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    In Bookish News: RT Booklovers Convention, Book Fair, RT Teen Day Party + Interview with Susane Colasanti

    bookish_newsThe Romantic Times Booklovers Convention starts this week (April 12th-17th) in Las Vegas and is being held at the Rio Hotel. If you haven’t ever attended a book convention before, RT is definitely worth checking out. It’s an awesome event. There are a ton of amazing authors to meet, books to discover, and some seriously fun parties. I just know this year’s event in Vegas is going to rock!

    And if you are a huge fan of YA, you definitely won’t want to miss the giant book fair and the RT Teen Day Party on SATURDAY, APRIL 16th.


    The Book Fair

    Whether you bring your books or buy them at the fair, so many of your favorite authors will be there to sign them. The lineup of YA authors:

    • Ann Aguirre
    • Renée Ahdieh
    • Cecelia Ahern
    • Brodi Ashton
    • Amy A. Bartol
    • Jenna Black
    • Gwenda Bond
    • Kate Brauning
    • Lucy D. Briand
    • Elizabeth Briggs
    • Rae Carson
    • Rachel E. Carter
    • Sona Charaipotra*
    • Dhonielle Clayton*
    • Cinda Williams Chima
    • Susane Colasanti
    • Andrea Cremer
    • Liz Czukas -aka Ellie Cahill
    • Cate Dean
    • Kimberly Derting
    • Rebecca Donovan
    • Brenda Drake
    • Pintip Dunn
    • Dana Elmendorf
    • Kelly Fiore -aka Annie Kelly
    • R. A. Gates -aka Ruth Gates
    • Bethany Hagen
    • Sandy Hall
    • Cynthia Hand
    • Katherine Harbour
    • Rachel Harris
    • K.C. Held -aka Kristen Crowley Held
    • Kody Keplinger
    • Julie Murphy
    • Kiera Cass
    • Kass Morgan
    • Lauren Oliver
    • Katie McGarry
    • Kami Garcia
    • Jennifer L. Armentrout -aka J. Lynn
    • Julie Kagawa
    • Alexandra Bracken
    • Ellen Hopkins
    • Tamora Pierce
    • Victoria Aveyard
    • Richelle Mead
    • Wendy Higgins
    • Amanda Hocking
    • Rosamund Hodge
    • Lisa Hood -aka L.H. Nicole
    • Colleen Houck
    • Amalie Howard
    • C.C. Hunter -aka Christie Craig
    • Sophie Jordan
    • Stacey Kade
    • Shannon Kennedy -aka Josie Malone
    • Michelle Knudsen
    • Kimberley Griffiths Little
    • Shawntelle Madison Jen Malone
    • Mari Mancusi -aka Mari Madison
    • Deb Marlowe -aka D. M. Marlowe
    • Gretchen McNeil
    • Jodi Meadows
    • Page Morgan
    • Lea Nolan
    • Ali Novak
    • Danielle Paige
    • Mary E. Pearson
    • Amy Plum
    • Cindy Pon
    • C.J. Redwine
    • Brendan Reichs
    • Morgan Rhodes -aka Michelle Rowen
    • Lisa Brown Roberts
    • Suzie T. Roos
    • Roxanna Rose
    • Veronica Rossi -aka Noelle August
    • Marie Rutkoski
    • Sarah J. Schmitt
    • Ginger Scott
    • Catherine Stine -aka Kitsy Clare

    A few New Adult authors that will be in attendance:

    • Cora Carmack
    • Kristin Cast
    • Jay Crownover
    • Anna Todd
    • Rachel Van Dyken

    And just a few of the General Fiction authors that will be signing:

    • Brenda Jackson
    • Sabrina Jeffries
    • Christina Lauren
    • Lora Leigh
    • Susan Mallery
    • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Mary Jo Putney
    • Julia Quinn
    • Alexa Riley
    • Lynsay Sands
    • Nalini Singh
    • Nancy Thayer
    • Kristen Ashley
    • Robyn Carr
    • Kresley Cole
    • Sylvia Day
    • Sonali Dev
    • Christine Feehan
    • Heather Graham
    • Larissa Ione -aka Sydney Croft

    For more information about the Book Fair on Saturday, April 16th, CLICK HERE.


