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    QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas Release Day Blitz + #Giveaway

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    Today is Release Day for QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas!

    I have been anxiously awaiting this next installment in the series so I can get caught up on what’s been going on with Celaena. It’s been an epic series so far and I cannot wait for it to continue. As I’m sure you can’t!

    If you don’t want to wait until your copy lands on your doorstep or you get the chance to head to the bookstore, you can read an excerpt of the first five chapters online. Just click the link to read in the “About” section below.

    In celebration of the release, Rockstar Book Tours is hosting this blitz with an awesome giveaway for a paperback set of the first three novels in the series. Even if you already have a set of these books, you can always enter to win one for a book lover you know so that they can get caught up on this series and wait just as eagerly as you do for the next installment.

    Of course if you’re new to the series, there’s some information on the novellas and each of the other books in the series a bit further down in this post.

    But for all the fans of this series, I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am to wish Sarah J. Maas and QUEEN OF SHADOWS a…

    Happy Book Birthday!

    About QUEEN OF SHADOWS

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    Title & Series: QUEEN OF SHADOWS (Throne of Glass #4)
    Author: Sarah J. Maas
    Release date: September 1, 2015
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
    Pages: 656
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read CHAPTERS 1-5.

    Description…

    Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

    Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

    She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

    Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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    About Sarah J. Maas

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    Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.

    A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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    Other Books in the Series

    THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5)Amazon | B&N | iTunes | The Book Depository | IndieBoundGoodreads

    Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

    Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…

    Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

    THRONE OF GLASS (Throne of Glass #1)Amazon | B&N | iTunes | The Book Depository | IndieBound | Goodreads

    In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

    The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

    CROWN OF MIDNIGHT (Throne of Glass #2) – Amazon | B&N | iTunes | The Book Depository | IndieBound | Goodreads

    “A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

    From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

    Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

    Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

    HEIR OF FIRE (Throne of Glass #3) – Amazon | B&N | iTunes | The Book Depository | IndieBound | Goodreads

    She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

    Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

    Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

    The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.


    The Giveaway

    There is a release day blast giveaway for…

    • ONE (1) winner will receive paperback copies of the 1st three books in the THRONE OF GLASS Series

    Giveaway is US Only. Ends Sept. 11th at Midnight Eastern.

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    Giveaway: Throne of Glass SIGNED

    I purchased an extra copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas from Books of Wonder and had planned on giving it away yesterday as part of my Throne of Glass Blog Tour stop. But that didn’t quite happen as planned and so I’m offering it up for giveaway today.

    I absolutely loved Throne of Glass and can’t wait to read more of this series by the author. I may have given it my “Amazing” rating. Celaena is a seriously kick-a** heroine and I can’t wait to see what happens with her, Chaol Westfall and Prince Dorian Havilliard.

    If you haven’t had a chance to read this awesome book, then you totally should move it up in your TBR piles. If it’s not yet there, just click on the photo above to add it on Goodreads.

    And if you don’t yet own a copy, here’s a chance to win one. And it’s signed….

    What’s up for grabs:

    A hardcover copy of Throne of Glass SIGNED by Sarah J. Maas + pen.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per HOUSEHOLD.

    2. There will be ONE winner.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on Friday, September 7, 2012.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on September 7th in this post.

    7. Winner will have 24 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow, but if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    Enter in the Rafflectoper form below:

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    Review: Throne of Glass

    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was released in the U.S. on August 7, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Throne of Glass is the first full-length book in a series by the same name.

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    Goodreads description:

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

    Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life.

    Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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    Celaena Sardothien had a choice to make. Become Prince Dorian Havilliard’s champion in a competition to be the next King’s Assassin or remain in the salt mines of Endovier for the rest of her days.

    The choice should have been an easy one – eventual freedom over certain death. But serving the King, even for a short period of time, was a price Celaena wasn’t sure she was willing to pay. Then again, the price for choosing to remain in Endovier was one she knew she wasn’t ready to pay.

