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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #185

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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 July 15th-July 21st that I have pre-ordered.


    Breathe Annie Breathe

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    BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE by Miranda Kenneally released in the U.S. today, July 15, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the print edition is 320 pages.

    BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE is the fifth book in Miranda Kenneally’s Hudnred Oaks series. The sixth book, BEST DAY EVER, is slated for release in July 2015.


    I have some catching up to do on this series but I’m totally planning on reading BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE out of sequence. This story sounds beautiful and heartbreaking and romantic and I am super excited that it’s now in my Kindle collection.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for Annie and Jeremiah. I hope that she can overcome the guilt she feels. I hope that she let’s herself love this boy. And I hope that she does what’s right for her and not just what was right for Kyle.

    As I still have a few review books on the pile, it will be another couple of weeks before I can add this one to the top. But I can’t wait to read it the very first moment I get the chance to, which I hope will be some time during the first week of August.

    Description…

    Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

    But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

    “Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet.” — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You


    Pieces of Olivia

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    PIECES OF OLIVIA by Melissa West released in the U.S. today, July 15, 2014, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Intermix, the print edition is 235 pages.

    PIECES OF OLIVIA is the first book in Author Melissa West’s Charleston Haven series. The second book in the series, MILES FROM KARA, is slated for release on December 16, 2014.


    I’ve been keeping my eye on a number of New Adult series on the horizon and after having read the description for PIECES OF OLIVIA, I added this to my list of Kindle pre-orders. It sounds like it is just the right amounts of romantic and sexy and heartbreaking. And I can’t wait to get the chance to read it.

    I love stories where the main character has to overcome obstacles from their past and learn to trust and love. I love stories with hot, “off-limits” guys. And I love it when the characters have instant chemistry.

    I have yet to read a book by this author, so I’m very curious to discover her writing. But I plan on checking in with a few people who have read her YA sci-fi after I’ve read this to compare. And I hope to be able to do so in early August.

    Description…

    Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future.
    But on one fated night, everything changed.

    Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

    She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal… that is, until she meets Preston.

    Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

    Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…


    Other Books of Note

    Homeroom DiariesHOMEROOM DIARIES by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou

    Pub. Date: July 21, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    James Patterson introduces the best selling “illustrated fiction” format to teens! It’s “Middle School” for high schoolers!

    In James Patterson’s first highly illustrated “diary fiction” story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

    Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her “Operation Happiness”. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.

    Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and “bring the Nations together”. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling… until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.


    IllusiveILLUSIVE by Emily Lloyd-Jones

    Pub. Date: July 15, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of “super” criminals.

    When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s what’s known as an illusionist…She’s also a thief.

    After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn’t?

    The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.


    The RainTHE RAIN by Virginia Bergin

    Pub. Date: July 17, 2014

    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool. As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . . . ‘

    That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start . . . After rescuing all the neighbourhood dogs, Ruby sets off on a journey that will take her the length of the country – surviving in the only way she knows how.


    Dirty WingsDIRTY WINGS (All Our Pretty Songs #2) by Sarah McCarry

    Pub. Date: July 15, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth, Sarah McCarry brings us the story of Cass and Maia–the mothers from All Our Pretty Songs–and how their fates became intertwined.

    Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents’ house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for a five-fingered discount. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives. Cass springs Maia from the jail of the only world she’s ever known, and Maia’s only too happy to make a break for it. But Cass didn’t reckon on Jason, the hypnotic blue-eyed rocker who’d capture Maia’s heart as soon as Cass set her free–and Cass isn’t the only one who’s noticed Maia’s extraordinary gifts. Is Cass strong enough to battle the ancient evil she’s unwittingly awakened–or has she walked into a trap that will destroy everything she cares about? In this time, like in any time, love is a dangerous game.


    The Burning Sky Special EdTHE BURNING SKY Special Edition by Sherry Thomas

    Pub. Date: July 15, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    This special ebook edition of Sherry Thomas’s extraordinary romantic fantasy debut, The Burning Sky—the first in the Elemental Trilogy—features a repackaged cover for her legions of romance fans and an excerpt from the sequel, The Perilous Sea.

    Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of the Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

    Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.


    Through the WoodsTHROUGH THE WOODS by Emily Carroll

    Pub. Date: July 15, 2014

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A fantastically dark and timeless graphic debut, for fans of Grimm Tales, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and the works of Neil Gaiman.

    ‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

    Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

    These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

    Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…


    ***Missed Last Week***

    RevolutionaryREVOLUTIONARY (Anomaly #3) by Krista McGee

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Thomas Nelson

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    All her life Thalli thought she was an anomaly. Now she must use her gifts to fulfill the role she was called to play: Revolutionary.

    Back in the underground State against her will, Thalli is no longer the anomaly she was before. She has proven herself to be a powerful leader aboveground and returns with information that Dr. Loudin needs to complete his plan of uniting the world under one leader: himself. But he, too, has information. A secret he has kept from Thalli her entire life. A secret that, once revealed, changes everything about the person Thalli thought she was.

    Hoping to help Thalli rise up against the Scientists, both Berk and Alex join her underground, but their presence only brings more trouble for her. Now Dr. Loudin knows just the leverage to use on his captive, and she is forced to choose between the two of them. Is her first love her true love? Or does Alex ultimately claim her heart?

