was left behind. Which makes me even more curious about just what is going on.

    I love a mystery and a thriller and the fact that the description mentions that this story “will keep readers guessing” makes me wish I had my eBook in hand right about now. But the wait isn’t too bad, as it is releasing in just two weeks, so I hope to get the chance to read it then.

    Blood Fever by Veronica Wolff releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in paperback and eBook Formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Blood Fever is the third book in The Watchers series by author Veronica Wolff.

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    I have not yet read the first two books in this series, but I decided to go ahead and add this third book, Blood Fever, to my pre-orders. I’ve been so curious about this series since I first learned about it, I just haven’t had the time to move it to the top of my TBR pile.

    I want to head over to the Isle of Night and see what’s going on with Watcher training. I want to meet Annelise and Ronan and Drew. And I really want to meet Carden. Described as a “brawny, eighteenth-century Scottish bad boy,” he sounds like someone I definitely should be meeting.

    I hope to read all three books in the series soon, as this has piqued my curiosity for way too long. And I think I might just have to cave and start reading these books really, really soon.

    Free Four by Veronica Roth releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print length is 46 pages.

    Free Four is a short novella in the author’s Divergent series and takes place after the first book in the series.

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    I tried to read Free Four online during the publisher’s promotional event last spring, but I hate reading on a computer and so when I heard that it would be available to pre-order for my Kindle I jumped at the chance.

    I just didn’t know how long a wait it would be.

    I love stories – even short ones – told from another character’s point of view. And one that’s being told by Four’s point of view is even better, as he is my favorite character in the series.

    While the print length for this short story is listed as forty-six pages on Amazon, the description mentions the scene is just thirteen pages long. But apparently it reveals a few details about Four’s character that we haven’t learned from seeing things from Tris’ vantage point. And it also reveals his thoughts about Tris.

    I really, really, really can’t wait to read this scene.

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    I hadn’t realized quite how busy a release week it was. I had eight items pre-ordered – seven of which have downloaded and one of which I already started reading. I’m glad I had the chance to read Wake early and that one of the books is just a short story, which means my TBR pile won’t be growing too much.

    I will be reading Throne of Glass and Rift next week, so that will definitely help with the read to unread ratio that’s getting more imbalanced with every week that passes. But I really don’t know how I can possibly say no to new books, new authors and new series that are sure to be amazing.

    And I don’t know how to find any more time in a day than those measly 24 hours.

    Anyway…. I hope you have some amazing books you added to your collection this week. If you have any reads that you think should be on my radar, let me know!

    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 #57

    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 January 31st-February 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Destiny and Deception is the fourth full-length book in the 13 to Life series by author Shannon Delany.

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    I’ve been a huge fan of this series since I discovered it after I began blogging. I love the world that Jess and the Rusakova’s exist in and can’t wait to read this fourth book in the series. I’ve had the eBook pre-ordered for awhile and I can’t believe release date is almost here.

    I won’t talk too much about what I’m hoping for in this book just in case someone hasn’t caught up with the series yet. But I am dying to find out if things are really looking up for Jess and Pietr or if it’s just the calm before the storm.

    And from the description there are a few things going on with Alexi that I can’t wait to discover for myself.

    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Wings of the Wicked is the sequel to Angelfire by author Courtney Allison Moulton.

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    I can’t believe this book releases this week. I also can’t believe I have to wait an entire year until the next book comes out. I am so excited that I’ll have the eBook on my Kindle in less than twenty-four hours because I’m curious to see just what has changed between the ARC and the finished copy.

    I just finished reading this and I’m already dying to read it again. I thought Angelfire was awesome. I thought that first book had me tied up in knots in a way that the sequel never could. I was so totally wrong.

    The dangers facing Ellie and Will are even more terrifying. Cadan is even more swoon-worthy. And the ending is even more of a killer than I ever thought possible. I’m hanging on by my bitten and ragged fingernails, but only just barely.

    New Girl by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I had a chance to read Here Lies Bridget by the author last year and I was excited to see she had another book coming out, so I added it to my pre-orders even without knowing exactly what it’s about.

    But after reading the description I can’t wait to read more. I want to find out just how the New Girl is handling life at Manderly Academy where she landed a spot when Becca Normandy went missing. I want to find out just why everyone seems to blame her. I want to see what happens between her and Max Holloway, Becca’s “sort of” boyfriend.

    And I want to see if we get to find out the New Girl’s name.

    There is just something a little eerie about the description, though I can’t put my finger on it. And so I really want to read New Girl now and find out just why I feel that there is.

    Incarnate by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 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 Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Incarnate, the first book in the Newsouls series by author Jodi Meadows is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I have had an ARC of Incarnate sitting on my shelf for a while thanks to a trade, but I haven’t had the chance to read it before release which I’m totally devastated about. I’ve heard such amazing things about this debut book and I want to find out for myself just what it’s about.