    Teen Day

    Saturday is TEEN DAY at the RT Booklovers Convention and there are all sorts of fun events – the book fair, workshops and parties – ending with the RT Teen Day Party at 6:00PM.

    For more information on the day’s authors and events, CLICK HERE. And for the full day’s agenda, CLICK HERE.

    RT Teen Day Party

    The Teen Day party is being hosted by Epic Reads and if you haven’t already gotten your tickets, head over to the conference website linked in the graphic above.


    In addition to sharing the news about Teen Day I have been provided with a fab Q&A with the very amazing Susane Colasanti who will be at this year’s event. You can visit her at the Giant Book Fair in YA Alley and at the YA Family Feud Workshop at 4:00PM.

    Interview with Susane Colasanti

    Q. Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

    Absolutely! The main reason I write romance novels is to reassure my readers that true love is real. Soul mates are real. I want my readers to be inspired to find the kind of love they desire and deserve. By having a clear vision of the love you want to find and refusing to settle for anything less, you can find the love of your life, the person who feels like home to you. Most importantly, you have to love yourself first before you can love anyone else the way they deserve to be loved. When I was in my teens, I thought that if I had a boyfriend I wouldn’t be lonely or depressed anymore. But you are the only one who can fill those voids in your life. No one else can complete you. So while my love stories are about epic romances between soul mates, they are also about learning to love yourself.

    Q. What books have influenced your life most?

    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton inspired me to start thinking about writing for teens. I read it in 7th grade and slept with my tattered copy under my pillow, hoping for some magical form of osmosis to transmit the magical powers of that book into my brain so that I could one day write books that would help teens the way The Outsiders helped me feel less alone. My favorite book in the world, The Little Prince, made me see reading in a whole new way when I first read it as a kid. I have always loved reading the way I love breathing. But The Little Prince made me realize that books can change lives in profound ways. Although The Little Prince is technically a children’s book, you can take so much from it at any age. And every time I read it, I find new meaning that resonates with wherever I am in my life at that time.

    Q. What’s up next for you?

    The City Love trilogy is continuing with the second book, Lost in Love, which will be released on May 3. Lost in Love captures the essence of summer love, self-discovery, and sisterhood, in a story of three girls sharing a Manhattan apartment the summer before college begins. The trilogy will conclude next year with the final book. I really loved writing this sweet trilogy. I don’t want to say goodbye to my girls!

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    Q. Why do you enjoy coming to RT/what are you looking forward to at RT?

    I am so impressed by how passionate everyone at RT is. RT book lovers are fierce about their romance. Everyone is so fascinating to talk with, and I love how the events at RT are designed to encourage meaningful connections between readers and authors. So I am looking forward to meeting readers and getting to know them. And I am really looking forward to Teen Day! The opportunity to meet my readers in person is my favorite part of the author life.

    Q. What’s your favorite romance story?

    Forever by Judy Blume. This classic love story radiates romance. It is an honest portrayal of how even a sweet relationship may come to an end, but there is always hope of finding love again.


    About Susane Colasanti

    Photo Credit: Jayd Jackson

    Photo Credit: Jayd Jackson

    Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It HappensTake Me ThereWaiting for YouSomething Like Fate, So Much CloserKeep Holding OnAll I NeedNow and Forever, and the City Love trilogy.

    Susane has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City.

    You can connect with Susane at her website, susanecolasanti.com.

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    In Bookish News: NOW AND FOREVER by Susane Colasanti

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    Susane Colasanti’s NOW AND FOREVER, releasing tomorrow, May 20th, has an awesome book trailer which I’m super excited to share below. The author also has a super fab giveaway on her blog for a couple of signed copies of the book (HERE). Be sure to check it out!

    The Trailer


    About Now and Forever

    Now and Forever

    Title: NOW AND FOREVER

    Release date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Pages: 272

    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she’s ever met, but he’s an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he’s believed he has what it takes to be a star.

