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    Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2013

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    Today is the fourth 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 Boyfriends of 2013

    Ack! Once again the rules require that I choose my book boyfriends based upon books that were not only released in 2013 but that I read in 2013. So unfair! That means I can’t choose Barron’s or V’lane from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. *sobs* And I can’t choose Austin from Talia Vance’s GOLD.

    A few of last year’s book boyfriends made the cut this year. But there are also a few new adds to the list.

    And, yes, some of those bookish boyfriends were from the same book. Who says there has to be just one bookish boyfriend per book?

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    Book Boyfriends 2013

    1.
    Endless KnightDeath

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Killer quote:

    “Your Touch-of-Death gift doesn’t seem very fair. Is it only in your hands, or is all of your skin deadly?”

    Skewering me with his gaze, he enunciated the words: “Every last inch of me.”

    Why I adore him:

    He’s deadly. He’s sexy. He’s not only the perfect match for Evie, he’s perfect.

    2.
    Endless KnightJack

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Killer quote:

    “After we bring down this game, I’m goan to rebuild Haven for you, ma belle. You see if I doan.”

    Why I adore him:

    He goes after what he wants. He’s driven. He’s moody. He’s got one heck of an accent. He’s sexy.

    3.
    Through the Zombie GlassCole

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Killer quote:

    “People are always throwing the word love around, but before you, I never did. And I’d never needed to hear it, either. Then, the other night, you uttered those words to me, and it’s okay if you don’t remember, but I heard them, and it affected me, and now I want to hear the words for real because I love you so much it hurts. I need to hear the words. If you’re ready to give them.”

    Why I adore him:

    He’s fierce. He’s a kick-a** fighter. He’s moody. And he’s… yes, you guessed it… sexy as heck.

    4.
    With All My SoulTod

    Good boy or bad boy: Good boy

    Killer quote:

    “…I’m here because of you. I’m as close to human as I can be–as I’ll ever be again–because you’re here with me. Every night. I count down the minutes until I can see you. I hate school because it takes you away from me. I wish I could sleep for more than a few minutes at a time, so I could dream about you.”

    Why I adore him:

    He’s Tod. He’s perfect. He’s sarcastic. He’s funny. He’s cute. He’s Kaylee’s happily ever after.

    5.
    EverboundCole

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Killer quote:

    “Sorry, Nik. I’m really sorry. But there are certain … perks for the Everliving who holds your heart. And I hold yours. Now we’re even.”

    “How?”

    His face went soft. “You’ve always held mine.”

    Why I adore him:

    He’s an immortal. He’s a musician. He’s wickedly sexy. He’s devious. He’s driven.

    6.
    The Eternity CureJackal

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Killer quote:

    “Oh, come on,” Jackal said, smiling encouragingly. “Just because I staked you and tossed you out a window? Surely we can get past that little misunderstanding.”

    Why I adore him:

    He’s wicked. He’s sarcastic. He’s kinda hot. He’s definitely dangerous.

    7.
    The Eternity CureKanin

    Good boy or bad boy: Mostly Good boy

    Killer quote:

    “There are no good choices, Allison,” Kanin offered in a quiet voice. “There are only those you can live with, and those you can work to change.”

    Why I adore him:

    He’s a hero. He’s smart. He’s fierce. He’s immortal. He’s worth saving.

    8.
    A Touch MenacingLuke

    Good boy or bad boy: Total Bad boy

    Killer quote:

    “All I ask is your loyalty. All I ask…” He curled his hand tight, pressing his fist against the wall. “Twice you’ve denied me Kristen. Still I am yours. Your secret, your pleasure, your darkest dream. Give yourself to me, and I will give you everything.”

    Why I adore him:

    He’s the baddest of bad boys. He’s completely and totally H.O.T. He’s dangerous. He’s a little scary. He’s incredible.

    9.
    ForeplayReece

    Good boy or bad boy: Both

    Killer quote:

    “I wouldn’t have waited this long for you. I would have already showed up at your dorm the minute I decided I wanted you. I wouldn’t leave until I convinced you that you were mine.”

    Why I adore him:

    He’s totally hot. He’s confident. He goes after what he wants. He isn’t afraid to say what that is. He’s genuine.

