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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #170

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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 April 1st-April 7th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Dorothy Must Die

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    DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 464 pages.

    DOROTHY MUST DIE is the first book in a new series of the same name by Author Danielle Paige. The second and third books in the series are currently untitled. But a prequel novella, NO PLACE LIKE OZ, was released on November 12, 2013.

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    I heard that DORTHY MUST DIE was amazing and that I had to pre-order it. So I did. And then I checked out the description and I kind of have to agree that it does sound awesome.

    I love the idea that Oz is a bit twisted compared to the Oz we’ve come to know and love. I love that the good guys are the bad guys and vice versa… Maybe. I love that Dorothy is a power hungry B.

    And I love that the main character, Amy Gumm, must unravel everything that Dorothy helped build and then try and take Dorothy out.

    While things are a bit crazy with my schedule over the next few weeks, if I can find some time to sneak this onto the pile I am definitely going to.

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    I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

    But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

    Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

    What happened?

    Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

    My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
    I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
    I’ve been trained to fight.
    And I have a mission:
    Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
    Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
    Take the Lion’s courage.
    Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

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    The Ring and the Crown

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    THE RING & THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 384 pages.

    THE RING & THE CROWN is the first book in a new series of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz.

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    I am so excited that THE RING & THE CROWN is releasing today and that everyone will get the chance to read this first book in the series. I got the chance to read an eARC and I fell madly in love with this book.

    I did not realize when I started reading that there would be multiple POVs. But I loved getting the inside scoop on Marie, Aelwyn, Ronan, Wolf and even Isabelle.

    And I loved the alternate version of history the author created in her book where magic trumps technology.

    As I just finished reading this a few days ago, I won’t be re-reading it right away. But I’m so excited to have the finished copy on my Kindle and I’m hoping to pick up a print copy as the cover is so amazing.

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    Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

    Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

    But even with the aid of Emrys’ magic, Eleanor’s extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard.

    Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie’s face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she’s always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she’s always dreamed of–the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor’s court: trust no one.

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    Foretold

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    FORETOLD by Rinda Elliott releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the story is 167 pages.

    FORETOLD is the first book in a new series by Author Rinda Elliott entitled Sisters of Fate. The second book in the trilogy, FORECAST, is slated for release on August 4, 2014 and the third book in the series is entitled FORESWORN.

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    I am totally stoked that FORETOLD releases today because it means that the second book in the trilogy is that much closer to being available. I got the chance to read FORETOLD just a little bit early, but as I now have the finished copy residing on my Kindle, I definitely plan on re-reading this soon.

    I would love to talk about the characters, the mythology and where things left off, but as I already rambled about FORETOLD in my Book Watch post the other week and I plan on posting my review later today, I am just going to say that this book is a definite must.

    And I will just add that I am so curious which characters I’ll end up loving the most by the time this series has ended.

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    It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny. But only if they survive…

    The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.

    Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can’t quite explain. He’s intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn’t know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn’t giving her a choice.

    Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire. Or even from something else…

    Sisters of Fate

    The prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.

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    Salvage

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    SALVAGE by Alexandra Duncan releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

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    I am thrilled that SALVAGE releases today and that everyone will have the opportunity to discover this engaging and fascinating book. While sci-fi isn’t typically a “go to” genre of mine, after being lured in by the cover and reading the description, I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I love that this book has a message and that its main character has difficult choices to make. Her situation is not an easy one so neither are the decisions she’s faced with.

    While this might not have been the type of read I normally gravitate toward, I found myself drawn in by the author’s writing and by this world that’s quite different from any I’ve read about in recent years.

    And while I have the Kindle copy happily living on my eReader, I am just so curious to see whether the cover on the physical book looks even more awesome than the digital version… and whether I’ll end up with both formats in my collection.

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    Salvage is a thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. This is literary science fiction with a feminist twist, and it explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family.

    Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. This is a sweeping and harrowing novel about a girl who can’t read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change? Named by the American Booksellers Association as a Spring 2014 Indies Introduce Pick.

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    ILLUSION by Sherrilyn Kenyon releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, 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 464 pages.

    ILLUSION is the fifth book in Author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series. The sixth book in the series, DEFIANT, is slated for release on April 7, 2015.

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    I am seriously behind on the Chronicles of Nick series but I just keep acquiring each of the new releases. And I am thrilled to no end that ILLUSION, the fifth book in the series, is now a part of my permanent eBook collection.

    I have no idea what’s been going on with Nick as of late, though I did take a peek at the description. And it sounds like things have not been at all easy. Which explains why he just wants to be normal.

    I am super curious about the concept of an alternate reality and whether it will fit in with the series or feel like a bizarre detour. But as I am so far behind – I’ve only read the first two books in the series – I won’t get any answers anytime soon. Though I am hopeful of catching up at some point this summer.

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    Be careful what you wish for…

    You just might get it.

    Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn’t want to be the son of a demon who’s fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else.

    But normality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that every person has a specific place in the universe… Even the son of a hated demon.

    Most of all, he sees that his powers aren’t the curse he thought they were, and that the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can’t imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy.

    Old enemies and new friends square off for a major battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever.

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    Love Letters to the Dead

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    LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) the print edition is 336 pages.

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    I can’t believe that LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD released today, that the finished copy has downloaded to my Kindle, and that I haven’t yet read it. I received an ARC of this amazing-sounding book and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I received it.

    But, as of today, I still haven’t had the opportunity to do so. And it’s killing me.

    I love the idea of this book, writing love letters to the dead. I love that Laurel uses her assignment to write about all sorts of things that are important to her life. The exercise is sort of like a forced journal.

