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    My Reading Pile #95

    It was another super quiet week at the mailbox. Or it might have been. But I won’t know until after this post goes live. There wasn’t any mail on Tuesday due to the holiday and I decided that I was only going to check my mailbox once or twice a week – Tuesdays and Saturdays – unless I was expecting something.

    So at the time of this post – which I have created early for a change – I had an empty mailbox. Again. But that’s okay. Because if you kept an eye on the new releases for January 1, 2013 you will have seen just how many awesome books released this past week, many of which are living on my Kindle just begging to be read.

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    So while I don’t have any new physical books in my hands to devour, I have plenty on my shelves and eShelves. A couple that I will be devouring this week.

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (January 6, 2013 – January 12, 2013)

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    Altered

    I couldn’t resist the chance to add ALTERED by Jennifer Rush to the reading pile this week. It downloaded on Tuesday and I keep having to fight the urge to click it to read. Even though all I see is a tiny image of the cover on my Kindle, it still calls to me.

    But, as I mentioned in my Book Watch post last weekend, it’s not just cover love. I want to meet Anna and find out how the Branch has been altering the boys – Nick, Cas, Trev and Sam.

    And I really want to find out what happens when Anna and Sam escape. Do they make it to safety? Are they caught? Do they find out about Sam’s past? Anna’s?

    This book sounds so awesome and the cover… well, you know how I feel about that. So I really cannot wait to dive into it this week.

    Spell Bound

    I am finally taking the plunge. At least I hope I am. I actually read the first thirty or so pages of SPELL BOUND by Rachel Hawkins the night it downloaded but I had a review book I had to finish. Then I decided that I just couldn’t let the series end. Not then.

    But now that there is a spin-off series, I just have to finish this one so I can start that one. And so I’m taking a deep breath and will dive in later this week. Because I really do have to find out just what happened with YKW after the ending in DEMONGLASS where YKW happened.

    Nope, I still don’t know. And nope, distance has not made me any less desperate to find out just what did happen. Because I’m still super curious to get answers. Answers that the Goodreads description does not provide.

    This would be the very first book I’d be reading for the 2103 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. And I really hope the fact that it is a series-ending book doesn’t dissuade me from reading it any longer.

    Here’s to hoping I’ll be reading it later this week.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    My Wishful Thinking read this week is a non-YA read. It’s one I’ve been wishing I could read for months and months. But I’ve been trying so very hard not to add it to the pile. Because I have no clue when the next book in the series is releasing and I’m afraid if I do catch up the wait will be too much to bear.

    Oh, and if you haven’t guessed – how could you? – I’m talking about ONE GRAVE AT A TIME by Jeaniene Frost. That is the only book left in the series that is still to be read. A book I chose not to read until closer to the release of the next book in the series. But as I still can’t seem to find out when that is, it makes the waiting that much more challenging.

    So, for right now I’m keeping this a book I wish I could read rather than moving it to the top of the pile. But I won’t be able to hold out much longer. I miss Cat and Bones!

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    Those left behind:

    I got a little side-tracked this past week and did not end up reading SPELLCASTER. It was a holiday week and I found myself writing reviews, getting ahead on posts and finishing a couple books I should have finished reading ages ago – WHAT THE SPELL and INDIGO AWAKENING.

    Plus I did finish THE DEAD AND BURIED – which I love, love, loved – and my review will be going up on Wednesday. And I did end up reading SUMMERSET ABBEY which was absolutely wonderful and scandalous and gorgeous. I just have to write that review. Which I hopefully will have time to do on Sunday.

    But if I finish my review early enough on Sunday I’ll jump right into SPELLCASTER. Because that is a book I definitely don’t want to be a “back on the pile” read.

    Oh, and I did write my review for NEVERFALL which will post on the blog this week. Though I posted it everywhere else already just in case I forget. I have that tendency when I schedule my reviews to post more than a few days out.

    So it was a fairly productive week even though last week’s read was left behind. But hopefully that situation will be remedied tomorrow.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did get approved for two AWESOME titles that I desperately wanted to add to the pile this week – though I think both books will be on next week’s pile because… well, just because. They are…

    Poison cover               Dance of Shadows cover

    Amazing, right? I’m so excited. I never thought I’d get the chance to read either book early!

    Anyway… as I am creating this post a couple days earlier than I normally would – and because it was a holiday week this week – there aren’t as many new adds on NetGalley. But here are a couple new reads I noticed. And it’s very likely they’ve been there for awhile.

    Ilsa J. Bick’s THE SIN EATER’S CONFESSION (Carolrhoda Lab) looks interesting. As does Ruta Sepetys’ OUT OF THE EASY (Philomel).

