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    Review: TAKE ME ON

    Take Me On CoverTAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry was released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 544 pages.

    TAKE ME ON is the fourth full-length novel in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series.

    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.

    Description…

    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


    The Review

    With each book in the Pushing the Limits series, Author Katie McGarry brings the story to a new level. In TAKE ME ON, she tackles even tougher challenges, challenges that go beyond the two main characters, West and Haley. She weaves them into her story, making them an integral part, not just an afterthought. And she gives her characters the strength to face them and the fight to overcome them.

    TAKE ME ON is gritty and realistic and heartfelt and filled with emotion. Readers will easily connect with Haley and sympathize with her situation and their hearts will go out to West. The obstacles to their happy ending are ones that won’t disappear by the story’s end. They are challenges that both characters will have to continue to battle – anger, fear, guilt – in order to succeed. But they are both fighters, and they are not alone.

    West is guilt-ridden and reckless and full of anger. He is also stubborn and proud and strong and dedicated. He is willing to stand up for those he loves, even if in doing so he puts himself in danger. Even if the price he’ll have to pay could cost him everything.

    Haley is fearful and broken and weighed down by her guilt. She is lost, unsure of how to find her way back to the strong person she used to be. She is embarrassed by what happened to her family, ashamed of what she did and what she let happen to her. She doesn’t know who she is anymore.

    But when their paths cross she’ll be forced to decide who and what she’s willing to fight for or whether fighting isn’t worth any risk at all.

    TAKE ME ON is a captivating and beautifully written story that alternates between West and Haley’s perspectives. It will take readers through an emotional gauntlet as they discover Haley’s secret, learn about her family’s plight, find out what happens with West, and uncover what he learns about himself. It is romantic yet heartbreaking. It is both sad and sweet. It has depth of plot. It is exciting and riveting and is a lightning-fast read.

    It is a story you won’t want to put down.

    The Rating…

    6

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a Personal Note…

    I am forever surprised by the books in this series. I think I couldn’t love the next book any more than the last, but I do. I think the author couldn’t dig deeper, but she does. I keep thinking the format will start to feel formulaic, but it doesn’t.

    Many of the issues these characters face aren’t ones I can personally relate to. But somehow the author makes her characters relatable, sympathetic, lovable. She makes it so easy to connect with them, to understand what they’re going through, to feel their pain, sorrow, anguish, despair.

    These stories are love stories but they are so much more than that. They are life stories. These characters feel very real. Their situations feel real. Their happiness and their unhappiness feels real. Each and every one of their stories is so very memorable.

    I wasn’t sure that TAKE ME ON could surpass CRASH INTO YOU. Isaiah is my most favorite character in this series. But this story knocked me down and picked me back up so many times I couldn’t help but fall madly in love with it.

    With everything that West went through, my heart broke and shattered. With everything that Haley’s family had to endure, my heart broke over and over again. But with each and every moment where they gave each other the strength to handle all that life was throwing at them, it would mend.

    While this could be read out of sequence, I wouldn’t recommend it. I loved getting to know West just a little bit in CRASH INTO YOU. And I loved seeing how different – how wrong – my first impression of him was from what it was in TAKE ME ON. If I hadn’t met him earlier, I never would have seen in what ways he changed and in what ways he was the same.

    I also wouldn’t have been able to see just how much more Katie McGarry brought to this story than the last.

    While the description only highlights the romance, anyone who has read this series will know it’s much more than just that. But it is romantic. It’s all sorts of swoon-worthy and sexy and hot. It made me sigh. A lot. It made me smile. A lot. And it brought tears to my eyes. Many, many tears.

    Favorite Passage…

    There are two passages that are tied for my favorite. And I’d thought about revealing both here. But as they are so important to the story, I figured I should probably only tease one.

    And it was so hard to choose. But I decided on the one below that made me swoon and smile and sigh, versus the one that talked of loneliness, that was just a bit more bittersweet.

    “You asked me earlier what it was like to come home,” I say.

    Haley nods. I lace our fingers together and raise them into the air. “I couldn’t answer you because I didn’t know, but now I do. This—” I rock our hands “—I finally found home.”

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    TAKE ME ON Blog Tour: West and Haley Character Interviews + Giveaway

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    I am soooo excited to be today’s stop on the TAKE ME ON Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. I have loved every single book in this series and with each new release I don’t think I could love the new story any more than the last. But I do.

    Haley and West’s story is amazing. And sad. And heartbreaking. And nerve-wracking. And beautiful. And romantic.

    And its awesomeness is not just because of the love story.

    I can’t wait for everyone to read this fourth full-length book in the series and meet Haley and get to know West a whole lot better. I can’t wait to see what you think when that certain thing comes to light. And, no, I will not reveal what that is. I will just say that it was something that literally made my jaw drop.

