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    The Trailers: Invincible

    The trailer for Invincible, the second book in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series was just released today.

    As mentioned in my “Book Watch” post for Invincible, this second installment in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s young adult series in the Dark-Hunter world will be releasing on March 22, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It is available for pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    This is a book I’ve been waiting on forever and it’s finally going to be releasing in just a few days. I cannot wait to see what’s going to happen to young Nick in this book and I hope that he is truly invincible as it seems things aren’t going so well for him. (Just check out the description, below.)

    Description from the author’s website:

    Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse…

    Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

    His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

    But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them…

    An excerpt is now available for Invincible on the author’s website.

    To read the excerpt, or to learn more about Nick Gautier and the other characters in the series, click here.

    There is a third book planned for the series entitled Infamous.

    And for those who haven’t read the first book in this series, Infinity, the author offers an excerpt and all the info you can ask for on her site. Click here for the deets.

    And now for the AWESOME new trailer for Invincible!

    And for those who asked: Who is Sherrilyn Kenyon?

    The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her Cherokee mixed heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger… as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than twenty-three million copies of her books in print, in over thirty countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

    In the past two years, her books have claimed the coveted #1 bestselling spot twelve times. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency and the Chronicles of Nick. Since 2004, she has placed over fifty novels on the New York Times.

    Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins.

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    Book Watch: Born at Midnight

    Born at Midnight is author C.C. Hunter’s debut Young Adult novel. It will be released in the U.S. on March 29, 2011 and is available online for pre-order at Amazon in paperback and eBook formats and as a paperback at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 416 pages.

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

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    I know I’ve already read and reviewed this book, but this is definitely a book to look for on March 29th and so I’ve chosen it for this week’s “Book Watch” post. Although I had a review copy of this book, I have this on pre-order so I can have the final version for my eBook collection.

    This is the first book in a new series, so there will be a lot of adventures to come and mysteries to solve. Each chapter ends with a mini cliffhanger so you have to keep flipping those pages or you will be left hanging.

    As this takes place, for the most part, at a paranormal camp, there are a wide variety of paranormal characters with differing abilities. And as there are two love interests, you will have to choose which boy is right for Kylie. I’m definitely thinking Lucas, but who knows what will happen in book two.

    I love the cover for this book. It’s dark, mysterious, beautiful and purple.

    The second book in the series, Awake at Dawn, will be out in October, so the wait won’t be too long. And a prequel novella, Turned at Dark, will be released before Born at Midnight, on March 15th. (This may be a new release date for the novella.)

    I am definitely looking forward to reading the final version when it comes out at the end of the month.

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    Check out the author’s website for news and extras – HERE.

    If you’d like to read my review, click here.

    Goodreads description:

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

    Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

    Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

    Book trailer for Born at Midnight:

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    Book Watch: Invincible

    Invincible is the second book in the Chronicles of Nick series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It will be released in the U.S. on March 22, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It is available for pre-order online in all formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the hardcover is 480 pages.

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    There are a few books releasing on March 22, 2011 that made it very difficult to pick the one book to spotlight.

    Carrie Ryan’s The Dark and Hollow Places is an amazing book that I am pre-ordering but as I haven’t yet read the first two books in the series I don’t feel that I can do it justice in a spotlight post. But I plan on reading all three novels back-to-back-to-back.

    The other book releasing that looks amazing is Wither by Lauren DeStefano. But as I have an eARC of this book and plan on reading it prior to March 22nd, I’ll have all the details in that post.

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    Invincible is the second book in the Chronicles of Nick series. I read the first book in the series based solely on the cover. I hadn’t previously heard of Sherrilyn Kenyon, but the cover for Infinity was everywhere. I saw it at Apple’s iBookstore and on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. After about a week of seeing it available for pre-order I caved and bought the book.

    I read it on day of release and thought it was really interesting and different. This was well before I started reviewing, but I did give it a four star rating on Goodreads, which is probably what I’d give it today.

