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    Top 10 Book Covers of 2011

    Today is the second day of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

    If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

    I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

    As fun as this event is, it’s a lot of hard work coming up with so many top tens. I’m all about Top 100, but Top 10 is tough! Though I am much happier with today’s post topic than I was with yesterday’s.

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    Today’s topic is “Top 10 Book Covers of 2011.” I wish they didn’t only have to be books released in 2011 as I would totally have loved to include Everneath on this list among quite a few others like Pretty When She Kills, Until I Die, Rapture, A Touch Morbid and Endlessly.

    While there were plenty of covers I loved this year, I think I was able to narrow the list down to my most favorite ones, though I did have a few honorable mentions including Witches of East End, Fateful, Unearthly, Imaginary Girls, Blood Magic and Swear.

    Unlike with the Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011 list, I will not be going into detailed explanations of why these book covers are my favorite. I think the pictures tell the story as to why I love them all. Each one of them is beautiful in their own way, either graceful and elegantly beautiful or with a strong and powerful beauty.

    But what is consistent with each one of these ten covers is that I can’t take my eyes off any of them. So, here they are in order…

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    Top 10 Book Covers of 2011 

    1.

    Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    2.

    Die for Me by Amy Plum

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    3.

    Hereafter by Tara Hudson

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    4.

    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    5.

    Abandon by Meg Cabot

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    6.

    Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    7.

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    8.

    The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    9.

    Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I know this isn’t the final cover, but it’s the one I have on my ARC and one of my most favorite covers of the year.

    10.

    Existence by Abbi Glines

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Well, there you have it. As you can see, most of my covers are of the ladies, but I couldn’t resist this cover for Existence as those eyes just keep drawing me back to them. Mesmerizing, really.

    Although I haven’t read all ten books, I own them all and they were all released in 2011 so they qualify according to the rules of the event.

    Oh my gosh, I cannot believe I didn’t include Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I love that cover. It’s amazing. One of my favorites.

    Well, I can’t possibly knock one of my ten picks off the list above to add Wither. I love them all so much and it took me forever to narrow them down to just ten. But Wither is definitely a cover that should be on my Top 10 List for 2011 and definitely close to the top of that list.

    And while I also love the 2011 covers for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series and Gena Showalter’s Intertwined series, I was only able to pick just the ten.

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    This event runs through Friday, and each day I will be posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011, which I don’t even want to think about. I don’t know how I will narrow it down to ten. I’m just glad I didn’t read any TMI books this year or I’d be in even more trouble.

    If you’d like to see what the rest of the topics will be, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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    NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the Co-hosts Blogs, so please only enter your Name, Blog Name and the URL for YOUR Top 10 post of the day on one blog. Thanks!

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    The Dark Days Are Coming

    I cannot tell you how excited I am that the Dark Days Fall ’11 Tour will be headed West with some of my favorite authors – old and new!

    The publisher, HarperCollins, has shared some information about the tour with me, so I thought I’d share the deets here on the blog.

    I’ve already posted the trailer during this month’s The Trailers post, but I’ve popped it in here just in case you missed it. And also, if you didn’t grab it when I posted The Extras post the other week, there is a downloadable sampler of all five books which can be found through the links below.

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    Are you ready for the DARK DAYS ahead?

    Discover five new books from authors CLAUDIA GRAY, KIERSTEN WHITE, ANNA CAREY, JOCELYN DAVIES, and AMY GARVEY, on tour this fall.

    Prepare to experience romance, suspense, and a touch of darkness in their new YA books:

    • SUPERNATURALLY (released 7/26/2011)
    • FATEFUL (released 9/13/2011)
    • COLD KISS (on-sale 9/20/2011)
    • A BEAUTIFUL DARK (on-sale 9/27/2011)
    • EVE (on-sale 10/4/2011)

    DARK DAYS authors will be traveling to Lynnwood, Huntington Beach, Highlands Ranch, Boulder, and Naperville meeting fans and signing copies of their brand new books.

    Check below to see which authors will be hitting the road and for a full tour schedule check Pitch Dark Books out on Facebook!

