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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #157

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    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 December 31st-January 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Afterparty

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    AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler will be released in the U.S. on December 31, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 416 pages.

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    I am so excited for the release of AFTERPARTY this week. I got the chance to read it just a bit early and I loved it and can’t wait for my pre-order copy to download on Monday Midnight.

    Ann Redisch Stampler is an amazing writer. I loved the way this story was written, I was instantly drawn in by the author’s voice. A couple of the characters drove me crazy – Siobhan and Chelsea. I think I was rooting for Emma to do something wicked to them both. Most of the characters I loved – Emma and Dylan and Megan and Arif. And I was totally surprised by one character.

    While it may be a familiar story with complicated relationships, mean girls, wild parties and complex and moody boys, the writing made this story stand out to me. And I am really looking forward to re-reading it in its finished form really, really soon. This is one book I’m definitely thrilled to add to my collection.

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    Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother — whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma is not.

    And it may be more than Emma can handle.

    Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop…

    This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler’s spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

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    The Promise of Amazing

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    THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine will be released in the U.S. on December 31, 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.

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    I can’t believe the year is ending and THE PROMISE OF AMAZING is releasing this week. I think I added this book to my pre-orders the instant I first learned about it this past spring or summer. And I’m totally stoked that the wait is finally almost over.

    As I have THE PROMISE OF AMAZING on my reading pile this week and I recently spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, I really don’t want to ramble on and on yet again about just why I am so excited for it to be added to my collection. Especially since I just started reading it and so far I am loving it and want to be reading it instead of writing about it in this post.

    If all goes well I am hopeful I’ll be able to finish reading it tonight, but at the very latest I’ll be marking it read before it downloads on Tuesday. And I’m even more hopeful that it will be every bit as amazing as I have been anticipating.

    Description…

    Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

    Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

    One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

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    The Offering

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    THE OFFERING by Kimberly Derting will be released in the U.S. on December 31, 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 Margaret K. McElderry, the print edition is 304 pages.

    THE OFFERING is the third and final book in Kimberly Derting’s The Pledge series.

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    I can’t believe that THE OFFERING releases on Tuesday and that it is the final book in the trilogy. When it downloads on Monday Midnight I will have the entire trilogy in my eBook collection, but won’t have started reading the series yet.

    I have heard such amazing things about the first book in the series, but I’ve tried to stay away from any of the buzz about the series since then as I haven’t wanted to risk spoilers. So I don’t know anything beyond what I’ve heard about THE PLEDGE except that I know this author is a fantastic writer and I expect to be amazed by this series.

    Since all three books in this dystopian series will be available for me to devour come Tuesday, I am really hoping that I’ll be able to read the entire trilogy this winter.

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    True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
    Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

    When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

    But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

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    Other Books of Note

     

    WarriorWARRIOR (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) by Ellen Oh

    Pub. Date: December 31, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    First an outcast, now a hero.

    But her fight rages on.

    Kira, the yellow-eyed demon slayer who fiercely protected her kingdom—and the crown prince—has been proclaimed the Dragon Musado of the prophecy. With the defeated the evil shaman.

    But it wasn’t enough.

    Hansong is in chaos. The Demon Lord’s minions have infiltrated the city, treason is brewing among the military ranks, and Kira is buried by the overwhelming loss of her parents. She’s also plagued by the annoying feelings that blossom whenever she’s around Jaewon. But she is determined that nothing will stop her from finding the second treasure needed to fulfill the Dragon King’s prophecy. Not even the army of half-breed demons hot on their trail. If only she could learn to trust others…

    Her father always said one person can change the world. Will it be Kira?

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    Ali's Pretty Little LiesALI’S PRETTY LITTLE LIES (Pretty Little Liars #0.5) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: December 31, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Before there was A, there was Alison DiLaurentis. Boys wanted to date her, girls wanted to be her, and somebody wanted her dead. . . .

    It’s the end of seventh grade, and Alison DiLaurentis and her friends are the girls of Rosewood Day. Ali runs her clique with an iron fist, and she’s got enough dirt on Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer to keep them in line. But Ali’s hiding a dark secret of her own, something so huge it would destroy everything if it ever got out. She’s desperate to keep the perfect life she’s worked so hard to build, but in Rosewood deadly secrets have deadly consequences. . . .

    Set in the weeks leading up to Ali’s murder, this special Pretty Little Liars tale is told by the prettiest little liar of all: Ali herself. For the first time ever, we see how the mystery began . . . and how Alison DiLaurentis’s life ended.

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    The Book of LoveTHE BOOK OF LOVE (The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers #2) by Lynn Weingarten

    Pub. Date: December 31, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers has given Lucy everything she thought she wanted. Gone is the poor, innocent girl pining away for a guy who didn’t deserve her and in her place is a fierce, fabulous Heartbreaker with glamorous sisters, an unbreakable heart, and access to magic.

