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    THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats and will be releasing in paperback format on March 26, 2013.

    It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 464 pages.

    THE IMMORTAL RULES is the first book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. The second book in the series, THE ETERNITY CURE, is slated for release on April 30, 2013.

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    Goodreads description…

    To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

    Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred ofthem—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

    Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

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

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    THE IMMORTAL RULES is an incredibly imaginative, dark and gritty, and immensely entertaining story set in a future that is bleak and in a world that is brimming with violence and on the verge of collapse. A world where vampires control the cities. Where humans either choose to serve them or suffer the consequences of choosing independence. And where survival is not much more than a dream.

    It is an epic adventure that follows Allison Sekemoto as she at first fights to survive as an Unregistered human in a world where only Registereds are given the means to survive and then as she struggles to come to terms with the monster she has chosen to become.

    Forced to leave New Covington, Allie must venture out into the world beyond the Fringe, navigate its unfamiliar, desolate and dangerous landscape, and face challenges far greater than any she could have ever imagined.

    Julie Kagawa has once again taken her readers on a journey in THE IMMORTAL RULES. But this time the setting is more ominous, the world more devastated, the future more hopeless, and its residents more vicious.

    And in this grim and frightening reality, where most of the population, both human and vampire, have been wiped out by the Red Lung disease, the author has introduced threats beyond those of starvation and illness and the violence that accompanies them. She has created monsters more terrifying than vampires. And she has offered up only the remotest glimmer of hope for salvation.

    Her heroine, Allison Sekemoto, is brave, stubborn, compassionate but realistic, and fierce but likable. There are a broad spectrum of characters to connect with, to like, to despise, to root for, to cringe away from, and to both respect and detest all at once. And with enemies that range from the terrible to the grotesque and allies that are both obvious and unlikely, there is no shortage of creativity and imagination when it comes to character development in this story.

    With each turn of the page, the story will draw readers deeper into this dark and disturbing world. A world that is equally as fascinating as it is horrifying. A cruel and cutthroat world that readers might wish they never entered, but one they’ll never want to leave.

    Exciting, chilling and heartbreaking, THE IMMORTAL RULES will hold readers captive from start to finish and leave them anxiously awaiting the sequel.

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    On a personal note…

    THE IMMORTAL RULES was amazing. With a capital A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. That’s it. What else is there? There is really no other word I could utter that would express what I felt about this book any better than that one. Seriously.

    Should everyone read this book? Yes. So there’s no need for me to say anything else about it.

    Of course I have a ton of things I could say about this book, its characters, the world, the adventure. And I suppose I should say a few more things here. These are supposed to be my thoughts after all.

    So….

    Did I love the world? Oh heck yes. While I thought I was over the whole dystopian/post-apocalyptic type of setting, clearly I wasn’t. Or at least not it when it’s Julie Kagawa’s version.

    She painted a very dark and gritty picture. She created a chilling, danger-filled world with innumerable threats. Disease, hunger, violence. She created a broad range of characters to fill her world. Vampires. Rabids. Mole men. Pets. Registereds. Unregistereds. Fanatics. Traitors.

    She took me on a journey.

    One of my favorite aspects of Julie Kagawa’s stories is the journey she creates for both her characters and readers. And the one in THE IMMORTAL RULES is no exception.

    It was an epic adventure. One that took her character, Allison Sekemoto, through different settings. Many of them hostile.

    And on this adventure we were introduced to all sorts of different characters. Some good, many of them evil. Some likable, many of them detestable.

    Going on this journey allowed her character to develop in different ways than she would have with the entire story taking place in New Covington. It definitely allowed Allie to experience different things. Become a different… person.

    And while I missed Kanin, a character I liked from the moment we were introduced, I loved getting to meet Ezekiel Crosse. And while I was sad about what happened to a certain group of Unregistereds, I loved getting to meet the new Allie who I actually liked a lot more than the old one. She was just as stubborn, but way more kick-a** and way less frustrating.

    Had Allison never left the city she’d called home, I would have never had the chance to meet the very maddening and even more intriguing Jackal, the Raider King of Old Chicago.

    I absolutely loved this story. Its darkness. Its grisly reality. Its characters, many of whom showed incredible growth. Characters who are all very memorable. Its ability to transport me to its devastated world in its scary and violent future.

