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    The Trailers: September

    They’re back – after a very long summer hiatus! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for some of the recently released and upcoming books for September.

    I am a bit late, as many of the September books have already been released. But once again, I say better late than never.

    And I know I missed July and August completely, but it seems that during the summer, book trailers aren’t released quite as early or as frequently as they are throughout the remainder of the year and so my July trailers post still sits in drafts with only a tiny handful of trailers.

    But, they’re back…and I’ll be posting my October trailers post in the next couple of weeks.

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    And because I just couldn’t resist posting one of the many trailers I missed from the August 30th releases…

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

    Release date: August 30, 2011

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Vanish by Sophie Jordan

    Release date: September 6, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

    Release date: September 6, 2011

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Fateful by Claudia Gray

    Release date: September 13, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

    Release date: September 13, 2011

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – Not a trailer. The author talks about the book

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    After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel

    Release date: September 13, 2011

    (Bloomsburykids)

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    The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

    Release date: September 20, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author talks about the book

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    The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

    Release date: September 27, 2011

    (Torforge)

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

    Release date: September 27, 2011

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

    Release date: September 29, 2011

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    And for just a peek at what’s happening on the Fall 2011 Dark Days tour…

    Fall ’11 Dark Days

    (HarperTeen)

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     We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

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    The Extras: September

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

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

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

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

    I know I’m a little late this month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff! And since I am a little late, I’ve included a peek at an October release I can’t wait for.

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

    Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series. The title really says it all. According to the description, when Ethan Wate returns home, Gatlin has gone haywire and is in complete chaos. If that wasn’t enough, his dreams, which are haunted, don’t seem to be staying dreams anymore.

    But the worst thing of all is that the description promises, “this time there won’t be a happy ending.”

    Oh. No.

    To get a look at the first thirteen pages, CLICK HERE.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book in a new series of the same name. The second book, Crown of Embers is slated for publication in 2012 and the third book, The Bitter Kingdom in 2013.

    This is the story of a girl who is meant to fulfill a prophecy, who is secretly married to a king and whose enemies hunt her. It’s a story of a princess who meets a man who sees her differently from everyone else and to whom she may just fall in love.

    I’m intrigued.

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

    Enthralled by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Vincent and many, many more, will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Enthralled is an awesome collection of paranormal stories written by some of the top authors in the genre, including Rachel Vincent, Claudia Gray, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, with the common thread of “journeying” to tie them together.

    This has been a book I’ve been dying to get my hands on for months. I’m glad the wait is now less than two weeks.

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

    Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Cold Kiss is author Amy Garvey’s young adult debut and it sounds absolutely heartbreaking. Wren loses her boyfriend in a car accident. She brings him back from the dead, but it sounds as if Danny isn’t quite who he used to be and she begins to fall for someone else.

    No matter what she chooses to do, I can’t imagine any of those choices being easy or being painless, and I do expect there might be some tears involved with this read.

    Once again HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Beautiful Days is the second book in the Bright Young Things series. If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (See the very next Extra in this post.)

    This series is set in 1929 during the Jazz Age in New York and follows Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur and Astrid Donal. This sequel continues their story during an age when the nights are filled with parties and excitement.

    And with a description that hints at even more danger, heartbreak and romance, this is a new series I can’t wait to discover.

    To get a sneak peek courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen was released in the U.S. on October 12, 2010.

    This is the first book in a series set during the Jazz Age in 1929 New York. Two small town girls, Cordelia and Letty, head to the big city, one seeking stardom and the other trying to track down her father. And when they arrive, they discover a world that is opulent, exciting and dangerous.

    The story also introduces Astrid, a beautiful and wealthy flapper, who comes from a family with much to hide. Bright Young Things is just the beginning of each of their stories.

    Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and includes Bonus Material.

    To download the eBook from Amazon, CLICK HERE.

    To download the eBook from Barnes & Noble, CLICK HERE.

    Fateful by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    This new book, with its beautiful cover, by author Claudia Gray is set aboard the Titanic where the passengers consist not only of humans, but of werewolves. While the future of the ship is certain, the fates of Tess, the main character, and Alec, the boy she falls in love with, are not.

