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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #45

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

    These are books for the week of November 8th-November 14th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011 in hardcover and eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I had first heard of this book when I received an early copy through a trade with another blogger. I passed it along  when I realized I wouldn’t get to it before release date, but I did pre-order it for my Kindle.

    As a child I enjoyed reading Little Women, so when I heard that this author wrote a modern twist on this classic about a girl who, when working on an assignment about the book, ends up getting transported into the story, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun.

    It’s been years since I read the original, and I can’t wait to revisit the story, especially with a new character added to the mix.

    Goodreads description:

    Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister.

    So when she gets an assignment to describe what she’d change about a classic novel, Emily pounces on Little Women. After all, if she can’t change things in her own family, maybe she can bring a little justice to the March sisters. (Kill off Beth? Have cute Laurie wind up with Amy instead of Jo? What was Louisa May Alcott thinking?!)

    But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the world of the book, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won’t be easy. And after being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, it may be Emily-not the four March sisters-who undergoes the most surprising change of all.

    Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s winning confection will appeal to fans of Little Women as well as anyone who enjoys a modern twist on an old favorite.

     Fetching by Kiera Stewart releases November 8, 2011 in the U.S.

    Find it here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Prized, Birthmarked #2 by Caragh M. O’Brien releases November 8, 2011 in the U.S.

    Find it here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries Vol. 4: The Ripper by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec releases November 8, 2011 in the U.S.

    Find it here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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    I only have one book pre-ordered this week, which I suppose is a good thing since it means less for the TBR pile and a much smaller hit to my wallet. There aren’t too many books releasing this month that I have pre-ordered but most of them are absolutely amazing books I’ve been dying to read for a really long time.

    I hadn’t heard much about the Birthmarked series by Caragh M. O’Brien until I created my Extras post the other day, but it looks really interesting, so I may have to pick up the first book in the series to find out.

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

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

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    The Extras: October & November

    Yes we’re back with this month’s and last month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

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

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

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

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    I know I’m a month late with this post, so I’m doing one LONG post combining this month and last month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff!

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    November Peeks

    Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.

    Kiss of Frost is the second full-length book in the Mythos Academy series by the author. Dark Frost, the third book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    This sounds like an exciting series. Gwen Frost is a warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, a school for “myths, magic and warrior whiz kids.” In this sequel, Gwen is in her second year and there is a new mystery or two to solve. It seems two people – an invisible archer and a Reaper – want Gwen dead. And she’ll have to team up with Logan Quinn in order to figure out how to stop them and hopefully survive.

    To get a peek at Chapter One from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Legend by Marie Lu will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.

    Legend is the first book in a new dystopian series by the debut author, set in a militaristic nation, now occupying the western portion of the United States.

    The story revolves around June, who is from a well-to-do family, and Day, who is not. Day becomes the suspect in June’s brother’s murder and she is seeking vengeance against his killer. With a description that promises “nonstop action, suspense, and romance,” Legend looks to be an exciting read.

    To get an early peek from the series website, CLICK HERE. And to read an excerpt from Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie will be released in the U.S. on November 22, 2011.

    Unleashed is the first book in the new Wolf Springs Chronicles by the authors.

    This new series sounds absolutely intriguing. Katelyn McBride is sent to live in the small town of Wolf Springs, nestled in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The town’s secrets are centuries-old and “sinister” according to the description and Katelyn is the catalyst for some sort of change – for good or bad we do not know.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE. To listen to (or download) an audio excerpt, CLICK HERE.

    The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    The premise of The Future of Us is absolutely fascinating. This story takes readers to back 1996 when fewer than half of high schoolers in the U.S. had used the Internet. Emma gets her first computer and she and her best friend Josh log on to find themselves on Facebook in 2011. Like the title says, they get a glimpse at their future selves and it will be exciting to see what it holds for these two characters.

    The authors wrote alternating chapters, according to Carolyn Mackler’s website. She wrote Emma’s first draft and he wrote Josh’s. Then they swapped and edited each other’s work. It sounds like an exciting concept where two different voices are made cohesive through the editorial process and I’m excited to see just how well it all comes together.

