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    Gold Blog Tour: Blake Williams Character Interview + Giveaway

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    I am so excited that GOLD, the second book in Talia Vance’s Bandia series, has been released and everyone will be able to read it and find out just why I have been dying to talk about it for the many, many months since I first read it.

    I am also totally stoked to be a part of the GOLD Blog Tour so that I can help spread the word about this amazing book and series. I absolutely love the mythology in each of these books. I loved the insta-hate and intense reaction Brianna and Blake had when they first met.

    And I love how radically things changed in this sequel. Things that I haven’t been able to talk about with very many people. But they are things I’m just dying to talk about.

    While Austin plays a bit larger of a role than Blake in this second book in the series I just couldn’t resist the chance to ask Blake a few questions. Which actually proved a bit more difficult since I didn’t want to ask any questions he couldn’t answer for fear of being too revealing about all that went down in this book.

    So I tried to keep things just a little bit vague. But for those who have read GOLD I think you’ll be able to figure out just where I was going with my questions.

    The interview follows the book’s details, which you’ll definitely want to take a peek at as they shed some light on what’s going on in this sequel. And following the interview is some information about the author and places you can find her online, as well as some information about SILVER, the first book in this series.

    And… there is also an amazing giveaway that I desperately want to enter included as part of this tour. The author is giving away to three winners a signed copy of GOLD and there are two signed sets of SILVER and GOLD up for grabs. (US ONLY.) Just scroll on down toward the bottom of the post to enter for a chance to win.

    But now, without any further too much more ado aside from some brief details about GOLD, let me share my interview with Blake Williams.

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    About GOLD (Bandia #2)

    Release Date: September 8, 2013
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 408
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description:

    Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

    Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

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    Q. For those who didn’t get the chance to meet you last year can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

    BLAKE: I’m a pre-med student getting ready to start my sophomore year, I play a little poker on the side, and I accidentally bound my soul to the girl I was supposed to kill.  She turned out to be nothing like I expected and I would’ve done anything to keep her alive.  I thought she felt the same way about me, but things got weird after she accidently killed me and then used some ancient magic to bring me back.  Without the soul bond, it was hard to know how she really felt.  I still don’t know…

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    Q. When you first met Brianna things got just a little bit intense. Just a little…. What were your first impressions of her?

    BLAKE: She was the most gorgeous and dangerous thing I’d ever seen.  I was terrified, and maybe even a little in love:

    When I feel confident that I can handle it, I let my gaze shift to the dark-haired girl.

    It takes all my concentration not to lunge for her.

    Focus.

    She’s not going to blow me up in the middle of a party.  That’s not how it works, right?  No.  She’ll lure me in first.  Make it personal.

    I let myself breathe.

    Damn, she’s something.

    Our eyes meet and I can’t stop staring.  Even without the claiming. I would know what she is.  Anyone would.  She’s a freaking angel on earth with that hair and that face, and oh my God, those lips.  But that’s not what makes me ache for her.  It’s the power.  It pulses off of her like liquid fire.  I want to wrap myself inside of it.  In her.

    Easy.

    The only thing she wants is me dead.  I can’t let myself forget it.

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    Q. And after getting to know her, how did your feelings about her change?

    BLAKE: I was still a little scared, but once I got to know Brianna, there was no question that I was completely in love with her.  She was smart and funny and she had no idea how to use her power, but she fought like hell for the people she cared about, even me.

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    Q. Can you talk a little bit about the Sons of Killian and what it means – for you, for your relationship with Brianna – to be one of them? And if you could not be one of them, would you choose to give it all up?

    BLAKE: As a Seventh Son of Killian, a descendant of the gods who can manifest their power, I have a lot of responsibility.  We’re the last line of defense between humanity and the gods who want to return to earth to rule it.  Brianna is a bandia, one of Danu’s descendants, the last of the gods’ warriors.  We’re soldiers in a centuries’ old war we didn’t start in the first place.  I would give it all up if I could, but the fact is I never can.  The best I can hope for is to help keep her alive.

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    Q. What has been your favorite moment with Brianna?

    BLAKE: There was this moment on the beach, before we were bound.  She had no reason to be with me, every reason not to, really, but she was there, not as a bandia, but as a girl who joked about electricity and looked at me like I was someone who mattered.  But I think my favorite moment was when she doused Jeremy with a wall of water and messed up his hair.  I haven’t laughed so hard since.

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    Q. Things between you and Brianna got complicated. What would you say is your biggest regret?

    BLAKE: That I let myself doubt her, even for a second.

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    Q. When Brianna left for Ireland what was your plan? To bring her back? To let her go?

    BLAKE: When she first left, I was just going to let her go, but within a day I knew it was hopeless to think that I ever could.  Everyone was convinced that she burned down my house, and the only way to protect her was to find the bandia who did it.  Beyond that I didn’t really have a plan.  In retrospect, maybe I should have…

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    Q. What do you really think of Austin? And would you feel the same way if he didn’t seem interested in Brianna?