    The only problem is this: Lucy’s floppy-haired, blues-playing best friend Tristan is in pain. And she’s powerless to help him.

    Or is she?

    It’s time for the annual Heartbreaker competition — a chance for Lucy and her sisters to win The Book of Love, an ancient tome containing centuries’ worth of Heartbreaker wisdom, and maybe, just maybe, enough magic to fix Tristan’s heart for good.

    Lucy will do whatever it takes; if it helps her fix her friend, she knows it’s worth it. At least she thinks she knows.

    As Lucy goes deeper into the world of the sisterhood, she learns that even those closest to her have unimaginable secrets, and when it comes to magic, nothing comes without a price . . .

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    OthersphereOTHERSPHERE (Otherkin #3) by Nina Berry

    Pub. Date: December 31, 2013

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    He makes the rules . . .
    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

    Rules are made to be broken . . .
    PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

    Are you ready to play?
    Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

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    Other Releases

    VAMPIRE ACADEMY: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Richelle Mead and Brandon T. Snider

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    I only have three books pre-ordered this week. At least I think that’s the case. It’s very possible that I have WARRIOR on order and/or a few eBook novellas that I didn’t notice were releasing when creating this post. But I guess I’ll find out if that’s true on Tuesday.

    I know for a fact that next week is going to be insane, so I’m glad that this week is just a little bit quieter for releases. And I’m stoked that by December 31st I’ll have read two of the three books I have ordered. Which means there will be just the one book added to the TBR pile this week.

    I don’t think I missed any new releases in last week’s post, but I haven’t had much time to check my Kindle for downloads since I had out-of-town visitors stopping by. But if for some reason I discover an awesome title on my Kindle that I wasn’t aware of that downloaded last week I’ll be sure to mention it in next week’s post.

    Anyway… I hope you have a book or two on your must reads list that releases this week and I hope that you’re just as excited as I am that this week isn’t too crazy given next week’s release schedule.

    And, in case I forget to mention it on Tuesday or Wednesday, I hope that your New Year’s Eve and Day are all sorts of awesome, that you reach your 2013 reading goals, and that you get a few hours to read some amazing books!

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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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    My Reading Pile #146

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    I did not expect to receive any books this past week, so I was completely and totally surprised when one showed up in the mail along with a super lovely note.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received a paperback copy of ECHO IN TIME by C.J. Hill thanks to the amazing team at Katherine Tegen Books for the blog tour I’m on this coming Monday hosted by Fire and Ice. It was totally unexpected since my stop isn’t a review stop.

    And while my Kindle pre-order copy downloaded just the other day, I’m super excited to have this amazing book in print. The cover is awesome. And it will look lovely on my book tower.

    I won’t get the chance to read it prior to my stop on Monday, I don’t think, but I will be sneaking it onto the pile at some point this week because I’m desperate to read it.

    And although I didn’t receive any other review books in the mail or in eGalley format by email, there are a couple titles I’ve had for awhile that I’m just dying to devour. And they are….

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

    (December 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014)

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    The Promise of Amazing

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    First up on the pile is THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine. I received an eARC for review from the publisher, Balzer + Bray, via Edelweiss a few months back and I have been dying to get it on the pile since then. While I didn’t get to read it sooner, and release date is just a few days away, I’m so glad to finally get the chance to get it on the pile.

    I can’t wait to meet Wren and Gray and find out what happens when they meet. I can’t wait to follow along as they fall in love. And I can’t wait to find out if their love story delivers more than just the promise of amazing.

    The description promises a story that is “complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender” and I am so excited to find out if that’s true. While there’s so much to love about this book, I kinda seriously love the fact that the characters meet in an Arthurian-themed eatery. I have a feeling it will set a more than interesting stage.

    While I may not finish reading it prior to release date on Tuesday, I will definitely have this moved off the TBR pile on New Year’s Day. I just have to finish the three books I’m currently reading before I dive in on Monday.

    The Description…

    Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

    Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

    One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

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    Defy

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    Next up on the pile is DEFY by Sara B. Larson. I received an eARC for review courtesy of the publisher, Scholastic Press, via NetGalley and I can’t wait to finally get the chance to read this book I’ve been told is awesome by more than one reviewer whose opinions I trust.

    The description sounds amazing and I am so excited to finally meet Alex and see just how she manages to disguise herself to fit in as a boy in the king’s army. I can’t wait to meet Rylan and Prince Damian, both of whom sound totally swoon-worthy. But most of all I can’t wait to take the journey with them as they embark upon their adventure.

    This story sounds all sorts of epic. And if the writing is as gorgeous as the description promises, I just know I’m going to love, love, love this book. I just hope that this week doesn’t get too OOC so that I can pick it up on Thursday and call it read by Friday, all so that I can ramble about it in next week’s MRP post.