    10.
    The ElitePrince Maxon

    Good boy or bad boy: Good boy… I think…

    Killer quote:

    “…[T]here’s only you. Maybe I’m not really looking, maybe they aren’t right for me. It doesn’t matter. I just know I want you. And that terrifies me. I’ve been waiting for you to take back the words, to beg to leave.”

    Why I adore him:

    He’s an unexpected surprise. He’s nice. He’s sexy. He’s powerful. He’s a Prince in every sense of the word.

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    A Few Other Bookish Boys I Love

    I have so many book boyfriends from the books I read. Most of them are the bad boys, but a few of them happen to be good. And if I had just a little more time this week to create these top ten posts, I might have opted to do one list of Bad Boy Book Boyfriends and another of Good Boy Book Boyfriends.

    But as I have way too many posts to create and so little time to get them done, for today I’m sticking with just the one list. However, I can’t pass up the chance to list just a few other bookish boys I adore.

    Will of Jessa Holbrook’s WHILE YOU’RE AWAY

    Colt of Karsten Knight’s AFTERGLOW

    Ethan of Chloe Neill’s HOUSE RULES and BITING BAD

    Warner of Tahereh Mafi’s DESTROY ME

    Logan of C.J. Redwine’s DECEPTION

    Fenn of Lesley Livingston’s DESCENDANT

    Jules of Amy Plum’s UNTIL I DIE

    Kai of Wendy Higgins’ SWEET PERIL

    Dante of Victoria Scott’s THE COLLECTOR and THE LIBERATOR

    Finn of Jessica Spotswood’s STAR CURSED

    And, of course, there are so many more… but this is supposed to just be a Top Ten List and with these extra boys I’m now up to twenty.

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    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…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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    The Trailers: May

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

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

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    Reboot by Amy Tintera

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    If I Should Die by Amy Plum

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Icons by Margaret Stohl

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    Mystic by Alyson Noël

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (Alyson Noel)

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    The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    The End Games by T. Michael Martin

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (T. Michael Martin)

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    Parallel by Lauren Miller

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (Lauren Miller)

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    Five Summers by Una LaMarche

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (fivesummersbook)

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    The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (Mette Harrison)

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    All I Need by Susan Colasanti

    Release date: May 21, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Night School by C.J. Daugherty

    Release date: May 21, 2013

    (nightschoolbook)

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    Dare You To by Katie McGarry

    Release date: May 28, 2013

    (Mirainkbooks) – UK Trailer

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

    Elegy by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

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    The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    The Academy: Game On by Monica Seles

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

    Release date: June 11, 2013

    (RandomBooks)

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    Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

    Release date: July 23, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

    Release date for Emerald Green: October 8, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

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

    Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

    Release date: March 26, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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    Stung by Bethany Wiggins

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 1 of 3

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 2 of 3

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 3 of 3

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    Taken by Erin Bowman

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

    Release date: April 18, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter

    Release date: April 23, 2013

    (Christie Craig)

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    The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (harlequinbooks)

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    The Program by Suzanne Young

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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

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    The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

    Release date: May 14, 2013

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

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    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #122

    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 April 30th-May 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    ***Not a YA title***

    Oath Bound
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    OATH BOUND by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on April 30, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and in paperback format at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin MIRA, the print edition is 432 pages.

    OATH BOUND is the third and final book in the Unbound series by author Rachel Vincent.

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    I am so excited for the release of OATH BOUND. I feel like I’ve waited for ages and ages to read Sera and Kris’ story. And I will be reading it the second my pre-order copy downloads to my Kindle.

    As much as I would love this series to go on for a couple more books… at least… I can’t wait to see how everything wraps up for Liv and Cam, Kori and Ian. I’m curious to see just what happens to the Syndicates. And I’m super curious about what Skill Sera has.

    And as difficult as it will be to say goodbye to yet another series by author Rachel Vincent, I can’t make myself wait to read it. I am such a huge fan of this series and its characters. I love the fact that with each book I get a different view of the world, get to meet new characters and learn about their different abilities. And I love that with each book the overarching plot moves just a little bit farther forward.