    Lynwood Tour Stop

    WHEN: Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 PM

    WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, WA

    WHO:  Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)

     Huntington Beach Tour Stop

    WHEN: Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 PM

    WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 7881 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

    WHO: Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Anna Carey (EVE)

    Highlands Ranch Tour Stop

    WHEN: Friday, October 14th at 7:00 PM

    WHERE: Tattered Cover, 9315 Dorchester Street, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

    WHO: Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

    Boulder Tour Stop

    WHEN: Saturday, October 15th at 1:00 PM

    WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 2999 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

    WHO: Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

    Naperville Tour Stop

    WHEN: Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 PM

    WHERE: Anderson’s, 123 West Jefferson, Naperville, IL

    WHO: Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS) and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK)

    *LIVESTREAM EVENT

    Be Sure to RSVP on Facebook

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    To check out exclusive content and enter to win free books, visit Pitch Dark Books on Facebook

    To become a DARK DAYS insider or to download DARK DAYS digital essentials, including chapter excerpts, countdown widgets, and an eBook sampler from the official fan kit, CLICK HERE.

    Fall ’11 Dark Days Trailer

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    The Extras: Teasers #7

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

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    There were a few passages with a lot more heat, but I thought this perfectly chaste one was absolutely delicious. It only hinted at what was to come for the characters, and did it in such a way that left you wanting more.

    Just like this kiss, this passage was such a tease.

    Emma and Brendan:

    Brendan’s eyes searched mine as he slipped his fingers around my palm and pulled my hand up to his mouth, pressing his lips to the back of my hand. His kiss was featherlight, but I felt the imprint of his lips as they scorched my skin.

    As always with Maggie Stiefvater, I could have probably filled just this one post with all the amazing passages from this book. As it is, I had to shrink this scene down a bit to still be able to call it a teaser.

    I had another one of my favorite passages included in my review post, but as this one was a bit longer I saved it until now.

    Isabel and Cole:

    This kiss was so soft that it was like a memory of a kiss, so careful on my lips that it was like someone running his fingers along them. My mouth parted and stilled; it was so quiet, a whisper, not a shout. Cole’s hand touched my neck, thumb pressed into the skin next to my jaw. It wasn’t a touch that said I need more. It was a touch that said I want this.

    It was all completely soundless. I didn’t think either of us was breathing.

    Cole sat back up, slowly, and I opened my eyes. His expression, as ever, was blank, the face he wore when something mattered.

    He said, “That’s how I would kiss you, if I loved you.”

    It was really tough to choose the teaser for this book. I had saved at least ten passages I called favorites, and one I used in my review, leaving nine to choose from.

    As most of the passages aren’t of the lovey-dovey variety, as I found the sarcasm and humor in this book very much to my liking, it made it all the more difficult to pick a favorite. So, I took the easy way out and chose the longest.

    Lenzi and Alden:

    He fidgeted and then ran his hands through his hair. “Okay. Your fear is a turn-on. Protectors are stimulated when their Speakers are afraid. It’s what makes it possible to put you in harm’s way. Otherwise, our instinct to protect would trump everything and we’d never allow you to do your job, which is to put yourself in danger in order to resolve the issues that keep the Hindered Earth-bound.”

    Well, that certainly wasn’t what I expected. “Get out! You’re turned on by fear?”

    “And pain to some extent.” He winked and pulled his hand away.

    Since this series isn’t all about the romance, and there were so many fantastic kick-a** teasers I could have chosen, I just thought I’d mix things up a bit and choose something a little more romantic.

    Besides, I already included quite a few of my favorite non-sexy and non-spoiler-y ones in the review.

    But I will keep this a teaser and only reveal who one of the two lip-lockers are.

    Riley and…

    He delicately tipped her chin up with a finger. His eyes told her what he intended. And then he kissed her, without waiting for her verdict on the subject. Like the wine and the watermelon and everything else around them, the kiss was beyond what it should be. Every nerve in Riley’s body tingled, a Simon-level kiss on steroids. They kissed again, this time more deeply. Her body began to hum, like it was lit from within by a strange erotic fire.

    I took this tidbit from the middle of one of my favorite scenes in this book. I will not reveal the entire scene as it heats up quite a bit. I am also keeping quiet on just who is in the room with Emma.

    For that you’ll have to read it yourself. But this is absolutely scrumptious.

    Emma and…

    His eyes are black in the low light of the room. “Do you surrender?”

    My heart is pounding and I’m tingling from head to toe. “Surrender to what?” I whisper, my chest rising and falling, my eyes locked on his.

    His gaze doesn’t waver. “A kiss.”