    BLAKE: Austin and I were friends once, but the dude did try to get me killed.  There’s no going back from that as far as I’m concerned.

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    About Talia Vance

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

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

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    Silver

    About SILVER (Bandia #1)

    Release Date: September 8, 2012
    Publisher: Flux
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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    There are some amazing prizes being offered up for giveaway during this tour. (I want one!)

    • A signed set of SILVER and GOLD to TWO (2) winners
    • A signed copy of GOLD to THREE (3) winners

    ***Giveaway is US Only*** 

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Week One

    Sept. 9th – My Guilty Obsession – Guest Post

    Sept. 10th – Fiktshun – Blake Interview

    Sept. 11th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post

    Sept. 12th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post

    Sept. 13th – Tater’s Tall Tails – Austin Interview

    Week Two

    Sept. 16th – BookPics – Brianna Interview

    Sept. 17th – What the Cat Read – Interview

    Sept. 18th – The YA Sisterhood – Guest Post

    Sept. 19th – A Book Obsession – Interview

    Sept. 20th – Two Chicks on Books – Quarters Scene from Austin’s POV

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #140

    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 September 3rd-September 9th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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    THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    A paperback edition will be released on September 17, 2013.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    I am such a huge fan of author Holly Black that anytime she releases a new book I’ll automatically pre-order it. But THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN would have been on my pre-order list regardless, as it sounds awesome.

    Any story that’s described as being about “rage and revenge” and “guilt and horror” and “love and loathing” is one that will appeal to me. And any story that promises such a fascinating world of walled cities housing quarantined humans and monsters is one I just have to check out.

    I’m curious to know what happened in Tana’s Coldtown, why her ex is infected and just what this mysterious boy’s secret is. As I have avoided any and all ratings and reviews for this book I have no idea what its reception is, but I cannot wait to read it and hopefully fall in love with it later this week.

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    All Our Yesterdays

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    ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 368 pages.

    ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is the first book in author Cristin Terrill’s Cassandra Chronicles. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    Since the moment I first saw ALL OUR YESTERDAYS on NetGalley I knew that this would be a book I’d want in my collection. Even before I got the chance to take a peek at it for review I pre-ordered it.

    And while I did receive an eARC, I only just got the chance to start reading it. But what little I did read leads me to believe that I’m going to love this book. Yes, right from the start it was just so easy to get caught up in the story, which for me typically means that it will be a book I adore.

    I love stories involving time travel and can’t wait to find out if what I think is going to be revealed based upon the description is actually going to happen. I have my suspicions, but as they are potentially spoiler-y I don’t even want to voice them here.

    I hope to finish reading this today, so I’ll know whether I was wrong or right, but as I’ve heard whispers about the impact this book had on readers, I have a feeling….

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    Takedown

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    TAKEDOWN by Allison van Diepen will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I’ve been a fan of Allison van Diepen for quite a long while and I can’t wait to add TAKEDOWN to my collection this week. I love that this author writes stories that are dark and gritty and I’m excited that this newest release sounds like one of those stories.

    It’s not often that I read stories about characters that serve as informants to the police. I don’t typically read books about drug rings, turf wars or vendettas. And I rarely read these types of stories where it’s a teen that’s the central character.

    But I am curious about what happens to Darren and whether he’ll be able to do what he needs to do for the police and still keep Jessica safe. The description promises a story that is “fast-paced” and I can’t wait to check it out in a couple of weeks.

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    Conjured

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    CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Children’s, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I love author Sarah Beth Durst’s writing and I can’t wait to add CONJURED to my collection this week. I just recently received an eARC for review, though I’ll probably end up reading the finished copy on my Kindle.

    The description promises a story that sounds dark, creepy and totally awesome. A magic-wielding serial killer, a hidden but horrifying memory, terrifying visions and dreams that sound more like nightmares.

    I cannot wait to meet Eve and find out just why she’s dreaming of “a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin.” I can’t wait to find out just what dark memory she’s hiding and what truth might be “more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.”

    If I don’t get the chance to read CONJURED this week, I’m definitely going to try and sneak a read in next week, because this sounds way too amazing to keep on the pile.

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    Scorched

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    SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I love Mari Mancusi’s Blood Coven series and I can’t wait for my pre-order of SCORCHED to download. It was one of those books I automatically purchased because I adore the author’s writing, but after having read the description I’m super excited to check it out.

    I have always loved stories about dragons, whether they’re ones where the dragons should be protected or ones where they should be destroyed. And I’m curious to find out whether the dragon in SCORCHED is worthy of Trinity’s protection.

    I am also curious as to why Trinity is hearing a voice in her head and what that means for her in this story. Based upon the description I have a feeling this story will be told from three POVs – Trinity, Connor and Caleb – and I can’t wait to meet them all.

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     Eternity

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    ETERNITY by Elizabeth Miles will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ETERNITY is the third and final book in author Elizabeth Miles’ The Fury Trilogy.

