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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #180

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

    These are books for the week of June 10th-June 16th that I have pre-ordered.


    The Murder Complex
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    THE MURDER COMPLEX by Lindsay Cummings released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE MURDER COMPLEX is the first full-length book in a new series by Author Lindsay Cummings. A prequel novella, THE FEAR TRIALS, released last week.


    I am so excited that THE MURDER COMPLEX releases today and that it is happily living on my Kindle just waiting for me to read it. I have been anxiously awaiting its release since I first read the description and while I didn’t get the chance to read it early, I will (hopefully) be reading it this weekend.

    Of course I want to read the prequel novella first.

    The premise of this story sounds awesome, as does everything about it. I can’t wait to find out just how “blood-soaked” this story and world are. I can’t wait to meat Meadow. And I really can’t wait to meet Zephyr. (Who doesn’t love an assassin?)

    The description promises a story that is action-packed. And I cannot wait to see just how dark and deadly this story is.

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    An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

    Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

    The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

    Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.


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    WINGS by Elizabeth Richards released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, 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 400 pages.

    WINGS is the third and final full-length novel in Elizabeth Richards’ Black City trilogy.


    I can’t believe that WINGS, the final book in the series, is releasing this week. I loved the first book in this series and read just about half of the sequel before deciding to put it on hold when I found out that the second book’s ending had yet another killer cliffhanger.

    But now that this series is available in its entirety I’m super excited to pick it back up and take it to its end. I’ve heard (thanks Jaime!) that the third book is the best yet. And I cannot wait.

    I haven’t read the description for WINGS because I haven’t finished PHOENIX. So I don’t know what happened with Natalie and Ash. I don’t know what’s going on with the rebellion. I don’t know what became of the very creepy Purian Rose.

    If all goes as planned I’ll be reading this in the next couple of weeks after finishing PHOENIX, and I cannot wait.

    Description…

    Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn’t heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

    Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it’s the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won’t give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

    A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.


    Wicked Games
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    WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 352 pages.

    WICKED GAMES is the first book in a new series by Author Sean Olin.


    Ever since I first saw the title for WICKED GAMES I knew that I had to pre-order it. And after reading the description I was thrilled that it was the first book in a series. And while I haven’t had the chance to read it before the finished copy downloaded to my Kindle, I definitely will be reading it this month.

    I’m in such a mood for a thriller, especially one that involves betrayal and bloodshed, and where lines are blurred. And if it has the “shocking, nail-biting” finish that the description promises, I think this will be the perfect read for me.

    I love stories about revenge. I can’t wait to see what wicked games are played. I can’t wait to find out who comes out on top, and who loses. And now, I’m thinking I might not be able to wait much longer than a couple of days before I dive in.

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    Wicked Games is the first book in a sexy thriller series where passion, lies, and revenge collide-perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Sara Shepard.

    To all the locals in the small beach town of Dream Point, Carter and Lilah seem like the perfect It Couple-but their relationship is about to brutally unravel before everyone’s eyes.

    Carter has always been a good guy, and while Lilah has a troubled past, she’s been a loyal girlfriend for the last four years. When smart, sexy Jules enters the picture at a senior-year bash, Carter succumbs to temptation. And when Lilah catches wind of his betrayal, she decides that Jules needs to pay.

    By the end of the summer, the line between right and wrong will be blurred beyond recognition. Blood will be shed. Nothing in Dream Point will ever be the same.

    This juicy summer read will keep readers turning pages until the shocking, nail-biting finale.


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    BRAZEN by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on June 12, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 528 pages.


    I can’t wait for BRAZEN to release later this week. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this story about Henry Fitzroy and Mary Howard. I love the history behind these characters, and I am super excited the author decided to tell their tale.

    I have no idea how much of the story will be historically accurate. I don’t know how much will veer from fact to fiction. But I am going to love finding out.

    As this doesn’t release until Thursday, I won’t even get the chance to take a peek until then. But if I’m between reads, this might just be a book I’m going to have to start reading right away. Because I’m just so curious.

    Description…

    Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?


    My Last Kiss
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    MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 368 pages.


    I was so excited to get the chance to read MY LAST KISS a bit early. And I LOVED it and am totally stoked that the finished copy downloaded to my Kindle and is now a part of my permanent collection.

    This was a one-sit-read for me – which is very unusual for a print book – but I just couldn’t put it down. I loved the writing. It totally grabbed me from the very start. I loved the idea of the story from the moment I read the description. And the actual story was even better than I’d hoped.

    As I have read it, and hope to review it, I don’t want to reveal too much here. But I will just say that the description was not wrong in calling this debut novel suspenseful.

    Description…

    What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?

    Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss–the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died–is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.

    If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made–good and bad–that led to her last kiss.

    Bethany Neal’s suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart.


    Don't You Forget About Me

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    (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME by Kate Karyus Quinn released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, 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 352 pages.


    I cannot believe that (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME released today and that I didn’t get the chance to read it early. When it downloaded to my Kindle at midnight, I was totally shocked. And majorly bummed.

    I love this author’s way of storytelling. It’s eerie and totally captivating. And I can’t wait to see if it will be the same for her new book.

    Gardnerville sounds majorly creepy – yes I’m creeped out by the idea of paradise. Especially when “paradise” requires a sacrifice in blood.

    I can’t wait to find out whether Skylar is able to stop whatever power is controlling the town. I can’t wait to see whether the power infects her and she ends up like her sister instead.

    I really hope to be able to read this in the next few weeks. If not, I’ll definitely be adding this to the pile over the Fourth of July weekend.

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    Welcome to Gardnerville.

    A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

    Except…

    There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

    Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.


    Other Books of Note

    The Strange MaidTHE STRANGE MAID (The United States of Asgard #2) by Tessa Gratton

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Fans of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Maggie Stiefvater will embrace the richly drawn, Norse-influenced alternate world of the United States of Asgard, where cell phones, rock bands, and evangelical preachers coexist with dragon slaying, rune casting, and sword training in schools. Where the president runs the country alongside a council of Valkyries, gods walk the red carpet with Hollywood starlets, and the U.S. military has a special battalion dedicated to eradicating Rocky Mountain trolls.

