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    The Dead and Buried Blog Tour: Guest Post – This or That with Donovan and Kane + Giveaway

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    When I was first invited to be a part of this tour I screamed. Loudly. And often. Because I love Kim Harrington’s books. And I’d been dying to read her newest title, THE DEAD AND BURIED, from the moment I first learned about it. Since long before it had this wicked awesome cover. Since before it even had a cover revealed. And possibly before it even had a cover designed.

    Well I was totally thrilled to have received a copy to read just a little bit early. And I read it. And I loved it. And I even REVIEWED it.

    But I was even more stoked when I heard my stop would be a “This or That” stop with Donovan and Kane. Because their answers are so very telling. And while I have picked a favorite of the two – which did not change based on my reading their answers – I will keep who that is a secret so you can see who you find more interesting based on answers alone and not my input or sway.

    If for some reason you haven’t heard about THE DEAD AND BURIED, as always, here’s just a little bit about the book and author.

    Oh, and in case it isn’t clear just who Donovan and Kane are, they are the two swoon-worthy boys in Jade’s life who may or may not be guilty of murder.

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    About the Book

    A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

    Jade loves the house she’s just moved into with her family. She doesn’t even mind being the new girl at the high school: It’s a fresh start, and there’s that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade’s little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade’s jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn’t.

    Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who’s seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade’s school — until her untimely death last year. It’s up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

    Find it: GOODREADS, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE

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    KimHarringtonAbout the Author

    Kim Harrington is the author of the Clarity series for teens and the Sleuth or Dare series for kids. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she’s most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation.

    Her first book, Clarity, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, was a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, sold to nine countries, and was optioned for television by Warner Brothers.

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

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    Guest-Post

    This-or-that

    …with Donovan & Kane

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    Books or Video Games

    Donovan – Video Games. Halo 4 is awesome.

    Kane – Video Games. Presently Madden 2013.

    Cake or Pie

    Donovan – Both are good. Birthday cake is always great.

    Kane – Boston Cream Pie. I know a great place in town. 😉

    Lifting Weights or Running

    Donovan – Is neither an option?

    Kane – Both. I have to keep in shape for lacrosse.

    Popularity or Invisibility

    Donovan – I’ve been both, kind of. They each have their pros and cons.

    Kane – Popularity. It makes life easier.

    Cars or Trucks

    Donovan – Car. I’m really not a truck guy.

    Kane – I’d take either!

    Blondes or Brunettes

    Donovan – Doesn’t matter. It’s what’s inside that’s important.

    Kane – I’ve had a bad track record with brunettes, so I’ll say blonde.

    Art or Sports

    Donovan – Art. It’s my thing.

    Kane – Sports. It’s my thing.

    Letting Go or Hanging On

    Donovan – I’m trying to get better at this. I’ll choose letting go.

    Kane – This is one we can agree on.

    Secrets or Truth

    Donovan – Truth, except when it can hurt someone.

    Kane – Secrets are nothing but trouble.

    Mean Girls or Nice Girls

    Donovan – Lots of guys think they can change a mean girl. Learn from my mistakes and go for the nice girl.

    Kane – I like girls with a little bit of an edge. So, I guess, somewhere in between.

    divider_2Oh I loved their answers! They say so much about who each of them is. Can you guess who might be just a little bit more shallow? But only just a little bit.

    And oh my gosh, I literally laughed out loud when Kane suggested a great place to go for pie in town. Seriously, Kane? Always angling, aren’t you?

    Anyway….

    This was so much fun to read knowing what I know about each of the boys. Their personalities were exactly as I’d have expected them to be from what I’d already known of them from THE DEAD AND BURIED.

    I would love to talk more about each of their answers, but I have a feeling I might let something slip. And it’s always better to discover things during the read. At least it is for me.

    And I would love to say thank you to Books Complete Me for putting together this awesome tour and to the author, Kim Harrington, for not only writing awesome books, this one most definitely included, but for sharing this guest post by her two swoon-y male characters here on the blog.

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    Be sure to visit all the stops on the tour to learn more about the author, the book, the characters, the gemstones, the fantasy cast and the playlist.