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    I own the previous books in this series but I have yet to get the chance to read them. Now that this third and final book in the trilogy, ETERNITY, is releasing this week and will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight I hope to be able to read the entire series back-to-back-to-back.

    I can’t wait to meet Em and Crow and JD. I can’t wait to find out just what games the Furies are playing. And I can’t wait to find out just what is happening with Emily – yes, I took a peek at the description.

    The description mentions “secrets and revenge” and “desperate measures” and “fateful choices” and I cannot wait to find out how all of these things come together in this final book in the series. And I can’t wait to see whether Emily will be saved or whether the Furies will be victorious.

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    Sweet Legacy

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    SWEET LEGACY by Tera Lynn Childs will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 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 384 pages.

    SWEET LEGACY is the third, and final, book in author Tera Lynn Child’s Medusa Girls trilogy.

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    I did not know this was only a trilogy when I pre-ordered SWEET LEGACY. While I have yet to get the chance to read either of the previous books in this series I own them both and can’t wait to read this series in its entirety.

    When the first book in the series was released I managed to read the first few chapters so I knew I’d enjoy it. I just didn’t get the chance to finish, even after book two was released. But now that the series is available to read from start to finish I am super excited to read it all at once.

    I can’t wait to meet Grace, Gretchen and Greer. I love Greek mythology and cannot wait to discover this author’s interpretation of the myths. As I haven’t read the description for SWEET LEGACY I don’t know what will be happening to the characters in this final book. I don’t even know if this series is told in multiple points of view or if each book is told from a different character POV.

    But I love surprises and I can’t wait to be surprised by this series, hopefully, next month.

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    Eternal

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    ETERNAL by Kristi Cook will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 416 pages.

    ETERNAL is the third, and final, book in author Krist Cook’s Haven trilogy.

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    I am so behind on this series by Kristi Cook, a situation I must remedy. I read the first book when it was released and loved it, but when the sequel was released a bit later I didn’t have the time to pick it up, though I do own it and plan on reading it. Especially now that ETERNAL, the final book in the series, is set to download to my Kindle this week.

    I can’t wait to find out just what has been happening with Violet and Aidan. The description for MIRAGE makes me nervous about whether Aidan and Violet have a future together. But it makes me more nervous about whether Aidan even has a future.

    I have no idea what truths will be uncovered in the second book in the series. I have no idea whether Aidan even exists in this third and final book – no I didn’t read the description. But this book’s title, ETERNAL, gives me a little bit of hope that maybe, just maybe, he does.

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    Gold

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    GOLD by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. (The eBook is available as of today, September 1st.)

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    GOLD is the second book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. No information is yet available about a sequel.

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    I was so surprised when GOLD downloaded to my Kindle on the 1st. I forgot that sometimes this publisher makes the electronic copies available a week before release date on Amazon. But I am super thrilled to have the finished copy in my collection.

    I had the chance to read GOLD super early and fell madly in love with it when I read it way back when. I never thought I’d have been as okay as I was becoming Team Austin, especially after that thing with the horse in SILVER, but the author made it just so easy in this book.

    As is typical, as I have already spotlighted GOLD for my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I won’t ramble on about it here. But I will just say that this sequel was amazing and a little bit heartbreaking. And if a third book isn’t on the horizon I think it will kill me. Because I am not at all ready to say goodbye to these characters.

    Although I have already read GOLD, I do plan on re-reading it soon. I also plan on re-reading SILVER. They are two books that are totally guilt-free guilty pleasure reads and I cannot wait to rediscover them, hopefully, at the end of this month.

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    The Truth About You and Me

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    THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME by Amanda Grace will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. (The eBook is available as of today, September 1st.)

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 264 pages.

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    I was super surprised when I saw that THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME downloaded to my Kindle on the 1st. I’d forgotten I pre-ordered it and that this publisher releases the eBooks a week prior to the stated publication date.

    But I cannot wait to read this story told in letters. I am curious as to whether I’ll feel heartbroken for these characters or disturbed by the fact that Bennett can’t recognize just how young Madelyn truly is. I suppose it might depend on just how wide the age gap is between the two.

    The description already reveals that it is an ill-fated love story and with the fact that there is an apology I’m curious as to just how much trouble Bennett will be in. It leads off with the line that “[s]mart girls aren’t supposed to do stupid things” but at sixteen I can’t imagine how much of a choice Madelyn had about falling in love.

    I am more curious to see how I’ll react to this story of forbidden romance as an adult. I know as a teen I would have seen it as romantic and tragic and would not have seen anything wrong with an older man in a position of authority falling in love with a young girl. Now I’m not sure I’ll be able to look past the fact that Bennett should have known better in order to be able to connect with this story, even if I could relate to Madelyn.

    And because I’m wildly curious, I may just have to read THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME later this week.

