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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #169

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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 March 25th-March 31st that I have pre-ordered.

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    Soul Screamers Volume Four

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    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR by Rachel Vincent releases in the U.S. today, March 25, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen the print edition is 576 pages.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR is the final collection in Author Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series and includes the stories WITH ALL MY SOUL, FEARLESS, NIEDERWALD and LAST REQUEST.

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    I was so excited when the eBook version of SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR downloaded to my Kindle today. Although I know just as soon as the print copy arrives I’ll probably be a little sad to officially be saying goodbye.

    As I’ve rambled about this final volume in the series quite a bit already and as it was my Book Watch post the other week, I won’t ramble on too much now. But I can’t wait until everyone gets to read LAST REQUEST to see if they love it as much as I do. And I’m curious to know whether everyone will end up re-reading the final book in the series once they’ve devoured LAST REQUEST.

    It’s hard to believe that after all these years I’m going to have to officially say goodbye to Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Sabine and Emma. Though I still am holding out hope for a someday maybe short about either Avari or Ira which has cameos with those not belonging to the Netherworld.

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    Saving the world has never come easy— and Kaylee Cavanaugh’s died to prove it… 

    The final collection of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series is packed with emotion, with intrigue, with secrets,  with family—and above all, with love.

    Don’t miss  WITH ALL MY SOUL, FEARLESS, NIEDERWALD and a brand-new novella, LAST REQUEST.

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    Wanderers

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    WANDERERS by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan releases in the U.S. today, March 25, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    WANDERERS is the second book in the Wasteland series. No information is yet available on the third book in the trilogy.

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    I am a little bit behind on this series. I started reading WASTELAND when I first got my hands on a copy but wasn’t able to get the chance to read more than the first few pages due to other reading commitments. But now that I have WANDERERS, the second installment in this series, I’m anxious to get caught up.

    As I haven’t read the first book and haven’t yet gotten the chance to learn about the Variants, to visit Prin and to meet Esther and Caleb, I refuse to take a peek at the description for this sequel. So I don’t know whether they’re winning the battle for Prin’s freedom. I don’t know what the secrets are and whose shady pasts are revealed. And I don’t want any of that spoiled by reading book two’s description.

    So while I have this sequel residing on my Kindle today, it will be at least a few more weeks before I can dive into both books in this series. But as this series sounds awesome and the few pages I did read of WASTELAND piqued my interest, I just had to pre-order WANDERERS and am stoked that I have two books in the series that I can read back-to-back (hopefully) in April.

    Description…

    The Emmy Award-nominee and Edgar Award-winning duo bring readers back to the Wasteland in this thrilling sequel.

    Karin Slaughter, bestselling author of Criminal, called Wasteland, “A Lord of the Flies for future generations. An irresistible page-turner.”

    The former citizens of Prin are running out of time. The Source has been destroyed, so food is scarcer than ever. Tensions are rising…and then an earthquake hits.

    So Esther and Caleb hit the road, leading a ragtag caravan. Their destination? A mythical city where they hope to find food and shelter – not to mention a way to make it past age nineteen.

    On the way, alliances and romances blossom and fracture. Esther must rally to take charge with the help of a blind guide, Aras. He seems unbelievably cruel, but not everything is as it seems in the Wasteland.…

    In this sequel to Wasteland, the stakes are even higher for Esther, Caleb, and the rest of their clan. They’re pinning all their hopes on the road…but what if it’s the most dangerous place of all?

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    Novellas

    The Shadow PrinceTHE SHADOW PRINCE (Mortal Enchantment #0.5) by Stacey O’Neale

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: Phoenix Reign Publishing

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    This prequel novella will be FREE and available on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble on March 25, 2014!

    Every sacrifice has consequences.

    Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

    Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

    Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

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    Other Books of Note

    Nearly GoneNEARLY GONE by Elle Cosimano

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

    Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

    Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.

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    Daughter of Chaos coverDAUGHTER OF CHAOS (Red Magic #1) by Jen McConnel

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: Month9Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    There comes a time in every witch’s life when she must choose her path. Darlena’s friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the Queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take. As a Red witch, she will be responsible for chaos and mayhem, drawing her deep into darkness. Will the power of Red magic prove too much for Darlena, or will she learn to control it before it’s too late?

    DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in the RED MAGIC paranormal YA trilogy.

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    Stella coverSTELLA by Helen Eve

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Seventeen-year-old Stella Hamilton is the star blazing at the heart of Temperley High. Leader of the maliciously exclusive elite, she is envied and lusted after in equal measure. And in the Hamilton tradition, she is in the final stage of a six-year campaign to achieve her destiny: love with her equally popular male equivalent, and a triumphant election to Head Girl.

    Caitlin Clarke has lived a quietly conformist life in New York City – until, with the collapse of her parents’ marriage, she’s sent across the Atlantic for a strict English boarding school education. As soon as she arrives at Temperley, she learns that the only important rules are the unwritten ones. The upper echelons of her new society are marked not by neat dresses and Kate Middleton hair, but by skinny jeans, cigarettes and scars.  It’s a world of the beautiful and the dangerous, and acceptance means staying on the right side of the most beautiful and dangerous of them all.

    As Caitlin’s popularity grows, she discovers that not everyone is happy under Stella’s rule – that it might finally be time for a new order among the Stars and the civilians. Fighting the system, however, means Caitlin must tread the same dark path as Stella, where absolute power and absolute destruction are only a breath away . . .

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    SilverSILVER by Chris Wooding

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The final exam is survival.

    Paul is the new kid at Mortingham Boarding Academy, and he has a dark secret.

    Caitlyn admires Paul from afar and resents that he only has eyes for Erika.

    Erika thinks that she and Caitlyn are best friends, but she’s wrong.

    Adam is a bully with a major chip on his shoulder.

    Mark is outgrowing his old friends but doesn’t know how to make new ones.

    In a few short hours, none of this will matter. Without warning, a horrifying infection will spread across the school grounds, and a group of students with little in common will find themselves barricaded in a classroom, fighting for their lives. Some will live. Some will die. And then it will get even worse.

    Fast-paced and frightening, Silver is a tale set on the fringes of science and horror – a story about the struggle to survive in the face of impossible odds.

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    The Winter HorsesTHE WINTER HORSES by Philip Kerr

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From New York Times bestselling author Philip Kerr comes a breathtaking journey of survival by one girl and two horses in the dark days of WWII.

    It will soon be another cold winter in the Ukraine. But it’s 1941, and things are different this year. Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. He must also learn to keep secrets-for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park.

