Follow:
Browsing Tag:

Tara Hudson

    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #127

    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 4th-June 10th that I have pre-ordered.

    05

    Elegy

    addtogoodreads

    ELEGY by Tara Hudson releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    ELEGY is the third and final book in author Tara Hudson’s Hereafter trilogy.

    Line_001

    I’m both happy and sad that ELEGY is releasing this week. I have been waiting for its release to get caught up on the series. But now that it has, I’m not sure I’m ready for it to end.

    I did end up reading the description – I couldn’t help myself – and it makes me nervous that maybe Amelia and Joshua won’t get their happily ever afterlife after all. The description mentions “impossible choices” and fighting back, so I’m still going to hold out hope for them both.

    I adored the first book in this series, I thought there was a sweetness to it, an innocence, and I cannot wait to find out how this series ends… well, just as soon as I’m able to make myself say goodbye, that is.

    div1

    Phoenix

    addtogoodreads

    PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 368 pages.

    PHOENIX is the second book in author Elizabeth Richards’ Black City trilogy. The third and final book, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

    Line_001

    I only recently read BLACK CITY and I loved the world the author created with the Darklings and Purian Rose. And I loved that the story switched POVs between Ash and Natalie.

    I’d hoped to read PHOENIX before its release, but wasn’t able to, but I will definitely be reading it this week. Because I really want to know what happens after that shocking finish to book one.

    The description promises an even darker book than the first. And things in the United Sentry States definitely seem to have gotten more chaotic. But what makes me the most anxious is that it talks of a heartbreaking love story.

    So, of course, I cannot wait to read this middle book in the trilogy.

    div1

    The Elementals

    addtogoodreads

    THE ELEMENTALS by Saundra Mitchell releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 304 pages.

    THE ELEMENTALS is the third book in author Saundra Mitchell’s The Vespertine series.

    Line_001

    I loved Saundra Mitchell’s THE VESPERTINE. And while I am not quite caught up on this series there is no way I wouldn’t add THE ELEMENTALS to my collection this week.

    I love how each book in this series involves a new main character. And I cannot wait to meet Kate Witherspoon in this book… and Julian Birch.

    I’m curious to see exactly what their powers entail and how they manage to “triumph over death, and over time.” And I’m even more curious to find out what price they’ll have to pay.

    div1

    The Testing

    addtogoodreads

    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE TESTING is the first book in author Joelle Charbonneau’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, INDEPENDENT STUDY, is slated for release on January 7, 2014. A prequel novella, THE TESTING GUIDE, was released in April.

    Line_001

    I hadn’t heard of THE TESTING until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books told me I had to read it and that it was a must read book. As I hadn’t had an early copy I took her advice and pre-ordered it without actually having read the description.

    But now that I have I’m super excited to own it and even more excited to read it. I love the idea that in this future friends could just as easily be enemies and that the planet is a “charred wasteland.”

    I love that there are a “chosen few” who must pass a test in order to have the chance at a promising future but that this test might have a darker side. And I can’t wait to meet Cia and Tomas and find out whether Cia chooses “love without truth or life without trust.”

    I am now so intrigued by this description I might just have to try and sneak it in later this week.

    div1

    Siege and Storm

    addtogoodreads

    SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

    SIEGE AND STORM is the second full-length book in author Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha series. The third book, RUIN AND RISING, is slated for release in 2014. There are currently three novellas in this series: THE WITCH OF DUVA, THE TAILOR and THE TOO-CLEVER FOX.

    Line_001

    I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series. I even had my hands on an early copy of SIEGE AND STORM due to a trade but passed it on when I knew I wouldn’t get to read the first book in the series before its release.

    But I definitely plan on reading this series – I own book one already – so I just had to purchase this second book in the series for when I do get the chance to dive in.

    This series sounds epic and a bit different from many of the books I typically read. But I am so very curious to meet Alina and Mal and see what being a Sun Summoner means and just what Alina’s destiny is.

    The description mentions a choice between country, power and love and I can’t wait to find out which one Alina chooses in this second book.

    div1

    Tidal

    addtogoodreads

    TIDAL by Amanda Hocking releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

    TIDAL is the third book in author Amanda Hocking’s Watersong series. The fourth and final full-length book, ELEGY, is slated for release on August 6, 2013.

    Line_001

    I am super stoked that TIDAL releases today. I had it pre-ordered for my Kindle but I can’t wait for the print edition to be delivered so that it can join the first two books on my book towers.