    Though I’ll probably read the eBook version that will be downloading to my Kindle instead of the ARC, just in case something major changed that I wouldn’t want to miss.

    I love the idea of reincarnated souls. And I love the idea that Ana is a newsoul… or possibly a nosoul. I can’t wait to find out which she is, especially if being a nosoul means she’ll only have one existence to live.

    And I can’t wait to go on the journey with Ana as she tries to solve the mystery of why she may have received another’s life.

    The description mentions “romance, fantasy, and danger” – all things I love – so I can’t wait to read Incarnate in February.

    Article 5 by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Article 5 is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    This book sounds like a super cool dystopian that I can’t wait to read. I hadn’t heard of it before I traded for a copy, but when I checked it out, it sounded like a book I’d really love to devour so I added it to my pre-orders.

    The future society the author created sounds very strict and very harsh. Compliance with the Moral Statutes sounds like it will be impossible. And the punishments sound far worse than the crimes.

    I can’t wait to meet Ember and discover what life is like in her world. And to find out just how horrible it is to learn that the boy she loves is the very one who arrests her mother.

    I’m curious to see just how dark things will get for her after her mom’s arrest and to see if she is able to save her or if there will be no happy ending for either of them. I wish I could add it to the top of the pile now, but at the very least, I really hope I can read this new release in March.

    Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover, audio 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 160 pages.

    Lenobia’s Vow is the second novella in the House of Night series by author’s P.C. and Kristin Cast.

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    I have the first novella in this off-shoot series from the authors’ House of Night novels, although I haven’t yet read it. But as I own all books in the series I decided to pre-order this next one for my Kindle.

    I like the idea of meeting these other characters and getting a chance to learn their story prior to the events in House of Night. Lenobia was always a very likable character and I can’t wait to meet her when she was much younger and hear how she first fell in love.

    As it is a fairly short novella, I hope to be able to sneak this one on top of my reading pile really soon.

    Shift by M.R. Merrick will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2012 in eBook format and will be releasing soon in paperback format. It is not available to pre-order, but it will be available to purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble on release date.

    Shift is the second book in The Protector series by the author.

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    I did receive an eARC from the author for review, but I will be purchasing the finished eBook for my Kindle on release date and I can’t wait. I recently read the first book in the series and it was every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I can’t wait to get back into the world the author created and unravel more of the mystery. I am super curious to find out what will happen next with Chase and Rayna, if they’ll find the answers they’ve been looking for, and just what it means to be a Protector.

    And I’m dying to know just how tough they’ll need to be in order to win the battle against their enemies. While I will be reading the eARC, I am excited to have the finished eBook as part of my permanent collection.

    The Rivals by Daisy Whitney will be released in the U.S. on February 6, 2012 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.

    The Rivals is the sequel to The Mockingbirds by author Daisy Whitney.

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    I have not yet read The Mockingbirds, the first book in the series, but everyone said that I had to read it and so I bought it for my Kindle. And because I own book one, I just had to pre-order the sequel when I learned that it was going to be releasing soon.

    I refuse to look at the Goodreads description for fear of spoiling book one, but it is linked in the cover art for anyone who wants to check it out.

    The Mockingbirds caught my eye because idea of a secret society that takes action to right the wrongs done to the students at Themis Academy intrigued me. And even though the subject matter is harsh – the main character was assaulted – the idea that she is willing to fight back makes her sound like someone that I’d like to meet.

    I had no idea until recently that it was a series. But now, more than ever, I want to read both books and find out exactly how the Mockingbirds help those who need it. Even if it means that I find out that their brand of help is nothing more than vigilante justice.

    To check out an excerpt of The Rivals from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    UPDATE: I did have one other book pre-ordered….

    Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne

    Pub. Date: February 2, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

    Pub. Date: February 1, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    It’s definitely not a quiet week for releases this week. I had no idea I had quite so many books pre-ordered. Fortunately I’ve read Wings of the Wicked and will be reading Shift in the next day or two, so I won’t have quite so many books to add to the TBR pile.

    As much as I love it, I think participating in the Debut Author Challenge is a dangerous thing for my reading pile and for my wallet, but I can’t resist the chance to discover a new book or author that I might not have otherwise discovered. Even if I don’t always get to read their books immediately….

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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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    Review: Secrets and Shadows

    Secrets and Shadows, the second book in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany, was released on February 15, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

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

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

    **The first line of the Goodreads description is spoiler-y for book one**

    Highlight over the blank space to read the hidden text.

    Goodreads description:

    Nothing’s simple when you run with werewolves.

    Jess Gillmansen thinks she’s seen it all but her eyes are about to be opened to even more danger and a reality far more paranormal than she’s suspected. With Jess’s realization that the Rusakovas’ mother is still alive and imprisoned, the group’s choices become harder and trust more important.