    Signy Valborn was seven years old when she climbed the New World Tree and met Odin Alfather, who declared that if she could solve a single riddle, he would make her one of his Valkyrie. For ten years Signy has trained in the arts of war, politics, and leadership, never dreaming that a Greater Mountain Troll might hold the answer to the riddle, but that’s exactly what Ned the Spiritless promises her. A mysterious troll hunter who talks in riddles and ancient poetry, Ned is a hard man to trust. Unfortunately, Signy is running out of time. Accompanied by an outcast berserker named Soren Bearstar, she and Ned take off across the ice sheets of Canadia to hunt the mother of trolls and claim Signy’s destiny.


    The Glass SentenceTHE GLASS SENTENCE (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1) by S.E. Grove

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

    Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

    Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

    The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.


    Born of DeceptionBORN OF DECEPTION (Born of Illusion #2) by Teri Brown

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

    But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

    As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

    Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.


    PushPUSH (The Game #2) by Eve Silver

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    It’s either break the rules or die.

    Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.

    But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone—something—else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.

    And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.

    Push is the sequel Rush fans will be screaming for.


    Lies My Girlfriend Told MeLIES MY GIRLFRIEND TOLD ME by Julie Anne Peters

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee’s room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee’s cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: “Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you.”

    Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life–secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she’s been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee’s phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

    Brought together by Swanee’s lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they’d thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to–but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?


    The MercilessTHE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

    Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

    Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

    Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

    In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?


    GloryGLORY (Dust Chronicles #3) by Maureen McGowan

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Skyscape

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Glory is a Deviant. That is what she was always taught, growing up in the domed city of Haven. She has the power to kill with her gaze, but she’s learned to control this power and use it only against the monstrous Shredders, who survive on the asteroid dust that mutated their DNA.

    Now living in a settlement Outside, Glory has the chance to embrace her “Gift” and reunite her remaining family. But she can’t hide from the threat of Shredder attacks or the knowledge of what Management is doing to the employees of Haven.

    Can she face losing everything she has left to bring freedom to Haven? Will she choose the familiar safety of Cal’s love or risk Burn’s dangerous passion? Ultimately, Glory must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her family safe, and what it really means to be a monster.

    This is the riveting finale to The Dust Chronicles trilogy.


    InlandINLAND by Kat Rosenfield

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.

    Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.

    But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air … it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.


    HexedHEXED (The Witch Hunter #1) by Michelle Krys

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

    Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

    Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.


    The Fallen CoverTHE FALLEN (The Enemy #5) by Charlie Higson

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The Enemy is among us . . . First the sickness rotted the adults’ minds. Then their bodies. Now they stalk the streets of London, hunting human flesh.

    The Holloway crew are survivors. They’ve fought their way across the city and made it to the Natural History Museum alive–just barely. But their fight will never end while the Enemy lives, unless there’s another way. . . .

    The kids at the museum are looking for a cure. All they need are medical supplies.To get them they must venture down unfamiliar streets, where it isn’t only crazed, hungry sickos who lurk in the shadows.

    In this fifth terrifying entry in Charlie Higson’s Enemy series, suddenly it’s not so clear who–or what–the enemy is.


    On the Road to Find OutON THE ROAD TO FIND OUT by Rachel Toor

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A funny, uplifting debut about running, romance—and dealing with college rejection and other hurdles

    On New Year’s Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges—including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love—and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined.


    Starbird Murphy and the World OutsideSTARBIRD MUPHY AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE by Karen Finneyfrock

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In her sixteen years of life, Starbird has never touched a dollar bill. She’s never been in a car. She’s never used a cell phone. That’s because Starbird has always lived on the Free Family Farm, a commune in the woods of Washington State. But all that is about to change. When Starbird gets her “Calling” to be a waitress at the Free Family’s restaurant in Seattle, she decides to leave behind the only home she’s ever known.

    Nothing could have prepared Starbird for the World Outside, or for what it would teach her about the Family—and herself.

    From the author of The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door comes this hilarious and poignant story about finding your true calling in life.


    Other Releases

    WHEN MR. DOG BITES by Brian Conaghan

    CRATER TRUEBLOOD AND THE LUNAR RESCUE COMPANY (Helium-3 #3) by

    I BECOME SHADOW by Joe Shine


    It’s an amazing week for new releases. I have at least four books that I hadn’t pre-ordered that I plan on buying once I get my next paycheck – THE STRANGE MAID, BORN OF DECEPTION, PUSH and LIES MY GIRLFRIEND TOLD ME. And as THE MERCILESS sounds so creepy and awesome I’m probably going to be adding that to the collection, too.

    Oooh…. and maybe INLAND.

    Ugh… so many books!

    Okay, so I’m not really complaining. But still. Each week my Kindle flips two pages with all the new releases and review eBooks. And I definitely cannot read even close to that fast. But I’m trying.

    And on that note, so that I can get back to reading my current read, which releases next week, I’ll just wish you a happy book birthday to those with books releasing today and happy reading to those who just can’t wait to dive into these newly released books!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #130

    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 25th-July 1st that I have pre-ordered.

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    In the After

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    IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 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 464 pages.

    IN THE AFTER is the first book in author Demitria Lunetta’s series of the same name. No information is yet available about other books in the series.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that IN THE AFTER is releasing this week. This book sounds soooo good. Chilling. Totally chilling. I’ve been dying to read it forever. And I just discovered that I have the printed ARC which Jaime of Two Chicks on Books had given to me.

    So maybe I don’t have to wait until my pre-order downloads on Monday Midnight to start reading this book. Because I am so curious about “Them” – who and what they are and why they are. I want to know why, after arriving in New Hope, things are still not ideal for Amy and Baby.

    And I really, really want to know what exactly happened before. Because life in the after does not sound at all good for those who live in it.

    The description calls IN THE AFTER “thrilling” and “pulse-pounding” and I cannot wait to be thrilled, to have my pulse race and to find out just what happens in this book whose release I’ve been waiting forever for.

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    The Lost Sun

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    THE LOST SUN by Tessa Gratton will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE LOST SUN is the first book in the author’s The United States of Asgard series. No information is yet available about other books in the series.

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    I absolutely adore Tessa Gratton’s writing. I think she is an amazing writer and I cannot wait for this fascinating new series to begin. As soon as I heard about THE LOST SUN I instantly pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    While I knew that this was a new series and I had read the first line of the description, I didn’t actually take a closer look at it until now. I didn’t need to because the author’s books are ones I will automatically add to my collection. But now that I have….