    Kalinka has lost her home, her family, her belongings-everything but her life. Still, she has gained one small, precious gift: a relationship with the rare wild and wily Przewalski’s horses that wander the preserve. Aside from Max, these endangered animals are her only friends-until a Nazi campaign of extermination nearly wipes them out for good.

    Now Kalinka must set out on a treacherous journey across the frozen Ukrainian forest to save the only two surviving horses-and herself.

    This sensitive, inspiring tale captures the power of sacrifice and the endurance of the human spirit.

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    Cracks in the KingdomCRACKS IN THE KINGDOM (The Colors of Madeleine #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty

    Pub. Date: March 25, 2014

    Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The second in Jaclyn Moriarty’s brilliant, acclaimed fantasy trilogy, THE COLORS OF MADELEINE!

    Princess Ko’s been bluffing about the mysterious absence of her father, desperately trying to keep the government running on her own. But if she can’t get him back in a matter of weeks, the consequence may be a devastating war. So under the guise of a publicity stunt she gathers a group of teens — each with a special ability — from across the kingdom to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals of Cello.

    Chief among these is farm-boy heartthrob Elliot Baranski, more determined than ever to find his own father. And with the royal family trapped in the World with no memory of their former lives, Elliot’s value to the Alliance is clear: He’s the only one with a connection to the World, through his forbidden communications with Madeleine.

    Through notes, letters, and late nights, Elliot and Madeleine must find a way to travel across worlds and bring missing loved ones home. The stakes are high, and the writing by turns hilarious and suspenseful, as only Jaclyn Moriarty can be.

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    ***MISSED LAST WEEK***

    So excited to have this in my collection!

    StarlingSTARLING (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3) by Fiona Paul

    Pub. Date: March 20, 2014

    Publisher: Philomel

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The dark, seductive conclusion to the thrilling Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy!

    In the final book in the trilogy, Cass and Luca are back in Venice trying to find the Book of the Eternal Rose to clear Luca’s name and keep them both out of prison. But the hunters become the hunted when the Order of the Eternal Rose figures out their plan. Filled with twists and turns, danger and torrid romances, this novel brings the Secrets of the Eternal Rose novels to a thrilling, heart-pounding, sexy conclusion.

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    Other Releases

    WHERE THE ROCK SPLITS THE SKY by Philip Webb

    SOULMATE (Ganzfield #6) by Kate Kaynak

    THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton

    HIDDEN LIKE ANNE FRANK: 14 TRUE STORIES OF SURVIVAL by Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis

    THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO by Gae Polisner

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    I’m happy for another quiet week for releases. But I’ve looked at what’s coming in the next couple of weeks and it’s insane. So it’s just a short reprieve. And last week I missed the release for STARLING by Fiona Paul, so was totally happily surprised when that final book in the series downloaded on Thursday.

    I am a little teary-eyed about SSV4’s release, knowing that this is really THE END. But at the same time it just means that I can look ahead to more of the awesome that is Author Rachel Vincent’s writing and get to love her new characters, some of whom I already met.

    Anyway… I know I’m just a little bit late with this post – I’d planned on posting it yesterday, but the day kind of got away from me – but I figured it’s not too late to wish all these books (and authors) a happy book birthday and share my excitement for these just released titles.

    And while I only have the two novels pre-ordered and living on my Kindle, I am very much interested in NEARLY GONE and SILVER, so I might be adding those two books to my collection before the day is through. We shall see….

    As always, happy bookish acquiring and to those with a book releasing…

    Happy release week!

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    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2012

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    Today is DAY FOUR of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting on Monday, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Book Boyfriends of 2012

    The rules insist that they be books that I not only read in 2012 but that were released in 2012… but… well, I’m not exactly one for sticking to the rules. (Last year, for my Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011 list, I had nearly twice the honorable mentions as I did book boyfriends. Yeah. So much for rules.)

    I mean, I can’t just leave off a few of my favorite book boyfriends just because I read their books early or read them a little bit late, can I? Noooo. I can’t do that.

    But I have decided to limit it to just one boy per book – which almost always means the bad boy. Sorry Az, Will, Adam, Jack….

    And because I’ve taken the plunge and spent a little too much time reading non-YA releases, I just had to create a book boyfriends post on my non-YA blog. Because there is just no WAY I could leave those darker, sexier, older book boyfriends out of the mix this year.. Though all I can say is that I am so relieved that I did not devour all the books in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series… yet….

    Next year is going to be so tough.

    Book-Boyfriends

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    Before I WakeTod

    Good boy or bad boy: Good… most of the time

    Favorite characteristics: Angelic in appearance with a devilish personality, sarcastic, charming

    Best line: Too many to count, but here’s one…

    “I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”

    Why he won: Do you have to ask?

    Won out over: His terribly flawed younger brother Nash Hudson

    Book Read in 2012: BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

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    Destroy MeWarner

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad… except when it comes to… nope, not going to reveal that here

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, broken, redeemable… I hope

    Best line:

    I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her.
    And I’ve fallen.
    So hard.
    I’ve hit the ground. Gone right through it. Never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I’ve felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I’ve known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I’ve seen things that cannot be unseen.

    And yet I’ve known nothing like this terrible, horrible, paralyzing feeling. I feel crippled. Desperate and out of control. And it keeps getting worse. Every day I feel sick. Empty and somehow aching.

    Love is a heartless bastard.

    Why he won: Because he breaks my heart. And yet he’s just so broken. Hero potential

    Won out over: Adam, who while incredibly sexy and just so perfect, might be a little too perfect

    Book Read in 2012: DESTROY ME, UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi

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    SplinteredMorpheus a.k.a. Moth

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Mysterious, devious, otherworldly, clever, sexy

    Best line:

    Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
    Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
    He lifts thee fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”

    Why he won: Because he doesn’t have to be good and yet he sometimes is

    Won out over: Skater boy Jeb who is a knight in shining armor but doesn’t have that propensity for wickedness

    Book Read in 2012: SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

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    Wings of the WickedCadan

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy with a good heart

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, redeemable, honorable

    Best line:

    He was quiet for a moment. “You have a lot more to deal with than most people. Nobody is like you. No one else is what you are, or has ever been what you are. You’re changing, trying to adapt to this world.”

    Why he won: Because he chose the difficult path. Because he doesn’t just want to be good, he actually works against everything in him to be good

    Won out over: Will who didn’t have to overcome nearly as much to be who he was and to get what he did

    Book Read in 2012: WINGS OF THE WICKED, SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton

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    Sweet EvilKaidan a.k.a. Kai

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease, a bit of a jerk, musician

    Best line:

    “So that’s it, then?” he asked. I ignored him. “I always wondered what it would feel like.”
    That made me curious enough to turn to him.
    “What what would feel like?” I asked.
    “Rejection.”

