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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Contemporaries of 2015


    Welcome to Day Three of the Top 10 of 2105



    As I mentioned previously…

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting Day One’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting today’s Day Three giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.

    Best Contemporaries of 2015

    Today’s topic is:

    Best ________ of 2015

    Today is blogger’s choice and this year I decided to break with tradition and instead of debuts I have chosen to share my favorite contemporary reads of 2015 since I read so many of them this year. And while I may be stretching things a bit I am including contemporary thrillers in this list.

    If you want to know why they’re my favorites, just click their titles to check out my bookish thoughts and ratings.

    My Top 10 Favorite YA Contemporaries

    #1 BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #2 EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS




    #6 ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS




    #10 LIARS, INC. by Paula Stokes – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    And instead of listing honorable mentions, though I had many of those, I am sharing…

    My Top 5 Favorite Non-YA Contemporaries

    I wish they didn’t have to be books I’d read in 2015 because I totally would have had MAYHEM by Jamie Shaw on this list. But while my review posted in 2015, I read it in 2014 so I can’t sneak it in.


    #2 SWEET by Tammara Webber – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #3 BOUNCE by Noelle August – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS



    Well, those are my picks. What topic did you choose for blogger’s choice? And what are your favorites?

    Leave a link to your Best *BLANK* of 2015 posts in the Linky List below…


    Top 10 of 2015: Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 + Giveaway


    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2105

    A Week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting today’s Day One giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2015

    Today’s topic is:


    I’ve read so many seriously amazing books this year, that picking just ten was a dreadfully impossible task. I’m just glad I read THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent in 2014 or it would have made narrowing down my list that much more horrendous. It also didn’t help that I read more books this year than last, that I’ve been in an eclectic reading mood, and that there were just so many incredible books written.


    Why? Because it’s unique, it’s hard-hitting, the writing is beautiful, the story is phenomenal, the series potential has me desperate for the next installment.


    Why? Because this series is an all-time favorite, because the ending is abso-freaking-lutely killer, because it’s dark and gorgeous and the waiting is exquisite torture.


    Why? Because the story is epic, the world-building incredible, the writing gorgeous, the detail impeccable.


    Why? Because the writing is stunning, the world expansive and fascinating, the series riveting.

    #5 BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s dark and gritty and edgy and shocking and disturbing, the writing brilliant, the story unforgettable.


    Why? Because it’s complex and interesting and fascinating. The world is chilling and still amazing. The characters sympathetic and scary. The story compelling.


    Why? Because it’s thrilling and epic and gripping and unputdownable. The dual POV makes it edge-of-your-seat exciting.


    Why? Because it’s so wicked and dark and wildly entertaining. It’s about villains. Nothing more needs to be said.

    #9 ROOK by Sharon Cameron – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s action-packed, nerve-wracking, suspenseful. There are twists and turns. There’s romance, betrayal and heartbreak. What’s not to love?

    #10 SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Why? Because it’s awesome and amazing and adorable and nail-biting. The characters are ones you can’t help but love, love, love. Though the possibility that there might not be a next book in the series is heartbreaking.

    Honorable Mentions

    I really wanted to limit honorable mentions to just five, but I couldn’t do it. Limiting it to 15 was hard enough as it was.

    So those are my favorite reads for 2015. What are yours?

    The Giveaway


    I’m offering up for giveaway…

    • Books of Your Choice (up to $30 US) open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships

    ***The giveaway is ONLY open to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event***

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway ends on December 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific
    • Giveaway is open ONLY to those participating in the Top 10 of 2015 event
    • Giveaway is open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships
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    Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
    Release date: June 16, 2015
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


    If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

    Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand:  Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

    Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

    Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


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    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publicity agency in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

    The Review

    EVERY LAST WORD is an exceptionally well-written and beautifully-told story about a girl who has spent most of her life hiding the fact that she’s suffering from OCD, desperate to not only appear normal but to be normal. It’s a story that is heartwarming and heartbreaking and incredibly moving. It puts readers in the main character, Sam McAllister’s shoes, giving them a glimpse at what it’s like to live with a mind that has the tendency to spiral out-of-control and the fear that thoughts could turn into actions that could be harmful.

    Samantha McAllister never had a problem fitting in, at least not on the outside. She was one of the “Crazy Eights” – she was pretty, she was popular, she was athletic, she went to all the right parties, she went to all the best concerts. But on the inside she knew she didn’t fit. Her OCD, with thoughts that sometimes went to dark places and behaviors she was certain would label her as actually crazy, guaranteed that. She just needed to be able to continue playing the part of normal. The problem was it wasn’t getting any easier.