    I cannot wait to meet Soren Bearskin. I love that this world has Norse mythology at its base. I love that the story involves warriors, battles and berserking. And I love, love, love that the setting includes both an Academy and a road trip.

    I really, really hope to be able to sneak this on the pile next week, as I cannot wait to get lost in this story of a missing god and embark upon a new series by this wonderfully imaginative author.

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    Weather Witch

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    WEATHER WITCH by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    WEATHER WITCH is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Shannon Delany. The second book in the series, STORMBRINGER, is slated for release on January 14, 2014.

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    I cannot believe that WEATHER WITCH is releasing this week. I’ve been dying to get my early eARC on the pile so that I could read it before its release and before my pre-ordered copy downloads. Something I still hope to do this afternoon.

    I love that this is set in the 1800s and that it mixes together affluent society and witchcraft. I am so curious about what exactly a weather witch does – aside from what I imagine is to influence or control the weather – and just why harboring one is “the greatest of social sins.” And I can’t wait to start this new series by this author.

    The description is a bit vague about just where the story is headed, but its setting, at such an interesting time period in a country at the brink of war is incredibly enticing. I love that the setting is dark, I love that the description sounds more than a little bit ominous.

    And I can’t wait to get this on the pile either this afternoon or in the next couple of week so that I can get answers to my questions and meet Jordan, Rowen and Catrina.

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    After Daybreak

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    AFTER DAYBREAK by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on June 25, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    AFTER DAYBREAK is the third and final book in the Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy by the authors.

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    I have fallen just a little bit behind on this series, but now that AFTER DAYBREAK, the final book in the trilogy, is releasing, I am excited to get caught up. I really enjoyed the setting and its characters in the first book in the series and getting the chance to continue the story to its end is incredibly appealing.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description for this third book – I know, I know, I really shouldn’t have – but I’m so glad I did, because it makes me want to read this series to its conclusion even more. Especially since it mentions nothing about it being the final book or how things might end.

    So I’m wildly curious. And I’m even more curious about what happened to Dawn in L.A.

    As I own book two and this book is downloading this week, I hope to be able to read both books back-to-back in July. Because I want to know whether Dawn and Victor will be able to defeat Sin and stop the spread of the Thirst.

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    Ashes on the Waves

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    ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on June 27, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I am so excited that ASHES ON THE WAVES is releasing later this week and that everyone will get the chance to meet Liam and Annabel in this dark and gorgeous book. And I can’t wait for my print copy to arrive… which I’m hoping will be earlier than Thursday.

    As I just rambled about this book in my post yesterday and have already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post earlier this month, I am not going to say much more except that I am so thrilled for the author that her beautiful book will be on shelves this week and that everyone can fall in love as I have.

    I have been excited for this story ever since I got a very early sneak peek back in September 2011. I fell in love with its premise and its main character instantly. And when I got the chance to read it early nearly one year later, back in September 2012, I was over the moon. It was every bit as captivating, beautiful, dark as I imagined it would be.

    And I’m totally stoked that this story will finally be available in its finished form for me to add to my collection in both print and electronic formats on Thursday.

    Other Books of Note

    Hidden

    HIDDEN (Avena #1) by Marianne Curley

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Paradox

    PARADOX by A.J. Paquette

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Robin Palmer

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Speak

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Winterveil

    WINTERVEIL (Wintercraft #3) by Jenna Burtenshaw

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Ink

    INK (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Since You Asked

    SINCE YOU ASKED by Maurene Goo

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Neptune's Tears

    NEPTUNE’S TEARS (Timedance #1) by Susan Waggoner

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A Moment Comes

    A MOMENT COMES  by Jennifer Bradbury

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

    CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND (Confessions #2) by Louise Rozett

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Forevermore

    FOREVERMORE by Cindy Miles

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Point

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Golden Boy

    GOLDEN BOY by Tara Sullivan

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Previously released as THE BLESSED

    Precious Blood

    PRECIOUS BLOOD (The Blessed #1) by Tonya Hurley

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Golden Girl

    GOLDEN GIRL (The American Fairy #2) by Sarah Zettel

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Feros

    THE FEROS (The Vindico #2) by Wesley King

    Pub. Date: June 27, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    fml

    fml by Shaun David Hutchinson

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Re-issued

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    wtf by Peter Lerangis

    Pub. Date: June 25, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    When creating this post on Saturday I discovered that I did not have PARADOX by A.J. Paquette or HIDDEN by Marianne Curley pre-ordered. Which was a surprise. So, of course, today, I just had to order them.

    But as I’m so late in posting this due to a late night/almost-all-night read of PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry and some things I had to do for work today, I decided if I was ever going to get this posted I should probably not to rework my post to include them with my pre-orders above.

    Besides, although they’re technically still pre-orders, it’s cutting it close. And there is also a distinct possibility, like every week, that there will be a couple other “of note” books I end up purchasing for my Kindle before they actually release on Tuesday and beyond. Books like THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET and INK.

    Anyway…

    There are a few more titles available this week than last. And while I have seven books that will be added to my collection this week, at least I’ve read one of them… although I am re-reading it this week. So, technically it’s still on the TBR pile…. *Sigh*

    But I’m so excited for each of the books releasing this week that I have on order. And I hope to be able to read all of them in the upcoming weeks. And while hopes don’t always turn into realities, this week I really, really hope they do.

    Happy reading!

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

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

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    Authors Are Rockstars Tour: Tessa Gratton Guest Post + Giveaway

    I was so ecstatic when author Tessa Gratton accepted our invitation to be on the tour. I have been in awe of her ever since I read BLOOD MAGIC last year. It was one of my very first trades and I had the chance to devour it early.

    Which was a relief. Because, ever since I first set eyes on the cover for BLOOD MAGIC and read its description I was obsessed. I wanted that book. I just knew I would love it. It sounded gorgeous. It sounded dark. It sounded amazing. It was my kind of book.

    And oh, I was not wrong. The writing in that book was exquisite and beautiful and I was immediately taken to a place that was so very different from anywhere I’d gone in a book before… or since. And Silla and Nick are two characters that are so very memorable. Yes, even with the many books I’ve read between then and now they are unforgettable.

    And after what seems a lifetime, finally this week, with the release of THE BLOOD KEEPER, there’s a new book to read, to fall in love with, and to remember for ever and ever.

    So, why is Tessa Gratton a rockstar to me?