    Trained by Arobynn Hamel, the King of the Assassins, winning the competition was practically a foregone conclusion. But all the training in the world would not be enough to ensure a victory if she wasn’t around to compete. And with someone, or something, killing off the competitors one by one, there was no guarantee she would be.

    With time running out and the competition quickly drawing to a close, Celaena must figure out who’s behind her opponents’ grisly and violent deaths or she could be next.

    And not only could her one chance at freedom be taken away, so could her life.

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    Throne of Glass is an exciting, enchanting and epic tale that delivers page after page of riveting action, nail-biting suspense and an intriguing mystery. It invites readers to a faraway land ruled by a power-hungry King, where just the mere mention of magic could mean instant death, where assassins do the bidding of those willing to pay and where imprisonment means hard labor with almost no chance for survival.

    When Adarlan’s Assasin, Celaena Sardothien, is given the opportunity to leave behind the confines of Endovier’s salt mines to serve as Prince Dorian Havilliard’s champion in a competition to become the new royal assassin, she knows it’s her only chance at freedom. And her only hope of leaving the prison alive.

    But unless she can regain her former strength and dexterity, that the year of harsh conditions and punishment she endured in prison had taken from her, she will end up back in Endovier’s mines with little chance of lasting another year. So losing is not an option. And Celaena will do whatever it takes to win.

    Even if it means training with the Captain of the Royal Guard. Even if it means keeping her identity secret. And even if it means letting everyone believe that there’s something going on between her and Prince Dorian.

    Author Sarah J. Maas has penned an incredibly captivating and beautifully written story filled with dangerous enemies, dark magic, fierce battles, deadly secrets, twists and turns, deception and betrayal. With a strong, clever and resourceful heroine who gains strength and courage as the story progresses, a Prince who is faced with a choice between standing up for what he believes in or continuing to side with a King he fears, and a loyal Captain who must decide if he is willing to let down his guard and put his trust in the assassin in his charge, Throne of Glass will keep readers glued to the page and thirsting for more.

    With an expansive setting just waiting to be explored, a large cast of characters to love and adore, despise or distrust, and both a past and present that are shrouded in mystery, this first book in the series sets the stage for even more exciting and magical adventures to come.

    Throne of Glass is a must for fans of high fantasy and readers who are looking to get lost in a story set in another time and place, where kings have dominion over the land, where battles are fought with swords, where magic lingers and where treachery abounds.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    Throne of Glass put the “epic” in epic fantasy. This book was the stuff of awesome. I fell easily and immediately into this world of treachery, assassins, thieves, princes, kings, magic and betrayal.

    And I instantly connected with the story, with Celaena, Dorian and Chaol and with the author’s gorgeous writing.

    I knew from the moment I saw the book trailer and read the book’s description that I would love this story. A competition that pitted criminals against each other to win the coveted title of royal assassin and a chance to earn their freedom was one I couldn’t wait to read. And the fact that the main character, Celaena, was an assassin made me even more excited to check it out.

    Well, it was everything I imagined it to be and more. The world was enchanting, rich with history and full of secrets. Secrets I just know the author only touched upon in this book.  I am so very curious to find out more about the places the King had conquered, the mystery behind Oakwald Forest and just what the world was like before it was stripped of magic.

    Though I’m even more curious to find out about certain characters’ motivations and to learn just who is really pulling the strings. Yes, I really want to know who that is.

    While I loved the fighting, the mystery, the danger, the deception and the action and suspense, I really love, love, loved the love story – and the almost love story – in this book. So much so that I can’t even choose sides.

    I don’t know who I love more for Celaena, as they both are perfect for her in so very many ways and both can break her heart. Chaol is so serious and Dorian is so much fun. Chaol is strong, loyal, a fighter. Dorian is powerful, rebellious, a Prince. Both men are honorable. Both men are flawed. And I can totally see Celaena with either of them. For the moment, anyway….

    There was so much to love about Throne of Glass, but what I loved most of all was meeting Celaena. While I still have so very many questions about her past, about her time training as an assassin and certain other details I can’t even whisper about without potentially revealing too much, I really feel I’ve gotten to know her.