    I very much enjoyed the book, which is a young adult spin-off of her adult series – Dark-Hunter. As I hadn’t read the adult series there were elements to the story that I found a bit confusing and very complex. But it was still thoroughly enjoyable.

    It really made me want to read the adult series, but as of yet I haven’t gotten around to it. There are A LOT of books in that series.

    Once again the cover for this series is amazing and of course I’ve had this on pre-order for a long time. And with the promise shapeshifters and demons this may just be even better than the first book in the series.

    For more information on the series and world, visit the author’s website.

    Goodreads description:

    Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse…

    Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

    His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

    But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them…

    The trailer for Invincible is not yet available, but here are the trailers for book one.

    Book trailer #1 for Infinity, the first book in the series:

    Book trailer #2 for Infinity, the first book in the series:

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    Review: Hex Hall

    Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is the first book of this series with the same name. It is currently available in the U.S. in hardcover, eBook and paperback formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published on March 2, 2010 by Hyperion books, the hardcover is 336 pages. The paperback edition was

    published last week on February 1, 2011 and is 352 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

    By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

    As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

    Getting sent to Hecate Hall was punishment enough for Sophie Mercer. She already knew in her heart of hearts that she was the worst witch ever, being sent away was just adding insult to injury.

    Having a love spell blow up in such epic proportions as it did was a disaster that couldn’t escape the Council’s notice and so she was sent to a school for rejects until she was eighteen and could better handle her magical abilities.

    She had hoped that finally being with others of her kind would make her fit in, but after just a few days she knew that it was hopeless. To start, being made to room with the school’s only vampire student was sure to make her even more of an outcast. And the fact that her roommate may have killed someone last year was not helping matters. The last thing Sophie wanted was to be someone’s midnight snack.

    Raised by a human mother in the human world put her at a huge disadvantage – her skills as a witch were laughable, her knowledge of the Prodigium was non-existent – and the secrets she discovers about her family not only make her even more unpopular, but also potentially very dangerous.

    Even worse, one by one the witches at Hex Hall are being attacked. Will they be able to find out who is doing this before Sophie becomes the next victim? And if it’s not her vampire roommate Jenna that is to blame, then who is responsible? One thing is certain, her first semester at Hex Hall is anything but boring.

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    Hex Hall is a hugely entertaining story in the paranormal genre. Filled with bitchy witches, snooty fairies, drooling, hair sniffing werewolves and an arrogant vampire poet-turned-teacher, this story has a cast of characters that alone make this book worth a read.

    Add to this a very sexy warlock, mysterious attacks and the secrets in Sophie’s family history and this is one hell of a story.

    Author Rachel Hawkins has such an easygoing writing style, with enough humor and mystery added to keep those pages turning. The story is immediately engaging and Sophie is an absolutely adorable heroine – just the right mix of wickedly sarcastic and vulnerable.

    This book is a must read for fans of paranormal series with a lighter feel, a likable and humorous main character and a puzzle that needs solving.

    The next book in the series, Demonglass, is due out on March 1, 2011 and a third, as yet untitled book is due out in 2012.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    First – I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! Okay, if you read this book you’ll know what I mean.

    Second – I loved this story. It was such a delightful, fun and seriously enjoyable book. Sophie Mercer is one of my new favorite heroines. My only wish is that it was longer. Yes, it’s a series, but now I have to wait a few weeks for book two. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

    Third – I just wish I didn’t read the description for Demonglass before I finished this, as it did slightly give away some of the ending.

    Fourth – I love when I’m right about a mystery. Okay, so maybe this wasn’t the world’s most challenging puzzle, but I still like being able to guess what’s going to happen and then be right.

    Fifth – This is one author that I will read every single book she writes (unless of course it’s non-fiction as I’ve been there done that with the non-fiction for a long while).

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    How I “discovered” this book:

    Hex Hall is a “Just Discovered” just got a chance to read book.

    This is yet another book I bought awhile ago. Probably very soon after release and it’s been in my Kindle ever since, getting shuffled further and further back. I’m not exactly sure why I didn’t start reading this right away. I have no excuse!