    Do you mean aside from being such an amazing author? Yes, Blood Magic got my off-the-menu six star rating, was a book I thought was one-of-a-kind and mesmerizing, and even forced me to use a “big word” in my review.

    Aside from writing the kinds of stories that cling to me? It’s dark. It’s haunting. It’s heartbreaking. It’s poetic. It’s gruesome. It’s beautiful. It’s everything I love.

    Aside from being brilliant and quirky and an incredible performer? Have you seen her latest YouTube video Tessa Does Shakespeare: Hamlet’s Rant for the Internet? Or where she performs Chapter Five from BLOOD MAGIC?

    Go ahead and watch. I have time. I’ll be here when you get back… maybe.

    Well… aside from all of that, she’s traveled the world, she translated BEOWULF, she loves magic, and she has – and has worn – a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bracelet. How awesome is that?

    Yeah, she’s a total rockstar to me.

    If you’re not yet convinced, just check her out online at the places she haunts, take a peek at the descriptions of her books, maybe add one or two of them to your collection, and then take a look below at the awesome guest post where she shares her Top Ten Wizard/Magical Movies.

    You can even enter the giveaway if you’d like. And let me get back to reading THE BLOOD KEEPER.

    About the Author

    When Tessa was a kid, she wanted to be a wizard. Or a paleontologist. Maybe both.

    She’s neither now, but magic and monsters are still her favorite things.

    Born in Okinawa, Japan, while her Dad was on duty with the US Navy, Tessa moved around throughout my childhood and traveled even more. She’s lived in Japan, California, Kansas, and England, and visited 4 continents.

    After graduating from the University of Kansas in 2003 with a degree in Gender Studies, she went on to graduate school for a Master’s in the same. Halfway through, she ditched the program in favor of the blood, violence, and drama of  Anglo-Saxon and Germanic epic poetry and to focus on my writing.  Tessa doesn’t have a graduate degree, but she did translate her own version of Beowulf!

    Despite having traveled all over the world, she settled in Kansas where the sunsets are all in Technicolor, with her partner, two cats, and a mutant mutt named Grendel.

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, TUMBLR, GOODREADS

    About Blood Magic

    It starts off simply.

    Draw a circle… place a dead leaf in the center… sprinkle some salt… recite a little Latin… add a drop of blood…

    Maybe that last part isn’t exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents’ horrific deaths. She’s willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep … and spill some blood.

    The book isn’t the only recent arrival in Silla’s life. There’s Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She’s not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick’s first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can’t deny their attraction. And they can’t ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS

    About The Blood Keeper

    For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. It’s all she’s ever known. Growing up on an isolated farm in Kansas with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose—she’s connected to the land and protective of the magic. And she is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions.

    Mab will do anything to keep the ancient practice alive and guard its secrets. But one morning while she is working out a particularly tricky spell she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise some mundane personal demons. He experiences Mab’s magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting.

    But secrets that were kept from Mab by the earlier generations of blood magicians have come home to roost. And she and Will are drawn back together, time again by this dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS


    Tessa’s Top Ten Wizard/Magical Movies

    When I was a kid I really wanted to find a wizard to take me as his apprentice so that I could spend fifteen years studying 17 hours a day and come out at the end as an uber-powerful, unstoppable magic machine. (I loved magic AND school.) Here are my top ten all-time favorite wizards and their magical systems from movies and television:

    1) “Labyrinth” – The Goblin King set my basic lizard-brain desire for a white feather cloak when I become a super wizard. I will avoid the goblin minions, though, as they’re not too bright. Singing would be optional.

    2) “Spirited Away” – I love magic that is based on names (a la A Wizard of Earthseaby Ursula K. LeGuin, one of the best systems of magic in books). And this one is a perfect fairy tale, to boot. It’s creepy and full of bravery. Plus, when I am a super wizard I will definitely have dragons.

    3) “Howl’s Moving Castle” – Howl the Wizard might be the most entertaining of my favorite wizards! He not only has great powers, but he cares very, very deeply about his hair. When his dye is the wrong color, he melts into green slime, which is similar to what happens to me.

    4) “Practical Magic” – Here is a fabulous introduction into folk magic, and the kind of every-day magic that families pass down. It’s also about the magic in love and in grief, so although there isn’t an uber-wizard here, the family of witches really knows what magic means.

    5) “LadyHawke” – True loves kept apart by a single magical curse? Hawk by day, wolf by night? Ferris Bueller? Epic cathedral during a solar eclipse happily ever after ending? Super 1980s synthesizer soundtrack? What’s not to love?

    6) “Legend of the Seeker” – This short lived TV show based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth books is so silly and fun, with great magic and a wizard named Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander, which is exactly the sort of name an uber-wizard needs.

    7) “Willow” – Not only is Madmartigan hilarious (and sexy), but this movie is all about a man (Willow) learning to become a wizard. He’s doing it while on a crazy quest to save the kingdom, and this magic is hard. It requires focus, determination, and heart.

    8) “Sleeping Beauty” One word: Maleficent. So she’s selfish and evil – she also turns into a dragon. A DRAGON. Did I mention how much I want one? But Maleficent doesn’t just have a dragon, she IS a dragon. And it takes other wizards, a magical sword, and a brave prince to defeat her.

    9) “Avatar: The Last Airbender” – Elemental magic, for the win. I would like to be a Fire Bender, personally, and occasionally can be found practicing forms for channeling lightning in my office.

    10) “FullMetal Alchemist” – This is my favorite anime (I love both versions, even) because of the relationship between the two brothers, and because of the amazingly complex and cool magical system. Alchemy in this world is almost exactly how I imagined wanting magic to be when I was 8 years old. Difficult, full of math and symbolism, and you could gain power just by studying and practicing! LOVE.

    If, like me, you’re studying wizardry, any of these movies would be a great place to begin. Good luck!

    [Note: This top ten list, excluding the introduction, was previously published at Sugarscape.com and is used with the permission of the author.]

    I haven’t had the chance to see all of those films, but I have seen quite a few of them. And agree wholly with her number one choice. “Labyrinth” = best magical film ever!

    Oh and “LadyHawke” breaks my heart for a moment every time I watch it. And yes, I happen to be a sucker for ’80s synthesizer soundtracks and scores. Especially The Alan Parsons Project score in this movie.

    But I digress….