    Unsure of everything around her, including her own identity, Thalli doesn’t know where to turn. She knows she needs the Designer, but he seems further away than ever. What she does know, though, is that if she doesn’t do something to stop Loudin, the fragile world aboveground will be lost once and for all.


    Parting words…

    It’s a super quiet week for releases this week, which makes me very, very happy. I blew my entire budget for the summer on blog design so I’m trying very hard to keep the book purchases to a minimum for a little while anyway.

    While I only had two books pre-ordered this week, after having read the description for THE RAIN it’s a book I will definitely be adding to my collection when it releases on Thursday. The idea sounds a little bit familiar but totally awesome. I will also likely be purchasing DIRTY WINGS as I have the first book in my eBook collection.

    And I’m debating as to whether it makes sense to purchase James Patterson’s book in eBook format or if it will be better in print. As it doesn’t release until Monday, and is currently unavailable for the Kindle, I’m going to wait until I can head over to my local bookstore and see it in print before I make my decision.

    Anyway… I hope you’ve found a book or two worth adding to your collection this week. If I’ve missed something that should be on my radar, let me know.

    As ever, happy book birthdays to all the lovely books releasing this week and happy reading to you!

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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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    Top 10 Book Covers of 2013

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    Today is the second of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Book Covers of 2013

    Last year’s picks were all about the beautiful ladies. I’m happy to say that this year’s picks are a little more varied and interesting in addition to being visually stunning. And while I named quite a few 2013 covers in my post last year, not all of them ended up being on my top ten list due to the fact that I am really trying so very hard to keep it at just the ten.

    I am not even going to begin to name 2014 covers that I think are gorgeous. I will leave that for next year. But I did have to share just a few peeks in gallery form of other amazing 2013 book covers that I loved.

    Now, without any further ado, here are those…

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    Covers I Love 2013

    1.

    Splintered

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    2.

    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    3.

    MILA 2 Cover

    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    4.

    Everbound

    EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    5.

    Clockwork Princess

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    6.

    Pulse

    PULSE by Patrick Carman

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    7.

    Soul Screamers Volume Three

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    8.

    Tidal

    TIDAL by Amanda Hocking

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    9.

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    10.

    Altered

    ALTERED by Jennifer Rush

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Other Covers I Love, Love, Loved

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    What is there to love?

    SPLINTERED is gorgeous and vibrant and interesting and magical and beautiful. And the typography is amazing.

    THE BURNING SKY is rich and dark and eye-catching and fantastical and stunning.

    MILA 2.0 is clean and modern and different and wicked awesome.

    EVERBOUND is simply beautiful and elegant.

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is beautifully detailed and magical and different and captivating.

    PULSE is interesting and thought provoking.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE is bright and beautiful and simply perfect.

    TIDAL is dark and stunning and gorgeous and sexy.

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA has amazing typography and a dark and striking background image.

    ALTERED is wicked cool and sexy and is amazing in black and white.

    But that’s what I think… what about you? What are your 2013 cover picks?

    The Giveaways

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

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

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2013

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    Today is the first of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

    I read a ton of awesome books this year. Many from the same series by the same author. But as I was trying so very hard to keep my list to just ten, I decided to choose only one book from each series, even if I read multiple books in a particular series that I thought were amazing.

    And I couldn’t list all my favorite reads this year since one or two of them were a secret. Nor could I list all the 2013 releases I love, love, loved since I read some of them in 2012. But I’m not too sad about that, because reading them last year made creating this list just a little bit easier.

    There were also a few books I loved in 2013 that were not YA. But in keeping with my typical YA only “best” list, I didn’t include them in this post. Though I plan on posting my non-YA favorites on The Annex. Yes, I’m cheating just a little… as usual. But I just can’t seem to help myself.

    Anyway…

    It took me ages to narrow my list down from my original picks and to keep my “honorable mentions” to only four titles, just like last year. But after much hair pulling and nail-biting I was able to get it done.

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    The Best I’ve Read in 2013

    1.

    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    As sad as I was to see this series end, I still couldn’t help falling madly in love with this last installment. It was heartbreaking and nerve-wracking and exciting and heartwarming and I loved every single minute of the read.

    I especially loved the fact that I was able to become intrigued by a brand new character, that the story wasn’t rushed and that the ending didn’t leave me feeling like something was missing. It was the perfect ending to an amazing series and I couldn’t have loved it any more than I did.

    2.

    Endless Knight

    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles are completely and totally amazing. They are so my kind of books. From beginning to end in both books in this series I was utterly riveted.

    And while I didn’t think it was possible, this second book in the series was even more exciting than the first. It was darker, it was hotter, it was all sorts of sexy. The lore was fascinating. And it made me fall head-over-heels in love with Death just like I hoped it would.

    To say that I am dying for the next installment in this series would be a major understatement.

    3.

    Through the Zombie Glass

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I read both books in this series in 2013 and absolutely loved both of them. They were unputdownable reads and I couldn’t have been more surprised by the fact that I fell so completely in love with zombie books that gave a nod to Alice in Wonderland.

    Gena Showalter was incredibly creative with her stories. She did not skimp on the action. It was edge-of-your-seat exciting. And the love story was angst-filled and twisty-turny to the max.

    And as I opted to choose just one of the two books in this series as a favorite, I had to select the one that absolutely killed me in the best possible way.

    4.

    The Eternity Cure

    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I did not expect to love the Blood of Eden series more than I loved the author’s faerie books. But oh my gosh I couldn’t help myself. Dystopia and vampires are an unexpected combination but one that the author made work so amazingly well.

