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    Top 10 Characters in 2011 – Villains

    Today is day four of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

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    I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

    This was probably the easiest of all the posts to create, as I don’t feel too bad about forgetting villains. But wow, I really wish I had created these much, much earlier so that instead of fretting over who to choose I could have spent my time stalking everyone else’s posts.

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    Today’s topic is “Top 10 Characters in 2011” and I chose VILLAINS. And why not? Villains are awesome. They’re what make us love the heroes and heroines even more. They’re the ones we love to hate.

    Without a villain in any of our paranormal or urban fantasy stories they’d be pretty boring. What would Harry Potter be without “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”? A cute story about a boy who went to magic school. Fun for pre-schoolers maybe but not as enjoyable for readers of all ages.

    We want someone to root against. We want someone for the hero or heroine to defeat in the end. We want someone to create that drama that we love, the tension and angst we feel as we read our favorite stories. Without the villain we’d have none of that.

    Now, not all villains are created the same. There are some that are the baddest of the bad, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. But there are also those that may have a chance at redemption. And still others who may not be quite good enough to be redeemed, but have brief flashes of goodness which make them sympathetic characters.

    These are the villains, the ones who shine brightly if only for just a moment, that I tend to love just a little bit more. Okay, well, maybe not “love” exactly, but definitely find more interesting.

    I always enjoy a devious, sexy, evil – but not so evil – villain. And if he happens to be a demon, well that’s even better.

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    Top 10 Villains in 2011

    1.

    The Warden

    I don’t know anyone more evil than the Warden in the Escape from Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith. I’ve read three of the books in this series this year and, by far, the Warden is the most villainous. Though I haven’t really had a chance to meet Alfred Furnace. I know he’d be way more evil. But I really, really don’t want to meet him.

    One look from the Warden and prisoners get lost in the soulless depths of his eyes. He instills fear in all who hear his voice. And he sends in monsters to kill without mercy. His cruelty is unfathomable. Yeah, he’s definitely villain number one.

    2.

    Avari

    Avari is a hellion. He’s power hungry. He’s greedy. He’s fixated on Kaylee. He loves to savor the memories he strips from those he controls. He takes pleasure in people’s pain. So, yes, Avari is no doubt a villain.

    There are no particularly redeeming qualities in Avari. But he is definitely charming. And interesting. And the fact that he sees Kaylee as being quite worthy of his attention shows that he has good taste.

    So, while I never could imagine being BFF’s with Avari, he’s definitely a villain I’d love to see more of in this series. And he’s definitely a villain I love to hate.

    3.

    Luke

    You may have seen Lucifer on my list of Book Boyfriends yesterday. Well, he’s also one of my very favorite villains. He’s both. He is a master manipulator. He is devious. He is spiteful. He is vengeful. He is cruel.

    But he is incredibly sexy and charming and dangerous. And while redemption is probably the farthest thing from what he’d want or what he’d be entitled to, he is capable of doing good and being good, even if it’s only to further his evil motives.

    Luke is a villain I love to love. And no matter what he does in this series, I can’t imagine ever hating him. He can’t help who he is after all.

    4.

    The Magister

    There’s just something about the evil tinkering men in these steampunk novels that give me the heebie-jeebies. Well, the Magister is one of these characters – a twisted, sick-minded, creeptacular villain. The kind of villain that gives me the chills, makes me want to take a boiling-hot, industrial-strength shower just to rid myself of the ick.

    I can’t imagine anything good about the Magister. I don’t claim to understand his motives. I don’t know that even if I did, I’d sympathize. His creations, this clockwork army he’s building, are twisted and so incredibly wrong. And his strange fascination with Tessa makes me want to protect her.

    Yeah, the Magister totally belongs here in the top half of my list of villains. And no, I do not think he’s sexy or mysterious. Ewwww. No.

    5.

    Lucien Fallon

    There are a couple characters I have consider villains in this series – Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe – but I ultimately decided that while they aren’t model citizens, they haven’t crossed the line to being full-fledged villains. Yet…. I’m sure that will change as the series progresses.

    But Lucien Fallon is a whole other matter. He’s dangerous. He’s evil. He’s dead-set on getting what he wants no matter what the cost.