    It was such an honor to be able to host an author that I think is one of the biggest rockstars ever! And while I’m sad today is the last official day of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, I couldn’t be happier having author Tessa Gratton on the blog today to close things out.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….

    What’s up for grabs:

    The Author’s Giveaway: A copy of THE CURIOSITIES, a copy of THE BLOOD KEEPER and a paperback copy of BLOOD MAGIC to ONE WINNER. (US only)

    My Giveaway: A copy of THE BLOOD KEEPER to FOUR WINNERS ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository. (International)

    The deets:

    1. One entry per household. (You can enter BOTH giveaways.)

    2. There will be ONE winner for the author’s giveaway and FOUR WINNERS for my giveaway.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Author’s giveaway is US. My giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends on Friday, September 7th at 9:01 p.m. Pacific.

    6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on September 7th in this post.

    7. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    The chance to choose which giveaway you’d like to be entered into is in the rafflecopter form and is the only mandatory entry in the giveaway. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form:

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #87

    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 August 28th-September 3rd that I had and have pre-ordered.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Embers & Echoes is the second book in the Wildefire series by the author. The third and final book in the trilogy, Afterglow, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I had Embers & Echoes pre-ordered from the second it was made available for eBook download. And I also pre-ordered a copy of the hardcover because I just had to see if it was every bit as gorgeous in real life as it seemed online.

    While I had the chance to read it early. Twice. I know I’ll be reading this book again and again and it will be so much easier on my Kindle. And as I have read and reviewed it, I can’t speculate as to what might be happening with Ash as she leaves her life in California behind for an adventure in Miami, because I already know. But I can say that this Polynesian Volcano goddess does not have an easy road ahead.

    There are battles. There is danger. There is heartbreak. And there is page after page of captivating story that makes me wish I could pick it right back up again.

    Speechless by Hannah Harrington was released on August 28, 2012 in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    Speechless is the second book of Hannah Harrington’s that I’ve pre-ordered. And while I still haven’t had a chance to read Saving June, I couldn’t resist putting her next book on my list of books to buy.

    This book sounds incredible. I can’t wait to meet Chelsea Knot and find out if she’ll be able to stick with the vow of silence she’s taken. I am curious to learn just how tough it will be for her to keep silent in the face of the “ridicule” and attacks she has to endure. And I really want to know if she’ll be able to forgive herself for the part she played in almost getting someone killed.

    I’m not sure when I’ll get to read this sequel, but I’m hoping to be able to add it to the pile this fall. Because I’ve been dying to read a book by this author as I’ve heard such amazing things about her writing. And because this story sounds fascinating and possibly heartbreaking.

    Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers the print edition is 448 pges.

    Enshadowed is the sequel to author Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.

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    I think I’ve talked about Enshadowed enough. I’ve had it pre-ordered since early 2011. It was my only remaining pre-order for 2011, in fact. And it’s finally been released. Which means I will be devouring it as soon as I finish my current read.

    I have missed Varen and Isobel. I have been dying to find out what will happen to him. Things were left in a dark and haunting place. And I want to see if they’ll get even darker or if there is any possibility for a happy ending.

    I have no idea if this is the final book in the series or if there is more to come. And I don’t want to know. Because I have got to read this book right now. Even if it means after this long, long wait that I will have to say goodbye to the characters and story forever.

    I loved the connection the author made with Poe in her first book and I can’t wait to see just how much Poe and his stories play a role in this sequel. I probably will miss many of the more subtle connections, but I am looking forward to trying to discover them all. Which will hopefully be in a day or two.

    The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

    The Blood Keeper is the second book in author Tessa Gratton’s The Blood Journals series.

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    The Blood Keeper is another book I’ve had pre-ordered for the longest time. I fell head over heels in love with Blood Magic last year and was dying to get to read more from author Tessa Gratton. She is a gorgeous writer and has such a beautiful, poetic way with words that make her stories just cling to me.

    I love the dark aspect to her stories and can’t wait to see how the darkness blends with the beauty in this one. I’m excited to meet Mab and to see just how blood magic affects her life. And I really excited to find out whether any of the characters from that first book make an appearance in this one.

    The Blood Keeper is another book that I hope to read this week. I don’t think I can wait any longer than that to find out what happens with Mab and Will and the “dangerous force” that is seeking “its own dark power.”

    Isolation by Dan Wells was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print length is 75 pages.

    Isolation is a prequel novella in the author’s Partials series.

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    While I have not yet read Partials, I just had to pre-order Dan Wells’ novella Isolation. I’ve been in love with the covers for these books and I’ve been dying to dive into Partials for awhile now. Especially as I’ve heard such amazing things about it from a few bloggers I know.

    I can’t wait to see what life is like in this novella set long before the events in Partials, when the world was in a war of isolation and energy was at a premium. I’m super curious to find out how the author handles the power struggle of the various nations and where “ambition far outstrip[s] its foresight.”

    And I am excited to meet Heron and see just what she discovers on her mission into enemy territory. I’m still debating whether to read this prior to reading Partials or if I should just wait and read the books in the order the author intended.

    Starling by Lesley Livingston was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 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 352 pages.

    Starling is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Lesley Livingston.

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    I have been a huge fan of author Lesley Livingston for the longest time. I feel in love with her Wondrous Strange series long before I started blogging and I’ve been desperately waiting for Once Every Never to be available for the Kindle.

    So when I heard that she had a book called Starling coming out I instantly added it to my list of books to buy. And while I did get an early copy through a trade, I didn’t get a chance to read it. But I will be reading my eBook copy very, very soon. Possibly as soon as I finish this post….

    I was tormented by the quote in the description – “Love is just the beginning… of the end.” Absolutely, maddeningly cruel. In the best possible way.

    I can’t wait to meet Mason Starling. and I can’t wait to see Fenn again, as I am dying to find out why he’s lost his memory and whether he’ll get it back. I am so intrigued by the promise of Norse mythology and I am excited about the fact that this book has both “sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.”

    Waiting any longer to read this book is just not an option.

    Defiance by C.J. Redwine was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Defiance is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author.

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    I have been fascinated by this book ever since I saw its cover and title. I added Defiance to my list of pre-orders in part because of cover love, in part from the promise of what the story would hold based upon its title and in part because the main character can “deftly wield a sword.”