    To read an excerpt on Carolyn Mackler’s website, CLICK HERE.

    To access the App on Facebook for all sorts of exclusive content, CLICK HERE. (Requires a FB account.)

    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    Shatter Me is the first book in a new dystopian/paranormal series by debut author Tahereh Mafi.

    I normally give a little summary based on the Goodreads description for each book. But I’ve read Shatter Me and I loved, loved, loved it, so I first have to say, just read the excerpt. You won’t be disappointed. This book is written so unbelievably beautifully. Any description won’t do it justice.

    If you must know the basics and believe me, they don’t even touch on the amazing-ness of this book, Shatter Me is being called a dystopian novel with a paranormal twist. The Reestablishment has imprisoned Juliette for murder. Her touch is lethal and because of that she’s been in isolation for a very long time. After being in captivity for so long, without any human contact, they decide that her deadly touch could be an asset. She could be their weapon. And Shatter Me is Juliette’s story.

    To get a sneak peek at chapter one on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    The Pledge by Kimberly Derting will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    The Pledge is a dystopian novel set in Ludania, a violent country where language determines class. The main character Charlaina has the ability to understand all languages, which in Ludania can be very dangerous. And from the description, life in Ludania is harsh and its citizens are fearful, but Charlie seems to be the key to ousting the “oppressive” leadership and changing things for everyone.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    The Ripper: The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries novel and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries television show, will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.

    The Ripper is the fourth volume of Stefan’s Diaries and interestingly, its release corresponds to the appearance of Stefan as “The Ripper” on this season’s show, although this book is about the original serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

    This installment takes readers to London in 1888 where Stefan is drawn to the investigation that follows Jack the Ripper, the famous serial killer, and Stefan thinks the killer is a vampire and someone he knows.

    To take a peek inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.

    Prized is the second book in the Birthmarked series by the author. Birthmarked was the author’s debut novel.

    The second book in this dystopian series follows sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone as she leaves the Enclave and heads out into the wasteland. She’s is captured by another society, where the women outnumber the men, whose rules state that kissing is a crime. And from the description it seems that in order to be reunited with her sister, she must follow their rules and not her heart.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One, courtesy of the publisher, Macmillan, CLICK HERE.

    November Peeks: Already Released

    Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Tiger’s Voyage is the third book in the Tiger’s Curse series by the author. Tiger’s Destiny, the fourth book in the series, and Tiger’s Dream, the fifth book, are both scheduled for release in 2012.

    As I haven’t yet read this series, but own the first two books, I’ve been trying to avoid the Goodreads description for this book. But I did get a glimpse. And it seems that this book will bring Kelsey and the tiger princes closer to breaking the curse.

    To get a long look inside at the first four chapters from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    Reckoning by Lili St. Crow was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Reckoning is the fifth and final book in the Strange Angels series by the author.

    Strange Angels is a favorite series that I’ve fallen quite behind on, so I absolutely will not look at its description on Goodreads. But I know that the first two books in this series, which follows Dru Anderson, a girl with “the touch” who has to constantly battle to survive, were incredibly exciting.

    To get a preview at the first chapter of Reckoning, CLICK HERE.

    Crossed by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Crossed is the second book in the Matched trilogy by the author. The third book, slated for release next year, is currently untitled.

    I have yet to read Matched, but it is in my collection. In this installment, Cassia journeys to the Outer Providences to find Ky and according to the description, she still hasn’t decided about a future with Ky or one with Xander. It also promises that twists and turns can be expected for this sequel in a series I can’t wait to devour.

    To read an excerpt of the first two chapters of Crossed from EW’s Shelf Life,CLICK HERE.

    Last Breath by Rachel Caine was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Last Breath is the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. The twelfth book, Black Dawn, will be released in 2012.

    In this installment, there are three missing vampires and a new arrival in town named Magnus. Claire Danvers is certain that he he isn’t human, but she’s not sure just what he is. Could there be a new paranormal in Morganville?

