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    The Extras: July

    Back with another “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not July yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation.

    Sirensong by Jenna Black will be released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011.

    This is a fun and completely delightful series to read. Sirensong is the third book in the series and it continues Dana Hathaway’s adventures and this time she’s headed into Faerie.

    The author is giving readers a look at Chapter One on her website, HERE

    Even if you haven’t read the other books in the series the first chapter isn’t super spoiler-y.

    Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011.

    This is the second book in the Personal Demons series. This is a book and series not to be missed. I have read both books in the series so I will give nothing away, but these books are definitely smoking hot.

    Tor.com is giving registered readers a peek inside, HERE.

    Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011.

    I think this cover and the font and the title are so amazing. I love this author’s writing style and I’m dying to read this book.

    The main character, Amy Goodnight, comes from a family of witches. She has to spend her summer on the Goodnight Ranch where there are apparently ghosts, a “hot neighbor cowboy” and a bunch of bodies turning up. Definitely not an idea summer vacation.

    The publisher, Random House,  is offering a short excerpt on their website, HERE.

    Forever by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011.

    It is the third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. There is just something so addictive about this series and so amazing about the author’s writing style.

    For each of the past two books I was completely entranced by the writing and the story. I suspect there was magic involved.

    Maggie Stiefvater reads an excerpt from Forever:

    Wildcat Fireflies is the second book in the Meridian series by author Amber Kizer. It will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011.

    It’s been awhile but the sequel is finally coming out! I loved the idea of beings called Fenestras and I was completely hooked when I first read the book. Then I found out it would be ages before the sequel. I think I cried a little bit.

    Wildcat Fireflies continues the story as Meridian and Tens search the country for other Fenestras. And there may be trouble in paradise for the two of them. But with less than a month until release the wait is almost over.

    And an excerpt is available on the book’s website, HERE.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Anyone who has ever stopped by the blog knows what a huge fan I am of this book and the author. It is an amazing debut and I don’t think you’ll find one quite like it.

    If you have any doubts just check out the super long look inside the publisher is offering.

    Check out Wildefire courtesy of Simon & Schuster, HERE.

    Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    If you haven’t read Nightshade by now, what are you waiting for? Wolfsbane is almost here. And if you haven’t yet, it’s time to choose sides – Team Ren or Team Shay?

    If you’re still undecided you should definitely check out the book’s website. There is an excerpt for Nightshade there too.

    An excerpt from Chapter One of Wolfsbane is available from the book’s website, HERE.

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    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Die for Me by Amy Plum, Hereafter by Tara Hudson, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber and Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison

    Discovering this link was like a gold mine. I wish I had discovered it before I read most of the above books. But I own them all now, so I don’t need the look inside, but if you haven’t read them, be sure to check it out.

    The Dark Days of the Supernatural and HarperTeen are offering chapter excerpts for their seven books, HERE.

    Summer’s Crossing by Julie Kagawa is a free eBook novella in the Iron Fey series. It was released on June 1, 2011 in the U.S.

    The Iron Fey series is absolutely charming and delightful. I cannot wait for The Iron Knight to be released and I’m so glad that the author has released another novella in the series to help bridge the gap between her next book’s release date.

    I haven’t yet read it, but I believe Summer’s Crossing is told from Puck’s point of view. I did grab it before it was a freebie on Amazon, but also managed to snag the free version for my nook. I plan on reading it in the next couple of weeks as I just love the easy flow of the author’s writing.

    It’s actually available for download from three sites – Harlequin, CLICK HERE, Barnes & Noble, CLICK HERE and Amazon, CLICK HERE.

    Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski was released on June 7, 2011.

    This contemporary novel by author Sarah Mlynowski sounds like it will be a really fun read. I own a copy but haven’t yet read it. I’m just hoping it’s more sweet than bittersweet. And I haven’t checked out the sneak peek, but the publisher is giving readers another long look.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur was released on May 31, 2011.

    I have been trying to find the time to read the first book in the series so I can read this one immediately afterward. The Ivy sounds like a great series to read, and if you have read the first book but not the second, this sneak peek should give you a good look at what you can expect from this book.

    I have not taken a look as I don’t want to risk any spoilers for book one.

    HarperTeen is giving readers another long look inside, HERE.

    The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries Vol. 3 – The Craving was released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011.

