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    Independent Study Blog Tour: “Character Q&A” Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for INDEPENDENT STUDY hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. THE TESTING was one of my favorite reads in 2013 and INDEPENDENT STUDY is already one of my favorites of 2014.

    This series embodies the best elements of a dystopian novel – an environment that was destroyed by war, a society ruled by what appears to be a democracy but more closely resembles totalitarian leadership, a competition meant to weed out the weakest, the least clever, those who act before thinking, and those with less than desirable traits to serve as leaders.

    It is an exciting and nerve-wracking series with a clever and interesting main character who has to rise to the many challenges she is faced with over and over and over again.

    When I first read THE TESTING I was totally surprised by how much I loved it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this sequel. And it was worth the wait. INDEPENDENT STUDY was every bit as awesome as the first book. It had action a-plenty. Nail-biting suspense. Even more characters who you couldn’t be certain were worthy of Cia’s trust.

    And then there was that ending. Totally unexpected. Shocking. Absolutely killed me. Made me so glad I had GRADUATION DAY, the third and final book in the series on hand.

    Anyway… if I keep gushing about the awesome that is INDEPENDENT STUDY you won’t be awake enough to want to read this fab Q&A conducted by Jaime of Two Chicks on Books with Raffe, a character you’ll get the chance to meet in INDEPENDENT STUDY and get to know even better in the final book in the series.

    While I would have loved to ask him all sorts of questions, he had a very small window of time in which he was available for questioning. And as it was during that time last month that I was out of commission, Jaime so graciously offered to interview him.

    And I’m glad she did, because I don’t know him as well as she does. He is still a bit of a mystery, his motives are questionable, his interest in Cia makes me wary of him. But I trust her to get as many answers out of him as possible in the Q&A which follows immediately below.

    The book details for INDEPENDENT STUDY and places to find it online are below that, along with details for the other books in the series. If you haven’t yet read THE TESTING, you might want to skip this book’s description until you do.

    If you’d like to know more about Author Joelle Charbonneau, her bio along with places to find her online follow after the bookish details.

    The very awesome giveaway that is included on the tour is below that and at the very bottom of this post is the tour schedule with direct links to all the stops.

    Oh and one more thing before I turn the blog over to Jaime and Raffe… I will be chiming in with my thoughts about Raffe’s answers. I just couldn’t resist the chance to do so.

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    Raffe Character Q&A

    Conducted by Jaime of Two Chicks on Books

    Hi Raffe! Jaime here from Two Chicks on Books! Rachel has had some real life stuff going on so I’ll be interviewing you for Fiktshun. (She will definitely have responses to you answers though!) I’m excited to introduce you to Fiktshun’s readers as you’ve become one of my favorite characters in The Testing world! Ok on to my questions…

    Q.

    Tell us a bit about yourself.

    A.

    Well, you probably know who my dad, Rychard Jeffries, is since he’s the head of the Department of Education. Being a government official’s kid can be kind of a drag, but most of the time growing up I didn’t think it was so bad. My father really believes in the University system and pushed me and my sister to study so we could become part of the next generation of leaders. I guess I’m lucky that I like school.

    Fiktshun’s response…

    Being a government official’s kid can be a drag. But it also has a few perks. At least it seems that way. But I totally agree that it’s a good thing you like school. Because failure in Tosu City can have some pretty dire consequences.

    Q.

    What was your first impression of Cia? Do you have a crush on her? (You can tell me it’ll be our little secret *wink* *wink*)

    A.

    Cia? Well, my first impression was that she isn’t like the girls I went to school with. At first I thought it was because she’s from the colonies, and maybe that’s part of it, but there’s something different about her. Maybe because she cares more about doing what’s right than what other people think about her. And I don’t have time for crushes or that kind of thing. Not with the workload I’ve gotten from my professors and this other thing I’m working on. But…maybe if I had time I’d think about her like that. Maybe…

    Fiktshun’s response…

    No time for crushes? Have you taken a look at Cia’s workload? She has time to crush on Tomas and yet you have no time? What is this “other thing” you’re working on? Hmmm… I was totally right to think you are a mystery.

    Q.

    Did you have to go through The Testing?

    A.

    Tosu City students don’t have to sit for The Testing. We have to apply to the University and if our application is accepted we start early studies classes. Once those are over, we take the same early studies exams as the colony kids. Anyone who doesn’t pass gets redirected, and if you think we have it easier, we mostly do. But a larger percentage of Tosu City students get redirected. So, maybe not.

    Fiktshun’s response…

    Is it really a larger percentage or is it just more people because there are more Tosu City students? But if that’s true, wow. I guess going through The Testing has some advantages even if all that happened is a bit of a fuzzy memory for most of its participants.

    Q.

    What do you think of the United Commonwealth?

    A.