    Katie McGarry is a brilliant writer. The stories she crafts are filled with passion and emotion. The characters she creates are so very real. Their backgrounds, the situations they are faced with, the hurdles they have to overcome, and the connections they make with each other, pull you right in, keep you glued to the page, make you feel invested in the outcome, and ensure that you’ll never want to say goodbye.

    TAKE ME ON does all of that. And it puts you on even more of an emotional roller coaster with everything that Haley and West have to go through. This is a story that I totally expected to fall madly in love with. What I did not expect was a story as heartrending as it was. I did not expect to love Haley and West as much as I did. I did not expect to be as surprised as I was by a story this far along into a series.

    But enough about what I think. If you have read it you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t, then you must read it. It’s a book you will definitely want to devour in one sitting.

    But if you’d like to know just a little bit more about West and Haley first, I’ve asked each of them a few questions for my stop today. And if you’d like to know more about TAKE ME ON or any of the other books in this series, their details are below. There are also links to places to find the very amazing author online.

    And there’s also an awesome giveaway for the chance to win a copy of the book and to be entered into the grand prize tour-wide giveaway.

    But first let me introduce West and Haley….


    The Interviews

    West…

    Q. It seems you have a bit of a reputation around school when it comes to girls. Are the rumors true? Is the reputation well-deserved?

    (West pulls at the collar of his shirt) Yeah, before Haley I was dating someone different every week. Parties, girls, getting high and trashed, that was my thing. I deserve every name a girl wants to call me, but after the past few months, I cleaned up my act.

    I’m definitely a one girl guy now. My heart belongs to Haley.

    Q. You may be easygoing, but you also are known to enjoy a fight. Just how many fights have you gotten into lately? What is it about fighting that you’re drawn to? And what makes walking away such a challenge?

    I got into enough fights that I was expelled from school.

    Whenever some guy called me out or when my anger got the best of me, I would go into this dangerous zone. I possess no fear. The only thing I can think about is righting whatever I feel is wronged.

    Haley’s taught me a lot about what it means to be strong and that the biggest part of being a man is knowing when to walk away and knowing when to stay and fight.

    Q. What was your first impression of Haley when you met her? And did you ever imagine that she’d be a girl worth fighting for?

    First impression of Haley? The girl is a walking, talking inferno and I wanted to be burned by her flames. It was obvious from day one that Haley is definitely worth fighting for.

    Q. Why did you choose to keep a secret from Haley about who you are?

    Haley has a lot of problems and on the night we met, I got wrapped up into some of those problems. We had enough stacked against us that she didn’t need to deal with the mess I had going on at home.

    Q. What did you think about Rachel and Isaiah when you first found out about them? What do you think about the two of them being together now? And can you tell us what’s been going on with them lately?

    I couldn’t stand the thought of Isaiah anywhere near Rachel. In my mind, he was some street thug who was leading Rachel down a dangerous path. He’s proved to me over the past few months how much he loves her. What’s impressive is how he’s been able to shove past his dislike of me in order to help me out.

    Rachel and Isaiah have a long road in front of them, but I think they love each other enough to make it.

    …Haley

    Q. If you had to describe yourself to someone who never met you, what would you say?

    I’m a fighter—a kick boxer and someone who stands strong for the people she loves.

    Q. What did you think about West Young when you first met him? Has your impression of him changed since you got to know him?

    When I first met West, I thought he was cocky. We’ve been together for a bit and I still think he’s cocky, but he’s my type of cocky. West is the best type of guy—the type that has heart.

    Q. Did you really think that you’d be able to keep things “all business” between the two of you? Or did you know that was impossible from the start?

    Yes, I really thought I could keep things strictly business between us. I had absolutely no intentions of West and me ever getting emotionally involved, but he was determined and well…it’s hard to not fall for him.

    Q. What has it been like, getting back into the ring to train West when you never never thought that life was a permanent part of your past?

    It was terrifying to step back into the ring again and it was even more terrifying stepping into it with someone like West. I had a lot of emotional baggage when it came to the ring and guys and it was tough to tackle both issues, but I’m glad that I did.


    About Take Me On

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    Series: Pushing the Limits #4
    Release date: May 27, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 544
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

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    About Katie McGarry

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    Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

    Katie is the author of the full-length Young Adult novels PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO, and the e-novella CROSSING THE LINE. Her debut novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS, is a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and an RT Book Reviews 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel.

    Writing has given Katie an excuse to pursue her passions. Research for her books has provided her with the amazing opportunity to train with baseball players, ride along in a drag car at ninety-six miles per hour and experience boxing and mixed martial arts. The most memorable moments for Katie are when she speaks to groups of teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach. Katie would love to hear from her readers.

    Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, at Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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    Other Books in the Series

    Pushing the LimitsTitle: PUSHING THE LIMITS (Pushing the Limits #1)
    Release date: July 31, 2012
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

    No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

    But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

    Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

    To check out deleted scenes on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The Trailer


    Crossing the LineTitle: CROSSING THE LINE (Pushing the Limits #1.1)
    Release date: April 1, 2013
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 67
    Formats: eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, Pushing the Limits. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love…

    Lila McCormick, Echo’s best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

    Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

    To check out deleted scenes on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.