    But when she meets Caroline, a girl who doesn’t seem to care about how she looks or how she dresses or what her friends think of her, a girl completely unlike herself, everything starts to change. She is introduced to a whole new world – one of words, of expression, of people who are confident and supportive. And she hopes to be, she wants to be, she thinks she can be, like them. Someday.

    Tamara Ireland Stone did an incredible job with her story. She made Sam someone readers could connect with, empathize with, like and root for. She made her sympathetic but not pitiable. She gave them a better understanding of Sam’s particular brand of Pure-O. And she showed how with hard work, medication, therapy, and the right non-toxic environment that this disorder can be managed.

    And she did this in a way that is captivating and wonderful, and sweet and sad and romantic and emotional.

    EVERY LAST WORD sheds some light on a disorder that can be debilitating. It tells a story that is inspiring and uplifting and utterly enchanting. It is peppered throughout with some truly fantastic poetry. It delivers a love story that will make readers smile. And it adds a twist that is sure to surprise.

    It is a gorgeous and amazing and unforgettable must read.

    The Rating


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

    (For those who HAVE read this… Yes, I love that this rating TOTALLY ties in to that one part.)

    About the Author

    Tamara Ireland Stone

    Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us (Hyperion Teens), which has been published in over twenty countries to widespread acclaim, and hailed as “an exciting debut novel” by Booklist and “a warm, time bending romance” by Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by CBS Films.

    Her next novel, Every Last Word, is about a teen girl with OCD who’s hiding part of herself from the world, until she discovers a secret poetry club that changes her in unexpected ways. Every Last Wordreleases on June 16, 2015 from Hyperion Teens.

    A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco.



    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #145


    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 October 8th-October 14th that I have pre-ordered.


    Just One Year


    JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman will be released in the U.S. on October 10, 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 Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 336 pages.

    JUST ONE YEAR is the second and final book in the Just One Day series by author Gayle Forman.


    I have not yet read JUST ONE DAY but I pre-ordered JUST ONE YEAR the moment it was available to order for my Kindle and I cannot wait for its release this week. I wanted to read the first book in this two book series right away until I remembered that I loved reading both of Gayle Forman’s books in her If I Stay series in close proximity to one another.

    And I knew that once I met the characters in this series, I wouldn’t want to have to wait. So I thought it was better to wait without having met them.

    But now that both books will be available to read I cannot wait to meet Allyson and Willem and see what happens on the day they meet and in the year that follows. I have heard that both books in this series are amazing – not that I expected anything less – and I’m so excited to finally be able to find out for myself.

    If it’s as beautiful and emotional and heartbreaking as the author’s other series I just know there will be lots and lots of tears. But I also know it will be so worth it and this time I will be ready with the Kleenex box close at hand.


    The heartrending conclusion—from Willem’s POV—to the romantic duet of novels that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day

    After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.


    Desert Tales


    DESERT TALES by Melissa Marr will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 272 pages.

    DESERT TALES is a companion novel in author Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series.


    When I heard that there would be a companion novel in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series releasing, I nearly died. I have been desperately waiting for DESERT TALES’ release – and no, I did not read the manga – since the moment I first heard about it. And I am so unbelievably thrilled that release day is just about here.

    Maybe, finally, I’ll be able to read DARKEST MERCY because I won’t have to say goodbye to this series that I’ve loved forever. Having one more book in this series means that it doesn’t all end with that other book I’ve been both desperately wanting and refusing to read ever since I first got my hands on an early copy back in… 2011?

    While this won’t necessarily include all of those characters from the books I’ve known and loved, it is still in the world of. And according to the description, events from those other books are what set this faery tale in motion. So I’m really excited for its release and the possibility of reading DARKEST MERCY. Finally.


    Return to the world of Melissa Marr’s bestselling series and discover how the events of Wicked Lovely set a different faery tale in motion…

    The Mojave Desert was a million miles away from the plots and schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that’s exactly why Rika chose it as her home. The once-mortal faery retreated to the desert’s isolation after decades of carrying winter’s curse inside her body. But her seclusion—and the freedom of the desert fey—are threatened by the Summer King’s newfound strength. And when the manipulations of her trickster friend, Sionnach, thrust Rika into a new romance, she finds new power within herself—and a new desire to help Sionnach protect the desert fey and mortals alike. The time for hiding is OVER.

    Originally presented as a manga series, and now available for the first time as a standalone novel, Desert Tales combines tentative romance, outward strength, and inner resolve in a faery story of desert and destiny.