    She’s strong. She’s intelligent. She’s a survivor. She’s a fighter – and not just in battle – though she is scary good with knives. And she’s charming and kind and still has hope, even with everything that has happened to her in her life.

    And while she may be a hired killer with some serious skills, she has not lost her humanity. Not even her imprisonment could take that away. Which makes me love her even more. Though I’m not the only one. It seems she may have managed to capture the heart of a Prince and chip away some of the ice from the frosty exterior of the Captain of the Guard. Neither of which are easy feats.

    I am so excited to read all the author’s short stories of Celaena’s adventures as an assassin. But I’m absolutely dying to read the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see what happens with Captain Westfall and the Crown Prince of Adarlan. I can’t wait for secrets to be revealed. I can’t wait to discover even more about this world the author created. And I can’t wait to be amazed once more.

    Throne of Glass was magical, exciting, full of twists and turns, surprises and betrayals. It was a book I wasn’t able to put down. It was a story I never wanted to end. It had characters I didn’t want to say goodbye to. Even temporarily. This book was a total must read for me, and one I definitely must read again.

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    Favorite quote:

    I had just over twenty favorite passages in Throne of Glass. Some perfectly captured the author’s beautiful writing. Some painted an incredible picture of the world. Some made me smile. And some made me melt. I decided to share a part of one of those.

    His breath was warm on her neck as he bent his head, resting his cheek against her hair. Her heart beat so quickly, and yet she felt utterly calm–as if she could have stayed there forever and not minded, stayed there forever and let the world fall apart around them. She pictured his fingers, pushing against the line of chalk, reaching for her despite the barrier between them.

     

    About the Author

    Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.

    Her debut YA epic fantasy novel, THRONE OF GLASS, was published by Bloomsbury on August 7th, 2012.

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, GOODREADS, WEBSITE, BLOG

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    The Tour

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    The AWESOME Book Trailer

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    This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher Bloomsbury Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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    The Trailers: August

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

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books releasing in August, a peek at a few of those coming out in September and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at an author talking about their book.

    While I may have already included a few of those August trailers in the June/July peeks, some were just too good not to repost.

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    Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Rift by Andrea Cremer

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Wake by Amanda Hocking

    Release date: August 7, 2012

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    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

    Release date: August 7, 2012

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    Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    And because I just had to…

    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (VLCPhotoProductions)

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    The Kill Order by James Dashner

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (hellogiggles)

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    The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

    Release date: August 21, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Defiance by C.J. Redwine

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Erasing Time by CJ Hill

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (azwriter1) – unofficial trailer (?)

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    The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (SanguMandanna)

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    Speechless by Hannah Harrington

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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

    Outpost by Ann Aguirre

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    Origin by Jessica Khoury

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Entice by Jessica Shirvington

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Because it is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Venom by Fiona Paul

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

    Release date: January 15, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – Level 2 Cover Reveal

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    And for a look back at one or two we may have missed….

    The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

    Release date: July 10, 2012

    (Lisa M. Stasse)

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    Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

    Release date: July 10, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    Here’s what one author is saying…

    False Memory by Dan Krokos

    Release date: August 14, 2012

    (hyperionteens) – the author talks about his recently 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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #84

    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 August 7th-August 13th that I have pre-ordered.

    Biting Cold by Chloe Neill releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Biting Cold is the sixth book in author Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. The seventh book, House Rules, is slated for release on February 5, 2013.

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    I feel like I’ve been waiting for this next book in this series for a lifetime, but it seems that it hasn’t been all that long since I read Drink Deep. It just felt that way. I was so excited when Biting Cold downloaded to my Kindle and it’s going to be my very next read. One I hope to finish tonight.

    I can’t wait to continue Merit’s story. I don’t want to say too much as anything I might say could spoil previous books in the series. Especially Hard Bitten. But I will just say I’m curious as to what is going to happen on Merit’s road trip. I’m also super curious as to who is hunting her down. The description makes me very, very nervous when it said that this enemy will “stop at nothing” and that there’s “no mercy allowed” and that there will be “no lives spared.”