    When I read this book I made notes about a number of my favorite passages – and there were quite a few. As I don’t tend to use post-its or other ways of marking my pages, I use the notepad feature in my phone to write down page numbers and reference words to refresh my memory when I go back to capture those lovely passages.

    Well, just to give a hint about just a few of my favorites, because I can’t list them all, here are some of the words I used – “hamburgers,” “free rides,” “skank,” “hooks,” “scarlet accusation,” and “boys suck.”

    Yeah, I told you this was an awesome book.

    Braden to Lucien:

    I rolled my eyes, grabbing my bag and throwing it over my shoulder. “Just be sure to water your skank,” I said as I passed him. “She’s looking a little shallow.” It was a completely inappropriate thing to say, but I walked out of his office with a smile.

    While Evie’s sarcasm always makes me grin, instead of choosing one of those many, many passages, I thought I’d include one that was much more of a teaser. And hopefully not too much of a spoiler.

    And as Reth is my other favorite character in this series, I couldn’t choose one without him.

    Evie and Reth:

    Reth fixed his depthless eyes on mine and took my hand in his. There were none of the forced flames from before, just reassuring pressure, like he was trying to anchor me. “I suppose the idea for you started about twenty years ago.”

    He traced a finger tenderly down my cheek. “It was a very bad idea from the start.”

    I am so heartbroken that I can’t include my favorite passage from this book. In my attempt not to be spoiler-y I have to leave it off. And I’m devastated.

    Because it’s good. Sooooo good. So unbelievably…well, I better stop now or this might tease you more than the passage I am including.

    And, even the passage I did choose had to be slightly redacted – note the ellipses – so as not to reveal any secrets.

    Liv and Cam:

    No, Cam was neither gullible nor truly optimistic. He was desperate. He needed to believe that there was some kind of greater good out there to give his life meaning…. And that desperation—that need to believe—was what stared down at me, when I was ready to die for him, and he was ready to live for me.

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    It’s taken me a bit longer to get my teasers post together this month, but I’ve still managed to squeeze it into August where it should be. I hope to be closer to on time next month.

    As I once again passed along my copy of an ARC before actually noting my favorite passages, I’ll have to include the teaser for Frost in next month’s post after I get my finished copy from Amazon.

    I haven’t included teasers from all the books I’ve read in the past month and a half, as I decided it would be better to save a couple for the next post, which will be out sooner than this last one.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #30

    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 July 26th-August 1st that I have pre-ordered.

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    Wolfsbane, the second book in the Nightshade series, by Andrea Cremer will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 400 pages.

    It feels like I only recently discovered this series by the author, but I actually read and reviewed Nightshade in January, which was a lifetime ago. As soon as I finished that book I was crazed to get my hands on a copy of Wolfsbane. And I was fortunate enough to land an ARC in a charitable auction a few months back.

    I added the finished copy to my list of eBook pre-orders as soon as it was made available and I can’t wait until it downloads on release date. This book is definitely one I want for my collection and I’m curious if there are changes between the early copy and the final copy.

    As I will be posting my review for Wolfsbane on Tuesday, and as I already spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post – in which I went into way too much detail – I won’t be repetitive here.

    If you haven’t met Calla and Ren and Shay, now is the time to do it. And at least you won’t have to wait after reading the first book before diving into the second one, which picks up right where things left off.

    This is definitely an exciting series and both books, while fairly lengthy, are super quick reads. And for those fans who always like to choose a team, there is definitely a choice to be made in this one.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Wildefire is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com and is one of my original twelve picks.

    I know, I know. You must be sick of me talking about Wildefire already…or maybe you are just dying to read it. I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t have something posted about it here, or on the Annex. But I can’t not have it listed among the books releasing this week, because, well, it’s releasing this week.

    And even though I did pick up a copy on Friday night in hardcover, the eBook will be downloading on Monday Midnight onto my Kindle. It is the oldest pre-order I have, and I can’t wait to finally have that one safely loaded onto my eReader.

    I will not be redundant here, or should I say any more redundant, as I just posted my review last week and I’ve buzzed about it back in May. But, this is an awesome book with a seriously killer ending, some major girl power, not your everyday gods and goddesses and some pretty freaking terrific writing. What more could you want in a book?

    (Yeah. I liked it. Just a little…some might say “obsessed” would be a better word.)