    I already rambled on quite a bit in my Book Watch post the other week, so I won’t go on and on here. This post is long enough already. But I will just say it sounds like things for Gemma are getting even more dangerous and dire so I can’t wait to find out what happens.

    Though I may read it closer to the release of ELEGY this August, so I won’t have to suffer from a potential cliffhanger ending.

    And I just have to add that this is my favorite cover of the series so far. It seems so much darker than its predecessors, which makes me just a little bit nervous about the direction of this third book.

    div1

    The Keep

    addtogoodreads

    THE KEEP by Veronica Wolff releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE KEEP is the fourth book in author Veronica Wolff’s The Watchers series.

    Line_001

    I only recently learned that THE KEEP was releasing this week so I ran to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle. I am majorly behind on this series but I own every single book and definitely plan on reading them all in a marathon read one of these days.

    While I’m not caught up on this series I have read each and every one of the descriptions – I just couldn’t help myself – and I can’t wait to read this installment. It talks of vengeance, deceits and a castle from which the living don’t return.

    It also mentions that there may be someone else out for revenge other than Drew. Someone after her.

    div1

    Abandon

    addtogoodreads

    ABANDON by Elana Johnson releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 464 pages.

    ABANDON is the third book in author Elana Johnson’s Possession series.

    Line_001

    I have not yet met Vi, Jag and Zenn but I own all the books in this series and I’m so excited to meet them all now that ABANDON has released. And having read the description for this third book in the series, I think it may be the most exciting one yet.

    I’m so very curious who the traitor is and if his choices bring about the “total destruction” of what Vi has fought for. And I’m super curious to see if Vi, Jag and Zenn are able to work together to help the Resistance.

    I seriously love the first three lines of the description. If I hadn’t been sold on this series already, they would have won me over. And they make me even more anxious to read each book and find out whether Vi, Jag and Zenn are successful or if their efforts end in failure.

    div1

    Soul Taken

    addtogoodreads

    SOUL TAKEN by Katlyn Duncan releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online in eBook format at AMAZON.

    The eBook is published by Carina.

    SOUL TAKEN is the first book in author Katlyn Duncan’s The Life After trilogy.

    Line_001

    I very recently learned of SOUL TAKEN by Katlyn Duncan. But with its amazing cover and interesting premise I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. And I’m super excited to read it.

    Even though it’s the first book in the series, because it’s releasing in eBook format only, I won’t have to wait ages for the next installment. Which makes me very, very happy. Because I do not love waiting.

    However, I do love the idea that Maggie is a Soul Collector who gets caught in the body of a “mean girl.” I am super curious to see just what life will be like for her in the human world, whether she’ll be able to save the girl’s soul and whether she’ll be able to free her own.

    Other Books of Note

    Not a YA title (I pre-ordered)
    Gameboard of the Gods

    GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Dutton Adult

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    An eNovella (I pre-ordered)

    A Dawn Most Wicked

    A DAWN MOST WICKED (Something Strange and Deadly #0.5) by Susan Dennard

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    PODs

    PODs by Michelle Pickett

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    The Moon and More

    THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    The Impossibility of Tomorrow

    THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TOMORROW (Incarnation #2) by Avery Williams

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    You Look Different In Real Life

    YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE by Jennifer Castle

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    When You Were Here

    WHEN YOU WERE HERE by Daisy Whitney

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    The Wall

    THE WALL by William Sutcliffe

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Confderates Don't Wear Couture

    CONFEDERATES DON’T WEAR COUTURE (Pilgrims #2) by Stephanie Kate Strohm

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Graphia

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Style: "Porcelain vivid"

    OVER YOU by Amy Reed

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Stormbringers

    STORMBRINGERS (Order of Darkness #2) by Philippa Gregory

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Compliance

    COMPLIANCE (Dust Chronicles #2) by Maureen McGowan

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Tides

    TIDES by Betsy Cornwell

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    The Academy Game On

    THE ACADEMY: GAME ON by Monica Seles and James LaRosa

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Dusk

    DUSK by Eve Edwards

    Pub. Date: June 6, 2013

    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.