    I hope to be able to read this book very, very soon. I want to see what’s going on in Baalboden. I want to meet Rachel Adams. And I definitely want to meet Logan McEntire. But most of all I can’t wait to see what happens as they “battle their way through the Wasteland.”

    This story sounds epic. The main character sounds fiery. The protagonist sounds swoon-worthy. And any book with monsters, assassins, romance and heartbreak is one I am sure to enjoy.

    Don’t Tun Around by Michelle Gagnon was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Don’t Turn Around is the first book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE Trilogy.

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    I first learned about Don’t Turn Around just before the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and instantly added it to my pre-orders. I loved the sound of this world from the moment I read the description.

    Intrigue. Hackers. Mystery. Amnesia. Danger. And romance.

    Yes, this book has just about everything I love. And as I haven’t read anything quite like it in YA before, I’m excited to meet the characters and see just how the author presents the story. I’m very curious to see just what secrets they hold and whether they’ll be able to find the answers they need before it’s too late.

    While I know I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I am really hoping to read it mid-September.

    The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and ebook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    The Iron Legends is the bind-up of three former eBook only novellas, Winter’s PassageSummer’s Crossing, and Iron’s Prophecy.

    ***

    I love that all three short eBook novellas are contained in a bind-up. I pre-ordered The Iron Legends in ebook format although I have the first two…possibly all three… stories already as eBooks. But I love that I’ll be able to read all three without having to search for them on my Kindle.

    And I love that this has a little something extra something called the “Guide to the Iron Fey.”

    I’ve read Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing but I still have to read Iron’s Prophecy. So I will be reading it from this eBook bind-up versus trying to track it down wherever it lives on my eReader.

    Julie Kagawa wrote such a delightful series with her Iron Fey books. And while I still haven’t been able to say goodbye to the series, I am glad that I have yet another peek into the world with the Guide, which I will be checking out next weekend.

    Erasing Time by C.J. Hill was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    Erasing Time is yet another book I pre-ordered based on cover and title before even checking out the description. I was fascinated with the idea of erasing time and so curious to see what that meant in context with the story that I just had to buy it no matter what the description might say.

    And then I checked that out too and was even more curious to read this book. The idea of waking up four hundred years in the future is terrifying. And to a world that exists under domes, where the language spoken is hardly recognizable, is even more frightening.

    I can’t wait to meet Taylor and Sheridan and find out how they manage to survive in this futuristic world. And I’m very interested to learn more about Echo and find out just what secrets he holds.

    This story promises heartbreak and “adrenaline-injected chases” and I can’t wait to read all about it.

    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    The Lost Girl sounded so unbelievably heartbreaking I just had to add it to my list of pre-orders. The idea of the story – a girl created to replace someone else in the event of their death – is both chilling and just so very sad.

    Just reading the description and I already feel my heart aching for Eva and for Amarra’s family. I can’t imagine what Eva’s life must have been like just knowing she could be ripped from her home at any moment and be forced to step into someone else’s life and play the part of them for the rest of her life.

    I am so curious to see what choice Eva will make – stay an echo or become an original. And I’m so interested in finding out more about Eva, what it was like to have to study Amarra and then have to become her, and just how this story will end.

    This sounds like an incredible debut novel and one I cannot wait to get the chance to read. Hopefully I’ll have the time to sneak it in early this fall.

    Inbetween by Tara Fuller was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Inbetween is the first book in a new series entitled Kissed by Death by author Tara Fuller.

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    I had the chance to read Inbetween just a little bit early, but I did not get the chance to finish it. I’m so glad that I pre-ordered the eBook as it will be much easier to read the finished eBook version.

    This story has romance and reapers, a good boy, a bad boy, a good girl and an evil one. It’s sweet and fun and I am very curious to find out what I missed between where I left off and where the story ended. Yes, I took a peek.

    I don’t want to say too much more as I might completely, and very unintentionally, spoil the ending. But I will definitely be picking this book back up to catch up with all that stuff inbetween.

    Silver by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2012 (thought it’s official release date is September 8, 2012) in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 386 pages.

    Silver is the first book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. The second book in the series, Gold, is slated for release in 2013.

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    Oh my gosh I can’t wait until Silver downloads to my Kindle this weekend. I absolutely loved this book from the moment I met it. I had no idea I would. It took me completely by surprise. And it was an absolutely awesome one at that.

    I didn’t discover this book because of its cover – but it’s a gorgeous cover. I’d heard of the author for quite awhile on Twitter, but I hadn’t realized that Silver was her book and that it was coming out in September. Not until I was invited on the tour.

    So, yes, I decided to read it early. Yes, I’ve written my review. Yes, I completely and totally loved it and am now suffering the long wait until Gold is released next fall…2013 that is.

    I cannot pretend to guess what might happen in this book because I know exactly what happens. And I didn’t forget one single moment of action, romance, nail-biting suspense or heartbreak.

    And I could never forget how easily I connected with the story and the beautiful and enchanting writing that was used to deliver it. Writing such as this, from a quote included in the description – “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

    Oh I may have just sighed again. And I may just have to re-read this book the moment it downloads next weekend. Because I still haven’t lost that connection with Brianna, Blake or Austin and I’m not sure I’m ready to let go just yet.

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    UPDATE: I apparently have yet another book pre-ordered this week that hadn’t been included on my post earlier today….

    Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2012

    Published by: Harlequin TEEN

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I KNEW I couldn’t possibly have missed Iron Prophecy’s release! I knew I owned, and read, the first two novellas in the bind-up, but I wasn’t sure about this one. Well, clearly, since it hadn’t been previously released, it couldn’t possibly live anywhere on my Kindle.

    And while I already have this eBook included as part of the bind-up, I still plan on purchasing this short novella separately. Why not, right?

    END OF UPDATE

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    I had thirteen fourteen books pre-ordered – not nine or ten as I’d thought! Twelve of which have already downloaded and which are vying for my attention on my Kindle. Fortunately I’ve already read a couple of them, though I want to read both of those again. But not counting those potential re-reads, that still means books in the double digits are being added to my TBR pile. And I don’t even want to think about what this quantity of books is doing to my wallet.

    Especially since next week there are a ton of new releases, too.

    I have been waiting a very long time to read quite a few of these books, some of which I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to read early like I’d wanted to. And others I didn’t have the opportunity to read in advance, but am dying to read this week. I really hope I’ll have that chance. But that remains TBD.