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White is the second book in the Paranormalcy series. It will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    This is yet another book I’ve had on pre-order since last year. I was such a huge fan of Paranormalcy that I immediately ran to Amazon and added this to my pre-orders the second I turned the last page. I loved Evie, attitude and all. And I completely fell in love with Reth and Lend and I couldn’t wait to see what was next.

    Supernaturally is another book I’ve already read and reviewed, so I won’t blather on endlessly about things I’ve so recently talked about.

    I will just say that two of my favorite things in this sequel were actually characters – Jack, whose manic enthusiasm really brought the story to life, and Reth who was just as intense and even more appealing than he was in the first book.

    The ending sets things up for something pretty major to happen in Endlessly, the final book in the trilogy. And I’m a little scared for what might become of Evie in this last book.

    Book trailer for Supernaturally:

    I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy by Pittacus Lore will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online in eBook format only from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    This eBook is published by HarperTeen.

    When heading over to Amazon to buy a copy of I Am Number Four after receiving the ARC of The Power of Six from the publisher the other week, I noticed that there was this eBook novella available to pre-order. As someone who likes to get a complete picture of a series I’m reading, I added this to my list of pre-orders on the spot.

    I will admit to having seen the movie, which I’m sure doesn’t do justice to the characters, so I have an idea of what this series is about, but I have not yet had a chance to meet any of them in print.

    This eBook is Six’s back story and will fill in the details of exactly how she got to be as kick-a** as she is.

    As hesitant as I was to read this series due to the external chatter, I am excited to meet Six.

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    For some reason I thought that I had a lot more books on pre-order for July 26th. I think maybe it was just that there were three highly anticipated books releasing this week, two of which I’ve had on pre-order since 2010.

    Fortunately for my TBR pile, all three of the full-length books have already been read and only one review remains to be written for Tuesday’s release. So, it’s just the eBook novella that’s added to the pile.

    I’m hoping next week will only have a few new adds to the to be read pile, but as I’ve been too afraid to actually check my pre-orders, I have no idea what to expect.

    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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    The Extras: August

    Yes we’re back with this month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

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

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

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

    And yes, I know it’s not August yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation. Besides, wouldn’t you rather read the excerpts before the books are released? I know I would.

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    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    This story sounds just as cool and creepy as its cover. A boy who hunts and kills the dead ends up in a town where a ghost, Anna Dressed in Blood, has been murdering everyone who enters her home, except him.

    Anna was murdered and still wears the dress she was killed in, but now it’s covered in blood. Definitely creepy.

    The publisher, Tor, is giving readers a look inside, HERE.

    Hades by Alexandra Adornetto will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Hades is the sequel to Halo which was released last year and it continues Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany’s story. In this installment, Bethany gets tricked into taking a motorcycle ride into Hell and if she wants to be freed she has to agree to a bargain that may just not be worth it.

    The description is very mysterious and cryptic, but perhaps the excerpt can shed some light as to what we can expect.

    The publisher, Feiwel and Friends, a division of Macmillan, is giving readers a long look, HERE.

    Twisted by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Twisted is the third book in the Intertwined series. And from the description things just keep getting worse for Aden Stone. With everything that has happened to him over the course of the past two books he now has a darkness within him that just keeps growing.

    It doesn’t sound like things are going to end on a happy note at this book’s conclusion.

    The author is giving readers a peek at Twisted on her website, HERE.

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This book, set in the same world as the Vampire Academy series, is about Sydney – yay – and Jill Dragomir and takes place at a human school in Palm Springs, California.

    And according to the description some of the characters we’ve known from the series will make an appearance in this book.

    Penguin Young Readers is offering a look at the first chapter of Bloodlines, via Scribd, HERE.

    Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    The description promises flirting and fun for Elise and sounds like it might be a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Set at a prep school in Los Angeles, Elise is the principal’s daughter, the hot boy is Derek Edwards, and to round out this love triangle is the sexy outcast, Webster Grant.

    Epic Fail sounds like it just might be an win.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a nice long look inside, HERE.

    Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    It is the second book in The Lying Game series. Emma is still trying to solve her twin sister’s murder. The sister she never knew she had. She is living as her sister while trying to uncover who the killer could be. In this sequel there are even more suspects and Emma is in even more danger.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a super long look inside, HERE.