    Last Breath has already been released, but for those who don’t have it quite yet, but don’t want to wait, CLICK HERE for an excerpt from Penguin’s website.

    Dark Eden by Patrick Carman was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    A sequel, Eve of Destruction, is slated for release on April 24, 2012.

    Seven teens are sent to Fort Eden in a last-ditch attempt to overcome their fears. But while Fort Eden may hold the cure, the price might not be worth paying. And with an unusual twist at the end about just what’s really going on at Fort Eden and a complete multimedia experience to supplement the story, this is definitely worth checking out.

    To get a look inside Dark Eden courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

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    October Peeks

    Since I had so many peeks for November, and the post is getting quite lengthy, for your sanity and mine, I’m only putting in the release date information and the excerpt links for October.

    Most of these books were featured in my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” posts throughout October with a brief summary, as I’ve purchased nearly all of them, so if you really wanted to know more, feel free to check them out in the archives.

    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    The Iron Knight is the fourth and final book in the Iron Fey series by author Julie Kagawa, told from Ash’s perspective.

    To read an excerpt from the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE. (Liking the page may be required to read it.)

    Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    Destined is the ninth full-length book in the House of Night series. The tenth book, Hidden, is scheduled for release in 2012.

    To read or listen to an excerpt from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom created by L.J. Smith was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    Phantom is the first book in the new The Hunters series. Moonsong, Hunters #2, and Eternity, Hunters #3, will be released in 2012.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    To get a long look inside Virtuosity courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Swear by Nina Malkin was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Swear is the sequel to Swoon by author Nina Malkin.

    To get a look inside Chapter One from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third full-length book in the Beautiful Creatures series by the authors.

    A long look inside is available on the book’s website, just CLICK HERE.

    (This excerpt was already included in my September’s Extras post, but just in case you thought I’d forgotten it, because it is an October release, I’ve included it here.)

    Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Dearly, Departed is the first book in the Gone with the Respiration series by author Lia Habel. Dearly, Beloved, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    To get a look inside Dearly, Departed from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Devoted by Hilary Duff was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Devoted is the sequel to Elixir by the author.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Unforsaken is the sequel to Banished by the author.

    To read an excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Deadly Cool is the first book in the new series of the same name by author Gemma Halliday. Social Suicide, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    To read an excerpt online of Chapter One on the author’s website, CLICK HERE. To download the excerpt in PDF format to add to your eReader, also courtesy of the author, CLICK HERE.

    Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Awake at Dawn is the second book in the Shadow Falls series by author C.C. Hunter. The third book in the series, Taken at Dusk will be released in April 2012.

    To get a look at an excerpt from the first chapter courtesy of the publisher Macmillan, CLICK HERE.

    Eve by Anna Carey was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Eve is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Anna Carey. The sequel, Once, is scheduled for release in 2012.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, and DarkDays, CLICK HERE.

    Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Carrier of the Mark is the first book in a new trilogy by this debut author.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Silence is the third book in the Hush, Hush series. A fourth book, yet to be titled, is planned.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE. An audio excerpt is also available, HERE.

    Liesl & Po, a middle grade illustrated novel, written by Lauren Oliver, was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books, CLICK HERE.

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    I have only read a few of the above October and November releases. That’s just how far behind I am with my reading. And I haven’t checked out any of the excerpts.

    But I do own most of the books in the above list or have them pre-ordered, so I hope to get to them soon.

    I know I’ve missed quite a few Amazon freebie downloads in this post, but if they’re still available when I do my December Extras post in a few weeks, I’ll add them to that, much shorter list.

    I hope there are a few excerpts for books that you might enjoy. Happy freebie reading!

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    Random Thoughts: My 2011 Top Ten List of Unread Books

    This post can alternatively be titled: My 2011 Unread Books Shame Spiral

    So, I’ll be the first one to admit that I can’t possibly read every single book when it comes out. But, oh, I so want to. However, I usually try to read all of my favorites within a week or two, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. And as more time passes, especially now that my evenings are taken up with blogging, some of my favorite reads are falling farther and farther down my “to be read” list.