    I hope the wait for the next book in the series won’t be as torturous as the wait for this one, but I suppose I’ll have my answers very, very soon.

    [Note: I know this is not a YA release, but I couldn’t leave this off of this week’s Book Watch post as this is a book I’ve been pining for and one I’ve had pre-ordered for awhile.]

    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Throne of Glass is the first book in author Sarah J. Mass’ series by the same name.

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    I first heard of Throne of Glass when I saw the book trailer. And it looked so epic that I immediately pre-ordered it and requested it on NetGalley. Although I haven’t had a chance to read it just yet, I will be reading it next week in anticipation of the book tour I’ll be on in September.

    At least by waiting just a little bit, I’ll have less of a wait until the next full-length book in the series is released. I’ve heard that this book is amazing and I can’t imagine not falling in love. Especially after I checked out the description.

    I love that this story consists of thieves, assassins and warriors. I can’t wait to meet Calaena, Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall. I’m curious whether it will be Dorian or Westfall that she’ll be drawn to. And I hope she figures out who has been killing the other contestants in this competition she’s in to find the next royal assassin.

    Just re-reading that description has made me want to start reading this book right now. If I finish my reads early this week, I may just have to start on this one early, too.

    Rift by Andrea Cremer was released today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. 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 Philomel, the print edition is 464 pages.

    Rift is a prequel novel in the author’s Nightshade series.

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    I love Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series. I have yet to read the final book in the series because I didn’t want the series to end, but now that there is a prequel I just might read that final book.

    As soon as I heard that Rift was being released I added it to my pre-orders, but I also got an early review copy just last week, which I will be reading next week for review. I am excited to read this novel that the description says has “action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality.”

    I can’t wait to find out just what happens in this story with Ember and Barrow, both their love story and the decision they make about Eira. If this is as captivating as the first two books in the Nightshade series, then next week will definitely be a happy reading week.

    Rivals and Retribution by Shannon Delany releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Rivals and Retribution is the fifth book in the author’s 13 to Life series.

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    I’ve fallen just a bit behind on the series. I read the first three books but have yet to read the previous book, Destiny and Deception. But as it is my plan to one day get caught up, I couldn’t not add Rivals and Retribution to my pre-orders.

    I do not want to read the description to find out just what happens in this installment as I know it will spoil the previous book in the series. It already happened when I’d read the description for Destiny and Deception before finishing Bargains and Betrayals so I didn’t want to take a chance this time around.

    I’m hoping all of my favorite characters are in this latest installment, but especially Jessie and Pietr. As I haven’t taken a peek at the description, I don’t know whether this is the final book in the series. But maybe that’s a good thing so that when I do get a chance to read it I won’t hit my typical stumbling block for series ending books. If, that is, this is one.

    While I won’t be reading this latest book this month, I hope to get caught up with the series this winter. I may end up deciding to re-read the first two books so that I can read the entire series back-to-back.

    Wake by Amanda Hocking releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. 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 320 pages.

    Wake is the first book in author Amanda Hocking’s Watersong series. Lullaby, the second book in the series, is slated for release on November 27, 2012. Books three and four are entitled Tidal and Elegy.

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    I received an early copy for review as part of the blog tour going on right now, hosted by The Bookish Brunette. I was so excited because I’ve been a long time fan of author Amanda Hocking. But regardless of the tour or the early copy, I planned on adding Wake to my collection and pre-ordered it for my Kindle ages ago.

    As my tour stop was yesterday and my review posted then, too, I won’t go on and on about this book. But I will say that it was such a quick and fun read, the perfect start to this quadrilogy, and a series I can’t wait to continue.

    I don’t want to reveal too much about Penn, Lexi and Thea or just what happens with Gemma and why she’s attracted their attention, but I will say there were definitely a few surprises. And I will also say that the ending will leave you wanting to get your hands on an early copy of the next book.