    This story sounds sad and sweet and seems to be about understanding and overcoming loss. So even though I didn’t get to read it early, and I’m seriously bummed out that I didn’t, I am super excited for the chance to read the finished version on my Kindle some time this month.

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    It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.

    Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her.

    Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

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    Time After Time

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    TIME AFTER TIME by Wendy Godding releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Escape Publishing, the book is 238 pages.

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    I can’t remember exactly where I first heard about TIME AFTER TIME. Whether it was on NetGalley, or whether someone had buzzed it. But I have had TIME AFTER TIME pre-ordered since early last month. So I must have heard about it recently.

    I love the idea of dreams of past lives. I am curious about why Abbie’s dream of a past life as Penelope Broadhurst bleeds into her present in ways that are “sinister and familiar.” I’m even more curious to meet Heath Lockwood and Marcus and Rem Knight.

    I am also super curious about just what ancient love story has a puzzle that must be solved. So I really hope that I can add TIME AFTER TIME to the pile very soon.

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    She has died countless times before, and she is not going to let it happen again.

    Abbie Harper dies just before her eighteenth birthday. It has happened before, more times than she can remember — and always at the hands of the same man. Her dreams are plagued with past lives, cut short.

    But this latest dream feels different. Her past life as Penelope Broadhurst — an English pastor’s daughter in 1806 — keeps bleeding into her present life in ways both sinister and familiar. As Penelope meets and falls in love with the dashing Heath Lockwood, so too does Abbie meet the brothers Marcus and Rem Knight. One wants to love her; the other to kill her.

    Time is running out for Penelope, but as Abbie mourns her inability to change the past, she chases the slim chance to save her future. To survive, she must solve the puzzle of an ancient love story…and Penelope just might be able to help.

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    This Side of Salvation

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    THIS SIDE OF SALVATION by Jeri Smith-Ready releases in the U.S. today, April 1, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I have been very curious about THIS SIDE OF SALVATION since the moment I first read the description. So of course I had to pre-order a copy for my Kindle. And I can’t wait to read it.

    I am curious to see just how big of a part religion plays in this story. I’m curious as to why Bailey makes David feel “better, brighter, happier.” And I’m curious why David needs salvation.

    I don’t typically enjoy books with too heavy a religious focus that aren’t books specifically about religion. So I am eager to find out just what kind of a balance is struck in this story. And I hope to be able to do so in the next month.

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    Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

    Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

    But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined…

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    Novellas

    Gilded AshesGILDED ASHES (Cruel Beauty Universe) by Rosamund Hodge

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

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    A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale,Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author’s debut novel, Cruel Beauty.

    Orphan Maia doesn’t see the point of love when it only brings pain: Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia’s father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother’s approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they’ll all be struck dead by the curse.

    Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn’t believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. What’s the point of pretending to fall in love with a girl just so she’ll pretend to fall in love with him back? But when his father invites all the suitable girls in the kingdom to a masked ball, Anax must finally give in and select a wife.

    As fate would have it, the preparations for the masquerade bring him Maia, who was asked by her eldest stepsister to deliver letters to Anax. Despite a prickly first encounter, he is charmed and intrigued by this mysterious girl who doesn’t believe in love. Anax can’t help wishing to see her again—and when he does, he can’t help falling in love with her. Against her will, Maia starts to fall in love with him too. But how can she be with him when every moment his life is in danger from her mother’s deadly bargain?

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    Red at NightRED AT NIGHT by Katie McGarry

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen & More than Words

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

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    In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She’s the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He’s a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella’s favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

    Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah’s friends. Once he’s sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won’t have time for her anymore. Too bad she’s already fallen for him….

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    You Are HereYOU ARE HERE by Liz Fichera

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen & More than Words

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

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    In You Are Here, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Whitman wishes she could just disappear. After her father’s death, her family lost everything, including their home and comfortable way of life. With the help of a local charity, they’ve relocated to downtown Phoenix. But Jenn has unfinished business back in Paradise Valley.

    Sixty-six days ago, Jenn fell in love with seventeen-year-old cowboy William Finnigan…and then he shattered her heart. She’s been avoiding him ever since. But if Jenn wants to reclaim her beloved horse, she’ll have to stop running. Jenn needs to face Finn one last time so she can put her past behind her and truly start over.

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    Other Books of Note

    The Last ForeverTHE LAST FOREVER by Deb Caletti

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

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    Endings and beginnings sit so close to each other that it’s sometimes impossible to tell which is which.

    Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home.

    Her father’s solution? An impromptu road trip that lands them in a small coastal town at Tessa’s grandmother’s. Despite all the warmth and beauty there, Tessa can’t help but feel even more lost.

    Enter Henry Lark. He understands the relationships that matter. And more importantly, he understands her. A secret stands between them, but Tessa’s willing to do anything to bring them together—because Henry may just be her one chance at forever.

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    SekretSEKRET by Lindsay Smith

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    An empty mind is a safe mind.

    Yulia’s father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one–not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention–and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.
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    Dear KillerDEAR KILLER by Katherine Ewell

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
    Rule Two—Be careful.
    Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
    Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
    Rule Five—The letters are the law.

    Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

    But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

    Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.
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    The Summer I Wasn't MeTHE SUMMER I WASN’T ME by Jessica Verdi

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Lexi has a secret…

    Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, seventeen-year-old Lexi’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good.

    You are on the road to truth. Help is on the way.

    The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.
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    Going OverGOING OVER by Beth Kephart

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall–Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

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    The Maze Runner Series Complete CollectionTHE MAZE RUNNER SERIES COMPLETE COLLECTION by James Dashner

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Read James Dashner’s New York Times bestselling The Maze Runner series in this complete four-book collection, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The first book, The Maze Runner, will soon be a movie starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Will Poulter, and Aml Ameen, hits theaters September 19, 2014!

