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    Top 10 of 2017: Best Surprise Reads of 2017


    Welcome to Day Three of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I hosted yesterday’s Day Two giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader will be hosting today’s Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway will be at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway will be at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Best Surprise Reads of 2017

    So it’s not one of the official topics for the challenge, and I would have gone with Contemporaries as I have so many favorites in that particular category, but I chose to pick “surprise reads” as there were so many wonderful and amazing and unexpected books that completely took me by surprise this past year.

    #1

    I expected this book to be sweet and sad but I never expected it to be as much of an emotional wringer as it was. I could not stop crying. It was written so incredibly well. It made me ache for the characters and their loss and guilt.


    THE LAST THING YOU SAID by Sara Biren – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #2

    I thought this was going to be a funny and lighthearted read because I was judging it by its cover and its title – which was why I’d added it to the TBR pile. And while I must have skimmed the description, I clearly missed the mention of “horrifying tragedy” which might have made this less of a surprise. But even still, I would have been surprised at just how sad and gorgeous and devastating a read this was.

    THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS 


    #3

    I was expecting a story akin to the film 50 First Dates, so this definitely caught me by surprise. And it has stuck with me long after the read. It was sad and hopeful and inspiring. And until I read this story I’d never heard of Svalbard, but ever since, I can’t stop hearing about it. And now I want to borrow some of Flora’s adventurous spirit and visit there myself.

    THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


    #4

    I’ll admit that I was intrigued by this story with its unassuming cover that actually says quite a bit. But I did not expect it to be as unique, beautifully written, or riveting as it was. It was such a surprise read and a very memorable tale.

    THE WOOD by Chelsea Bobulski – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS


    #5

    I did not expect this book. At all. I made some very wrong assumptions that this would be well-written but unemotional. It would have that voice that makes it an interesting read but not one that I would relate to or connect with. I was so, so wrong. It was brilliantly done. It is memorable and sweet and so very, very sad and beautiful. Such a unexpected surprise.

    A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jared Reck – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


    #6

    I expected certain things from this book – and those expectations were surpassed. But there were so many surprises that made this book a standout. I never expected it to make me think about the possibility that a windfall may not always be a great thing. I never expected the depth and complexity. It was a wonderful and sad and awesome surprise.

    WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSEGOODREADS


    #7

    I expected a road trip story. About a boy who was rethinking his choices in life, just before college. I also assumed it would be a man vs. nature tale. But this was so different and completely unexpected. Thought-provoking, haunting, bittersweet were never terms I would have used to describe this story until I read it. For lack of better words it was unusual and unique in all the best ways.

    WILDMAN by J.C. Geiger – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | DISNEY BOOKS | GOODREADS


    #8

    I loved the title so had made the assumption that this was going to be a (hopefully) captivating horror story. And that assumption was correct. But I did not expect so much of what happened. I did not expect the myth, the science, the religion. I did not expect the depth. I did not expect the mystery. I did not expect to be so impressed or surprised.

    HELLWORLD by Tom Leveen – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


    #9

    I incorrectly assumed that this was not my type of read but I wanted to try something new – “vibrant, fresh, edgy” books were not usually topping the TBR. But I did love the idea of the female graffiti artist and that this story would include illustrations. And I was totally wowed by it. Instantly caught up in the story. I could not put it down. I adored the main character. I fell madly in love with her story. Which was completely unexpected.


    YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE – Whitney Gardner – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


    #10

    I was very curious about this story, as it seemed to be so different from any book I’ve read format-wise. I’ve never read a graphic memoir, and haven’t read very many (if any) graphic novels that weren’t about super heroes and villains. I was so surprised that a story that was mostly told visually could say so much. I was so surprised at just how much emotion I could feel for the author’s plight as a young figure skater. I was not surprised that I loved the illustrations, but was so surprised at just how expressive they were. It was an emotional and beautiful and humorous and unexpected read.

    SPINNING by Tillie Walden – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLANGOODREADS


    There were a few other books I’ve read this year that had elements that surprised me, but as I expected to be wowed or amazed or even surprised, I have not included them here. And as I’m more than happy with the ten I chose, I’ve decided not to list any honorable mentions.


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    Top 10 of 2017: Best Books I’ve Read in 2017


    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I’ll be hosting tomorrow’s Day Two giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader will be hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway will be at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway will be at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Best Books I’ve Read in 2017

    While I haven’t read a ton of books this year, the ones that I’ve read have been pretty incredible. So it has not been easy to choose just ten. And ranking them has been even harder, but here they are…

    #1

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    Title & Series: BLACKSOULS (Blackhearts #2)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: April 11, 2017
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Description…

    Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

    Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

    Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty, and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

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    #2

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    Title & Series: WAYFARER (Passenger #2)
    Author: Alexandra Bracken
    Release date: January 3, 2017
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    Pages: 544
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

    Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

    As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

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    Title: THE LAST THING YOU SAID
    Author: Sara Biren
    Release date: April 4, 2017
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief.

    Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

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    #4

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    Title & Series: NOW I RISE (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)
    Author: Kiersten White
    Release date: June 27, 2017
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

    What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

    As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

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    #5

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    Title & Series: FROSTBLOOD (Frostblood Saga #1)
    Author: Elly Blake
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    Description…

    The Frost King will burn.

    Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

    Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

    Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies . . . but together create a power that could change everything.

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    #6

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    Title: THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH
    Author: Candace Ganger
    Release date: July 25, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Description…

    Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together, to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad. And to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything.

    But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy links Birdie and Bash together – yet neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall – hard – the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo.

    Told in alternating perspectives full of the best nerdy banter this side of Ohio, some seriously awesome skate moves, and the promise of a kiss destined to make the world stop turning, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash will break your heart and put it back together again.

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    #7


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    Title: LETTERS TO THE LOST
    Author: Brigid Kemmerer
    Release date: April 4, 2017
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

    Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

    When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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    #8

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    Title: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
    Author: Jared Reck
    Release date: September 26, 2017
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’s English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks.

    If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt’s madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain.

    But that’s not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse.

    After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

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    #9

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    Title: HELLWORLD
    Author: Tom Leveen
    Release date: March 21, 2017
    Publisher: Simon Pulise
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Five years ago, Abby Booth’s mom, co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a ‘haunted’ cave in Arizona.

    Since then, Abby’s life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad’s deep depression and how they’ve drifted further and further apart.

    But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.

    With the help of the co-host’s son Charlie and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers…but what the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imagined.

    Abby was investigating a possible haunting… she never expected that there could be something worse.

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    #10

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    Title: WILDMAN
    Author: J.C. Geiger
    Release date: June 6, 2016
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Description…

    “How can a total stranger understand you better than the people you’ve known your entire life?”

    When Lance’s ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don’t panic. After all, he’s valedictorian of his class. First-chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks.

    But the locals don’t know that. They don’t even know his name. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.

    He’s ordering drinks at a roadhouse. Jumping a train. Talking to an intriguing older girl who is asking about his future. And what he really wants. As one day blurs into the next, Lance finds himself drifting farther from home and closer to a girl who makes him feel a way he’s never felt before—like himself.

    This debut novel by a remarkable new talent explores the relationship between identity and place, the power of being seen, and the speed at which a well-planned life can change forever.

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    Again this year I’ve opted not to do an honorable mentions list as I’m hoping to capture my other favorites on the “Best ____ of 2017” day… though that may end up having a few honorable mentions if I can’t capture them all.


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    Quickie ‘Thrillers or Contemporaries’ Giveaway

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    The Contemporaries


    The Giveaway

    I have read a bunch of awesome books these past few months and have received quite a few new books to read and review. Since my shelves are getting pretty crowded, I’ve decided to box up a few of my recent reads and offer them up for giveaway.

    And I’m going to make it super simple this time around. (Though adding the books you are interested in to Goodreads by clicking their titles above would be super amazing!)

    What’s Up for Grabs

    • A box of four thrillers (ARCs) to one winner – US only
    • A box of four contemporaries (books/ARCs) to one winner – US only

    The Deets

    To enter, leave a comment stating whether you’d be interested in the box of thrillers or contemporaries and on Tuesday, April 18th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific I’ll throw names into Random and choose one winner for the thrillers and one winner for the contemporaries.

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner for the box of thrillers and ONE winner for the box of contemporaries
    • Giveaway ends on April 18th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winners will be chosen by Random on April 19th and contacted by email
    • Winners have 72 hours to respond or a new winner(s) will be selected
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    Review: HELLWORLD

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    Title: HELLWORLD
    Author: Tom Leveen
    Release date: March 21, 2017
    Publisher: Simon Pulise
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Five years ago, Abby Booth’s mom, co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a ‘haunted’ cave in Arizona.

    Since then, Abby’s life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad’s deep depression and how they’ve drifted further and further apart.

    But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.

    With the help of the co-host’s son Charlie and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers…but what the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imagined.

    Abby was investigating a possible haunting… she never expected that there could be something worse.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy has been pre-ordered for my collection.


    The Review

    HELLWORLD is riveting, action-packed and unexpected. It teases answers to a mystery as the chapters alternate between the present and the past. It builds suspense as readers learn more about what Abby, Charlie, Selby, and Alex uncovered in the cave in their search for Abby’s mom.

    From the very first lines the story grabs, talking of darkness and danger and fear, and something that went very, very wrong. It goes beyond the typical dark-things-that-lurk-in-dark-caves brand of scary story. It tells a tale that sparks the imagination, offers food for thought, and will take spelunking off many a bucket list.

    Abby could never quite accept the fact that her mom was dead. Without any inkling about what happened or any conclusive proof that her mother was really gone, she and her dad couldn’t move on. Not when there was even the smallest thread of hope that her mom would come back.

    So when she stumbled upon some new information that might lead to answers, she decided it was time to conduct her own investigation. Reaching out to Charlie, whose dad was also one of the missing, wasn’t easy. But she didn’t want to explore a potentially dangerous cave alone, and she thought he might want answers, too.