    At least that’s what has happened to me.

    As I have read and reviewed this book, I know what happens so guessing about what might happen is out. But I am totally in the dark about what’s going to happen in the next book in the series, Lullaby, and I can’t wait to find out.

    Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in hardcover format and it will be releasing on August 21st in eBook format. It is currently available to order online in print at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    I decided to include Beautiful Lies with this week’s releases, even though my eBook pre-order won’t be available for two more weeks, as this is its official release date. This book sounded so eerie and awesome I just had to add it to my pre-orders once I’d read the description last month.

    I am so curious what is really going on with these twins, Rachel and Alice. To not only be virtually indistinguishable in appearance, but to also experience each other’s pain is fascinating and in the case of this story, terrifying.

    The description mentions that one twin is kidnapped and it’s up to the other to help find her missing sister. But it doesn’t mention which one was taken and which one was left behind. Which makes me even more curious about just what is going on.

    I love a mystery and a thriller and the fact that the description mentions that this story “will keep readers guessing” makes me wish I had my eBook in hand right about now. But the wait isn’t too bad, as it is releasing in just two weeks, so I hope to get the chance to read it then.

    Blood Fever by Veronica Wolff releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in paperback and eBook Formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Blood Fever is the third book in The Watchers series by author Veronica Wolff.

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    I have not yet read the first two books in this series, but I decided to go ahead and add this third book, Blood Fever, to my pre-orders. I’ve been so curious about this series since I first learned about it, I just haven’t had the time to move it to the top of my TBR pile.

    I want to head over to the Isle of Night and see what’s going on with Watcher training. I want to meet Annelise and Ronan and Drew. And I really want to meet Carden. Described as a “brawny, eighteenth-century Scottish bad boy,” he sounds like someone I definitely should be meeting.

    I hope to read all three books in the series soon, as this has piqued my curiosity for way too long. And I think I might just have to cave and start reading these books really, really soon.

    Free Four by Veronica Roth releases today, August 7, 2012, in the U.S. in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print length is 46 pages.

    Free Four is a short novella in the author’s Divergent series and takes place after the first book in the series.

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    I tried to read Free Four online during the publisher’s promotional event last spring, but I hate reading on a computer and so when I heard that it would be available to pre-order for my Kindle I jumped at the chance.

    I just didn’t know how long a wait it would be.

    I love stories – even short ones – told from another character’s point of view. And one that’s being told by Four’s point of view is even better, as he is my favorite character in the series.

    While the print length for this short story is listed as forty-six pages on Amazon, the description mentions the scene is just thirteen pages long. But apparently it reveals a few details about Four’s character that we haven’t learned from seeing things from Tris’ vantage point. And it also reveals his thoughts about Tris.

    I really, really, really can’t wait to read this scene.

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    I hadn’t realized quite how busy a release week it was. I had eight items pre-ordered – seven of which have downloaded and one of which I already started reading. I’m glad I had the chance to read Wake early and that one of the books is just a short story, which means my TBR pile won’t be growing too much.

    I will be reading Throne of Glass and Rift next week, so that will definitely help with the read to unread ratio that’s getting more imbalanced with every week that passes. But I really don’t know how I can possibly say no to new books, new authors and new series that are sure to be amazing.

    And I don’t know how to find any more time in a day than those measly 24 hours.

    Anyway…. I hope you have some amazing books you added to your collection this week. If you have any reads that you think should be on my radar, let me 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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    My Reading Pile #65

    It was both an amazing and heartbreaking week at the mailbox. My most anticipated read showed up and thirteen ARCs were “lost.” Sort of a win/lose situation. I also got a surprise book in the mail.

    As I’m not expecting any other books to head my way anytime soon, these may be the last bookish photos you’ll see on the blog for awhile, unless I decide to try and request Ten by Gretchen McNeil – one of the missing ARCs I traded for.

    Anyway, first the good news….

    I knew that author Rachel Vincent was sending me a couple copies of Before I Wake! What I didn’t realize is just how loudly I’d scream when I got the package in my mailbox earlier this week.