    I never thought the day would come when a “can hardly wait” book would end up at least thirty books away from the top of the heap, but it’s happened. And I’m actually kind of devastated.

    When I first started blogging my enthusiasm fueled me and allowed me to pull any number of all-nighters to stay up reading and writing my reviews. Those days feel like a lifetime ago. Somewhere around two o’clock in the morning I crash and no amount of caffeine will keep me awake reading into the wee hours of the night. Or morning as the case may be.

    Of course what prompted this post of shame is the fact that I am sitting here, three weeks after release date and I still haven’t read City of Fallen Angels. I do blame iBooks and their download debacle which has yet to be resolved, but in the end, I am ultimately to blame for not taking the time out to read this book.

    I’ve posted quite a few giveaways, saw the author at both the signing and the RT Convention in Los Angeles, but still haven’t managed to finish the book. And right now, it’s about midway through the second page on my Kindle, and falling fast, as week after week more books download and push it farther away from my watchful eyes.

    But CoFA isn’t the only book that has drifted from my grasp. There are oh so many more that have slipped away – sometimes quietly, sometimes not – but I do feel their loss.

    If I had to go back to November 2010 when I started blogging I don’t think I could create a top ten list, as there would just be too many to choose from. And so I will list just those books released in 2011 that I was so eager to read on release date and yet still haven’t managed to squeeze in the time.

    #10

    Blue Bloods by Kailin Gow is one of the books I was eagerly awaiting. This installment was to be much more action packed than its predecessor and I couldn’t wait for its release. I’m sad to say it is still waiting a read.

    #9

    Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard was also a book I wanted to read right away. I even started to read it, but was on deadline for a promised review – I feel like I’m on way too many deadlines these days – so had to put it down. Sadly it has yet to be picked up again, but I have not forgotten just how much I want to read this book.

    #8

    The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker was so top-of-the-list for me. I couldn’t help but become hooked on all the craziness with the pink wigs and pinked Twitter avatars. I could not wait for this book and was so jealous of everyone who got a chance to read it before release date. I think four or five books downloaded that night for me and I knew that there was no way I could read it immediately, but that didn’t mean I didn’t want to. I kept moving it forward so that it wouldn’t sink to the back of the pack on my Kindle, but now it’s four pages in.

    #7

    Lemniscate by Jennnifer Murgia wasn’t released too long ago, but it was a sequel I was waiting forever for. It took me two reads to fall in love with the first book in the series, but fall in love I did. It was one of the first Indie books I had read and wasn’t quite used to the different style of the Indies, but when a much wiser and more experienced me re-read it I absolutely adored it. And then couldn’t wait for the sequel. And I’m still waiting to find the time to read it. I don’t feel too bad as it’s only three pages back, but still. So much for reading on release day.

    #6

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith was an absolute must read. I have loved this series forever. (Both the TV show and the books.) I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next but I knew that there is no way I’d have time to read this book immediately as it’s a huge book. And sadly when time is a factor, it’s much easier to choose the shorter reads. Besides, I’m not entirely sure just how to write a review for these books as they are so elaborate and so detailed. But I really want to read this last book in the series written completely by the author and am sad that I still haven’t done so.

    #5

    Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany was a fairly newly discovered series for me. I read the first book only a short while before book two was to come out. I couldn’t wait. I was so hooked on this series that I couldn’t imagine not reading it the second it downloaded. But I can’t even remember what happened. I was so psyched to read it, and then somehow completely spaced. By the time I realized that I missed the chance to read it, I was already late on every single deadline and so I had to put this one back in the TBR pile. This is a book that I do not want to wait to read until the release of the paperback so that I’ll have a timely review. I just hope it doesn’t end up that way just because of my schedule.

