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    The Immortal Circus Final Act Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be a part of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: FINAL ACT Blog Tour on its release date! I love, love, love this series and I’m thrilled and totally nervous to take this weekly journey through the FINAL ACT.

    After everything that happened – and a LOT happened – in ACT TWO, I was already anxious about what was in store for Vivienne in this final installment. Now, after reading Alex’s guest post for my stop, I am crazy nervous – and so totally curious – about what will happen and how this will all come to a close.

    If you haven’t yet embarked upon the wild ride that is the Cirque des Immortels series then you might not want to read the guest post too closely as there are some vague spoilers for the second book in the series. But if you have, then you’ll definitely want to read it to see just what the author hints at as regards Vivienne, and choices… and endings.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: FINAL ACT is releasing in six episodes over the next six weeks and I am so very tempted to wait to start reading until five of the episodes have downloaded. But who am I kidding? I know I won’t be able to wait. I know I’ll want to find out just what happens next after that killer ending in ACT TWO. Even if it means I’ll be teased and tormented week after week.

    Because this series is just that amazing it will be totally worth it.

    If you’d like to learn more about all the books in this series, keep reading below and be sure to check out the other four stops on this week-long tour. There is also a tour-wide giveaway for an awesome prize pack. All the details are just a bit further below.

    And if you’d like to read a short excerpt with an introduction from Mab and enter a different Prize Pack Giveaway, check out the Release Day Book Blast for a chance to win.

    But now, for the final time on this blog for this series, let me present to you the very brilliant and amazing author, Alex Kahler.

    The Guest Post

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for once more hosting me—it’s great to back.

    One of the questions that you asked has stuck with me, and I wanted to chat about Vivienne.

    The question being: If there was one character whose fate you could change, who would it be and why?

    Vivienne has always been a difficult character for me. On the one hand, she’s witty and sarcastic and I love her inner dialogues. On the other, her personality is always developing and changing as new pieces of her past snap back into place. She started out as a doll, and over the course of three books, she’s become more and more of a human. (That is the word, right? Human, not monster?)

    She’s also the character whose fate has given me a lot of trouble. Does she get a happy ending? How can she even have a happy ending with all the crap from her past? She’s killed. She’s lost the love of her life. She has a show to run. But she’s still walking toward a destination. She still needs a resolution.

    I don’t want to give anything away, but at one point in the Final Act, Vivienne is shown a few possible futures. And each is great in its own way, but she can’t have her cake and eat it too. No matter what, she has to sacrifice something. And that something is almost always her happiness.

    I feel for her. I would have loved to change the course of her life. But she was an arrow shot from Mab’s bow, and I couldn’t really change that arc if I tried. (I did try, I swear.)

    At the end of the book, she makes a choice. And I know that choice will divide people—that’s honestly kind of the point. But she chose, and she lives with it, and the world is shaped accordingly.

    I’m just interested to see what people would have wanted her to choose, if they were in her shoes…

    Best,

    Alex

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    About Final Act

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    Description…

    This book is a Kindle Serial. Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes, with future episodes delivered at no additional cost. This serial currently contains one episode out of an estimated six total episodes, and new episodes will be delivered every week.

    Episode List

    An additional episode will be delivered every week until the book is complete. New episodes will be added to the same book on your Kindle, keeping your place and retaining your notes and highlights. You’ll be notified via email when a new episode has been delivered.

    Episode 1: January 14, 2014. All is not well within the Cirque des Immortels: war is brewing, the troupe is angry, and without Kingston there, Vivienne’s in over her head. But when an unexpected guest arrives, she realizes her problems have only just begun.

    Episode 2: January 21, 2014. Now Vivienne must not only deal with a mutinous troupe, but her long-lost lover. To make matters worse, there’s a new player in the game. And this opponent is hell-bent on revenge.

    Series: Cirque des Immortels #3
    Release date: January 14, 2014 (serial format)
    Pages: 44 (episode 1)
    Publisher: 47North
    Formats: eBook

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    About A.R. Kahler

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    Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.

    Born in Iowa and educated across the States, he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, received his Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and drummed with Norse shamans. Sometimes he also walks about on stilts. Or sews. Or hammers tiny pieces of metal into pretty shapes.

    When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably drinking coffee. And seeing as he currently resides in Seattle, there’s coffee aplenty.

    He is represented by Laurie McLean of Foreword Literary.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title: THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS (Cirque des Immortels #1)

    Release date: Dec. 4, 2012 (serial); Jan. 29, 2013 (print)
    Pages: 224
    Publisher: 47North
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description:

    Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader, Mab, is the Faerie Queen of legend—and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

    Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant, Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargained for.

    The show’s just beginning. Step right up…

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    Title: THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS ACT TWO (Cirque des Immortels #2)

    Release date: Jun. 11, 2013 (serial); Aug. 20, 2013 (print)
    Pages: 222
    Publisher: 47North
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Description:

    Vivienne is almost content with her new life in the Cirque des Immortels. She has moved up from selling cotton candy to telling fortunes, she has a gorgeous, magical boyfriend, Kingston…and no one has been murdered since the clash between the otherworldly Courts. Her life under the faerie big top would be perfect, in fact, if not for the nightmares and visions that compel her to seek and confront her half-remembered past. But for Viv, not knowing her past may well be a blessing. There’s a reason she ran away. But can she truly escape herself?

    The second act of the fantastically evocative Cirque des Immortels series, The Immortal Circus: Act Two draws readers further into a world that’s at once wonderful, seductive…and deadly.