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    Other Books of Note

    Starry Nights

    STARRY NIGHTS by Daisy Whitney

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

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    The Social Code

    THE SOCIAL CODE (The Start-up #1) by Sadie Hayes

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The 100

    THE 100 by Kass Morgan

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dead is Just a Dream

    DEAD IS JUST A DREAM (Dead Is #8) by Marlene Perez

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Two Lies and a Spy

    TWO LIES AND A SPY by Kat Carlton

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Ghost in the Glass House

    THE GHOST IN THE GLASS HOUSE by Carey Wallace

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Are You Experienced

    ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    When the World Was Flat

    WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT by Ingrid Jonach

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Strange Chemistry

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dead Ends

    DEAD ENDS by Erin Jade Lange

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I Am Alice

    THE LAST APPRENTICE: I AM ALICE (Wardstone Chronicles #12) by Joseph Delaney

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Leap of Faith

    LEAP OF FAITH by Jamie Blair

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Outside

    THE OUTSIDE (Hallowed Ones #2) by Laura Bickle

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Project Cain

    PROJECT CAIN by Geoffrey Girard

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    What Goes Around

    WHAT GOES AROUND by Courtney Summers

    Pub. Date: September 6, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Somebody Up There Hates You

    SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU by Hollis Seamon

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Projection

    PROJECTION by Risa Green

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Lord of Opium

    THE LORD OF OPIUM (Matteo Alacran #2) by Nancy Farmer

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Athaneum Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Into That Forest

    INTO THAT FOREST by Louis Nowra

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Night Witches

    NIGHT WITCHES by L.J. Adlington

    Pub. Date: September 5, 2013

    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

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    With ten books pre-ordered and nineteen other books releasing this week, a few of which I just know I’m going to order, this week is almost as insane as last week.

    I am now officially buried under books.

    And with eight of those pre-orders in the TBR pile and one book currently being read, I don’t think I’ll find myself unburied for a long, long time.

    Last week I thought I’d only be adding six books to my collection this week. I was so very, very wrong. And with so many more books releasing in September and October that I’m excited to read, I don’t know if I’ll ever get caught up.

    I’d like to say that in 2014 I’ll try to avoid discovering any new debut authors. But if I made that promise to myself, it’s one I know I’d break the instant a new book caught my eye. So I’m not going to even bother.

    But I may just have to try and wish list a few books in the coming years if I keep blogging rather than ordering them all for “someday.” Because, at the rate I’m going, I’m not sure if someday will be any day soon.

    For now, though, I shall continue to buy every book my heart desires even if that desire exceeds my ability to read those books in the very near future.

    Anyway… If you’ve been as eager to read THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN as I’ve been or if there are any other of this week’s releases that you’ve been dying to read, I’d love to know!

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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: Gold

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    WatchBOOK-2GOLD by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and in paperback format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    GOLD is the second book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series.

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    There are so many books releasing the week of September 3rd that I’m incredibly excited about. One I’m currently reading, one I am dying to read and several I have pre-ordered. But of all the books releasing that week, GOLD by Talia Vance is the book I am most anxiously awaiting, so I just had to put it in the spotlight this week.

    I did get the chance to read it quite a bit early, but that just makes me even more eager to get my hands on a finished copy of this book. I want to know if any major changes were made to the story from the version I’d read. I want to see if the ending remained the same. I want to re-read this book in its finished form and fall in love all over again.

    I was so surprised by SILVER when I first read it. I fell madly in love with it from the very first pages. And the same was true of GOLD. It was insta-love for me. Which was also a surprise given how much things had changed between book one and book two. Changes I might normally have been devastated by.

    But they were changes that just felt right for the story. And they were changes that I absolutely love, love, loved.

    Of course there were other things I absolutely adored. I loved the new setting in this sequel. I loved the look back in time to what happened in the past. I loved what was happening with Brianna in the present. And I loved that Austin played a bigger role in this story.

    Though I probably shouldn’t say any more. Or I might reveal just why I thought I’d be devastated. Or why Blake… no, I probably shouldn’t talk about him. At all.

    As I have already read GOLD there is no guesswork as to whether I think this book will be amazing based upon its description. I know it is. It’s exciting, it’s suspense-filled, it’s heartbreaking, it’s heartwarming. It’s a story I’m just dying to re-read.

    So it doesn’t matter that I already know what happened in the past before the feud began. Because I want to discover it all over again. And it doesn’t matter that I know exactly what happens, or doesn’t happen, between Brianna and Austin. Because reading about it a second time will be just as awesome as the first.

    And while there are so very many books releasing the week of September 3rd, books I’ve been pining over for a long while, they don’t come with a one hundred percent guarantee that I will fall in love with them, be transported by them or make a connection to the characters. Whereas all of those things happened during the course of reading GOLD.