    I think it’s amazing that the country has managed to come back from The Seven Stages of War and I’m glad I might get to help make things better in the future? Are things perfect? Hell no, but what is?

    Fiktshun’s response…

    I, too, am quite surprised by the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the people to be able to salvage what they can from what existed before and try to rebuild society, the country, the world, to make it a little bit more habitable.

    Q.

    I hear you’re quite the artist! What is your most favorite painting that you’ve done?

    A.

    My sister must have told you that. Emilie likes to tell people I’m way better painting than I actually am. I guess I do okay painting abstract pictures or scenery and stuff. Emilie really liked the painting I did of the Central Government fountain. But if you want a portrait, my sister’s way better than me.

    Hey – have you talked to Emilie recently? I was just curious.

    Fiktshun’s response…

    I don’t know about Jaime but I have not talked to Emilie. J – have you?

    Q.

    What do you think of Cia’s boyfriend Tomas?

    A.

    I don’t really know him. I guess he’s fine. Boring. But fine.

    Fiktshun’s response…

    Oh, I totally agree that you’re much more interesting than Tomas. I’m curious about what you think about Will, though. He’s also someone I find interesting. Perhaps for different reasons, but interesting nonetheless.

    Q.

    Do you have a favorite subject at the University?

    A.

    Geography. You know, looking at maps of the way the world used to be. It’s scary to see how fast things changed and kind of cool to think we might be able to make the world look like those maps again.

    Fiktshun’s response…

    Huh… I never really saw Geography in that light. You make it sound pretty awesome. And while I haven’t had to live in your version of the world, I’m just wondering if you could make the world on those maps look better than it had before, would you?

    Q.

    What does the symbol on your armband mean?

    A.

    Well, the balanced scales tell people that I’m a Government Studies major. And the coiled spring…who knows. It’s the symbol the admissions team assigned to me after I was accepted. I’m sure they had a reason, but damned if I know what it is.

    Fiktshun’s response…

    No comment. Though I really want to.

    Q.

    What’s your most favorite part of Tosu City?

    A.

    Don’t tell anyone, but I like the Indian Statue in the middle of the river. I think it’s pretty remarkable that it’s still standing after everything that happened. Too bad about the head, though.

    Fiktshun’s response…

    I can’t vouch for Jaime on this, but I promise not to tell anyone. And, yes, that is too bad about the head.

    Q.

    Can you give us any hints about what happens in INDEPENDENT STUDY? The readers are dying to know!

    A.

    A lot of things I never expected happen. That’s for sure. I mean, I’m learning a whole lot more than just what my professors are teaching in the classroom. And what I find out at the end of Independent Study…well, let’s just say I expect things are going to get a whole lot more intense from here on out.

    Fiktshun’s response…

    Coming from Tosu City I’m sure there were quite a few surprises. Though I suppose most of the colony kids were equally surprised. And yeah, intense is saying it mildly. After that ending there’s no way things wouldn’t get a heck of a lot more intense.

    A final word from Jaime

    Thanks so much for answering my questions Raffe!

    A final word from Fiktshun

    Thank you both so much. This Q&A was so much fun. I loved all your questions Jaime and I loved most of your answers Raffe. Of course I’d have loved them all if you’d revealed a little bit more about your thoughts about Cia and weren’t so cryptic about what is in store for readers in the third and final full-length book in the series.

    Okay… if I’m being honest here, what I’m really saying is that I would love to know how everything ends. I guess I should step away from the computer and find out for myself. See you in just a few, Raffe.

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    About Independent Study

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    Description…

    In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization.

    In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger.

    But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

    Series: The Testing #2
    Release Date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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    Other Books in the Series

    The Testing GuideTitle: THE TESTING GUIDE (The Testing #0.5)
    Release Date: May 1, 2013
    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 46
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    It’s an honor to be chosen for The Testing. But it’s not enough to pass The Testing. Cia will have to survive it.

    The Testing Guide is the short story prequel to The Testing, the first novel in the stunning and epic Testing Trilogy.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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    The TestingTitle: THE TESTING (The Testing #1)
    Release Date: June 4, 2013
    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

    The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

    Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.

    But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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    Graduation DayTitle: GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3)
    Release Date: June 3, 2014
    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?

    She wants to put an end to the Testing
    In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.

    But she can’t do it alone.
    This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves–and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

    Who can Cia trust?
    The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope–in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau’s epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it’s Graduation Day.

    The Final Test is the Deadliest!

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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    About Joelle Charbonneau

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    Ever since I can remember I loved telling stories. As I grew up, I started performing those stories on the stage. Creating vivid characters and singing wonderfully complex songs were my passion. I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and then continued onto DePaul University for my Masters Degree in Opera Performance. From there I went onto perform across the Chicagoland area in a variety of Operas, Operettas and Musicals. I also started teaching acting classes and private voice lessons to pass my passion along to the next generation.