    She hoped their search would solve the mystery once and for all. She hoped she would be able to find closure. But she didn’t really expect to find anything. Especially not what they found. She couldn’t have imagined what the aftermath of her quest for answers would be. Certainly not the magnitude of the fallout. And she never dreamed the day would come that she wished she’d never gone looking for her mother in the first place.

    Tom Leveen has melded horror with action and mystery, adding in myth and science and religion, to create a gripping, nailbiting, chilling, and thought-provoking story. He takes readers and characters into the dark, lets them imagine the stuff of nightmares, and brings them back into the light only to discover that what they witnessed in the dark is real, it’s worse than they imagined, and that their nightmares are far from over.

    HELLWORLD is the perfect title for this surprising and thrilling and amazingly good read. It promises to make you think about what might have been, what could be possible, and about just how much we don’t know. It’s an exciting story. It’s an intelligent story. It’s a scary story and one hell of a (pardon the pun) page-turner.

    The Rating

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


    About Tom Leveen

    Tom’s novels include PARTY, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL, SICK, RANDOM, and SHACKLED. He is also in the collection VIOLENT ENDS. His novel ZERO was a YALSA Best Book of 2013. His eighth book. HELLWORLD, will be available Fall 2017.

    Previously, Tom has been the artistic director of two theatre companies, and enjoys teaching and speaking to students and adults whenever and wherever possible.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #144

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

    These are books for the week of October 1st-October 7th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Endless Knight

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    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ENDLESS KNIGHT is the second book in Author Kresley Cole’s The Arcana Chronicles.

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    Oh. My. Gosh. Release date is just about here for ENDLESS KNIGHT and the official final version will be making its way to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I received the print copy this past week but it’s way too pretty to even think about breaking the spine. So I will have to wait before I can take a peek to see just how different the final version is from the version I read for review.

    And the wait is killing me. Absolutely killing me.

    I cannot get this book out of my head. It’s there beckoning to me to devour it again, to experience what happened with Evie and Jack and Death just one more time. And I know it won’t leave me alone until I do.

    ENDLESS KNIGHT was the book I chose for my Book Watch post. I may have gone on and on about just how amazing it was in that post. Just like I did in my review, which is all set to post on Monday. When I love a book as much as I love this book it is that much harder to wrangle those thoughts, so it’s taken me awhile to finally nail those down and write a semi-coherent review.

    So as much as I want to keep talking about how excited I am for this book’s release, how its release means that I’m that much closer to the next book in the series’ release, how there will finally be a bunch of readers who will get the chance to read it so I can talk with them about it, I won’t go on and on. I’ll just end by saying that this is an amazing follow-up, it’s an absolute must-read, must re-read, and must re-read again after that.

    I could not love this book any more than I do. And any words I have uttered about it or could utter don’t even come close to explaining just how amazing it is.

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    In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

    Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

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    Wild Cards

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    WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 352 pages.

    WILD CARDS is the first book in author Simone Elkeles’ new series of the same name. A release date for the second, currently untitled, book in the series is not yet available.

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    I am so excited for the release of Simone Elkeles’ WILD CARDS this week. I had the chance to read it early and I loved it, but I am totally thrilled that my finished copy will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    I love the fact that the author creates characters and stories that are somewhat unconventional. I loved getting to meet Derek and Ashtyn and seeing their relationship develop. And I loved that Ashtyn was someone who was focused, driven and determined in spite of, or perhaps because of, the situation she had at home.

    There were a couple moments in this story that brought tears to my eyes. There were some very real issues the characters had to overcome. And what the author put them through made it just so easy to connect with them even when their problems were ones that I couldn’t always relate to.

    But I don’t want to reveal those issues and their outcomes in this post, or any post for that matter. I will just say that this was a quick read, an engaging story and one I hope to someday read again.

    Description…

    After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

    Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

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    Blackout

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    BLACKOUT by Robison Wells will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 432 pages.

    BLACKOUT is the first full-length book in author Robison Wells’ new series of the same name. A prequel novella, GOING DARK, was published on August 6th.

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    I can’t believe that it’s just about October 1st and my Kindle copy of BLACKOUT will be downloading before I will have had the chance to get it on the pile. I grabbed an eARC and was so excited about the prospect of reading it early but clearly that didn’t happen since its release date is just a couple days away.

    But I want to read it. Desperately. This book sounds amazing – terrorists, a virus that results in “impossible powers,” “deception” and “catastrophic danger.” I am totally intrigued. And I’m even more curious about how the book’s title factors into the story.

    I’m tempted to at least read the prequel novella this week to find out what causes things to go dark. But I just have to find out how the lives of two trained terrorists and two high school students become intertwined and whether an explosion is triggered that “ends it all.”

    And I seriously need to read this book in the next couple of weeks.

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    Laura and Alec are trained terrorists.

    Jack and Aubrey are high school students.

    There was no reason for them to ever meet.

    But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

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    How to Love

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    HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 400 pages.