    (AMAZON)

    ***

    Letting Ana Go

    LETTING ANA GO by Anonymous

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Insomnia

    INSOMNIA (The Night Walkers #1) by J.R. Johansson

    Pub. Date: June 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Gloss

    GLOSS by Marilyn Kaye

    Pub. Date: June 6, 2013

    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    (AMAZON)

    ***

    Underneath

    UNDERNEATH by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

    Pub. Date: June 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Previously self-published

    Breathe

    BREATHE (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Reprint Edition

    Sun-Kissed

    SUN-KISSED (Beach Lane #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    Reprint Edition

    Crazy-Hot

    CRAZY-HOT (Beach Lane #4) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

    ***

    div1

    This week is more than insane with the number of books releasing. I am not going to say much here as I think I’ve already said more than enough already. But I’m super excited to read Richelle Mead’s new novel and check out Susan Dennard’s eNovella, both of which I pre-ordered.

    And I’m likely going to end up purchasing Sarah Dessen’s THE MOON AND MORE, Avery Williams’ THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TOMORROW and Jennifer Castle’s YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE.

    Though I’m glad I didn’t pre-order them or I would never have finished putting together this post. And I’m not sure my Kindle could have handled all the downloads if I had. It was struggling enough when my books started downloading last night. But I’m one second away from clicking the links to buy those titles right now.

    I am hopeful I didn’t miss anything releasing this week. Amazon has been a little sketchy lately and I’m not sure I caught every title. But I didn’t forget any of the ones I had pre-ordered… at least I think I didn’t.

    But if there are a few awesome books releasing this week that I missed or ones that I did find that you can’t wait to read, I’d love 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!

    Share

    The Trailers: May

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books that released – or are releasing – in May, a peek at a few of those coming out in June and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at a few authors talking about their books.

    ***

    Reboot by Amy Tintera

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (harperteen)

    ***

    If I Should Die by Amy Plum

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (harperteen)

    ***

    Icons by Margaret Stohl

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (LittleBrownBooks)

    ***

    Mystic by Alyson Noël

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (Alyson Noel)

    ***

    The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

    ***

    Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

    ***

    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

    ***

    The End Games by T. Michael Martin

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (T. Michael Martin)

    ***

    Parallel by Lauren Miller

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (Lauren Miller)

    ***

    Five Summers by Una LaMarche

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (fivesummersbook)

    ***

    The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (Mette Harrison)

    ***

    All I Need by Susan Colasanti

    Release date: May 21, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

    ***

    Night School by C.J. Daugherty

    Release date: May 21, 2013

    (nightschoolbook)

    ***

    Dare You To by Katie McGarry

    Release date: May 28, 2013

    (Mirainkbooks) – UK Trailer

    ***

    For just a peek at what’s coming in June and beyond….

    Elegy by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (harperteen)

    ***

    Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

    ***

    The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

    ***

    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

    ***

    The Academy: Game On by Monica Seles

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (bloomsburykids)

    ***

    Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

    Release date: June 11, 2013

    (RandomBooks)

    ***

    Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

    Release date: July 23, 2013

    (harperteen)

    ***

    The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

    Release date for Emerald Green: October 8, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

    ***

    And for a look back at a few we may have missed….

    Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

    Release date: March 26, 2013

    (harperteen)

    ***

    Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

    ***

    Stung by Bethany Wiggins

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (bloomsburykids)

    ***

    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 1 of 3

    ***

    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 2 of 3

    ***

    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 3 of 3

    ***

    Taken by Erin Bowman

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

    ***

    Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

    ***

    The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

    Release date: April 18, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

    ***

    Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter

    Release date: April 23, 2013

    (Christie Craig)

    ***

    The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (harlequinbooks)

    ***

    The Program by Suzanne Young

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

    ***

    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders) – the authors talk about their recently released book

    ***

    The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (RandomBooks) – the author talks about her desert island books

    ***

    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders) – the author talks about her soon to be released book

    ***

    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

    Share

    Top 10 Book Covers of 2012

    top10

    Today is Day Two 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.

    05

    The topic for today is…

    Best Book Covers of 2012

    This time I’m glad it’s only for books released in 2012, because there are some amazing 2013 covers that I love, love, love including…

    Mary Lindsey’s ASHES ON THE WAVES, Amanda Hocking’s TIDAL, Karsten Knight’s AFTERGLOW, Bethany Griffin’s DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, Brodi Ashton’s EVERBOUND, Courtney Allison Moulton’s SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE, Scott Tracey’s PHANTOM EYES, Kimberly Derting’s THE ESSENCE, A.G. Howard’s SPLINTERED, Cassandra Clare’s CLOCKWORK PRINCESS…

    Yeah, 2013 is going to be impossible… unless that IS my 2013 list….

    Last year I had the most challenging time choosing just ten covers for my Top 10 Book Covers of 2011. This year it was even worse, so I did include a small gallery of other favorites. But seriously, that’s not cheating!