    The wait has been torturous. Especially with the author’s Facebook comments throughout the writing process. But I am so glad to finally get the chance to dive into this last installment in this amazing series.

    The Eternity Cure

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    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on April 30, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 448 pages.

    THE ETERNITY CURE is the second book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. No information is yet available about the third book in the series.

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    I may be a new fan of this series, but I am officially an obsessed fan. And I am so unbelievably excited for THE ETERNITY CURE’s release this week. Because that means that the next book in this series is that much closer to its release date.

    I got the chance to read THE ETERNITY CURE just a little bit early thanks to the publisher and NetGalley and I thought it was totally amazing. (My Review.) I loved the first book in the series but this sequel was seriously epic. And now I am dying to continue the story and find out just what happens after that killer ending.

    The world was even darker in this sequel. The threats were even more deadly. And the love story was way more heartbreaking.

    While I won’t be re-reading this book on release day, I do plan on re-reading it. And I’m so thrilled that the finished copy will be downloading to my Kindle this week and that it will join THE IMMORTAL RULES as part of my permanent collection.

    Sweet Peril Cover

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    SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins will be released in the U.S. on April 30, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in print and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    SWEET PERIL is the second book in Wendy Higgins’ The Sweet Trilogy. The third book in the series, SWEET RECKONING, is slated for release in June 2014.

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    I cannot believe that the release date for SWEET PERIL is finally almost here. I held off reading the early review copy I had for as long as possible because I know just how torturous the wait is for the next book’s release.

    Well I read it. And it’s all sorts of awesome. And I desperately want to re-read it right this minute. Or when my finished copy downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. Because I am definitely not ready to disconnect from the story and leave the world. And I am absolutely not ready to begin suffering the agonizingly long wait for the final book in this series.

    As I will be posting my review in the next couple of days and I already spotlighted SWEET PERIL for my Book Watch post a few weeks ago, I won’t go on and on here. But I will just quickly say that this book was every bit as exciting as the first book in the series. There was just as much heat… okay, there was a lot more…. The suspense was killer. And the chemistry sizzled.

    Yes, I am still swooning over Kaidan Rowe.

    Life After Theft

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    LIFE AFTER THEFT by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on April 30, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I am a huge fan of author Aprilynne Pike and when I heard about her standalone novel, LIFE AFTER THEFT, I just had to pre-order a copy. While I did receive an eARC for review, I didn’t get the chance to read it before release date, so I will be reading my finished copy instead.

    But this book sounds like so much fun. I love modern retellings. And I am so very curious to see what the author did with The Scarlet Pimpernel in her novel.

    I can’t wait to meet Jeff and Kimberlee and see just what her “unfinished business” is. And the fact that her haunting is dubbed snarky makes me that much more excited to read it.

    While I won’t get the chance to add it to the pile this week or next, I will be reading it in May.

    The Program

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    THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young will be released in the U.S. on April 30, 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 416 pages.

    THE PROGRAM is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Suzanne Young.

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    I cannot believe I almost forgot to pre-order THE PROGRAM for my Kindle. I’d heard about this series months ago when it was making the rounds on the blogs and I thought it sounded awesome. But as it wasn’t yet available to pre-order in electronic format I had to wait.

    Fortunately I didn’t miss its release and I cannot wait for it to download this week.

    I’m so totally curious about this book. Sloane’s world sounds chilling. And the fact that The Program wipes people’s memories makes that solution to the suicide epidemic seem even more horrific than the problem.

    A life where feelings have to be buried does not sound appealing. And the fact that Sloane and James are both beginning to suffer from depression makes their future seem bleak. Especially if they do have to enter The Program.

    I definitely want to check this book out this week. Even if I don’t get the chance to move it to the top of the pile I just have to take a peek. And I hope to be able to read it in June if I can’t manage to sneak it in sooner.