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    I have heard HOW TO LOVE is amazing and I’m so excited it is releasing this week and that I’ll have my electronic copy in hand on Tuesday. It sounds like the perfect type of love story for me to read – complicated, messy and very possibly a little (or a lot) heartbreaking.

    I am just so curious as to why Sawyer ends up falling for Reena the first time when he hadn’t noticed her for so long. I’m also super curious as to why he just suddenly left her behind and why he decided to come back.

    And, of course, I’m interested in finding out whether she forgives him and lets herself fall back in love with him after he abandoned her the way that he did.

    The description promises a story that is “breathtaking” and I cannot to wait to find out if that’s true.

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    Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

    After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

    In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

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    The Beautiful and the Damned

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    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED by Jessica Verday will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 272 pages.

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED is a spin-off of author Jessica Verday’s The Hollow series.

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    When I first read the description for THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED I knew that I just had to pre-order a copy for my collection. I never expected to be approved for an eARC and while I was approved, I always planned on keeping my pre-order for the finished copy. So I can’t wait for it to download on Monday Midnight.

    I have not yet had the chance to meet Cyn and Avian. But I just know that I’m going to love reading their story. And I know that I’m going to love Cyn based upon that line in the description that mentions she casts spells on men for the purpose of stealing their cars.

    I can’t wait to go back to Sleepy Hollow to see if they’ll be able to vanquish the source of Cyn’s power. And I can’t wait to find out how she’ll change if she does survive.

    While I haven’t had the chance to read this companion novel yet I definitely plan on reading it some time in October. It’s the perfect month to read a book that takes place in the Hollow.

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    Cyn’s blackouts have deadly consequences in this sexy, suspenseful spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Hollow series.

    Cyn and Avian are far from a perfect match. She’s a witch who casts spells on men so she can steal their cars. He spends his time being judge, jury, and executioner to the truly evil in the supernatural realm.

    When the blackouts Cyn’s been having ever since her time in Sleepy Hollow start escalating, she finds herself unable to remember where she’s been or what she’s been doing. Frightened, she seeks guidance at a local church, and it’s there she meets Avian.

    The unlikely pair soon discovers that her blackouts are a side effect of what she truly is—an Echo—a conduit for souls of the dead. The only way to prevent Cyn from losing complete control is to return to Sleepy Hollow and vanquish the source of her power—but she may not survive the process. And if she does? She won’t ever be the same…

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    Perfect Ruin

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    PERFECT RUIN by Lauren DeStefano will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    PERFECT RUIN is the first book in author Lauren DeStefano’s new series The Internment Chronicles. An eNovella is expected on April 8, 2014 and the second full-length book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release on February 1, 2015. A third book in the series is also planned.

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    I am not entirely sure how I missed all the buzz about PERFECT RUIN, but I’m so glad I did not miss adding this book to my pre-orders in August. I think the author is awesome and I cannot wait to read this first book in her new series.

    I have not read a single review or checked out this book’s rating on Goodreads. But I read the description and it sounds all sorts of amazing and I seriously cannot wait for my copy to download so I can take a peek… or perhaps dive right in.

    I love that this story is set on a floating island in the clouds. I love that for some reason getting close to the edge causes madness. I love that there are secrets that will hopefully be revealed in this first book in the series, though I have a feeling there will be quite a few secrets left for future books.

    I desperately want to know what Morgan finds out when she investigates the murder in Internment. And I really, really, really want to know just who she’ll lose.

    If I do have any time this week I am going to make it a priority to sneak PERFECT RUIN in. Even the title is intriguing. And I know I will not be able to resist the lure of this book for very long.

    Description…

    On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

    Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

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    Kami Garcia/Unbreakable

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    UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    UNBREAKABLE is the first book in Kami Garcia’s new Legion series. The second book in the series, UNBOUND, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I have long been a fan of author Kami Garcia so when I discovered that she had a book coming out written by her alone I just had to pre-order it. And UNBREAKABLE sounds wicked cool – and not because the description compared it to Supernatural… well, not just because of the comparison.

    But I love stories that have secret societies. I love stories with vengeful demons, even ones where the demon is bad versus bad boy. And I always love stories that have a bit of a mystery.

    The description promises all sorts of things I love – suspense, paranormal romance and chilling urban fantasy – and I cannot wait to read it. Though I’ll at least have to wait until my Kindle copy downloads on Tuesday before I do.

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    Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia. 

    I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

    When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

    Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

    Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

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    Stir Me Up

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    STIR ME UP by Sabrina Elkins will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print length is 268 pages.

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    Even though I received an eARC for review I just had to pre-order the finished copy of STIR ME UP for my Kindle. And even if it wasn’t super inexpensive I’d still want to add it to my collection.

    I’m reading it right now and so far am loving it. And I hope that by the time this post goes live I’ll have finished reading it and found out what happens with Cami and Julian and with Luke, the boyfriend who seems just the tiniest bit possessive.

    I don’t yet know if this story will just be about the romance or whether it will delve a bit deeper with regard to Julian’s injuries. But whether it is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story or just one that’s fun and flirty I can’t wait to finish reading it. Which will definitely happen before its release date if it hasn’t already happened by the time this post is published.