    While it’s in his nature to be a villain, to do all the things that he does, I don’t allow him the same leniency I might for a much hotter, sexier villain. Lucien is just bad news and a little smarmy. He’s an attorney after all.

    Which makes Lucien a villain that I absolutely love to hate.

    6.

    Warner

    There was much shock and dismay by most of those who saw Warner on my list of Top 10 Book Boyfriends. He’s not exactly great book boyfriend material. The whole imprisoning, torturing and forcing a girl in the hopes that she’ll grow to like him are probably not what most people consider lovable qualities.

    They’re not. They’re his villainous qualities. The qualities that make me love to hate him. But it’s Warner’s vulnerable side, the side that made me see just how much like Juliette he really is, just without that inner strength that makes her good, that makes him a possibly redeemable villain.

    And while he became more cruel, more evil, as the story went on, I still hold out hope for him. I have a love/hate relationship with Warner and until the author does something to completely change his character, he will always be one of my favorite villains and book boyfriends.

    7.

    The Machinist

    I would have loved to say that Jack Dandy was the villain in this story, but he really wasn’t. He was just an awesome bad boy.

    But the Machinist, who is hellbent on creating a clockwork army is seriously bad news. He’s one of my favorite villains that I’ve met this year because he’s one of the few that are just bad. Not sexy. Not redeemable. Simply diabolical.

    His clockwork contraptions are super creepy and extremely dangerous. And his motives, while not completely apparent, are definitely not pure of heart. No, the Machinst isn’t a villain that you love to hate, he’s just a villain you hate. And I really, really hate him.

    8.

    Evelyn Wilde

    There is another villain in this story that I wanted to include here. But as revealing who they are would be a huge spoiler for those who haven’t read the book, I chose to add them anonymously to my dishonorable mentions list.

    But Wildefire didn’t have just one villain. There’s Eveline Wilde. And she is definitely a villain. And the one and only female on my top ten list.

    Eve is powerful and violent, power hungry and cruel. She’s manipulative and deceitful and ungrateful and willing to do whatever it takes to win – even if it means taking down others who stand in her way.

    Where her sister Ashline has a heart, Eve has none. Where Ash shows compassion, Eve only shows contempt. In my book that makes her a villain. And I love, love, love to hate her.

    9.

    Cole

    Ahhh Cole. Cole is one of my very favorite book boyfriends. He’s got the whole sexy and charming thing going on. He’s a musician. He’s gorgeous. He’s immortal. But he is also a villain.

    He is manipulative. He drains the life force from others just to sustain and extend his own. He is secretive. And he would do almost anything to get what he wants. Especially when it comes to Nikki.

    But he isn’t creepy. He isn’t the darkest of evil. And he is definitely a villain that I love to love and hope I never, ever grow to hate him.

    10.

    Arawn

    Arawn, the Erlking, is another quasi villain. He’s the leader of the Wild Hunt and is controlled by the hunt. He’s power hungry. And he, too, is manipulative.

    He’s motivated by his need to be free from those who order him around. He’s violent. He’s dangerous. He will let nothing get in the way of what he wants.

    But he is also so incredibly sexy and smart, and not inherently evil. He manipulates, but not always in ways that will harm others, even if it is almost always for his own gain.

    While I see Arawn for the villain he is, I have never once hated him. And I do think he can be redeemed if he ever thought he might want to be.

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    I wish I could have said Morganstern, though I haven’t read a TMI book this year, or a Harry Potter, so I can’t say Snape.

    There are a few other villains that I’d have loved to have included on my top ten list, but unless you’ve read the books you won’t know they’re villains. And I’m all about not spoiling things.

    So, I thought I’d give an anonymous shout out to those, plus a couple others that I think are bad news and deserve to be on the list, here.

    Dishonorable Mentions

    Unnamed – Soul Thief by Jana Oliver – If you’ve read it you’ll know! Were you shocked?

    Unnamed – Wildefire by Karsten Knight – Did you even guess? I had my suspicions.

    Unnamed – Supernaturally by Kiersten White – Knew it all along. But oooh. Unbelievable.

    Vivian – Hushed by Kelley York – for being all sorts of crazy bad.