    The Description…

    A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

    Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

    The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read is WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin. I grabbed a review copy on Edelweiss a few weeks back and I have been absolutely desperate to get this on the pile ever since. But as it isn’t slated to release until June 2014 I haven’t been able to justify going off-pile to read it. Even though the title, the cover and the description are seriously, seriously amazing. Even though this sounds like the perfect read for me right about now.

    But the fact that it doesn’t release for months and months means that it can only be a wishful thinking read, no matter how much I want it to be more than that.

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    Those Left Behind

    I managed to read EVERTRUE from last week’s pile, though I’m still debating whether or not I want to share my thoughts. As it is the final book in the series, anything and everything I could possibly say about it would be some level of spoiler-y. Unless, of course, I didn’t talk about Cole or Jack or Nikki. But if I can figure out a way to do just that, I’d have to be so generic that it wouldn’t be me sharing my thoughts but tiptoeing through a minefield. So I’m not sure it would be worth it.

    I am only just now getting the chance to read A BREATH OF FROST, though. So I am a little behind with this title from last week’s pile. But things got busy with the Christmas holiday, family in town for a visit, and going off-pile to read two “back-on-the-pile” reads I’d missed – UNHINGED and AFTERPARTY – and one totally off-pile read – A LITTLE TOO HOT.

    At some point this week I hope to have all four of these titles marked “read” and by the end of the week I hope to add the two books from this week’s pile to the “done” pile. But that, as ever, remains TBD.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    Perhaps it’s due to the holiday week, but when checking NetGalley on Friday for the purposes of finding some titles to include for this post I came up empty. Not one new title was added this week. Which is definitely good for my TBR pile but not so good for this post.

    Hopefully things will be back to normal next week, though I’m glad I didn’t have to fight the urge to request any books this week. It is nice to have a quiet week every once in awhile.

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    Even with family in town and the holidays being somewhat hectic, I am getting back on track with my posts. As always, I never seem to be able to manage to be more than one post away from a post-free day on the blog. But at least I’m able to get those daily posts completed. Now I just need to be able to get back into writing reviews. Or, at the very least, book thoughts posts.

    And maybe someday I’ll be able to get back to writing those short stories I’m super behind on. Or that full-length novel I’d only just begun recently. But I’m not quite there yet. My head is not in the game enough to be able to be that creative.

    Besides… I still have to study for my coastal navigation test and prepare for the next on the water course and exam that’s happening in just three short weeks. I feel like I’ve forgotten everything I’ve learned from the first course, so I want to be able to read the book again before starting on this next course’s textbook.

    I may just have to hold off on the coastal nav test until after that class as I’m not entirely certain I have the brains to be able to accomplish both. And work. And read, review and blog.

    Yeah… probably not. But anyway…

    I hope you have some super awesome books on your pile this week that will take you to the end of the year and into the beginning of the next. With everything that’s been going on IRL for me as of late, I think getting lost in a book is the perfect way to bury 2013 and usher in 2014. But that’s just me.

    Whether you decide to celebrate the new year with a book in hand or whether you opt to wait to embark upon a new adventure until the new year, I wish you a very, very happy reading week ahead. And if you’d like to share your latest bookish finds or the books on your reading pile, just leave a comment with or without a link and I’ll be sure to check it out.

    Happy Reading and Happy (almost) New Year!

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    Book Watch: The Promise of Amazing

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    THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine will be released in the U.S. on December 31, 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.

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    There are a few books I’m really looking forward to that are releasing the week of December 31st, but the book that I’ve been waiting for the longest and am the most curious about is THE PROMISE OF AMAZING. I was first drawn in by the book’s title which is all sorts of awesome, but it was the description that made this book a must read for me.

    I want to meet Wren and Gray and find out whether they are able to figure out just who they are. I want to find out if theirs is a love story with a happy ending. And I really, really want to read about just how they meet as it sounds sweet and funny and with its rather interesting setting as a backdrop it might just be ridiculously charming.

    I love that both characters have completely different stories that lead to the point in time in their lives where they meet, but yet both are looking to change. And I am intrigued about just why their story is deemed “complicated.”

    While THE PROMISE OF AMAZING releases in just under two weeks, I have an early copy to read and I can’t wait to get the chance to do so prior to its release date. And I am hopeful that I will fall as in love with this story as I anticipate I will. I’ve been keeping away from the chatter, so I don’t know its buzzworthiness, but for me, based upon what I’ve read in the description, this story is totally buzzworthy.

    Which is why, although I am totally stoked about the three other books I listed below that I am anxiously awaiting, I chose to put THE PROMISE OF AMAZING in the spotlight this week. A charming, romantic and enchanting love story with a touch of humor is the perfect end-of-the-year read and one that is most definitely worth watching.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s TUMBLR

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

    Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

    One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are three other awesome books releasing the week of December 31st:

    AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler

    THE OFFERING (The Pledge #3) by Kimberly Derting

    WARRIOR (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) by Ellen Oh

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