    Why he won: Did I not say dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease already?

    Won out over: No one. There is no competition for Kai

    Book Read in 2012: SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

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    Poison PrincessJack

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Dark, dangerous, smokin’ hot, possessive, protective, knows what he wants and goes for it

    Best line:

    Jackson growled at his friend, “Want a taste of dat girl, me.” The look in his blazing eyes . . .

    Why he won: Because while he is a bad boy he’s not such a bad guy. Being smokin’ hot didn’t hurt his chances. Not at all

    Won out over: Death. It’s still too early to tell if Jack will win next year, but I’m incredibly intrigued by Death

    Book Read in 2012: POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

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    SilverBlake

    Good boy or bad boy: Both… but leans toward the “good”

    Favorite characteristics: Driven, deadly, gorgeous, rebellious, hero

    Best line:

    Blake’s lips curve into a smile.
    “Mine,” he whispers, shattering the silence.

    Why he won: Because he said to heck with star-crossed love. Because he and Brianna have amazing chemistry. Sizzling

    Won out over: Austin. Because in SILVER, Austin did that one bad thing. In GOLD, though? Buh-bye Blake

    Book Read in 2012: SILVER, GOLD by Talia Vance

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    NeverfallCole

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Manipulative, musician, immortal, sexy

    Best line:

    I looked Meredith straight in the eye. “There’s no such thing as epic love.”

    Why he won: Because everyone is against him. Because he is so right for Nikki, she just doesn’t know it

    Won out over: Jack. Because Jack should have been better but wasn’t. Not until the end

    Book Read in 2012: EVERNEATH, NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton

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    A Touch MorbidLuke  a.k.a. Lucifer

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy. Can’t really get much worse. He’s Lucifer

    Favorite characteristics: Evil. Manipulative. Self-centered. Manipulative. Yeah, I said it twice. Singer. H.O.T.

    Best line:

    With effort, she forced the wonder from her voice. “You think I can be bought with pretty things?”
    Luke chuffed in disbelief before she turned her attention back to the dresses. “You’re a black hole of a girl, Kristen,” he snapped.
    “And to think,” she said. “Most guys would have kept on with the poetry.”
    “Most guys aren’t worthy of you. I am. And you are worthy of me. You see my gifts for what they are. You’re a challenge.” He twisted her to face him. “I won’t insult you with bribery again.”

    Why he won: Because he makes me grin. He’s just so evil and yet so incredibly charming. Because he makes me want Lucifer to win out. How sick is that?

    Won out over: Az who really never stood a chance. But after what Az did, I want to throttle him

    Book Read in 2012: A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

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    StarlingThe Fennrys Wolf a.k.a. Fenn

    Good boy or bad boy: A good bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Ability to handle a sword. Charming. Mysterious. Dangerous. Uber-sexy. He is the Fennrys Wolf

    Best line:

    “I’m scared, Fenn.”
    “I know, Mase,” he said quietly. “Would it help at all if I told you I was scared too?”
    She twisted around and looked up at him. “No,” she said seriously. “Not even a little bit.”
    “Good. ‘Cause I’m not.” He grinned. “Not even a little bit.”

    Why he won: Because he’s the Fennrys Wolf. Because he is a master at swordplay. Because even with amnesia he is still just so super cool

    Won out over: Cal. Why? Because Cal is a bit of an asshat. There. I said it. Mason deserves so much better

    Book Read in 2012: STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    Honorable-Mentions

    Gavriel Duval from Robin LaFever’s GRAVE MERCY – an absolutely swoon-worthy hero. But maybe just a little too good to make my list of bad boy book boyfriends.

    Elliott and Will from Bethany Griffin’s MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – it was because the two were so equally matched and I couldn’t choose between them that they didn’t make the Top Ten List. I still don’t know who’d be more right for Araby.

    Colt from Karsten Knight’s EMBERS & ECHOES – only an honorable mention because I can’t reveal just how amazing he really is.

    Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s ONYX – drop-dead gorgeous, totally swoon-y, super sexy, stubborn, jealous. Would have… should have… made the list. Why am I restricted to only 10? It’s like these lists want me to stop reading!

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    It’s still not too late to sign up for the event, even though it ends tomorrow. Whether you want to go back and post your Top Ten Lists for any of the missing posts or you just want to start today… you can!

    Tomorrow’s topic is Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2013. And the only rule is that they be books releasing in 2013. Which sounds easy enough. But not quite. There are a ton of books on my reading pile from 2011 and earlier. Books I’m totally looking forward to in 2013. It will not be easy to create that final list.

    Anyway…

    I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Book Book Boyfriends of 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2012

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    Today is the first day of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, starting today, where we are sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts will have a giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

    Thankfully it doesn’t have to be a book released in 2012, just one I’ve read in 2012, as my reading was all over the map this year. Of course that actually increases the possibilities…. darn it!

    And there are a few books I read this year that I’d LOVE to have listed below, but as they are secret books, I can’t. But I hope the authors know that I would list them here if I could.

    I am trying so hard to stick to just ten this year, and have put the creation of this list off to the very last minute because of that fact. I thought it’d be easier to do my book boyfriends list, so I started that one first, but reducing it to 27 is where I’m stalled right now. So much for taking the easy route.

    Last year I totally cheated and created two lists – Top 10 Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011 and Top 10 Non-Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011. Thankfully I had two blogs in order to create those lists.

    This year, while I plan on breaking many of the rules of this event, I will just create the one. And only list four honorable mentions.

    Anyway…

    After a LOT of hair pulling, a few tears, maybe one or a thousand shouts of frustration and a ton of guilt, guilt, guilt, here is this year’s attempt at listing my favorite reads of 2012. Though I decided to restrict them to YA reads only AND books I have reviewed. Hey, I have to save SOME of my 2013 reads for next year’s list, right?

    [Thankfully I did NOT finish reading EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton (and read EVERNEATH and already counted it in 2011) so that’s one less book to try and squeeze onto this particular list. And now I’m even more glad I read A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford in 2011.]

    So without further ado, after that really, really, really long intro, here they are….

    BIR-2012

     1.

    Splintered

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I am just so madly in love with A.G. Howard’s SPLINTERED. While it is a 2013 release, as I read it and fell under its spell this year, I just had to include it on my Top Ten List.

    It touches on everything I love about the books I read. It’s dark. It’s a little bit twisted. It’s magical. It has characters I utterly adore – Alyssa, Morpheus, Jeb, Chessie. And it’s a book that got its hooks in me and just won’t let go.

    It has everything I loved about Lewis Carroll’s story and then some which is why it takes the number one spot.