    Step right up…

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    The Trailer

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    The Giveaway

    There is an awesome tour-wide giveaway for…

    Audiobooks of Act One and Act Two, full set of trading cards, signed bookplate to ONE WINNER

    • Giveaway is US Only
    • Prize will be shipped by the author
    • Giveaway Ends January 20th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Jan. 13th – Me My Shelf and I – “Serials” Guest Post

    Jan. 14th – Fiktshun – “Vivienne” Guest Post

    Jan. 15th – In the Best Worlds – Top 5 Quotes/Moments Guest Post

    Jan. 16th – Two Chicks on Books – Playlist Guest Post

    Jan. 17th – Fantasy Book Addict – “Lasts” Guest Post

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    The Immortal Circus: Act Two – Book Blast, Guest Post & Giveaway

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    I had the chance to read THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO just a little bit early and it was amazing. Even darker, more suspenseful, more heartbreaking, with shocks and surprises that you might not see coming.

    Yes, it was that awesome.

    So I just had to take part in the book blast today to help spread the word about its release in Kindle Serial format. Episode One just downloaded to my Kindle and I’m so very tempted to read it right now!

    After being “Team Summer Court” on the blog tour for the first book in this series, I’m so thrilled to have Mab, Ringmaster of the Cirque des Immortels and Queen of the Winter Court, stop by to share a short guest post as part of this book blast.

    Well, I say thrilled… if thrilled actually means terrified. Because the one thing I know about Mab is that she’s terrifying.

    But I’ll say no more about that….

    I also have some information about this second book in the series, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO, places where you can find it online and a little bit of information about the author and book one.

    And with its stunning cover, its description which hints at dark things to come in this sequel and the even darker things that Mab alludes to in Vivienne’s past, I am so totally stoked to be able to share this book on my blog on its release day.

    Now let me turn things over to the Ringmaster…

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    Guest Post

    Mab – Ringmaster Extraordinaire and Circus Fashionista

    Hello loves,A few months have passed since we did our last tour, and oh, how I’ve missed you all.

    This week, I am pleased to announce the next installment in our little show. Although it pains me to admit that we will not be doing a full blog tour, I am sure the tale ACT TWO weaves will keep you entertained. So many of you were dying to know more about Vivienne’s past. In fact, many people seem to be dying when it comes to Vivienne’s past but…I’d hate to spoil her surprise. Needless to say, this will be a show she will never forget.

    And for those of you who need more than pretty words to tempt them, I am also hosting a giveaway. Five winners will receive Immortal Circus trading cards and a signed bookplate. One lucky winner will also get a signed copy of book one.

    Six prizes, six winners. Six is my favorite number.

    Step right up, loves. ACT TWO is just beginning….

    Kisses,
    Mab

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    About the Book

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    Title: THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO (The Immortal Circus #2)
    Author: A.R. Kahler
    Publisher: 47North
    Release date: June 11, 2013
    Format: Kindle serial eBook (current). Paperback edition to be released.

    Vivienne is almost content with her new life in the Cirque des Immortels. She has moved up from selling cotton candy to telling fortunes, she has a gorgeous, magical boyfriend, Kingston…and no one has been murdered since the clash between the otherworldly Courts. Her life under the faerie big top would be perfect, in fact, if not for the nightmares and visions that compel her to seek and confront her half-remembered past. But for Viv, not knowing her past may well be a blessing. There’s a reason she ran away. But can she truly escape herself?

    The second act of the fantastically evocative Cirque des Immortels series, The Immortal Circus: Act Two draws readers further into a world that’s at once wonderful, seductive…and deadly.

    Step right up…

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    About the Author

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    About A.R. Kahler

    Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.

    Alex didn’t just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.

    In the past six years he’s toured and trained across America and Europe. He’s performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He’s constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He’s a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, book one in his Cirque des Immortels series, is now available from 47North. ACT TWO releases today, June 11, 2013.

    MARTYR, the first book in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, THE HUNTED, is set to be published October 28, 2014 by Spencer Hill Press.

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    About Book One

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    Title: THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS (The Immortal Circus #1)
    Author: A.R. Kahler
    Publisher: 47North
    Release date: December 4, 2012 (serial eBook); January 29, 2013 (paperback)
    Formats: Kindle eBook, Paperback

    Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

    Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

    The show’s just beginning.

    Step right up…

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    The Giveaways

    Mab’s Giveaways (US ONLY):

    GRAND PRIZE – A signed copy of book one, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, The Immortal Circus trading cards and a signed bookplate. (ONE WINNER)

    PRIZES – Trading Cards and a signed bookplate. (FIVE WINNERS)

    Enter in the Rafflecopter, below…
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    Rockstar Book Tours Giveaways (International to anywhere that can accept eBook gifts from Amazon US):

    A Kindle Serial eGift of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO. (FIVE WINNERS)

    (All winners will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email.)

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #128

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

    These are books for the week of June 11th-June 17th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Another Little Piece

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    ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    I am so excited for the release of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE on Tuesday. I’ve had it pre-ordered ever since I stumbled upon it a few months ago and I cannot believe that release day is finally almost here.

    I did get an eARC for review but was having a bit of an issue with the formatting, so I decided to wait to finish it when my Kindle edition downloads. But it hasn’t been easy… the wait has been killer.

    This book is so completely different from any of those I’ve read in recent years. The author’s voice and the way the story presents itself is quite unique. And the story is most definitely “haunting,” as the description so aptly calls it.

    While I haven’t yet finished reading it, I have read enough to know that this is my kind of book. And I cannot wait to see how it all ends next week, just as soon as Novella Reading Week ends.

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    Dance of the Red Death

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    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is the second and final full-length book in author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series.

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    I cannot wait for both my eBook to download and my print copy, with its beautiful deckle edge, to arrive on Tuesday. DANCE OF THE RED DEATH was an amazing follow-up to the first book in the series. And as sad as I am that the series has ended, I am so unbelievably stoked to have had the chance to read it early.