    Not exactly the path you’d expect a writer to take.

    I’d never dreamed of writing a novel. But I loved to read. Then one day I had an idea and I started to write. I found my passion for creating characters lived on the page as well as the stage. It is my hope that the characters I’ve created resonate with you and make you smile.

    I still teach voice lessons and sing for the occasional professional event. But the rest of my time is spent with my husband and son while dreaming up new and interesting stories. I hope that someday I hear yours.

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    The Giveaway

    This tour includes an amazing tour-wide giveaway…

    3 INDEPENDENT STUDY Prize Packs which include – a finished copy of INDEPENDENT STUDY, a GRADUATION DAY ARC, a bracelet, pencil and temporary tattoos. (US Only)

    Giveaway ends January 11th.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Dec. 30th – My Guilty Obsession – Review

    Dec. 31st – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Interview

    Jan. 1st – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post

    Jan. 2nd – Hannah Reads Books – Review

    Jan. 3rd – K-Books – Review

    Week Two

    Jan. 6th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

    Jan. 7th – Parajunkee’s View – Interview

    Jan. 8th – Jenna Does Books – Review

    Jan. 9th – The Book Cellar – Guest Post

    Jan. 10th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2013

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    Today is the first of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours each day for the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

    I read a ton of awesome books this year. Many from the same series by the same author. But as I was trying so very hard to keep my list to just ten, I decided to choose only one book from each series, even if I read multiple books in a particular series that I thought were amazing.

    And I couldn’t list all my favorite reads this year since one or two of them were a secret. Nor could I list all the 2013 releases I love, love, loved since I read some of them in 2012. But I’m not too sad about that, because reading them last year made creating this list just a little bit easier.

    There were also a few books I loved in 2013 that were not YA. But in keeping with my typical YA only “best” list, I didn’t include them in this post. Though I plan on posting my non-YA favorites on The Annex. Yes, I’m cheating just a little… as usual. But I just can’t seem to help myself.

    Anyway…

    It took me ages to narrow my list down from my original picks and to keep my “honorable mentions” to only four titles, just like last year. But after much hair pulling and nail-biting I was able to get it done.

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    The Best I’ve Read in 2013

    1.

    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    As sad as I was to see this series end, I still couldn’t help falling madly in love with this last installment. It was heartbreaking and nerve-wracking and exciting and heartwarming and I loved every single minute of the read.

    I especially loved the fact that I was able to become intrigued by a brand new character, that the story wasn’t rushed and that the ending didn’t leave me feeling like something was missing. It was the perfect ending to an amazing series and I couldn’t have loved it any more than I did.

    2.

    Endless Knight

    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles are completely and totally amazing. They are so my kind of books. From beginning to end in both books in this series I was utterly riveted.

    And while I didn’t think it was possible, this second book in the series was even more exciting than the first. It was darker, it was hotter, it was all sorts of sexy. The lore was fascinating. And it made me fall head-over-heels in love with Death just like I hoped it would.

    To say that I am dying for the next installment in this series would be a major understatement.

    3.

    Through the Zombie Glass

    THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I read both books in this series in 2013 and absolutely loved both of them. They were unputdownable reads and I couldn’t have been more surprised by the fact that I fell so completely in love with zombie books that gave a nod to Alice in Wonderland.

    Gena Showalter was incredibly creative with her stories. She did not skimp on the action. It was edge-of-your-seat exciting. And the love story was angst-filled and twisty-turny to the max.

    And as I opted to choose just one of the two books in this series as a favorite, I had to select the one that absolutely killed me in the best possible way.

    4.

    The Eternity Cure

    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I did not expect to love the Blood of Eden series more than I loved the author’s faerie books. But oh my gosh I couldn’t help myself. Dystopia and vampires are an unexpected combination but one that the author made work so amazingly well.

    The characters, the epic journey, the killer cliffhanger all worked together to make this one of my favorite books and not simply a 2013 favorite. I’m talking all-time favorite.

    5.

    Crash Into You

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I fell under Katie McGarry’s spell in 2013. She is a fan-freaking-tastic writer and her Pushing the Limits series is one of my very most favorite contemporary YA series.

    I read all three books in this series, plus the novella, in 2013, which made it very hard to choose only one of the books for my top ten list. But I had to choose Isaiah and Rachel’s story, even though I adored Noah and Echo’s story so, so much.

    Perhaps it was getting to know and love Isaiah before reading his story that made me love it that much more. Or perhaps it’s simply just that Isaiah is amazing. But whatever the reason, it is my favorite of the series and it’s definitely one of my favorite reads from 2013.

    6.

    Afterglow

    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I was devastated to see this series end. The world that Karsten Knight created was so unique and fascinating and exciting. The characters were lovable and detestable and completely and totally kick-a**. And this final installment in the series was just as phenomenal as its predecessors.