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    January 1st – January 18th

    Tour Schedule

    Jan. 1 – Mandy @ YA Books Central – Intro & Review

    Jan. 2 – Gabrielle @ Mod Podge Bookshelf – Author Interview

    Jan. 3 – Giselle @ Xpresso Reads – Review

    Jan. 4 – Savannah@ Books with Bite – Author’s Top 5 Ghost Books/Stories

    Jan. 7 – Jen @ Hypable – Review

    Jan. 8 – Christin @ Portrait of a Book – Fantasy Casting

    Jan. 9 – Rachel @ Fiktshun – This or That with Donovan & Kane

    Jan. 10 – Amber @ Page Turners Blog – Review

    Jan. 11 – Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight – Scenarios & Gemstones

    Jan. 14 – Heidi @ YA Bibliophile – Review

    Jan. 15 – Andrea @ ReadingLark – Mini Review & Author Interview

    Jan. 16 – Julie @ Bloggers[heart]Books – Review

    Jan. 17 – Katie @ Mundie Moms – Playlist

    Jan. 18 – Damaris @ Good Choice Reading – Interview

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    giveaway

    The tour host has included an awesome giveaway as part of this tour for a galley of THE DEAD AND BURIED to THREE (3) WINNERS – U.S. Only. To enter, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

    Note: It is the same entry form on all the blogs.

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    Review: The Dead and Buried

    The Dead and Buried

    THE DEAD AND BURIED by Kim Harrington was released in the U.S. on January 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Point, an imprint of Scholastic, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    Goodreads description:

    A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

    Jade loves the house she’s just moved into with her family. She doesn’t even mind being the new girl at the high school: It’s a fresh start, and there’s that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade’s little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade’s jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn’t.

    Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who’s seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade’s school — until her untimely death last year. It’s up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

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    Kim Harrington delivers yet another exciting, suspenseful and fun to read mystery in THE DEAD AND BURIED. With plenty of suspects to keep readers guessing, a vengeful ghost to give them chills and a touch of romance to make them smile, this story of murder, mean girls and a haunted house will keep the pages turning.

    For years Jade Kelley wanted to leave the small, isolated town and the old, drafty home she grew up in. Her wish was finally coming true and she was excited. Even though it meant starting her senior year of high school somewhere new and that she’d only be there for a year before heading off to college.

    But the new house her father and stepmother bought was perfect. She couldn’t have been happier.

    Until the kids at school started whispering behind her back. Until she started to notice that the things in her room weren’t always where she left them. Until her little brother Colby mentioned seeing a girl in his room that no one else could see. Until she started to feel an unexplainable chill in the air.

    And until she discovered the reason why her family could afford such a beautiful home in such a nice neighborhood.

    Author Kim Harrington did a fantastic job in creating this mystery. She managed to cast suspicion on a number of characters. She revealed enough to allow readers to start putting the pieces of the puzzle together. She made the main character’s sleuthing efforts believable. And she even included a love story which added angst and heartache to this suspense-filled tale.

    Jade is a likable and clever, loyal and protective heroine. She is someone who forms her own opinions and doesn’t allow others to make up her mind for her. She is independent and isn’t afraid to be exactly who she is. But she’s not so different as to be unrelatable. She’s still shy around the kids at her new school, nervous and angry and hurt by her father, and frightened by what’s going on in her picture perfect home.

    With a few twists and turns, a couple of spine-tingling moments, a mystery that will leave room for doubt as to whodunit and a cast of characters that are fun to get to know, THE DEAD AND BURIED is an incredibly entertaining, at times chilling, tension-filled and captivating read.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    5

    On a personal note…

    I am a huge fan of mystery stories. And I’m an even bigger fan of Kim Harrington’s writing. Put the two together and I’m in love.

    I was a little nervous about meeting a new character, as I loved the author’s CLARITY series and the characters in that series. But Jade was such a likable and relatable character for me. She had a maturity to her which seemed appropriate for someone who lost her mother at a young age and took on such a protective role of her younger brother, Colby.