    When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he’s thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity—and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she’s attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan’s monumental sold-out concerts.

    It’s a dream come true…but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when “forever” comes to an end?

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    About Susane Colasanti

    susaneainlarge2Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, and Now and Forever (May 2014). Susane has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Astrophysics/Earth and Space Science with a minor in psychology. She has a master’s degree from New York University in Science Education 7-12, Teachers of Physics. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years.

    As a teenage Jersey girl, Susane felt like her true home was across the water in New York City. The Knowing began when she saw Late Night with David Letterman for the first time in junior high. The show always started by zooming in on the Twin Towers, friends she carries in her heart. She lives in downtown Manhattan.

    You can connect with Susane at her website, susanecolasanti.com.

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    Photo credit goes to Jayd Jackson.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #177

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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 May 20th-May 26th that I have pre-ordered.


    While Your Away HC

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    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 288 pages.

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY was also previously published in six parts in eBook and audio formats.


    I am so excited that WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is releasing this week. I read this story when it was released in parts and I absolutely loved it. It was a fantastic read, though it was torturous having to wait for each new installment.

    I’ve wanted to read it all over again, all at once, to see if it reads any differently. So I can’t wait until my print edition arrives.

    I loved meeting Will and Sarah, though I wasn’t sure if I would be biased against them for being cheaters. But I did adore them and root for them and was anxious when things got in the way.

    As I did review all six parts, and I don’t want to risk spoiling things by rambling too much, I’ll just say that I can’t wait to re-read this, the writing is gorgeous and the story is all twisty-turny and angsty and romantic. And it’s definitely the book I’m most excited for this week.

    Description…

    Once a cheater, always a cheater?

    From the moment Will and Sarah first set eyes upon each other, they know that what they have is special.

    There’s just one little problem . . . each of them already has a significant other.

    After flirting with danger, it becomes clear their passion is too strong to be denied. But even if they make their relationship official, there are plenty of challenges in store. Will leaves for college at the end of the summer, while Sarah faces her senior year of high school in their small suburban town. Long-distance relationships always come with their fair share of troubles—mismatched schedules, jealousy, and temptation are only the beginning.

    Can cheaters ever change?

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a steamy story about a love triangle, a long-distance relationship, and learning the true meaning of commitment.


    The Art of Lainey

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    THE ART OF LAINEY by Paula Stokes will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2014 in paperback 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 384 pages.


    I received an early copy of THE ART OF LAINEY and had every intention of reading it pre-release – and I still might get the chance to tonight – but I’m super excited that my finished eBook copy will be downloading on Monday Midnight.

    I love the idea that instead of wallowing in heartbreak, Lainey and her friend plan to win her ex back by using the Sun Tzu book to formulate a game plan. I’m curious to see whether after all their planning she wants him back or whether she chooses to be with Micah… or whether Micah wants to be with her if he wasn’t aware he was a pawn.

    This book sounds sweet and fun with the potential for heartbreak, so I can’t wait to read it. And if all goes as planned I will definitely sneak it on the pile tonight.

    Description…

    Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

    And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

    What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you’re meant to be with if you’re still figuring out the person you’re meant to be?


    Dangerous Creatures
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    DANGEROUS CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in all formats, plus a signed edition, at BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    DANGEROUS CREATURES is the first full-length book in the authors’ series of the same name. A prequel novella, DANGEROUS DREAM, released on December 17, 2013.


    I am a huge fan of the authors and I loved the books that I did read in their Beautiful Creatures series. So of course I had to pre-order DANGEROUS CREATURES.

    I can’t wait to read Ridley’s series and see what happens with her and Link. And I can’t wait to find out just what price is on his head.

    I don’t know whether there are spoilers for the other series, so I’m wary of reading this book until I finish that one. I thought the writing was amazing in Beautiful Creatures and I just know it will be the same in this series. Which makes me want to read this more than ever. So it may just be worth the risk. We shall see….

    If not, I’ll plan on reading this after reading the final book in that first series and reading the eBook novella, DANGEROUS DREAM. Now that I won’t technically have to say goodbye to Ethan and Lena, I might just be able to do so this summer.