    2.

    Poison Princess

    POISON PRINCESS (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    POISON PRINCESS was my very first Kresley Cole read. It was dark, disturbing, incredibly sexy and so totally addictive. The world was chilling. The Arcana even more so. And Jack Deveaux was absolutely delicious.

    Then there was that ending. Oh my gosh, the wait for book two has been killing me. I don’t know how I’m supposed to last until the next book in the series releases. Although I’ve been trying to fill the void by devouring the author’s Immortals After Dark books. Which helps. Just a bit. I’ve only read three but I love, love, love them.

    Still… I really, really, really would love to know just what happens in the next book in the series. The world the author created is wicked awesome and I most definitely want more.

    3.

    Before I Wake

    BEFORE I WAKE (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Do I really need to say why BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent has made my top ten? This series is one of my favorite series of all time. I am devastated it will be ending in 2013 and I’ll have to say goodbye to Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Sabine, Emma and even Avari. Yep. I’ll even miss that hellion. I clearly have it bad.

    But why this book? Because it is just as much a roller coaster as each of the author’s other books. It piles on the heartbreak. It shocks. It surprises. And it leaves readers – me, me me! – desperate for the next installment.

    I cannot believe it’s ending in 2013. I don’t even want to think about it. Because what will I possibly do without the agony of waiting for the next installment in this series?

    4.

    Silver

    SILVER (Bandia #1) by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    What a surprise SILVER by Talia Vance was. I did not anticipate just how much I would love this book. It was an insta-love book for me. The moment Blake and Brianna truly saw each other I was ensnared. And it left me a little breathless for the rest of the read.

    The mythology was unbelievably awesome. The world was deadly. The story tied me up in knots. The boys were incredibly swoon-worthy. And I totally inhaled this book.

    Of course the sequel, GOLD, blew me away, too. Which I really didn’t think was possible because of certain directions the story took – no I won’t reveal those here! – but as it was such an early read, and a book without a cover revealed, I thought I’d wait to add it to next year’s Top Ten List.

    5.

    Sweet Evil Cover

    SWEET EVIL (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I have loved SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins for so long that I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t in love with it. From the very moment I learned of its title I was in love. I fell harder when I saw the gorgeous cover. And I was irrevocably in love after having read the description.

    It wasn’t just Kaidan Rowe, the totally swoon-y bad boy, that made me love this book. There was a depth to this story, there was definitely a darkness to it. All I could think about was how amazingly captivating and interesting and different this story was. And all I wanted was more, more, more.

    I bit my nails to the quick waiting for word on the sequel. Because I just had to know what was next for Kai and Anna, I had to find out how dark this series would get, and I had to be able to return to the world. And no, I haven’t had that opportunity yet, but now that the trilogy has been picked up, I will get that chance.

    Which makes me so unbelievably happy.

    6.

    Shadows in the Silence

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I had the hardest time choosing which book to pick – SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE or WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton. Because they BOTH deserve to be on this Top Ten List. But as there were only ten spots, I couldn’t justify choosing two books from the same series. But I really wanted to.

    This is a brand new read for me, and I just know if I had longer to sit with it before choosing my top ten books, it would totally be a top five. Because it was heartbreaking, gorgeous and so totally epic. It was my favorite book in the series. And I’m still tearing up just thinking about how things ended and the fact that they did end.

    The writing was amazing, the battles were fierce and devastating, and the love story was beautiful and heart-warming. I couldn’t think of a more perfect ending to the series.

    Though, of course, I wish there were more. Because I miss Ellie and Will and Cadan and it’s only been days since I said goodbye. I hate to think how sad I’ll be at this time next year.

    7.

    Demon Eyes

    DEMON EYES (Witch Eyes #2) by Scott Tracey

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    There was no way I was leaving DEMON EYES by Scott Tracey off my list. Because this series is so incredibly awesome. I may have read this book more than a few, but less than several, times this year. And no, it wasn’t too many times.

    I got to love Braden even more in this sequel, though it was Drew I fell madly in love with. But it was the unbelievably jaw-dropping, heart-stopping events toward the end of the book that blew my mind, that made me say “no way, no way, no way” and left me shattered. In tears. Broken.

    And if that wasn’t enough, the author added another twist to the knife he stuck in my heart. So, yes, of course, this book is a favorite of mine.

    8.

    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I was so worried that MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin wouldn’t be everything I hoped it would be, that it wouldn’t live up to my super high expectations. With a cover as stunning as it has and a premise based on Poe’s, this story had a lot to live up to.

    And it did. Oh my gosh it did. I felt myself sink right into this story from the moment my eyes devoured the author’s hauntingly beautiful writing at the very beginning. I immediately wanted to know more about Araby Worth and the dark and chilling world she lived in.

    One where breathing the air could mean death. One where people were suffering from the Weeping Sickness. And one where there two amazing boys – Will and Elliott – to be surprised by.

    There was no question this would make my list this year and I am anticipating the sequel, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, making the list next year.

    9.

    Embers and Echoes

    EMBERS & ECHOES (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I am a huge fan of author Karsten Knight’s writing. But I thought that after that holy wow ending in WILDEFIRE that he couldn’t top things in EMBERS & ECHOES. I was so totally wrong.

    Because this book… this book… was… so amazing, so heartbreaking – that one scene, oh my gosh that scene still squeezes my heart – and so completely shocking, so action-packed, so freaking epic.

    I am dying for AFTERGLOW, although at the same time I’m so totally terrified. Because I don’t know just how dark things will get or if there will be even the tiniest of happy endings for any of the characters.

    But, yeah, this is definitely a top ten favorite book of 2012 for me.

    10.

    Unraveling

     UNRAVELING (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris was another complete and total surprise. I did not expect to fall in love with it. I did not expect it to be a genre that would captivate me. I did not anticipate shedding any tears.

    So of course I wasn’t prepared when the tears came. That first time, the second or the third. I did not expect to be as fascinated by the genre. I did not expect to be desperate for the sequel. And yet I was… I am.

    I knew I should never have read the description for book two. Because, while the wait for me isn’t as long as it has been for some, knowing just what might come next has made me incredibly anxious.

    I love being surprised by books. I love finding a gem when I wasn’t even looking. And that’s what UNRAVELING was to me when I discovered it this fall. So I just had to give it a spot on my Top Ten of 2012 List.

    Honorable-Mentions

    This Is Not a Test

    THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

    Beautiful. Haunting. Unexpected. Heartbreaking. Chilling. A must read.

    Cinder

    CINDER (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

    Imaginative. Delightful. Surprising. Heartbreaking. Familiar yet wonderfully different.