    The characters, the epic journey, the killer cliffhanger all worked together to make this one of my favorite books and not simply a 2013 favorite. I’m talking all-time favorite.

    5.

    Crash Into You

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I fell under Katie McGarry’s spell in 2013. She is a fan-freaking-tastic writer and her Pushing the Limits series is one of my very most favorite contemporary YA series.

    I read all three books in this series, plus the novella, in 2013, which made it very hard to choose only one of the books for my top ten list. But I had to choose Isaiah and Rachel’s story, even though I adored Noah and Echo’s story so, so much.

    Perhaps it was getting to know and love Isaiah before reading his story that made me love it that much more. Or perhaps it’s simply just that Isaiah is amazing. But whatever the reason, it is my favorite of the series and it’s definitely one of my favorite reads from 2013.

    6.

    Afterglow

    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I was devastated to see this series end. The world that Karsten Knight created was so unique and fascinating and exciting. The characters were lovable and detestable and completely and totally kick-a**. And this final installment in the series was just as phenomenal as its predecessors.

    And that ending. Oh. My. Gosh. That ending. While I can’t talk about that ending, I will just say that it gives me hope. For a certain character. Oh the possibilities.

    7.

    Star Cursed Cover

    STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I was so glad that I got the chance to read both books in The Cahill Witch Chronicles this year. I was completely surprised by how much I loved each of the books. They are not stories in my typical go-to genre and yet both books are among my most favorites.

    I couldn’t help but fall in love with the story, the setting, the characters. It’s a totally addictive read and one that’s definitely re-read worthy. Though even after a re-read, it’s no easier to have to wait for the next installment in the series. This I know all too well.

    8.

    The Beautiful and the Cursed

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Yet another unexpected favorite on my list is Page Morgan’s THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. If someone told me that I could fall in love with a gargoyle I would have totally rolled my eyes at them. I might have even told them that they were crazy. I would have definitely thought it.

    Well, this author made me not only fall in love with a gargoyle, but her story about them. The sequel is one of my most anticipated reads for 2014. And the wait is killing me.

    9.

    While You're Away

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I read this book in its serialized format, with just a few chapters available to read in one sitting. It was exquisite torture. This story was tantalizing and nerve-wracking and beautiful and nerve-wracking – yes I said it twice, but it needed to be said two times… if not more.

    I was made to root for a love story that I never would have thought I’d cheer for. I was made to wish and hope for a happily ever after for two characters who, at first, I didn’t think deserved one. I was anxious, I was fearful, I was tentatively hopeful and at times I was even sad. But I was keeping my fingers crossed the entire time for the slim chance that things would work out.

    10.

    A Touch Menacing

    A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Leah Clifford’s Touch Trilogy is one of my favorite series of all time. It’s so very different from anything I’ve ever read. It’s very dark. It is full of surprises. Shocking surprises. Devastating surprises. But it is wicked, wicked awesome.

    The end of this final installment in the series left me in tears. And, no, I won’t say whether they’re happy or sad tears. But if you have read this book or you’ve read any of the books in this series by this author I think you will know exactly what kind of tears there were.

    This last book was non-stop action, with more than a few punches to the face. I couldn’t devour it fast enough. It was that epic. And if I didn’t think it could get any better, the unpublished epilogue made this book that much more off-the-charts amazing for me. Holy-freaking-wow.

    Other Books I Love, Love, Loved

    SweetPeril

    SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins

    Exciting. Sexy as heck. Captivating from start to finish. Delicious. An absolute must.

    The Testing

    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

    Gripping. Surprising. Totally addictive. A total stand-out.

    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

    Magical. Enchanting. Captivating. Epic. Fan-freaking-tastically good.

    Pivot Point

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

    Intriguing. Nerve-wracking. Unputdownable. Amazing.

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    I tried to keep my rambling to a minimum when it came to my top ten picks for 2013. But I may have gone on just a little longer than I’d planned. Oh well…

    But I just couldn’t help myself. They are my favorite reads this year… well, most of them. There are a few others…

    I will try to be a lot less wordy in the rest of the posts this week, but when it comes to favorite reads I always feel the need to go on… and on… and on.

    But now that I’m done I can’t wait to check out what your favorite reads are, so be sure to leave a link to your posts or Goodreads shelf in the Linky List that follows just below the giveaways.

    The Giveaways

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

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

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Burning Sky Blog Tour: ‘Top Five Scenes’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I may have begged a little to be a part of the tour for THE BURNING SKY. I’d seen the book’s cover and thought it was stunningly beautiful and when I read the description I just knew this would be a must read book for me. So when I was able to be a part of the tour for this amazing book I was over the moon thrilled.

    This book was every bit as gorgeous as its cover. Even more so in my opinion. It was epic. It was magical. And the moment I finished reading it all I could think was, “I want more!”

    It was a super quick read – I can’t believe it was nearly five hundred pages. Iolanthe’s storyline was intriguing – I can’t wait to find out more in subsequent books in the series. Titus was totally swoon-worthy – he was driven and determined but one hundred percent a hero. And the world was absolutely fascinating – a historical setting, a world within a world and a fairytale world within that world.

    THE BURNING SKY has layers. It has characters that are lovable and relatable. It has secrets – only a few of which are revealed. And it builds to an ending that is totally satisfying but yet still leaves much left to be discovered.