    Whether it’s Alec’s dark past or the ship’s tragic end, things do not look promising for the future of these two characters, who have the odds seriously stacked against them.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    Drink Slay Love sounds like it will be a whole lot of fun and a story filled with all sorts of sarcastic goodness. The main character is a teenage vampire who happens to develop a conscience after being stabbed by a unicorn. A unicorn! And since she is able to see her reflection and walk around during the day, she may just be becoming human.

    As someone who is now straddling both worlds, she’ll eventually have to make a choice who to side with.

    And according to the description there will also be a few “gorgeous vampires,” and “handsome were-unicorns.” Yum?

    To take a peek inside on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    And for another chance to take a peek at some of the books that are available now, check them out, below.

    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey was released in the U.S. today, September 8, 2011.

    This story had me hooked from its opening lines, which coincidentally can be found in the long look inside provided by the publisher. Braden Michaels leaves for Belle Dam in an attempt to protect his Uncle. What he finds there, aside from the utterly gorgeous Trey, is a town that is in the middle of a feud.

    The line has been drawn between two families of powerful witches. Jason Thorpe on the one side and Catherine Lansing on the other.

    And caught somewhere in the middle of it all is Braden, with an incredible power that is important that he hide. Witch eyes. Which give him ability to see the world as it actually exists and to unravel any magic spell he encounters.

    To get a look at the first five chapters of Witch Eyes, which released today, CLICK HERE.

    Vanish by Sophie Jordan was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This is the second book in the Firelight series by author Sophie Jordan. As I haven’t yet read the first book, I’ve been hiding from all conversation about this sequel and have refused to look at the description for fear of spoilers.

    But if this sequel is anything like Firelight is described, then this story will be just as magical and heartbreaking as the first and will continue the story for Jacinda, a girl descended from dragons, and Will, a hunter and enemy of her kind.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Pitch Dark’s Dark Days Sampler features excerpts from Supernaturally, Fateful, Cold Kiss, A Beautiful Dark and Eve. It was released on September 6, 2011.

    When I noticed this on Amazon last week I had to pre-order it. Although I have all the upcoming books pre-ordered, own a few of the ARCs, and have already read one of them, I just couldn’t pass up this free eBook sampler.

    While I have links in this post to excerpts of a couple of the books in the sampler, those links are to online reads, and by downloading the sampler you can take it with you almost anywhere.

    It is currently available as a free Kindle eBook download at Amazon, HERE.

    The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This book’s description tells a rather heartbreaking tale. It is the story of a teenage girl who loses her parents and her brother in a car accident. Her life in turmoil, she develops a connection with the boy whose mother also died in the accident and whose father is in a coma.

    While this book sounds like it will be so terribly, terribly sad, I am hopeful that the connection these two characters make will bring a spark of joy to this tragic story.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    Blood Bound is an utterly addicting new series by author Rachel Vincent, aimed at an adult audience. This new world she created in the Unbound series is dark, gritty and electrifying.

    In this world, filled with the Skilled who have the ability to track you down with something as simple as a name, the danger of being found and bound to one of the two crime families that control the city is always present.

    This first book is Liv and Cam’s story and is definitely one not to be missed.

    To take a peek at the first chapter of this book on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This sequel to I Am Number Four in the Lorien Legacies is Seven’s story. The six that remain of the original nine who escaped from the Mogadorians are still in hiding. But Seven is ready to fight and has just been waiting for a sign.

    And John Smith’s escape may be just that.

    To check out the first five chapters on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    Dream Dark by Karmi Garci and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    This short eBook novella, which also includes a peek at the first five chapters of Beautiful Chaos, is the story of Link’s transformation and is set before the events in the upcoming third book in the series.

    So as not to spoil anything for those who haven’t met Link, I have been purposely vague about just what kind of transformation Link’s going through.

    But for those who want to know more, a quick peek at this novella is available, HERE.

    Haunting the Night by Mara Purnhagen was released in the U.S. on August 1, 2011.

    This novella in the Past Midnight series is set before Beyond the Grave, the third full-length book. According to the description, instead of going to Prom and spending time with her boyfriend Noah, Charlotte Silver is looking for answers about everything that happened to her and her family.

    And it seems she may just get some.