    Eternal by Gillian Shields will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    Eternal is the third book in the Immortals series. This installment is about Sarah Fitzalan who is fighting to keep the sisterhood together and prepare for an attack by the dark coven. Everything is up in the air as Evie and Helen aren’t as dedicated to the sisterhood as they once were, possibly leaving Sarah on her own to fight for them all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek at Eternal, HERE.

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Supernaturally is the second book in the Paranormalcy series. Evie is trying to fit into the normal world with limited success. She decides to do some work with IPCA, but things keep going wrong. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to avoid Reth, who tells her something about her past that is completely shocking.

    Once again HarperTeen is giving readers a long look, HERE.

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

    Nightspell by Leah Cypess was released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011.

    It is a standalone companion book to Mistwood. Darri heads to Ghostland to rescue her sister but in order to do so she must face a number of obstacles, including a “handsome ghost prince.” And she will be forced to make a decision that will threaten the “balance of power between the living and the dead.” Sounds like a pretty epic journey.

    Yet another peek inside by the awesome HarperTeen, HERE.

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell was released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011.

    Jana Webster thought she’d be with Michael Haynes forever. But when she turns up in Dead School alone and it doesn’t seem Michael’s in any rush to join her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Because if they can’t be together in life, they may as well be together in death. It’s what Romeo and Juliet did, after all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek inside, HERE. This is definitely a book worth checking out. But, as I’ve said before, be warned because once you start reading you will won’t be satisfied with just the excerpt.

    Immortal by Gillian Shields was released in the U.S. on August 4, 2009.

    Evie Johnson is forced to attend the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies. She is lonely and having a difficult time fitting into life at the school until she meets Sebastian. But he is keeping secrets about his past, and as the story unfolds she learns things about Sebastian and about herself that she never could have imagined.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a chance to take a look at the entire book in anticipation of Eternal’s release, HERE.

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    I haven’t read all of these books, but I have read a few of them. And I managed to stay strong and not check out any of the excerpts. I plan on buying all of the upcoming books without a peek, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to take a long look inside before making a purchase.

    So, I’ve included them here for your reading pleasure. Happy reading!

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    Review: Supernaturally

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White is the second book in the Paranormalcy series. It will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

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

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

    But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

    So much for normal.

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    Evie thought she’d be happy to be done with IPCA once and for all. But with Lend away at Georgetown and high school not nearly as exciting as it seemed it would be from countless hours of watching Easton Heights, Evie was bored. Where were all the parties? Where was all the drama?

    Going to school and work all week, and seeing Lend on the weekends, was not exactly the life she thought she’d be living away from the Center. All she wanted was to be normal, but now that she was, she missed being special.

    So when Raquel comes to her, asking for her help on a case by case basis, she is thrilled to be needed and more than ready for a little excitement. Even if David and Lend won’t be…so, she just won’t tell them.

    But when things start to go wrong, and the simple missions she’s sent on put her in danger, she begins to wonder how long she’ll be able to keep her secrets and whether there is more to these assignments than she realized.

    Evie was used to getting in over her head, but with all the lies she’s been telling, the secrets she’s been keeping and the strange feelings she’s been having since her latest encounters with the paranormals, she’s just not sure how long she can keep it up.

    The last thing she wants to do is lose Lend. But if she can’t stay out of trouble, which seems to be nearly impossible with Jack, IPCA’s newest transportation solution for the faerie paths, involved, everything is going to fall apart. And risking her relationship with Lend will only be the first in a long list of poor decisions she’s made.

    Maybe being normal wasn’t so bad after all.

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    Supernaturally is the fun, exciting and incredibly humorous sequel to Paranormalcy. It continues Evie’s story six months after the events in the first book, which left IPCA in total disarray and Evie hiding out in the normal world, trying to recover from everything that had happened.

    When day-to-day life isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, Evie decides that it couldn’t hurt to help out IPCA on a few jobs. With Lend at school and her new roommate Arianna always moping around, Evie was bored.

    She needed a distraction from the emptiness she was feeling inside, the knowledge that her time was limited and the very real possibility that she and Lend wouldn’t be together forever.

    Besides, they needed her. Her very specific talent would be a huge help and she couldn’t imagine what harm there would be in taking on a simple assignment or two. And with all the new paranormals showing up and the elementals disappearing, something had to be going on. Maybe IPCA could to help her solve the mystery.