    And that ending. Oh. My. Gosh. That ending. While I can’t talk about that ending, I will just say that it gives me hope. For a certain character. Oh the possibilities.

    7.

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    STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I was so glad that I got the chance to read both books in The Cahill Witch Chronicles this year. I was completely surprised by how much I loved each of the books. They are not stories in my typical go-to genre and yet both books are among my most favorites.

    I couldn’t help but fall in love with the story, the setting, the characters. It’s a totally addictive read and one that’s definitely re-read worthy. Though even after a re-read, it’s no easier to have to wait for the next installment in the series. This I know all too well.

    8.

    The Beautiful and the Cursed

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Yet another unexpected favorite on my list is Page Morgan’s THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. If someone told me that I could fall in love with a gargoyle I would have totally rolled my eyes at them. I might have even told them that they were crazy. I would have definitely thought it.

    Well, this author made me not only fall in love with a gargoyle, but her story about them. The sequel is one of my most anticipated reads for 2014. And the wait is killing me.

    9.

    While You're Away

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    I read this book in its serialized format, with just a few chapters available to read in one sitting. It was exquisite torture. This story was tantalizing and nerve-wracking and beautiful and nerve-wracking – yes I said it twice, but it needed to be said two times… if not more.

    I was made to root for a love story that I never would have thought I’d cheer for. I was made to wish and hope for a happily ever after for two characters who, at first, I didn’t think deserved one. I was anxious, I was fearful, I was tentatively hopeful and at times I was even sad. But I was keeping my fingers crossed the entire time for the slim chance that things would work out.

    10.

    A Touch Menacing

    A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    Leah Clifford’s Touch Trilogy is one of my favorite series of all time. It’s so very different from anything I’ve ever read. It’s very dark. It is full of surprises. Shocking surprises. Devastating surprises. But it is wicked, wicked awesome.

    The end of this final installment in the series left me in tears. And, no, I won’t say whether they’re happy or sad tears. But if you have read this book or you’ve read any of the books in this series by this author I think you will know exactly what kind of tears there were.

    This last book was non-stop action, with more than a few punches to the face. I couldn’t devour it fast enough. It was that epic. And if I didn’t think it could get any better, the unpublished epilogue made this book that much more off-the-charts amazing for me. Holy-freaking-wow.

    Other Books I Love, Love, Loved

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    SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins

    Exciting. Sexy as heck. Captivating from start to finish. Delicious. An absolute must.

    The Testing

    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

    Gripping. Surprising. Totally addictive. A total stand-out.

    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

    Magical. Enchanting. Captivating. Epic. Fan-freaking-tastically good.

    Pivot Point

    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

    Intriguing. Nerve-wracking. Unputdownable. Amazing.

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    I tried to keep my rambling to a minimum when it came to my top ten picks for 2013. But I may have gone on just a little longer than I’d planned. Oh well…

    But I just couldn’t help myself. They are my favorite reads this year… well, most of them. There are a few others…

    I will try to be a lot less wordy in the rest of the posts this week, but when it comes to favorite reads I always feel the need to go on… and on… and on.

    But now that I’m done I can’t wait to check out what your favorite reads are, so be sure to leave a link to your posts or Goodreads shelf in the Linky List that follows just below the giveaways.

    The Giveaways

    We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

    There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

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    Authors Are Rockstars Tour Kicks Off + Giveaway

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    We are so unbelievably thrilled to kick off the first day of the 2nd Annual Authors Are Rockstars Tour here on our blogs Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    This year’s event is even more packed full of awesome than last year’s event, with 166 authors on tour throughout the month of August. We’re super excited to welcome back many of last year’s favorites and get a chance to put a number of new participants in the spotlight.

    The tour will officially begin in three hours where we’ll be hosting the first of our authors – Rachel Vincent (at Fiktshun), Page Morgan (at Two Chicks on Books) and Andrea Cremer (at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads).

    As these three authors are some of our very most favorites, we are incredibly honored to be able to host them on our blogs and share with our readers just why we think they’re rockstars.

    When we kicked off the event last year we had just 96 participating authors, but by the tour’s end we had 102. So it’s still possible that there may be some new adds along the way again this year.

    Most days will have either five or six authors being hosted. Some days even have seven. Only the first and last days of the month will spotlight just three authors on our blogs.

    If you’d like to check out the full schedule, CLICK HERE or click the button in the sidebar.

    The month will feature some amazing guest posts and interviews by the rockstar authors on tour. Some blog hosts will even be sharing reviews along with their posts. There are also a number of awesome giveaways being hosted thanks to the authors, publishers or blog hosts. So you won’t want to miss any of the stops on tour this month.

    At every stop the blog host will be talking a little bit about why they think their author is a rockstar and we can’t wait to find out just what they have to say. While we get a chance to peek at most of the authors’ posts, what the bloggers say will be a complete surprise.