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    Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She’ll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father’s French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami’s family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

    Julian’s all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami’s starting to feel. And Cami can’t stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He’s got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….

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    Other Books of Note

    EndlessENDLESS (The Violet Eden Chapters #4) by Jessica Shirvington

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    LOVE WILL KILL US ALL

    Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose-literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she’s about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she’s not nearly ready.

    The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head-not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face…

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    StainedSTAINED by Cheryl Rainfield

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for “normal.”

    Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.

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    EntangledENTANGLED by Amy Rose Capetta

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Alone was the note Cade knew best. It was the root of all her chords.

    Seventeen-year-old Cade is a fierce survivor, solo in the universe with her cherry-red guitar. Or so she thought. Her world shakes apart when a hologram named Mr. Niven tells her she was created in a lab in the year 3112, then entangled at a subatomic level with a boy named Xan.
    Cade’s quest to locate Xan joins her with an array of outlaws—her first friends—on a galaxy-spanning adventure. And once Cade discovers the wild joy of real connection, there’s no turning back.

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    Hideous LoveHIDEOUS LOVE: THE STORY OF THE GIRL WHO WROTE FRANKENSTEIN by Stephanie Hemphill

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill comes the fascinating story of Mary Shelley, a brilliant teenager who wrote one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time: Frankenstein.

    An all-consuming love affair.

    A family torn apart by scandal.

    A young author on the brink of greatness.

    Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

    Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.

    This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.

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    HereafterHEREAFTER (Shadowlands #2) by Kate Brian

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She’s also made friends with a local clique–including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan.

    But Rory’s world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn’t what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory’s every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again. From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the pieces after the only life she’s ever known ends.

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    Eat Brains LoveEAT, BRAINS, LOVE by Jeff Hart

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Two teenage zombies search for brains, love, and answers in this surprisingly romantic and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel with guts.

    Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during lunch, Jake’s whole life changed. He and Amanda suddenly locked eyes across the cafeteria, and at the exact same instant, they turned into zombies and devoured half their senior class.

    Now Jake definitely has Amanda’s attention-as well as Cass’s, since she’s been sent on a top-secret mission to hunt them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own-one that will lead the three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.

    Eat, Brains, Love is a heartwarming and bloody blend of romance, deadpan humor, and suspense that fans of Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies will devour. With its irresistibly dry and authentic teen voice, as well as a zombie apocalypse worthy of AMC’s The Walking Dead, this irreverent paperback original will leave readers dying for the sequel that’s coming in Summer 2014.

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    Picture Me GonePICTURE ME GONE by Meg Rosoff

    Pub. Date: October 3, 2013

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Printz Award-winning author Meg Rosoff’s latest novel is a gorgeous and unforgettable page-turner about the relationship between parents and children, love and loss.

    Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room—sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past—slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she’s closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best.

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    9780670786206_ManMadeBoy_JK.inddMAN MADE BOY by Jon Skovron

    Pub. Date: October 3, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Love can be a real monster.

    Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.

    Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can’t escape his demons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more.

    This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster—and a man.

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    Everything BreaksEVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove

    Pub. Date: xx, 2013

    Publisher: xx

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Tucker was supposed to be the designated driver. But there was something about the beauty of that last true summer night, that made him want to feel out-of-control just once. He drank so much and so quickly that he was instantly sick. That left Trey to drive. “I’ll catch up to you later,” were the last words Tucker would ever say to his friends as he heaved by the side of the road. It was the last time Tucker would ever see them alive.

    Tucker’s grief and guilt are just about unbearable and he wonders how he can continue living himself. When he meets the Ferryman who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divide the world of the living from the world of the dead, Tucker gets a chance to decide: live or die. The temptation to join his three best friends on the other side may be too much for Tucker to overcome.   A gripping, haunting and emotional read.

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    Confessions The Private School MurdersCONFESSIONS: THE PRIVATE SCHOOL MURDERS (Confessions #2) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

    Pub. Date: October 7, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Tandy Angel may have played the hero when she solved the case of her magnificently wealthy parents’ mysterious deaths, but she isn’t done yet. Her brother Matthew stands trial for homicide, young girls are found murdered all around New York’s Upper West side, and Tandy is determined to use her piercing intellect to get to the bottom of both cases. But the biggest mystery of allmay be what actually happened to James Rampling, the handsome son of a family enemy, whom Tandy fell in love and ran away with–though most of her memories of the affair are disturbingly absent…

    The confessions keep coming as Tandy delves even deeper into her own tumultuous history and the skeletons in the Angel family closet.

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    Goodbye Rebel BlueGOODBYE, REBEL BLUE by Shelley Coriell

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Amulet Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she falls for Nate, the golden boy do-gooder who never looks out for himself.

    Perfect for fans of Jay Asher’s blockbuster hit Thirteen Reasons Why, Coriell’s second novel features her sharp, engaging voice along with realistic drama and unforgettable characters.

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    Made of StarsMADE OF STARS by Kelley York

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

    The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.