    Description…

    A new series returns to the world of Beautiful Creatures. Some loves are cursed…others are dangerous.

    Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she’s a bad girl. She’s Dark. She’s a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she’s around. Lucky for her, Wesley “Link” Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn’t hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.

    Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of Beautiful Creatures, are back and casting another magical spell. Their signature mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with a dash of fun and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.


    Other Books of Note

    End TimesEND TIMES by Anna Schumacher

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Carbon County, Wyoming is like a current running through Daphne’s heart.

    When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.

    Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. And incredible occurrences soon support their belief. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig, helps around the house, hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen, a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears.

    Daphne landed in Carbon County for a reason. She only has to read the signs—and believe.


    ThunderstruckTHUNDERSTRUCK (Weather Witch #3) by Shannon Delany

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Jordan, Rowen and the crews of both the Tempest and the Artemesia strike out for Philadelphia to start a revolution aimed at abolishing slavery and changing their stormpowered society to one that runs on previously repressed steam innovations and will allow for true equality. But can Jordan and Rowen come back together after all the things determined to drive them apart?

    Thunderstruck is the third installment in the Weather Witch series from Shannon Delany.


    RebornREBORN (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1) by C.C. Hunter

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.

    For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.  When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?


    Biggest FlirtsBIGGEST FLIRTS (Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

    Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.

    As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…


    Now and ForeverNOW & FOREVER by Susane Colasanti

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    What if your boyfriend was the world’s biggest rockstar?

    Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she’s ever met, but he’s an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he’s believed he has what it takes to be a star.

    When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he’s thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she’s attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan’s monumental sold-out concerts.

    It’s a dream come true…but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when “forever” comes to an end?


    The Rules for BreakingTHE RULES FOR BREAKING (The Rules for Disappearing #2) by Ashley Elston

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom.

    But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.

    The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he’s using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it’s time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.

    Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life back once and for all. But her true enemies are hidden in plain sight. Before long, Anna will learn that putting her trust in anyone may be the last mistake she ever makes.


    V is for VillainV IS FOR VILLAIN by Peter Moore

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Disney Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad’s basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn’t measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he’s happy to join a new crew-especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own.

    But when they’re pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he’s on. And once he does, there’s no turning back.

    Perfect for fans of The Avengers, Ironman, and classic comic books, V is for Villain reveals that it’s good to be bad.


    Out of ControlOUT OF CONTROL by Sarah Alderson

    Pub. Date: May 22, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target.

    Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.

    When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.


    The Summer InvitationTHE SUMMER INVITATION by Charlotte Silver

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Two sisters are summoned to their aunt’s Greenwich Village flat, where they must start dressing like young ladies, cultivate their artistic sensibilities, and open themselves up to Life with a capital L.

    When Franny and her older sister Valentine are summoned by their Aunt Theodora from foggy San Francisco to sunny New York City for one summer, they are taken to old-world locales like Bemelmans Bar, the Plaza, and the Sherry Netherland by their chaperone, Clover, Aunt Theodora’s protégé. As they discover New York City going lingerie shopping and learning about the simple elegance of a cucumber sandwich, they also begin to unearth secrets and answers about Aunt Theo’s glamorous and romantic past, and they have a few romantic adventures of their own.


    Kate Walden DirectsKATE WALDEN DIRECTS: NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIE CHICKENS by Julie Mata

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Night of the Zombie Chickens is supposed to be Kate Walden’s breakout film. But her supporting actresses-her mother’s prize organic hens-are high maintenance, to say the least. Thank goodness Kate’s best friend Alyssa is the star. She’s great at screaming and even better at killing zombies in creative ways.

    But when Alyssa turns into a real-life soulless zombie and ditches Kate for the most popular girl in seventh grade, Kate suddenly finds herself both friendless and starless. Now, thanks to Alyssa’s new crowd, Kate is the butt of every joke at school and consigned to the loser table at lunch.