    And….

    TODAY is its release date!

    And I am so excited that I get to be the host for THE BURNING SKY on its book birthday. I’m even more excited that the author has shared five ahhh-mazing passages for her stop on the tour today. While I happen to be partial to the passage with the angst, I think my favorite of the five is the last one.

    No, I’m not going to reveal why. Though I think if you scroll down just a bit to read it you’ll know exactly why.

    But if you’d like to take a peek at the book’s description it follows immediately below. The book’s trailer appears just below that. And if you’d like to learn a little bit more about the author, that information follows below her Top Five Scenes Guest Post.

    There are also some awesome giveaway prizes being offered up as part of the tour. So be sure to check them out and enter for a chance to win.

    And if you do check out all five passages, I’d love to hear which of the five is your favorite and why. And if you leave your answer in the comments I’ll run your name through Random and choose one winner for a copy of the book after the tour ends this Friday.
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    About the Book

    The Burning Sky

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    About THE BURNING SKY (The Elemental Trilogy #1)

    Publication date: September 17, 2013
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

    Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

    Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

    But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS

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    The Trailer

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    The Guest Post

    Author Sherry Thomas’ Top Five Favorite Passages from THE BURNING SKY

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    Listing my favorite passages from The Burning Sky?  Rachel, you don’t have to ask twice. 🙂

    #1

    The first instance Iolanthe, the girl protagonist, presents herself disguised as a boy.

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    At the sight of so many boys, her smile disintegrated. She did not say anything, but looked from face to face, her hand tightening upon the handle of the valise. Titus could not breathe. For eight years he had lived in a state of slow-simmering panic. But he had never known real terror until this moment. He had always depended on himself; now everything depended on her.

    Come on, Fairfax, he implored under his breath. But he knew it. It was too much. She was going to drop the valise and bolt. All hell would break loose, eight years of work would circle the drain, and his mother would have died for nothing.

    She cleared her throat and beamed, a smug, lopsided grin. “It’s good to see all your ugly faces again.”

    Her voice. Lurching from one emergency to another, he had paid no mind. Now he truly heard it for the first time: rich, low-pitched, and slightly gravelly.

    But it was her grin, rather than her voice, that steadied his heartbeat. There was no mistaking the cockiness of that grin, absolutely the expression of a sixteen-year-old boy who had never known the taste of defeat.

    Wintervale bounced down the rest of the steps and shook her hand. “You haven’t changed a bit, Fairfax, as charming as His Highness here. No wonder you two were always thick as thieves.”

    “Do not encourage him, Wintervale,” said Titus. “Fairfax is insufferable enough as it is.”

    She looked askance at him. “Takes one to know one.”

    Wintervale whistled and slapped her on the arm. “How’s the leg, Fairfax?”

    One of Wintervale’s thwacks could snap a young tree. She managed not to topple over. “Good as new.”

    “And is your Latin still as terrible as your bowling?”

    The boys snickered good-naturedly.

    “My Latin is fine. It’s my Greek that’s as ghastly as your lovemaking,” she retorted. The boys howled, including Titus, who laughed out of sheer shock—and relief.

    She was good.

    Brilliant, in fact.

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    This is, of course, a pivotal scene—had Iolanthe failed, Titus’s plan would have gone haywire. But I also enjoy it because it shows a rather different side of Iolanthe’s personality.  She is quite cautious and a bit cynical, but this passage lets readers know that she can also be a lot of fun, naughty even.

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    Now things are not going so well between Titus and Iolanthe.  She doesn’t want the great, but suicidal destiny he has outlined, and he is trying to convince her not to leave.

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    “If you aim to convince me that every place out there is dangerous for me,” she retorted, “you have not succeeded.”

    But he was coming awfully close.

    “Every place out there is dangerous for you. Have you not realized this yet?”

    She wished he wouldn’t speak so quietly and reasonably. “More dangerous than here? You will lead me to my death.”

    “I will lay down my life for you. Do you know anyone else who will do that?”

    I will lay down my life for you. The words had a strange effect on her, a pain almost like a wasp sting to the heart. She shut the valise. “Can you promise me I will live? No? I thought not.”

    He was quiet. Saddened. She had not perceived it earlier, but now she saw that there was always a trace of melancholy to him, a heavyheartedness that came of being entrusted with too great a burden.

    “I’m sorry,” she said, unable to help herself.

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    As for why I like it, what can I say, I enjoy a fictional relationship that is marked by both antagonism and angst.

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    This is Titus’s thought process as he deploys morally questionable methods to keep  Iolanthe from leaving.

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    He was a bastard. Of course he was: he lied, cheated, and manipulated.

    She would not like him very much when she realized what he had done.

    It did not matter, Titus told himself. He did not walk this path for flowers and hugs. The only thing that mattered was that she should come back. The hollow feeling in his chest he ignored entirely.

    He turned on the light in Fairfax’s room and waited. A quarter hour passed. And there she was, her face pale, her eyes wild.

    “If you are looking for your hat, it is on the hook over there,” he said as casually as he could manage. “Pay me no mind; I am just here to forge a good-bye note from you.”

    She dropped her valise, pulled out the chair at her desk, and sank into it, her face buried in her hands.

    In the last few weeks of his mother’s life, she too had often sat like this, her face in her hands. Impatient with her anguish, he used to yank at her sleeve and demand that she play with him.