    As it was my Book Watch pick a few weeks ago, and I plan on posting my review on Tuesday, I won’t go rambling on and on about this sequel. I’m also just a little bit afraid that I might reveal too much, like why certain events broke my heart, why I was fascinated with what happened at the party, why I couldn’t decide between Will and Elliott.

    I probably should stop now…. Though I just have to add that things are even more dire in DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, things do get resolved by the story’s end, and there are things in this book that made me cheer, things that made me tear up and many, many things that made me so very, very nervous.

    While I won’t be re-reading it this week, I will be reading the novella, GLITTER & DOOM, and I hope to be able to read both books in this series again this summer.

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    Rush

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    RUSH by Eve Silver will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 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 Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    RUSH is the first book in author Eve Silver’s The Game series. The second book in the series, PUSH, is slated for release in 2014 and the third book in the series, CRASH, will be releasing in 2015.

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    I hadn’t heard much about RUSH until I saw the cover pop up all across the blogosphere a few months ago. The cover was awesome and the title grabbed me so I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle without having actually read the description.

    And if I had realized I had an early copy thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, I would have checked it out a bit more before its release. But as release day is just about here, I’m a little too late to do that.

    But now that I have taken a peek at the description, I’m totally intrigued. Is it a game? Is it reality? And just what is the “deadly turn” the description mentions? I want to know.

    While I can’t check it out this week, I think I’m going to have to add it to the pile in the next few weeks, because it sounds just a bit different than the books I normally read.

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    Spies and Prejudice

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    SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I love author Talia Vance’s writing. And I’m totally stoked to be able to add SPIES AND PREJUDICE to my collection this week. While I’m not exactly an Austen fan, I do think the framework of her story is interesting and I love the idea that this story gives that one a nod.

    Even if I hadn’t read a book by the author before, I would have pre-ordered this book for my Kindle based on the first line in the description – “Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.” Because it tells me two things about the book – one that Fields is going to be a character I like and, two, she is going to fall for the enemy.

    But the rest of the description also makes me excited to read this book. It sounds like a lot of fun with a bit of a mystery and two characters I can’t wait to meet. And I cannot wait to get this on my reading pile. Which I definitely plan to do after the challenge.

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    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO by A.R. Kahler will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in Kindle serial book format only. A paperback edition will be released in August.

    Published by 47North, it is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO is the second book in author A.R. Kahler’s The Immortal Circus series.

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    I am so in love with this series and I’m so glad that it was brought to my attention this past winter. I loved reading the first book in the series in serial format and I’m totally thrilled to be able to add THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO to my collection this week. Well… episode one, that is.

    Though I actually got the chance to read this just a bit early. And so I got to experience this second book in its entirety, in one sitting, instead of in serial format. Which makes me happy and sad. Happy because I don’t have to wait between reads. But sad because I know exactly where each episode ends and begins and just how deliciously torturous it would have been to experience as a serial.

    Even though I have read ACT TWO already, I think I am going to re-read each Episode as they release, to experience it that way again. While it won’t be quite as torturous, I think I still will be anxiously awaiting the next episode’s release. And given all the stuff that happens in the Cirque des Immortels and all that is revealed about Vivienne, I just know it will be every bit as exciting a read as it was the first time.

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    Born of Illusion

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    BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 384 pages.

    BORN OF ILLUSION is the first book in author Teri Brown’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, BORN OF DECEPTION, is expected in 2014.

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    I am devastated that I didn’t get the chance to finish reading BORN OF ILLUSION before its release. I’d received an early copy from Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and read about one-fourth before I was forced to set it aside to read the books I needed to read for review.

    But I have had it pre-ordered for my Kindle and I cannot wait until it downloads so I can read the finished version. And I think I’m going to end up purchasing the print edition which has a deckle edge, because the cover is gorgeous. I’m just waiting to see if it has a matte or glossy finish first.

    I love the time period the story is set in – the 1920s. I love that it’s set in New York and involves illusionists and real magic. And I cannot wait to continue this story and find out just what happens with Anna Van Housen and whether she is related to the “greatest magician of all.”

    If I can get it on the pile again before the end of the month I will be a very happy girl.

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    A Matter of Days

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    A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    When I saw that author Amber Kizer had a new book releasing last month I instantly added it to my pre-orders. I hadn’t heard of A MATTER OF DAYS until I was searching for June releases for my Book Watch post last month.

    I immediately added it to buy, but didn’t actually read the description until I was creating this post. But now that I have, I think it sounds totally cool – the world sounds wonderfully dark and the journey sounds like it will be fraught with danger.

    Traveling across the country in the hope of finding a survivalist compound through a world that has been decimated by the BluStar pandemic sounds like it will be incredibly exciting. And with no promise that this destination will even exist makes it sound that much more of a nerve-wracking adventure.

    I can’t wait to find out what happens to Nadia, Rabbit and the rest of the kids on this journey and whether their trip was in vain. And I hope to do so early next month during the holiday.

    Other Books of Note

    Linked

    LINKED (Linked #1) by Imogen Howson

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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    Burning

    BURNING by Elana K. Arnold

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

    THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE by April Henry

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Infamous

    INFAMOUS (Fame Game #3) by Lauren Conrad

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Harper Collins

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    Mortal Fire

    MORTAL FIRE  by Elizabeth Knox

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Secret Ingredient

    THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Stewart Lewis

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Boy Nobody

    BOY NOBODY (Boy Nobody #1) by Allen Zadoff

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Plague in the Mirror

    PLAGUE IN THE MIRROR by Deborah Noyes

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Belle Epoque

    BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Ghost Time

    GHOST TIME by Courtney Eldridge

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Charm and Strange

    CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Far Far Away

    FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    My Chemical Mountain

    MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN by Corina Vacco

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Siren's Secret

    THE SIREN’S SECRET (The Shapeshifter’s Secret #2) by Heather Ostler

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Deviant

    DEVIANT by Helen FitzGerald

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Sacrifice

    THE SACRIFICE (The Enemy #4) by Charlie Higson

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Once again this week there are a ton of new books releasing. While I only have seven books pre-ordered, there are a few of the books of note that I’m definitely interested in taking a longer look at, including LINKED and BURNING. But for now I’m going to stick with pre-ordering just the seven.