    And contrary to what I said at the outset, about how just one word – amazing – is sufficient to describe THE IMMORTAL RULES, I think awesome, epic, thrilling, exhilarating, gripping and fan-freaking-tastic are also words I’d use.

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    Favorite passage…

    I actually had four favorite passages. One was a quote from Allie when she was talking to the rabids. Two involved Kanin, but one was way too long and the other too short. So I decided to go with this one, which is only slightly spoiler-y if you haven’t read the description.

    He gave my hair a final, gentle tug and turned away. I watched him go, Hunger and longing and that strange, squirmy feeling twisting my insides. Crawling into my tent, I pulled the blanket over my head and tried to sleep, to forget Ezekiel Crosse. His touch. His warmth. And how badly I wanted to sink my fangs into his throat and truly make him mine.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #69

    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 April 24th-April 30th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin will be released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 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, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Masque of the Red Death is the first book in a new series by author Bethany Griffin. The second book, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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    Masque of the Red Death was so unbelievably awesome. Somewhat different from what I expected but way better than what I hoped it would be and just so super cool. I have the ARC but I can’t wait for the finished version to download onto my Kindle so I can re-read it. And I just have to buy a print edition because I know that cover will be amazing.

    As I’ve already read it I can’t guess what it will be about, because I already know. But it’s a dark future. The characters are mysterious. Not everything is as it seems. There is a bit of a mystery, a touch of heartbreak and an ending will leave you dying to get your hands on that sequel.

    So yeah, as I said… awesome. Araby is fascinating, Elliott is intriguing and Will is so easy to adore. Though I will say no more, other than that I am so excited for this book’s release. I can’t believe release date is finally here.

    Ascend by Amanda Hocking will be released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Ascend is the final book in the Trylle trilogy by author Amanda Hocking.

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    I am still so thrilled with each book’s release in this trilogy. I am such a huge fan of this author and I love seeing her books on the shelves at my local bookstore. While I have read the self-published version, I have a print copy of Ascend pre-ordered. It was my favorite of the series, even though the ending was a topic of much debate among her fans.

    Wendy is forced to make a difficult decision in this final book in the series. She has her heart and the Trylle to think about and no matter what way she decides it will cost her. The description is absolutely right when it says that the “stakes have never been higher” and that the “future of her entire world rests in her hands….”

    I thought this was the perfect end to an absolutely delightful series. And I thought that Wendy was an amazing heroine who grew stronger with each book. I can’t wait to get this new version of the story to see just how much of a change there is from the original and to check out any extras this book includes. And I can’t wait for it to be delivered on Tuesday!

    Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday will be released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in paperback 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 288 pages.

    Social Suicide is the second book in author Gemma Halliday’s Deadly Cool series.

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    Although I received a surprise ARC from the publisher I wasn’t able to get caught up on the series in time to read it prior to release. But I do plan on reading both books back to back in the next few weeks. This sequel sounds just every bit as awesome as the first and I can’t wait for my pre-order to download to my Kindle.

    I love mystery stories and Social Suicide grabbed me just from its title. But when I read the description, I couldn’t help but be super curious to read this next book in the author’s series. Although dealing with a murder, the idea of solving a crime where the victim was electrocuted while Tweeting sounds kind of hilarious. And from the tone of the description it appears to be just that with a touch or two of sarcasm added to the mix.

    The Selection by Kiera Cass will be released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 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 336 pages.

    The Selection is the first book in a new trilogy by author Kiera Cass and is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I fell in love with this cover instantly. It’s why I added The Selection to my pile when choosing books for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. Well, that and the description. It sounds like it will have all the drama of a reality television show mixed in with the glamour of all things royalty, the magic of a fairytale story and the heartbreak of star-crossed love.

    I had received an ARC early on through a trade but knew I wouldn’t get to read it before release date, but I am thrilled that my Kindle pre-order will be downloading this week and that I’ll be able to take a peek at this story that seems to have it all. Excitement, danger, heartbreak, competition and ultimately love.

    I can’t wait to meet America Singer and Prince Maxon and see just what never-before-dreamed-of future she could possibly have.

    The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 512 pages.

    The Immortal Rules is the first book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series.