    Other Books of Note

    The Ward

    THE WARD (The Ward #1) by Jordana Frankel

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Our Song

    OUR SONG by Jordanna Fraiberg

    Pub. Date: May 2, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Boyfriend App

    THE BOYFRIEND APP by Katie Sise

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Identity Theft

    IDENTITY THEFT by Anna Davies

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Point

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Defriended Alt

    DEFRIENDED by Ruth Baron

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Point

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Belonging

    BELONGING (Temptation #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Loop

    THE LOOP by Shandy Lawson

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Last Academy

    THE  LAST ACADEMY by Anne Applegate

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Point

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Gorgeous

    GORGEOUS by Paul Rudnick

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Anthem for Jackson Dawes

    ANTHEM FOR JACKSON DAWES by Celia Bryce

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Nobody's Secret

    NOBODY’S SECRET by Michaela MacColl

    Pub. Date: April 30, 2013

    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    There are a ton of books releasing this week, but at the moment I only have five books pre-ordered. I am so very tempted to order OUR SONG as it sounds totally awesome. And I’m still really curious about THE WARD. But for now I’m trying to show a little restraint and not impulse buy books that I won’t immediately get the chance to read.

    Fortunately, even with five books pre-ordered, I won’t be adding too many books to the TBR pile since I’ve already read SWEET PERIL and THE ETERNITY CURE and I will be reading OATH BOUND when it releases. But as next week promises just as many new releases, if not more, and I haven’t read any of the books I have pre-ordered, it’s a good thing my reading pile gets a little bit of a respite this week.

    Many of the books “of note” that I’ve listed are ones I hadn’t heard very much about. But those Point Horror books have piqued my curiosity so I’ll definitely have to stalk a few reviews to see if they’re books I should have in my collection.

    Anyway…

    I hope I haven’t missed any amazing titles releasing this week. And I hope that if you are a fan of Rachel Vincent’s Unbound series, you won’t have as tough a time saying goodbye as I know I will.

    But if there are a few books I should have on my radar, feel free to let me know in the comments. I’m always up for learning about new “must read” and “must buy” books.

    And I’d love to hear what books releasing this week are ones you just have to have.

    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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    Review: The Eternity Cure

    The Eternity Cure

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    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on April 30, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 448 pages.

    THE ETERNITY CURE is the second book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. No information is yet available about the third book in the series.

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    Goodreads description…

    Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

    Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

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    THE ETERNITY CURE is the electrifying and wildly entertaining second book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. Darker, grittier and even more suspenseful than the first, this sequel amps up the action, danger and tension levels, making this an intense, edge-of-your-seat read.

    When Allison Sekemoto set off in search of Kanin, his rescue was her only goal. Still struggling with her humanity in this violent and ruthless world where lawlessness abounds, Allie fights to hang on to who she was before she became a predator. But when survival is dependent upon the need to feed, killing is sometimes her only option.

    And as her journey leads her farther and farther away from the one thing that keeps her human, the price for Kanin’s safety may be steeper than she ever imagined.

    Julie Kagawa has delivered yet another gripping and highly addictive installment in this series. She puts her heroine, Allie, in even greater danger as she attempts to save Kanin from his vicious and bloodthirsty captor, Sarren. She adds a new threat to this already perilous world that is struggling to survive. And she sets it all against a ticking clock, making this read a nail-biter.

    The author does a brilliant job of mixing the elements of an epic saga, gritty dystopian and dark paranormal/urban fantasy with a touch of horror in THE ETERNITY CURE. Her characters are interesting and engaging, whether likable or unlikable, and her story captivating from beginning to end.

    This second book in the series doesn’t suffer from sophomore slump – it is even more thrilling and action-packed than the first. It doesn’t serve as a bridge – the story could stand on its own. The author didn’t let the world-building suffer – if anything, she expanded upon it.

    And while the young adult genre may be flooded with stories of vampires and zombie-like creatures set in a post-plague world, Julie Kagawa’s story and series sets itself apart with its diverse and appealing characters, its exhilarating adventure and the imaginative spin this author brings to each of her stories.

    With surprising twists and an even more surprising ally, dangerous new enemies and even deadlier threats, and a betrayal that could cost her everything, Allie’s quest to save her creator in THE ETERNITY CURE is an incredibly exciting adventure with a shocking cliffhanger ending that will keep readers riveted.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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

    On a personal note…

    Oh my gosh this book was so wicked awesome. I LOVED every second of it. It was that good. Scratch that. Great. Scratch that. Amazing.