    Fortunately not all seven are being added to the pile – I did finish two of them – though both read books are ones I plan on re-reading….

    But hopefully I’ll get a chance to read a few more of the new additions to my collection before the month is out – ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, SPIES AND PREJUDICE, BORN OF ILLUSION – and the remainder I’ll get to finish next month. But, I suppose, that shall remain to be determined.

    Anyway…

    As this is such a long post, with all the new releases this week, I’ll stop rambling and just say that I hope you have some amazing new books getting added to your collection this week. And if I missed something in my searches, please let me know! As I never, ever, want to miss an awesome title that should be in my permanent collection.

    As always, happy book acquiring and happy reading!

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

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

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    The Immortal Circus Blog Tour: Review, Teaser + Giveaway – Summer Court {Week Ten}

    I’m kicking off the final week of the 10-week THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Blog Tour which makes me equal parts happy and sad. Happy because I got the opportunity to read the final episode and learn just a little bit more about Lilith and Mab… and learn a lot more about the author.

    About how he likes to give readers just enough to keep them wanting to know more. About how he likes to leave many questions for the sequel…. Oh, did I forget to tell you? Yes, there is going to be a sequel. And while I don’t have all the details about that, I will just say that it is topping my list of “must read now” books.

    I am also happy because today kicks off the more traditional two week tour for THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS at Fantasy Book Addict with a guest post and an entirely different giveaway.

    But I’m also sad.

    Sad because come next Monday I won’t have another guest post to share from the author or my favorite King of the Summer Court, Oberon. After what happened in the final episode I am, without any doubt, TEAM SUMMER.

    And while I can’t reveal exactly what happened, let me just say that Oberon – and Hannah of  In the Best Worlds and I – need all of your support. Because that Mab plays dirty.

    I will be posting my final mini-review for this dark and gorgeous book today, along with my overall thoughts on the serial and book. And I also have my final teaser to share. Which is awesome and chilling to say the least.

    The last look at this amazing book will be revealed tomorrow at The Bookish Brunette. So be sure to stop by. Because I couldn’t agree with Vivienne’s last sentence more.

    There will be two more guest posts later this week for this tour. But there will also be interviews, guest posts and reviews for the two-week tour. You can find the schedule for that tour, HERE.

    And lastly, before I stop rambling and get to my review, share my favorite passage and the teaser the author provided, I just want to say THANK YOU so much to the incredibly talented and amazing Alex Kahler for writing such a fantastic book. For being such a wonderful author to work with on this tour. For creating a story that has kept me hooked week after week as I waited for each episode to download. For writing such intriguing characters. And for putting together words in such a magical way that I was transported, even for such a short time, into his Cirques des Immortels.

    Mini-review: Episode Five + Serial Summation

    What an explosive and epic conclusion to an absolutely amazing novel. This final episode, which encompasses chapters sixteen through nineteen plus the epilogue, is the most action-packed of the book.

    It was full of surprises – about Vivienne, about Lilith, and about characters whose names alone, were I to reveal them, would be spoiler-y. It answered some, but not all, of the questions raised throughout the novel. It left the door wide open for the next book in this series. And while not leaving off on a traditional cliff, I felt like I was left hanging off the side of a mountain, without a rope.

    Each episode has been building up to this conclusion, which if I were to call it “climactic” would be a major understatement. The tension has been mounting between the courts, between Lilith and Vivienne, between Kingston and Vivienne, between Mab and Vivienne. And that all comes to a head in this final episode.

    Secrets that had been buried have been dragged into the light. Motives have been revealed. A war has been waged. And the casualties definitely have piled up in this final installment.

    While I am left with so many questions about the fate of the Cirque des Immortels, about the Summer and Winter fae, about Mab and most of all about Vivienne, I do not feel cheated by the ending to this book. Answers were given about the “accidents,” about the Summer Fae’s appearance and about Lilith.

    And some, but once again not all, information was revealed about Vivienne and her past.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is a dark, captivating, and at times seductive, read. Released in serial format, each episode teases the story in a way that will keep readers riveted and make them anxious to return for the next episode.

    It keeps them guessing throughout – about the characters’ pasts, about the characters themselves and about who is behind just what is going wrong. It keeps them intrigued – about the contracts, about Vivienne, about Kingston, about the Summer Court’s role, about Lilith. It keeps them wanting more.

    Author A.R. Kahler has created a story that weaves together two fantastical elements – the fantasy world of the fae and the fantasy of what life is like under the big top. He has written scenes that are filled with beauty and magic and others that are dark, chilling and at time horrifying. He has given each of his characters a rather unique voice which makes them memorable week after week.

    And he has introduced a world unlike any other I’ve journeyed into.

    While I am curious to see just how I’d experience this book if I read it all in one sitting, I can’t imagine not having experienced it first in its episodic format. The author did a masterful job at giving just enough of the story in each episode to satisfy my curiosity until the next installment was released.

    Whether in serial format or as a completed novel, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is a must read for those who like to dip into the world of fantasy, to read something with just a touch of darkness, to experience a story that teases its secrets from beginning to end, and to be left hanging, with as many questions as answers, for the sequel.

    Now that I’ve completed this book, I can finally give it my rating.

    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.

    Favorite passage

    I had quite a few favorites, however all but one are so very, very spoiler-y. And most all of those involve Lilith. So I chose a favorite passage that wasn’t  of the jaw-dropping, startling or “what the heck just happened” variety and went with one that made me sigh… that is before it made me so very sad.