    And I’m kind of fascinated by the cover and description for Chelsea Pitcher’s THE S WORD (Gallery Books).

    While I haven’t yet requested any of those titles I’m really tempted.

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    So no new books for me this week. No physical books, that is. The two I got approved for on NetGalley are so amazing and I can’t wait to devour them next week.

    But this week I have a couple awesome books I am hoping to read. Fingers are still crossed. Of course after finishing this post all of a sudden I find myself in the mood to read THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab. Hmmm…. Well that would be an awesome “off-pile” read.

    I’ll let you know next week if I ended up diving into it instead of sticking to my planned reads.

    As I’ve rambled on a little longer than I usually do, I’ll keep this last portion of the post brief. But I’m kind of excited to be just a little bit ahead with my posts and I’m really hoping this momentum lasts for awhile into the new year.

    I totally blame the awesome design I have thanks to Parajunkee Design for helping me get ahead on my posts. It makes formatting and creating these posts a ton of fun. It’s like I have a whole new canvas to work with and a totally different color palette.

    Though it does make it that much more difficult to dive back into those books when I’m just as happy playing around with my posts.

    But with awesome books like ALTERED and SPELL BOUND to keep me company, I think I’ll manage to find a way to step away from the blog. For a short while anyway.

    So….

    That sign-off wasn’t quite as short as I had planned. But plans and I aren’t always the best of friends. Here’s to hoping I can finish this post in under a hundred words.

    Anyway….

    I hope you had a productive reading week this first week of the new year. I hope you have some awesome books on the pile this week. And I hope you haven’t fallen behind on your reading goals just yet.

    As always, I would love to know what you’re planning on reading this week and if you’ve received any awesome books you are just dying to brag about. Feel free to leave a link so that I – or anyone stopping by – can check out your post.

    Happy reading!

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    My Reading Pile #67

    It was a quiet week at the mailbox, however I did receive a sort of replacement box of books from the trade that went missing. I also received a book, which I am not highlighting here, from a publicist who said they met me at BEA….. But as it’s not a YA book, and it’s not even fiction, I am not featuring it here.

    Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS

    So, as you can see I got a bunch of books. These were replacements for the trade gone missing thanks to the post office. As they only reimbursed the blogger for half of what the insurance was, I was only to get half the ARCs I’d traded for. But they threw in a bunch of extras to make up for the quantity gone missing.

    Just three of those titles were ones I had originally traded for – Because it is My Blood, Erasing Time and Pushing the Limits. A few were ones I  was happy to get – Middle GroundThe Turning and The Other Normals. And the rest are were ones I either hadn’t heard of, will be releasing soon and I already have pre-ordered or are already released in which case I will be passing them along.

    While I am tempted to start reading Because it is My Blood, I am going to resist the urge for now. So….

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (June 24 – June 30, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. Yes, I am finally taking the plunge. I had every intention of reading this book the second it came out. Then I found out it was the last book in the series. Which stopped me cold.

    I did not want this series to end. I still don’t. But I do want to find out what happened. Demonglass had an absolutely killer ending, the description reveals nothing about what happens next and the beginning of the book also doesn’t provide answers. So, I’m taking a risk and reading this series-ending book. Finally.

    I want to know how things end for Sophie, Archer and Cal. I want to find out what happens with Sophie’s magic and why the Prodigium Council did what it did. I’m nervous about why the description says she’s “alone.” And I am so curious to find out if a war really was coming and if Sophie’s world did in fact end. I seriously hope not.

    This has been such an awesome series and I am equal parts excited and terrified to find out how it all ends.

    Next up on the pile is another series-ending book, Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers. This is another of my favorite series and another one I did not want to add to the pile because I didn’t want it to end. But curiosity has won out. And because this summer is all about “me” reads, I couldn’t start summer off without adding Last Rite to the pile.

    The cover makes it seem as if there’s some kind of a showdown between Luc and Gabe. And as I had picked my team long, long ago, I am really hoping for a certain “demon-turned-mortal” to win that battle. The tagline also makes me super nervous, because I have no idea who is untrustworthy. I am hoping it’s not Luc….

    Now that I have committed to reading this, I can’t wait to see whether Frannie masters her powers or if things go “apocalyptic.” And I am dying to find out just what Frannie’s brother is up to. Because it doesn’t sound good.

    But most of all, of course, I want to see what happens with this complicated love triangle between Frannie, Luc and Gabe and whether Frannie gets a happily ever after. Or at least as close a one as possible, given what happened in Original Sin…. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I know, it’s old. It’s really, really old. I’ve read it before. Many, many times. But now that I have it on my Kindle I really, really want to read it again. So, I’m wishing for just a few hours so that I can.