    I did not think Julie Kagawa could top what she wrote in THE IMMORTAL RULES. I loved that book and I was so sure that the follow-up couldn’t get any better. But oh my gosh it did. By a lot.

    THE ETERNITY CURE was so off-the-charts good that there are no words to adequately describe just how exciting it was to read. How riveted I was to the page as Allison set off on a quest to find Kanin. How unputdownable it was as the story unfolded. And how absolutely torturous that killer cliffhanger ending was.

    Nope. No words…. Exciting. Riveting. Unputdownable. Torturous. I’m not counting those as words. Because they don’t even begin to paint a picture of just how awesome this sequel was. Or how desperate I am to get my hands on the next book in this series.

    The description is pretty vague about Allison’s journey to find Kanin. It doesn’t reveal whether or not she makes the journey alone or whether she has a traveling companion or two. So I’m going to try to be just as vague when talking about this book so as not to reveal spoilers.

    But what I can talk about – one of the elements in this story that I love, love, loved – is that this already dark world got even darker. A world of humans and vampires that was barely hanging on is now potentially on the verge of extinction due to a new outbreak and contagion.

    I’d called the world in THE IMMORTAL RULES grisly, but the grisly in that book doesn’t hold a candle to just how grisly things got in this one. Dark. Grisly. Chilling. Violent. Heartbreaking.

    Yes, somewhere amidst the chaos, between the action-packed battles and chases, the race against the clock to find Kanin, the encounters with the Bleeders and Molemen, there were moments that were so unbelievably heartbreaking.

    Of course I won’t reveal whether it was just my heart that was broken or whether it was one or more of the author’s characters who suffered a broken heart, too. That little tidbit of information shall be my secret for now.

    But there’s so much more to this novel than just darkness and bloodshed. There is plenty of that, but that’s not all that THE ETERNITY CURE delivers. There’s suspense. Tension of the nail-biting variety. A journey that is once again epic. Characters that are interesting and challenging and likable and detestable.

    And if I’ve somehow given you the impression that this book is all doom and gloom, let me just add that there are also moments that are incredibly sweet and tender. Moments that will make your heart skip a beat or two.

    So, yeah, this book has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of the stuff of awesome. Though that ending did kill me. Not only because of what happened but because it made me so desperate to find out just what comes next and gave me no way to do so.

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    Favorite passage…

    There are three amazing passages I want to include here. And much to my surprise, they’re all Allie and Zeke passages. Given just how much I adore both Kanin and Jackal, it was a complete and total surprise when I narrowed down my very most favorite passages to those three.

    Of course choosing one is nearly impossible. Though I suppose I should choose the shortest one as opposed to those longish ones that reveal perhaps a bit too much.

    I felt him shift in my arms, holding me tighter, tucking my head under his chin. “Only death will take me away from you, vampire girl,” he whispered. “And even then, I’ll watch over you from wherever I end up.”

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    This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

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    The Eternity Cure Blog Tour: Character Post on Kanin + Giveaway

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    I cannot believe I was chosen to be a part of the tour for THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa. As I’d only recently been introduced to the series – what took me so long? – I never thought I’d get picked to be a part of this awesome event. AND…

    I never thought I’d get to not only be a member of TEAM VAMPIRE, but that I’d get the opportunity to create my very own post about my most favorite character in the series… yes, you guessed it… KANIN! A character I adored from the moment Allison first encountered him in the tunnels. A character who I loved after what he offered to do, and did, for Allison.

    And a character who became even more unbelievably amazing in THE ETERNITY CURE. Yes, I did get the chance to read it. I picked it up immediately after finishing THE IMMORTAL RULES because I just couldn’t put the series down. And while I didn’t think I could like him any more than I did after reading book one, I could. I did. I do.

    So…. I am totally stoked – not to be confused with staked – to be TEAM VAMPIRE and to share my love of this series and this author by writing a post about her character KANIN. Which is below… just following some details about the books and author and places you can find them all online.

    And if you haven’t yet checked out the BLOOD OF EDEN website, be sure to stop by for all sorts of information about the series, including – but definitely not limited to – character bios, the world of Blood of Eden, all you could ever want to know about Red Lung Disease, and super fun character quotes.

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    About THE ETERNITY CURE

    How do you face the end of eternity?