    Which is why I had no choice but to select GOLD as the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

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    About the Book

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    Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

    Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    This is just a fraction of the multitude of other awesome books releasing the week of September 3rd:

    THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black

    ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill

    TAKEDOWN by Allison Van Diepen

    THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU AND ME by Amanda Grace

    CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst

    ETERNAL (Winterhaven #3) by Kristi Cook

    ETERNITY (The Fury Trilogy #3) by Elizabeth Miles

    SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi

    STARRY NIGHTS by Daisy Whitney

    SWEET LEGACY (Medusa Girls #3) by Tera Lynn Childs

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    Spies and Prejudice Blog Tour: ‘Scene from Tanner’s POV’ Guest Post & Giveaway

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    I am such a huge fan of author Talia Vance. I absolutely love her Bandia series and I am super excited to be able to be a part of the tour to celebrate the release of her book SPIES AND PREJUDICE.

    If you think the book sounds awesome from having read the description, just wait until you read the dance scene from Tanner’s point of view that I have for my stop on the tour today. It will make you want to pick up the book so that you can meet Tanner and Berry. And it will make you want to read the scene from Berry’s POV to see just what she thought of their dance.

    Of course reading the scene from Tanner’s perspective makes me want to read the entire book from his POV too….

    Anyway… while I think I have the best stop on the tour, there are some other amazing stops you’ll definitely want check out – fab reviews and super fun guest posts including a dream cast, things a spy girl shouldn’t leave home without, character comparisons, a playlist and more.

    The tour schedule is included at the bottom of this post with direct links to all the stops on the tour through today’s stop.

    But before you head off to check those out, there is a giveaway for some awesome prizes that follows below the book’s description and places to find it online, the seriously amazing guest post and some information about the author and places to find her online.

    Author Talia Vance is a fantastic writer who can make you swoon over her characters one moment and get all twisty-turny because of something that happened to them the next. And I’m so thrilled to have her on the blog today to share this scene that does just a little bit of both.

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    About the Book

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    About SPIES AND PREJUDICE

    Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.

    Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

    So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.

    But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

    With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.

    SPIES AND PREJUDICE released on June 11, 2013 and is available in hardcover and eBook formats.

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    The Dance Scene from Tanner’s Point of View

    Five minutes.  That’s how long it takes for Ryan to get Mary Chris on the dance floor and act like a complete fool, bumping and grinding like an idiot with a ridiculous smile on his face.  I would drag him outside and knock some sense into him if I didn’t suspect that the girl next to me would tackle me to the ground before I got within three feet of Mary Chris.   Even that dress wouldn’t stop Berry from protecting her friend.

    That dress.

    I steal another sideways glance.

    Damn.  It would be so worth getting tackled by her.

    No.  It would be a disaster. 

    I stare back out at Ryan and Mary Chris, doing my best to pull myself together.  Is it hot in here?  It’s definitely hot in here.

    “Do you want to dance?” Berry asks.

    She can’t be serious.  There’s no way that Berry Fields actually wants to dance with me.  Unless she’s somehow discovered that I suck at dancing and is hoping to embarrass me in front of half the school.  I stare at the floor, because if I look at her, I might do something stupid.  Like say yes.  “I don’t dance.”

    “It’s called the Homecoming Dance.  Not the Homecoming hide-in-the-corner-and-brood.”  She gestures toward Ryan and Mary Chris.  “Must be a shock for you.  All this merriment.”

    Ryan spreads his fingers and drags his palms over his eyes in a poor imitation of John Travolta in Pulp Fiction.  I should put a stop to this whole thing while he still has a tiny piece of self-respect intact.

    While I do.

    “Why are you even here?”  Berry’s eyes bore into me.

    I let myself look at her, and instantly regret it.  My mouth goes dry and I have to remember to breathe.  Was she always so beautiful?  It’s more than just the dress.  I can’t look at her lips without remembering how they feel against mine.  Without wanting to feel them again.

    I step closer, backing her closer to the wall.  “Maybe I like brooding in corners with pretty girls in fancy dresses who take my breath away.”

    Her eyes widen and her lips part.  For a second I think she might be thinking of kissing me too, but then she pushes past me. “You’ll have to brood alone for a while.”  She stops a few feet away and glances over her shoulder.  “I came here to dance.”

    Damn it.

    She did want to dance with me.

    It shouldn’t matter.  I should be over it already.  How many times do I need to be insulted, brushed off or completely shot down?

    At least one more apparently.

    I push through the crowd, following the gold threads of her dress as they reflect off the lights overhead.  I nearly knock over a couple making out in the middle of the dance floor, but I don’t lose sight of Berry as she retreats across the room.

    She’s almost to the other side when I reach for her elbow.  She spins around at the contact, her fists raised in a fighting stance that would be scary if it weren’t so damn sexy.  “Are you following me again?”

    “It appears that way.”

    “Why?”

    I inhale, sucking it up.  “I changed my mind.”  As bad ideas go, this is the worst.  A slow song plays, and touching her is not going to help me get over this.

    She drops her fists, but her eyes are still hard, untrusting.  “You changed your mind?”