    Then Chance’s mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?

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    Zom-B BabyZOM-B BABY (Zom-B #5) by Darren Shan

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The fifth book in the series.

    B is trying to settle into life with the Angels, but finds it hard to believe some of Dr Oystein’s claims. When she decides to seek refuge elsewhere, she scours the streets of London in search of a place to call home.

    But what she finds will lead B to question everything that she has ever held to be true.

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    Scarlet in the SnowSCARLET IN THE SNOW by Sophie Masson

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Australia

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A deserted mansion. Empty picture frames. A perfect red rose in a snowy garden. There is rich and powerful magic here, and a mystery to unravel . . .

    When Natasha is forced to take shelter from a sudden, terrible blizzard, she is lucky to see a mansion looming out of the snow. Inside it’s beautiful: the fire lit, the table set. But there is no one there. And on the walls, instead of paintings, are empty frames. In the garden, she finds one perfect red rose about to bloom, a vivid splash of scarlet against the snow. Dreamily she reaches out a hand . . . Only to have the master of the house appear – a terrifying, gigantic creature who looks like a cross between a bear and a man – and demand vengeance on her for taking his rose.

    So begins an extraordinary adventure that will see Natasha plunged deep into the heart of a mystery. She begins to realise she has stumbled onto a great tragedy – a spell of revenge laid on the young man the Beast once was, devised by a powerful sorcerer. But even if she can break the spell, the Beast she has now come to love will be snatched from her. Natasha will have a long journey, and many ordeals, ahead of her before there can be a happy ending

    Inspired by two beautiful Russian fairytales – The Scarlet Flower (the Russian version of Beauty and the Beast) and Fenist the Falcon, Scarlet in the Snow is a beguiling mix of magic, romance, adventure and mystery.

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    Allure_500ALLURE (The Hoodoo Apprentice #2) by Lea Nolan

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Worst. Summer. Ever.

    Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

    Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

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    The Enchanter HeirTHE ENCHANTER HEIR (The Heir Chronicles #4) by Cinda Williams Chima

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors, Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a global network that hunts the undead. He is being groomed to succeed Gabriel Mandrake, the sorcerer, philanthropist, and ruthless music promoter who established the Thorn Hill Foundation, the public face of Nightshade. More and more, Jonah’s at odds with Gabriel’s tactics and choice of targets. Desperate to help his dying brother Kenzie, Jonah opens doors that Gabriel prefers to keep closed.

    Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions.

    Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Madison Moss and the Interguild Council, threatening the fragile peace brokered at Trinity.

    Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid growing suspicion that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.

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    She Is Not InvisibleSHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick

    Pub. Date: October 3, 2013

    Publisher: Indigo

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Laureth Peak’s father is a writer. For years he’s been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he’s obsessed, Laureth thinks he’s on the verge of a breakdown.He’s supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.

    On impulse she steals her mother’s credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.

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    SickMechfinalSICK by Tom Leveen

    Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

    Publisher: Amulet Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead as a group of unlikely allies tries to survive a deadly outbreak.

    Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

    The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.

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    Other Releases

    SEVEN DEADLY SINS VOL. 3: SLOTH; GLUTTONY; GREED by Robin Wasserman

    SIX MONTHS LATER by Natalie Richards

    SHADOWLARK (Skylark #2) by Meagan Spooner

    PRETENDERS (Pretenders #1) by Lisi Harrison

    EVANESCENT (The Chronicles of Nerissette #2) by Andria Buchanan

    FIRE STORM (Young Sherlock Holmes #4) by Andrew Lane

    HERO (Woodcutter Sisters #2) by Alethea Kontis

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    Once again it seems that I have eight books pre-ordered, but as I plan on buying ALLURE by Lea Nolan, HEREAFTER by Kate Brian and HIDEOUS LOVE by Stephanie Hemphill, it’s really more like eleven.

    While I have read ENDLESS KNIGHT and WILD CARDS and will be finished reading STIR ME UP, there are still a ton of new releases that will be added to the TBR pile in my collection. I wish I could read faster, be less distracted by the various blogs, have more time in the day to read and review books just a bit quicker than I do.

    But someday – hopefully soon – I’ll get the chance to read them all. I also hope I didn’t forget any titles like I did last week.

    Last week I had an additional book download on Monday Midnight that wasn’t a YA book so I completely missed its release date. It was a total surprise. And that book was…

    Vicious

    VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab
    Pub. Date: September 24, 2013
    Publisher: Tor Books
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

    Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

    Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

    In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

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    This book sounds totally awesome – hence the pre-order – so I hope I’ll be able to find some time to read it, or get the chance to shove a few books off the pile in order to do so, really, really soon.

    Anyway… Once again this post is super long – and has taken me over eight hours to pull together – so I’ll stop my rambling now. But I hope that there are a few awesome books releasing this week that end up topping your TBR pile and I hope that if you do read ENDLESS KNIGHT the ending won’t make you as desperate for the next installment in the series as it did me.

    Dying. Abso-freaking-lutely dying.