    Cover-Love

    1.

    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    2.

    Vessel

    VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    3.

    Born Wicked Cover

    BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    4.

    Soul Screamers Volume Two

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOL. 2 by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    5.

    Everneath

    EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    6.

    Arise

    ARISE by Tara Hudson

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    7.

    Timepiece cover

    TIMEPIECE by Myra McEntire

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    8.

    Illuminate Cover

    ILLUMINATE by Aimee Agresti

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    9.

    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    10.

    Lullaby

    LULLABY by Amanda Hocking

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Honorable-Mentions


    02

    Once again my favorite covers seem to be those with ladies in them. But this year it’s not all about the dress.

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH has just the most gorgeous colors, textures and fonts.

    VESSEL is just stunning. I have no other words.

    BORN WICKED has just this warm old-fashioned elegance.

    ARISE has wonderfully rich, dark and beautiful colors.

    TIMEPIECE is so creative and different and eye-catching.

    ILLUMINATE has wings and a gilded elegance.

    GRAVE MERCY has a crossbow which I didn’t see the first hundred times I looked at the cover.

    And LULLABY has such vivid and lively colors.

    So what if I’m totally enchanted by SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO and EVERNEATH because of the dresses and the wispy delicate feel to those dresses. They’re beautiful.

    What can I say? These are my cover love picks after all.

    ***

    It’s still not too late to sign up for the event. 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… or tomorrow… you can!

    Tomorrow’s topic is YOUR CHOICE. Whether it be villains or love triangles or books with your favorite quotes, it’s up to you. And while I totally wanted to pick villains again, many of my villains have turned into book boyfriends… don’t ask… please.

    I also would have loved to do a post of books with my favorite passages, but many of those books are 2013 reads or secret books. So I chose … nope, I won’t reveal that here. You’ll have to tune in tomorrow to find out what MY CHOICE will be.

    03

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

    And don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway on…

    TCoB

    PLEASE NOTE: This is the SAME Linky List that is on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your links once!


    Share

    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #75

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

    These are books for the week of June 5th-June 11th that I have pre-ordered.

    Fiktshun-Divider-2-NEW

    Arise by Tara Hudson will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Publshed by HarperTeen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Arise is the second book in Tara Hudson’s Hereafter series. The third book in the series, Elegy, is slated for release in 2013.

    ***

    I am so excited to finally be able to continue Amelia and Joshua’s story. I loved the writing and leisurely pacing of Hereafter and I can’t wait to go back to it once again in Arise. While I had traded for an early copy, I hadn’t been able to move it up in the pile before release, but I really hope I can read my pre-ordered copy this week.

    I once again have serious cover love. So far this series has had absolutely amazing covers. But it’s not just about the cover love. I love the romantic, old-fashioned romance the two characters have. I am super hopeful that their love story continues in this book and that Amelia is able to find a way for them to have a future together.

    The description promises a road trip to New Orleans where Amelia and Joshua look for answers. It also hints that even more questions will arise and that a new character, Gabrielle, will offer a chance for Amelia to have a “sort of half-life.” I am just so curious to find out what price Amelia will have to pay for this chance or if the “evil spirits of the netherworld” will claim her before she gets the opportunity to decide if the price is worth paying.

    Although I haven’t taken an early peek, HarperTeen is offering a long look inside, HERE.

    Surrender by Elana Johnson will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Surrender is the sequel to Possession by author Elana Johnson.

    ***

    While I haven’t yet read Possession, as soon as I heard Surrender was available to pre-order for the Kindle, I added it to the list. I love the idea of this series and now that book two’s release is here, I may just have to read both books back-to-back.

    I did take a peek at the description because I’d heard that this sequel was a different character’s story. And I was instantly grabbed by the description’s first sentence: “Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…”

    That was enough to sell me on this sequel. But the rest of the description is just as enticing. The main character, Raine, has a dangerous ability that she must keep secret. So, of course I’m dying to find out just what that is.

    Raine is the Director’s daughter and is also Vi’s roommate. She has been ordered to spy on Vi and report back to her father, but she’s curious as to what exactly Vi knows and why her father wants it to remain hidden.

    I, too, am super curious as to what Vi knows and just why she’s been brainwashed. And I can’t wait to find out more about the rebel Jag Barque.

    I really hope to catch up on this series this summer. It just sounds so awesome.

    Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Monument 14 is the first book in a new series by the same name.