    Lines are drawn and relationships change as the broken Rusakova family struggles to reunite long enough to free their mother and people who Jess always just took to be normal people show themselves to be much, much more.

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    Jessie’s been having nightmares. After everything that she witnessed, everything that she did that night, she expected them. She just wished they would stop. That she could make peace with everything that happened.

    She wanted things to return to the way they used to be. Before she met Pietr Rusakova and his family. Before the accident that took her mother from her. Where her only heartache was having a crush on Derek. And the only excitement in her life came from entering competitions with her horse, Rio.

    But once she gave her heart away, she knew that going back was not an option. And that she would do whatever she could to help the Rusakovas find their mother before time ran out. Even if it meant putting herself in danger once more.

    Living under the constant threat to her safety from her association with the Rusakovas, having to keep secrets from her friends, walking on eggshells around Sarah, trying to figure out the real reason for the recent suicides at Junction High, discovering that someone she knows is much more than they appear to be and losing sleep from the nightmares that terrorize her, Jessica Gillmansen is really beginning to miss being just a farm girl from boring old Junction.

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    The mystery deepens, the pace accelerates, and the tension continues to build in Secrets and Shadows, the exciting sequel to 13 to Life. The story doesn’t miss a beat and picks up shortly after the events in the first book, allowing readers to easily continue from one book to the next without a disconnect. But for those readers who have had to wait, the inclusion of a prologue offers just enough of a refresher about the story and events to bring them up to speed.

    In this sequel, the action intensifies as Jessica Gillmansen tries to come to grips with the part she played in the events that would leave her forever tied to the Rusakovas. And after learning their secret, she is now more determined than ever to help Pietr and his family.

    Even as she tries to get closer to Pietr, she can feel him pulling away, leaving her wondering what she did wrong. But Jessie is not one to give up, and loyalty and hope keep her going even as her heart is breaking.

    And when a troubling secret is uncovered about one of her friends, trying to keep her out of harm’s way while continuing to keep an eye on Wanda and Sarah, attempting to repair the broken Rusakova family, reuniting them with their mother, and actually attending classes every once in a while is keeping Jessie more than busy.

    So busy that her investigative mind fails to uncover an even bigger threat to her, and one that might be just too late to protect herself from.

    Author Shannon Delany has really expanded upon the story and characters she introduced in her debut novel. Jessie has become an independent, strong, determined, loyal and good-hearted main character who is much more likable and sympathetic in this sequel.

    There are a few new developments for some of the secondary characters and a few surprise revelations that will keep readers frantically turning those pages.

    Once again there is a dramatic conclusion to the story, leaving readers on the edge of a pretty steep cliff. Fortunately, the third book in the series, Bargains and Betrayals, has just been released so there is no wait to find out what’s at the bottom of that cliff.

    Secrets and Shadows is an immensely entertaining read in a series that continues to surprise and will draw readers in with its easy style, likable characters, romantic tension and cliffhanger ending. This second book in the series brings even more action and mystery to the page and is sure to keep readers engaged.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I so completely loved this sequel. Why didn’t I read this last February? Seriously, what is wrong with me? I loved this way more than the first book in the series.

    I totally adored 13 to Life, but this just was so much better. As with book one, the writing made it so easy to keep that connection with the characters and the story, but this book had a much better flow. And aside from one question I had about the repercussions of something that happened to the main character, nothing pulled me out of the story once I made that connection. Everything I had an issue with or found confusing in the first book was not present in this book at all.

    I actually loved Jessie in Secrets and Shadows. Where she frustrated me and I thought her too much of a martyr in book one, here she was strong and determined and protective in all the right amounts. And throughout this story I really cared about what happened to her.

    The love story was deliciously torturous, maddeningly so at times, but in all the best possible ways. And even though there was still a little bit of a love triangle, it changed significantly and was definitely not the focus. I’m almost always a fan of the love triangle, but it’s nice to see that it wasn’t treated quite the same way in this sequel. And it became even more interesting with a surprise element that definitely mixed things up.

    Pietr was as yummy and frustrating as ever. Max was adorable, flirtatious and so totally alpha male. And Cat was a great friend and keeper of the peace.

    A few of the characters had less of a role, but were not forgotten entirely and were still kept a part of this story. And as much as I’m not a Derek fan, I am so glad that his part wasn’t reduced and he remained such an important character.

    I am really excited about an interesting twist in the story and what it means for one or more of the characters in this series. I would say more but it would be a total spoiler. But, it really makes me want to re-read 13 to Life to see if there were any hints.

    I liked how the author continued to progress the story and also Sarah’s character and I’m interested to see just what happens with her in the next book as everything was always pretty fragile with her.