    Dare You ToTitle: DARE YOU TO (Pushing the Limits #2)
    Release date: May 28, 2013
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

    “No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

    “I dare you…”

    If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

    Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

    But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

    To check out deleted scenes on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The Trailer


    Crash Into YouTitle: CRASH INTO YOU (Pushing the Limits #3)
    Release date: November 26, 2013
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

    The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

    Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

    But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

    To check out deleted scenes on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.


    Title: BREAKING THE RULES (Pushing the Limits #1.5)
    Release date: December 30, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Paperback

    Find it: GOODREADS | AMAZON

    Description…

    A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry

    For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so… different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

    But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

    Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn… seriously epic.


    Also by Katie McGarry

    Red at NightTitle: RED AT NIGHT
    Release date: April 1, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
    Pages: 84
    Formats: eBook

    **Currently a free download**

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS | HARLEQUIN MORE THAN WORDS

    Description…

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

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


    The Giveaway

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    This tour includes a couple of very awesome giveaways…

    • Each tour stop has one copy of TAKE ME ON up for grabs.
    • And there will be one winner for the very amazing grand prize package from HarlequinTEEN.

    Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Monday, May 26th – Bewitched Bookworms – Author Interview

    Wednesday, May 28th – Book Rock Betty – Guest Post

    Friday, May 30th – The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger – Author Interview

    Week Two

    Monday, June 2nd – Fiktshun – Character Interview

    Tuesday, June 3rd – Harlequin Blog – Author Interviews Her Editor

    Wednesday, June 4th – A Book and a Latte – Guest Post

    Friday, June 6th – Xpresso Reads – Author Interview

     

    To check out the blog tour page for TAKE ME ON, click the Kismet Book Touring banner below.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #178

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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 27th-June 2nd that I have pre-ordered.


    City of Heavenly Fire

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    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 752 pages.

    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is the sixth and final full-length book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.


    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is my most anticipated read this week. I have been waiting forever and ever for this book’s release and I cannot wait until it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I will be reading it the moment it arrives.

    I love this series, and I am totally heartbroken that it will be ending. But at the same time I can’t wait, as I feel like I’ve been waiting forever.

    I have not read the description, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to know until I read about it in the book. And while I normally take forever and ever to read a series-ending book, I don’t want to have this series’ ending spoiled for me, so I hope to be able to read it in one sitting. No matter how late I’ll have to stay up to do so.

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    ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

    I am coming.

    Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!


    Take Me On

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    TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 544 pages.

    TAKE ME ON is the fourth full-length novel in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. A novella, BREAKING THE RULES, is slated for release on December 30, 2014.


    love this series by Katie McGarry. I hope it never ends. I got the chance to read TAKE ME ON just a little bit early and I love, love, loved it. So of course I can’t wait for the finished copy to download and get added to my permanent collection.

    I would love to talk about West and Haley but as I plan on posting a review just after my tour stop next week, I don’t want to ramble on here. But I will just quickly say that Katie McGarry brings her amazing writing and characters to this fourth book in the series. And it’s every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I adored West before I read this book, but now I adore Haley too. And while I won’t be re-reading it just yet, I will definitely be re-reading all the books in this series some day soon.

    Description…

    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


    The Girl with the Windup Heart
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    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is the fourth full-length novel in Author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.


    I had the opportunity to read THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART early but I just couldn’t bring myself to (possibly) say goodbye. As much as I want to know what’s going to happen with Finley, Griffin, Jack, Emily, Sam, Jasper and even The Machinist, I am just not ready for these characters’ stories to end.

    The finished version will be downloading to my Kindle this week and I am planning on buying a print copy for my collection. But it may take a few more weeks for me to be ready to part with this series.

    I am excited about learning more about Mila who we briefly got the chance to meet in the previous book. I’m not sure whether I’ll like her, given that Jack seems to have taken a fancy to her. But if this is really the series-ending book, I hope he gets a happily ever after. I just kind of still wish for it to be with Finley.

    I know I won’t be reading it this week, but I hope to read it in June. I really don’t want to risk having this ending spoiled for me. So I might just have to be brave. We shall see.

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    In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

    London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

    Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

    Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.


    The Dark World Cover
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    THE DARK WORLD by Cara Lynn Shultz will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    THE DARK WORLD is the first book in Cara Lynn Shultz’s series of the same name.


    I love Cara Lynn Shultz’s writing and can’t wait for THE DARK WORLD to download to my Kindle on Tuesday. When I first heard that the author was writing a new series and that it involved demons and demon slayers, I immediately pre-ordered a copy.

    The description, which is somewhat vague, totally piqued my curiosity. But it revealed enough to make this read a must. Magic and warlocks and demons and a Dark World sound so totally awesome.