    If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

    Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

    Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

    Everything is going to change.

    Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
     
    Remember. Survive. Run.
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    Cold CallsCOLD CALLS by Charles Benoit

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In the vein of the teen suspense classics I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Face on the Milk Carton, Cold Calls is a chilling thriller, an unsettling mystery, and a provocative exploration of bullying, culpability, and the cost of keeping secrets.

    Three high school students-Eric, Shelly, and Fatima-have one thing in common: “I know your secret.”

    Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. But how could anyone have obtained that photo, read those hidden pages, uncovered this buried past? Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them-before time runs out and their shattering secrets are revealed…

    This suspenseful, pitch-perfect mystery-thriller raises timely questions about privacy, bullying, and culpability.

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    Learning Not to DrownLEARNING NOT TO DROWN by Anna Shinoda

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.

    There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.

    To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug-addicted convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember—and who has always been bailed out by their parents.

    Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn’t been easy. And when he comes home (again), she wants to believe this time will be different (again). Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core. And then Luke is arrested. Again.

    Except this time is different, because Clare’s mom does the unthinkable on Luke’s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act…or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.

    Debut novelist Anna Shinoda’s raw, gritty, powerful novel cuts right to the bone and brings to life the skeletons the lurk in the closet.

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    File Under 13 Suspicious IncidentsFILE UNDER: 13 SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS (All the Wrong Questions #2.5) by Lemony Snicket

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Match wits with Lemony Snicket to solve thirteen mini-mysteries.
    Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight — strange things are happening all over the town of Stain’d-By-The-Sea. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.

    A delicious read that welcomes readers into Lemony Snicket’s world of deep mystery, mysterious depth, deductive reasoning, and reasonable deductions.
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    Mad Dogs CoverMAD DOGS (Cherub #8) by Robert Muchamore

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Gang warfare gets gruesome in the eighth book of the CHERUB series, which Rick Riordan says has “plenty of action.”

    CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented—and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an extremely dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: Adults never suspect that teens are spying on them.

    In Mad Dogs, the British underworld is controlled by gangs. When two of them start a turf war, violence explodes onto the streets. The police need information fast, and James has the contacts to infiltrate the most dangerous gang of all…
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    Dear NobodyDEAR NOBODY: THE TRUE DIARY OF MARY ROSE by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Go Ask Alice was a hoax. But Dear Nobody is a true teen diary so raw and so edgy its authenticity rings off every page

    “I am a freak.”

    The words and drawings of Mary Rose present a gritty, powerful, no-holds-barred true experience of a teen girl so desperate to be loved, so eager to fit in that she’ll go to extremes that could cost her her life.

    This is not a story about addiction. Or sexual promiscuity. Or cystic fibrosis. It’s the story of a young woman with a powerful will to live, who more than anything wants to be heard…and loved.

    This compelling, emotional account ensures her voice will not be forgotten.
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    Summer on the Short BusSUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Running Press Kids

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.

    Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there’s life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she’s ever had.

    Summer on the Short Bus is a very non-P.C., contemporary YA with a lot of attitude, tons of laughs, and a little life lesson along the way.

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    CreatorsCREATORS (The Lost Souls #3) by Tiffany Truitt

    Pub. Date: April 1, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Heartbroken but more determined than ever after a tense showdown in the woods, sixteen-year-old Tess once again returns to the safety of her community of Isolationists. Bolstered by new alliances and desperate to protect those she loves, this time she knows she can return stronger and more powerful than ever to take back what is hers.

    As she trains in combat and grows more confident, Tess receives beautiful letters penned by her forbidden love, the chosen one James, from his prison in Templeton. He is now serving as a bodyguard to the creators—the team of scientists who created artificial life in the first place. And what he has discovered about the true origin of the illness that halted natural life could change everything.

    Enemy will become ally and death will bring new hope in this stunning conclusion to Tiffany Truitt’s epic Lost Souls trilogy.

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    WitchfallWITCHFALL (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #2) by Victoria Lamb

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Her darkest dreams are coming true

    In Tudor England, 1555, Meg Lytton has learned how powerful her magick gift can be. But danger surrounds her and her mistress, the outcast Princess Elizabeth. Nowhere is safe in the court of Elizabeth’s fanatical sister, Queen Mary. And as the Spanish Inquisition’s merciless priests slowly tighten their grip on the court, Meg’s very dreams are disturbed by the ever-vengeful witchfinder Marcus Dent.

    Even as Meg tries to use her powers to find guidance, something evil arises, impervious to Meg’s spells and hungry to control England’s fate. As Meg desperately tries to keep her secret betrothed, the Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, out of harm’s way, caution wars with their forbidden desire. And with her most powerful enemy poised to strike, Meg’s only chance is a heartbreaking sacrifice.

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    A Phantom EnchantmentA PHANTOM ENCHANTMENT (Unbound #3) by Eva Marie Mont

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The conclusion to the Unbound trilogy, in which Emma Townsend travels to Paris and gets lost in Gaston Leroux’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

    Spending her senior year studying in Paris, Emma Townsend begins hearing strange whispers through the school’s empty hallways, and begins seeing the ghostly visage of her Coast Guard boyfriend, Gray, in an antique mirror.