    ***

    I only fairly recently heard about Monument 14 as it seems everyone had an early copy and was talking about it on the blogs. And while I didn’t read any of the chatter, I did take a look at it on Goodreads and then instantly added it to my pre-orders.

    This book does sound as action-packed as the description promises. And I love stories where there are a small group of individuals banding together against external forces, like in Stephen King’s The Mist.

    I can’t wait to find out how the the fourteen children trapped in the chain store manage to survive against the disasters happening outside its doors. With the varying ages of the children in the group and the multitude of disasters that are “tearing the world…apart” it sounds like it will take a lot to ensure their safety. But I am super excited to find out if or how they do survive. And I am so super curious to find out what the meaning is behind the book’s title.

    To check out a sample of Monument 14, there is a chapter sampler courtesy of Fierce Reads available at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble which also includes samples of Of Poseidon, Shadow and Bone and Struck.

    Mirage by Kristi Cook will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 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 384 pages.

    Mirage is the second book in the Winterhaven series by author Kristi Cook.

    ***

    I am so super psyched that Mirage is finally coming out. It feels like forever since I read Haven. I thought that book was such a quick and fun read and I adored Violet McKenna. And I can’t wait to head back to Winterhaven to find out what’s in store for her in this sequel.

    According to the description, Violet has a “disturbing vision” which makes her question everything including whether she and Aidan are “mean to be.” I am extremely nervous about who the two people are that will “meet a violent end” if the vision comes true. I really hope one of those two isn’t Aidan. And I’m very curious to meet the “mysterious newcomer.”

    I am so glad the wait is finally over and I can’t wait to read Mirage, hopefully, in the next couple weeks.

    All These Lives by Sarah Wylie will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 256 pages.

    ***

    I fell in love with this cover when I first saw it, so I may have pre-ordered All These Lives solely based on cover love. Although I had an early copy from a trade, I gave it away knowing I wouldn’t get a chance to read it early, but I’m thrilled my eBook copy downloads this week. The description sounds so intriguing and heartbreaking.

    I love the idea that the main character Dani believes she has extra lives and that to cope with her twin sister’s illness she tries to give those extra lives away. And it sounds absolutely heartrending that in addition to dealing with the potential loss of her sister she may also have to come to the realization that she doesn’t in fact have any extra lives.

    This book sounds like it will be absolutely heartbreaking. And while I can’t wait to meet Dani, I hope there is some happiness mixed in with an ending that is bound to be sad.

    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Shadow and Bone is the first book in the author’s The Grisha Trilogy. Book two, Siege and Storm is slated for release in 2013 and book three, Ruin and Rising, is slated for release in 2014.

    ***

    I’ve heard that Shadow and Bone is an absolutely amazing book. I had an early copy which I gave away as I couldn’t read it early, but now I am slightly regretting I didn’t make the time. At least my pre-order downloads this week, so I can find out just what everyone has been gushing about.

    A “war-ravaged country,” a life-saving power and “monsters who feast on human flesh” make this book sound unbelievably wicked cool. I am dying to meet Alina Starkov and find out just what her power is, what it means to be a part of the Grisha and to see whether she will be able to save her kingdom.

    This story sounds dark, action-packed, with a setting that’s very different from any of the books I’ve been reading lately. And with all the chatter about this new series, I can’t wait to finally get a chance to read it.

    To check out chapters one through five of Shadow and Bone for the Kindle or Nook visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

    Whisper of Souls by Michelle Zink will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook novella is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

    Whisper of Souls is a novella in the author’s Prophecy of the Sisters series. Two additional novellas, Mistress of Souls and Rise of Souls will also be published this summer.

    ***

    I love author Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters series. Though I still have to read the final book, I am excited that there are three novellas in the series releasing this summer. And I can’t wait to check out Whisper of Souls when it downloads this week.

    According to the description, this first story is about Alice and Lia’s mother Adelaide who is beginning to lose her mind because the “otherworldly Souls” are haunting her, trying to gain entry into this world. And one of those souls is a powerful demon, Samael, who is extremely difficult to resist.

    If she gives in to him, her daughters will inherit her curse and become Guardian and Gate. But resisting is causing her to “descend into madness.”

    I can’t wait to get another look at this amazing world the author created. And I love getting the chance to read this story about Adelaide. I really, really hope I can sneak this one in this week.

    Stunning (Pretty Little Liars #11) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: June 5, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    ***

    Tempest Unleashed (Tempest #2) by Tracey Deebs

    Pub. Date: June 5, 2012

    Published by: Walker Children’s Books

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    ***

    I had no idea until the second I created this post that I had six full-length books and one eNovella pre-ordered. This is one huge add to the reading pile this week as all of these are TBRs and many of them are books I’m dying to read right now.