    It is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Really, what more can I say. Anyone who’s stopped by the blog knows just how much I love this book about these incredibly unique gods and goddesses and especially Ashline Wilde, a Polynesian volcano goddess with a serious kick-butt attitude.

    And for anyone looking for an ending that will absolutely rock your world, Wildefire is a book not to be missed.

    In case you haven’t yet decided to grab a copy, the publisher, Simon & Schuster, is still offering a nice peek inside, HERE.

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    I have read a few, but not all of the books in the above list. And I have grabbed all the free eBooks for both my nook and my Kindle – which at the moment is DOA – but that’s what the Kindle App is for.

    I am super excited about these upcoming releases, and for those that have already released, well, they are some of my favorites. Most of these books I either own or I have pre-ordered, but for the ones I haven’t yet have a chance to discover, getting a free download or being able to take a long look inside is such a great thing.

    So, for your reading pleasure, I’ve included them here. Happy reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #36

    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 September 6th-September 12th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Vanish by Sophie Jordan will be released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Vanish is the second book in the Firelight series by Sophie Jordan.

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    I have been infatuated with this cover for months and months and desperate to read this series for even longer. I own the first book and traded for an ARC of Vanish, but I still haven’t had the chance to catch up on this series.

    I can’t wait for my pre-order to download on Monday Midnight, even though I know I won’t be reading either book for at least a month or two. This series is definitely unique – I don’t know of any other where the main character has descended from dragons. And with the first book in this series promising “doomed love” and “mythical powers” I can’t even imagine what book two has in store for Jacinda.

    As I refuse to take a peek at Vanish’s description in case it is totally spoiler-y for book one, I’ll just have to link it HERE.

    And for those who have already read Firelight and would like to get a long look inside of Vanish, courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle will be released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 432 pages.

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

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    I actually won a signed ARC of The Beginning of After in a charitable auction and I may have also owned a second printed ARC which I received in a trade and passed along. And, this may be one of the NetGalley books I’d requested, too. So, yeah, I definitely wanted to get my hands on this book. Well, I’ll have yet another copy on Tuesday when the electronic version downloads to my Kindle.

    This book sounds absolutely heartbreaking. It is one of the reasons I didn’t dive right in when I received the ARC. I just know that it will tear me apart and I have to be prepared. The idea that the main character, at such an important time in her life, loses her parents and brother in a car accident and has her entire life turned upside down, is absolutely devastating.

    And then to find herself connected to the boy who is suffering the loss of his mother who also died in the accident and whose father is in a coma just makes this story sound so much more tragic.

    I can’t say that I’m excited to read it, as I don’t find myself jumping for joy in the face of heartache, but I am looking forward to discovering this book which sounds amazing and just so very, very said.

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

    The Hidden by Jessica Verday will be released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 400 pages.

    The Hidden is the third book in The Hollow series by author Jessica Verday.

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    The Hollow is another series which I still haven’t had a chance to read, but I’ve been buying up each book as it releases ever since I first discovered it on Amazon. I really wish I could spend all day, every day, just reading, so that I could get caught up on books and series that I’ve been missing.

    As a child I loved The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – I was maybe a little terrified by it, too – and so I was completely intrigued by this series and the chance to revisit this haunted place. And I really want to revisit it sooner, rather than later.

    The first two books in the series sound incredibly exciting, romantic and spooky. With the town’s mysterious legend that still holds its secrets and Abbey and Caspian being destined for one another, this series sounds like a nail-biter. The one good thing about not being caught up is that at least I won’t have to wait to read the entire series.

    The Hidden is the final book. So, there won’t be any long wait between each book to find out if Abbey and Caspian’s love story will have a happy ending or if they will forever be doomed to be bound to the town.

    I may have taken a peek at the description for book two, but am staying away from this book’s description, as certain things were definitely spoiled by reading it.

    If you’d like to take a look at the description on Goodreads, click here.

    To browse inside, courtesy of Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE.

    Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs will be released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I honestly don’t know what happened to the time and I’m so sad that I didn’t get a chance to read this book before release date. I’ve been looking forward to reading Sweet Venom for months. But release date has come around and I’ll be getting my eBook downloaded along with the other four books I’ve pre-ordered this week.