    Once again the generosity of the amazing team at Harlequin Teen is astounding. And we cannot thank them enough for supporting every single one of their authors on this tour.

    We are also so very grateful to each of the authors who have donated their time to be a part of this event. Without them we wouldn’t even have an event. And we want to give an extra thanks to those who have offered up something for giveaway as it is above and beyond anything we’d asked for.

    And last, but definitely not least, we want to thank the bloggers who will be hosting the authors throughout the month. Their participation in this event is an integral part of why this is such a success and we are so very honored that they’ve signed up to be a part of our tour.

    But in order to kick this event off right we are once again hosting a few month-long giveaways. This year, however, we’ve decided to host each of the giveaways on our respective sites. So if you want to enter to win what’s up for grabs by Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, you’ll have to check out their kick-off posts.

    But to give just a tease of what Jaime at Two Chicks on Books is offering, think late summer/early fall ARCs. And yes, there will be swag. You can check out her giveaway, HERE.

    Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads also has some amazing ARCs for giveaway. To check out what she has up for grabs, CLICK HERE.

    And if you want to know what I have for giveaway… well… just keep scrolling down for the pics and the deets.

    Thank you so much for stopping by to help kick off the 2nd Annual Authors Are Rockstars Tour. If you’re looking to check out the first three authors on tour be sure to come back at Midnight, Pacific!

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    What’s Up for Grabs

    There are a total of FIVE (5) giveaway prize packs up for grabs.

    — A SIGNED copy of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US & Int’l

    — A SIGNED copy of UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US & Int’l

    — A SIGNED copy of JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman + Authors Are Rockstars sticks and random swag – US & Int’l

    — A SIGNED set of the UNRAVELING series by Elizabeth Norris + Extra Content Booklet (unsigned) + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US ONLY

    — A SIGNED copy of THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau AND a SIGNED copy of THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancey + Authors Are Rockstars stickers and random swag – US ONLY

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    The Deets

    — You must be 13 or older to enter

    — There will be FIVE WINNERS

    — 3 Signed Book Giveaways are US + International, 2 Signed Book Giveaways are US ONLY

    — You can enter each of the giveaways via their respective Rafflecopter forms

    — ALL giveaways end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on August 31, 2013

    — ANY entry that looks suspect will be removed from the giveaway

    — Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter

    — Winners will be announced on Friday, September 6, 2013 and notified by email

    — Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details or prizes will be forfeit

    There are no hoops for the giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment as to why you think the author whose book you want to win in the giveaway is a rockstar. All other entries are optional, including the daily Tweet!

    Good luck in the giveaways and I hope that you enjoy the Authors Are Rockstars Tour this month!

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    Review: The Testing

    The Testing

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    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau was released in the U.S. on June 4, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE TESTING is the first book in a new series by author Joelle Charbonneau of the same name. The second book in the series, INDEPENDENT STUDY, is slated for release on January 7, 2014 and a short prequel story, THE TESTING GUIDE, was released on May 1, 2013.

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    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

    The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

    Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.

    But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

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    Joelle Charbonneau’s THE TESTING is an imaginative, clever and edge-of-your-seat exciting first book in a new series set in a dystopian future where the best and the brightest of its youth are tested for their potential to lead. It is a story that takes a well-worn idea and makes it feel new and one that brings nail-biting suspense to the page.

    Filled with deadly challenges that not everyone is meant to survive, characters whose motivations can’t be trusted and surprise after surprise that will keep the pages turning, this book is a fantastic addition to the genre.

    When graduation day comes and goes and Cia Vale is not chosen as a candidate for the Testing, when no one from Five Lakes is, she’s not sure what to do with the rest of her life. All her efforts, all her studying, was pointless if she wouldn’t at least get a chance to attend the University and continue her education.

    So when the Tosu City official arrives the next day and tells her that she and three of her classmates have been chosen, she is ecstatic. Even if her happiness is bittersweet because it means she might never get to see her family again.

    But when her father reveals that there might be something more to the Testing, something sinister, and that no one should be trusted, her happiness quickly turns to unease. And if there are at most twenty candidates that will pass the tests and move on to University, then she will need to stay sharp, think smart, heed her father’s advice to trust no one and hope that it will be enough.

    Because if the Testing is more than what it seems, then she doesn’t want to find out what will happen to those that fail.

    Author Joelle Charbonneau created a fascinating and chilling world where every move is watched, every action monitored and every decision must be questioned. She introduced a broad array of characters who keep the story interesting and who will keep readers guessing as to their trustworthiness. She takes readers on a thrilling adventure with her characters through a hostile landscape both inside the Testing facility and in the world outside its doors.

    And she leaves them with a shocking conclusion that will make them anxious for the next installment in the series.