    In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood.

    She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence.

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    A Legend begins.

    Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city.

    By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

    Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

    Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

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    Julie Kagawa About Julie Kagawa

    Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

    To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

    Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.

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    Dishing on Kanin…

    For those of you who haven’t “met” Kanin in THE IMMORTAL RULES, I thought I’d start off with just a little bit of an intro…. OH, WAIT!!! Before I forget…

    There may be one or two slight spoilers about Kanin’s role in Allison’s life in this character post. So, if you don’t want to know anything beyond the Goodreads description about how Kanin factors in, skip this part of the post and head straight down to the giveaways. But there will be no real spoilers beyond what is revealed in his character bio from the series website or in either book’s description.

    So… who is Kanin?

    Kanin is a Master vampire. One of the few vampires left who has the ability to turn a human and create a new vampire. In this dark, blood-thirsty world that Allison Sekemoto lives in, even vampires aren’t immune to the after effects of the Red Lung Disease. So even a Master vampire can’t always successfully turn a human. Which is why Kanin’s offer to turn Allison was a huge risk.

    Being such a powerful vampire would normally have earned Kanin a city to rule over as Prince. A place with plenty of lower level vampires to do his bidding, a place where humans are kept as Pets and a place with an unending source of blood to make his immortality far more enjoyable than the one he’s chosen to… live.

    But Kanin is not like every other Master vampire whose only interest is getting and maintaining power. He has other interests… goals… secrets… ones I’ll leave to him and Allison to reveal within the story. My lips are sealed.

    Kanin is also a teacher. A mentor. An insanely good fighter. He’s more than a little bit cryptic, but he reveals important information when he needs to. And he has created quite the devoted student in Allison.

    What do we know about Kanin?

    Aside from the fact that he’s a Master, he’s Allison’s sire, he has more than a few enemies and even more secrets that he’s keeping, he has mad skills in the fighting department, he is an incredibly patient teacher, he’s way older than he looks, and he makes for one seriously awesome ally?

    Aside from all of that, he’s kind of hot.

    You don’t believe me? Well, according to his bio, which I’ve included below, he has “piercing black eyes” and a “tall, muscular form.” Oh, and he’s among “the most ancient and powerful of his kind.” If that doesn’t scream hot, I don’t know what does.

    And while I may have learned just a bit more, having read both books in this series, it’s probably best I don’t reveal what else I know about Kanin… like what he is looking for, what he’s done that has made him so many enemies, who else he has a connection with other than Allison, and just what he’s willing to risk to keep her safe.

    So…. I suppose I have to add brave to that list. But I probably should stop here, or else I might just reveal one or two things I learned about Kanin in THE ETERNITY CURE. Things that may make you question just why I am Team Vampire.

    Why should we like Kanin?

    Well there’s that whole brave, powerful, Master vampire thing he’s got going on. Some may like him just because he is an immortal. (Team Vampire forever!) Some may like him just for his looks. (I’m not that shallow… okay, well maybe yes I am.) Others may like him just because of what he did for Allison. (My hero!)

    And others (me, me, me) like him for his rather awesome quotes. Such as…

    “And you, little wildcat, I suspect you have claws you wouldn’t hesitate to use. I find I am in no mood for another fight, so consider yourself lucky. You met a heartless, soulless bloodsucker and lived. Next time, it might be very different.”

    or…

    “We are vampires…. It makes no difference who we are, where we came from. Princes, Masters and rabids alike, we are monsters, cut off from humanity…. [W]e are forever separate. Damned. Alone…. Will you choose to become a demon with a human face, or will you fight your demon until the end of time, knowing you will forever struggle alone?”

    Why do I like Kanin?

    Because he gave Allison a choice. Because he saw something in her that made him want to take a risk. Because he didn’t abandon her when he so easily could have. Because he never claimed to be anything other than what he was – “a monster.”

    And while he may have been a vampire of few words, the words he did utter were ones that just kind of stuck with me.

    Plus, his ability to handle a blade… and the whole hotness thing… were most definitely qualities I put in the “win” column.

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    But if you want to learn more about Kanin, you should totally meet him in THE IMMORTAL RULES and follow it up with THE ETERNITY CURE where things are a little bit darker and a lot more dire for him.