    More than that, though, I loved that she chose her own path, didn’t ditch her less than popular friend just because she could have and didn’t instantly label someone as guilty because someone told her they were.

    I loved that she fought hard against the love triangle that seemed insistent on forming even though she didn’t want it to. And I loved that she was inquisitive and not just because she had to be.

    My favorite parts, however – aside from all things Donovan, of course – were the peeks into Kayla Sloane’s diary. With each peek another part to the puzzle was revealed. Sometimes it was a small part, but it gave the most insight into just what may have happened.

    And while I adored Jade, I can’t say the same for Kayla. Now that girl was seriously messed up. She was power-hungry, malicious and downright evil at times. She may not have deserved what happened to her, but what she did to Jade and Colby made me think that maybe she did.

    I was totally caught up in the mystery even though I knew exactly who did it from the moment I first “met” the character who did it. Not that it was in any way easy or obvious. But this is the third mystery I’ve read by this author. The fact that it took three books for me to be this quick on the uptake is a testament to the author’s skill at crafting her mysteries.

    And it was so much fun to be proven right, to follow along as Jade tried to figure things out. All the while being bullied by a certain angry ghost, being pursued by a boy she wasn’t really interested in and being put on an emotional roller coaster by a boy she was.

    I absolutely loved this story and its characters, especially Jade, Colby, Robot Girl and the Cute Boy and with the possible exceptions of the Fruity-Smelling Girl and Perfect Boy. And no, I don’t plan on revealing who they are. And yes, I love the nicknames.

    This was such a fun read that had it all – a mystery, mean girls, swoon-worthy boys, and a haunted house. And you can bet that I did get a chill or two. Especially when that one thing happened with Colby. And then it happened again.

    Favorite passage…

    I have a few passages that I love, but as they are all slightly spoiler-y and would definitely take away from the surprise factor, I won’t include them here. There’s also this one quote about secrets that resonates.

    But I thought I’d include one that made me smile instead. And no, I won’t reveal just who Jade’s speaking to or just what her answer is.

    There were only a few inches between us now and I felt each one. He leaned in and whispered in my ear, “So it’s okay if I do this?”

    He kissed my earlobe, then his lips trailed down my neck, then back up to my cheek. He stopped at my lips, and I realized he was waiting for a response.

     

    Source: This review is based on a printed ARC I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

     

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #105

    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 January 1-January 7th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Altered

    ALTERED by Jennifer Rush will be released in the U.S. on January 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pags.

    ALTERED is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Jennifer Rush.

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    As soon as I saw this cover around the blogosphere I ran to Amazon to pre-order my copy and I’m so excited it’s downloading this week. It may seem shallow but I had instant cover love for ALTERED and bought it just because of its cover.

    Then I read the description. And it sounded even more amazing. Chilling. But amazing.

    I can’t wait to find out just how the Branch is genetically altering the boys they’re treating and to see just what secrets the Branch has been keeping from them. As this is the first book in a series, I’m sure that not every secret will be revealed.

    But I am super excited to see just how Sam and Anna escape and to find out just how they are connected. I really hope they don’t get caught, but I have the feeling that this book may end on just that cliffhanger.

    I am so excited to be able to read it and find out. I’m hopeful of sneaking it in later this week.

    Splintered

    SPLINTERED by A. G. Howard will be released in the U.S. on January 1, 2013 in hardcover and paperback formats and on January 15, 2013 in eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Amulet Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I am so thrilled that SPLINTERED is releasing this week and that everyone will have the chance to read it. Because it’s seriously awesome and I want to talk to everyone about it.

    I’d seen photos of the print edition, which is stunning, so I’ll be picking up a copy at my local bookstore this week, but my Kindle copy won’t be downloading until the 15th. *Sobs.*

    As I’ve already read it and rambled about it on The Annex, and I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post a few weeks back, I won’t go on and on and on here. Though I really could.

    Because the world is amazing. It’s dark. It’s twisted. It’s familiar. The main character is interesting and likable. The story is captivating. And the two boys in Alyssa’s life are nearly impossible to choose between. Jeb is a hero and Morpheus is more the antihero. But… well… I’ll leave that for you to decide.