    If movies have taught Kate anything, it’s that the good guy can always win-with the right script. And her fellow social outcasts may be the key to her own happy ending. Kate hatches the perfect revenge plot against her former best friend, but even though her screenplay is foolproof, Kate soon realizes that nothing-in filmmaking or in life-ever goes exactly as planned. Especially when there are diabolical hens out to get you.


    DollhouseDOLLHOUSE by Anya Allyn

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: The Studio

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Dress-up turns deadly. . .

    When Cassie’s best friend, Aisha, disappears during a school hike, Cassie sets off with Aisha’s boyfriend Ethan and their best friend Lacey, determined to find her. But the mist-enshrouded mountains hold many secrets, and what the three teens discover is far more disturbing than any of them imagined: beneath a rundown mansion in the woods lies an underground cavern full of life-size toys and kidnapped girls forced to dress as dolls.

    Even as Cassie desperately tries to escape the Dollhouse, she finds herself torn between her forbidden feelings for Ethan, and her intense, instinctive attraction to The Provider, a man Cassie swears she has known before…

    Because Cassie’s capture wasn’t accidental, and the Dollhouse is more than just a prison where her deepest fears come true—it’s a portal for the powers of darkness. And Cassie may be the only one who can stop it.


    Infinite SkyINFINITE SKY (Infinite Sky #1) by C.J. Flood

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014 (first published February 14, 2013)

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl’s life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family’s field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket – but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend?

    Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.


    There are a ton of amazing-sounding books releasing this week. And while I only have the three books pre-ordered, I just know I’ll be purchasing END TIMES, THUNDERSTRUCK, REBORN, BIGGEST FLIRTS, THE RULES FOR BREAKING, and NOW & FOREVER.

    I have been trying not to “click to buy” too many books pre-release, in order to be absolutely sure I wanted to add them to my collection. But I’m not so sure that waiting for release date to buy them has worked to reduce the number of books I order each week. Oh well.

    I’ve also tried to spend a little less time online, which means less time stalking Amazon and which is why I hadn’t had the last two weeks’ posts prepared. After spending three hours researching the books releasing and gathering the images, I ran out of time to actually put the posts together. Oops. But hopefully I’ll be back on track from now on.

    I’m hoping that I didn’t miss any books releasing this week, though I think I might have. Amazon’s search function was a little hinky so there might be one or two titles that I missed. But I suppose I’ll find out when either they download to my Kindle on Tuesday or when I see the book birthday wishes go by on Twitter.

    I hope one of your favorite authors has a book releasing this week, or one of your most anticipated reads is releasing, and that you get to add it to your collection. And as ever…

    Happy release week to some amazing books and I hope you have a very happy reading week ahead!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #125

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

    These are books for the week of May 21st-May 27th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Night School

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    NIGHT SCHOOL by C.J. Daugherty will be released in the U.S. on May 21, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 432 pages.

    NIGHT SCHOOL is the first book in C.J. Daugherty’s series of the same name. No publication date has been set for second and third books in the series, LEGACY and FRACTURE.

    The first two books in the series were previously released in paperback format by Atom Books and the third book is slated for release this year.

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    I haven’t heard much about NIGHT SCHOOL, but between the cover and the description I was intrigued and decided to pre-order it. And I’m excited to finally be able to find out what it’s all about when it downloads on Monday Midnight.

    There’s just something I love about stories set in boarding schools. Especially ones that are dark and full of secrets. So of course I can’t help but wonder just what secrets are being kept from Allie at Cimmeria Academy.

    As I haven’t looked at the descriptions for the other books in the series and I haven’t listened to any of the buzz about this book I’m completely in the dark about it. Which is so much fun.

    And while I may not be able to read NIGHT SCHOOL this week, I’m hoping to be able to add it to the pile next week so I can find out just what goes on at Cimmeria Academy.

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    Transparent

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    TRANSPARENT by Natalie Whipple will be released in the U.S. on May 21, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I really need to check my book towers more often. I cannot believe that Jaime of Two Chicks on Books had sent me a copy of TRANSPARENT and I could have read it  ages ago. Long before its release.