    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

    Epic. Epic. Epic. Kick-a**. Amazing. Heartbreaking. Gavriel Duval.

    Onyx

    ONYX (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Sexy. Bewitching. Suspenseful. Addictive. Frustratingly yummy. Hello Daemon.

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    Since this is my YA blog I didn’t feel it would be fair to take three of my top ten spots away for my favorite Non-YA Reads of 2012. But there were three exceptional books that I read in 2012 that rival quite a few of my favorite YA ones and they are…

    Hard Bitten

    HARD BITTEN (Chicagoland Vampires #4) by Chloe Neill

    One of the most heartbreaking ends to a book I’ve ever read. Ever. A punch to the solar plexus. It destroyed me. I have not recovered.

    Shadow Bound

    SHADOW BOUND (Unbound #2) by Rachel Vincent

    Fierce. Devastating. Gorgeous. Seriously kick-a**. Sarcastic. Awesome to the nth degree.

    Halfway to the Grave

    HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

    Sexy. Sexy. Sexy. Wicked. Dark. Deadly. Ah-mazing.

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    Well, those are my Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2012 with just four honorable mentions and a shout out to my three favorite Non-YA reads this year. It was just so hard to choose only ten, but at least I kept it close. And those ten are definitely my top ten picks of the year.

    I know I rambled on… and on… and on… about my ten picks, but I promise to only do that for today’s post. I hope. But as I haven’t created any of those posts yet I can’t be one hundred percent certain.

    Anyway….

    I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Reads for 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

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    Silver Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

    When I was first invited to be on the SILVER Blog Tour I shouted out a resounding, “YES!” But then realized I wasn’t familiar with the book… or so I’d thought at the time. As soon as I heard the name Talia Vance, though, I knew exactly whose book this was and I was ecstatic.

    I’d been keeping an eye on the author for a long time awaiting her book’s release. I just hadn’t realized that it was due out in September. So, I ran to NetGalley to try and snag an early copy and kept my fingers crossed as I awaited the response.

    While a review wasn’t required to be on the tour, it was the perfect excuse to sneak in a read of this book early. And I was not only not disappointed, I was amazed. Because it was a “me” book right from the start. What a surprise! I fell instantly and madly in love.

    And fortunately I did not have to wait to post my review for the tour. As there is no way I could have contained my unbridled enthusiasm for this book for almost a month. I am bubbling over with enough secrets as it is, I could not have kept my love for this particular novel quiet for that long.

    Anyway…

    As a part of this tour I got to choose a guest post, and as this novel was all about Celtic Mythology I couldn’t think of a better post topic than for the author to talk about Celtic Myths and how her book developed from and was shaped by them. With Greek Mythology all the rage these days, Celtic Mythology is still somewhat of a mystery. One I was thrilled to learn more about in this post and in the book and one I hope you’ll find to be absolutely fascinating too!

    This tour also includes a wicked awesome giveaway of a few signed books from the author – I want one! – and a super cool charm bracelet from the tour host, Jaime of Two Chicks On Books – I want this too! That giveaway and all those details are below.

    Sure I could go on and on about this amazing book, but I think it’s time I turned this over to the author. But just quickly before that happens here’s a little bit…

    About the Book

    “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

    Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can’t resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna’s charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she’s been hiding even from herself.

    Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.

    But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.

    Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS

    About the Author

    Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry.

    Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that’s what she writes.

    Find her: TWITTER, WEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS

    And now for why you’re really here. Without further ado, I am turning my blog over to the very talented, very amazing wordsmith, Talia Vance….

    CELTIC MYTHOLOGY by Talia Vance

    ***

    I knew my story was going to be based on Celtic mythology the moment I stumbled upon the story of the Tuatha de Danaan or “People of the goddess Danu,” people derived from the pre-Christian deities in Ireland.  They were defeated by mortals known as Milesians, and Ireland was divided up between them.  As they negotiated peace, a leader of the Milesians got to decide how to split up the country.  Naturally, he decided to take the portion above the ground and effectively left the deities to the underworld.

    I could not imagine that the gods and goddesses would go quietly into the underworld.  They I must be searching for a way to get back topside, right?

    Next, I began researching specific gods and goddesses that could be part of my story.  I needed the Celtic god of the underworld, and I found him, Arawn.  He has an interesting backstory that I didn’t use in Silver, but may come into play later, so I won’t go into it here.  And I also wanted to use the goddess Danu, who is a mother figure associated with fertility and the earth, whose descendants were considered great warriors.

    Another thing that interested me about Celtic history is the bloody history of religion and the rise of Christendom in Ireland via the sword.  Ireland is so rich with magical stories and superstitions, that it seemed natural that the war for control between those with Pagan beliefs and those who want to eradicate dark magic would continue, particularly if the Tuatha de Danaan left descendants on earth.

    What if the descendants of the Milesians were still fighting a war against the descendants of Danu?  And, bam, I had the basic premise for Silver.

    The next myth that really interested me involved the idea that powers would only manifest every seventh generation.  This myth is present in many different mythologies.  I’ve seen it in reference to demons, children of Lucifer and werewolves.  I liked the idea of descendants manifesting powers seven generations apart, because it provided lots of opportunities for history to be lost, distorted or even fabricated.  A descendant seven generations removed from an ancestor with power might not have any idea what was happening, while some families might carefully preserve the information, and prepare the seventh generation child for the war to come.

    Finally, I stumbled upon the story of a witch giving dark powers to a man who didn’t want them.  Something about the idea of powerful women being feared by men stuck with me.  Since I knew my descendants of Danu were goddesses, and the descendants of the Milesians were going to be descendants of warriors against magic, I had a ready-made battle of the sexes.  What if the power the mortal men feared the most was the power women held over them through love, sex and intimacy?  What if a goddess tried to wield that power through force?  And that’s where the story of Danu and Killian originated.  What if Danu bound Killian to her against his will?  Could love develop or would Danu’s actions create so much distrust and fear that a relationship would become impossible?  Would the bond drive one of them to kill? What would the repercussions be?

    From there, the story, and the mythology took on a life of its own.  The Milesians would resent the power that Danu gave them, but eventually they would covet it, and turn it against Danu’s descendants.  And if the Milesians were better at preserving and sharing information, they would have a definite advantage.  In theory, they could take out Danu’s descendants before they ever realized what they were.

    But Danu’s descendants would devise ways to protect themselves, and a few might survive…

    So that’s how Celtic mythology became the foundation for the world that the characters of Silver inhabit.  If you’re interested in exploring stories involving Celtic gods and goddesses, there are some interesting websites you might want to use as a starting point:

    Living Myths.com

    Irish Storyteller.com

    Oh my gosh that was fan-freaking-tastic! I had no idea how influential the myths used in this book were, how they grew and changed and molded themselves into this amazing story. I love the idea of the seventh generations! So much can get lost or distorted with that much time in between.