    And if you just can’t wait, here’s the short bio from the series website…

    Allie’s sire–the vampire who turned her–is one of the Masters, the most ancient and powerful of his kind. His piercing black eyes, tall, muscular form and calm, quiet demeanor make for one ominous specimen of immortality. He is a patient but demanding teacher who keeps his secrets close.

    … and a few parting words from Kanin that drive his earlier point home.

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    The Giveaways

    This tour features TWO awesome giveaways:

    ONE winner’s choice of either THE IMMORTAL RULES or THE ETERNITY CURE

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    A Grand Prize giveaway winner for a Blood of Eden inspired Travel Package which includes… A beautiful handmade leather travel journal, handmade pencils, a copy of THE IMMORTAL RULES and THE ETERNITY CURE and a vintage leather messenger bag – “Allison style”

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    TEC Grand Prize Pack

    Entries into the daily giveaway will also count toward the grand prize giveaway!

    Just enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

     

    Monday, April 1st – Page Turners
    Tuesday, April 2nd – Fiktshun
    Wednesday, April 3rd – Once Upon Twilight
    Thursday, April 4th – Katie’s Book Blog
    Friday, April 5th – Supernatural Snark

    Monday, April 8th – The Book Cellar
    Tuesday, April 9th – Parajunkee
    Wednesday, April 10th – Good Choice Reading
    Thursday, April 11th – YA Book Central
    Friday, April 12th – Refracted Light Reviews

    Monday, April 15th – Reading Teen
    Tuesday, April 16th – Ticket To Anywhere
    Wednesday, April 17th – Mundie Moms
    Thursday, April 18th – I Love Teen Books
    Friday, April 19th – Grave Tells

    Be sure to stop by Kismet Book Touring’s THE ETERNITY CURE page for more details.

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    My Reading Pile #105

    As expected, I didn’t receive any new books in the mail this week. Well, at least as of Thursday, as I didn’t end up checking for Friday’s mail due to the terrible weather and the fact that I was much more interested in reading my current read than checking a mailbox which was likely very, very empty.

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    Though I did receive the three SIGNED copies of A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford that I had ordered back in February. But as I never share personally inscribed book pics here online I didn’t include a photo with this post.

    And as the other two copies are for some very good blogger friends – Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and Alba of BookPics – I didn’t want to post images of their personally signed copies without consent. So no snaps.

    Anyway, I’d already read A TOUCH MENACING and hope to post my review on Wednesday. If I can manage to redact all spoiler-y WTH just happened comments by then. That remains TBD.

    And while I am behind on reading and reviews, I couldn’t resist adding a couple of new reads to the pile and so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (March 17, 2013 – March 23, 2013)

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    The Eternity Cure

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    First up on the pile is THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa. I kind of went off-pile this past week and finally read THE IMMORTAL RULES and I just had to read this next book in the series. I just had to continue Allie’s story. I just had to know what was going to happen with Kanin. And I’m so glad I have an eGalley from NetGalley courtesy of Harlequin Teen so that I don’t have to wait.

    Even if reading it early means I’ll have to suffer a super long wait for the next book in the series… that is, if there is a next book in the series. I’m too terrified to find out this is only a duology and not a longer series.

    But I cannot wait to read on and discover what this new strain of Red Lung virus means for both the humans and the vamps. And I am anxious to find out just what heartbreak Allie will have to face.

    I am totally not ready to leave this gritty and seriously, seriously awesome world the author created. And as devastated as I know I’m going to be when this second book in the series comes to an end, I cannot resist adding it to the top of the pile this week.

    Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

    Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

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    Next up on the pile is CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. While it hasn’t released yet, as it is releasing on Tuesday, I will be ready and waiting for it to download so I can dive in and find out how the author concludes this amazing trilogy.

    After having just read the most recent two books in the author’s The Mortal Instruments series, I am even more excited about diving into this series’ final book and finding out exactly what happens with Tessa, Jem and most especially Will Herondale.

    The description mentions that “danger intensifies” and that there is a ticking clock and that “everyone must choose.” And it has left me utterly terrified about how these characters’ stories will end.