    The Red King – Smokeless Fireby Samantha Young – for being evil and not at all sexy.

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    This event ends tomorrow. Each day I have been posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012, which I already know will be my worst nightmare. It’s not even 2012 and I know of at least fifty so far, so there’s no way I’ll be able to narrow that list to ten. NO. WAY.

    I’m also supposed to be coming up with year-end stats, but as I read only ARCs and eBooks I have no idea what page counts I have. However, I will have a very different number of books read in 2011 than the ones I have listed on Goodreads or on my 2011 Reads widget, because I don’t count books I haven’t also reviewed or books I’ve re-read in either of those places.

    If you’d like to see what the previous topics were, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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    The Extras: Teasers #5

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

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

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    I know I had this quote in my review, but looking back over the book, with all its amazing passages and quotes, this one is still my favorite.

    I cannot stop laughing just picturing this. Any book that can infuse humor into a love story has got my vote.

    Kate to Georgia:

    “Yeah, right, like Catherine Deneuve has her own hot-guy SWAT team trolling the neighborhood for celebrity stalkers with swords.”

    In this story filled with so many humorous passages, I just had to choose the one that was all warm and fuzzy.

    No, it’s not sappy, not even close, and any girl would die for a pickup line like this one.

    Colt to Ash:

    “Somehow, one night, at a bar filled with retirees and old fisherman, in a town that might as well be off the map, he sees a girl sitting at the bar. Even though she’s only twisting idly in her bar stool ordering a drink, that’s all it takes for him to recognize that she might be the fire he’s been looking for. In that moment he realizes that he could spend the rest of his life doing all the things he ever wanted to do in all the places he ever wanted to see, but if he doesn’t ask her for her name, this is the moment that, forty years from now, he’ll still remember as the moment when he blew it.”

    (As this passage was taken from an ARC the final version may differ. I hope it doesn’t. I really, really hope it doesn’t, but if it does I will be sure to make the change.)

    I loved the author’s writing in this book. I think there are so many beautiful passages. The way she expresses the character’s thoughts and feelings is just so eloquent.

    Most of the passages I would have chosen gave too much away, but I found one that I loved and which also gives some insight into who Maddie is.

    Maddie’s thoughts:

    I didn’t realize how much I needed to touch somebody. I took a deep breath and felt the hollowness inside of my chest slowly curl in on itself. It’s strange that a single person can be as nourishing, as necessary as food to make you feel alive.

    I just love books with passages that leave me breathless. This is one of those books and one of those passages. I don’t think I need to say more, it speaks for itself.

    Gemma’s thoughts:

    But I was caught off guard, unprepared to deal with what I was now experiencing with Henry. The searing, white-hot heat of my feelings for this magnificent person was different, almost primal. I didn’t expect to be sucked under by such a ferocious wave of raw emotion. It scared me a little, like when the water rushes back into the sea and the sand disappears under my feet. I knew that within the sealed framework that was my heart, Henry would be my undoing, my last and only love until I exhaled my dying breath. I just hoped that when I finally did die, at the hands of Lucian or some other unseen entity, that Henry’s face would be the last I would see, that his lips would be the last I would taste, before moving onto the in-between.

    Everything about this book is graceful and so beautifully written. Instead of giving a peek into Finley Jayne’s thoughts, I thought I’d give a taste of just what Griffin thought as he gazed at Finley.

    Talk about romantic – in a crowded room he just knew she was there and was drawn to her. Swoon, swoon.

    Griffin’s thoughts:

    Something drew his gaze. A young woman in a splendid feathered costume that made her look like the most exotic bird. His heart gave one tight thump against his ribs as he recognized her. His senses had found her even when he hadn’t been looking.

    Finley. And she was holding on to Jack Dandy like a woman in love.

    This just proves that chivalry is not dead….Well, at least not in fiction. And most definitely not for a knight.

    An exchange between Pietro and Gabriella:

    “Pietro, I–” I whispered.

    “To the end, m’lady,” he said with a nod. His eyes did not break from mine. “See that you get to it, that you save Marcello and Fortino as well as yourselves, and I shall consider my life well spent.”