    #4

    Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon is one one of the books that I hyped here on the blog. I couldn’t wait for its release and I absolutely love this cover. I was completely fired up to read this on release date and once again I had to set it aside for a mandatory read. I’m not too far off from release date, and I still see it hanging out on page three of my Kindle, but that’s way too far back for my liking. I really hope to have the time to read this one in the next few weeks. I think I have got to stop checking NetGalley and requesting new books to review.

    #3

    Afterlife by Claudia Gray is my saddest missed read. I didn’t care that this was the end of the road, I just had to know what happened. I even set aside a book I was reading and began to read this one. It was just as grabbing as all the rest of the Evernight series and I couldn’t wait to finish it. But as I was reading, the guilt crept in and I had to put this down. There was a little war between good and evil going on inside, but sadly the hedonist did not win against responsible me and since that date I have not had a moment to return to this story.

    #2

    Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr is yet another final book in a series that I absolutely loved. I was desperate for this book to come out, but at the same time I was devastated. I knew, especially as there were a whole bunch of series ending, that I might not want to read this right away and say goodbye to some of the most interesting characters I’ve known in a young adult series. But I didn’t think I’d have waited this long. Really. This cover still calls to me from my book pile even though the eBook is now long buried I don’t know how many pages in.

    #1

    Oh c’mon did you really expect to see anything else here? I talked about this before I even started the list! City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is my greatest shame. There is no real reason why I shouldn’t have blown off every single deadline and read this from start to finish. Who cares that there’s a cliffhanger ending? Who cares that every single person would have read and reviewed it on the exact same day? There are absolutely no excuses for why this book has not yet been read and reviewed. None.

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    Do you have any books that have fallen prey to the deadlines of blogging? Have you sacrificed your favorite read because your life got in the way? Have you overspent on books that were less important, forgetting about your favorite release and now your wallet is bare?

    I’ve shared with you my dirty little secret and would love to know what unread books are your greatest shame?

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    The Extras: April

    I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last “Extras” post. Time flies in the blogosphere. So, as some of you may already know…

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

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

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

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

     

    Red Glove is the second book in Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. It will be releasing on April 5, 2011. Holly Black is an amazing author and this is an amazing series.

    The author has given us a peek at the first chapter in this book on her blog, HERE.

    I have read and loved the first book in the series and can’t wait to read this book. If you’d like to read my review or learn more about Cassel Sharpe and the curse workers, click here.

    Where She Went by Gayle Forman is the sequel to If I Stay. It will be releasing on April 5, 2011. There is still time to read the first book in the series in anticipation of this release.

    For those of you who’ve already read the first book and just can’t wait to find out more or for those of you who haven’t read If I Stay, Scribd has something for all. They have provided an excerpt of the upcoming book and a chapter of the first, HERE.

    I have owned If I Stay for awhile, but it’s on my way too long TBR list. However, I am planning on reading this in the next week, as I have an early copy of Where She Went which I hope to read and review and I never like to read a sequel without having read the first book. I’ve heard such amazing things about this author, so this is a sneak peek worth checking out.

    City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare will be releasing on April 5, 2011.

    And I know, I know…I’ve already “Book Watch” posted this, with all sorts of links to extras and videos, but as this is just for the Extras, I can’t exclude it. But I won’t ramble on about this book since I’ve already done. So…

    Cassandra Clare has included an excerpt from chapter one on her site, HERE. I have not read this particular excerpt, if you can believe, as I’m trying to hold out until April 5th.

    What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen will be releasing on May 10, 2011. It is her tenth novel.

    An excerpt is available on the author’s blog, HERE.

    I have not yet read this author’s work, but I’ve heard such great things and so this will be my introduction to her characters and writing. I can’t wait and just have a feeling I’ll be a huge fan. (Which means I’ll have nine more books to read before I run out – this is a good thing.)

    Goodreads is offering a chance to win this book as part of their First Reads program. You can look through all the books they are offering for giveaway here.

    Hard Bitten is the fourth book in author Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. It will be released on May 3, 2011.

    This series is the author’s adult series, but I’ve included this excerpt here for fans of the author who have read both her adult and young adult series.