    THE TESTING is an absolutely riveting read. With a series of tests that make this story nerve-wracking for both readers and characters alike, a strong, intelligent, kind and caring heroine who readers will want to see succeed, and the promise of secrets that will be uncovered in a future book in the series, this first installment is a must.

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    On a personal note…

    Oh. My. Gosh. I love, love, loved THE TESTING. I so did not expect to love it. Even though everyone I knew who read it loved it, I totally thought I wouldn’t be one of those readers.

    I thought that I would like this book. The description was intriguing. But I’ve read so many stories that involved characters being put through some kind of test, characters whose lives would depend on them beating the other characters. And I was so sure that this story would come up short.

    But it did not. At all. This story grabbed me. Immediately. I connected instantly with Cia. I loved the world the author created. I couldn’t wait to see what the tests were. And I couldn’t wait to see who passed those tests.

    It never ceases to amaze me how stories based upon similar concepts or built with familiar frameworks can be so very different from one another. Where some stories give a feeling of deja vu, others feel unique. Where some feel tired, others are fresh and exciting. And where some don’t even approach the bar set by those that came before it, others meet it or surpass it. THE TESTING is part of the latter group.

    Not for one second was I bored. Not for a moment did I feel like I was reading something that had already been done a thousand times before. The author transported me into her world with her story and characters and it felt completely new.

    From the moment I picked this book up I did not want to put it down. I could not wait to find out what happened, if Cia made the cut, if Tomas did. I couldn’t wait to learn who could be trusted and who couldn’t.

    I would never have imagined that a story with such a generic title and with a cover that would not have caught my eye on the shelf could be so entertaining. I could not have imagined how much it killed me to reach the story’s end and not have the next book in the series to read.

    Of course that ending ensured that I would be left in a state of sheer torment. And that peek into the sequel did not help. At all.

    This story was a super fast and easy read. It kept me engaged from word one. And while I did have a question that pestered me for a large portion of the book about the purpose of the testing, an answer was given not one page after I was so sure it would never be answered.

    I’m still so curious about how those in power chose the winners, whether they were just a tiny bit sadistic or if there was real legitimacy to their decisions. But as there was a foundation laid for this in this first book in the series, I have a feeling there will be more about it in the next book, INDEPENDENT STUDY.

    I love that the main character, Cia, was clever. I love that she took the time to think about her actions. I love that she didn’t just blindly rely upon Tomas. And I love that she managed to prove herself worthy even though she had a huge advantage over the other competitors due to the information she received from her father.

    I have placed a huge question mark over one of the characters in this story – no I will not say who. But I am hoping that I’ll have an answer about them one way or another in the next book. And I was wary about every single one of them except for Cia and Michal. Though I have a few questions about him, too.

    To say I’m dying to read the next book in this series would be a huge understatement. THE TESTING was all sorts of awesome and I just know the next book will be too. I was more than surprised by this book. I was delighted, enchanted, riveted. And I am madly in love with it.

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    I really wanted to include one of the more romantic passages or one that involved one of the tests. But as both would be quite spoiler-y, I thought I’d include this one which reveals a little bit about Michal and a bit more about the testing process.

    “Here.” Michal hands me the bag marked with my symbol. “Make sure you don’t let it out of your sight.” He says this in a low, quiet voice. His gaze locks with mine. There is no smile or amusement in his eyes. He is serious. I am to keep my few possessions with me no matter what.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #127

    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 4th-June 10th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Elegy

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    ELEGY by Tara Hudson releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    ELEGY is the third and final book in author Tara Hudson’s Hereafter trilogy.

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    I’m both happy and sad that ELEGY is releasing this week. I have been waiting for its release to get caught up on the series. But now that it has, I’m not sure I’m ready for it to end.

    I did end up reading the description – I couldn’t help myself – and it makes me nervous that maybe Amelia and Joshua won’t get their happily ever afterlife after all. The description mentions “impossible choices” and fighting back, so I’m still going to hold out hope for them both.

    I adored the first book in this series, I thought there was a sweetness to it, an innocence, and I cannot wait to find out how this series ends… well, just as soon as I’m able to make myself say goodbye, that is.

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    Phoenix

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    PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 368 pages.

    PHOENIX is the second book in author Elizabeth Richards’ Black City trilogy. The third and final book, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I only recently read BLACK CITY and I loved the world the author created with the Darklings and Purian Rose. And I loved that the story switched POVs between Ash and Natalie.

    I’d hoped to read PHOENIX before its release, but wasn’t able to, but I will definitely be reading it this week. Because I really want to know what happens after that shocking finish to book one.

    The description promises an even darker book than the first. And things in the United Sentry States definitely seem to have gotten more chaotic. But what makes me the most anxious is that it talks of a heartbreaking love story.

    So, of course, I cannot wait to read this middle book in the trilogy.

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    The Elementals

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    THE ELEMENTALS by Saundra Mitchell releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 304 pages.