    Whichever “team” you choose, or if you just opt for Team Alyssa, taking the journey into A.G. Howard’s version of Wonderland is a magical and enchanting escape. I will say no more. But if you want a peek at some of Alyssa’s adventures, click the cover above to read the description on Goodreads.

    I can’t wait until I have that beautiful printed edition in hand on Tuesday.

    The Dead and Buried

    THE DEAD AND BURIED by Kim Harrington will be released in the U.S. on January 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Point, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I am reading THE DEAD AND BURIED right now and it’s awesome. I can’t wait until the eBook downloads so I can have it in my collection, but I’m just so happy I got the chance to read it a little bit early.

    The description calls it a thriller and I agree that it totally is. I love Jade and well… okay, I better not talk about things that are not revealed in the description. So I will just say that there is a captivating mystery, a ghost that is most definitely angry and Jade’s friends do have their share of dark secrets.

    I can’t wait to finish writing this post so that I can go back to reading – and finishing – this book. But I am so happy it’s releasing in a couple of days to that it can live in my eBook collection forever.

    The Essence

    THE ESSENCE by Kimberly Derting will be released in the U.S. on January 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE ESSENCE is the second book in Kimberly Derting’s The Pledge series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is due out in 2014.

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    I am madly in love with both covers in this series. It’s what drew me to them in the first place, though I would have bought both because the author is Kimberly Derting. And while I haven’t yet had the chance to read THE PLEDGE, I have THE ESSENCE pre-ordered and will be reading both books for my TBR challenge this year. Because I want to be all caught up before book three is out in 2014.

    I almost read the description, but after the quote which mentions “[d]anger, dread, mystery, and romance” in this sequel, the words “[a]t the luminous conclusion” stopped me in my tracks. Because I don’t want to be spoiled since I will be reading both books soon.

    I want to meet Charlaina and find out exactly what happens without knowing in advance what has. I want to learn what happens between Charlie and Max and find out whether Charlie is really the key to her country’s freedom. I don’t want to discover how it all concludes until I read it.

    But I am excited that this next book is releasing this week and I hope to read both books in March.

    Falling for You

    FALLING FOR YOU by Lisa Schroeder will be released in the U.S. on January 1, 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 368 pages.

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    I have yet to read a book by Lisa Schroeder but I own two of her titles. And on January 1st I’ll own three. But I really, really want to read this one. Which sounds like it will be a total tear-jerker.

    My heart is already breaking a little bit for Rae, who just wants to find someone nice to counter her not-at-all nice stepfather. And instead she gets an overly jealous and possessive boyfriend who ends up making her fearful.

    I am hopeful she’ll have the strength to fight when her life is on the line. And I hope the tragedy that lands her in the hospital is not one brought about by her stepfather or Nathan. But I have a feeling it is.

    I definitely plan on reading this book this year. And hopefully I can squeeze it in later this winter. Because it sounds amazing.

    Teeth cover

    TEETH by Hannah Moskowitz will be released in the U.S. on January 1, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

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    I am so intrigued by this book. I have no idea what TEETH is about but I just had to pre-order it to find out. The description mentions it’s a “gritty, romantic modern fairy tale” but I’m super curious as to just what tale it is.

    I have not listened to any chatter around the blogosphere because I don’t want to know. I love the idea of reading a story completely unaware of just what it’s about. I have no idea if Teeth is a boy or a girl. If Teeth is human. Or just what “terrible” and “violent” secrets Teeth has.

    The cover has me even more intrigued. Is it rope? Is it snakeskin? I don’t know. But I cannot wait to find out. And no, I don’t want to know until I read it. So I’m going to have to keep my head buried in the sand, avoid all Tweets from the author and squint my eyes if I see a review pop up.

    So I better read this soon. Because going in blind is half the fun.