    What I attempted to say: “I got it! I got it! It’s here, oh my gosh it’s here! I can’t believe it’s really here!”

    What I think I said was: “Eeeeee. Eeeeee. EEEEE! EEEEE! EEEEEEEEEEE!” I’m told I sounded a little like a dolphin before my voice hit glass-shattering octaves.

    So, yes. I was very excited. And yes, I picked it up instantly. And yes it was every bit as amazing as I hoped it would be. And so much more. Anyway…

    Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS

    I also received a few other books that I’m super excited about. On the top of the pile is Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford. I received a surprise copy of the book in the mail and it’s signed by the author! It sounds so wickedly delicious and I definitely plan on reading it very soon. Though I think I will buy the eBook so I don’t risk damaging the lovely signed one.

    Next up in the pile is Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr. I received the ARC thanks to the seriously amazing and generous Nat, who saw my trailer post for this book on Facebook and offered to send it to me. I had planned on returning the favor with a few of the ARCs I was getting in the mail through a trade, but due to poor postal etiquette all those books are gone. Forever.

    The next book on the pile is Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss. I love these authors and have read all their co-authored books except the sequel to The Nanny Diaries. I am super excited to get to read this early. But at the same time I am heartbroken.

    I had a few trades with a blogger and all ARCs were going to be shipped out together. That was supposed to be fourteen ARCs not just the one. I received the large box. Empty except for the one book. There was a hole in the side, but it wasn’t big enough for all the books to slip out, but it’s very possible someone reached in and pulled them out. Because all that was in the box is this one book.

    I’m missing thirteen books I traded for – Ten, The Crown of Embers, Because it is My BloodGlass Heart, Time Between Us, Erasing Time, Break My Heart 1,000 Times, Beta, A Fractured Light, Lost Girl, Pushing the Limits, Suburban Strange and Don’t Turn Around. Yeah, I’m devastated. Because even if the post office reimburses the blogger I traded with and they give me the monetary equivalent or thirteen new ARCs, they won’t be these books.

    [UPDATE: It was Time Between Us and not Such a Rush that was missing.]

    Anyway, before I start sobbing again…

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

    (June 10 – June 16, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I fell in love with this book the second I saw the trailer the other week when I was creating my trailer post. I immediately headed over to Amazon to pre-order a copy and noticed three eNovellas, which I bought, too.

    Oh and then I decided to check out the book’s description. Because trailer love does not necessarily mean it would be a book I’d actually love. But the trailer didn’t lie. The description makes this book sound so unbelievably wickedly awesome.

    I can’t wait to meet Celaena and see how she fares in the competition to become a royal assassin. Working in the salt mines sounds difficult but competing to be a killer in order to earn her freedom sounds absolutely deadly.

    And it seems there may be a love triangle between Celaena and the Prince and the Captain of the Guard. I’m very curious to see which “team” I’ll be on – the bad boy, potentially evil Prince or the challenging and “gruff” Captain.

    Throne of Glass definitely sounds like an epic start to the series. Between the danger, the battles, the mystery and the love story, I can’t wait to read it. And I’m super glad I discovered it on NetGalley and was approved so that I don’t have to.

    Next up on the pile is Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout which is a “back on the pile” read. I had added it to the pile a few weeks ago but had difficulty getting it onto my eReader because the file size was too large and it couldn’t be emailed to the device. And I can’t read books on the computer.

    But I have finally been able to get it added to my eReader so I can’t wait to read it this week. I’ve missed Daemon and Katy and I am dying to find out where this story takes them.

    As I already rambled about this the first time I added it to the pile, I won’t go on for quite as long, but I will just say that Daemon Black is one of my favorite characters to love to love and love to hate. He is wicked, he is charming, he is sexy and he is absolutely maddeningly frustrating. Yep, he’s kind of perfect.