    It sounds like such a “me” book. And I can’t wait to dive in. So I hope I can manage to sneak it in next week. If not, it will definitely be the week thereafter.

    Description…

    Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


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    GUARDIAN by Alex London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 352 pages.

    GUARDIAN is the second book in Alex London’s Proxy series.


    I can’t believe that GUARDIAN, the sequel to PROXY, releases this week. I had every intention of reading the first book just before its release so that I could read both books back to back when this book downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

    I definitely have some catching up to do.

    As I don’t want to risk spoilers by reading the description, I don’t know what happened with Knox and Syd. I don’t know what happens during their flight across the country. I haven’t met the rebels.

    But I can’t wait to do so, especially now that this sequel is out. And I hope to be able to read both books in a couple of weeks.

    Description…

    The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

    In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger.

    People are falling ill—their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned.

    This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page.

    A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.


    The Lost
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    THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin MIRA, the print edition is

    THE LOST is the first book in Sarah Beth Durst’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series, releasing in 2014 and 2015, are entitled THE MISSING and THE FOUND.


    I am so excited about this new series by Author Sarah Beth Durst. I love her writing and can’t wait to read THE LOST when it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    While this isn’t a YA series, it sounds every bit as fascinating and thrilling as the books she’s written for the genre. I can’t wait to find out more about this town called Lost. I can’t wait to see whether Lauren is able to escape.

    The setting sounds amazing and I love stories that involve fate. And if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to get this on the pile next week.

    Description…

    Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. *

    Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we’ll discover just what it means to lose one’s way….

    It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

    Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.


    Meridian
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    MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 464 pages.

    MERIDIAN is the second book in Josin McQuein’s Arclight series.


    I was told that I must read the first book in the series, so I added it to my collection and pre-ordered MERIDIAN. Now that both books are out I will definitely be reading them back-to-back.

    I haven’t yet met Marina, Tobin or Anne-Marie, so I don’t know whether they all survive an encounter with the Fade. And while it seems that Marina might have, I don’t know what she has become.

    I refuse to peek at the description for this book, though I am super curious. I’ll just have to wait until I can get both books on the pile to find out. I’ll just have to be patient.

    As things are a little crazy IRL and with required reads for the blog, I will have to wait just a bit before I can try to get this on the pile. But I hope to be able to do so before the end of June.

    Description…

    Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans’ enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they’d never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all.

    The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.


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    DIVIDED by Elsie Chapman will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    DIVIDED is the second book in Elsie Chapman’s Dualed series.


    I have had DIVIDED pre-ordered since the moment I noticed it was available to order it for the Kindle. While I haven’t yet read DUALED, it was one of my most anticipated releases. So of course I had to order the sequel.

    And while I received an invite for an eARC of DIVIDED, I wasn’t able to get both books on the pile prior to DIVIDED’s release. But this is another series where I definitely plan on reading both books back-to-back, and I hope to do so mid-June.

    I can’t wait to discover this world, meet West and find out whether she’s met her Alt. I can’t wait to learn what misstep caused her to lose confidence. And I can’t wait to find out why not only her Alt, but love, can destroy her.

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    The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

    West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

    The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

    How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.


    Novellas

    Just One NightJUST ONE NIGHT (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman

    Pub. Date: May 29, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Children’s

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace.

    Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective.

    Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.


    The Best Things in DeathTHE BEST THINGS IN DEATH (The Memory Chronicles #1.5) by Lenore Appelhans

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this Memory of After e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other.

    Having recently saved Level 2 from the Morati and been reunited with her boyfriend, Felicia decides to make up some lost time with Neil before moving on to the mysterious Level 3.

    In this e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other from their past lives on Earth.


    Tiger's PromiseTIGER’S PROMISE (The Tiger Saga #0.5) by Colleen Houck

    Pub. Date: June 1, 2014

    Publisher: CreateSpace

    Find it: AMAZON

    Description:

    Before the curse, there was a promise.

    A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

    Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.


    Other Books of Note

    We are the GoldensWE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

    When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.


    PlayedPLAYED (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    This Game Is Getting All Too Real

    He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

    She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.


    While We RunWHILE WE RUN (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan’s no ordinary girl – she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi’s time, 100 years later.

    Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.

    A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality – and mortality, too.


    Circa NowCIRCA NOW by Amber McRee Turner

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Twelve-year-old Circa Monroe has a knack for restoring old photographs. It’s a skill she learned from her dad, who loves old pictures and putting fun digital twists on them. His altered “Shopt” photos look so real that they could fool nearly anybody, and Circa treasures the fun stories he makes up to explain each creation.

    One day, her father receives a strange phone call requesting an urgent delivery, and he heads out into a storm. The unimaginable happens: a tornado, then a terrible accident. Just as Circa and her mom begin to pick up the pieces, a mysterious boy shows up on their doorstep, a boy called Miles who remembers nothing about his past. The only thing he has with him is the photograph that Circa’s dad intended to deliver on the day he died.