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    Other Releases

    DISRUPTION (Disruption #1) by Jessica Shirvington

    STOLEN SONGBIRD (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen

    AFTERLIFE (Parallon Trilogy #3) by Dee Shulman

    ACROSS A WAR-TOSSED SEA by L.M. Elliott

    SNITCH (Bea Catcher Chronicles #2) by Olivia Samms

    UNDER NAMELESS STARS (Zenn Scarlett #2) by Christian Schoon

    THE RISING KING (Keepers of Life #3) by Shea Berkley

    A MATTER OF SOULS by Denise Lewis Patrick

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    I knew things were going to start getting crazy this week. And I’m pretty sure next week is even worse, but I accidentally deleted the list of releases from my calendar for the next two weeks – eek! – so I can’t be entirely sure.

    And by “worse” I mean awesome. Maybe not so much for my TBR pile, but there are a ton of amazing books releasing over the next few weeks.

    So I have eight books and three novellas pre-ordered this week that have already downloaded to my Kindle. And I just know I’ll be buying DEAR KILLER and SEKRET as soon as they switch status to order from pre-order. Plus COLD CALLS sounds really good, so I might just have to check that one out, too. *SIGH.* Too many books, so very little time to read them.

    As I did end up wiping out a chunk of the list of releases on my calendar, I’m kind of worried about just how many books I’m missing that are releasing this week. But I suppose I’ll find out in just a few short hours and then I’ll have to scramble to update this post.

    I’ve heard DOROTHY MUST DIE is amazing and I can’t wait to get the chance to read it. It’s one of the books I’m most looking forward to this week that I haven’t already read. And I really hope to – one of these days – catch up on The Chronicles of Nick before I end up a gazillion books behind.

    Anyway… I hope that you have a few new books for your collection this week and if you have a book releasing this week, then… Happy Book Birthday!

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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 #119

    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 April 9th-April 15th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Strangelets
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    STRANGELETS by Michelle Gagnon will be released in the U.S. on April 9, 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 Soho Teen, the print edition is 272 pages.

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    I only recently discovered STRANGELETS by Michelle Gagnon, but when I read the description this book became an instant “must read” for me. So I’m so unbelievably thrilled that it is finally releasing this week and I’ll get the chance to take a peek at it.

    The story sounds so incredibly exciting, and the world sounds even more so. I love books with a ticking clock and I can’t wait to find out how Sophie, Declan and Anat end up in an abandoned hospital – I’m totally picturing “28 Days Later” – and in an alternate version of the future.

    I’m super curious to find out what secrets each of the characters is keeping and how those secrets will help them get home. The description calls the journey “dark and unforgettable” and I cannot wait to take it, too.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak this one on the pile later this week.

    Inferno

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    INFERNO by Sherrilyn Kenyon will be released in the U.S. on April 9, 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 St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 464 pages.

    INFERNO is the fourth book in author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series. The fifth book in the series, ILLUSION, is slated for release on March 15, 2014.

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    I am so behind on the Chronicles of Nick, but because it’s Sherrilyn Kenyon and because it’s Nick, I couldn’t help but pre-order the latest installment, INFERNO. I’ve only read the first book in the author’s YA series, but I own all of the books in this series. And I can’t wait for INFERNO to be released this week.

    Even though I’m not caught up, I did take a peek at the description – I couldn’t help myself – and this installment sounds even more awesome than the last. An “ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it,” a foe who is “likely to destroy him” and an element that “knows nothing of mercy” makes INFERNO a book that I’d love to be able to dive into right now.

    Of course, I do have to catch up on a couple other books in the series first. Something I really hope to be able to do later this spring.

    Dead River

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    DEAD RIVER by Cyn Balog will be released in the U.S. on April 9, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    I’ve already spotlighted DEAD RIVER by Cyn Balog for my Book Watch post so I think it goes without saying that I am more than excited for it to be releasing this week. The cover is so eerie and the description is so cryptic that I’m just dying to find out what happens on the Dead River.

    I am definitely planning on taking a peek at this when it releases so that I can discover just what happens in the “remote wooded cabin.” I love scary stories and I can’t wait to see who, or what, else is with those teens on prom weekend.

    If I don’t get the time to do more than take a peek at it early this week, I definitely plan on reading it next weekend, because I just have to know.

    Apollyon

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    APOLLYON by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on April 9, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. And it is available to order now in eBook format at B&N HERE and at Amazon HERE.

    Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 360 pages.

    APOLLYON is the fourth full-length book in Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant series. The fifth book in the series, SENTINEL, is slated for release on December 10, 2013.

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    I am so behind on this series that I love, but I definitely plan on catching up some day soon with a marathon read of all the books. As I own the first three books in this series and the novellas, I just had to buy Jennifer Armentrout’s APOLLYON when it was made available for the Kindle this weekend.

    I am not going to take a peek at the description. No way. Because I don’t want to spoil a single thing about this series before I get a chance to catch up. I don’t want to know what’s going on with Alex and Aiden. And I really don’t want to find out if she’s become Team Seth.

    As there is another book in the series coming out this December, I think I’m going to wait until closer to that book’s release before I try to catch up. Because I don’t want to have to suffer the wait, which, from the chatter, is pretty torturous.

    Of course if there are going to be a few more books in the series, I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to wait to find out what’s been happening.

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    From last week…

    The Stone Demon

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    THE STONE DEMON by Karen Mahoney will be released in the U.S. on April 8, 2013 in paperback format – the eBook released on April 1st. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE STONE DEMON is the third book in author Karen Mahoney’s The Iron Witch series.

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    When Karen Mahoney’s THE STONE DEMON downloaded to my Kindle, I realized I totally forgot to include it with last week’s releases. And instead of just updating that post, I decided to include it here, since the print edition’s release date is on Monday.