    Well, with release date almost here, I suppose I can wait to read it on my Kindle. And I probably should wait… especially since there are a couple other books I should be reading this week. But I am so very tempted to check it out now.

    Because I can’t wait to meet Fiona and see what life is like for someone who can make themselves invisible. And I can’t wait to find out how she manages to keep from doing her father’s “dirty work.”

    TRANSPARENT was the book I spotlighted in my book watch post and I am super excited for its release. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to sneak it on the pile when it releases this week. That is, if I don’t end up sneaking a peek at it before then.

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    Praefatio

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    PRAEFATIO by Georgia McBride will be released in the U.S. on May 21, 2013 in eBook format only. The print edition will be available on June 18, 3013. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Month9Books, the print edition is 342 pages.

    PRAEFATIO is the first book in author Georgia McBride’s series of the same name. No information is yet available about the sequel.

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    I’d seen PRAEFATIO on one of the blogs I visit a few weeks back and decided to pre-order it for my Kindle as it looked really interesting. And when I actually got the chance to read the description I was glad I did, because it sounds awesome. And not because of the author blurb.

    I love stories about prophecies and angel and demon mythology. I love stories that are dark. And I love, love, love stories that are battles between good and evil. And PRAEFATIO sounds like it has all of that and more.

    The description mentions this book is an account of what happened to the main character, Grace. Which makes me curious about how the author handles the narrative.

    As the eBook is releasing this week, I hope to get a peek so that I can find out just how. And I hope to be able to add it to the pile before its release in paperback in June.

    Other Books of Note

    The Book of Broken Hearts

    THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler

    Pub. Date: May 21, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Thousand Words

    THOUSAND WORDS by Jennifer Brown

    Pub. Date: May 21, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti

    Pub. Date: May 21, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    September Girls

    SEPTEMBER GIRLS by Bennett Madison

    Pub. Date: May 21, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Dark Shore

    THE DARK SHORE (The Atlanteans #2) by Kevin Emerson

    Pub. Date: May 21, 2013

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Eternal War

    THE ETERNAL WAR (Time Riders #4) by Alex Scarrow

    Pub. Date: May 21, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I am so very glad that this week is a fairly quiet week for new releases. I have way too many books clamoring to be read that have released the past couple of weeks. And while I am likely going to buy a few of the contemporary books releasing this week, at least I won’t have a deluge of downloads on Monday Midnight as has been the case for the past few weeks.

    Of course it’s very likely that I am missing an amazing YA book or two and will be surprised – happily, I think – if one should download that I haven’t listed here. But I suppose I won’t know until Tuesday if that is the case.

    As the weeks of May 28th, June 4th and June 11th have a ton of new books I’m super excited for, it is a bit of a relief to be able to possibly get the chance to read one or two of the new releases when it releases versus having it sink further down into the pile because there are just too many titles to choose from.

    Anyway….

    Hopefully I didn’t miss out on an amazing book that should be added to my collection this week. But if I did, feel free to let me know of my epic fail in the comments. And if you are excited for any of the books releasing this week I’d love to hear which one you’re most excited about.

    As ever, happy book buying and reading!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #74

    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 May 29th-June 4th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Dreamless by Josephine Angelini will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2012 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 496 pages.

    Dreamless is the second book in the Starcrossed series by author Josephine Angelini. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I am so excited that Dreamless is releasing this week. I have got to get a hard copy and somehow find a way to get it signed to match my signed copy of Starcrossed. I absolutely adore this series. And I ended up reading Dreamless super early because I just couldn’t wait.

    But I’m dying to read it again. Because I read it ages ago. And I miss Helen and Lucas. Though…. Oh no. I probably shouldn’t talk about Helen and Lucas because of what happened. But, I love the mythology in this sequel. And Helen’s trips into the Underworld are absolutely fascinating. And of course I’m terribly worried about Orion.

    Even still, I am excited that Dreamless is releasing this week, because that means it’s that much closer to the release of the next book in the series so I can find out what happens. Because the way things ended is completely and totally torturous.