    I would also love to read Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel. I am being followed by zombies. So now, of course, I want to read more about them. A zombie book released this week that I loved – This Is Not a TestResident Evil was on TV so I watched it. 28 Days Later was on TV so I watched it. So at the moment I’m going through zombie withdrawal. Hmm…. Maybe I’ll have to go off pile to read this one.

    Those left behind:

    I re-read Before I Wake and now I kind of want to re-read If I Die again. I seriously need to read these books out of my system. I just don’t know how many re-reads that will take…. Yes, I cried for a second time. And I think I actually cried more than I did the first time. So. Not. Good.

    But I didn’t finish reading Stray. I had to go off pile to read a short book I’d committed to reading and reviewing, King Solomon’s Wives, and then I went off pile again to read This Is Not a Test. I just had to. I’d been pining for that book for ages and if I had remembered it was releasing on Tuesday when I created last week’s post, it would have been on last week’s pile.

    I do plan on finishing Stray this weekend, so I should be caught up in time to get both books on this week’s pile read. Now I just have to write that review for Before I Wake….

    I am trying to get back to writing two reviews per week, but I find that I’m enjoying writing my reviews a lot more when I don’t stress about them and I don’t review every book I read.

    So, while my review count is suffering here on the blog, my read count is way ahead of my 2012 goals.

    But as far as reading piles go, I am hoping to at least stick to this week’s reads so that I don’t have too many back on the pile adds this summer.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I have not heard back about my NetGalley requests from last week. And I have not gone back to NetGalley to find any more books. Though I almost requested something from Edelweiss. But I didn’t. Which is a really good thing. But I am so very tempted to read one of my older NetGalley books. If I do stay on track this week, I will make that happen next week.

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    I managed to review one book this week, and it wasn’t too tough, though it did take hours. I am hoping it’s broken my reviewer’s block, but we’ll see when I sit down to write my review for Before I Wake. I am, as always, ever hopeful.

    I am trying to re-focus this blog on reading and reviewing and I just hope by not taking on any new required reads this summer it will make me panic just a little bit less when sitting down to write my reviews.

    By having the freedom to choose my reads, it has also brought back my love of reading, even if I do lose an evening now and again to a zombie movie marathon.

    While I still love blogging and reviewing – most of the time – I have always been and will always be a reader first. So I am ecstatic to be spending the summer adding books to the pile that I love.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

    And feel free to leave a link to your post if you create a reading pile. I’d love to check it out!

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

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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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    Book Watch: Spell Bound

    Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover format.

    It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

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

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    I had no idea just how many amazing books are releasing on March 13th until I started creating this post. I have seven books pre-ordered and five of them I’m dying to read right now.

    But the book I’m most anticipating, the book that has tormented me the most, and the book with a killer cliffhanger ending that made me scream, is Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. So, for all those reasons and so many more, Spell Bound just had to be the book to watch this week.

    I finally got the courage up to look at the description and, while it sounds like this will be a tremendously exciting book in the series, it gives absolutely nothing away about how things ended and where they’re headed. Not. One. Hint. Nothing. So, I’m still just as tortured as I was when I finished reading Demonglass last year.

    At least it’s less than a month until release date. And I’m really hoping the eBook will be available to pre-order so I can read it the second it releases. I will not be able to wait before I tear into Spell Bound. I mean, that ending was massive. I must know what happened.

    I love the irony the description reveals about this book. Sophie finally decides that having her powers is okay and then she loses them. And I love how major this book sounds. Sophie may be the only one who can stop a war. And while the description says the war is “epic,” I say that Sophie is if she can actually prevent one.

    But, of course, what I really want to know is if there is anyone there to help her fight it. Someone like…hmmmm…Archer perhaps….

    The wait has been long. The wait has been torturous. Re-reading Demonglass did not help me find clues about what might happen. Searching the internet for spoilers turned up nothing. Just a lot of chatter, speculation and wild guesses. None of which are any more likely to be accurate than mine.

    So, while my other four anticipated reads this week are all ones I want on the top of the pile, Spell Bound is the only book that won’t even be sitting on the pile. It will go straight from purchased to currently reading. I just wish release date was right now, not a month from now….

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    Places to Stalk

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s TUMBLR

    The author’s BLOG

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium.

    Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

    Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are four other amazing and much anticipated books releasing on March 13th:

    The Savage Grace: A Dark Divine Novel by Bree Despain

    Infamous: The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

    Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

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