    I haven’t yet read the second book in the series, but I really enjoyed the first book, THE IRON WITCH, and I definitely want to continue the series to find out where it is headed. I have no idea if this is just a trilogy or if the series will continue beyond three books as I refuse to look at the description. But I am curious to see just what happened with Donna and Xan.

    The title for this third book in the series has me so curious about it, but until I catch up I’ll just have to wonder. Hopefully I’ll get the chance this summer and perhaps by then I’ll know whether or not this is the final installment.

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    Other Books of Note

    Zom-B City

    ZOM-B CITY (Zom-B #3) by Darren Shan

    Pub. Date: April 9, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Shadow Girl

    THE SHADOW GIRL by Jennifer Archer

    Pub. Date: April 9, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    If you call five books releasing this week that I just have to add to my collection a slow release week, then I suppose it is. Though, as all of the books releasing this week are ones I haven’t yet read, it is quite a few for the TBR pile.

    I’ve only been reading two books a week, sometimes three, so five new adds means I’m digging myself into an even deeper hole. I just hope to be able find some time to at least tackle some of the backlog. Someday….

    I am also super curious about both other books of note I’ve included. I haven’t yet read Darren Shan’s series, but I may just have to buy book one and see how I like it. It is about a zombie apocalypse, so I can’t help but be curious.

    And THE SHADOW GIRL sounds so incredibly creepy in a good way, that my curiosity is totally piqued. I think I’m going to check out some trusted reviewers’ opinions and if they loved it, I will definitely add it to my collection.

    Chances are I missed a few books releasing this week that are “must buy” books. But I’m trying not to look too hard or I may end up with a reading pile I won’t be able to tackle in this lifetime and a very empty wallet.

    But I hope you have some amazing new books releasing that you’re adding to your shelves. And if you think there are a few I should know about, please 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 #63

    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 March 13th-March 19th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Infamous is the third book in the Chronicles of Nick series by author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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    I seriously have to start reading the Dark-Hunters books and I must get caught up on the Chronicles of Nick. I loved the first book in the series and I’ve been dying to read Invincible since its release. So, of course I pre-ordered this for my Kindle the second it was available.

    In this third book, according to the description – and yes I took a peek – Nick Gautier must fight for his survival. Even his father is trying to kill him. And this battle is even more epic because it will determine whether he’s a hero or the boy who “ends the world.”

    And apparently for someone who has all sorts of amazing abilities like raising the dead and killing zombies, he isn’t mastering the art of driving. That normal, mundane, human task.

    I can’t wait to finally find the time to catch up on Nick’s story and to meet him as an adult in the author’s adult series. I hope to do one or the other in the next couple of months.

    Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Spell Bound is the third book in the Hex Hall series by the author.

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    Finally. Finally, finally, finally! The wait is over. I can’t believe it. Seriously. I know I’m in the middle of reading another book right now, but I will be checking my Kindle download the second I get Spell Bound so that I can find out what the heck happened.

    The wait has been torturous. I haven’t been able to stop guessing as to just what might have happened to everyone at the end of Demonglass. I am so glad to not have to wait any longer. The author and publisher have been very hush hush about everything and it’s been killing me. Slowly. Every day. Just killing me.

    Even the description doesn’t reveal anything. It actually made things worse by saying that Sophie is “defenseless” and “alone.” What does that mean?

    Because of all the secrecy and that cliffhanger ending, I think this is the book I’m most anticipating the release of this week. I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post last month and I’ve been counting down the days until its release.

    I am so curious as to why Sophie’s powers have been stripped, how she plans on saving the world and most of all just what happened after that cliffhanger. I have no idea if this is the final book in the series, but I seriously hope not and I hope that if there are many books to come that the endings aren’t quite as cruel as the last.

    The Savage Grace by Bree Despain will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 496 pages.

    The Savage Grace is the third and final novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain.

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    I can’t believe that The Savage Grace is the final novel in the series. When I heard that it was, a few months back, I was wrecked. This series was one of my very first series about werewolves that I fell in love with – being a fan of the vamps I was always wary of their furry counterparts. But this series was so easy to love.

    Even though my pre-order will download tonight I have a feeling that I’m going to pretend that this series is not ending and wait to read it for just a little while. Although I wanted to throttle Grace just a bit in the last book, I still adore her and Daniel and even Caleb.

    The description is not making it easy, though. Starting right off with – “A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.” – has already more than piqued my curiosity. And to say that the love story will have a “breathtaking conclusion” has me freaking out a little.

    But I am ecstatic that this book is releasing this week and that I’ll have my copy in just a few short hours. I only wish that there were a couple more books to come.

    Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Wanderlove is author Kirsten Hubbard’s sophomore novel.

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    Wanderlove is another book whose release date surprised me. But I’m super thrilled it’s releasing this week and that I’ll have a copy for my collection. When I first heard about the book, it seemed like forever until its release, but forever is here.

    The cover is what drew me in. Much like the cover for Like Mandarin, the author’s debut novel, its beauty and simplicity really caught my eye. But a story about a girl who is on a “quest for independence” who travels to Central America to discover herself and meets a boy who is also trying to find his way sounds absolutely beautiful and magical and bittersweet.

    I can’t wait to meet Bria and Rowan and discover just what they learn about themselves, if anything.

    To read a short excerpt from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 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 368 pages.

    Pretty Crooked 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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    The title of the book Pretty Crooked is what first grabbed me. Then after reading the description I was hooked. This story sounds fun and super cute. I love Robin Hood stories and one with a contemporary spin is even better.

    I had an early ARC I received through a trade, but had to pass it along since I wasn’t able to read it before release, but I did pre-order it because I wanted to have this book in my collection to read when I got the chance.