    As Circa tries to help Miles recover his identity, she begins to notice something strange about the photos she and her father retouched-the digital flourishes added to the old photos seem to exist in real life. The mysteries of the Shopt photos and Miles’s past are intertwined, and in order to solve both, Circa will have to figure out what’s real and what’s an illusion.

    With stunning prose, captivating photographs, and a hint of magic, Circa Now is a gripping story full of hope and heart.


    Allies & AssassinsALLIES & ASSASSINS (Enemies of the Prince #1) by Justin Somper

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sixteen-year-old Jared is the newly crowned Prince of All Archenfield, ascending the throne after his older brother’s mysterious death. But Jared feels reluctant and unprepared to rule the Princedom and its dangerous and powerful court. Like each Prince of All Archenfield before him, Jared must rely on the Council of Twelve to advise him. But he knows he can just as easily be at their mercy–especially when it appears that one of the Twelve might have orchestrated his brother’s untimely death. Propelled by his rage over the loss of his brother and wary of all his advisors, Jared can trust only Asta: a clever, strong-willed girl from the settlements, currently serving as the Physician’s apprentice. Asta and Jared take it upon themselves to hunt down his brother’s assassin–though the assassin may be hunting them, as well.

    Murder, betrayal, and intrigue abound in Justin Somper’s thrilling YA series debut. Exploring the political machinations of the medieval-esque court and the lives that hang in the balance, Allies & Assassins is a gripping tale of a teen torn between duty and revenge.


    OblivionOBLIVION by Sasha Dawn

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Lisa McMann’s Dead to You meets Kate Ellison’s The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

    One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.” But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

    Since that fateful night, she’s been plagued by graphomania — an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie’s mind and through her pen don’t seem to make sense — until now.

    As the anniversary of Hannah’s vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she’s buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.


    IgnitedIGNITED (Sense Thieves #3) by Corrine Jackson

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Nobody hides forever.
    Ever since Remy O’Malley discovered her dual identity as a Healer and a Protector, she’s kept alive by staying one step ahead of both sides in this centuries-old war. Now someone’s trying to draw her out of hiding, using her kidnapped father as bait.

    To save him, Remy will need every friend she’s got. But as new alliances form, old bonds fray. Her boyfriend Asher is losing his powers, becoming more mortal every time she touches him. Meanwhile, Remy finds herself growing closer to Asher’s brother Gabe, even as a family tragedy drives her sister Lucy farther away.

    On a rescue mission to London, Remy decides she’s tired of being the hunted. It’s time to end this war once and for all, as Protectors and Healers alike hurtle towards a final, violent confrontation that not everyone will survive.


    Perfectly MessyPERFECTLY MESSY (Effortlessly With You #2) by Lizzy Charles

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Swoon Romance

    Find it: AMAZON

    Description:

    Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

    But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

    For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

    Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.


    Other Releases

    GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenoff

    GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

    SURROUNDED BY SHARKS by Michael Northrop

    THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

    BAD LUCK GIRL (The American Fairy #3) by Sarah Zettel

    CHORUS (Coda #2) by Emma Trevayne

    BLUR (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James

    CURSES AND SMOKE: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter


    It is another insane week for releases and it seems that I have eight books and two novellas pre-ordered. Only one of which I’ve read pre-release. Plus there are a couple of other books of note that I really want to add to my collection, which means even more dollars and an even bigger TBR Pile.

    And with a ton of releases coming out through early June, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read them all. Ack!

    Anyway… as this post is long enough already, and it is a holiday weekend and a gorgeous day outside, I’ll stop rambling. But I hope that one or two of your long anticipated reads is releasing this week and that you’ll get the chance to add them to your collection.

    And I hope that if one of those books is a series-ending book, it won’t be too tough to say goodbye.

    Happy release week and happy reading week!

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #164

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    I got three totally awesome books in the mail this week. One I’ve been pining for since I first heard about it, one I hadn’t heard of but am totally excited to check out, and one whose description totally sold me on it.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received an ARC of MORTAL DANGER (Immortal Game #1) by Ann Aguirre courtesy of the publisher, Feiwel & Friends. It was one of the books I’d selected to receive after reading the description and falling in love. I have some time off in just over a week, and this will definitely be devoured then.

    I received a surprise ARC of END TIMES by Anna Schumacher thanks to the publisher, Razorbill. I hadn’t heard of this book before it showed up this week but having read the description and the promotional insert about it, I can’t wait to check it out. It releases this month, and I hope to be able to sneak this onto the pile in the next couple of weeks.

    I received a review copy of THE ART OF FLOATING by Kristin Bair O’Keefe from the author’s publicist and I can’t wait to read it. It’s contemporary fiction, not my usual genre, but is a story that grabbed me from the moment I read the description, one that really speaks to me right now. And I will be adding this to the top of the pile next week.