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    The Immortal Rules sounds like it has everything I could love in a story and more – an amazing author, a strong heroine, a dark urban/dystopian setting and vampires. The bloodthirsty and deadly kind.

    I am heartbroken that I couldn’t read one of the three early copies that landed in my mailbox, but I won’t be waiting too long to read this book that everyone is talking about. Now it’ll just be the finished version I pre-ordered for my Kindle.

    I cannot wait to meet Allison Sekomoto and see just what life is like for the people living in the Fringe. And I am just so curious to see how turning into what she hates most will change Allison. I hope she is able to find a cure and I hope that she can pass as human until she does. And I especially can’t wait to meet Zeke.

    And once I do, I will definitely check out the Blood of Eden website to find out more.

    Eve of Destruction by Patrick Carman will be released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 288 pages.

    Eve of Destruction is the second full-length book in the Dark Eden series by the author.

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    I absolutely loved how the first book in the series offered a multimedia experience rather than just the reading experience. I found that discovering the world of Dark Eden through videos and the app injected a whole new level of chills and thrills to the story.

    I am super curious to see what the author and publisher do for this next full-length book in the series, Eve of Destruction. I have the book pre-ordered and will definitely try to track down the other media once I’m ready to read it.

    I can’t believe that Will Besting and the others who were treated for their fears at Fort Eden are headed back. I hope that they’re able to find a cure and defeat Rainsford. The description promises a “terrifying journey” with an ending that offers the characters redemption. And I am super excited for this next installment. I hope to read it in the next few weeks.

    Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris will be released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 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, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 464 pages.

    Unraveling is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    Until I heard the chatter and checked out a few reviews for Unraveling it hadn’t been on my radar, though I did receive a surprise copy for review in the mail. I had heard that this was SciFi, a genre I don’t typically read, but this sounds totally awesome so I just had to add it to my pre-orders.

    The description has me intrigued. A girl who is killed and brought back to life. A boy who is responsible for saving her. And the possibility of the world coming to an end. Seriously awesome. Love stories and doomsday are always high on my list of books to be read.

    If I can’t sneak this in next week, I will definitely be adding this to the pile before the end of May. I’m just not sure whether I’ll read the ARC or the finished copy on my Kindle.

    Thumped by Megan McCafferty will be released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Thumped is the sequel to Bumped by author Megan McCafferty.

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    I am sad to see this series end. I loved both Bumped and Thumped. I had hoped it would be a trilogy but am happy that a sequel was written that has answers to all of my questions.

    When I found out it was available to pre-order, I immediately added Thumped to the list. Long before the ARC showed up in my mailbox. And even though I have read it early, I want the finished copy to add to my collection.

    This series surprised me in all the best possible ways. It wasn’t anything like what I expected. It was so much fun but at the same time such a scary possibility for the future.

    As I already read it and have written my review, I won’t ramble on for too long. But this sequel answers all those questions that were left hanging about Jondoe, Harmony and Melody and is the perfect sendoff to the series. It’s fun, it’s incredibly entertaining and the pace is super-quick, even with the heavy subject matter.

    I can’t wait for the finished copy to download to my Kindle. I definitely plan on re-reading both books back-to-back this summer.

    The Temptation by Alisa Valdes will be released in the U.S. in paperback 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 320 pages.

    The Temptation is the first book in author Alisa Valdes’ The Kindred series.

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    Until the ARC showed up in my mailbox I hadn’t heard of The Temptation by Alisa Valdes. But when I read the description I knew that this would be one of those “me” books. Just those first four sentences had me hooked. So, I instantly decided to pre-order it for my Kindle so that I’d have it for my collection.

    I didn’t have a chance to read this one early, but I hope to read it in the next couple of weeks. I want to meet Shane and Travis. I want to see just what kind of temptation this “mysterious cowboy” from the Underworld is. I want to find out if they’re willing to risk destroying their souls to break the rules and be together. And I want to find out just how tough it is to resist temptation. Especially if they are kindred souls.

    The description promises this first book in the series “will leave readers lusting for more” and I am anxiously anticipating that very thing happening. I can’t wait to finally devour this book that’s been calling out to me from my bookshelf. Though I just might end up reading the finished version on my Kindle when it downloads this week.

    The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King will be released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Scribner, the print edition is 320 pages.

    The Wind Through the Keyhole is a story in the author’s Dark Tower series.