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #76

    This week not only did I get no books in the mail, but for five of the six mail delivery days I actually got no mail. So, I’m not sure what’s happening with the mailman. Especially as I was expecting one book in the mail this week.

    Hopefully it will show up on Monday, because I think I’ll cry just a little bit if it’s lost.

    Anyway, while I didn’t receive anything new to read in the mail, I am expecting quite a few books to land on my Kindle on Monday night. Two of which I just can’t wait to read. And so….

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

    (August 26 – September 1, 2012)

    First up on the pile is Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh. I’ve been waiting years for this book’s release and I don’t want to have to wait any longer than this week to read it. I almost cried when the release date was moved from January to August of this year.

    I won’t talk too much more about this book since I very recently posted about it for my Book Watch post. But I want to find out just what’s going to happen with Isobel and Varen. I want to find out who this “Poe Toaster” is.

    And I want to know more about this “ancient evil” who is “challenging [Isobel] for Varen’s affections.”

    I can’t wait to finally pick this book up and get those long awaited answers. I can’t wait to dive back into this fascinating world within a world that the author created. And I can’t wait to see whether this ends happily, tragically or on a cliff.

    Because I have no idea if there’s another book in the series. And I don’t want to find out until after I’ve read it.

    Next up on the pile is The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton. This is another book I’ve been just dying to read. I fell in love with the simply gorgeous way the author writes when I read Blood Magic just a bit early last year.

    And I was reminded, more recently, of just how stunning and enchanting and magical that writing is.

    I cannot wait to get pulled back in by the author’s words. I cannot wait to meet new characters and perhaps get to see one or two that I already know. And I absolutely cannot wait to read this book that is described as being “[a] stunning blend of romance, horror and magic.”

    From reading the description I just know that I’ll fall in love with this book and her characters, Mab and Will. I am anxious to see just why Mab’s practice of blood magic affects Will’s mind in the way it does. And I’m curious to find out what those secrets are that were kept from her.

    But most of all I’m dying to find out if this “dark power” does manage to “break free from the earth” and if it does, what does that mean for the two of them.

    I am definitely nervous….

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I wish I could read Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. I took a look at the author’s favorite passages and quotes from this book on her stop today for the Authors ARE Rockstars Tour and I immediately and completely fell in love with that book.

    Which of course means that I wish I could read it right now. Because I really, really want to. I love her main character’s voice. I love the brief peek I got of the author’s writing and I think it would absolutely be the perfect read for me right about now.

    If only I had just a few hours to dive into this book… and if only wishes could come true.

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    Those left behind:

    I just started reading OVER YOU, which I should definitely finish before I start this week’s reads because I won’t be getting them until late Monday. So, I’m not technically behind on last week’s reading pile. Of course, if this review I need to write takes longer than expected then I might fall just a little bit behind schedule.

    But I did not quite get the chance to finish the other book I’d been reading last week, which was INBETWEEN. Though I did take a peek at the end….

    Things have been just so hectic in real life and with my mind racing a mile a minute I just wasn’t able to sink into this book and connect with it in the way I’d wanted to. I found myself getting too easily distracted with the long list of “to do’s” I have in front of me instead of being able to escape in the book.

    I have it pre-ordered, so I will give it another try when things are a little less crazy for me. But for right now I will be setting it aside and tackling – hopefully – one or two of those other review books I’m a bit behind on.

    Though, chances are, that won’t happen. I have a feeling I will end up reading the books on the pile this week, because they’re both so highly anticipated for me that I don’t even think real life stress will cause me to lose focus. At least that’s what I’m hoping.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did not head over to NetGalley this week. Even I am not crazy enough to have added more required reads to the pile when I have so much going on in my life outside of blogging. Okay, maybe I am that crazy. But I wasn’t that crazy this week.

    My attempts at becoming a more focused blogger are failing epically. I am barely able to focus long enough to put this post together as I’m thinking about those upcoming releases on Tuesday that I’m dying to read, the stack of books I’m sitting next to that I’ve paused to peruse more than once and the other random blog posts I’d like to be writing.

    Yeah. Epic failure.

    I did not start and finish one single book this week. No, starting doesn’t count. And I didn’t end up writing a review, either, for my tour stop on the Throne of Glass tour.

    While I did manage to find a few more books to clear off the shelf, I wasn’t clearing them off because I’d read them. Which makes me just a wee bit sad. And even more envious of those who can read a bit faster or those who can’t but have a little more time to read than I do right now.

    And instead of putting my blog My Reading Pile on hiatus for the month of September while I deal with some real-life issues, I came up with a new feature. Yep, totally brill.

    Not. Even. Close.

    Well… anyway….

    I do have two wicked awesome books on the pile this week. And even though I didn’t receive the book I was hoping to receive in the mail, I think I’m actually a little bit happy as I wouldn’t have been able to read it this week even if it had arrived.

    But although my mailman brought me no goodies, I hope you got some exciting books in the mail. Ones you’ve been dying to read. Ones that are a bit unexpected. Or ones you think of as old favorites.

    And I hope, as always, that you have the happiest of reading weeks this week!

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #21

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

    These are books for the week of May 24th-May 30th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 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, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 256 pages.

    Between Here and Forever is a book that I spotlighted for my Book Watch post and one that I can’t wait to read. I love Elizabeth Scott’s writing and the cover of this new book is so pretty.

    The description sounds different from some of the other books of the author’s that I’ve read, but has me intrigued. I can’t wait to find out what Abby’s plans are to bring Tess back, and just how Eli fits into the picture.

    I’ve had this on my list of pre-orders for a couple of months and I’m so glad it will finally be released this week.

    The Girl in the Steel Corset is the debut young adult novel by Kady Cross. It will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover format and on June 1, 2011 in eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 480 pages.

    I can’t wait to see what the cover looks like on the finished copy. The ARC I have doesn’t do justice to its beauty. This is one of the few books that I have decided to purchase in print versus eBook format because of its cover. I did swing by my local bookstore, but sadly they didn’t have copies of this book in early.

    Finley Jayne is a great new character – I had a chance to first meet her in the free eBook prequel novella being offered by the publisher. And The Girl in the Steel Corset is an amazing read for someone new to the world of steampunk. For some reason I expected steampunk to read like a science fiction novel – very technical and somewhat difficult to follow for someone who wasn’t in the know.