    THE ELEMENTALS is the third book in author Saundra Mitchell’s The Vespertine series.

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    I loved Saundra Mitchell’s THE VESPERTINE. And while I am not quite caught up on this series there is no way I wouldn’t add THE ELEMENTALS to my collection this week.

    I love how each book in this series involves a new main character. And I cannot wait to meet Kate Witherspoon in this book… and Julian Birch.

    I’m curious to see exactly what their powers entail and how they manage to “triumph over death, and over time.” And I’m even more curious to find out what price they’ll have to pay.

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    The Testing

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    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE TESTING is the first book in author Joelle Charbonneau’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, INDEPENDENT STUDY, is slated for release on January 7, 2014. A prequel novella, THE TESTING GUIDE, was released in April.

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    I hadn’t heard of THE TESTING until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books told me I had to read it and that it was a must read book. As I hadn’t had an early copy I took her advice and pre-ordered it without actually having read the description.

    But now that I have I’m super excited to own it and even more excited to read it. I love the idea that in this future friends could just as easily be enemies and that the planet is a “charred wasteland.”

    I love that there are a “chosen few” who must pass a test in order to have the chance at a promising future but that this test might have a darker side. And I can’t wait to meet Cia and Tomas and find out whether Cia chooses “love without truth or life without trust.”

    I am now so intrigued by this description I might just have to try and sneak it in later this week.

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    Siege and Storm

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    SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

    SIEGE AND STORM is the second full-length book in author Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha series. The third book, RUIN AND RISING, is slated for release in 2014. There are currently three novellas in this series: THE WITCH OF DUVA, THE TAILOR and THE TOO-CLEVER FOX.

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    I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series. I even had my hands on an early copy of SIEGE AND STORM due to a trade but passed it on when I knew I wouldn’t get to read the first book in the series before its release.

    But I definitely plan on reading this series – I own book one already – so I just had to purchase this second book in the series for when I do get the chance to dive in.

    This series sounds epic and a bit different from many of the books I typically read. But I am so very curious to meet Alina and Mal and see what being a Sun Summoner means and just what Alina’s destiny is.

    The description mentions a choice between country, power and love and I can’t wait to find out which one Alina chooses in this second book.

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    Tidal

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    TIDAL by Amanda Hocking releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

    TIDAL is the third book in author Amanda Hocking’s Watersong series. The fourth and final full-length book, ELEGY, is slated for release on August 6, 2013.

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    I am super stoked that TIDAL releases today. I had it pre-ordered for my Kindle but I can’t wait for the print edition to be delivered so that it can join the first two books on my book towers.

    I already rambled on quite a bit in my Book Watch post the other week, so I won’t go on and on here. This post is long enough already. But I will just say it sounds like things for Gemma are getting even more dangerous and dire so I can’t wait to find out what happens.

    Though I may read it closer to the release of ELEGY this August, so I won’t have to suffer from a potential cliffhanger ending.

    And I just have to add that this is my favorite cover of the series so far. It seems so much darker than its predecessors, which makes me just a little bit nervous about the direction of this third book.

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    The Keep

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    THE KEEP by Veronica Wolff releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE KEEP is the fourth book in author Veronica Wolff’s The Watchers series.

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    I only recently learned that THE KEEP was releasing this week so I ran to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle. I am majorly behind on this series but I own every single book and definitely plan on reading them all in a marathon read one of these days.

    While I’m not caught up on this series I have read each and every one of the descriptions – I just couldn’t help myself – and I can’t wait to read this installment. It talks of vengeance, deceits and a castle from which the living don’t return.

    It also mentions that there may be someone else out for revenge other than Drew. Someone after her.

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    Abandon

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    ABANDON by Elana Johnson releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 464 pages.

    ABANDON is the third book in author Elana Johnson’s Possession series.

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    I have not yet met Vi, Jag and Zenn but I own all the books in this series and I’m so excited to meet them all now that ABANDON has released. And having read the description for this third book in the series, I think it may be the most exciting one yet.

    I’m so very curious who the traitor is and if his choices bring about the “total destruction” of what Vi has fought for. And I’m super curious to see if Vi, Jag and Zenn are able to work together to help the Resistance.

    I seriously love the first three lines of the description. If I hadn’t been sold on this series already, they would have won me over. And they make me even more anxious to read each book and find out whether Vi, Jag and Zenn are successful or if their efforts end in failure.

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    Soul Taken

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    SOUL TAKEN by Katlyn Duncan releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online in eBook format at AMAZON.

    The eBook is published by Carina.

    SOUL TAKEN is the first book in author Katlyn Duncan’s The Life After trilogy.

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    I very recently learned of SOUL TAKEN by Katlyn Duncan. But with its amazing cover and interesting premise I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. And I’m super excited to read it.