    But that part I won’t share.

    Every blink, every moment of darkness, and I felt his lips on mine, tasted the cinnamon of his tongue and felt the heat of his breath. Every blink, and I was back, crushed against his chest. Every blink, and I wished it would have lasted longer.

    The Teaser

    I try to swallow the blood in my mouth but the iron makes me want to gag. Lilith leans in close to my ear. “You are very lucky we are currently on the same side. Otherwise it would be so, so simple to dispose of you.”

    Poe hisses by our side and Lilith jerks her attention to the field. Something rustles in the undergrowth. Something chuckles. The sun has set, the horizon fading to hues of fiery pink and orange.

    Then, something takes flight, a streak of fire that arcs high overhead. We both watch it fly, watch as it curves to the other horizon. There’s a flash of light when it falls out of sight and then another flies a similar path. Then another. Arrows.

    Lilith and I look at each other. Her eyes go wide and the fire inside both of us vanishes.

    The Summer Fey have arrived. We’re already too late.

     ***Just in case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book and author***

    About The Immortal Circus

    Publisher: 47North
    Pub. date: Dec. 4, 2012
    Format: Kindle eBook

    Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

    Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

    The show’s just beginning.

    Step right up…

    Find the book: WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, GOODREADS, AMAZON

    About A.R. Kahler

    Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.

    Alex didn’t just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.

    In the past six years he’s toured and trained across America and Europe. He’s performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He’s constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He’s a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is his first New Adult novel, and is being released exclusively through the Amazon Kindle e-Serials program by 47North. It will be available in print and audio when the episodes are complete.

    MARTYR the first book in his post-apocalyptic fantasy, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in October 2014.

    Find him:

    TWITTER @ARKahler , TWITTER @ImmortalCircus, WEBSITE/BLOG

    Tour Schedule – Week Ten

    MON, Feb. 11: Summer – Fiktshun – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 5

    TUE, Feb. 12: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 5

    WED, Feb. 13: Summer – In the Best Worlds – GUEST POST

    THU, Feb. 14: Winter – The Non-Reluctant Reader – GUEST POST

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    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Prize Pack Giveaway includes a signed copy of the book, illustrated trading cards and seriously awesome circus-y goodies.

    There are FOUR prize packs up for grabs!

    The giveaway is US ONLY.

    The giveaway ends Friday, February 15th.

    There are a few extra entry opportunities, including the chance to Tweet daily for more chances to win!

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    The Immortal Circus Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway – Summer Court {Week NINE}

    Wow, there are just two weeks left for THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Blog Tour. The final episode was released last week and the full-length novel in print and electronic formats are now available. And starting next week the more traditional tour for the book will begin. So be sure to check that out.

    As with most series, I’ve been hesitant to start the final episode in this serial novel. As desperate as I am to find those answers I’ve been looking for, I am not ready to say goodbye. Of course as my stop next week must include my review of that final episode, I won’t be able to delay the inevitable for much longer.

    But for now, I’m pretending that I won’t have to say goodbye to Vivienne, Kingston, Lilith, Mab and the rest of the characters I’ve grown to adore… and fear.

    Anyway….

    Once again King Oberon has paid me a visit. And it appears that he’s no longer willing to play nice. The gloves had already come off. But this time he’s made things personal. This time he’s taking the offensive. A position that I’m certain Mab will not be quite so willing to let him have for long.

    I seriously hope that he knows just how hard Hannah of In the Best Worlds and I have worked to try and show our readers just how important it is to VOTE for the SUMMER COURT. With less than two weeks left until the “voting” ends, we cannot stress enough just how wrong it will be to allow the Winter Court to be victorious.

    They’re the court that’s violated a long-standing treaty. They’re the court that is plotting against the Summer Fae. They’re the court that are protecting someone that shouldn’t be protected. And they’re the ones who launched an attack.

    So please choose SUMMER for the win! Just because they have Kingston doesn’t mean they’re the good guys.

    And if you’re looking to see just how Mab responds to Oberon’s declaration of war, be sure to check out The Bookish Brunette tomorrow. But just remember. Mab is not the innocent party here.

    Friends,

    It has recently come to my attention that Queen Mab has violated an ages-old treaty between the Courts. I am not at liberty to divulge the exact details of this treaty, but I can state that this violation equates to an open declaration of war.

    Rumours have been confirmed. Mab is hiding a girl she is calling Lilith. This girl is extremely dangerous; do not be deceived by her youthful nature. She has caused the deaths of more than you can imagine, and she will gladly do it again. Mab has something up her sleeve. Something more dangerous than I can begin to imagine. The worlds of Fey and human can no longer be considered safe, not so long as this girl remains under Mab’s care.

    As such, this is your—yes you, the reader—last opportunity to pick the winning team. After this week, there will be no more civil discourse. And after next week, the Winter Court will not exist.

    Pick your side.
    You don’t have any time left.
    -Oberon

     ***Just in case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book and author***

    About The Immortal Circus

    Publisher: 47North
    Pub. date: Dec. 4, 2012
    Format: Kindle eBook

    Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

    Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

    The show’s just beginning.

    Step right up…

    Find the book: WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, GOODREADS, AMAZON

    About A.R. Kahler

    Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.

    Alex didn’t just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.

    In the past six years he’s toured and trained across America and Europe. He’s performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He’s constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He’s a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is his first New Adult novel, and is being released exclusively through the Amazon Kindle e-Serials program by 47North. It will be available in print and audio when the episodes are complete.

    MARTYR the first book in his post-apocalyptic fantasy, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in October 2014.