    After her death, for months he could think of nothing but whether she would have still decided on the same course of action had he been different, had he patted her on the back and stroked her hair and brought her cups of tea.

    He moved forward slowly, cautiously, as if the girl before him were a sleeping dragon.

    Against his better judgment, he laid a hand on her shoulder.

    She shook, as if caught in a nightmare.

    He had always considered himself cold-blooded. Sangfroid was a trait highly prized by the House of Elberon. His grandfather had especially insisted on it: one was permitted to lose one’s life, but never one’s detachment.

    Now, however, his detachment cracked. Somewhere inside him, he shook too, with the force of her fear, her confusion, and her vulnerability—an empathy that shocked him with its depth and enormity.

    He yanked back his hand.

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    I do not need my characters to be perfect, but I need them, especially the flawed ones, to be self-aware.  And perhaps to think even worse of themselves than they actually are.

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    She’d never before heard fear in his voice. So he did experience it. Good. It was a sign of madness to not be afraid when one ought to be.

    “The first time I met her face-to-face, I was eight.” He spoke quietly; she had to strain to hear. “My grandfather had died two months before, and my coronation was the next day.

    “When you are born to the House of Elberon, you are trained to act serene and superior no matter what you feel. But the Inquisitor was—she has frightening eyes. I tried, and I could not make myself look at her. So as she spoke, I looked down at my cat.”

    “Minos was actually my mother’s cat, as gentle and sweet as she. After she died, he went everywhere with me and slept in my bed at night.

    “That day he was on my lap. I scratched his head and he purred. At some point he stopped purring. But it was not until the end of the audience, when the Inquisitor rose to take her leave, that I noticed he was—he was dead.”

    The catch in his voice shot her through with a violent emotion she could not name.

    “I wanted to cry. But because she was watching, I tossed Minos aside and said, the way my grandfather would, ‘One would think a cat of the House of Elberon would have more breeding than to die before an esteemed guest. My apologies.’

    “I have only kept birds ever since—birds and reptiles are immune to a mind mage’s powers.17 And I have been terrified of the Inquisitor ever since.”

    He fell silent.

    She turned around and stared at the tapestry, willing herself to feel no sympathy for him.

    And not succeeding.

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    My agent really likes this scene. 🙂

    #5

    At one point, before the design of the book jacket had been finalized, I had wanted the back of the book to be Twilight-esque.  What made me open my wallet and buy Twilight was the “About three things I am absolute certain” passage from the book, printed on the back.  I wanted to put a passage like that on the back of The Burning Sky, a passage that illustrates both the emotional intensity and the larger stakes of the story.  In the end we didn’t do it, but this is the passage I would have chosen for the task.

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    But his expression, after an initial shock, turned grim. He pushed the sheet aside and struggled to get up. “Why did you not tell me sooner?”

    She gripped his arm to steady him. “I thought you were drawing your last breath.”

    He swayed, but his scowl was fierce. “Understand this: you will never again care whether I live or die, not when your own safety is in danger. My purpose is to guide and protect you for as long as I can, but in the end, only one of us matters, and it is not me.”

    He was so close, his heat seemed to soak into her. There was a small patch of dried blood he had not yet managed to wash off, an irregular-shaped smear at the base of his neck. And where he’d loosened his sleeves, she could see a puncture mark on the inside of each wrist, where the extractors had pierced his skin.

    A bright pain burned in her heart. She might yet save herself from falling in love, but she would never again be able to truly despise him.

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    I just like it when Titus says things like that.  🙂

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    About the Author

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    Author photo by the lovely and talented Jennifer Sparks Harriman at Sparks Studio.

    About Sherry Thomas

    Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award.

    English is Sherry’s second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger’s Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

    Sherry’s next book, THE BURNING SKY, volume one of her young adult fantasy trilogy, is now available.

    TWITTER | FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | BLOGGOODREADS

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    The Giveaways

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    There are some awesome giveaway prizes being offered by the author for this tour.

    GRAND PRIZE – 1 Hardcover copy of THE BURNING SKY, a tote bag, handmade balm, scrub and bath tea – ONE Winner

    FIRST PRIZE – 1 Hardcover copy of THE BURNING SKY + tote bag – THREE Winners

    RUNNERS UP – 1 Swag pack – stickers, bookmarks, signed bookplates – THREE Winners

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Sept. 9th – Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post

    Sept. 10th – Jenna Does Books – Interview

    Sept. 11th – Fiction Fare – Interview

    Sept. 12th – Readers in Wonderland – Interview

    Sept. 13th – Working for the Mandroid – Interview

    Week Two

    Sept. 16th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    Sept. 17th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

    Sept. 18th – Seeing Night Reviews – Review

    Sept. 19th – Supernatural Snark – Interview

    Sept. 20th – Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks – Review

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #142

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

    These are books for the week of September 17th-September 23rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Burning Sky

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    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 480 pages.

    THE BURNING SKY is the first book in Author Sherry Thomas’ The Elemental Trilogy. The second and third books in the series, both currently untitled, are slated to release in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

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    I am so excited for the release of THE BURNING SKY this week. I have it pre-ordered for my Kindle but this cover is way too gorgeous not to also buy a print copy. Especially since this book was incredible. And I’m so lucky that I got the chance to read it early thanks to the publisher.

    As I will be on the tour on Tuesday and I’m hoping to post a review then too, I don’t want to talk too much about this amazing book. And as I have read it, I obviously can’t guess about what the description hints at.