    BANG by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 Simon Pulse, the print edition is 256 pages.

    BANG is the second book in author Lisa McMann’s Visions series. The third book in the series, GASP, is slated for release on June 3, 2014.


    I absolutely love Lisa McMann’s writing and am super excited for the release of BANG, the second book in this series. I have not yet read the first book, but only because I’ve been trying to wait to begin series until at least the second book has been released.

    I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to try and wait for GASP to be released next spring before I dive into CRASH and BANG. I remember having to anxiously wait for GONE’s release and that was torturous. So maybe I should.

    But it’s been ages since I read a book by this author and I miss that unique style she has. So I don’t think I’ll be able to wait the eight months until the third book will be available. I’m not confident I’ll even be able to wait for the end of the month. Only time will tell….


    Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.

    Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.

    Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…




    RESIST by Sarah Crossan will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 368 pages.

    RESIST is the second and final book in author Sarah Crossan’s Breathe series.


    I am so upset that I didn’t get to read RESIST before its release. I received an eARC and desperately wanted to get this book on the pile ages ago, but that didn’t happen. So I will most likely end up reading the finished copy which is set to download to my Kindle on Monday Midnight instead of the eARC. But I definitely plan on readng it soon.

    I’m just so sad that it’s only a two book series. I really loved getting to meet Quinn, Alina and Ben in BREATHE and would have loved to have more than just the two adventures through this oxygen deprived world.

    I am super curious to see how this series ends, to find out whether all three characters will survive in the Outlands. I am anxious to find out what happens with the revolution they started and whether they’ll be able to save human society. The description promises a “thought-provoking” and “unforgettable” novel and I am so desperately in need of one of those right about now.

    Hopefully I will be able to sneak it onto the pile later this week or some time next weekend.


    The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan’s Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what’s left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.

    Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there’s enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod’s Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie. Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.


    The Brokenhearted


    THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.


    I received an eARC of THE BROKENHEARTED and am actually reading it right now and hope to have it finished before it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday. I am on the tour for this awesome-so-far novel tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what happens with Anthem.

    I don’t want to risk spoiling anything, though I’m only about one-quarter of the way into this story so there’s not too much to spoil, but it’s totally got me hooked. I’m curious about where this story is headed as the description doesn’t reveal very much. And I refuse to take a peek further into the story to find out.

    The description compares it to The Dark Knight and Cinder, a film and a book that I love, love, love. So I’m totally excited to get back to reading just as soon as I finish writing this post.

    And I cannot wait for it to download on Tuesday so that I can have the finished copy in my permanent collection.


    A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

    Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

    The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.


    Phantom Eyes


    PHANTOM EYES by Scott Tracey will be released in the U.S. on October 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.

    PHANTOM EYES is the third and final full-length book in Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series.


    I am so unbelievably heartbroken that Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series has come to an end. But I am totally stoked that the final version of PHANTOM EYES will be downloading this week, as I’m dying to know if there are any differences from the eARC I read.

    Because I love this series, I do not want to reveal too much in this post about what happened in this final book. I’ll just say that there were tears, there were moments that I may have screamed out loud about what went down, and there may have been a few smiles and smirks.

    PHANTOM EYES was the book I spotlighted for my Book Watch post the other week, so I will try to wind this ramble down quickly by just saying that this is an epic finish to an awesome series and I wholeheartedly agree with the description when it says that “victory comes with a cost.” Yes. Yes it does.


    Every child in Belle Dam is taught about the feud from an early age. There are ‘our’ people and ‘their’ people. Friends and enemies. Associates and strangers. It’s the kind of town where eyes are always watching, and you don’t need a reason to sell out your neighbors.

    But the feud is a lie. As a new wave of fury sweeps through the town, creating a third front to an already overtaxed war, Braden has been broken worse than ever. His innocence? Shattered. His heart? Crushed. His magic? Gone. His new life? Ruined. And this is only the beginning.

    Beneath the city lay deep wellsprings of power. The one who controls them is the one who will win the feud. In a city filled with puppet masters, Braden must elude their strings and end the feud once and for all. But first, he must outsmart his father, evade Catherine’s dark magic, regain what was stolen from him, trick a phantom who refuses to die, and foil a demon’s master plan.

    Even then, he may not survive. Because power is a problem, and victory comes with a cost…




    BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 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 Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 496 pages.


    I received an unexpected print ARC of BLYTHEWOOD from the publisher a month or so ago, which put this book on my radar, as I hadn’t previously heard about it. And while I wasn’t able to sneak it onto the pile before its release date, I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle because this is a book I definitely plan on reading and think would make the perfect addition to my collection.