    I love L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries series. I haven’t yet read Midnight, but I did buy all of the books in this off-shoot series that ties in with the television show, because I love that too. This is the third book in the Stefan’s Diaries series of books so if you haven’t had a chance to read the first one, you may want to skip the peek.

    However, if you check out HarperTeen’s “browse inside” feature, they do offer a number of peeks at various different Vampire Diaries books.

    A look inside of The Craving is available from the publisher, HarperCollins, HERE.

    Virtue by Amanda Hocking was released on May 27, 2011 in the U.S.

    I downloaded the book the moment it was released but have not had a chance to read it. This story is a young adult fairytale and it promises a battle between good and evil.

    I love the author’s writing and can’t wait to read her latest book which includes goblins, demon dogs and sea dragons. Sounds pretty epic to me.

    You can check it out on Virtue’s blog, HERE.

    Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready was released in the U.S. on May 4, 2010.

    Shade is the first book in the series and the sequel, Shift, was released in May of this year. Both books are amazing, but Shade is still my favorite of the two. That ending is killer.

    It is set in a world where a shift has taken place and those born after the shift have the ability to see shades. But there is an amazing love story, a bit of a love triangle, and a whole lot of heartbreak.

    If you haven’t had a chance to read this series, check out the long look at the first 99 pages of Shade that Simon & Schuster is offering HERE.

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    These are all great books and I hope you get a chance to read them. But it’s even nicer to get a long look inside before making the commitment. Happy reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #22

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

    These are books for the week of May 31st-June 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Nightspell by Leah Cypess will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    I have had Nightspell on pre-order for ages. I bought the eBook for Mistwood right before I started blogging, but it’s currently in my TBR pile. It’s one of the books I am dying to read, but since I started blogging I just haven’t had the time to move it to the top of the pile.

    I am debating whether or not to read Nightspell before I read Mistwood as it mentions that it is a standalone companion novel in the series, but I’m somewhat wary. I tend to like to read books in the order they’re released, so I haven’t made up my mind just yet.

    I really want to find out more about Ghostland and this book has sorcerers, spells, warriors and…you guessed it – ghosts! (And handsome ones at that.) So, I am going to make it my mission to read Mistwood just so that I can unlock the mysteries of Nightspell.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a look inside Nightspell, HERE.

    As I haven’t yet found a trailer for Nightspell, here is the trailer for Mistwood:

    The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier, the second book in the Everlasting series, will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 368 pages.

    The Eternal Sea is a book that I bid on and won an ARC of in a charity auction. I’ve also owned Everlasting in eBook format for quite some time and had wanted to read both books before release date, but June has come up too quickly.

    I am hoping to read both this month as this series looks amazing and the description of Eternal Sea (which I shouldn’t have read before reading Everlasting) completely got me hooked.

    I love books involving immortality and true love. And according to the description this story has both, but a curse threatens everything and puts the main character, Camille, and her love in danger. While I always secretly hope for happily ever after, without a fight to keep it, it isn’t nearly as exciting.

    As The Eternal Sea is not yet available as an eBook, I will be buying the finished copy in hardcover on release date if the eBook isn’t released on that date.

    Book trailer for Everlasting, the first book in the series:

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 496 pages.

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

    I have already spotlighted Starcrossed in my “Book Watch” post, so I promise to keep this super short. Destiny, demigods, myths and legends, beautiful cover. Amazing writing. What more could I want in a book? Nothing.

    This book (which I’ve already started reading) is amazing. I can’t wait for the eBook to download, but I also managed to snag a hard copy at the bookstore today. It’s even more beautiful than the very flat jpg image that I’d been staring at for months.

    To read an excerpt of Starcrossed, courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for Starcrossed:

    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I had a chance to get an ARC through a trade, but hadn’t realized it was a sequel at the time. I still have to read the first book, and this one, but I had flipped through the ARC and also listened to the authors discuss the book on YouTube.

    This series sounded so amazing that I bought the first book for my Kindle and pre-ordered Secrets. I just have to get the time to read both. I’m so curious to find out what happened to Callie her first semester at Harvard and then to find out what happens in this installment with this group of back-stabbing, power-hungry Ivy Leaguers.

    It sounds as if surviving Harvard’s courses are the least of Callie’s problems and I can’t even imagine what she might have done that’s making her keep so many secrets.