    Of course these gods would want O.U.T. of the underworld! It was the perfect foundation for this story. And I love that Danu was used to be the mother figure, but one who wasn’t without blame. She was the catalyst for all that happened since… stuff I want to talk about, but I really shouldn’t….

    I am totally fascinated by these myths, but I think more so in how they’ll continue to shape this series. Especially that one bit that the author didn’t want to talk about in her post. Hmmmm….

    Anyway… I am so excited to have been a stop on the tour, to have this gorgeous author share such an amazing post. Thank you so much to Author Talia Vance and to Jaime!

    And be sure to visit the other stops on the tour to find out more about SILVER and Talia Vance.

    9/1/2012 The YA Sisterhood – Blake Interview

    9/2/2012 Page Turners Blog (hosted by Sophie) – Lightning Round Q&A

    9/3/2012 The Review News – Review

    9/4/2012 Two Chicks On Books – Dream Cast Post

    9/5/2012 What the Cat Read – Silver Playlist

    9/6/2012 I’m a Book Shark – Top Ten Scenes from Silver

    9/7/2012 Debbie’s World Of Books – Guest Post

    9/8/2012 Magical Urban Fantasy Reads **Release Day** – Scene from Blake’s POV

    9/9/2012 The Ravenous Reader – Interview and Review

    9/10/2012 Taters Tall Tails – Review

    9/11/2012 Books Over Boys – Interview

    9/12/2012 Jean Book Nerd – Interview

    9/13/2012 Fiktshun – Celtic Myth Guest Post (HERE!)

    9/14/2012 Literary Exploration – Interview

    What’s Up for Grabs?

    Talia Vance is offering up three signed finished copies of SILVER and Jaime of Two Chicks On Books has made a charm bracelet similar to the one Brianna wears in the story. There will be three winners – the grand prize winner will get the book and bracelet.

    All details are in the Rafflecopter, which is the same entry form on all the tour stops! And the giveaway is US only.

    Thanks for stopping by and GOOD LUCK!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #87

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

    These are books for the week of August 28th-September 3rd that I had and have pre-ordered.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Embers & Echoes is the second book in the Wildefire series by the author. The third and final book in the trilogy, Afterglow, is slated for release in 2013.

    ***

    I had Embers & Echoes pre-ordered from the second it was made available for eBook download. And I also pre-ordered a copy of the hardcover because I just had to see if it was every bit as gorgeous in real life as it seemed online.

    While I had the chance to read it early. Twice. I know I’ll be reading this book again and again and it will be so much easier on my Kindle. And as I have read and reviewed it, I can’t speculate as to what might be happening with Ash as she leaves her life in California behind for an adventure in Miami, because I already know. But I can say that this Polynesian Volcano goddess does not have an easy road ahead.

    There are battles. There is danger. There is heartbreak. And there is page after page of captivating story that makes me wish I could pick it right back up again.

    Speechless by Hannah Harrington was released on August 28, 2012 in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 288 pages.

    ***

    Speechless is the second book of Hannah Harrington’s that I’ve pre-ordered. And while I still haven’t had a chance to read Saving June, I couldn’t resist putting her next book on my list of books to buy.

    This book sounds incredible. I can’t wait to meet Chelsea Knot and find out if she’ll be able to stick with the vow of silence she’s taken. I am curious to learn just how tough it will be for her to keep silent in the face of the “ridicule” and attacks she has to endure. And I really want to know if she’ll be able to forgive herself for the part she played in almost getting someone killed.

    I’m not sure when I’ll get to read this sequel, but I’m hoping to be able to add it to the pile this fall. Because I’ve been dying to read a book by this author as I’ve heard such amazing things about her writing. And because this story sounds fascinating and possibly heartbreaking.

    Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers the print edition is 448 pges.

    Enshadowed is the sequel to author Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.

    ***

    I think I’ve talked about Enshadowed enough. I’ve had it pre-ordered since early 2011. It was my only remaining pre-order for 2011, in fact. And it’s finally been released. Which means I will be devouring it as soon as I finish my current read.

    I have missed Varen and Isobel. I have been dying to find out what will happen to him. Things were left in a dark and haunting place. And I want to see if they’ll get even darker or if there is any possibility for a happy ending.

    I have no idea if this is the final book in the series or if there is more to come. And I don’t want to know. Because I have got to read this book right now. Even if it means after this long, long wait that I will have to say goodbye to the characters and story forever.

    I loved the connection the author made with Poe in her first book and I can’t wait to see just how much Poe and his stories play a role in this sequel. I probably will miss many of the more subtle connections, but I am looking forward to trying to discover them all. Which will hopefully be in a day or two.

    The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    The Blood Keeper is the second book in author Tessa Gratton’s The Blood Journals series.

    ***

    The Blood Keeper is another book I’ve had pre-ordered for the longest time. I fell head over heels in love with Blood Magic last year and was dying to get to read more from author Tessa Gratton. She is a gorgeous writer and has such a beautiful, poetic way with words that make her stories just cling to me.

    I love the dark aspect to her stories and can’t wait to see how the darkness blends with the beauty in this one. I’m excited to meet Mab and to see just how blood magic affects her life. And I really excited to find out whether any of the characters from that first book make an appearance in this one.

    The Blood Keeper is another book that I hope to read this week. I don’t think I can wait any longer than that to find out what happens with Mab and Will and the “dangerous force” that is seeking “its own dark power.”

    Isolation by Dan Wells was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print length is 75 pages.

    Isolation is a prequel novella in the author’s Partials series.

    ***

    While I have not yet read Partials, I just had to pre-order Dan Wells’ novella Isolation. I’ve been in love with the covers for these books and I’ve been dying to dive into Partials for awhile now. Especially as I’ve heard such amazing things about it from a few bloggers I know.

    I can’t wait to see what life is like in this novella set long before the events in Partials, when the world was in a war of isolation and energy was at a premium. I’m super curious to find out how the author handles the power struggle of the various nations and where “ambition far outstrip[s] its foresight.”

    And I am excited to meet Heron and see just what she discovers on her mission into enemy territory. I’m still debating whether to read this prior to reading Partials or if I should just wait and read the books in the order the author intended.

    Starling by Lesley Livingston was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Starling is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Lesley Livingston.

    ***

    I have been a huge fan of author Lesley Livingston for the longest time. I feel in love with her Wondrous Strange series long before I started blogging and I’ve been desperately waiting for Once Every Never to be available for the Kindle.