    But I am really worried how things might end in this book. For Katy, but even more so for Daemon. Especially with the Department of Defense hanging around. And especially for the fact that “not everyone will survive the lies,” according to the description.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr is my wishful thinking read of the week. I am going through Melissa Marr withdrawal since it’s been ages since I last read one of her books. And now that I have this early copy in hand of her next book, I’m dying to read it. She’s a wicked awesome writer and I would love to dive into this book this week. There’s no way I can, but I really wish I could…. But maybe next week.

    If I Die by Rachel Vincent is another book I’d love to read again. I re-read it for the challenge, but now that I’ve read Before I Wake, I want to read it again to see which I love more. And then, of course, I’d love to re-read Before I Wake.

    Someday I’d love to be able to say I’ve read all my wishful thinking reads… but that’s just wishful thinking.

    Those left behind:

    My week off was just that. A week off from being responsible, a week off from email, a week off from work and a week mostly off from reading. I barely read a thing this week. Except for when I went off-pile for Before I Wake. Though I started reading another off-pile read yesterday, Drink Deep by Chloe Neill, which I finished today as it was such a super quick read.

    And I plan on reading The Golden Lily today. So it technically won’t be left behind as it will be done by the time I’m supposed to start on this week’s reads on Sunday.

    I did not get to start Something Strange and Deadly. And I’ll have to wait another week before I can, because I have a few off-pile novellas to read this week for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge and a non-YA book that’s a must read.

    I’m still not doing so well with my reading pile commitments. Though I hope to change it around in the coming weeks. I only have a handful of required reads, so it should be easier to stay on track. Even with the new season of True Blood starting….

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did not request anything new from NetGalley, though I may end up requesting Pushing the Limits since it is a book I’m dying to read and the ARC I traded for is gone forever.

    I really hope to tackle some of those older NetGalley books I requested before I’m lured once again into new requests. Here’s to hoping….

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    I have been feeling so terribly guilty for not reading all that much this past week. And for not writing my review for Before I Wake the moment I finished it. Armchair BEA posts took a lot longer than I anticipated. Except for the giveaway post, they took a minimum of three hours for each post. I really should have allotted some more time to write those.

    I’m back at work next week so my reading time will be that much more limited. But I hope that being at work will give me more reason to want to escape in a book at the end of the work day. I remain optimistic.

    I’m looking forward to a productive and happy reading week this week and wish you the same. Happy reading!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

    And feel free to leave a link to your post if you create a reading pile. I’d love to check it out!

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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 releasing in May, a peek at a few of those coming out in June and beyond and a glimpse at a few authors talking about their books.

    While I may have already included a couple of those May trailers in the April peeks, I just couldn’t resist including them again this month. And if you missed the early teaser peeks at The Golden Lily, be sure to check out the April Trailers post, HERE.

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    Destined by Aprilynne Pike

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Revived by Cat Patrick

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    Insurgent by Veronica Roth

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (MorganvilleTV) – U.K. Trailer

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    City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Until I Die by Amy Plum

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Endure by Carrie Jones

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (BloomsburyPublishing)

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    Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

    Release date: May 15, 2012

    (Allenandunwin) – Teaser Trailer #1

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    A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

    Release date: May 15, 2012

    (Allenandunwin) – Teaser Trailer #2

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    Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

    Release date: May 22, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    Fated by Alyson Noel

    Release date: May 22, 2012

    (authoralysonnoel)

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    And for just a peek at what’s coming in June and August….

    Arise by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 5, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: June 5, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

    Release date: June 5, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    Surrender by Elana Johnson

    Release date: June 5, 2012

    (elanajohnson)

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    Rapture by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #3

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #4

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #5

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #6

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    This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

    Release date: June 19, 2012

    (StMartinsPress)

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    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

    Release date: May 15, 2012

    (harperteen) – the author talks about his book

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    Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

    Release date: May 29, 2012

    (susanecolasanti) – the author talks about her book

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    Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

    Release date: May 29, 2012

    (cosproductions) – the author is interviewed about her book

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    Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

    Release date: July 24, 2012

    (harperteen) – the author talks about her 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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