    Prep school. Theft. Revenge. And one incredibly distracting bad boy. Yes, this book is definitely a book I can’t wait to read.

    To read an excerpt of the prologue at TeenReads CLICK HERE.

    Starters by Lissa Price will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 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 Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Starters is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author and 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 only just recently discovered Starters, though I did see it on NetGalley a few weeks before that. But having listened to the chatter and then taking a look at the description made me so curious about this book with a cover that is hauntingly, eerily beautiful and somewhat disturbing.

    And oooh that description. It makes this book sound seriously creepy and incredibly good, so of course I had to pre-order it. When I first saw the words “Spore Wars,” it made me think this was a fantasy type of novel. But reading on, it seems like something very different.

    Between the neurochips, Prime Destinations – the facility in Beverly Hills that rents out bodies so that older people can feel young again – and some kind of an evil plan, this is one book that I’m already dying to find out more about.

    I really, really hope that I can read this next month.

    To take a look inside, courtesy of the publisher Delacorte Press, CLICK HERE.

    And to check out the book on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Scorched Skies by Samantha Young will be released in the U.S. in paperback format on March 16. The eBook is available now at Amazon.

    Scorched Skies is the second book in the Fire Spirits series by author Samantha Young.

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    One of the seriously awesome things about self-published books is that the wait between releases in a series tends to be a bit shorter. Especially books by author Samantha Young, because she is a writing machine.

    Scorched Skies, the second book in the Fire Spirits series already released in eBook format, but the paperback edition comes out this week. So, even though I have an eBook copy, I wanted to include it with this week’s releases since I hadn’t included it in last week’s post.

    I am so excited to continue the story of the Ari, Jai and Charlie. The world that the author created of the Jinn (genies) is magical and alluring and exciting. And I’m incredibly nervous about what is to come in this second book in the series.

    According to the description there are lives lost, Ari is being hunted and there is someone else for her to fear. I can’t wait to find out if Ari takes control of her powers and becomes the hunter instead of being the hunted and just what happens, if anything, with her and Jai… or Charlie.

    And I absolutely can’t wait to find out what the White King is up to and to meet the new villain in this story, a dark sorcerer.

    This sequel sounds totally epic and I can’t wait to read this (hopefully) next week.

    Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    The Vampire Diaries: Moonsong (The Hunters Vol. 2) by L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Another awesome week full of amazing new releases. I don’t know how I am going to stay on track with my reads when there are just so many books releasing this week that I’m dying to dive into.

    Maybe things will quiet down for the next couple of weeks… I hope… because there are quite a few books releasing in April and a ton of new books releasing in May that I’m more than anxious to devour. Though I have a feeling there are just a few more books full of win that will be releasing this month.

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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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    Random Thoughts: My 2011 Top Ten List of Unread Books

    This post can alternatively be titled: My 2011 Unread Books Shame Spiral

    So, I’ll be the first one to admit that I can’t possibly read every single book when it comes out. But, oh, I so want to. However, I usually try to read all of my favorites within a week or two, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. And as more time passes, especially now that my evenings are taken up with blogging, some of my favorite reads are falling farther and farther down my “to be read” list.

    I never thought the day would come when a “can hardly wait” book would end up at least thirty books away from the top of the heap, but it’s happened. And I’m actually kind of devastated.

    When I first started blogging my enthusiasm fueled me and allowed me to pull any number of all-nighters to stay up reading and writing my reviews. Those days feel like a lifetime ago. Somewhere around two o’clock in the morning I crash and no amount of caffeine will keep me awake reading into the wee hours of the night. Or morning as the case may be.

    Of course what prompted this post of shame is the fact that I am sitting here, three weeks after release date and I still haven’t read City of Fallen Angels. I do blame iBooks and their download debacle which has yet to be resolved, but in the end, I am ultimately to blame for not taking the time out to read this book.

    I’ve posted quite a few giveaways, saw the author at both the signing and the RT Convention in Los Angeles, but still haven’t managed to finish the book. And right now, it’s about midway through the second page on my Kindle, and falling fast, as week after week more books download and push it farther away from my watchful eyes.

    But CoFA isn’t the only book that has drifted from my grasp. There are oh so many more that have slipped away – sometimes quietly, sometimes not – but I do feel their loss.

    If I had to go back to November 2010 when I started blogging I don’t think I could create a top ten list, as there would just be too many to choose from. And so I will list just those books released in 2011 that I was so eager to read on release date and yet still haven’t managed to squeeze in the time.

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    Blue Bloods by Kailin Gow is one of the books I was eagerly awaiting. This installment was to be much more action packed than its predecessor and I couldn’t wait for its release. I’m sad to say it is still waiting a read.

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    Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard was also a book I wanted to read right away. I even started to read it, but was on deadline for a promised review – I feel like I’m on way too many deadlines these days – so had to put it down. Sadly it has yet to be picked up again, but I have not forgotten just how much I want to read this book.

    #8

    The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker was so top-of-the-list for me. I couldn’t help but become hooked on all the craziness with the pink wigs and pinked Twitter avatars. I could not wait for this book and was so jealous of everyone who got a chance to read it before release date. I think four or five books downloaded that night for me and I knew that there was no way I could read it immediately, but that didn’t mean I didn’t want to. I kept moving it forward so that it wouldn’t sink to the back of the pack on my Kindle, but now it’s four pages in.

    #7

    Lemniscate by Jennnifer Murgia wasn’t released too long ago, but it was a sequel I was waiting forever for. It took me two reads to fall in love with the first book in the series, but fall in love I did. It was one of the first Indie books I had read and wasn’t quite used to the different style of the Indies, but when a much wiser and more experienced me re-read it I absolutely adored it. And then couldn’t wait for the sequel. And I’m still waiting to find the time to read it. I don’t feel too bad as it’s only three pages back, but still. So much for reading on release day.