    To read an excerpt of The Ivy: Secrets, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Forgiven by Janet Fox will be released in the U.S. on June 2, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Speak, the print edition is 288 pages.

    I have an ARC of Forgiven which is on my reading pile this week. But I had this book on pre-order in eBook format for awhile. I’m definitely a historical young adult fiction newbie, but this book sounded intriguing and based on the author’s writing style it looks like one I think I’ll really enjoy.

    I definitely have cover love for this book, and the character’s name, Kula, is very memorable and different. I can’t wait to see what life in San Francisco is like through Kula’s eyes and to find out whether she gets accepted into society and finds true love.

    Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade, the second book in The Ghost and the Goth series, will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011. It is available to pre-order online in hardcover format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, a division of Disney Book Group, the print edition is 272 pages.

    I had this book on pre-order ever since I heard the author speak at the RT Convention in Los Angeles, but spotted a copy in the bookstore early, so I bought it. (It’s always better to have it now, rather than having to wait.) When I heard her talking about her first book in the series,  The Ghost and the Goth, it sounded so awesome and the type of book I would totally enjoy.

    I have the eARC of Queen of the Dead through NetGalley, and have both books on my reading pile this week, but I knew I’d want to have this one for my collection. Just hearing the author speak about her writing process and a little bit about what went into creating this book made this one a definite must read for me. And yes, I am glad this series will continue beyond the two books.

    This second installment in the series does not sound like much fun for Alona. A homecoming queen turned ghost who has to work and then has to worry about her family moving on and her only connection to the living world, Will, not paying her quite enough attention, is surely not an ideal afterlife. Oh, and according to this description there’s a huge cliffhanger.

    Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren, the second book in the River of Time series, will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback and eBook formats.

    Published by David C. Cook, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Cascade is another book I have on my reading pile for this week, as I received an eARC for review from the author. But I have this book on pre-order in eBook format, as I know I’ll want it for my collection. I recently read Waterfall and I can’t wait to start reading Cascade.

    I just love the world that the author has created and can’t wait to head back to the fourteenth century to see what happens next. I have loved stories about traveling through time since forever and this series is no exception.

    I don’t know much about what’s in store for this installment, but I can’t wait to find out, and I’m glad I get to read it a few days before its release.

    To read an excerpt of Cascade, courtesy of Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Torrent, the third book in the series releases in September.

    Book trailer for Waterfall, the first book in the series:

    The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011 in hardcover format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Point, a division of Scholastic, the print edition is 272 pages.

    The Vampire Stalker is another one on my pile this week. I have a printed ARC but will be ordering the finished copy on release date in eBook format if it’s available or in print format if it’s not. This is one I’ll definitely want for my collection as I love the author’s writing and own a few of her books already.

    I absolutely love that this story is about a girl who falls for the main character in a story she’s reading who manages to escape the pages of the book and become a reality in order to track down a vampire.

    I really hope their love story works out, as it would be totally devastating if he had to return to the story and leave her heartbroken. I think I will be keeping my fingers crossed while I read this one.

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

    Book trailer for The Vampire Stalker:

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    For those eBook fans, The Girl in the Steel Corset comes out in eBook format on June 1, just over a week after the hardcover edition was released.

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    I cannot believe how many new releases there are this week, especially since Simon & Schuster doesn’t seem to have any books coming out this week. I have all of these either pre-ordered or already purchased and I can’t wait to start reading them all.

    Next week is another huge week and so is June 14th. I’m stuck somewhere between being ecstatic and slightly frantic. And my wallet is completely giving me the evil eye. So, I’m just ignoring it.

    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, let me know!

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    The Trailers: June

    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 upcoming books releasing this June.

    I included a couple trailers from May 31st as the May trailers came out so late and I just wanted to make sure that they weren’t missed.

    I hope that trailers will be made for some amazing June releases, just a few of which are – Hourglass, The Revenant, and Trial by Fire.

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    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    Release date: May 31, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

    Release date: May 31, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The authors talk about the series

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    The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

    Release date: June 1, 2011

    (Scholastic Teens)

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    Hereafter by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 7, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

    (Kids at Randomhouse) – I had this in May, but it’s here for comparison with the Australian version

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

    (Randomhouse Australia) – The official trailer for the Australian release of Passion

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    A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (Bloomsbury Kids)

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    Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

    Release date: June 30, 2011

    (Dawn Metcalf)

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

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