    But I will just say that I cannot believe it says there are 480 pages as the book was such a quick read. I loved getting to meet Iolanthe and Titus. I loved the magical and fairytale elements that were woven into this story. I loved that from moment one I was always on edge about what would happen to Iolanthe and Titus. And I wish the second book in this series were available right now because waiting is most definitely going to suck.

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    Frozen

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    FROZEN by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston will be released in the U.S. on Spetember 17, 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 Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 336 pages.

    FROZEN is the first book in the authors’ Heart of Dread series. No information is yet available on future books in the series.

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    I love Melissa de la Cruz’s writing and I am totally stoked that FROZEN is releasing this week and I’ll finally get to read it when it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I didn’t get the chance to read it early so I’m so glad that the wait is finally over.

    The world sounds incredible – a destroyed planet, a frozen city “blanketed in ice” that is still a “24-hour hedonistic playground” and rumors of “sinister sorcery.” How cool is that?

    I cannot wait to meet Natasha Kestal and find out just what her “darkest secret” is. I can’t wait to find out if there really is a place called “the Blue.” And I am just so curious what lies will have to be overcome in order for true love to survive for her and Ryan “Wes” Wesson.

    This book sounds dark and magical and I hope that I will get the chance to get this book on the pile next week.

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    The Wicked Within

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    THE WICKED WITHIN by Kelly Keaton will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE WICKED WITHIN is the third and final book in Kelly Keaton’s Gods & Monsters series.

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    I am a little behind with this series but I am thrilled that THE WICKED WITHIN is releasing this week and will be added to my collection along with the first two books in the series. I loved DARKNESS BECOMES HER and I can’t wait to get caught up and find out what’s been happening with Ari.

    While I have read the description for A BEAUTIFUL EVIL, I refuse to read the description for this latest release. Though I have heard that this is the final book in the series, which makes me even more excited by the fact that I can read this series to its conclusion and not have to wait.

    But I don’t know what happens with regard to Violet’s kidnapping by Athena. I don’t know what’s going on with Ari and the Medusa curse. I don’t know if things have heated up between her and Sebastian and I have no idea what’s in store for any of the characters in this final installment in the series.

    I love the mythology and the world that Author Kelly Keaton created. And while I am sad that this series is ending with this book, I can’t wait to devour both books and I hope to do so before the month ends.

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    Tumble and Fall

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    TUMBLE & FALL by Alexandra Coutts will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I was so thrilled when I got the chance to read TUMBLE & FALL early via NetGalley when the copy I traded for never arrived. But due to a few issues with my nook, I was not able to read it as planned, so I am so excited that it will be releasing this week and I can finally read it.

    TUMBLE & FALL was my Book Watch post the other week so I will try to keep this brief. But I am just so curious about this book, about its characters, about what they’ll decide to do with the time they have remaining.

    I am expecting to be heartbroken. And I’m anticipating tears. The idea that there will be “surprise beginnings” when the world is about to end makes me so incredibly sad and I haven’t even started reading this book.

    While I haven’t yet read a book by this author, though I do own one she wrote a couple years ago as Alexandra Bullen, I hear she’s a beautiful writer and I cannot wait to find out for myself with this, her latest, release.

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    3:59 by Gretchen McNeil will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I was thrilled to have been able to trade for a copy of 3:59 and read my first Gretchen McNeil book just a little bit early. I loved this story and the author’s writing so I can’t wait to add this title to my collection this week.

    As I already read and reviewed 3:59 I won’t tease about it too much. But I thought the idea of doppelgängers and parallel universes was fascinating. I loved getting to see just how not greener the grass was when Josie traded places with Jo. And I loved that this story mixed sci fi, mystery and horror together.

    I still think this book should totally have been the first book in a series, but I suppose not having to wait for a follow-up book is a good thing, given how many books I am waiting on sequels for. And I suppose I am glad that I already read this book so that its addition to my collection is just that and not an addition to the TBR pile.

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    The Dream Thieves

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    THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 Scholastic Press, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE DREAM THIEVES is the second book in author Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. The third and fourth books, currently untitled, are due out in 2014 and 2015.

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    I don’t know how the release date snuck up on me for THE DREAM THIEVES! I’d been dying for this book to release and was so unbelievably excited when I was approved to read it via NetGalley. But my pre-order will be downloading on Tuesday and I haven’t yet had the chance to read this book that I’d been pining for.

    I actually picked up THE DREAM THIEVES a few weeks ago and planned on going off-pile to read it. But it seems I have to read THE RAVEN BOYS again because I’m a little fuzzy on a few details as I’d read it during a rather hectic time and find myself a little bit lost. Though I do remember it was amazing.

    But I did read the description for this sequel on Goodreads and it reveals next to nothing about what I can expect. Which makes me that much more desperate to find out what happens with Ronan and the fact that his dreams are interfering with his waking life. And it makes me even more curious about what’s in store for Blue, Adam and Gansey.

    I really hope to be able to solve the mystery about just what comes next a bit later this week. But I will be reading this sequel and its predecessor next week no matter what.

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    Once We Were

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    ONCE WE WERE by Kat Zhang will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 352 pages.

    ONCE WE WERE is the second book in Kat Zhang’s The Hybrid Chronicles. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I have not yet read the first book in this series but I had to pre-order ONCE WE WERE as I have every intention of reading both books in the very near future. I was first drawn to this series because of its gorgeous covers. But the description sounds so very different and intriguing that I knew this would be a series I’d want to get to know.