    #6

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith was an absolute must read. I have loved this series forever. (Both the TV show and the books.) I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next but I knew that there is no way I’d have time to read this book immediately as it’s a huge book. And sadly when time is a factor, it’s much easier to choose the shorter reads. Besides, I’m not entirely sure just how to write a review for these books as they are so elaborate and so detailed. But I really want to read this last book in the series written completely by the author and am sad that I still haven’t done so.

    #5

    Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany was a fairly newly discovered series for me. I read the first book only a short while before book two was to come out. I couldn’t wait. I was so hooked on this series that I couldn’t imagine not reading it the second it downloaded. But I can’t even remember what happened. I was so psyched to read it, and then somehow completely spaced. By the time I realized that I missed the chance to read it, I was already late on every single deadline and so I had to put this one back in the TBR pile. This is a book that I do not want to wait to read until the release of the paperback so that I’ll have a timely review. I just hope it doesn’t end up that way just because of my schedule.

    #4

    Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon is one one of the books that I hyped here on the blog. I couldn’t wait for its release and I absolutely love this cover. I was completely fired up to read this on release date and once again I had to set it aside for a mandatory read. I’m not too far off from release date, and I still see it hanging out on page three of my Kindle, but that’s way too far back for my liking. I really hope to have the time to read this one in the next few weeks. I think I have got to stop checking NetGalley and requesting new books to review.

    #3

    Afterlife by Claudia Gray is my saddest missed read. I didn’t care that this was the end of the road, I just had to know what happened. I even set aside a book I was reading and began to read this one. It was just as grabbing as all the rest of the Evernight series and I couldn’t wait to finish it. But as I was reading, the guilt crept in and I had to put this down. There was a little war between good and evil going on inside, but sadly the hedonist did not win against responsible me and since that date I have not had a moment to return to this story.

    #2

    Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr is yet another final book in a series that I absolutely loved. I was desperate for this book to come out, but at the same time I was devastated. I knew, especially as there were a whole bunch of series ending, that I might not want to read this right away and say goodbye to some of the most interesting characters I’ve known in a young adult series. But I didn’t think I’d have waited this long. Really. This cover still calls to me from my book pile even though the eBook is now long buried I don’t know how many pages in.

    #1

    Oh c’mon did you really expect to see anything else here? I talked about this before I even started the list! City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is my greatest shame. There is no real reason why I shouldn’t have blown off every single deadline and read this from start to finish. Who cares that there’s a cliffhanger ending? Who cares that every single person would have read and reviewed it on the exact same day? There are absolutely no excuses for why this book has not yet been read and reviewed. None.

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    Do you have any books that have fallen prey to the deadlines of blogging? Have you sacrificed your favorite read because your life got in the way? Have you overspent on books that were less important, forgetting about your favorite release and now your wallet is bare?

    I’ve shared with you my dirty little secret and would love to know what unread books are your greatest shame?

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    The Extras: May

    Back with another “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not May yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation.

    Shift is the second book in the Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready. It will be released on May 3, 2011. As you may know from my Book Watch post, I’m a huge fan of the author and I can’t wait for this book to be released.

    The author has given us a peek at the first chapter in this book on her blog, HERE.

    This is definitely a series worth taking a peek at. And if you haven’t read the first book in the series, Simon & Schuster is giving readers a chance to look at the first 99 pages of Shade, HERE.

    Dead Reckoning the 11th book in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris will be released on May 3, 2011. This is not a young adult novel, but is one of my favorite non-YA series.

    The author is offering a peek at Chapter One on her website, HERE.

    There is also an excerpt from Chapter Three being offered by Penguin, HERE, for those who just can’t wait.

    I have decided not to read any of the available sneak peeks of Dead Reckoning as the last time I did that I went completely insane waiting out the book’s release.

    Die for Me by Amy Plum will be released on May 10, 2011.

    A look at the cut prologue from the book is available on the author’s website, HERE.

    I love the cover of this book. I think it’s absolutely beautiful. And the tagline – Would you risk your life for love? – has me definitely interested.

    The book’s description mentions star-crossed lovers, fate, destiny and eternity. How cool is that? I really cannot wait to read this.

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton will be released on May 24, 2011.

    I already read and reviewed this book, but I think it’s absolutely amazing and I love this cover too. And, yes, the link is still in my sidebar, but I thought I’d put it here, among all the May releases so that it will remain in the archives long after I remove it.

    If you want to take a look inside, Random House is offering a peek, HERE.

    If you’d like to see what I had to say, click here.

    Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011. It was previously released under the title Angel in the U.K.

    The U.K. publisher, Usborne, is offering a peek inside at the prologue, HERE.

    This is another one of those books that I loved but wasn’t sure what to expect when I first got my hands on the eARC. The prologue (which is what is being offered as a sneak peek) is what got me hooked.

    If you want to check out what I had to say, click here.

    And there is a new trailer for the book that came out the day after I posted my review. If you want to check it out, click here. This one’s about Alex.

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    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Invincible is the second book in the Chronicles of Nick series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It was released on March 22, 2011.

    To read or listen to excerpts from chapters one and two on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    This is another series that is wildly entertaining. If you haven’t read this series and want to learn more, check out the author’s website via the link above.

    Entwined by Heather Dixon was released on March 29, 2011.

    HarperTeen is still offering a look inside Entwined, HERE.

    I haven’t yet had a chance to read this book, although I own it, so I may check out the sneak peek just to see if I’ll be instantly hooked.