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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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #121

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

    These are books for the week of April 23rd-April 29th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Arclight
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    ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 416 pages.

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    I hadn’t heard of ARCLIGHT until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books told me it was amazing and that I had to read it. She sent me the ARC, which I am definitely going to read, but I just had to pre-order the eBook so that I could have this for my permanent collection.

    When Jaime recommends a book that strongly I know it’ll be one I enjoy. And as the description sounds really cool and very different, I think it’ll be a book I’ll enjoy a lot.

    I can’t wait to find out how Marina ended up in the Grey, with no memory of her family or her time in the Fade. And I can’t wait to learn just how she even managed to survive the Fade, something no one has ever done before.

    The description mentions that she could be either humanity’s hope or its destruction and I’m so curious to find out which she’ll be.

    While I won’t get the chance to read ARCLIGHT this week, I’ll definitely be picking it up in early May.

    Unbreakable

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    UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 496 pages.

    UNBREAKABLE is the second and final book in author Elizabeth Norris’Unraveling series.

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    I cannot believe that UNBREAKABLE is releasing this week. One moment it seemed like the release date was ages away and now it’s finally here and everyone will get to see how awesome this sequel is. The moment I finished reading UNRAVELING last fall I ran to Amazon to pre-order UNBREAKABLE because this series was one I knew I’d want to keep reading.

    Of course I had no idea this was only a two book series, which still makes me a little bit sad. But I am so happy that I did get the chance to read UNBREAKABLE, even if it was only a week or so early.

    Yes, as soon as I heard there wasn’t going to be a book three I completely panicked and couldn’t bring myself to say goodbye to this series that I’d only just met. Everyone who’d met these characters when UNRAVELING released had some time with them before this book’s release when they’d have to say goodbye. Whereas I’d just met them and was most definitely not ready.

    Though I did finally read it. And it was amazing. And there were lots and lots and lots of tears.

    And I won’t say anything more since I already rambled about UNBREAKABLE in my Book Watch post the other week, I will be posting my review soon and my stop on the UNBREAKABLE Blog Tour is coming up. So my lips are sealed.

    But yes this is a must read series and yes this final book is fan-freaking-tastic!

    The Rules

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    THE RULES by Stacey Kade will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON (the eBook is available HERE) and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE RULES is the first book in author Stacey Kade’s Project Paper Doll series. No details on the sequel are yet available.

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    I haven’t listened to any of the chatter about THE RULES, but when I saw that author Stacey Kade was releasing a new title I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. And while I was so tempted to request it on NetGalley, I refrained due to an overcrowded review pile. But I’m totally stoked that release date is just about here and that I’ll be able to check out this awesome-sounding book.

    I am super curious to find out just what having a mix of human and extraterrestrial DNA means for Ariane. And I’m also curious as to just what her creators were planning on doing with her if she hadn’t escaped.

    The five rules she’s chosen to live by seem fairly straightforward. But of course they don’t take into account the fact that it’s almost impossible to stop yourself from falling in love. Love doesn’t play by the rules.

    But I am hopeful that falling for Zane Bradshaw doesn’t complicate things too much. Though I’m guessing it just might.

    THE RULES sounds so very exciting and I cannot wait to get the chance to check it out.

    Chosen at Nightfall

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    CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL by C.C. Hunter will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 416 pages.

    CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL is fifth and final full-length book in the author’s Shadow Falls series.

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    I just saw that CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL will be the final book in this series and I’m absolutely devastated. I’ve fallen quite far behind and I’d hoped to catch up before the series ended. And yet it’s ending and I’m still behind.

    I have all previously released book in the series – and the novellas – on my Kindle. And I’ve had CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL pre-ordered for ages. So when it downloads on Monday Midnight I will have the complete Shadow Falls collection. I just need to get caught up.

    I have not read beyond the fist paragraph of the description but it does hint that there is still a love triangle… though not who the two boys are…. And it mentions that the conclusion will be epic, which is something I’m all for.

    I hope that things work out for Kylie but if she still must decide between two boys – pick Lucas, pick Lucas! – I think this series ending will be a bittersweet one.

    And as I am so far behind I won’t get the chance to catch up this spring, but I definitely want to devour the entire series this summer.

    Exile

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    EXILE by Rebecca Lim will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 288 pages.

    EXILE is the second book in author Rebecca Lim’s Mercy series. The third book in the series, MUSE, and the fourth book, FURY, are not yet slated for release in the U.S.

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    I never thought they’d release EXILE in the U.S. I’ve been waiting not so patiently for almost two years for its release. Actually, longer than that, since I read an eGalley through NetGalley prior to its release in May 2011.

    It’s been so long that only the tiniest of fragments remain in my memory – the writing had a very unique cadence to it. And there was a bus.

    But I’m not one to give up on a series that makes me wait ages and ages – I waited more than a decade for all the books in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. In comparison, two years isn’t too terrible.

    So when I discovered that EXILE was available to pre-order for the Kindle I jumped all over it. Even though my memories are fuzzy, I do remember enjoying it and wanting to see where this story was headed. But if there is going to be another two year wait between books in the U.S., I think I’ll just order the foreign editions of the remaining two books if this sequel turns out to be awesome.