    I have yet to meet Eva and Addie and find out why they weren’t “settling” and one of them “fading.” I have yet to find out how Eva managed to survive, trapped in the shared body with Addie. And I haven’t found out whether they were willing to take the risk so that Eva could move again or if they did, what happened to them both.

    I just know the description for this sequel will be incredibly spoiler-y and as I hope to be able to read both books in this series very soon, I don’t want to take even the littlest of peeks. But knowing that there will be two books for me to devour back-to-back makes me even more excited about discovering this series. And I hope to be able to do so early next month.

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    A Little Too Far

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    A LITTLE TOO FAR by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in eBook format. A paperback edition will be released on October 1st. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by William Morrow, the print edition is 336 pages.

    A LITTLE TOO FAR is the first book in Author Lisa Desrochers’ new series of the same name. The second book in the series, A LITTLE TOO MUCH, is slated for release on November 12, 2013 and the third book in the series, A LITTLE TOO HOT, will be released on January 21, 2014.

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    I am somewhat of a New Adult newbie but I love Author Lisa Desrochers’ writing and I just had to pre-order A LITTLE TOO FAR for my Kindle. I received a surprise copy from the author in print format which I’m currently reading and hope to be finished with tonight. But as I want this book to be a part of my permanent collection I have no plans to cancel my eBook pre-order.

    The taboo subject matter and the promise of an extra sexy read aren’t types of stories I typically add to the pile. But I am curious to see how this author handles things and I’m curious to meet Lexie Banks and find out just how she gets involved in one… or potentially two… complicated relationships.

    As I have scanned a few reviews on the A LITTLE TOO FAR Blog Tour from Rockstar Book Tours I have a feeling that there won’t be anything too shocking, that the way the author approaches the forbidden romance will be well-written, that there may be some heat but nothing too graphic. So I am excited to see where this story heads and I hope to be able to share my thoughts, whether here or on FAD, once I’ve read it.

    And, yes, I think Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world and I love that this story is set in Rome.

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    Other Books of Note

    United We Spy

    UNITED WE SPY (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This Song Will Save Your Life

    THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dead Girls Don't Lie

    DEAD GIRLS DON’T LIE by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Taming of the Tights

    THE TAMING OF THE TIGHTS (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #3) by Louise Rennison

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Clockwork Scarab

    THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Battle of the Ampere

    BATTLE OF THE AMPERE (Michael Vey #3) by Richard Paul Evans

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013 – Reprint edition

    Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Well it’s kind of a relief that I only have eight books pre-ordered this week. Especially since I’ll have read three of them before their respective release dates. And I should hopefully be reading at least two others in the next week or two.

    So while it may be a slight burden on my wallet, it won’t affect my TBR pile too much. Of course I really want to buy the Leila Sales book that’s releasing on Tuesday….

    I do feel as if I missed a ton of “other books of note” books, though. So maybe there are a few titles that I should have included in this post. But ignorance is bliss, right? I say yes, because it took me an hour or two less in order to create this post because of said potential ignorance. And that makes me more than a little bit happy.

    Anyway….

    I have this new theme and I’m debating on whether or not to tweak the formatting for those “other books” to include the descriptions since I don’t talk about them like I do the books I am purchasing. But for now I’m keeping things status quo.

    If you have been dying to read THE DREAM THIEVES I hope your copy will arrive on release date or your book store or library will have it in stock. And if you haven’t yet heard of Sherry Thomas’ THE BURNING SKY all I can say is that it’s an amazing and magical read and I can’t recommend it enough.

    As ever, I hope you found a few titles you can’t live without and I hope that the wait has finally ended for one or two books you’ve been suffering the wait for. And if I missed any books in my list this week please let me know. I’d hate to miss out on the awesome!

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #129

    I was totally surprised by two of the books that showed up in the mail this week and am super excited to receive the third book that arrived.

    While I am still waiting, wishing and hoping on one book to arrive, I am not watching the mailbox as it’s very possible it might never arrive. But if it does, it’s one of those “drop everything and read” books. So I remain ever hopeful.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received an ARC of THE BRIDE WORE SIZE 12 by Meg Cabot from William Morrow. It was on the list of available review copies and I couldn’t resist the urge to request it. I know it’s not a YA title and the fifth book in a series I have yet to discover, but I plan on reading and reviewing it regardless.

    It’s been awhile since I read any contemporary fiction or mysteries that are not young adult, so I’m super excited to try this one out. I’ve heard Meg Cabot is a fantastic writer, so I’m excited to read her latest release.

    I also received a copy of SLAYERS and an ARC of the sequel FRIENDS AND TRAITORS by C.J. Hill from the folks at Feiwel & Friends in anticipation of the upcoming tour I’m on this October.

    The finished copy of the first book was sent so that I can offer it up for giveaway for my tour stop. But I was surprised when the sequel showed up a few days later, as my stop on the tour is not for a review and I thought there were only going to be eARCs. As I already own the first book in the series in Kindle format, I will definitely be reading both books back-to-back prior to my stop next month.

    And while I normally am not one for redesigning covers once a series has begun, these covers are just so amazing and I am so glad the first book’s cover was redone.

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    I was also offered an eARC of CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst for review from the publisher, Walker Children’s, and I couldn’t say no. I love the author’s writing and this book sounds so good and totally creepy.