    Find him:

    TWITTER @ARKahler , TWITTER @ImmortalCircus, WEBSITE/BLOG

    Tour Schedule – Week Nine

    MON, Feb. 4: Summer – Fiktshun – GUEST POST

    TUE, Feb. 5: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – GUEST POST

    WED, Feb. 6: Summer – In the Best Worlds – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 5

    THU, Feb. 7: Winter – The Non-Reluctant Reader – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 5

    *** This is the same Rafflecopter form from last week. It will continue to be included in all of my tour stop posts. There are extra entries for tweeting at each stop.***

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Prize Pack Giveaway includes a signed copy of the book, illustrated trading cards and seriously awesome circus-y goodies.

    There are FOUR prize packs up for grabs!

    The giveaway is US ONLY.

    The giveaway ends Friday, February 15th.

    There are a few extra entry opportunities, including the chance to Tweet daily for more chances to win!

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    The Immortal Circus Blog Tour: Review, Teaser + Giveaway – Summer Court {Week Eight}

    It is the start of week eight of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Blog Tour. And I am super excited because this week the final episode releases and the book’s official birthday is on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

    With just three weeks remaining on the tour and only one more chance for Oberon to check in on just how I’m doing in support of the Summer Court, I am both saddened and relieved.

    Saddened this book will be concluding. Saddened that there will be only one more teaser for me to share after this week. Saddened that I’ll only have one more peek at Kingston. And saddened that I won’t be teamed up with Hannah of  In the Best Worlds to try and defeat the seemingly all-powerful Mab and her Winter Court.

    But I will be relieved that I’ll be able to rest my battle-weary self without having to worry about just what Oberon might do. And relieved that I will get to read the final episode in just a few days and I won’t have to suffer the wait for each new episode. I shall have my answers!

    Of course I’ve heard some things… things best left unspoken for now. I’ll just have to share that in two weeks when I’ll be reviewing the next – and final – episode.

    Today I’m reviewing Episode Four. And as there are lots and lots of things that happen in this particular episode it may be slightly vague, as I’m desperately trying to keep my reviews spoiler-free. Even the teaser I’ve been allowed to share doesn’t give away too much.

    Although the teaser that will be included tomorrow at The Bookish Brunette, along with her review, is rather… how shall I say it… revealing. Yes, revealing… perhaps deliciously revealing… but revealing nonetheless. Though it’s one you won’t want to miss.

    My review, as always, is an attempt at mini review. But with the way I do tend to go on… and on… and on… I hope I’ve kept it as vague as I’d intended without being too obscure, murky or otherwise unclear.

    Oh, and one last thing… be sure to visit all the stops this week for more chances to win one of the four IMMORTAL CIRCUS Prize Packs and to check out this week’s guest posts.

    Mini-review: Episode Four

    After the cliffhanger ending of Episode Three, I didn’t think I could be any more anxious for another episode in this series. And yet, when I reached the end of Episode Four I was more desperate than ever for the fifth and final episode.

    The episode begins to answer those questions about Kingston and Vivienne that have been teasing and tormenting readers throughout the series. And while certain things about Vivienne’s past are revealed, there are still more questions awaiting answers about just where she came from, just what she did and just why she entered into the contract she was given.

    Each answer revealed seems to lead to more questions. With the biggest puzzle of all revolving around Lilith. About just who and what she is. About just what it is she can do. And about just what her fixation on Kingston means for Vivienne.

    There are still questions about many of the characters’ motivations, questions about what the Summer Court will do in retaliation for the events that took place at the start of this episode, questions about what Mab will do after a rather damning discovery she made and questions about the future of the Cirque des Immortels.

    Episode Four adds even more twists and turns to this already mysterious, dark and twisty story. It invites readers even further into this world that is full of secrets, lies, deception and betrayal. A deadly world of illusions where no one is safe. Where no one can be trusted. Where anything seems possible.

    At just four chapters, this latest episode is an incredibly quick read, but packs the most information onto its pages of any of the previous episodes. And it sets the story up for what I can only imagine will be an epic conclusion.

    With tensions growing between the Summer and Winter Court, between Mab and Vivienne, between Vivienne and Kingston and between Vivienne and Lilith, it doesn’t sound like things will end happily at the conclusion of this story. Someone… or many someones… are bound to lose. And it seems very likely one of those someones will be Vivienne.

    And with the way the episode ended – with betrayal, a set up, and a broken heart – the fifth and final episode promises to be deadly, exciting, and heartbreaking. And it is one that I am anxiously waiting for on the very edge of my seat.

    Favorite passage

    All my most favorite passages were spoiler-y. And my very most favorite one was the spoiler-y-est of them all. Because it was the last two paragraphs of this episode. The passage that made me incredibly desperate for next week’s episode.

    But this very short passage is one that I also love, as it says so very much, in very few words, yet very beautifully.

    I’m smiling, but I can feel it slip. Something digs in the back of my head, something pulling itself up to consciousness. It smells of brimstone and fear.

    The Teaser

    “I’m three hundred and forty-one,” Kingston says.

    The numbers drop like guillotines, but he doesn’t look away from me as he says them. Clearly, he’s judging my response. I try to keep my face composed, and my response is as witty as I can make it.

    “You don’t look a day over two hundred,” I say. “Must be all the popcorn.”

    He shakes his head, but he’s smiling nonetheless. Again, he looks at me like I’m amusing. But there’s something else behind it. Surprise?

    “What did you do?” I ask. “Why did you join?” Most of our performers were in a bind, Mab had said. What could Kingston have done?

    “Well,” he says. “I used to live in Salem.”

     ***Just in case you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book and author***

    About The Immortal Circus

    Publisher: 47North
    Pub. date: Dec. 4, 2012
    Format: Kindle eBook

    Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

    Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

    The show’s just beginning.

    Step right up…

    Find the book: WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, GOODREADS, AMAZON

    About A.R. Kahler

    Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.