    Inside, my heart again screamed at me to stay, to fight with him, but my mind understood that it would do no one any good if we all died here. And unless we escaped, we would all die this day. I looked at the other two men and Mom, then back to Pietro. “I shall remember you forever.”

    He smiled and covered his heart. “To remembered forever by one of the Ladies Betarrini is an honor I shall cherish with my dying breath.”

    This book is filled with some wonderfully, deliciously torturous passages that will play wicked games with your heart. Here is just a fraction of one of them.

    Lucas and Helen:

    Lucas’s whole face crumpled. Helen had had no reason to hope after what she had heard the night before, but for some reason there was a tiny spark still glowing in her that maybe, somehow, she had misunderstood. Or that he would change his mind. It went out completely when Lucas nodded.

    No one but Jenna Black has ever made the leader of the Wild Hunt so appealing. At least no one I’ve read. Even though he’s way too old for Dana, how can he not be the most intriguing character in the series with passages like this one?

    Dana’s thoughts about the Erlking:

    Every time I laid eyes on him, it was like a punch to the gut. He was probably the most frightening and dangerous person I had ever met, and he was also the most breathtakingly gorgeous. Even for a Fae, which is saying a lot. He was a bad boy to the nth degree, only there was nothing remotely boyish about him.

    (As this passage was taken from an ARC the final version may differ. If it does I will update the post.)

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    I debated long and hard about including a passage from If I Die by Rachel Vincent. I even have it picked out. It is absolutely delectable. It teases, oh how it teases, but it doesn’t reveal anything. But as the book is so far from release date I thought it would be cruel. But there are definite “to die for” passages in that book. Be prepared.

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    Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset

    The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross is the first book in the Steampunk Chronicles and was released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover format.

    It is currently available to order online in hardcover format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and will be available as an eBook download at both stores on June 1, 2011.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 480 pages.

    The Girl in the Steel Corset is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. (Although this book is not on the list at TheStorySiren, this is the young adult debut for author Kady Cross.)

    Goodreads description:

    In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the “thing” inside her.

    When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

    Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

    Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

    But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on—even if it seems no one believes her.

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    A man, known only as The Machinist, has been committing a slew of rather unusual crimes around the city of London, and Griffin King, the Duke of Greythorne, is determined to discover his identity and unveil the plot behind this man’s actions before these plans can come to fruition.

    As he and his friends, Sam and Emily, work to solve the puzzle, Finley Jayne, a girl with a bit of a dark side, comes crashing into their lives and finds herself quickly entwined in this mystery.

    When Griffin first lays eyes on Finley he knows that she is something different, something special, and he is intent on finding out what it is that sets her apart. But not everyone is as ready to accept Finley into the group, and her presence begins to drive a wedge into an already tenuous friendship.

    It will take everyone’s trust in order for them to work together to defeat this madman. But Finley isn’t the only one who lives with darkness, and the secrets they are keeping from one another may just cost them everything.

    When the pieces slowly begin to come together about The Machinist’s intentions, and the part each of them play in this man’s madness, will they have enough time to stop him before it’s too late? Or will the dissension amongst them allow The Machinist’s plans to succeed?

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    The Girl in the Steel Corset is an elegantly written and entrancing mystery set in Victorian London in a world that incorporates futuristic technological inventions and scientific advancements into everyday life. The story has a wonderful flow and a dialogue that works in harmony with the characters and the era.

    The story is told from the different characters’ perspectives, giving readers a broader look at their actions and motivations, which serves to both cast suspicion and to help unravel this mystery. Each character has a very distinct personality and brings something different to this story, with a role to play that is absolutely necessary to the plot.

    In The Girl in the Steel Corset, the author incorporates the steampunk aspect seamlessly. The terminology she has created for the various devices that the characters use fits perfectly into the Victorian Age even if the gadgets themselves are not the norm.

    Author Kady Cross has created a story in this sub-genre that is immensely entertaining, with beautifully written passages and dialogue, and characters that are utterly intriguing. Finley Jayne is a tough but likable heroine with two very different personalities, both sides of which are appealing in their own way not only to the reader, but to Griffin and Jack, as well.