    Teeth: Vampire Tales is an anthology of stories by some pretty awesome authors. It was released on April 5, 2011.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a sneak peek, HERE.

    I haven’t checked out the excerpt as I own the book, but there are just so many great stories that the excerpt will most likely only serve to tease.

     

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #12

    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 March 22nd-28th that I have pre-ordered.

    The Dark and Hollow Places is the third book in The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by author Carrie Ryan. It will be released on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

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

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

    To read an excerpt from Random House, click here.

    I am very excited for the release of this book. I just started reading this series last week and so far it’s as awesome as everyone has said. A few weeks ago I had a chance to read an amazing unpublished review by Jeremy West of Novel Thoughts for The Dark and Hollow Places (which is now up on his blog) and it made me immediately go out and buy the first two books in the series and do a whirlwind trade for this final book which I should be receiving shortly.

    I haven’t read very many zombie books, although I love zombie movies, but the author’s writing gives this niche in the genre such a sophisticated feel that it has me completely hooked. So I can’t wait to have all three books to devour.

    Wither is the first book in The Chemical Garden trilogy and the debut novel for author Lauren DeStefano. It will also be releasing on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in the U.S. It is available for pre-order online in hardcover and eBook formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 368 pages.

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

    I had a chance to get an early read for this book from Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program and I thought this book was simply wonderful and cannot wait to read the rest of the series to see where the author will take us next. It’s a beautiful and gracefully written dystopian novel and a stunning cover that is definitely worth a read.

    If you’d like to see my review, read a description of the book or watch the trailer, click here.

    Invincible is the second book in the Chronicles of Nick series by author Sherrilyn Kenyon. It will be releasing on March 22, 2011 in the U.S.in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is available online for pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    I cannot wait to read this next book in the series. I’ve already spotlighted it this week with a special posting when the trailer was released, and had it up earlier in the month for my “Book Watch” post. I discovered Infinity when it was first released as it was everywhere and the world that author Sherrilyn Kenyon created was just so cool. I only wish I had time to read all the books in her Dark-Hunter series which take place in the same world.

    I really hope to read this book next week as it’s one I’ve been anticipating for a long time and spent way too much time searching Amazon for its availability for pre-order for the Kindle.

    To read the description, watch the trailer or for links to an excerpt, click here.

    To read my “Book Watch” post for the book, with the trailers for the first book in the series, Infinity, click here.

    Not a young adult novel, but one I just had to buy.

    The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen will be released in the U.S. on March 22, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover in both formats.

    Published by Bantam, the print edition is 288 pages.

    I saw the cover for this book on Goodreads and it was just so amazingly beautiful. I would have bought it for the cover alone. And even though it’s contemporary fiction and not young adult, I just had to take another look because of the cover. The description promises mystery, betrayals and tragedy, so how could I refuse, plus the author is a New York Times bestselling author so I’m sure it will be well worth the purchase.

    I’m not sure when I’ll get to read and review the book, but I’m glad to add it to my permanent collection.

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    There is another book that I want to order this week, and will do in print format if the electronic version isn’t made available. I would have included as part of last week’s post, since it will be released on March 21, 2011, but was hoping it would be available for the Kindle by now.

    As it is not yet available in eBook format, I will make the sacrifice and purchase the print version on Tuesday.

    Lemniscate is the sequel to Jennifer Murgia’s Angel Star. It will be released in the U.S. on March 21, 2011 in paperback format. It is available to order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    I can’t wait to read this sequel. I had discovered Angel Star from an Amazon recommendation. I was desperately looking for young adult angel-themed books after having read The Mortal Instruments series, Fallen and Heavenly. Most of the books were only for pre-order so I decided to take Amazon’s word that this would be something I might like.

    I loved the idea of the book but did not fall in love on my first read. I loved the character’s names and the general plot, but I found myself somewhat lost in places. I saw so many high marks for the book so I decided that I clearly must have missed something to have been so off with my viewpoint. (This was prior to my days as a blogger.)

    I re-read the book and found that everything clicked the second time around and of course I then have had to suffer the long wait for this book’s release.

    I am hoping to squeeze this in next week, as the description has me anxious to find out what is going to happen with Garreth and Teagan.

    To learn more about Angel Star and Lemniscate, click here for information on the author’s website.

    Description of Lemniscate from the author’s website:

    For Teagan, these last few months have been heaven on earth—especially now that Garreth, her boyfriend and guardian angel, is earthbound. But perhaps Garreth is becoming a little more “human” than either of them expected. Now, Teagan must realize that her world is once again about to shift, as she questions the faith she held in others against those once considered enemies.

    In this continuation of Angel Star, Lemniscate will draw you even deeper into the world of dark and light as Teagan realizes the angel who could possibly save them all is the one angel she feared the most.

    Book trailer for Lemniscate:

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    Some other books releasing this week that I don’t have on pre-order, but will either be purchasing or considering for purchase as all look amazing.

    The Poison Eaters by Holly Black is now being published by Simon & Schuster in paperback format on March 22, 2011. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon and Barnes & Noble with this lovely new cover.

    Between Shades of Gray is the debut novel for author Ruta Sepetys. It will be releasing on March 22, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover, eBook and audio formats and is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Ten Miles Past Normal is the debut novel for author Frances O’Roark Dowell. It will be releasing on March 22, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats and is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane will be released on March 22, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats and is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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    And in attempt not to miss too many new releases, here are some other young adult books releasing this week:

    Scorpia Rising: An Alex Rider Mission by Anthony Horowitz

    A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

    Those That Wake by Jesse Karp

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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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