    Other Books of Note

    Love Is All You Need

    LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED by Deb Caletti

    Pub. Date: January 1, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Prophecy

    PROPHECY (The Dragon King Chronicles #1) by Ellen Oh

    Pub. Date: January 2, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Empty

    EMPTY by K.M. WALTON

    Pub. Date: January 1, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Victoria Rebels

    VICTORIA REBELS by Carolyn Meyer

    Pub. Date: January 1, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Ali's Pretty Little Lies

    ALI’S PRETTY LITTLE LIES (Pretty Little Liars) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: January 2, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    There are so many amazing books releasing this week. It is the PERFECT start to the New Year! I am totally stoked to finally be able to read ALTERED. I think I’m the ONLY person who doesn’t have an early copy. As I have a giftcard for Barnes & Noble I may even buy a print copy just so I can see that cover in print. Because it’s wicked cool.

    And SPLINTERED. Ahhh, that book is gorgeous. I want to read the finished version before I post my review in case there are any differences from the ARC. So I’m thinking I’ll be standing in line at the Barnes & Noble on New Year’s Day waiting for it to open so I can grab my copy. Okay… well… maybe I won’t be awake that early. But if they don’t open until 11:00 a.m. I am so there.

    I don’t think I’m going to be able to wait very long to check out TEETH either. Because I’m so curious about that book. Whoever wrote up that description knows exactly how to tease a book. I am most definitely teased.

    But I’m also super excited about all the rest of the releases I have pre-ordered and I may end up taking a peek at a few of the books I’ve listed as “of note,” especially EMPTY. Because I love, love, love that cover and title.

    For now, though, I’m headed back in to THE DEAD AND BURIED, which may just be my final read of 2012. Unless I end up devouring SPELLCASTER later tonight and tomorrow. That, of course, remains to be determined.

    Anyway…

    I hope there are a few titles that you’ve been pining for releasing this week to help start off your New Year with a smile. And if there are any titles I should be ashamed for not knowing about, let me know in the comments.

    Happy Reading, Happy Book Buying and almost Happy New Year!

    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 #92

    I was so excited that the review book I was waiting for arrived this week. And I got another book I’d requested plus a surprise ARC. So I’m totally happy with my mailman. Even though he is way overburdened with parcels already. Poor dude.

    I have not yet received my goodies for the EPIC Newbie event but I’m sure they’ll show up early next week. And I can’t wait. Because I am almost done with my ANGELFIRE Read-Along and I can’t wait to read another series back-to-back-to-back.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I am on the tour for THE DEAD AND BURIED in January and so I was totally thrilled to get the printed ARC from Scholastic this week. As it will be releasing early next year I definitely plan on devouring this book immediately. Plus it looks ahhh-mazing so I can’t wait to read it.

    I also got the most awesome package from HarperTeen this week with the book I just had to break my request ban with and that was SPELLCASTER by Claudia Gray. And there was just a little something extra in the envelope – Patrick Carman’s PULSE, which has the most gorgeous cover.

    While I won’t be reading either of my two new HarperTeen books this week, there is an awesome book from that publisher that I will be reading this week, along with the other book I received in the mail. And so….

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (December 16 – December 22, 2012)

    The Dead and Buried

    First up on the pile is THE DEAD AND BURIED by Kim Harrington. I received the ARC this week from Scholastic for the book tour I’m on in early January. And while my stop isn’t a review stop, I’ve been pining for this book for ages and ages, so of course I have to read it now.

    I loved the author’s CLARITY series and I can’t wait to read this story about “a haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost.” I am so excited to finally be meeting Jade this week and this boy with the “dreamy blue eyes.”

    But I’m even more excited to meet this this ghost who’s seeking answers and vengeance.

    I love the way this author crafts her mystery stories. I am always hugely successful at guessing whodunit… well, I was until I read CLARITY and was totally clueless. So I can’t wait to be kept in the dark without the first clue while I read THE DEAD AND BURIED. Because I love a good mystery and I just know this author will keep me on my toes.

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    Shadows in the Silence

    Next up on the pile is SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton. I received an ARC from a trade awhile back and as I’ve managed to get way too far ahead on the read-along, I can’t possibly stop now. Even with a stack of review books screaming at me.