    I actually discovered this again about a month ago and read only a few pages before I was rudely dragged away. Again, shame on me. But with the looming date for book two  and my Twitter timeline heating up with talk about Demonglass, I just knew I had to read this one as there was just so much that appealed to me from the synopsis and I knew I didn’t want to have to wait to read the next book.

    And of course, once I started reading, I could not put this down!

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    Review: Born at Midnight

    Born at Midnight is author C.C. Hunter’s debut Young Adult novel and is the first book in the Shadow Falls series.

    It will be released on March 29, 2011 and is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon in paperback and eBook formats and as a paperback at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 416 pages.

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

    Goodreads description:

    Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

    Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

    Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

    Being born at midnight usually means only one thing – that you’re not entirely human. Kylie Galen always thought she was. Human that is.

    But when she’s sent to spend her summer at Shadow Falls Camp, a camp supposedly for juvenile delinquents, she realizes that these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill freaks, but supernaturals – vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies and witches.

    And the most shocking thing to Kylie is that she’s the biggest freak of them all. Who knew that the ability to see ghosts was freakier even than drinking blood, changing shape or casting spells?

    As Kylie tries to unravel the mystery of who she is, she is drawn to Lucas, a dark haired, blue eyed boy from her past who reappears and challenges everything she once thought of him and Derek, the half-fae who reminds her of the boyfriend who broke her heart.

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    Born at Midnight is a thrilling new young adult paranormal story with a wide array of paranormals to choose from, a love triangle that will make your heart beat a little faster and a mystery that will keep you guessing.

    Kylie Galen had no idea that her night terrors were actually visits from ghosts. She had no idea that around one percent of the population was not human. She had no idea that she wasn’t completely human. Not until she showed up at Shadow Falls Camp.

    It is here she learns that what she is seeing isn’t a figment of her imagination, but ghosts, and that she is the only one of her campmates with her specific supernatural “gift.”

    In Born at Midnight we follow Kylie as she tries to figure out if she really is more than human or if there is a more logical explanation for what she’s seeing and as she tries to sort out her feelings for her ex-boyfriend Trey and her growing feelings for both Lucas and Derek.

    Crafted like any good mystery novel, the story has questions throughout and will leave readers with even more questions at the end, which are to be continued into the next book in the series, Awake at Dawn.

    While a story about a camp full of paranormals could come across as over the top, this storyline and setting were very believable.

    Kylie is a stubborn but ultimately likable heroine who only begrudgingly begins to accept everything that is happening to her – her grandmother’s death, her parents’ divorce, her new friends’ abilities and that she may not be one of the Normals. And the two boys who captivate Kylie’s attention are swoon-worthy.

    Each chapter was its own little cliffhanger and will leave readers wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next. And the story is infused with humor which will keep readers smiling. There are plenty of unanswered questions but readers won’t be left hanging.

    This new series is not one to be missed.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I thought this story was such fun. Hilarious at times and suspenseful throughout. And the “love scenes” were the perfect mix of chaste and steamy, with a constant tension between the characters.

    I could not put this book down. Literally. At the end of almost every chapter it left you hanging having to read on to find out the answer. There was no good stopping point. So I didn’t stop. I just kept reading and finished this book in one sitting.

    I was often frustrated with Kylie for being in denial and refusing to seek answers, but these traits made her very realistic and sympathetic. And there were just the right amounts of romance and humor throughout that kept this from being just another mystery.

    I had this one on my “to read” list for awhile now for two reasons: The cover completely had me hooked from the get-go – it was haunting and dark and beautiful and purple – and then when I read the synopsis it seemed to have everything going for it.

    I am so glad I had a chance to read this early copy, but I have this book already set for pre-order for my Kindle and will read this one again before the second book releases in October.

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    A prequel novella, Turned at Dark, is set to be released on March 14, 2011 and the second book in the series, Awake at Dawn, is scheduled for release in October of 2011.

    Book trailer for Born at Midnight:

    I would like to thank St. Martin’s Griffin for the Advance Reader Copy.

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