    So when I heard that she had a book called Starling coming out I instantly added it to my list of books to buy. And while I did get an early copy through a trade, I didn’t get a chance to read it. But I will be reading my eBook copy very, very soon. Possibly as soon as I finish this post….

    I was tormented by the quote in the description – “Love is just the beginning… of the end.” Absolutely, maddeningly cruel. In the best possible way.

    I can’t wait to meet Mason Starling. and I can’t wait to see Fenn again, as I am dying to find out why he’s lost his memory and whether he’ll get it back. I am so intrigued by the promise of Norse mythology and I am excited about the fact that this book has both “sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.”

    Waiting any longer to read this book is just not an option.

    Defiance by C.J. Redwine was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Defiance is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author.

    ***

    I have been fascinated by this book ever since I saw its cover and title. I added Defiance to my list of pre-orders in part because of cover love, in part from the promise of what the story would hold based upon its title and in part because the main character can “deftly wield a sword.”

    I hope to be able to read this book very, very soon. I want to see what’s going on in Baalboden. I want to meet Rachel Adams. And I definitely want to meet Logan McEntire. But most of all I can’t wait to see what happens as they “battle their way through the Wasteland.”

    This story sounds epic. The main character sounds fiery. The protagonist sounds swoon-worthy. And any book with monsters, assassins, romance and heartbreak is one I am sure to enjoy.

    Don’t Tun Around by Michelle Gagnon was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Don’t Turn Around is the first book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE Trilogy.

    ***

    I first learned about Don’t Turn Around just before the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and instantly added it to my pre-orders. I loved the sound of this world from the moment I read the description.

    Intrigue. Hackers. Mystery. Amnesia. Danger. And romance.

    Yes, this book has just about everything I love. And as I haven’t read anything quite like it in YA before, I’m excited to meet the characters and see just how the author presents the story. I’m very curious to see just what secrets they hold and whether they’ll be able to find the answers they need before it’s too late.

    While I know I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I am really hoping to read it mid-September.

    The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and ebook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    The Iron Legends is the bind-up of three former eBook only novellas, Winter’s PassageSummer’s Crossing, and Iron’s Prophecy.

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    I love that all three short eBook novellas are contained in a bind-up. I pre-ordered The Iron Legends in ebook format although I have the first two…possibly all three… stories already as eBooks. But I love that I’ll be able to read all three without having to search for them on my Kindle.

    And I love that this has a little something extra something called the “Guide to the Iron Fey.”

    I’ve read Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing but I still have to read Iron’s Prophecy. So I will be reading it from this eBook bind-up versus trying to track it down wherever it lives on my eReader.

    Julie Kagawa wrote such a delightful series with her Iron Fey books. And while I still haven’t been able to say goodbye to the series, I am glad that I have yet another peek into the world with the Guide, which I will be checking out next weekend.

    Erasing Time by C.J. Hill was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    Erasing Time is yet another book I pre-ordered based on cover and title before even checking out the description. I was fascinated with the idea of erasing time and so curious to see what that meant in context with the story that I just had to buy it no matter what the description might say.

    And then I checked that out too and was even more curious to read this book. The idea of waking up four hundred years in the future is terrifying. And to a world that exists under domes, where the language spoken is hardly recognizable, is even more frightening.

    I can’t wait to meet Taylor and Sheridan and find out how they manage to survive in this futuristic world. And I’m very interested to learn more about Echo and find out just what secrets he holds.

    This story promises heartbreak and “adrenaline-injected chases” and I can’t wait to read all about it.

    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    The Lost Girl sounded so unbelievably heartbreaking I just had to add it to my list of pre-orders. The idea of the story – a girl created to replace someone else in the event of their death – is both chilling and just so very sad.

    Just reading the description and I already feel my heart aching for Eva and for Amarra’s family. I can’t imagine what Eva’s life must have been like just knowing she could be ripped from her home at any moment and be forced to step into someone else’s life and play the part of them for the rest of her life.

    I am so curious to see what choice Eva will make – stay an echo or become an original. And I’m so interested in finding out more about Eva, what it was like to have to study Amarra and then have to become her, and just how this story will end.

    This sounds like an incredible debut novel and one I cannot wait to get the chance to read. Hopefully I’ll have the time to sneak it in early this fall.

    Inbetween by Tara Fuller was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Inbetween is the first book in a new series entitled Kissed by Death by author Tara Fuller.

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    I had the chance to read Inbetween just a little bit early, but I did not get the chance to finish it. I’m so glad that I pre-ordered the eBook as it will be much easier to read the finished eBook version.

    This story has romance and reapers, a good boy, a bad boy, a good girl and an evil one. It’s sweet and fun and I am very curious to find out what I missed between where I left off and where the story ended. Yes, I took a peek.

    I don’t want to say too much more as I might completely, and very unintentionally, spoil the ending. But I will definitely be picking this book back up to catch up with all that stuff inbetween.

    Silver by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2012 (thought it’s official release date is September 8, 2012) in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 386 pages.

    Silver is the first book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. The second book in the series, Gold, is slated for release in 2013.

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    Oh my gosh I can’t wait until Silver downloads to my Kindle this weekend. I absolutely loved this book from the moment I met it. I had no idea I would. It took me completely by surprise. And it was an absolutely awesome one at that.

    I didn’t discover this book because of its cover – but it’s a gorgeous cover. I’d heard of the author for quite awhile on Twitter, but I hadn’t realized that Silver was her book and that it was coming out in September. Not until I was invited on the tour.

    So, yes, I decided to read it early. Yes, I’ve written my review. Yes, I completely and totally loved it and am now suffering the long wait until Gold is released next fall…2013 that is.

    I cannot pretend to guess what might happen in this book because I know exactly what happens. And I didn’t forget one single moment of action, romance, nail-biting suspense or heartbreak.

    And I could never forget how easily I connected with the story and the beautiful and enchanting writing that was used to deliver it. Writing such as this, from a quote included in the description – “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

    Oh I may have just sighed again. And I may just have to re-read this book the moment it downloads next weekend. Because I still haven’t lost that connection with Brianna, Blake or Austin and I’m not sure I’m ready to let go just yet.

    ***

    UPDATE: I apparently have yet another book pre-ordered this week that hadn’t been included on my post earlier today….

    Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2012

    Published by: Harlequin TEEN

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I KNEW I couldn’t possibly have missed Iron Prophecy’s release! I knew I owned, and read, the first two novellas in the bind-up, but I wasn’t sure about this one. Well, clearly, since it hadn’t been previously released, it couldn’t possibly live anywhere on my Kindle.

