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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #44

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

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

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    Reckoning by Lili St. Crow will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in paperback format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, the print edition is 30y pages.

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

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    I have been a fan of this series for ages, although since I started blogging I have fallen way behind. I didn’t even realize that this was the final book in the series, though its release has been on my radar for months.

    While it’s not yet available for me to pre-order for my Kindle or Nook now, I expect it to be released electronically soon. I own all the other books in the series, have read the first two, and can’t wait for this book to join my permanent collection.

    I only took a tiny peek at the Goodreads description, just enough of one to let me know it was the final book, because I didn’t want it to spoil Jealousy or Defiance, which are still on my TBR list. But for those who want to check it out, there is a link to the book page on Goodreads in the cover image.

    I can’t believe this series is ending. I would love the opportunity to re-read the series from the beginning so that I can have all four books fresh in my mind when I read this last book. I am hoping for a happy ending, but as I don’t know what happened in Jealousy or Defiance, I’m not certain where things stand for Dru Anderson.

    I wish this was already downloadable as an eBook, but this is a book and series that is worth waiting for. Of course if I do get the chance to re-read the series prior to it being made available electronically, I will purchase a print copy of this book to read.

    Crossed by Ally Condie will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, a division of the Penguin Group, the print edition is 367 pages.

    Crossed is the second book in the Matched series by author Ally Condie.

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    Crossed is another book I’ve been anxiously anticipating. I had hoped to read Matched – which I own and which has been on my TBR pile since it was first released – prior to Crossed’s release date, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

    Even though I’m not caught up, I still have this pre-ordered for my Kindle and I hope to get to both books soon. I heard such amazing things about Matched, and the few whispers I’ve listened to about Crossed have been positive, so of course I’ve been dying to dive into this series.

    Once again, as I don’t want to read the Goodreads description for fear of spoilers, I’ve linked it through the cover image. But I did check out the Goodreads description for Matched and I’m so super curious about this dystopian novel.

    I’ve loved both covers, but I think I love the cover for Crossed a little bit more. The first book’s cover had the girl trapped in the bubble, in this book the girl is breaking free, so I can’t wait to find out just how that relates to the story.

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

    Touch by Jus Accardo’s official release date in the U.S. is November 1, 2011, although the eBook was made available on October 9, 2011. It is currently available to order online in print and eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 251 pages.

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

    Touch is the first book in the Denazen series by author Jus Accardo.

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    I heard about this book on author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s blog. I decided to check it out, and after I read the book’s description I just knew that this would be a book I’d love to read. And while I did download the eBook for my Kindle earlier this month, I waited until its official release date to mention it in my Releasing This Week post.

    I heard really great things from the bloggers I know who already read this book, so I’m even more excited to start reading this soon. I am super curious to find out just what happens at the Denazen Corporation, why Kale’s touch is deadly and what secret he’s keeping..

    I am also dying to find out just who or what the Sixes are and what kinds of weapons they’re being used as.

    I’m thrilled that this is already in my permanent collection and I can’t wait to add it to the top of my reading pile, hopefully next month.

    Last Breath by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Last Breath is the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.

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    This is another series I love but am seriously behind on. I haven’t had a chance to read Ghost Town or Bite Club, which were both released after I started blogging.

    I love this series, the world, the characters and the book covers and am excited whenever each book releases so that I can add them to my permanent collection, I just haven’t had the time to read the last few books.

    As I already spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post, I will only say that this is just such a fun and easy-to-read series and I can’t wait to get caught up and find out who this new character is in Last Breath.

    To get a long look inside Last Breath on the book’s website,  CLICK HERE.

    Dark Eden by Patrick Carman will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio 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 Katherine Tegen Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Dark Eden is the first book in a new series by the same name from author Patrick Carman.

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    While I’ve already read and reviewed Dark Eden and checked out many of the online additions like the “Fear Test” and downloaded the App from iTunes, I do have the eBook pre-ordered for my Kindle.

    I gave away my ARC and I want the eBook in my permanent collection. Especially as there will be a book two, which I did not know about when I read it.

    Eve of Destruction is slated for release on April 24, 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books, and is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    I just have to know where this series is headed after the rather surprising twist at the end. And I’m glad that Eve of Destruction will be released in less than six months.

    As I did just recently review Dark Eden, here, and got all sorts of extras as part of my blog tour stop, here, I won’t go rambling on and on. But this is an exciting story that is a bit of a mystery and even more of a chilling thriller. And I’m curious to see if the final version deviates in any major way from the ARC I read for review.

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

    Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It’s currently available to pre-order online in hardcover and audio formats at Amazon, and in eBook and audio formats and an exclusive hardcover edition with an extra chapter, at Barnes & Noble. [To find the audiobook edition at B&N, CLICK HERE.]

    Published by Splinter, the print edition is 560 pages.

    Tiger’s Voyage is the third book in the Tiger’s Saga series by author Colleen Houck.

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    I don’t remember how I first learned of this series, but the cover for the first book in the series was so beautiful I had to buy it. I also purchased the second book in the series and now have the third book in the series pre-ordered at Barnes & Noble.