    “This is stupid.”  I wasn’t kidding when I said I don’t dance.  “I don’t know what I’m doing here.”

    “Are you asking me to dance?  Cause here’s a tip.  You might want to edit out the commentary about it being stupid.”  She shakes her head, her blonde curls brushing her bare shoulders in a way that makes me wish I could follow suit.

    I hold out my hand to her, ignoring her comment.  If she dances with me, she’ll figure out exactly how stupid of an idea this is, but right now I don’t care.  I just want to touch her.

    She gives me her hand in silent answer to my prayer.  “I thought you didn’t dance,” she says.

    “I might be terrible.”

    “Stop the presses.  Tanner Halston is terrible at something?”  Is she smiling?

    “It happens.”  More than I want to admit.  Hell, Berry Fields is exhibit A in the case against me for all my failures.

    I reach for her waist with my other hand, and pull her close enough that I can smell the strawberries in her hair.  Her lips tasted like strawberries, and I can’t help but think that if I leaned forward and kissed the bare skin on her neck, that the rest of her would taste like strawberries too.  I pull her against me, savoring the jolt of heat that fills me at the contact.  Why did I ever think dancing sucked?

    “You are kind of terrible,” she says. “Keep your feet still.”

    Reality check.  I freeze, afraid that one wrong move will send her scurrying away in horror.  She doesn’t move either.  We just stand in the middle of the dance floor, holding each other.

    “This isn’t dancing,” I say.  It’s a billion times better.

    “We’ll get there.  One thing at a time.  Start with your hips.”  She slides her hands along my waist, lower.  “Here.”  She presses her hips into mine, swaying to the side, urging me to move with her.

    I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing about two sways ago, but I follow her lead, biting my lip to keep from gasping.

    “Good,” she says, and I smile wildly at the compliment.   “Now, step slowly.  That’s it.  And turn slightly as you step.”

    I lift my foot and turn.

    “Ow!” She pulls her foot out from underneath mine, but she’s laughing, and she keeps her hips pressed to me.  “Okay, forget the stepping for now.” She brings both her hands to my shoulders, letting them slide behind my neck until my face is buried in her hair and my lips brush against her neck, the scent of strawberries tangling with something richer.

    I can’t stop smiling.  “I told you I didn’t dance.”

    “You’re doing fine.”

    I’m doing better than fine.  That’s the problem.  Touching her is addicting.  She pulls me closer and my hands move from her waist to her back, to the smooth skin on her shoulders.  I push a long strand of hair away from her neck and bring my lips closer, so tempted to see if she tastes as good as she smells.

    The song ends before I’m ready, as if I ever could be, but Berry doesn’t pull away.  If anything, she pulls me closer.

    “Berry,” I say, my lips brushing softly against her neck.  Damn.  She does taste like strawberries.

    “Hmm?”

    It’s an effort to keep from kissing her right there in the middle of the dance floor.

    “The song’s over.”

    She opens her eyes and startles.  Pushing me away from her, she stands up straight and brushes her skirt over her thighs with her hands.   “This is the part where you’re supposed to thank me for the dance.”

    “Thank you.”  I can’t take my eyes off her.

    Which is exactly why I need to get the hell out of here.

    I turn around and walk away without looking back.  This cannot be happening.  It can’t happen.

    I am so screwed.

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    About the Author

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    About TALIA VANCE

    Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry. Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that’s what she writes.

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    The Giveaway

    There are some awesome prizes up for grabs on the SPIES AND PREJUDICE Blog Tour and there will be a total of FIVE (5) winners.

    THREE (3) winners will receive a hardcover copy of SPIES AND PREJUDICE and a T-shirt

    TWO (2) winners will receive a T-shirt

    The giveaway is US only and open to anyone 13 or older.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
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    The Tour Schedule

    June 4th – The YA Sisterhood – Review

    June 4th – Page Turners Blog – Review

    June 6th – The Reviews News – Guest Post

    June 7th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    June 8th – What the Cat Read – Guest Post

    June 9th – I’m A Book Shark – Guest Post

    June 10th – Debbie’s World of Books – Guest Post

    June 11th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post

    June 12th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post

    June 13th – Tater’s Tall Tails – Guest Post

    June 14th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

    June 17th – Literary Exploration – Review

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #128

    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 June 11th-June 17th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Another Little Piece

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    ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 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 432 pages.

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    I am so excited for the release of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE on Tuesday. I’ve had it pre-ordered ever since I stumbled upon it a few months ago and I cannot believe that release day is finally almost here.

    I did get an eARC for review but was having a bit of an issue with the formatting, so I decided to wait to finish it when my Kindle edition downloads. But it hasn’t been easy… the wait has been killer.

    This book is so completely different from any of those I’ve read in recent years. The author’s voice and the way the story presents itself is quite unique. And the story is most definitely “haunting,” as the description so aptly calls it.