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    The Dark Tower series by Stephen King is and always will be my favorite series of all time. When it ended I was devastated. And not just because of that absolutely tormenting ending. So when I heard that there was going to be another book in this world, because the author couldn’t get the world out of his mind, or the world wouldn’t let him, I was ecstatic.

    I pre-ordered not only a copy for my Kindle with all the extra features, I pre-ordered the Grant slipcased edition. And while I did receive that copy before release it was just too gorgeous to open. So I’ve had to wait.

    Well, deadlines be damned, because I will be reading it on release date. And I won’t be writing a review, though I may post my thoughts about it on one of the blogs. Unless those thoughts are too incoherent to voice.

    The only thing I know is that the story will be returning to Mid-World and that Roland will be sharing two stories about his past with the rest of his ka-tet – Susannah, Jake, Eddie and Oy. As visiting Roland’s past was one of my favorite things about this series, I can’t wait to do so again.

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    The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

    Pub. Date: April 24, 2012

    Published by: Simon Pulse

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Purity by Jackson Pearce

    Pub. Date: April 24, 2012

    Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    I have ten books pre-ordered this week and a couple of them in more than one format. So, it’s a huge week for releases and a tough week for my wallet. Fortunately I have read a few of them or my TBR pile would be suffering just as much.

    With a large number of books on next week’s pre-order list, I have a feeling I’ll never be able to dig my way out from under this large stack of books to be read. But maybe if I go on a six month book buying ban in 2013 I could at least make a small dent. Not sure if I can do that, though.

    I know there are a few other books releasing this week, two of which I’ve noted above, but I just couldn’t buy more than ten books in one week. Of course if I see another book I must have….

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

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

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    The Trailers: April

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

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books releasing in April, a peek at a few of those coming out in May and June and a glimpse at one author talking about their upcoming book.

    And as I missed this post for the month of March, I just couldn’t resist taking a look back at some of those missed February and March trailers.

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    Also, be sure to check out Entertainment Weekly for an exclusive look at the City of Lost Souls trailer book trailer. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare releases on May 8, 2012.

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    Immortal City by Scott Speer

    Release date: April 3, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Fear by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 3, 2012

    (harperteen) – Interactive Video

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    Black Heart by Holly Black

    Release date: April 3, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – The Curse Workers Series Trailer

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    Taken at Dusk by C.C. Hunter

    Release date: April 10, 2012

    (cchunterbooks)

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    The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

    Release date: April 10, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

    Release date: April 17, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

    Release date: April 17, 2012

    (slmitchell1973)

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    The Selection by Kiera Cass

    Release date: April 24, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Dark Eden: Eve of Destruction by Patrick Carman

    Release date: April 24, 2012

    (harperteen) – Series Trailer

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    Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

    Release date: April 24, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: April 24, 2012

    (harlequinbooks) – Official Trailer

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    The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: April 24, 2012

    (Mirainkbooks) – Mira Ink’s Trailer

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    Whisper by Alyson Noel

    Release date: April 24, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    The Temptation by Alisa Valdes

    Release date: April 24, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    And for just a peek ahead at what’s coming in May and June…

    Insurgent by Veronica Roth

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders) – Series Trailer

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    Wanted by Heidi Ayarbe

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (HeidiArb)

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    Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (jsmithready) – Teaser Video

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    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: June 5, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #1

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #2

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    Rapture by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (RandomHouseAustralia) – Teaser Trailer

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    Here’s what one author is saying…

    Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (PenguinGroupUSA) – the author talks about her book and series

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

    Fever by Lauren DeStefano

    Release date: February 21, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Allegiance by Cayla Kluver

    Release date: February 28, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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    Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

    Release date: March 6, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Balthazar by Claudia Gray

    Release date: March 6, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

    Release date: March 6, 2012

    (hmhbooks)

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    Scorched Skies by Samantha Young

    Release date: March 9, 2012

    (yafantasyauthor)

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    Starters by Lissa Price

    Release date: March 13, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Release date: March 13, 2012

    (DarkHunterSeries)

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    A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

    Release date: March 20, 2012

    (AuthorMichelleZink)

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    Forgiven by Jana Oliver

    Release date: March 27, 2012

    (TrapperCJ) – Series Trailer

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    Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

    Release date: March 27, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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

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