    But the author’s writing style really gives newbie readers a good look at a completely foreign world in a way that is exciting and easy to follow. I cannot wait to get my print copy this week.

    To read an excerpt from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for The Girl in the Steel Corset:

    Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats from Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Angel Burn was released as Angel on October 1, 2010 in the U.K. in paperback and eBook formats.

    Published by Candlewick, the print edition is 464 pages.

    I am so excited that Angel Burn will finally be released. I read this over a month ago and I can’t wait to get my finished copy. I absolutely loved this book and its completely different take on angels.

    Vampiric, soul sucking, life stealing angels are definitely not the angels I’ve grown to know and love in all the young adult books I’ve read. And Alex and Willow make such great main characters.

    This is quite a thrilling story and I just wish the second book in this series were out already so I can find out what happens next.

    If you would like to check out my review, click here.

    Book trailer for Angel Burn:

    Alex teaser trailer for Angel Burn:

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover, library binding and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 416 pages.

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

    I’ve talked way too much about this book, so I will try not to be repetitive. Blood Magic has been on my list of pre-orders since long before the release date was bumped from April to May. I had added it to my list as soon as I saw the amazing cover. It is absolutely dark and gorgeous. And the birds will completely make sense as soon as you read the book.

    This was another book I tried tracking at the bookstore early, but was unsuccessful. I’ll have to check back on Tuesday to see if the print edition is even more amazing than the ARC, but I’m betting it will be.

    If you would like to check out my review, click here.

    Book trailer for Blood Magic:

    Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison is the third book in the Avery trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats and is currently available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 256 pages.

    I haven’t yet read any of the books in this series but just recently purchased the first two. This looks like such a great series and one that I’m glad to get all at once with no wait in between books.

    The heroine, Avery, sounds like she is pretty fierce. And a series filled with reapers, dark angels and time travel sounds like it could be pretty wild.

    This trilogy will be the first books I’ve read by the author, but the descriptions of these books sounded so amazing that I just had to grab the first two and added this upcoming release to my pre-orders.

    I hope to be able to read this entire trilogy soon, as I don’t want them falling to the bottom of the pile.

    Book trailer for Something Deadly This Way Comes:

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    This is a great week for new releases. I have all five of these on pre-order and can’t wait to get the finished copies for both the new books and those I’ve already read.

    There are a couple books I’m currently reading for review that I will be ordering shortly after release date, but aren’t on my list of pre-orders – Awaken and Putting Makeup on Dead People. So this will most likely be a seven book buy week.

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

    Please let me know if there is a “must read” that I’ve missed. I do not like to miss out on owning great books, even if I can’t read them right away.

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    The Crush List #1

    There are books that you fall in love with, that leave you breathless and sobbing your eyes out. Books that take your heart and stomp on it, leaving you completely destroyed.

    Then there are books that steal your heart. These bookish thieves take but do not destroy, leaving you forever captivated by their charms and always begging for more.

    These are the books that are the source of our undying crushes. The ones that leave us sighing, with a small smile that is just for them. We give our hearts to these books and would follow them to the very ends of the earth. Some of them make us do just that, and we follow, oh so willingly.

    A crush may be a fragile thing, but we certainly have room for many. I know I’ve crushed on hundreds of books in my lifetime and I’ll crush on many, many more. They say crushes are harmless, after all, so what’s wrong with having just a few…or a few more?

    Here are a few books that I’m crushing on big time

    Die for Me by Amy Plum is a new crush. I’ve just met this book and already I’m infatuated. Sure, I was little bit infatuated before I actually read it, but now “I Heart Revenants” too!

    Why I’m crushing: Paris, love before all, mad swordfighting skills, and one hot revenant…maybe two.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight is a fairly long-standing crush for me. I crushed on it when I saw the cover and I became slightly obsessed after it arrived in my mailbox. I devoured this book and went back for seconds.

    Why I’m crushing: Kick a** heroine, to-die-for writing, wicked cool gods and goddesses, one killer ending, and just a dash mountain of sarcasm thrown in to keep things interesting.

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton became a crush the second I saw the cover. It became a mad crush the moment I started reading. Just so freaking awesome. Definitely appeals to my darker nature.

    Why I’m crushing: Dark and disturbing, mesmerizing, macabre, poetic, do I really need to say more? Okay, how about dark magic performed in a cemetery.

    Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a new crush, but it really is just an extension of my existing crush. You see, I have been crushing on Half-Blood since I read its description ages ago, but once I got my hot little hands on this bad boy, I was all over it… And it was all over for me.

    Why I’m crushing: Action, action, action. A chase, daimons, demi-gods, oh yeah, and did I say action? And one heroine with some pretty bad taste in music. What’s not to love?

    Red Glove by Holly Black is an ongoing crush. It came into being when I read White Cat a few months ago. It continued right on through this second book in the series. And I am so hoping for a gloveless society. Curse Workers rule!

    Why I’m crushing: Con artists, curse workers, mystery, and the only gloved hero I will ever love – Cassel Sharpe.

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike is an old crush that started with Wings. A three book crush is a pretty fierce thing and is now walking that fine line between crush and stalking. If this series lasts too much longer I’ll have to find some new crazed fan-dom category for this.

    Why I’m crushing: Super sweet, one swoonworthy faery, one insanely cruel love triangle, and a slew of evil trolls. All ingredients that make up the perfect fairytale.

    Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready is a year-long crush that started with Shade. I still consider this crushworthy although it borders on those “tear your heart out” books I mentioned earlier. We’ll see where things go with Shine to see if this falls off the Crush List and onto Heartbreak Row.

    Why I’m crushing: Undying love, a naughty heroine, a mystery, the river scene, and a love triangle verging on a square. And who could forget those Keeley’s – no wonder Aura is having such a tough time.

    Sirensong by Jenna Black is another three book crush. This series just gave me the warm and fuzzies right from the start. I couldn’t help but fall in love. And my cover love is almost as intense as my book crush.

    Why I’m crushing: Danger, thrills, an adventure through Faerie, and more than one hottie to choose from. And, oooh, the return of the Erlking makes my heart go pitter-patter.

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    So, these are just a few books from my slightly eclectic crush list. Who says I have to only be obsessed with just one type of book? This is only the tip of a very large iceberg and by next month I’m sure I’ll have quite a few more to add.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

    I would love to know!

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