    An excerpt from Chapter One is available on the author’s website, HERE.

    I just love her young adult Dark Elite series and am very interested in reading the Chicagoland Vampires series.

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

    A Touch Mortal is Leah Clifford’s debut novel and the first in a series. It was released on February 22, 2011.

    If you haven’t read this book, HarperTeen has offered a look inside, HERE.

    I absolutely loved this book and am excited to see what’s coming up in the series. If you want to learn more or read my review, click here.

    Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. It was released on March 1, 2011.

    An excerpt is available on the Hex Hall website, HERE.

    I’ve read and reviewed both books on the site and I loved them both, although I love Demonglass just a bit more than Hex Hall!

    Afterlife is the final book in the Evernight series by Claudia Gray. It was released on March 8, 2011.

    This is an amazing series, and if you haven’t yet read it, you can now and won’t have to wait to read all the books. (Lucky readers.)

    HarperTeen has provided an excerpt for readers who haven’t yet gotten caught up with the series, HERE.

    Illegal is the debut novel for author Bettina Restrepo. It was released on March 8, 2011.

    I am excited to start reading this one later this month, and have not taken a look at the excerpt in case of spoilers.

    But once again the folks at HarperTeen have generously provided a look inside, HERE.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith was released on March 15, 2011.

    By now everyone’s heard of the television series, but these are the books that have started it all.

    HarperTeen has been kind enough to give us a peek, HERE.

    I own but still must read this book and cannot wait to find the time – it’s a fairly long book filled with goodness!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #11

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

    These are books for the week of March 15th-21st that I have pre-ordered.

    I am posting this a day early as I have a couple of reviews that I would like to post for Sunday eve and Monday.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith will be releasing on March 15, 2011 in the U.S. It is available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 576 pages.

    I have previously spotlighted this book in my “Book Watch” post, but it’s finally coming out this week. I can’t wait. I’ve had this on pre-order for the longest time. And as mentioned before it is the last The Vampire Diaries book completely written by L.J. Smith.

    The characters in this series have been through an incredible journey and I can’t wait to see what happens in this lengthy installment. I have not yet read the excerpt which was made available a few days ago by the publisher. I have the link in my sidebar, but you can also click here to read.

    I also have stayed away from any reviews or spoilers so that I could read this book and be completely surprised, although I probably won’t be able to read it for a couple weeks as I need to get caught up on my TBR pile, but I am anxiously awaiting the download on Monday Midnight.

    Steel by Carrie Vaughn will also be released on March 15, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online for pre-order in both formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ve seen it out in the wild for over a week at my local Barnes & Noble so you might find it at your local store bookstore.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    I have not yet read one of author Carrie Vaughn’s books, but I own her book Voices of Dragons, which still in my TBR pile.

    Steel is one of the books that Amazon had recommended to me based on my purchase history. This book is different than those I typically read, but it has time travel, magic, pirates and a duel to the death which are all very intriguing and sound like a great adventure.

    I used to love stories like this when I was younger and I think I still might. From the description Steel sounds like the perfect book to read to find out if I still do.

    Click here to read an excerpt from chapter one on the author’s website.

    Subway Girls is the debut young adult novel for author P.J. Converse. It will be published on March 15, 2011 in the U.S. and is available online at Amazon for pre-order in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 224 pages.

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

    I first heard of this book from the list of available books for the DAC. It isn’t one of my original twelve books, but I’ve seen it on a few In My Mailbox vlogs and it piqued my interest. I checked it out on Amazon this past week and thought it looked like a quick read and a sweet story so I decided to pre-order it. (I couldn’t find it on Barnes & Noble, though.)

    The Goodreads description gives a bit more detail, so I’ve included it below, along with a link to the book on Goodreads in case it’s one you might want to add to your TBR list.

    I haven’t heard much else about the book or the author, but I am always one to support debut authors and because this story sounded so charming I had to buy. But according to the author bio on HarperTeen, he is a “below-average ballet dancer, ex-waiter, and zealous fantasy football player…”

    Goodreads description:

    He is shy. Unassuming. Inexperienced.