    The first line after the “welcome” message totally grabbed my attention. A character who escaped from an insane asylum is one I just have to meet. A story set at an elite boarding school with a “dark secret” is one I have to visit.

    And with a description that promises a “vivid and atmospheric” read “full of mystery and magic” and romance, BLYTHEWOOD is a book that I absolutely must read.


    Welcome to Blythewood.

    At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.

    But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.

    Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.


    Pull Down the Night


    PULL DOWN THE NIGHT by Nathan Kotecki will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HMH Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    PULL DOWN THE NIGHT is the second book in author Nathan Kotecki’s The Suburban Strange series.


    I have not yet had the chance to read the first book in this series but have pre-ordered PULL DOWN THE NIGHT so that I can read both books back-to-back. I received an early copy of THE SUBURBAN STRANGE, but was in a bit of a quirky reading mood at the time and didn’t get the opportunity to devour it.

    Now that the sequel’s release is just about here, I definitely want to try to get both books on the pile so I can meet Celia, find out more about the Rosary and learn why girls at Suburban High are having “near-fatal accidents” just as they’re about to turn sixteen.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description for this second book in the series and I’m curious to see if this book is told from the POV of Bruno, a new character. I can’t wait to find out more about his supernatural abilities and to see just what “cosmic battles” he gets involved in.

    But I’m also super curious to experience this series from both Celia and Bruno’s perspectives. And I hope to be able to do so some time next month.


    This year at Suburban High School is just as troubling as the last. A curly-haired girl ghost is disrupting lives with dreaded “kiss notes,” and students are inexplicably sinking into depression. Bruno—the new kid on the block—finds himself at the center of the mystery when he discovers his natural map-reading abilities are actually supernatural. When the reluctant hero isn’t engaged in cosmic battles against evil, Bruno is swooning over the mesmerizing Celia (from The Suburban Strange) and navigating the goth sensibilities and musical obsessions of the Rosary, her über-chic clique. A hypnotic coming-of-age novel that chills and thrills.


    Other Books of Note

    StrikeforceSTRIKEFORCE (Skyship Academy #3) by Nick James

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux



    Two brothers battle for one planet’s fate

    Earth is under attack by the alien Authority. Cassius Stevenson and his brother Jesse Fisher, descendants of the planet Haven’s resistance forces, are the catalyst and key to marshaling Earth’s remaining resources and warding off the invasion.

    But the Authority has only begun to fight. Their terrible new weapon sends Earth’s defenders—Skyship soldiers, the Surface government, and an army of Drifters—into turmoil. Alliances shift, traitors are revealed, and soon Earth’s last chance at salvation lies in the hands of one brother who must make the ultimate sacrifice.


    Death and the Girl He LovesDEATH, AND THE GIRL HE LOVES (Darklight #3) by Darynda Jones

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin



    The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister. Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul. And on top of that she’s seeing visions. This is nothing new for Lorelei. But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world. Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril. Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil.


    PremeditatedPREMEDITATED by Josin McQuein

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press



    A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.

    Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

    Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

    Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

    Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

    Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

    By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.


    Time After TimeTIME AFTER TIME (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion



    Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

    It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?

    Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.


    No AngelNO ANGEL by Helen Keeble

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen



    Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn’t exactly heaven on Earth.

    Raffi’s about to learn that St. Mary’s is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he’s no angel-but it’s pretty hard to deny that there’s some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

    Helen Keeble’s debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it “refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.” No Angel brings you angels and demons like you’ve never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.


    The Cutting Room FloorTHE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR by Dawn Klehr

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux



    Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

    Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she’s publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

    Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn’t know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez’s web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.


    Backward GlassBACKWARD GLASS by David Lomax

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux



    Crack your head, knock you dead, then Prince Harming’s hunger’s fed.

    It’s 1977, and Kenny Maxwell is dreading the move away from his friends. But then, behind the walls of his family’s new falling-apart Victorian home, he finds something incredible–a mummified baby and a note: “Help me make it not happen, Kenny. Help me stop him.”

    Shortly afterwards, a beautiful girl named Luka shows up. She introduces Kenny to the backward glass, a mirror that allows them to travel through time. Meeting other “mirror kids” in the past and future is exciting, but there’s also danger. The urban legend of Prince Harming, who kidnaps and kills children, is true–and he’s hunting them. When Kenny gets stranded in the past, he must find the courage to answer a call for help, change the fate of a baby–and confront his own destiny.