    While I haven’t yet finished reading it, I have read enough to know that this is my kind of book. And I cannot wait to see how it all ends next week, just as soon as Novella Reading Week ends.

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    Dance of the Red Death

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    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is the second and final full-length book in author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series.

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    I cannot wait for both my eBook to download and my print copy, with its beautiful deckle edge, to arrive on Tuesday. DANCE OF THE RED DEATH was an amazing follow-up to the first book in the series. And as sad as I am that the series has ended, I am so unbelievably stoked to have had the chance to read it early.

    As it was my Book Watch pick a few weeks ago, and I plan on posting my review on Tuesday, I won’t go rambling on and on about this sequel. I’m also just a little bit afraid that I might reveal too much, like why certain events broke my heart, why I was fascinated with what happened at the party, why I couldn’t decide between Will and Elliott.

    I probably should stop now…. Though I just have to add that things are even more dire in DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, things do get resolved by the story’s end, and there are things in this book that made me cheer, things that made me tear up and many, many things that made me so very, very nervous.

    While I won’t be re-reading it this week, I will be reading the novella, GLITTER & DOOM, and I hope to be able to read both books in this series again this summer.

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    Rush

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    RUSH by Eve Silver will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 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 Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    RUSH is the first book in author Eve Silver’s The Game series. The second book in the series, PUSH, is slated for release in 2014 and the third book in the series, CRASH, will be releasing in 2015.

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    I hadn’t heard much about RUSH until I saw the cover pop up all across the blogosphere a few months ago. The cover was awesome and the title grabbed me so I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle without having actually read the description.

    And if I had realized I had an early copy thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, I would have checked it out a bit more before its release. But as release day is just about here, I’m a little too late to do that.

    But now that I have taken a peek at the description, I’m totally intrigued. Is it a game? Is it reality? And just what is the “deadly turn” the description mentions? I want to know.

    While I can’t check it out this week, I think I’m going to have to add it to the pile in the next few weeks, because it sounds just a bit different than the books I normally read.

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    Spies and Prejudice

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    SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I love author Talia Vance’s writing. And I’m totally stoked to be able to add SPIES AND PREJUDICE to my collection this week. While I’m not exactly an Austen fan, I do think the framework of her story is interesting and I love the idea that this story gives that one a nod.

    Even if I hadn’t read a book by the author before, I would have pre-ordered this book for my Kindle based on the first line in the description – “Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.” Because it tells me two things about the book – one that Fields is going to be a character I like and, two, she is going to fall for the enemy.

    But the rest of the description also makes me excited to read this book. It sounds like a lot of fun with a bit of a mystery and two characters I can’t wait to meet. And I cannot wait to get this on my reading pile. Which I definitely plan to do after the challenge.

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    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO by A.R. Kahler will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in Kindle serial book format only. A paperback edition will be released in August.

    Published by 47North, it is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO is the second book in author A.R. Kahler’s The Immortal Circus series.

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    I am so in love with this series and I’m so glad that it was brought to my attention this past winter. I loved reading the first book in the series in serial format and I’m totally thrilled to be able to add THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO to my collection this week. Well… episode one, that is.

    Though I actually got the chance to read this just a bit early. And so I got to experience this second book in its entirety, in one sitting, instead of in serial format. Which makes me happy and sad. Happy because I don’t have to wait between reads. But sad because I know exactly where each episode ends and begins and just how deliciously torturous it would have been to experience as a serial.

    Even though I have read ACT TWO already, I think I am going to re-read each Episode as they release, to experience it that way again. While it won’t be quite as torturous, I think I still will be anxiously awaiting the next episode’s release. And given all the stuff that happens in the Cirque des Immortels and all that is revealed about Vivienne, I just know it will be every bit as exciting a read as it was the first time.

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    Born of Illusion

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    BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 384 pages.

    BORN OF ILLUSION is the first book in author Teri Brown’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, BORN OF DECEPTION, is expected in 2014.

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    I am devastated that I didn’t get the chance to finish reading BORN OF ILLUSION before its release. I’d received an early copy from Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and read about one-fourth before I was forced to set it aside to read the books I needed to read for review.

    But I have had it pre-ordered for my Kindle and I cannot wait until it downloads so I can read the finished version. And I think I’m going to end up purchasing the print edition which has a deckle edge, because the cover is gorgeous. I’m just waiting to see if it has a matte or glossy finish first.

    I love the time period the story is set in – the 1920s. I love that it’s set in New York and involves illusionists and real magic. And I cannot wait to continue this story and find out just what happens with Anna Van Housen and whether she is related to the “greatest magician of all.”

    If I can get it on the pile again before the end of the month I will be a very happy girl.

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    A Matter of Days

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    A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    When I saw that author Amber Kizer had a new book releasing last month I instantly added it to my pre-orders. I hadn’t heard of A MATTER OF DAYS until I was searching for June releases for my Book Watch post last month.