    I’ve wanted to read this book so much that I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post a few weeks ago, so I won’t go on…and on…about just how much I wanted to read it. But Medusa times three sounds so unbelievably bad-a** and I can’t wait to meet the three sisters whose world consists of minotaurs and all sorts of monsters.

    And I am so very curious as to what supernatural powers each of them has inherited. I guess I’ll have to read this book really soon to find out.

    Dear Bully, edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones, will be released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I actually decided to pre-order this book only recently. I had seen it around, but just never ended up adding it to my list of pre-orders. While this won’t be a book for review for me, I definitely want to read it and hear all those authors share their stories of bullying. I also plan on reading it to see if it becomes a book I’ll recommend to a librarian friend for her town library.

    While I’ve never really been the victim of bullying myself, I have close friends who had and seen how it affected them. And I hope that reading about any authors who were bullies when they were younger won’t alter my opinion of them as people.

    It is such a courageous thing to share their stories – as victims or as perpetrators – and I think this book is really important. If the stories can help just one young person feel like they’re not alone, it is absolutely worth it.

    As there are seventy different stories, I probably won’t read this all at once, but I am happy to add this to my collection and get to experience something a little bit different and much more personal.

    UPDATE

    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2011 in paperback format. It is currently in stock early and available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. As of the time of this post, the eBook is not yet available, but it is expected soon.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 336 pages.

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

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    I can’t believe I missed including Witch Eyes this week. After last week’s oops, I ended up doing exactly the same thing this week. Granted, I already have my paperback copy and am still awaiting my eBook, so technically it’s not on my “pre-order” list for this week, but I had every intention of including Witch Eyes.

    I had an early ARC which I read and loved and had to pass along – well I didn’t have to, but I promised it to someone – so of course I had to wait for my orders from Flux and from Amazon to arrive. And those printed paperbacks are so gorgeous. But I really, really want my eBook. I like the option of searching and also having the ability to take it wherever I go. And I plan on taking Witch Eyes with me almost everywhere.

    Of course I thought that Witch Eyes was all sorts of amazing (my review), and I can’t wait to re-read it again. I love Braden and Belle Dame and am already anxiously awaiting the sequel to this totally captivating book.

    Braden’s powers are so completely unique – super powerful but also totally disabling. Poor Braden. But it was his sarcasm and the author’s beautiful writing and the mystery of Belle Dam that completely got me hooked on this series. I await final judgment on the love story because, well, I’m not sure about Trey just yet. He seems like a good guy, but I’ve been burned before, and with the way things ended…

    END OF UPDATE

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    I am still awaiting Lisa T. Bergren’s Torrent to be released in eBook format so that I can add that one to my permanent collection. But as of today, it’s still only available in paperback format and not yet available electronically.

    Another book that Amazon shows as releasing this week, the second book in Cate Tiernan’s Immortal Beloved series, seems to have a new release date in 2012 and so there will be one less book downloading at Monday Midnight. That still leaves five new books which I can’t wait to read.

    It’s a pretty exciting release week, and although I haven’t yet read the first books in either the Firelight or The Hollow series, I’m adding them to my collection and hope to catch up on both series very soon.

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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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    Quickie ARC Giveaway: Vanish

    I received a copy of Vanish through a trade with another blogger. I’ve been in love with this cover for ages and wanted to be able to catch up on this series before the next book’s release, but sadly I still haven’t had a chance to read Firelight. So, I am giving away my ARC so that someone will get a chance to read it before release.

    But I already have the finished copy of Vanish on pre-order so the wait is only a few more weeks and hopefully I’ll be able to catch up with this series in October if things slow down a little.

    Somehow I doubt they will…

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International.

    4. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on August 17th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on August 18th.

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

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who has entered. I will be running the names through Random in the morning and will announce the winner in the post and contact them by email.

    Stay tuned…

    Random is such an odd little randomizer… I guess it loved the first person to comment… 😀

    The winner is…

    Congratulations Alaiel! You have won the ARC of Vanish along with some random (and not so random) swag. I will be contacting you by email and you will have 48 hours to respond with your details or I’ll have to go to the 2nd name on the list.

    Thanks everyone for entering. I have another ARC I’m giving away now which looks spooky and will have another one up for Friday!

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