    I am extremely curious about Monument 14 as it seems totally different from what I’ve been reading lately. But I’m also pretty desperate to check out Shadow and Bone since everyone seems to be saying that it’s amazing.

    And I’ve been fighting the urge not to pre-order Tempest Unleashed as I have the first book on my Kindle but haven’t yet read it. I am just trying so hard to not pre-order sequels if I haven’t read the first book, but I’m not sure how well that’s going.

    I really hope I haven’t missed any new awesome titles this week, though I suppose I’ll find out when I check out some of my favorite blogs.

    Anyway, before I make this long post any longer…. I hope you have a happy book buying and reading week this week!

    ***

    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!

    Share

    Book Watch: Arise


    Arise by Tara Hudson will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats.

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

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Arise is the sequel to author Tara Hudson’s Hereafter.

    ***

    There was no question that I’d be choosing Arise by Tara Hudson as the book to watch for the week of June 5th. I thought Hereafter was a beautifully written and incredibly sweet and charming love story that had a timeless feel to it.

    I am curious to find out what’s been happening with Amelia and Joshua. Their love story has the potential to become a tragic one. With Amelia not quite living and with the pull of the netherworld, a happily ever after seems nearly impossible. But I am still rooting for them.

    The description for Arise hints that things haven’t improved for them since we last saw them and that they must “fight for every moment.” And in this sequel they head to New Orleans to find answers only to end up with even more questions. But a new character gives them hope with the ability to lead a “half-life.” An existence, according to the description, Amelia is willing to pay any price to have.

    With a new setting, new characters and new hope for Amelia and Joshua’s love story, Arise sounds like it will be another enchanting installment in this series about a more-than-star-crossed love story with virtually insurmountable odds. And with yet another gorgeous cover, this is a book that I’m super excited to spotlight this week.

    If you want to get an early peek inside, there’s a nice long excerpt of Arise on Goodreads. Just CLICK HERE.

    ***

    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    ***

    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.

    Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life…a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price.

    Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

    ***

    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    There are two other awesome books releasing on June 5th:

    Surrender (Possession #2) by Elana Johnson

    All These Lives by Sarah Wylie

    Share

    The Extras: Teasers #6

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

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

    ***

    I have five favorite passages in this book. One which is a total spoiler and is tied for my favorite. It is so hard not to reveal it right here and now because there is nothing I want to talk about more.

    The other one in the tie is slightly less revealing, but could potentially be seen as a spoiler. I may reveal parts of that in my defense of Tod when he goes up in the tournament against Archer Cross, but we’ll see.

    My third favorite passage I might just add to the teasers next month. That’s still TBD. So here is my fourth favorite. And no, I will not tell you who said it or who is being talked about.

    Anonymous – sorry, but this is a teaser after all:

    “He feels…addictive.” She hugged her own stomach, and her backpack swung to one side, but she didn’t seem to notice. “When he looks at you, you feel really, really good. Like an afterglow that’s not…after. You want things, and you know he can give them to you, and when he looks away, it feels like the spotlight left you to shine on someone else, and you’ll do anything to bring it back. To feel that heat.”

    (As this quote is from an ARC, when the finished book is released I will check it against that source for accuracy.)

    There are actually quite a few hot and steamy passages in this book. Some that would easily rate above a PG-13. But while they were some of my favorites, they didn’t tease me nearly as much as this one did.

    And although I read this book twice, and have thought about what exactly this passage might mean, I still have no idea. So, this is as much a teaser for me as it might be to those who haven’t yet read this book.

    King Lucifer to Luc:

    “I know what she is, and I’m going to have her, Lucifer. She was mine in the Beginning and she’ll be mine again. There’s nothing you can do to stop me.”

    It was fairly difficult to choose a teaser for this book. There were a few rather beautiful passages in this story and several entertaining ones, but I always tend to favor those about love.

    I wanted to include the entire interaction to give a complete picture – cutting it off short would have been too cruel. But in order not to give too much away, I decided to leave the name of the boy who kissed Violet a mystery.

    Violet and…(well now, to find out you’ll just have to read it) :

    He just stepped closer to me, right on my shadow, which had been the only thing between us. His eyes were angry and conflicted but his hands were gentle on my face, wrapping around the back of my neck. He pulled slightly and I stumbled forward. His mouth closed over mine, the kiss sending warmth shooting all the way from my belly down to my knees. His tongue was bold, sliding over mine as if I were strawberry ice cream. I felt devoured, delicious, decadent.