    In addition to the three printed review books/ARCs I received, I also received (and grabbed) a few eARCs from NetGalley and Edelweiss. And they are…

     

     

    Courtesy of Harlequin Teen via NetGalley

    TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

    I received a copy of TAKE ME ON for review for the blog tour I’ll be on hosted by Kismet Book Touring. While I don’t have a review stop, there’s no way I won’t be reading this. In fact, it’s the first book on the pile this week.

    Courtesy of HarperTeen via Edelweiss

    BLACKBIRD (Blackbird Duology #1) by Anna Carey

    THE INVISIBLE (Brokenhearted #2) by Amelia Kahaney

    I have been anxiously awaiting the release of BLACKBIRD and I was so excited to see it on Edelweiss this week that I just had to grab a copy. There’s no way I’ll be waiting until closer to September to read this book. If all goes as planned I will be reading this next week. And I can’t wait to continue Author Amelia Kahaney’s Brokenhearted series. I loved the first book and can’t wait to see what happens in THE INVISIBLE.

    Courtesy Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss

    SNOW LIKE ASHES (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch

    EXQUISITE CAPTIVE (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios

    The first three sentences sold me on SNOW LIKE ASHES. I don’t think I actually read any further before this book became a “must read” for me. And as I want to keep it a surprise I don’t plan on looking at the description in full until after I’ve read it. Which will (hopefully) be later this month. I also grabbed a copy of EXQUISITE CAPTIVE which I knew would be available for review in eARC form. After receiving (and sharing) the details of the author’s new series I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to get a copy to take a peek at.

    Courtesy of Random House Books for Young Readers via NetGalley

    DIVIDED (Dualed #2) by Elsie Chapman

    I received the invitation to grab DIVIDED for review and couldn’t resist. DUALED was one of those books I was desperately excited for prior to its release, and while I haven’t yet had the chance to dive into this series, I am even more excited about the prospect of reading the two books back-to-back.

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    Tempting the Bodyguard

    I received an eARC of TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD (Gamble Brothers #3) by J. Lynn as I’ll be on the book’s tour later this month. I am such a huge fan of the author’s that I might have held my breath and crossed my fingers hoping I’d be picked. I was kind of surprised that I was. But so excited.

    I’d not yet read the other two books in this series, though I knew I could read this book on its own. And planned on doing just that this week. It was actually in this post as the “next up on the pile” book. But I may have picked it up on Friday morning, read half of it before work, part of it during my lunch break, and finished it before the sun set. So… yeah… I loved it. Now I want to read all the other books.

    And now I’ve had to select another book and change this week’s post. So…

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

    (May 4, 2014 – May 10, 2014)
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    First up on the pile is TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry. I received an eARC this week – thanks to Kismet Book Touring and the publisher Harlequin Teen – as I’ll be on the tour this June. While I don’t have to read it for the tour, of course I planned on reading it. And because I just can’t wait until closer to then, it will be my first read this week.

    I love, love, love this series and every single one of the characters I’ve met. I adored West in CRASH INTO YOU and couldn’t wait to read his story. And I can’t wait to meet Haley and find out how she and West met, find out what happened to end her future in kickboxing, and find out when they realize they’re in love.

    If I hadn’t had to study this past week I totally would have already read it. But now that I’m done with all of that, I can’t wait to get it on the pile on Sunday.

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    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

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    The One

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    Next up on the pile is THE ONE by Kiera Cass. While I don’t have an early copy, it is releasing this week and I cannot wait to get it on the pile on Tuesday. I only just read the first two books in this series this past year, but I absolutely loved both books and am dying to find out how everything ends.

    I have heard whispers about how things might end. But I haven’t listened too closely as I want to find out for myself. I’m still not sure who I’m rooting for. I adore Prince Maxon, I’m just not sure America is the right one for him. Though I think the two of them would be great together as leaders.

    The description promises a “satisfying and unforgettable conclusion” and I am desperately hoping that’s true. But I will definitely find out when my copy downloads on Monday Midnight as I will be starting it the instant it does.

    The Description…

    The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

    America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

    From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week – thanks Jaime! – is SHADOW KISS by Richelle Mead. I’d started a series re-read a couple of years ago and left off mid-read. And I really, really want to pick up where I left off. Especially as this is one of my most favorite of the series books. But as I have so many review books that I really must tackle, I just can’t take the time to do any sort of re-reading right now. So for the near future, reading this will just have to remain a wish.

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    Those Left Behind

    I had an awful reading week last week. While I finished DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT, I did not get started on DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS. I just couldn’t bring myself to say goodbye to the series. I needed time to process everything that went down in book two. But I’m hoping I’ll be able to get the courage up later this week.

    And while I did read the book I needed to read for my sailing course exam, it meant I didn’t get the chance to finish BREAKABLE. Though I will be done later today. I am madly in love with this sequel.

    But I wasn’t a total fail. I did end up reading TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD on Friday. I just happened to have my Kindle at my bedside and ended up reading so much of it before work that I just couldn’t set it aside for later. And so I ended up reading it in its entirety.