    While I haven’t yet read any of this series, it’s one I’m really looking forward to discovering. Aside from the beautiful covers – and this one’s my favorite – the story sounds absolutely amazing. According to the description of the first book, it’s an epic story that has magic, spells, romance and adventure – all things I love to read about.

    As I haven’t yet started the series, I have avoided the Goodreads description for this third book, but I have linked it in the cover image for those who want to know more.

    And for an even longer look at the first four chapters of Tiger’s Voyage from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    And if you haven’t yet read any of the series, be sure to check out the Tiger’s Curse website, as the first seven chapters of Tiger’s Curse are available to read online as are the first four chapters of Tiger’s Quest.

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    Once again it’s another six book week. But there are not too many books that I actually can add to the top of my reading pile. Four of the books are from series that I have earlier books I must read in order to get caught up. One book I’ve already read.

    So that just leaves Touch, which I am dying to read just as soon as I get a little more caught up with promised reads.

    But those four series books are ones that I’m just dying to get caught up on so that I can read these latest releases. I just hope that I can get to at least one or two of them before the year ends.

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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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    Review: Deadly Little Games

    Deadly Little Games is the third book in the Touch series by author Laurie Faria Stolarz. It was released in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats on December 28, 2010. Print length: 304 pages.

    Goodreads Description:

    Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia’s gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn’t yet comprehend.

    Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, an unresolved family tragedy resurfaces in Camelia’s life, irrevocably changing everything she cares about…

    Poor Camelia. Ever since Ben has come into her life things have gone on a downward spiral. First there was the whole situation with Matt, then Debbie Marcus, and now this.

    Discovering she had a psychometric ability was hard enough to deal with. But then she begins sculpting Adam’s body parts – his eyes, his lips – for reasons she doesn’t understand. All she knows is that her sculptures must mean something, but what?

    Is it because their almost-kiss is her regret? Or could it be something else – a premonition that Adam is in danger? Even if it means losing Ben, her soul-mate, the only person who can truly understand her abilities, is she willing to put Adam’s life at risk?

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    Deadly Little Games is the third book in the Touch series by author Laurie Faria Stolarz. This book is another nail-biting mystery in a series whose main character, Camelia, has the psychometric ability to discern certain future events through her art – sculpting, in specific.

    As the series has progressed, we learn more about Camelia’s ability, where it has originated, and just how accurate it truly is. Her ability has been both a gift and a curse. While it has gotten her into these situations, it has also enabled her to solve them.

    Each book in the series is fast-paced and exciting, with twists and turns that leave you guessing until the very end. Deadly Little Games is no exception. Somewhere between the hidden meaning behind her sculptures and the mysterious crossword clues, lies the answer to the deadly little game that only Camelia, Kimmie and Wes seem willing to play.

    For fans of this series, this installment will not disappoint. As the puzzle continues to grow, so does the tension between Camelia and Ben over her involvement with Adam. And, readers get a chance to discover more about Aunt Alexia and her abilities.

    Although this book does not have a cliffhanger ending and the mystery of who is behind these games is revealed, there are many things left up in the air with Camelia, her mother, Aunt Alexia, Adam and Ben that make the wait for the next book in the series, Deadly Little Voices, which is scheduled for release in November 2011, tortuous.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    This is another series that I loved from the moment I started reading. I got this one last night just after midnight and couldn’t put it down. Even though it has a paranormal element to it, it doesn’t lump itself in with that genre. The storyline is unique and unforgettable and will definitely not blend in and get lost in the crowd.

    Each book in the series has a mystery that needs solving and they are such quick, fun and anxiety-filled reads. This one even had crossword clues that you get to figure out long before the characters do!

    And, Ben…Oh, Ben… Ben is absolutely maddening – but I love him anyway. He is a tortured soul, with a hidden past, who completely makes this series. And in this book his actions were just as puzzling as in the previous books. You really just want him to be this perfect guy, but something always seems to get in the way, making his relationship with Camelia so frustrating, angst-y and upsetting.

    I wish this was one of the “two books per year” series, but this book was certainly worth the wait. And November 2011 cannot come soon enough!

    Book trailer for Deadly Little Lies (book #2) in the series:

    Author Laurie Faria Stolarz talks about Deadly Little Lies the 2nd book in the series:

    The fourth book Deadly Little Voices is slated for release in November 2011.

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    Book Watch: Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz

    Synopsis from author’s website:

    Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia’s gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn’t yet comprehend.

    Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, an unresolved family tragedy resurfaces in Camelia’s life, irrevocably changing everything she cares about…

    Deadly Little Games is the third book in Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Touch series. It is due out December 28th in both print and electronic format and is available for pre-order in both formats from Amazon.com and in print at Barnes & Noble. It is not yet available for the nook. The fourth book, of a rumored five books, Deadly Little Voices, is due out in November 2011 according to Goodreads.

    Although other YA novels involve characters with psychometric abilities, Ms. Stolarz’s characters are both intriguing and one of a kind. This next book is a definite add for the to-be-read lists for year-end 2010.

    Extras:

    According to the author, there will be a contest during the first week of December – “prizes include a phone call from [the author] and getting a future-character named after you.” Click here for more information on the author’s website.

    Book trailer for Deadly Little Lies – the second book in the series:

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