    He stopped abruptly, pulling back, his breath ragged.

    “I’m not good enough for you either.”

    I really thought about teasing some of the funnier lines in the story, and there are so many humorous and twisted passages. Those passages, and they were many, were my favorites.

    But as they really need to be discovered in context with the rest of the story, and would also spoil some of the enjoyment in reading this book if I revealed them here, I decided on one that gives just a little insight into Jana’s thoughts about Michael.

    In her eyes, he really was her one true love, her soul mate, her Romeo.

    Jana’s thoughts about Michael:

    She thought of the times she’d danced with Michael. When they danced, they became one person. They gave themselves to each other. Just like when they kissed. His lips were hers. Her lips were his. When she and Michael kissed, they owned each other, but not themselves. Two people becoming one person was the way Jana had always imagined true love.

    I know I already included a short quote with my review, but there were a number of passages that I loved in this book. So, as this is the teaser post, I thought I’d include a longer one here.

    It’s still not my favorite quote, as that one is filled with much innuendo and is definitely above the PG-13 rating I’m trying to keep here on the blog, so sadly (or not so sadly) that one can only be discovered by reading the book for yourself.

    Wolfe to Rogan:

    He cocked his eyebrow. “At first I thought imposed isolation would make you miss me-“

    “Why you arro-“

    “-But then I realised that it’s being near me you can’t resist. And there are only so many kisses you’ll take before you give in to me completely, Rogan.”

    I already included one of my favorite passages in my review, but there were a few more gems in this book. Sin was such a sarcastic main character and couldn’t help some of the hilarious things she said, so I almost included one of her best lines as the teaser.

    But, as is to be expected, I decided instead to include something much more swoon-worthy.

    Cynthia and…if you can even believe it…Alan:

    He was gorgeous by moonlight, hair and skin turned a hazy golden color, his eyes starlit-night blue and so sweet, so deep, pools you could drop your heart into and lose it forever.

    “Cynthia,” he murmured, fingers still brushing her cheek, making her shiver. “I’m not lying.”

    I included my very favorite passage in my review, but this one is also so completely awesome. It is from the same scene as the one I chose before, which goes on for a few pages and has so many amazing passages.

    This scene alone, which is just about mid-way through the book, makes this story worth a read.

    Amelia and Joshua:

    …We leaned into each other and pressed our lips together.

    The kiss crashed over me, wave upon wave of fire. The ache exploded across my chest like an atom bomb, incinerating everything in its path. I let it burn me; I let it consume me.

    Almost every single passage in this story had such a beautiful flow. I included the one I thought was the most powerful – and didn’t contain any spoilers – in my review.

    This was another passage that I thought was absolutely amazing, but I’ve only included a portion – enough to tease but not reveal too much.

    Chloe’s thoughts:

    They forgot who she was:

    Something fantastic we could never explain. Someone better and bolder than every one of us. Someone to paint murals and build bridges for. Someone worth every ounce of our love.

    Someone powerful, but in the end not powerful enough.

    ***

    Last month I decided not to post a teaser from If I Die by Rachel Vincent. But as Tod just won his first match (but hopefully not his last) in the YA Crush Tourney, I thought I’d post a small teaser here. I’ll save the slightly bigger one until either my next match in the tourney or next month’s teasers post.

    And although I read and reviewed Supernaturally, I completely forgot to write down my favorite passages and have since given away both copies of the book. So any teasers I have for it will have to be included in the post next month. Sorry!

    Share

    Review: Hereafter

    Hereafter by Tara Hudson was released in the U.S. on June 7, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Hereafter is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    Goodreads description:

    Can there truly be love after death?

    Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

    Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

    Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss.

    ***

    Amelia wasn’t sure just how long she wandered beside the riverbank shouting at passersby to try and capture their attention.

    It could have been months or even years. But the numbness she felt toward her surroundings and the fog she waded through made distinguishing the days difficult.

    All she knew was that she was alone, a ghost among the living, and that the nightmares she had about her death were the only things that reminded her that at one time she had been alive.

    She did not know how long she had been in this state, this in between, and she didn’t know how long it would continue. But if it weren’t for the boy, she thought it might have continued forever.

    This boy who plunged into her river, whose life she could see ebbing from him in front of her very eyes. Who would die if she couldn’t do anything to save him.