    And while I already have this eBook included as part of the bind-up, I still plan on purchasing this short novella separately. Why not, right?

    END OF UPDATE

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    I had thirteen fourteen books pre-ordered – not nine or ten as I’d thought! Twelve of which have already downloaded and which are vying for my attention on my Kindle. Fortunately I’ve already read a couple of them, though I want to read both of those again. But not counting those potential re-reads, that still means books in the double digits are being added to my TBR pile. And I don’t even want to think about what this quantity of books is doing to my wallet.

    Especially since next week there are a ton of new releases, too.

    I have been waiting a very long time to read quite a few of these books, some of which I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to read early like I’d wanted to. And others I didn’t have the opportunity to read in advance, but am dying to read this week. I really hope I’ll have that chance. But that remains TBD.

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Review: Silver

    Silver by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes &  Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Silver is the first boook in the Bandia series by author Talia Vance. The second book in the series, Gold, is slated for release in 2013.

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    Goodreads description:

    An Irish heritage, Celtic myth, and deadly beauty

    In eighth grade, Brianna did something so dreadful she was suspended and homeschooled. No one could explain what happened that night . . . except Brianna’s Irish grandmother, who gave her a silver charm bracelet and told her to wear it until she turned seventeen. Ever since she slipped it on, Brianna has felt like she’s invisible. People stare right past her as if she doesn’t exist. And that includes Blake Williams, the one boy she can’t resist.

    But everything changes in one frozen, silver moment when Blake sees her–and recognizes what she’s been hiding. Brianna is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth. Yet before she can fully understand who or what she is, Brianna accidentally binds her soul to Blake–whose tribe has spent the last thousand years hunting Danu’s descendants to protect humanity.

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    Brianna Paxton was invisible. No matter what she did, she always remained in the shadow of her best friend Haley. Not that she minded most of the time. Because there was something from her past that she didn’t want anyone to know. Something she’d done. Something so bad even her mother seemed afraid of her.

    But when it came to Blake Williams she wished he could see her. She kept count of the times that she saw him and that he acted as if she wasn’t even there. She wished that he would flirt with her like he did with Haley. She hoped he would notice her. Even if it was just once.

    Then one night her wish came true. He did see her. For the very first time he saw her clearly. And in that moment everything changed.

    Because he knew her. He knew things about her that she didn’t know. Things she didn’t want to believe were true. Dark things. Dangerous things. Things that if they were true meant that her life would never be the same again. That she would never be safe again. Not even from him.

    And he wasn’t the only one who could see her now.

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    Utterly captivating, deliciously dark and sexy, exciting and original, Talia Vance’s Silver is a fast-paced and immensely entertaining read that will keep those pages turning.

    From a plot that is full of secrets, betrayal, danger, mystery, suspense, heartbreak and chemistry that scorches to characters that readers will love to love and love to hate, this first book in the Bandia series is the perfect escape into a world that brings Celtic myth into a modern day setting.

    The writing flows beautifully and transports readers into this story of ancient powers and beliefs, age-old rivalries and long-standing enemies. A story with a likable and relatable heroine who has been kept in the dark about who she is, what she’s capable of and the dangers that await her. And a story that pits loyalty and responsibility against love and trust.

    Author Talia Vance grabs readers’ attention with the intensity of the connection between Brianna and Blake. She keeps them on edge by revealing fragments of the mythology only as her main character learns about it. And she keeps them riveted by the constant threat of danger, the fear of not knowing what will happen next, the two boys that capture her heroine’s interest, and the enemies that seek to destroy her.

    With a market saturated with paranormal stories for young adults, Silver explores a mythology that is different and incredibly intriguing. The author’s ability to enchant, tease and torment with her words, to tie readers in knots and to create not only interesting but very memorable characters, makes Silver an absolute must read first book in this new series.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    From the moment I started reading Silver I fell in love. Yes, it was total insta-love. There was just something about the writing that I connected with immediately. Just a few sentences in and I knew that it would be a “me” book. And I was not wrong.

    It was totally a “me” book. From the writing, to the characters, to the story, to the mythology, to the darkness, to the heartbreak, to the nail-biting suspense, to the chemistry.

    Ahhh the chemistry. There was plenty of that. It was intense. It was electric. It held an element of danger. It sparked. It sizzled. It blazed.

    But what I loved most was the writing. It was gorgeous. It gave me that twisty-turny feeling inside that I absolutely love. It kept me riveted to the story. It broke my heart. It made me nervous. It took me on a ride that I never wanted to get off of.

    And then there was the mythology. I was fascinated. I wanted to know more. I still want to know more. I loved how the mythology was revealed teasingly, piece by piece. I loved how different it was. And I love that I don’t know the whole of it just yet.

    This story utterly bewitched me. I had not anticipated being so enamored with it when I picked it up. But within moments I just knew it would tear me apart. And it did.

    I loved getting to know Brianna. I loved trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. I loved every single moment that involved Blake Williams. And I loved trying to figure out Austin Montgomery.

    The story was just so easy to read, so easy to get lost in. I don’t think I’ve devoured a story as quickly as I had this book in quite awhile. But I couldn’t slow down my pace because I wanted answers. I wanted to get to that next scene with Brianna and Blake. I wanted to learn more about the characters’ history. And I wanted to find out just how things would end.

    Though when I reached the end I was devastated that I had finished. That there was no more story left to read. That I’d have to say goodbye to the characters. Especially since I wasn’t sure if there would be another book, as Silver did not end in a cliffhanger. But there was this one moment that would have been the perfect cliffhanger…a perfectly cruel cliffhanger.

    Instead, the book tied up many loose ends and so I was terrified there was no more story for the characters and that this was a standalone and not a series. But thankfully there is more story and there is a sequel. Now I just have to suffer the wait.

    Because not every question was answered. Not every thread tied up neatly. Not every threat removed. And not every aspect of the mythology revealed.

    I love being surprised by a book. I love unexpectedly falling in love with a story. And I love finding new characters that I can so easily connect with.

    Silver made all that happen. Now I just can’t wait for Gold.

    ***

    I had several favorite passages and quotes. But I was able to narrow it down to two that made sense out of context and showed just how amazing this author is at painting a picture with her words.

    The sounds of the party disappear, cloaking me in a shadow of absolute silence. The quiet has a distinct sound of its own, as if the sudden absence of sensation creates a void that echoes in deep, passing waves.

    And…

    When he finally lets his eyes slide to mine, there is anger, yes, but something else too. A fear that claws at my neck. A sadness that floats up from nowhere and pulls me along. Desire, so strong that I want to fall into him.

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    This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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