    She is Subway Girl. Cool. Unattainable.

    From the moment he sees her on a Hong Kong subway, Simon is intrigued by Amy, but he doesn’t have the nerve to talk to her. When he finally works up the courage, he realizes he can’t. Because Amy doesn’t speak Chinese, and Simon is failing English.

    But somehow, Amy and Simon connect, and they find that they understand each other. Enough for Simon to admit that he is dropping out of school. Enough for Amy to confess that she is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby. Amy and Simon feel lost in a world so much bigger than they are, and yet they still have each other.

    In this brilliant debut by P. J. Converse, two unlikely teenagers discover that love has a language all its own.

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    I do not have a lot of books on pre-order this week, although there are quite a few that I’ll be getting next week. But…

    UPDATED 3/13/11

    There is one other book that I am hoping will be releasing this week on March 18th at Amazon in eBook format. (As its release is not yet announced I obviously don’t have it on pre-order, but plan on buying it on release date.)

    So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and posting this just in case it does. It’s a self-published young adult paranormal/romance book by debut author Tiffany Ross King called Meant to Be.

    Once an official release date is announced I will update this post with the information and link to the book.

    The author announced the release date of March 18th today on Twitter and posted the cover art on her blog.

    I “met” the author on Twitter and checked out her blog. She had a description of her new book on the blog along with a teaser. I thought it was so beautifully written that I’ve been anxiously awaiting the book’s release.

    She should be revealing revealed the cover art for her book on the blog some time later today, Sunday, March 13th and I will update updated this post with the artwork once it’s revealed. Cover is wicked cool!

    Check out the author’s blog to read the teasers.

    Description of Meant to Be from the author’s site:

    Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

    Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

    Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought.  Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

    As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets from their past about their shared connection threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.

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    Book Watch: The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith will be released in the U.S. on March 15, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harper Teen the hardcover is 576 pages.

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    I have opted to spotlight this book’s release for so many reasons – but especially because I’m such a huge fan of this series, and have been for quite awhile, but also because it will be the last book in this series written by L.J. Smith and future books are rumored to be a significant departure from the direction and vision the author had for this series.

    I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t heard of The Vampire Diaries even if they’re not the fan that I am. Obviously this book series, that started out in the 1990s, is now a hugely popular television show. And although the TV show differs fairly significantly from the books, I’ve managed to enjoy both equally, as the show isn’t just a poor imitation of the books.

    The Return: Midnight will be the last full book written by author L.J. Smith. At one time (see Goodreads description #1) it may have been set to be the final book in the series, but there may be more books planned, written by a new author. And L.J. Smith’s website hints at a few other books.

    This series, which has spanned the decades, has been the most elaborate and unique vampire series I’ve yet read. The world that L.J. Smith has created is both magical and terrifying – the horrors that have befallen many of the characters has been pretty gruesome and the ordeals they’ve had to face enormous.

    If you have only seen the television shows just be prepared that the books are quite different. While the Elena Gilbert of the books isn’t the sweet and loving Elena from the television show, her chemistry with Damon is even more exciting in the books (if you can believe it). Of course now I cannot help but to picture Ian Sommerhalder as Damon as I read the books, although I still envision Elena as an icy blonde.

    If you haven’t read this series, definitely start at the beginning, I don’t recommend bypassing the early books. You will get a chance to see a whole new Elena and meet Meredith, who is absent from the television show, but plays a large part in the books. And those pesky kitsune…

    Shadow Souls was another dark and immensely harrowing journey for the characters, and I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Midnight to see what happens next.

    With only a few weeks to go, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for this next, almost six hundred page, book in the series. And if the descriptions are accurate, I can’t wait to see just how Damon is going to handle this latest predicament.

    Interestingly, Goodreads has two very revealing descriptions, so I’ve included both, below.

    Goodreads description #1:

    The vampire love triangle that spawned hundreds of thousands of fans-and inspired a hit television show-concludes in this powerful final volume of The Vampire Diaries.