    The young Duke, Griffin King, has the strength and nobility of a leader, but does not come across as overly pompous or entitled, and his mysterious abilities add to his magnetism. And Jack Dandy, with his roguish charm, and the current of danger and unpredictability that runs just under the surface, makes him the ideal competition for Finley’s affections.

    The secondary characters of Emily, Sam and Jasper all enhance this story’s already richly developed world. And the incredibly creative, but slightly creepy, scientific discoveries and futuristic inventions really make this story stand out.

    The Girl in the Steel Corset is an exciting new series to watch for, and one that will appeal not only to fans of steampunk, but readers who enjoy characters with enhanced abilities, a female main character with a feisty personality and the strength to back it up, a story that has action and mystery and some seriously creepy inventions, and not just one, but two love triangles.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I had such a great time reading this book. I was completely swept up in the story and was transported to 1897 London with a twist. I’m definitely glad that I read the novella first, though, as I already felt like I knew who Finley was and what I could expect from a steampunk novel.

    Although I had read Clockwork Angel, it didn’t have nearly the level of gadgets, gizmos and automatons that were abundant in The Girl in the Steel Corset. It took me a little while to get used to these modern inventions existing in Victorian London, but they really did make that era much more interesting to me.

    For a story that was nearly five hundred pages, this story just flew by. I loved how the author described the manner of dress in such detail. It gave me a much clearer picture of the styles in favor at that time, and in this sub-genre, and provided quite the interesting contrast to the technological advances.

    Finley was definitely my favorite character, but I loved her from The Strange Case of Finley Jayne already. But, I have to say, I completely adore that Jack Dandy. As much as I love Griff, there’s still just something so appealing about that bad boy Jack, who just seems to know Finley so well and is willing to stand aside for the Duke, but not too far off to the side.

    Yes, there was a mystery involving the identity of The Machinst and his motives, and yes I figured out who it was instantly and the motives very shortly thereafter. But that didn’t take anything away from the story. I still was dying for the characters to come to the realization and to see how they planned on thwarting his evil plans.

    This was the perfect introduction to the world of steampunk for me. It is really such an unusual concept to wrap the mind around. And it is not easy to make it seem plausible for these inventions to have existed so long ago, but this story did a spectacular job in making it feel as real a world as possible.

    I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next book in the Steampunk Chronicles. I certainly hope there is a whole lot more Jack Dandy to keep that tension in the love triangle between Jack, Griffin and Finley going.

    And, I so wish I could talk about what I am excited for in the next book, but I can’t do that without spoiling the end of the story. But I will just say that there appears to be another mystery and a whole lot more adventures to look forward to in book two.

    A quick note about the cover: The cover is absolutely stunning. I love it, but I’m not sure how representative certain aspects of the cover model are to Finley.

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

    Book trailer for The Girl in the Steel Corset:

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    This review is based on both an eARC received from Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley and a printed ARC received through a trade.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #21

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

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

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    Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 256 pages.

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

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

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

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

    Published by Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 480 pages.

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

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

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

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

    Book trailer for The Girl in the Steel Corset:

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

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

    Published by Candlewick, the print edition is 464 pages.

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

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

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

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

    Book trailer for Angel Burn:

    Alex teaser trailer for Angel Burn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Book trailer for Blood Magic:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Book trailer for Something Deadly This Way Comes:

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

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

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #9

    So, I finally read all of the books shown in my previous reading pile photos. Just kidding… Now that was wishful thinking. I decided to only show the new books added to the huge heap this week.

    I am still working on tackling this scary, toppling pile of books, but I only seem to be getting through my eBooks. Hmm… Anyway…

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

    (May 15-May 21, 2011)

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    First up is Mercy by Rebecca Lim. I received an eARC from Disney/ Hyperion courtesy of NetGalley and I am so excited to read it. I am, however confused about the release date for this book. It seems it may have previously been published by Harper Collins Children’s Books in 2010 and is now being released by Hyperion on May 17th. It might not have been a U.S. release, but it was available to purchase at Amazon at least since January, so I’m not certain.

    I will have this sorted out when I actually write up the review, as I do research each book as much as I can, but as of the time of this post I haven’t yet done that work.