    Kiersten White once again brings her unique brand of humor to the genre. Her view of paranormals is unlike any other. She strips away all their glamours and shows them as the rather unappealing monsters they truly are, but does so in a way that is outrageously funny, if slightly grotesque.

    The returning characters in Supernaturally are just as captivating as they were in the first book, with a new prominent character added to the mix. Jack, a mortal who was raised in the faerie realms and who could navigate the faerie paths, was an utterly charismatic ball of nervous energy.

    In this installment, readers will learn more about Evie – who and what she really is, and just what lengths she’ll go in order to keep Lend in her life.

    Many questions will be answered, but even more will be raised for the final book in the series, such as whether or not Evie and Lend have a future or whether Evie can fight against the dark aspects of her nature.

    Supernaturally is a must read for fans of the series, for readers who enjoy a light and fun paranormal story with a bit of a mystery to solve, and for those who just want a quick, engaging and laugh out loud read.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    On a personal note:

    I wanted to fall in love with this book even more than I did with Paranormalcy and there were parts to it that I did fall head-over-heels in love with (Reth, Evie’s past, even Jack) and others that I didn’t quite as much (poor Evie, Lend).

    The humor, sarcasm and extremely creative descriptions and unique characters were all there in spades. But I missed the Evie I got to know and love in the first book. She definitely lacked the vibrancy she had.

    Everything that happened to her in Paranormalcy and her need to fit into the normal world took away the spark and energy that made her such an amazing character. She did get much of that back as the story progressed, which made me super happy, but for a huge chunk of the story I just missed the old Evie.

    She was still so sarcastic and funny, but she almost never had Tasey, she didn’t have those rocking outfits, and she just didn’t have that same fun, kick-a** spirit. She was so afraid of everything. Trying to be normal and trying to recover from what had happened took away the best parts of her.

    She was way too dependent on Lend for her happiness and love, so much so that she became really dishonest and secretive. And making it her main goal to follow him to Georgetown made her seem weak. I just wanted to shake her and bring back that fighting spirit she had.

    I also missed some of the secondary characters. Even Lend disappeared in this book. He wasn’t around nearly enough and was quick to abandon Evie. And even though he was jealous of Jack, he did nothing to fight for her. And she totally deserved to be fought for. And what’s up with that dryad lab assistant? Hmm… I hope that doesn’t become an issue in the next book.

    The pace started off a little slowly, but it picked up and was an easy one sit read. As much as Evie frustrated me, I was glued to this book from beginning to end.

    There are plenty of highlights in Supernaturally, starting off with a new character named Jack. Talk about energetic. He had all the quirkiness and liveliness that Evie was missing. He was charming and annoying and utterly adorable. And I totally didn’t trust him. Neither did Lend. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with him, actually.

    And then there was Reth. Ah, Reth. I think Evie’s judgment of him is a little unfair. Reth was a super bright spot, but he’s always been. Of course I would have loved to see more of him. As “evil faerie” as he is supposed to be, he couldn’t have been more perfect in this book.

    I was so excited that we got to find out more about Evie’s past, too. Many of those questions are finally answered about who and what she is.

    Aside from the unicorn scene – and I won’t spill any details because you have got to read that one for yourself, preferably not while drinking anything, trust me – the long lead up to the ending and the ending were my favorite parts.

    The ending was actually kind of awesome. My heart broke a little for Evie, but I was left smiling when I turned the last page. The build-up was exciting, and there are still some major questions that remain unanswered, but Evie really came to life at the end. Which makes me thrilled and super anxious to read the final book in the series. (I had no idea this was only going to be a trilogy until after I read this book, which definitely makes me sad.)

    Oh, and I am dying to find out the answers to some suspicious and secretive behavior that was building throughout the story, right from the very beginning. I had hoped it would be resolved by the story’s end, but the torture will continue into the last book in the series. I have no idea what it might be or what the author has planned, so it remains a huge mystery and I can’t wait to find out what it all means.

    The other big mystery in the story I figured out pretty quickly even though it took the characters awhile. And I’m not sure why they didn’t suspect anything as there were quite a few hints that should have been fairly obvious to certain characters. Only Evie gets a pass on that one.