    I immediately added it to buy, but didn’t actually read the description until I was creating this post. But now that I have, I think it sounds totally cool – the world sounds wonderfully dark and the journey sounds like it will be fraught with danger.

    Traveling across the country in the hope of finding a survivalist compound through a world that has been decimated by the BluStar pandemic sounds like it will be incredibly exciting. And with no promise that this destination will even exist makes it sound that much more of a nerve-wracking adventure.

    I can’t wait to find out what happens to Nadia, Rabbit and the rest of the kids on this journey and whether their trip was in vain. And I hope to do so early next month during the holiday.

    Other Books of Note

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    LINKED (Linked #1) by Imogen Howson

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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    Burning

    BURNING by Elana K. Arnold

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

    THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE by April Henry

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Infamous

    INFAMOUS (Fame Game #3) by Lauren Conrad

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Harper Collins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Mortal Fire

    MORTAL FIRE  by Elizabeth Knox

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Secret Ingredient

    THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Stewart Lewis

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Boy Nobody

    BOY NOBODY (Boy Nobody #1) by Allen Zadoff

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Plague in the Mirror

    PLAGUE IN THE MIRROR by Deborah Noyes

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Belle Epoque

    BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Ghost Time

    GHOST TIME by Courtney Eldridge

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Charm and Strange

    CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Far Far Away

    FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    My Chemical Mountain

    MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN by Corina Vacco

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Siren's Secret

    THE SIREN’S SECRET (The Shapeshifter’s Secret #2) by Heather Ostler

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Deviant

    DEVIANT by Helen FitzGerald

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Sacrifice

    THE SACRIFICE (The Enemy #4) by Charlie Higson

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Once again this week there are a ton of new books releasing. While I only have seven books pre-ordered, there are a few of the books of note that I’m definitely interested in taking a longer look at, including LINKED and BURNING. But for now I’m going to stick with pre-ordering just the seven.

    Fortunately not all seven are being added to the pile – I did finish two of them – though both read books are ones I plan on re-reading….

    But hopefully I’ll get a chance to read a few more of the new additions to my collection before the month is out – ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, SPIES AND PREJUDICE, BORN OF ILLUSION – and the remainder I’ll get to finish next month. But, I suppose, that shall remain to be determined.

    Anyway…

    As this is such a long post, with all the new releases this week, I’ll stop rambling and just say that I hope you have some amazing new books getting added to your collection this week. And if I missed something in my searches, please let me know! As I never, ever, want to miss an awesome title that should be in my permanent collection.

    As always, happy book acquiring and happy 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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    Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2012

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    Today is DAY FOUR of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Book Boyfriends of 2012

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

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

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

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

    Next year is going to be so tough.

    Book-Boyfriends

    1.

    Before I WakeTod

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

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

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

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

    Why he won: Do you have to ask?

    Won out over: His terribly flawed younger brother Nash Hudson

    Book Read in 2012: BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    2.

    Destroy MeWarner

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

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, broken, redeemable… I hope

    Best line:

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

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

    Love is a heartless bastard.

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

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

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

    3.

    SplinteredMorpheus a.k.a. Moth

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

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

    4.

    Wings of the WickedCadan

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

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, redeemable, honorable

    Best line:

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

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

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

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

    5.

    Sweet EvilKaidan a.k.a. Kai

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    6.

    Poison PrincessJack

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    7.

    SilverBlake

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

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: SILVER, GOLD by Talia Vance

    8.

    NeverfallCole

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Manipulative, musician, immortal, sexy

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: EVERNEATH, NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton

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    A Touch MorbidLuke  a.k.a. Lucifer

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

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    10.

    StarlingThe Fennrys Wolf a.k.a. Fenn

    Good boy or bad boy: A good bad boy

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

    Best line:

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

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

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

    Book Read in 2012: STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    Honorable-Mentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Anyway…

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

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2012

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    Today is the first day of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

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

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

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

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

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

    Anyway…

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

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

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

    BIR-2012

     1.

    Splintered

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    2.

    Poison Princess

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    3.

    Before I Wake

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    4.

    Silver

    SILVER (Bandia #1) by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    5.

    Sweet Evil Cover

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    Which makes me so unbelievably happy.

    6.

    Shadows in the Silence

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

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

    7.

    Demon Eyes

    DEMON EYES (Witch Eyes #2) by Scott Tracey

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

    8.

    Masque of the Red Death

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

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

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

    9.

    Embers and Echoes

    EMBERS & ECHOES (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

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

    10.

    Unraveling

     UNRAVELING (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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

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

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

    Honorable-Mentions

    This Is Not a Test

    THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

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

    Cinder

    CINDER (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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

    Grave Mercy

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

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

    Onyx

    ONYX (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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

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

    Hard Bitten

    HARD BITTEN (Chicagoland Vampires #4) by Chloe Neill

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

    Shadow Bound

    SHADOW BOUND (Unbound #2) by Rachel Vincent

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

    Halfway to the Grave

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

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

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

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

    Anyway….

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

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