    I love books about fallen angels and immortality. I also love books with a bit of a mystery to solve. So I can’t wait to find out more. And I like that the author named her character Mercy. It’s not an unusual name, but one that’s not often used and it definitely fits in a book about heavenly beings.

    The second and third books in this series are called Exile and Muse and I hope to be able to check them out soon.

    I received an eARC of The Girl in the Steel Corset from the publisher, Harlequin TEEN, through NetGalley. But I also received a print copy in the mail through a trade with another blogger. I haven’t decided which version I will read – maybe a little bit from both.

    I cannot wait to read this book and I love this cover. As I’m not a huge fan of romance novels, I love when these gorgeous covers appear on books in other genres so I can have these amazing covers for my collection.

    This is the first book in The Steampunk Chronicles and it will be my very first true steampunk series, so I’m totally curious about this sub-genre. Although I’ve read Clockwork Angel the book only touched upon the steampunk aspect in the story. I have a feeling that in this book I’ll learn a lot more about what steampunk is, and what the appeal is. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it.

    I’ve actually started reading the short novella and I already like the author’s voice, so I am excited to see where it goes and plan on reading the full-length book in the next few days.

    I purchased a copy of Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren when it was released in paperback format in February. Before I had a chance to read it in print format, the eBook came out. So I bought that one, too.

    However, by the time I could have read it, it was so far beyond release date that my review would have gotten lost in the shuffle. And so I decided to take a more seasoned blogger’s advice and read it closer to release of the sequel.

    As Cascade, the second book in the series will be coming out in a couple of weeks I wanted to add it to my pile this week to give me time to read it without having to do another back-to-back read. As much as I enjoy reading books back-to-back, I find writing the reviews a lot harder.

    Another reason this got moved to the top of the pile was because I just read Die for Me and I’m looking for another book with a touch of romance, set in a foreign country. Italy is definitely one of those romantic foreign countries. And a book that involves time travel to the fourteenth century with knights and sword fights sounds like a great escape.

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    Yep, just the three books this week. I’m keeping it small because May 31st and June 1st are going to be huge for releases. I am hoping to read one more book that’s releasing on the 23rd, but I refuse to make that commitment. And looking ahead into June is super scary.

    I also am hoping to receive Jennifer Armentrout’s Half-Blood which I finally won in an auction. You don’t know the stress it caused. After reading Daimon, I was even more desperate to get my hands on a copy. I believe I’m on a list to get an eARC from the publisher, but I just couldn’t wait. This is one book I will not wait to read.

    Ah how I envy you summer readers. I wish I was back in school and had those long, leisurely vacation days to get lost in a book and where time doesn’t really matter from June through August. But for me, my summer reading will be just like any other time of the year – whenever and wherever I can, I will.

    Wishful thinking reads:

    I really want to read Graveminder this week. It comes out on the 17th and I’m dying to read it. But because it’s not one of the books I’ve agreed to review, but rather one that I want to review, I may not be able to read it this week. Though this may be one of those books that becomes more than a wishful thinking read just because I say so.

    I also want to read Hourglass. But as the release date is now in June, I will have to wait for a bit. But this is one of those books that has received a lot of buzz and the cover is just so cool that I have got to find out what’s between those pages.

    Those left behind:

    I did not get a chance to read Flawless or Dreamland Social Club, two of the three books I picked, but I hope to squeeze one – or both – of those into my schedule between now and the end of the month. I am still not caught up with writing my reviews, but I’m happy to say that I finally finished reading and reviewing a book that had been on my pile for way too long.

    This week was a completely terrible week for reading. I’m not sure what happened. I can blame Thursday on The Vampire Diaries season finale, but other than that, I have no excuse. I managed to read a couple books that weren’t on last week’s pile, but I also ended up reading a book that wasn’t on any pile so I really shouldn’t have spent the time. But sometimes you just have to read what you want, regardless of deadlines or schedules.

    And if you aren’t one of those who check out my Facebook page, I uploaded proof that I really don’t own a bookshelf and my poor advance review books are simply stacked haphazardly on a small television table. Perhaps next week I’ll show you the sad story with my signed books.

    But I am truly a girl without a bookshelf and one with way too many books left to review.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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