    While I had wanted to finish THE TAKING and read MY LAST KISS, it just wasn’t possible. I was barely able to blog this week, as I was totally worn out and completely brain dead between working and studying.

    But as things should be a little bit less hectic this week, I’m hopeful of keeping on track with this week’s reads and catching up on one or two of the past couple of week’s reads. And maybe a review or two.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t really investigate the new adds on NetGalley this week. Though, if Goodreads is up and running, I’ll be able to check out a couple of them and maybe request one or two of them this weekend.

    I just didn’t have the time or energy and I was totally riddled with guilt about how many books I grabbed from Edelweiss. But just from their titles a few of the new finds have piqued my curiosity. So we shall see.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    JUST LIKE THE MOVIES by Kelly Fiore (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 22 2014)

    I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 16 2014)

    ONE PAST MIDNIGHT by Jessica Shirvington (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 22 2014)

    WICKEDPEDIA by Chris Van Etten (Scholastic Inc., Jun 24 2014)

    SKINK-NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen (Random House Children’s, Sep 23 2014)

    BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 30 2014)

    FOLLOWERS by Anna Davies (Scholastic Inc., Jun 24 2014)

    OF SCARS AND STARDUST by Andrea Hannah (Flux, Oct 8 2014)

    SWEET UNREST by Lisa Maxwell (Flux, Oct 8 2014)

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    I did end up studying for my exam. Sort of. While I did run out of time, at least I was able to read the book, take half a notebook worth of notes and retain some of what I’d read.

    But what slowed me down and kept me from racing through the book and reviewing my notes was the fact that the information I was learning totally stressed me out. The idea that if I were to charter my own boat for more than a day sail I’d have to know all sorts of things about the boat – its engine, water delivery system, fuel, etc. – how to anchor without any help from an experienced crew, and how to appropriately navigate to an unfamiliar cove, terrified me.

    Which sent my brain into overload, thinking about some date in the future when I’d have to know this stuff cold. And which was so not helpful in terms of learning, studying, retaining for the test.

    Fortunately I’m now officially done with my studies for awhile. The next class that’s on offer is one I won’t be eligible to take until the fall (at least). While I will have the requisite certifications and days on the water, I need those extra months to practice, practice, practice and get comfortable with all I’ve learned. Because the next class involves learning to sail at night, being on the move 24 hours of the day, with no nice cove to moor and chillax in.

    But I cannot wait. I am so excited.

    For now, though, I’ll just be sailing on Saturdays, taking the occasional on-the-water seminar, and perhaps spending a little more time reading these books that I love.

    Anyway… sorry about that totally long non-bookish ramble.

    I am totally stoked about all ten of the books I received this week. I can’t wait to tackle one of them this week, and am stoked I already devoured another. And if all goes well I just might have to sneak MORTAL DANGER onto the pile because… wow… that book sounds amazing.

    I wish you the happiest of reading weeks this week. I hope that you got a few awesome books in your mail – or email – box this past week. And if you’d like to share what books you received and are planning on reading, I’d love to know!

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    Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

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    Today is the final day of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we’ve been sharing our favorite bookish lists and inviting you to share yours each day for the past five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event – though today is the last day. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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    Today’s topic is…

    Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

    Last year, it seems, I cheated a little and I changed the post to top ten books in a series I’m dying to continue reading. This year I’m going to do the same.

    Because there are already at least 80 books I’m pining for that will be releasing next year and there’s no way I can narrow that list down to ten. So this tens list is in NO way complete. Not by far.

    Of course I just had to do an “honorable mentions” section listing a few other books I’m dying to read. And I will be posting a list of Top 10 Debut Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014 on The Annex to fill some of those gaps I’m leaving.

    But, to make things easier on myself, I decided to leave off the books in 2014 that I am looking forward to but have already read or am reading. Books such as UNHINGED by A.G. Howard, INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau, EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, PANIC by Lauren Oliver, and A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers.

    While this is the hardest list I’ve had to create yet, I think I’m happy with my choices. I just wish some of those “must read” 2014 books had covers… or titles.

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    Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2014

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    UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

    Why Top Ten?

    Death. Jack. A deadly game. Sexy times. A killer cliffhanger ending. Even sexier times. A wicked scary and totally fierce heroine. A world in chaos, born of destruction. Edge-of-your-seat suspense. Danger. Bad boys. Mean girls. Creepy villains. Battles of the epic variety. Amazing writing. Fascinating lore. And an insanely creative series that just keeps getting better and better.

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    THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

    Why Top Ten?

    Action-packed. Zombies a-plenty. A seriously kick-a** heroine. A super sexy and maddeningly frustrating bad boy. An awesome nod to a beloved classic. Fierce, gory and epic zombie slaying battles. A mystery. Tension, tension, tension. Grin-worthy sexy times. Sizzling chemistry. Suspense, suspense, suspense. An awesome and addictive adventure in Zombieland.