    Even though I know I’m going to have my heart broken, even though I know it will be well over a year before the author’s other series will release its next and final story, I just have to know right now how The Infernal Devices will conclude. I have to discover it for myself. Before I happen upon any spoilers. Which means that I will be reading this just as soon after Midnight on Monday as it downloads to my Kindle.

    Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Timesbestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

    If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

    The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

    Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

    Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I don’t really have any wishful thinking reads except for all those books that had previously been left behind that I’m still dying to read. Books like UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris and INFATUATE by Aimee Agresti.

    I am ever so hopeful I will be able to read them during my vacation-slash-staycation. But I suppose it all depends on just how lured in I am by those other books on the TBR pile.

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    Those Left Behind:

    Once again I went off pile for my reads… well, my one read… this past week. As I was still caught up in my “Supernatural” television marathon, I didn’t get much reading done. So the two books from last week are getting shifted to later this week after I’ve devoured the two books listed above. Which will not be left behind.

    In last week’s reading pile post I mentioned just how tempted I was by THE IMMORTAL RULES. Well, I caved. I gave in to temptation. And I devoured that book last weekend. Yes, it was a long book. But it didn’t feel long. I blazed through it. Which is why THE ETERNITY CURE is at the top of the pile this week.

    And as I’m completely caught up with “Supernatural” I have no reason not to read or write those long-overdue reviews for SPELLCASTER, MILA 2.0 and A TOUCH MENACING. At least two of which I hope to post this week. I’m just relieved that I finally finished and posted my review for PIVOT POINT, a book I read and love, love, loved, back in February.

    Talk about a review dry spell.

    And while I anticipate finishing at least three of the four books I plan on reading this week, depending on how much CLOCKWORK PRINCESS makes me sob, I have no idea how many of those books I’ll be reviewing this week.

    That, as always, remains TBD.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    When searching on NetGalley I fell in love with the cover for THE ROSE THRONE by Mette Ivie Harrison. And when I saw that it was a “Read Now” title, I just had to click that button to add it to my eReview pile.

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    THE ROSE THRONE by Mette Ivie Harrison (Egmont USA, May 14, 2013)

    I actually did read the description and it does sound fascinating. But it was cover love that drew me to this title. And I am so excited to check it out some time next month to see if the story is as amazing as its cover.

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    And while I didn’t find too many books on NetGalley this week, the ones I did find all look awesome…

    THE DEEPEST NIGHT by Shana Abe (Random House, Aug 13, 2013)

    DEAR CASSIE by Lisa Burstein (Entangled Teen, Mar 5, 2013)

    SOME QUIET PLACE by Kelsey Sutton (Flux Books, Jul 8, 2013)

    I really didn’t mean to add another title to my NetGalley review pile. Which is why I resisted the urge to request Shana Abe’s THE DEEPEST NIGHT. I still have the first book in that series on my TBR pile and so I didn’t want to get greedy by requesting book two before getting the chance to read book one. Besides, it is listed as one of the most requested titles on NetGalley so I’m not entirely hopeful I’d have been approved.

    Even though DEAR CASSIE released on March 5th, it’s showing as recently added to NetGalley, so I included it here just in case.

    And oh my gosh the cover for SOME QUIET PLACE is stunning and the description sounds wicked awesome. I just wish I was farther along with my eGalley review pile or I totally would have requested it this week.

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    I definitely am on track with the number of books read. In fact, I may be slightly ahead, even with my huge obsession with “Supernatural” getting in the way of my reading schedule. I just need to get a few more of those read books reviewed to be on track for 25 reads and reviews by the end of March. Try nine more reviews. Never gonna happen.

    At the very least I hope to get close to that number. We shall see.

    There are so many amazing books releasing week after week and so many titles that sound like they will be amazing that I have waiting for me to read. I just wish I had the kind of time to even tackle a small fraction of them. That is not my life.

    Anyway…

    I really want to dive into THE ETERNITY CURE and not wait for Sunday to start on this week’s pile. Maybe, just maybe, if I read that on Saturday I can sneak in that read of UNBREAKABLE before CLOCKWORK PRINCESS releases on Tuesday.

    As always, I am ever hopeful. And as always, happy reading!

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

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