    One Crow AloneONE CROW ALONE (After the Snow #0.5) by S.D. Crockett

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends



    “They say it’s going to get worse. That it’s not going to end.”

    The snow won’t stop falling in this dangerous-new-world.

    The long, bitter winters are getting worse, and a state of emergency has been declared across Europe. In Poland, the villagers are subject to frequent power cuts and fuel shortages. After the death of her grandmother and the evacuation of her village, fifteen-year-old Magda joins forces with the arrogant, handsome Ivan and smuggles her way onto a truck bound for London – where she hopes to find her mother. But London, when they reach it, is a nightmarish world, far from welcoming. Riots are commonplace and the growing chaos is exploited by criminals and terrorists alike. Magda’s mother is not to be found, and as the lost girl struggles to come to terms with her changing situation, she eventually becomes friends with a rag-tag group of travellers planning a new home and future. They will need all the cunning and know-how they possess as they realise that the frozen wilderness of Britain has become just as lawless as the as the city.


    Emerald GreenEMERALD GREEN (Ruby Red Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



    Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.
    She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

    This stunning conclusion picks up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.


    RedRED by Alison Cherry

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press



    Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.

    Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:

    I know your secret.

    Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say “strawberry blond.” Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.

    Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?


    Beauty's DaughterBEAUTY’S DAUGHTER by Carolyn Meyer

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers



    What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?

    Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War.

    In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione’s life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war—and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?


    The Eye of MindsTHE EYE OF MINDS (The Morality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press



    An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Mindsis the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

    Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

    But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

    The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
    And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
    But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.


    Bzrk ReloadedBZRK Reloaded (BZRK #2) by Michael Grant

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA



    From best-selling author Michael Grant, comes the highly anticipated, terrifying, and mind-bending second book in the BZRK trilogy. 

    The entire BZRK cell–including Noah and Sadie–has been left in pieces after the last round of battle with the Armstrong Twins, conjoined brother who plot to rob mankind of its free will. Vincent’s mind is shattered, and his memories hold dangerous secrets–secrets that Lear, BZRK’s mysterious leader, will stop at nothing to protect.

    Meanwhile, Bug Man has taken control of the President’s brain, but playing with sanity is a dangerous game. The consequences can spiral way out of control, and the Armstrong Twins are not people Bug Man can afford to disappoint.

    The nano is as terrifying, exhilarating, and unpredictable as ever. But the wall of secrets that surrounds it is cracking. What will it reveal? And once the dust has settled, who will be sane enough to find out?


    Romeo and JulietROMEO & JULIET by William Shakespeare

    Pub. Date: October 8, 2013

    Publisher: Ember



    This exclusive edition of Romeo and Juliet includes William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy as well as the newly adapted screenplay by the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes.

    The full-color photo insert of the film’s cast features Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet, Douglas Booth as Romeo, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio, Ed Westwick as Tybalt, and Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence. Emmy-award winning Fellowes has also written an introduction for this unique edition.

    Experience the heartbreaking romance of the infamous star-crossed lovers whose passion ignites amidst feuding families.


    Other Releases


    THE MIDNIGHT DRESS by Karen Foxlee

    THE EXTRA by Kathryn Lasky

    BACKWARDS by Todd Mitchell

    JUVIE by Steve Watkins

    MUCKERS by Sandra Neil Wallace

    COALTOWN JESUS by Ron Koertge

    ENDLESS by Amanda Gray

    SEASON OF THE WITCH by Mariah Fredericks


    Ack, it’s another eight book week! And I am pretty sure Inara Scott’s A SLEEP SO DARK is releasing this week. So I’m keeping an eye on Amazon so that I can download it to my Kindle when it does release.

    Plus I might have STRIKEFORCE, DEATH, AND THE GIRL HE LOVES and TIME AFTER TIME pre-ordered, though I refuse to check as the thought of adding eleven books to my Kindle this week is kind of freaking me out. And as I’ve only read one-and-a-quarter of the books being added to my collection, it means my TBR pile is growing. Rapidly.

    I am hopeful that next week there will be fewer releases that I “must have” as this past couple of months of bookish purchases have been hugely expensive. And as my Kindle refuses to download any more books, I’m forced to archive the ones I do have so that I can download new ones from the cloud.

    I probably should move off the books that I’ve already read, but I love, love, love most of those books and I want to have them with me always, not hanging out on some random cloud.

    Anyway, I wish you the best of book buying weeks and I hope that at least one of this week’s releases is a must read for you. If there are any other books that I’ve missed that you think I should know about, please let me know!


    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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