    Secrets and Shadows was no filler novel or sophomore slump. Not only is there a new development with one of the characters, but the author broadened the world just in time for book three, completely blowing the door wide open for all sorts of possibilities.

    And with the cliffhanger ending in this book, there is no way I could not continue on with this series. I am so glad that I don’t have to wait and can just go from one book to the next without pause. I’m actually afraid to finish Bargains and Betrayals and possibly be left hanging until the fourth book’s release.

    How I “discovered” this book:

    Secrets and Shadows is a “Just Discovered” just got a chance to read book.

    I discovered the series initially from an Amazon recommendation shortly after the first book in the series, 13 to Life, was released. I decided to buy it, but didn’t immediately get a chance to read it.

    What got me to move this up in my TBR pile was the prequel novella Beasts and BFFs. It was short, but gave me a quick peek at the characters and the world. And I began reading 13 to Life very soon thereafter.

    The moment I finished it, I couldn’t wait to get this my hands on the sequel, Secrets and Shadows. But as always seems to be the case, by the time it was released, blogging got in the way. Which is why there are so few “Just Discovered” reviews lately. I always seem to be playing catch-up on required reviews and new releases.

    So, when release date came around last February this downloaded to my Kindle, but kept getting pushed further and further back. Even though I really, really wanted to read it. So as release date approached for book three, Bargains and Betrayals, which I happened to get an early copy of, I finally got a chance to move it to the top of the reading pile.

    I still would have liked to read this when I put it on my reading pile a couple weeks ago, but only just got around to reading it this past weekend. Still, it was well worth the wait and I’m actually glad I had the next book to pick up immediately because talk about a torturous cliffhanger ending. It beats the cliffhanger at the end of book one by a mile.

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    Favorite passage, well, second favorite, my favorite is totally spoiler-y:

    Something flared in his eyes, bright as wildfire, and he grabbed me, covering my mouth with his. I gasped, and he moved his lips against mine, pinning our bodies together with his powerful arms. Every nerve ending in my body sparked like electricity rioted just beneath my skin as we breathed the same air. Shared the same tastes.

    If you’d like to check out my review for 13 to Life, click here.

    Book trailer for Secrets and Shadows:

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #33

    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 August 16th-August 22nd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Bargains and Betrayals is the third book in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany. It will be released in the U.S. on August 16, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

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

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

    I am still playing catch-up on this series and am currently reading the second book, Secrets and Shadows, but I hope to have both books read prior to my pre-ordered eBook downloading on Monday Midnight.

    I really enjoyed the first book in the series which I discovered last winter and I can’t wait to find out where the story will take Jessie and Pietr. But as I haven’t finished book two, I refuse to read the Goodreads description to find out just what’s in store for the characters.

    I have no idea why I hadn’t read this sooner as I received the ARC a few months ago. I suppose I thought that August seemed like a lifetime away and that I’d have plenty of time. Well, time is running out.

    I loved the first book and purchased the second book in the series, so there was no way I wasn’t going to buy this one for my collection. Not only was this story immensely entertaining, but adding the Russian element to this werewolf story really made this series stand out as something a bit different.

    I already can’t wait for the fourth book, Destiny and Deception.

    Book trailer for Bargains and Betrayals:

    Chain Reaction is the third novel in the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. It will be released in the U.S. on August 16, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

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

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I only discovered Simone Elkeles about a year ago. I read the first book in the series, Perfect Chemistry, and bought the second one because I loved the first one so much. I thought the idea of having each story in the same world about a different brother was fantastic.

    At the time I hadn’t read too many young adult contemporary novels, but the author’s writing and story were really powerful and I was instantly hooked.

    When I heard that the third book was available, I immediately pre-ordered it for my Kindle. Even though I still haven’t had a chance to read Carlos’ story I am excited to get Chain Reaction, which has my favorite cover yet in this series. And, I cannot wait to read about Luis Fuentes and Nikki Cruz even though I’m sad that the series will end with this book.

    I had a chance to hear the author speak at the RT Convention in Los Angeles last spring and I loved learning that she wrote from the heart and from her experiences and it made me a fan for life.

    To read an excerpt from Justine magazine of Chapter Five, click here.

    Book trailer for Chain Reaction:

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    I knew this was another super slow week. But these are two pretty great third books in the series that I have on my pre-order list, so I can’t wait until Monday Midnight for them to download.

    I hope to be finished reading Bargains and Betrayals by the time I get the eBook or, if not, just shortly afterward. And I have got to catch up on the Perfect Chemistry series, but that might be later this fall. I absolutely adore Simone Elkeles’ writing.

    I will be stalking the blogs this week just to make sure that I didn’t miss anything, as I’m always suspect when I only have a few books pre-ordered for a particular week and two books seems seriously light. Of course, the 23rd is a completely different story…

    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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