    Even though it’s the first book in the series, because it’s releasing in eBook format only, I won’t have to wait ages for the next installment. Which makes me very, very happy. Because I do not love waiting.

    However, I do love the idea that Maggie is a Soul Collector who gets caught in the body of a “mean girl.” I am super curious to see just what life will be like for her in the human world, whether she’ll be able to save the girl’s soul and whether she’ll be able to free her own.

    Other Books of Note

    Not a YA title (I pre-ordered)
    Gameboard of the Gods

    GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Dutton Adult

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    An eNovella (I pre-ordered)

    A Dawn Most Wicked

    A DAWN MOST WICKED (Something Strange and Deadly #0.5) by Susan Dennard

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    PODs

    PODs by Michelle Pickett

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Moon and More

    THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Impossibility of Tomorrow

    THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TOMORROW (Incarnation #2) by Avery Williams

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    You Look Different In Real Life

    YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE by Jennifer Castle

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    When You Were Here

    WHEN YOU WERE HERE by Daisy Whitney

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Wall

    THE WALL by William Sutcliffe

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Confderates Don't Wear Couture

    CONFEDERATES DON’T WEAR COUTURE (Pilgrims #2) by Stephanie Kate Strohm

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Graphia

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Style: "Porcelain vivid"

    OVER YOU by Amy Reed

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Stormbringers

    STORMBRINGERS (Order of Darkness #2) by Philippa Gregory

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Compliance

    COMPLIANCE (Dust Chronicles #2) by Maureen McGowan

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Tides

    TIDES by Betsy Cornwell

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Academy Game On

    THE ACADEMY: GAME ON by Monica Seles and James LaRosa

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dusk

    DUSK by Eve Edwards

    Pub. Date: June 6, 2013

    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.

    (AMAZON)

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    Letting Ana Go

    LETTING ANA GO by Anonymous

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Insomnia

    INSOMNIA (The Night Walkers #1) by J.R. Johansson

    Pub. Date: June 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Gloss

    GLOSS by Marilyn Kaye

    Pub. Date: June 6, 2013

    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    (AMAZON)

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    Underneath

    UNDERNEATH by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

    Pub. Date: June 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Previously self-published

    Breathe

    BREATHE (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Reprint Edition

    Sun-Kissed

    SUN-KISSED (Beach Lane #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Reprint Edition

    Crazy-Hot

    CRAZY-HOT (Beach Lane #4) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This week is more than insane with the number of books releasing. I am not going to say much here as I think I’ve already said more than enough already. But I’m super excited to read Richelle Mead’s new novel and check out Susan Dennard’s eNovella, both of which I pre-ordered.

    And I’m likely going to end up purchasing Sarah Dessen’s THE MOON AND MORE, Avery Williams’ THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TOMORROW and Jennifer Castle’s YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE.

    Though I’m glad I didn’t pre-order them or I would never have finished putting together this post. And I’m not sure my Kindle could have handled all the downloads if I had. It was struggling enough when my books started downloading last night. But I’m one second away from clicking the links to buy those titles right now.

    I am hopeful I didn’t miss anything releasing this week. Amazon has been a little sketchy lately and I’m not sure I caught every title. But I didn’t forget any of the ones I had pre-ordered… at least I think I didn’t.

    But if there are a few awesome books releasing this week that I missed or ones that I did find that you can’t wait to read, I’d love know.

    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: May

    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 that released – or are releasing – in May, a peek at a few of those coming out in June and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at a few authors talking about their books.

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    Reboot by Amy Tintera

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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    If I Should Die by Amy Plum

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Icons by Margaret Stohl

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    Mystic by Alyson Noël

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (Alyson Noel)

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    The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    The End Games by T. Michael Martin

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (T. Michael Martin)

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    Parallel by Lauren Miller

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (Lauren Miller)

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    Five Summers by Una LaMarche

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (fivesummersbook)

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    The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (Mette Harrison)

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    All I Need by Susan Colasanti

    Release date: May 21, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Night School by C.J. Daugherty

    Release date: May 21, 2013

    (nightschoolbook)

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    Dare You To by Katie McGarry

    Release date: May 28, 2013

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    For just a peek at what’s coming in June and beyond….

    Elegy by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

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    The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    The Academy: Game On by Monica Seles

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

    Release date: June 11, 2013

    (RandomBooks)

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    Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

    Release date: July 23, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

    Release date for Emerald Green: October 8, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

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

    Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

    Release date: March 26, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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    Stung by Bethany Wiggins

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 1 of 3

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 2 of 3

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 3 of 3

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    Taken by Erin Bowman

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

    Release date: April 18, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter

    Release date: April 23, 2013

    (Christie Craig)

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    The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (harlequinbooks)

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    The Program by Suzanne Young

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders) – the authors talk about their recently released book

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    The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (RandomBooks) – the author talks about her desert island books

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    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders) – the author talks about her soon to be released book

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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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