    I think it was the line about dreams of buttons being sewn into the MC’s skin that gave me the chills… yes, that was probably it. And while I won’t get the chance to read it before its release date I am definitely hoping to add this to the pile in the next couple of weeks.

    Anyway….

    While I might try to sneak the Meg Cabot book onto the pile later this week, I actually have two completely different books planned for this week’s pile. And they are…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (September 1, 2013 – September 7, 2013)

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    Relativity

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    First up on the pile is RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara. Since the moment I first heard about this book I couldn’t wait to read it. And once I received the eARC from the publisher, Walker Children’s, for the tour I’m on for this awesome-sounding book, I’ve been dying to get it on the pile.

    Well the time has finally arrived and I can’t wait to dive in and meet Ruby and find out all about her alternate realities. I can’t wait to learn more about just how she is able to access those realities. And I can’t wait to find out just what she’s willing to sacrifice in order to find a “perfect world.”

    The description teases only a little about what is in store for Ruby in this book and what readers can expect. Which makes me all the more eager to get started on it. And I plan to do just that first thing on Monday as long as I’ve finished writing my review for a tour I’m on this week.

    The Description…

    If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

    Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

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    Next up on the pile is THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas. I was first drawn to this book because of its gorgeous cover. But when I read the description, I just had to grab the eARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss.

    This book sounds totally epic. Prophecies. Mages. Saviors. Tyrants. Princes. Sacrifices. A love story. Difficult choices. And the possibility of a “fiery clash to the death.”

    And I am super excited to meet Iolanthe and Titus. I can’t wait to find out whether the prophecy comes true. And if it does, I am hopeful that Iolanthe is the victor and isn’t the one who meets a fiery end.

    If all goes according to plan I will be transported to this amazing world on Tuesday night. I can hardly wait.

    The Description…

    It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

    Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

    Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

    But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

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    Wishful-Thinking-Reads

    The two books I wish I could be reading right now are actually on my pile this week. But if I had to select another book it would be RESIST by Sarah Crossan. I am dying to find out how the story ends. And I’m really in the mood to read a book with a dystopian setting. But as I have a few books I must read between now and RESIST’s release date, adding it to the pile is only just a wish.

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    I didn’t technically leave anything behind. Well… once I finish reading THE LIBERATOR this weekend I won’t have left anything behind…. Though I still haven’t broken out of my review writing slump. That must change. And fast. As I need to write one for a tour early this week.

    I went a little bit off-pile to read a couple of books that were left behind from previous piles – WILD CARDS, DECEPTION and THE CROWN OF EMBERS. And I did end up reading and loving DESCENDANT from last week’s pile. So while a majority of the books I read weren’t planned reads, I did somehow manage to find time to read four books amidst the chaos that was my life last week.

    Still, I’m so behind on my reading and with so many new books coming out that I am desperate to read before they get buried deep down in the pile, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Which makes me want to go totally off-pile “just because.”

    Hopefully I’ll be able to organize my thoughts and put together a semi-coherent review for the book on tour and hopefully that will give me the push I need to review the other books I’ve read recently. But I’ve decided, I think, that instead of trying to review some of the earlier books I read and not-reviewed, I’ll put together a “The Quick and Dirty” post and just briefly share my thoughts about each of them.

    Who knows… maybe that will inspire me to actually review them one of these days. But that, for now, remains TBD.

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    Netgalley_Pile_Adds

    I didn’t spend any time hanging around on NetGalley this week except to prepare this post. So I managed to refrain from requesting any new titles. My NetGalley “shelf” is quite crowded at the moment, so that’s a good thing.

    But there are a few awesome books I noticed when I was on there, the first of which, ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME, looks really interesting and makes me want to take a longer look at the printed ARC I have. THE RULE OF THREE is also incredibly tempting, but for now I have not yet clicked to receive it for review.

    It’s still early days, though.

    ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 26 2013)

    DIAMONDS & DECEIT (At Somerton #2) by Leila Rasheed (Disney Book Group, Jan 7 2014)

    SHADOWS by Robin McKinley (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 26 2013)

    THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jan 21, 2014)

    EMPIRE OF BONES (Ashtown Burials #3) by N.D. Wilson (Random House Children’s, Oct 22, 2013)

    THE IRON TRAITOR (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Nov 1 2013) **Australian reviewers only**

    ENTWINED by Cheryl S. Ntumy (Harlequin (UK) Ltd, Sep 25 2013)

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    I enjoyed getting lost in a few books this past week. Epic fantasy, fantasy, dystopian and contemporary reads made this a well-rounded, if eclectic, reading week. And with sci fi and another epic fantasy novel on the pile this week, my reads continue to be varied. Which I love.

    I hope to be able to sneak in that adult contemporary/mystery I received and maybe a YA thriller. But as I stare at the ARC of BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman that’s just a few feet away from me, I think if I do go off-pile that will be the book I dive into.

    As I am a day late with this post due to the final day of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, I will stop rambling and get back to reading 3:59 which was just so hard to put down in order to finish this post.

    But I wish you the happiest of reading weeks this week and I hope that for those of you in the U.S. that get the day off tomorrow you manage to sneak in a read of a book you’ve been wanting to read for ages.

    And if you’d like to share what books are on your pile this week or books you received that you can’t wait to read, I’d love to know.

    Happy reading!

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