    3.

    Ignite MeIGNITE ME (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

    Why Top Ten?

    Gorgeous, breathtaking, amazingly beautiful writing. A chilling and super scary futuristic world. Deadly powers. Evil rulers. A super sexy but totally redeemable bad boy. A super cute and totally honorable good boy. A cast of characters that is completely and totally adorable… well, except for the evil dudes. A totally addictive and unputdownable, action-filled story. A finish that I just know will be epic, epic, epic.

    4.

    City of Heavenly FireCITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

    Why Top Ten?

    The second ever YA series I discovered and fell in love with. Clary and Jace. A series ending that has been long awaited and greatly feared. Captivating. Amazing. My obsession. A creative and original and unique and brilliant series. An elaborate and intriguing world. Tension-filled. Nerve-wracking. A seriously awesome supporting cast. A forever favorite.

    5.

    The OneTHE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

    Why Top Ten?

    A total guilty pleasure read. Warning: highly addictive. An almost-Cinderella love story. A super nice, super sexy and totally awesome Prince. A fun and vicious competition. Action. Deception. Scheming. Deadly threats. A society in turmoil. An uprising. A love triangle. Another love triangle. A decision I’m just dying to find out. Who is “the one”?

    6.

    THE FOREVER SONG (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

    Why Top Ten?

    An epic adventure. An even more epic setting. Vampires + dystopia = instalove. Kanin *sigh*. Zeke *sigh*. Jackal *sigh*. Each boy of the three boys is of the swoon-worthy variety. A daring and kick-a** heroine. Nail-biting suspense. Deadly threats. An insanely torturous killer cliffhanger ending that was scream-inducing. Riveting. Imaginative. Wildly entertaining. Totally brill.

    7.

    BurnedBURNED (Dani O’Malley #2) by Karen Marie Moning

    Why Top Ten?

    Mega. Ryo. Christian. A decimated world. Killer fae. Amazing, amazing, amazing writing… and world… and characters. Addictive. Consuming. Epic. Spellbinding. Seductive. Sexy. Electrifying. Action-packed. Unforgettable. Abso-freaking-lutely awesome. One of the best. Series. Ever.

    8.

    Sisters FateSISTERS’ FATE (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

    Why Top Ten?

    Bewitching. Nerve-wracking. Insanely appealing. Heartrending. Utterly enchanting. Gripping. Suspenseful. Secrets. Heartbreak. Jealousy. Hidden powers. Deadly consequences. Gorgeous writing. Lovable, detestable, maddening, swoon-worthy characters. A “no freaking way” gut-wrenching ending. A must, must, must read series.

    9.

    TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

    Why Top Ten?

    Romantic. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Deliciously torturous. Yummy. Addictive. Beautiful characters. Beautiful writing. Beautiful stories. A guilt-free guilty pleasure read. Every. Single. Time. Complicated pairings. Challenging relationships. Love stories to root for. Intense. Angst-filled. Ahhh-mazing. And now it’s West’s turn.

    10.

    Up From the GraveUP FROM THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost

    Why Top Ten?

    Cat. Bones. Amazing chemistry. H.O.T. times infinity. Fiery. Electric. Steamy. Sizzling. Wicked battles. Edge-of-your-seat excitement. Seriously fierce heroine. Kicks some major a**. Action. More action. Even more a**-kicking action. All-consuming. Epic. Riv-et-ing. Completely and totally satisfying. Totally re-read worthy. A long, long, long, long, LONG-awaited, highly anticipated, ab-so-lutely must read – dying to read – final installment.

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    A Few Other Books I’m Pining For

    Continuing Series

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR by Rachel Vincent

    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

    SPLIT SECOND (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

    SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

    CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

    STEADFAST (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray

    UNTITLED (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

    GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

    EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike

    TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

    FRAGILE SPIRITS (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey

    DARKBOUND (Moonset #2) by Scott Tracey

    UNTITLED (All Our Yesterdays #2) by Cristin Terrill

    WILD THINGS (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill

    UNTITLED (Starling #3) by Lesley Livingston

    DELIVERANCE (Defiance #3) by C.J. Redwine

    OBLIVION (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh

    MORTAL HEART (His Fair Assassin #3) by R. L. LaFevers

    New Releases

    THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

    UNINVITED (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

    AFTER THE END (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

    THE SHADOW PRINCE (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

    ON THE FENCE by Kasie West

    THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski

    AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler

    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott

    AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard

    REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins

    THE IRON TRIAL (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

    MORTAL (A Court of Rose and Thorns #1) by Sarah J. Maas

    DEATH SWORN (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess

    ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

    FORGET ME by K.A. Harrington

    WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin

    ONLY EVERYTHING (True Love #1) by Kieran Scott

    SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike

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    The Giveaways

    We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

    There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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