    In Midnight, golden girl Elena Gilbert is back from the Dark Dimension, having successfully freed her vampire boyfriend Stefan Salvatore from imprisonment. Saving Stefan had an unlikely consequence: his vampire brother Damon Salvatore has become a mortal. While the trio reels from this latest twist, they must still deal with the demons that have taken over Elena’s hometown, Fell’s Church.

    As in every L.J. Smith novel, no matter how dark the night, there is always a happy ending. MIDNIGHT takes Elena, Stefan, and Damon to their darkest moments yet…Danger, romance, and paranormal mystery will keep readers fascinated with this captivating finale to the New York Times bestselling series.

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    Goodreads description #2:

    The devil you know . . .

    With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed.

    Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into ahuman. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anything to become a vampire again—even travel back to hell. But what will happen when he accidentally takes Bonnie with him?

    Stefan and Elena hurry to rescue their innocent friend from the Dark Dimension, leaving Matt and Meredith to save their hometown from the dangerous spirits that have taken hold of Fell’s Church. One by one, children are succumbing to demonic designs. But Matt and Meredith soon discover that the source of the evil is darker—and closer—than they ever could have imagined. . . .

    And while we’re still awaiting a book trailer for Midnight, here is the trailer for Shadow Souls:

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    The Extras: March

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

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. In an attempt to clear out my sidebar this month I’m adding a few of the oldies here to give you one last chance to grab them.

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice sneak peek or freebie now and again?

    And yes, I know it’s not March yet and I only have one excerpt from a March release (many of the March release excerpts are in the sidebar), but it’s a monthly post and when I did February’s I missed a whole bunch of February freebies, so here it is a week earlier than planned.

    Karsten Knight’s upcoming debut novel Wildefire will be releasing on July 26, 2011. Simon & Schuster has an excerpt from this amazing book on their site.

    First lines: Ashline Wilde was a human mood ring. Sixteen years old, and she was a cauldron of emotions—frothing, bubbling, and volatile. She had never heard of “bottling it all up inside.” She was as transparent as the air itself.

    Desires of the Dead is the second book in the Body Finder series. It was released this week on February 15th. If you haven’t started the series or you want to see if it’s worth a read, check out this nice, long excerpt from the folks at Harper Collins.

    I have not yet read it, as I have both books in my TBR pile, but I will be starting them soon, but this peek is 70 pages and is way more than a teaser.

    Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter is the first book in her new young adult series due out on March 29, 2011. Macmillan has a short excerpt on their site if you want to learn more about what is going on in Shadow Falls.

    This is an amazing book in what is already a highly addictive series. And yes, I am totally Team Lucas.

    Secrets and Shadows, the second book in the 13 to Life series was released just this week on February 15th.

    If you haven’t yet started, this short peek from Macmillan will either tide you over or tease you so much that you’ll just have to start reading. The excerpt includes the prologue and part of the first chapter.

    Teaser line: A muzzle flash tears at the inky night again and she tumbles to the earth, falling limp.

    Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel was released in August 2010. If you haven’t yet heard of or read this book, check out the short excerpt that the folks at Macmillan (St. Martin’s Griffin) have available.

    I have wanted to read this book forever but have been waiting until it’s an eBook and just discovered this very moment that it now is, FINALLY. Having just read this excerpt I think I’m going to have to readjust my TBR pile to move this very close to the top.

    Lines to die for:

    “Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you…no one.”

    Those were some of Rhode’s last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall is available to read online free in its entirety from HarperTeen. It was released in March 2010 and is the first of the Return books. The Return: Midnight will be out this March.

    Reaper is a novella in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. If you haven’t downloaded it by now, I’d be very surprised, but just in case, as I’m taking it off the sidebar, here it is for free download from HarlequinTEEN.

    You can still download it free at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The Iron Witch is the debut novel and the first in a wonderful new series by author Karen Mahoney. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check it out, now’s the time, as Flux has a great excerpt.

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