    But she was never visible to the living, her cries could not be heard and her touch could not be felt. She had no way to prevent his demise, no matter how badly all of a sudden she wanted to. How desperately she needed to.

    And when he opened his eyes and saw her. Really saw her. She knew that somehow she had to save him. Because for the first time, in who knows how long, that feeling of aimlessness left her. She felt a connection to him, a connection to the world of the living.

    But ghosts weren’t supposed to be seen and spirits weren’t supposed to remain unclaimed for as long as she was.

    And now that she was no longer drifting she would have to make a choice. Try to find the path toward somewhere else, somewhere away from the darkness beneath the bridge or choose to join with the Eli and fulfill whatever dark purpose he had in store for her.

    But whatever choice she made would be away from the boy she saved. Away from the boy she loved. Because no matter what choice she made it was not here with Joshua in the land of the living but somewhere in the hereafter.

    ***

    Hereafter is a timeless and beautiful and very unconventional love story that is sad and sweet and so completely romantic.

    It is the story of a beautiful girl, a wayward spirit, who is lost until she saves a boy from meeting the same fate she had.

    Her rescue of him helped to save her, too. But it also captured the attention of a power hungry spirit, Eli, who was determined for her to join him and together they would exist in this world beneath the one she now occupied, luring other spirits in to build up this netherworld.

    While she knew that she did not want to join him, or serve the masters he served, she was looking for answers that only he could provide. But with limited choices and a time clock that was counting down, she would have to make a deal with him in order to get the answers she needed before time ran out for her and for Joshua.

    Author Tara Hudson has a written a captivating first book in this new series. Each piece of the puzzle about who Amelia is gets filled in over the course of the story, but questions still remain about what she is capable of, how will she fight the powers of darkness, how long can she remain as she has been, and what is to become of her and Joshua.

    Will their love truly be able to survive death? With two more books planned in the series we may not get an answer to that question for awhile, but this is definitely an alluring new series to follow.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    On a personal note:

    There is something very “bygone era” about Hereafter. I’m not sure if it was the setting or the character names, but even though it took place in the present, I felt like I was taken back to the 1800s and Amelia and Joshua were from a different time. And it was this timeless quality that made their romance even more enchanting.

    I loved how the story was set up. Right from the start I was taken into Amelia’s world – lost and confused and terrified and alone.

    Her only connection, the only thing that grounds her, comes in the form of the boy, Joshua, who she saves from a death similar to her own. And it is Joshua who helps her find out who she was and just what happened to her.

    I love the fact that he is so quick to accept her existence. And even though it may seem fast, it is explained in the story in a way that is very believable.

    The love story was heartwarming, but wasn’t even my favorite part of this story. I can hardly believe it myself – as that’s almost always the thing that reels me in. But it was the mystery about the darkness under the bridge, the netherworld, Amelia’s uniqueness, and Eli that kept me riveted to the story.

    And all the challenges she and Joshua face, as well as the possibilities the two of them may have for a future, kept my curiosity piqued about what else I might expect in the next book in the series.

    Hereafter starts off at a slower pace that continues to build throughout the story, until the last third of the book, which is fast-paced and action-packed. Even though it started off slower, the entire story was a very quick read. The writing had a nice flow and kept me engaged with the characters and the plot from beginning to end.

    I definitely have a little crush on Joshua, even though he’s almost too good to be true. But I hope there is no dark side to his character that will make an appearance later in the series.

    Favorite passage:

    I could feel it all: the pressure of his arms around me, the grip of his fingers at my waist, the warmth of his breath on my skin. Everything I knew about myself and my relationship to the living world told me this was impossible. But that didn’t matter right now. What mattered was that I felt alive. I felt everything.

    Book trailer for Hereafter:

    This review is based on an eARC I received courtesy of HarperTeen and NetGalley.

    Share

Graphics

All content - except for guest posts and guest reviews - has been written by me and can not be copied or used without permission. All graphics and images used on my site – aside from book covers used for purposes of discussion – have either been given to me by authors, publishers or bloggers for guest posts, blog tours, interviews or promotion, have been sourced, have been designed by me or have been purchased for my exclusive use. Aside from images with a “grab code” beneath, no images can be used or displayed without permission.

FTC

All reviews on this website are unbiased and reviewers are in no way compensated for their reviews by the author, publisher, or any other agencies. While some reviews may be based on receipt of ARC copies of an authors work, a fair and impartial review is always given by the reviewer. Most of the reviews, however, are based upon books purchased after publication date.