    So, while I didn’t love this quite as much as I loved Paranormalcy, it was pretty close. I still absolutely love the world, Evie, Reth, and the author’s take on paranormals. She had the best, most creative and hilarious view of a unicorn I have ever read. And her description of vampires is hysterical – kind of gross, but totally hysterical. I really would not want to be Evie.

    Supernaturally is definitely worth a read and I can’t wait to see how this series ends.

    ***

    To read an excerpt, courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    This review is based on an ARC I received through a trade.

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    My Reading Pile #16

    After last week I wasn’t sure I’d receive any books to snap a picture of this week. But a few books did arrive in the mail. I received a signed copy of Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson that I won from an online charitable auction.

    I also received an ARC of Shattered Souls from a trade with Alex of Electrifying Reviews. Of course, I am expecting another copy in the next week or two, I realize, as I am part of an ARC tour for this book, which I didn’t find out until after I had traded for a copy.

    And I received an ARC of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and Frost by Marianna Baer courtesy of Greenwillow Books and HarperTeen.

    Although I’m still waiting on quite a few books, I’m not sure they’ll be arriving next week, so there may just be a generic photo shown above.

    Anyway, onto the star of the show…

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

    (July 3-July 9, 2011)

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    First up is Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers. I received an ARC of the book from a contest on the author’s blog. It was a DEAR (drop everything and read) book. I absolutely loved it, but I read it strictly for pleasure. And it was scrumptious.

    As I wasn’t clever enough to write a review at the time, I will need to read it again. Not that I’m complaining. Believe me. And I can’t believe it, but it’s finally coming out on Tuesday. Yay! I’m super excited because I just love this series.

    Next up is Supernaturally by Kiersten White. I received an ARC of this book through a trade. (Well, two actually.) And I need to pass this one along, so I’ve decided to move this up in the TBR pile and read it for review this week.

    I loved Paranormalcy and I love this series. I had some serious cover love for both books, but especially for this one.

    Evie is a lovable, if at times frustrating, main character and I can’t wait to see just what trouble she gets into in this second book in the series.

    Against popular opinion, I am a fan of Reth, he is the bad boy after all. And I’m dying to find out what happens with him and Evie in Supernaturally. I also love Lend, but Reth just makes my heart beat a little bit faster. Plus he makes this a pretty exciting love triangle.

    Last up is Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve had this for a few weeks now, thanks to Britney of I Eat Words who sent me a copy from BEA. And, as I plan on passing this one along as soon as I can, I added it to the pile this week.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodby to Sam and Grace, so this is going to be a really tough read for me. I’ve managed to avoid final books for most of the series I’ve come to love. But the pressure to pass the ARC along is forcing my hand.

    And so I plan on biting the bullet and reading Forever to find out whether there is a happy ending for the characters. I really, really hope so.

    ***

    Last week was a really bad week for me. I only finished one book the entire week. I never should say I’m going to read during my time off, because something always seems to happen.

    Due to last week’s drama it took away my motivation to read and so I only managed to read one book. And that was Witch Eyes, which I definitely want to read again before I review it, as I’ve been completely scatterbrained all week and the notes I took to write up my review are a bit incoherent. So not good.

    I did not get any other books read during the week. Zero. I am deeply, deeply ashamed, but I did watch True Blood if that counts for anything.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    My wishful thinking reads are all the books I didn’t get a chance to read last week – Spellbound, Forbidden, The Day Before – but as it’s going to be a busy week I will probably only get a chance to read Spellbound.

    And I would like to read Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey as the copy I received from the trade needs to be sent on to someone else for awhile so they can read it. I’ll eventually get it back in December, but for now I only have temporary custody of it. If I don’t get to it this week, then I’ll read it next week for sure.

    Those left behind:

    I left everything but Witch Eyes behind, so I added all my unread books from last week to my “Wishful Thinking Reads” list. I hope that I’ll be able to read at least one or two of them this week, especially Spellbound. And I did not get a chance to read any of my “fun” non-required reads. So much for vacation.

    My hopes at being successful this time around were an epic fail. I really should not cross my fingers. But this time it really wasn’t my doing. There are no excuses, but if you’re not just not in a place where you can enjoy reading, you’re just not. And believe me, if you read a book when you’re not in the mood, it’s not good for you or the book.

    I am feeling the bookish love again, so I imagine I’ll get at least a few books read and reviewed this week. Ever hopeful (as always)…

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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