    Alex didn’t just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.

    In the past six years he’s toured and trained across America and Europe. He’s performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He’s constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He’s a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is his first New Adult novel, and is being released exclusively through the Amazon Kindle e-Serials program by 47North. It will be available in print and audio when the episodes are complete.

    MARTYR the first book in his post-apocalyptic fantasy, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in October 2014.

    Find him:

    TWITTER @ARKahler , TWITTER @ImmortalCircus, WEBSITE/BLOG

    Tour Schedule – Week Eight

    MON, Jan. 28: Summer – Fiktshun – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 4

    TUE, Jan. 29: Winter – The Bookish Brunette – REVIEW & TEASER– Ep. 4

    WED, Jan. 30: Summer – In the Best Worlds – GUEST POST

    THU, Jan. 31: Winter – The Non-Reluctant Reader – GUEST POST

    *** This is the same Rafflecopter form from last week. It will continue to be included in all of my tour stop posts. There are extra entries for tweeting at each stop.***

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS Prize Pack Giveaway includes a signed copy of the book, illustrated trading cards and seriously awesome circus-y goodies.

    There are FOUR prize packs up for grabs!

    The giveaway is US ONLY.

    The giveaway ends Friday, February 15th.

    There are a few extra entry opportunities, including the chance to Tweet daily for more chances to win!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #109

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

    These are books for the week of January 29th-February 4th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Shadows in the Silence

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is the third and final full-length book in Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire series.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is releasing this week. While I had the chance to read it early, I desperately want to have the finished copy in my collection. And as this is one of my favorite series I am getting both the eBook version and the print edition on Tuesday.

    As I have reviewed it and talked about it in my Book Watch post a few weeks ago, I am trying very hard not to reveal too much. About just what happened at the end with the characters that made it that far. About the “ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.” And about who lives and who dies in this amazing and totally epic conclusion to this series.

    I am heartbroken that the series has ended and that I will have to say goodbye. Even though I did read it and have technically said goodbye already, it didn’t really feel like goodbye because the final book wasn’t released officially. Well this week it will be releasing. And I’m so very sad to see this series end.

    But I do plan on re-reading this series again and again. Ellie and Will and Cadan are characters that are so very memorable. They’re flawed and imperfect but even more perfect for their flaws. They’re brave. They’re loyal. And they’re absolutely wonderful characters to have gotten to know these past couple of years.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE was the perfect end to this action-packed, heartbreaking and utterly riveting series. This final book shows even more character growth, even more deadly battles, even more depth to the story and an ending that…. Nope. Not going to reveal that.

    The Madman's Daughter

    THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It’s currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER is the first book in the author’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series are as yet untitled. Book two is due out in 2014 and book three in 2015.

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    I hadn’t really heard of this book until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books said that this was an absolute must read for me. So I trusted her judgment and pre-ordered the book without actually looking into just what it was about.

    Well now that release date is almost here and I’m putting together this post I decided it was time to find out. And I had no idea it was inspired by THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. That it was a story about Juliet, Dr. Moreau’s daughter, who discovers that he is, in fact, alive and travels to the island to find out if the rumors about his experiments are true.

    I had no idea… and now I’m totally creeped out. And I’m a little nervous about it downloading to my Kindle this week. Because the original book totally freaked me out. I am totally squeamish about books involving scientific experimentation. The idea of cross-species experiments are absolutely horrifying to me. And I just know this book will give me nightmares.

    The description calls it a “dark and breathless Gothic thriller” and I hope I have the courage to dive in. Because I am already imagining these creepy humanoid animals and it’s giving me the chills.

    Nobody But Us

    NOBODY BUT US by Kristin Halbrook will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I am so excited that NOBODY BUT US is releasing this week. I have desperately wanted to read this book ever since I first heard about it. I was immediately sold by the first lines in the description – “Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY.” The fact that it’s “heart-wrenching” is just icing on that already tasty-sounding cake.

    I can’t wait to meet Zoe and Will and find out just what their pasts hold that makes them feel they have to run from them. I love the idea that this story is told from both characters’ perspectives. And I can’t wait to find out how it all ends… even if the ending isn’t a happy one.

    I am just so curious about what dangers abound and what choices they’ll have to make. This book sounds like it will be absolutely heartbreaking and I seriously hope I can read this next week.

    What the Spell Cover

    WHAT THE SPELL by Brittany Geragotelis will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 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 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    WHAT THE SPELL is the first book in the author’s Life’s a Witch series. The second book in the series, LIFE’S A WITCH, is slated for release on July 9, 2013 and the third book in the series, THE WITCH IS BACK, is slated for release in January 2014.

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    WHAT THE SPELL is such a fun, easy-to-read and delightful book. I am so stoked that it’s releasing this week and that the finished version will download to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

    I don’t want to talk too much more about this book as I have read it and will be reviewing it this week on the blog. But I will just say that I loved getting to meet Brooklyn and getting to see just how accessing her powers changes her life.

    WHAT THE SPELL was a super quick one-sit-read for me. It was the perfect escape with writing and characters I adored. And I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.

    Stolen Nights

    STOLEN NIGHTS by Rebecca Maizel will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    STOLEN NIGHTS is the second book in author Rebecca Maizel’s Vampire Queen series.

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    I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime and a half for this second book in the author’s Vampire Queen series. I’d waited ages for the first book to be released in eBook format and then heard that this sequel was delayed. So I decided to wait to read book one until after STOLEN NIGHTS was released so that I didn’t have to wait.

    Well, the wait is just about over. And I’m dying to dive into this series whose description for the first book had me desperate to get my hands on it. The opening quote made me melt – “‘Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you… no one.'”

    Those first lines broke my heart – “Those were some of Rhode’s last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.”