    Why wait if I don’t have to?

    I did end up taking a peek at the description, which is bringing back some memories of Mercy’s story. I do remember being fascinated by the fact that Mercy was doomed to return to Earth in a different human form over and over. And I do remember that she suffered from memory loss. But I don’t remember much about the love story, so I’m excited to have my own lost memories of this series restored.

    I am also super curious to find out if the author reveals why Mercy’s been exiled and whether she’ll be able to break the cycle she’s forced to repeat. As this is a four book series, I don’t know how much will be unveiled, but I’m hopeful of getting a few answers in this installment.

    Natural Born Angel

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    NATURAL BORN ANGEL by Scott Speer will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 368 pages.

    NATURAL BORN ANGEL is the second book in Scott Speer’s Immortal City series. No information is yet available about a sequel.

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    I am so thrilled that the second book in Scott Speer’s Immortal City, NATURAL BORN ANGEL, is releasing this week. I have loved the sound of this series since before the first book was released, and I’ve actually read about half of book one before being forced to set it aside for a review book or two.

    I’ve had NATURAL BORN ANGEL pre-ordered for my Kindle since very soon after it was made available to order online. But I have not checked out this book’s description as I do not want to spoil the ending for IMMORTAL CITY.

    I cannot wait to continue this series and hopefully Maddy’s story. But as I don’t know the outcome of that first book or whether this sequel switches to another character’s perspective, I can only hope… and wonder….

    I would love to read the two books in this series back-to-back. Hopefully early this summer. And as it has been awhile since I read the first-half of book one, I am going to start over and read it from the beginning.

    I’ve never been a fan of picking a book back up from where I’ve left off when I’ve been away from it for several months, as I never reconnect in quite the same way. And I want to be able to connect with these characters, with this world and with this story.

    The Elite

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    THE ELITE by Kiera Cass will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE ELITE is the second book in author Kiera Cass’ Selection series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, THE SELECTION, but I own it and it sounds like it will be a fun read. I did cave and check out a review just the other week, which made me think that it definitely will be something I’ll enjoy when I get the chance to read it. So I headed over to Amazon to pre-order THE ELITE for my Kindle and it seems I’ve had it pre-ordered since October 24, 2012.

    Clearly I’d planned on continuing this series for awhile. Even without having checked out another blogger’s views on book one. It’s very possible I was lured in by the pretty covers.

    And it’s very likely that I was hooked by the fact that this story involves a competition with a Prince as its prize.

    I couldn’t help but peek at this book’s description, which thankfully isn’t too revealing. And it’s made me curious to find out who I’d choose for America – Prince Maxon or Aspen. But it’s also made me wonder just what “devastating loss” America suffers that makes her “question everything.”

    As this is a trilogy any possibility for a happily ever after ending won’t be in this book, but I am hopeful this won’t end on too big of a cliff as I do plan on reading these first two books in the series early this summer.

    Other Books of Note

    Crush

    CRUSH (Crash #3) by Nicole Williams

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood

    JANE AUSTEN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD by Abby McDonald

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Truth or Dare

    TRUTH OR DARE (Capital Girls #3) by Ella Monroe

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Unnatural Creatures

    UNNATURAL CREATURES: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Silver Dream

    THE SILVER DREAM (Interworld #2) by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    How Zoe Made Her Dreams Mostly Come True

    HOW ZOE MADE HER DREAMS (MOSTLY) COME TRUE by Sarah Strohmeyer

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Darius and Twig

    DARIUS & TWIG by Walter Dean Myers

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Amistad

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    How I Lost You

    HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Quintana of Charyn

    QUINTANA OF CHARYN (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I didn’t realize I had seven books pre-ordered. I knew there were a ton of books releasing this week, I just didn’t realize that I’d have seven books scheduled to download on Tuesday.

    What’s worse… or better depending on how you look at it… is that there are a couple books releasing that I didn’t pre-order but I know I will be buying on release day. Such as manicpixiedreamgirl and HOW I LOST YOU. So the reality is there are likely nine books getting added to my collection, of which eight of them are TBR books.

    And with the number of books releasing the weeks of April 30th and May 7th, I am a little bit terrified of how deep a hole I’m digging for myself. I may seriously have to start putting the blinders on when it comes to new releases. Or seriously look into taking that speed-reading course I’ve been curious about.

    Or discover a way to have a book’s contents implanted into my brain – with all the feels – so that it will cut down on reading time by at least one thousand percent. Now that would be awesome.

    Anyway….

    I don’t think I missed any titles that I’ve ordered, even if I might have missed one or two books of note that are releasing this week. But maybe that isn’t such a bad thing. The not discovering, that is. I can only read so many books in this lifetime. And I have enough already on my Kindle to last me for years and years.

    Still… I’d love to hear which of the books releasing this week are books you’ve had your eye on and are most excited to add to your collection. If you’d like to share your favorite releases, feel free to leave a comment!

    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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