    Because I forgot just how torturous that ending was in WotW. And now that I have SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE I can’t make myself wait for one more second to see how things end.

    Even though I hate to say goodbye to series. Even though this one will be especially hard for me to let go of. But I must know what happens with Ellie and Will. I must find out whether Cadan makes it to the end.

    I’m terrified of just what might happen to Ellie in this book, but I’m equally upset about what might become of Will.

    And while this is listed as the second book on the pile this week, I will be reading it first…. I’ve actually started it and there’s no way I’ll be able to set it aside until it’s done.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    The urge has not gone away. I really, really, really want to re-read SILVER by Talia Vance. After having read GOLD just a couple of weeks ago, I’m more desperate than ever to re-read SILVER and see if the warning signs were there. And no, I won’t say what those warning signs are.

    But I’d also love, love, love to be able add FORETOLD by Jana Oliver to the pile this week. I actually started reading the beginning, just out of curiosity, and I practically sobbed when I had to set it down so I could read the books I needed to be reading.

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    Those left behind:

    I have not yet finished reading INDIGO AWAKENING but I did start reading it. And I hope to finish it early this week before I am slated to pick up THE  DEAD AND BURIED.

    I did end up absolutely devouring WINGS OF THE WICKED. And it was even better on the re-read than it was on the first read. So, as you might imagine, I’m dying to finish that series before I embark upon a new one.

    I did read, for Monday’s tour stop, the first episode in A.R. Kahler’s THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS. And while I will refrain from saying too much for fear of revealing my entire short review a couple of days early, I will just say that I’m DYING for the next episode.

    I did manage to finally finish my review for BITING COLD by Chloe Neill this week. And while this particular blog was review-free, not all my blogs were. So that, to me, is a win.

    Now I just need to finish SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and write my review before nerves get the best of me. And I think that I can make it happen really, really soon. But that all depends upon just how much the ending to the series kills me. And I have a feeling it’s definitely going to kill me. So we shall see.

    Anyway, I hope to get back to OPAL and CARRIER OF THE MARK this week, but with so much going on these days, it may have to be just after the holiday season.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I checked out NetGalley this week and noticed from Penguin Australia that NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow was being offered. Of course I hadn’t seen the publisher name before I clicked the request button. But yes, it is reserved for Australian bloggers. So if that’s you, this looks like a MUST request!

    GOING VINTAGE by Lindsay Leavitt is now available and it looks super cute! Though I didn’t request it for myself.

    And neither did I request Heather Anastasiu’s sequel, OVERRIDE, which is also now available for request. So those who have read GLITCH, I think it’s a must check out!

    Karen Mahoney’s THE STONE DEMON is another title that looks super cool – I’m fighting the urge to request it right now – as does CRIMSON FROST by Jennifer Estep. And for those in the UK, Maureen Johnson’s THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH is available.

    Rachel Hawkins’ next book, SCHOOL SPIRITS, is available for those who have pre-approval status from Disney before the “no bloggers” rule.

    And just a few other titles that look awesome are Alyxandra Harvey’s BLOOD PROPHECY, Maureen Johnson’s THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH, Rebecca Lim’s EXILE (a Disney title),

    I may have gone a little request crazy, but I didn’t request all the books I named above, so that has to be a good thing. But I’m not sure just how often I’ll be doing a search through NetGalley. I think not every week going forward or I could potentially grow my TBR pile in ways I really don’t want to.

    I have been having the hardest time trying to blog this week because I haven’t wanted to tear myself away from the books I’ve been reading. I’m also still plugging away at my NaNoWriMo WIP which is now close to 93,000 words.

    And I seem to be continuing to run into that small problem where I fall asleep really, really early. And even though I’ve been waking up and blogging through the night, I never seem to find enough time to do what I need to do.

    But I’m trying to find that balance. Especially with all these year-end posts coming up and the extraordinary number of tours I managed to book myself on in January. As always, I’m ever hopeful.

    Of course I’d love to know what you’ll be reading this week. Or if you got something for your book collection that’s to die for. Feel free to leave a link to your post so that I can check it out!

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

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