    So, yes, as you can imagine I’ve been just dying to meet Lenah Beaudonte. To find out why Rhode sacrificed himself for her. To learn how she could possibly fall in love with Justin when someone like Rhode had done what he’d done for her.

    And you can imagine just how tough it’s been to wait for this sequel, whose description I will not take a peek at.

    But now that both books are out, I cannot wait to dive in and find out for myself just what happens. And I plan on doing that in the next few weeks because I’ve waited long enough.

    Asunder

    ASUNDER by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    ASUNDER is the second book in author Jodi Meadows Newsoul series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I have not yet read the first book in the Newsouls series but I’ve been told that I absolutely must read it and that I just had to get book two, ASUNDER. And so I pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    I haven’t yet met newsoul Ana. I haven’t found out why a soul just vanished when she was born. I haven’t learned whether she was a nosoul or responsible for the attack on Heart. And I haven’t yet met Sam and found out whether they only have one lifetime to be together.

    But I just had to take a peek at the description for ASUNDER. I just couldn’t resist.

    I am so curious to find out just what darksouls are. I am anxious to find out why Ana’s presence is a “reminder of unstoppable changes.” And I’m nervous about whether Ana will be able to believe in Sam’s feelings for her and what will happen if she doesn’t.

    This series sounds absolutely gorgeous and I cannot wait to get the chance to read both books. The descriptions alone makes these books sound like must reads for me and I hope to read them both in February or March.

    Prodigy

    PRODIGY by Marie Lu will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    PRODIGY is the second book in author Marie Lu’s Legend series. The third book, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    Marie Lu’s series is yet another one I haven’t started on. I own book one and just had to pre-order PRODIGY for my collection. Mainly because everyone says this series is amazing and I don’t want to be the very last person to read it. Although I won’t be diving in until book three’s release, so that I won’t have to wait between books and can experience this series all at once.

    There is something very reminiscent of The Hunger Games with these books – perhaps it’s the militaristic dystopian setting and the books’ covers. Which may be the reason why I wasn’t instantly drawn to the stories. But I did take a peek at the writing in LEGEND and from that alone I know that they’ll be books I will easily devour.

    I just don’t want to have to suffer the wait between releases. I want to read June and Day’s story from beginning to end without pause. I want to find out what life is like in the Republic without having to leave the world. And I want to see whether they will be able to “change the nation” and “give voice to a people silenced for too long” without having to hang off the side of a cliff for a year before I get those answers.

    I’m just not entirely sure I will be able to wait.

    Til the World Ends

    ‘TIL THE WORLD ENDS by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre and Karen Duvall will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Luna, the print edition is 368 pages.

    ‘TIL THE WORLD END contains three stories – DAWN OF EDEN by Julie Kagawa, a prequel novella in her Blood of Eden series, THISTLE & THORNE by Ann Aguirre and SUN STORM by Karen Duvall.

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    I pre-ordered this book not realizing at the time that there were three short stories contained within. But I’ve since read the descriptions for all three that comprise ‘TIL THE WORLD ENDS and I cannot wait until it downloads this week.

    While I haven’t yet read the first book in Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, I love the sound of this prequel, DAWN OF EDEN. This virus, the Red Lung, sounds horrific and I’m so curious to find out just what “strange things are happening to the remains of the dead.”

    Ann Aguirre’s story THISTLE & THORNE sounds awesome. I can’t wait to see what “evil plot” Mari Thistle and Thorne Goodman have to face in this world that has become a “vast chemical wasteland.” I know from taking a peek at Ann Aguirre’s ENCLAVE the worlds she creates are amazing, so I am super excited to read this short story by the author.

    And SUN STORM by Karen Duvall sounds so wildly different and exciting. I love this power that she’s given her character Sarah Daggot. The idea of Kinetics – those “with the power to sense coming storms” – sounds wicked awesome. And I cannot wait to read just how they attempt to battle against the sun.

    Other Books of Note

    Prey

    THE PREY (The Hunt #2) by Andrew Fukuda

    Pub. Date: January 29, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    UPDATE

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS COVER

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS by A.R. Kahler

    Pub. Date: January 29, 2013

    Publisher: 47North

    (AMAZON)

    The print edition and completed Kindle eBook edition of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS are releasing this week. As I’d already purchased – and nearly finished – the serial eBook edition I’ve listed it here.

    And I just have to say that this book is AWESOME!

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    This is a HUGE week for releases. I have eight books pre-ordered and am so very tempted to purchase Andrew Fukuda’s book, too. While I’ve read two of the books I have on order, that leaves six for the TBR pile. And as a few of them have previous books in the series that are still on the TBR pile, that means a LOT more reading if I want to catch up.

    I am desperately hoping I can read Kristin Hallbrook’s NOBODY BUT US in the next couple of weeks, but as I am already so very far behind on my reads for the year it may be a couple weeks beyond that.

    And I’m battling the urge to read INFINITE DAYS and STOLEN NIGHTS right now. Because that description… oh… my… gosh… I’m just dying to read them both right now…. Well, on Tuesday when I get my hands on book two, that is.

    And I have this total morbid curiosity about THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER even though it totally sounds like it will give me nightmares.

    With eight new books being added to my collection I think I need to follow Parajunkee’s advice once more about the reading more and talking less. And I hope to do more of the one and less of the other this week because there are some awesome new books being added to my collection.

    But what about you? Do you have any new releases getting added to your collection that you’re as excited for as I am for mine? Is PRODIGY or ASUNDER a book you’ve been desperately waiting to read but have had to suffer a long wait to get your hands on it? And are you as excited and sad, all at once, about reading and then saying goodbye to the Angelfire series when you read SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE?

    I’d love to know what books you’re most excited for this week. And I hope you’ll have some awesome new additions for your collection this week and that it will be a happy reading week ahead!

    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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