    Between the Furies, Hades, the difficult situation that Helen and Lucas find themselves in, all those things that were left up in the air at the end of Starcrossed, and now with this new complication, Orion, this sequel is definitely one I can’t wait to have on my Kindle this week.

    Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2012 in paperback 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 368 pages.

    Darkness Before Dawn is the first book in this new series of the same name by authors J.A. London.

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    I have had Darkness Before Dawn pre-ordered for my Kindle for ages and I can’t believe it’s finally releasing this week. I was fortunate to receive an ARC through a trade so I did manage to read and review it already, but I want to have this eBook for my collection.

    I love the idea of a dystopian society in which vampires are in control. And this first book in the new trilogy is a quick and entertaining read that offers a peek at this dark and exciting future.

    With a yummy character like Victor and a build-up to a ending that will definitely leave readers hanging off a cliff, Darkness Before Dawn is a great addition to the genre and one I’m super stoked to own this week.

    Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Kensington, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Dark Frost is the third full-length book in the Mythos Academy series by author Jennifer Estep. Crimson Frost, the fourth book in the series, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I have not yet read this series but own the first two books and have this third book pre-ordered to download this week. I have wanted to meet Gwen Frost for what seems like forever and find out just what goes on at Mythos Academy. And I really hope to catch up on the series this summer.

    I heard the Mythos Academy series is awesome and Gwen’s magical ability sounds totally wicked. And while I haven’t read the previous books, I did take a peek at the description. I just couldn’t resist.

    And Dark Frost sounds just as action-packed as the earlier books. It seems the Reapers are after a dagger that Gwen’s mom hid. A dagger that they think she knows the location of, but they’re wrong. And she won’t be able to track it down using her ability, which makes things really dangerous for her.

    I can’t wait to find out whether she is able to win the fight against the Reapers, or at least find the dagger they’re looking for. And I’m curious to see if things are still going well for her and Logan Quinn by this story’s end. The title for the next book in the series makes me just a little nervous about how things end and I hope to find out soon.

    Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Viking Children’s, the print edition is 216 pages.

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    I can’t believe I almost missed the chance to pre-order Keep Holding On. I wanted to pre-order it for my Kindle back in February, but it wasn’t available. But thanks to Giselle of Xpresso Reads who tweeted her Fresh Batch post on Friday, I saw that it was releasing this week and immediately headed over to Amazon to order it.

    I have three of the author’s books already on my Kindle, one I read prior to becoming a blogger, and have been keeping an eye on the author’s new releases ever since.

    This story sounds absolutely heartrending and I can’t wait to read it and meet Noelle. The description reveals it’s a story about bullying and neglect and survival. Yet it promises to be “romantic and empowering.” It’s been quite some time since I read a contemporary story about real-to-life issues and this one sounds like it has the potential for a happy ending even if there may be some heartbreak and tears along the way.

    I very much enjoyed the author’s When It Happens and I can’t wait to check out her newest offering. I definitely plan to read it this summer. Though, hopefully I’ll be able to read it next week.

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    Yet another week with only four new books being added to my permanent collection. And fortunately only two of those books will be on the TBR pile as I’ve read Dreamless and Darkness Before Dawn already. Although I really want to read Dreamless again….

    I’ve been trying to cut back on my book buying, but it hasn’t been successful. Especially since I’ve been going off pile for my reads and buying up already released non-YA book series that I hadn’t had in my collection. Like the remaining books in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost and all the books in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series.

    And with a ton of new releases in YA coming out this summer, I’m definitely afraid of hitting that one thousand book milestone on my Kindle. Although, I actually think I might be past that number, as I may have a few in the archives that I haven’t downloaded just so that I don’t have to face that reality quite yet.

    Anyway….

    There are some awesome new releases coming out this week and I can’t wait to officially call them mine when they download on Monday night. I also can’t wait for my Kindle downloads of Shadow Bound, Dark Kiss and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar to download on June 1st.

    So, yes, this is definitely a great week for my Kindle. But I hope I’m not the only one and that you have some amazing books scheduled to download to your eReader on Monday or arrive at your doorstep on Tuesday!

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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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