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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #161

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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 January 28th-February 3rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Up From the Grave

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    UP FROM THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Avon, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UP FROM THE GRAVE is the seventh and final full-length novel in the Night Huntress series by Author Jeaniene Frost.

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    I am so excited and so terribly sad that UP FROM THE GRAVE is releasing this week. I’ve been waiting forever for its release and I can’t wait to see what this final installment holds for Cat and Bones. But I’m also heartbroken that it is the end for them.

    I may have only just met these characters in the past few years, but I instantly fell in love with them. I could read story after story about Cat and Bones and their adventures, which makes it even harder to let go.

    I refuse to read the description to see just how things might end. And I’m not sure if I’ll be devouring UP FROM THE GRAVE the instant it releases. I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to say goodbye. But I might just have to, or steer clear of Twitter for the next few weeks until the buzz dies down. We shall see.

    I don’t always root for a happy ending, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for Cat and Bones. And I’m keeping my ears covered and eyes closed until I discover the end for myself.

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    There’s always one more grave to dig.

    Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

    A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

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    Uninvited

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    UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio 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.

    UNINVITED is the first book in a new series by Author Sophie Jordan. A release date has not been set for the sequel.

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    I can’t wait for everyone to read UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan and I’m totally stoked that my finished copy will be downloading this week. I already read it and spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not just as anxious for it to hit shelves.

    I was totally surprised by how awesome this book was. Not because I thought the author wasn’t awesome already, but because I didn’t expect to love this story as much as I did based upon the description.

    It was amazing. And thought-provoking. And heartwarming. And nerve-wracking. And I am dying to get my hands on the sequel to see what happens next. Which is another reason why I’m anxious for its release. Because that means it’s one day closer to the sequel’s release.

    While I won’t be re-reading UNINVITED this week, I will definitely be re-reading it some time in the next month or two. It’s just that fantastic of a read and I’m curious to see what other chilling thoughts re-reading will bring to mind.

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    The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

    When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

    Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

    The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

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    Cruel Beauty

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    CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I can’t believe that release day is just about here for CRUEL BEAUTY and my Kindle copy will be downloading on Monday Midnight. I feel like it was just yesterday when I first learned about it and added it to my list of pre-orders.

    I am currently in the middle of reading this book and will hopefully be finished reading it tonight. And oh my gosh do I love it. I wasn’t entirely sure I would, as the Beauty and the Beast tale has been done quite well before. But this story is gorgeous and is surprisingly unique.

    What I’ve devoured already has gotten me hooked. The description wasn’t lying when it called it a “sweeping fantasy” and I definitely do feel a bit dazzled.

    As I haven’t yet reached the end, I don’t know how far it will deviate from the fairy tale’s ending. And even if I did know, I wouldn’t reveal that here. But I can’t wait to finish writing this post so I can get back to reading it. It’s wonderfully, deliciously addictive.

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    Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

    Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

    Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

    With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

    But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

    As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    The instant I read the description for Elizabeth Scott’s HEARTBEAT I added it to my list of pre-orders, and I can’t believe its release is just about here. I have an early copy and have managed to read most of it and plan on finishing it tomorrow, but I am still just as excited for the finished copy to land on my Kindle.

    I don’t want to say too much about this story, in part because if I started rambling I might reveal too much, in part because this post is already super long, and in part because just thinking about it brings me to tears.

    So I will only just say that it’s heart-wrenching and beautiful. And I can’t wait for everyone to read it, bawl and fall in love with it.

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    Life. Death. And…Love?

    Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

    But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

    Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

    Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

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    Anything to Have You

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    ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I love Paige Harbison’s writing and I’m totally stoked that ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU is releasing this week and the finished copy will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday. While I didn’t get the chance to read it early, I will definitely be reading it in the next couple of weeks.

    I can’t wait to meet Natalie and Brooke and find out what the repercussions will be for the night Natalie spent with Aiden. I am super curious to know whether their friendship will be strong enough to get past what happened or if Natalie’s actions will have destroyed what they had.

    The description gives absolutely no clue about just what direction this story will take, so I’m dying to find out what happens. And I hope to be able to do so in the next couple of weeks.

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    Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

    Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

    Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can’t remember and Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, can’t forget. Suddenly there’s a question mark in Natalie and Brooke’s friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.

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    And We Stay

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    AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 240 pages.

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    I only recently discovered AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard but I immediately added it to my list of pre-orders because the style the story was written in sounded incredibly intriguing. And the story itself sounded heartbreaking but hopeful.

    While I received an eARC for review, I haven’t had the chance to read it just yet, so I’ll likely be reading the finished copy when I do get it on the pile. But I did end up taking a peek at the first several pages and, as I hoped I would be, am intrigued by the style the story is told in.

    I can’t wait to see how the author presents this tragic but hopeful story. I can’t wait to see how the spirit of Emily Dickinson is able to help. And I hope to be able to do so in just a few weeks.

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    When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

    This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.

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    Manor of Secrets

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    MANOR OF SECRETS by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Point, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I have been dying to read MANOR OF SECRETS but haven’t yet been able to get it on the pile, though I did read the first few chapters. I have an ARC, but as my finished copy will be landing on my Kindle on Tuesday I will likely be reading that version instead.

    I can’t wait to discover all of the Manor’s secrets, get to know Lady Charlotte and Janie even more, and find out just what happens when rules are broken. The description is rather vague about the details which piques my curiosity all the more.

    Katherine Longshore is a fantastic writer and I just know I’ll fall in love with her latest release. I am anticipating romance and mystery and a gorgeous setting and I can’t wait to dive back in.

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    The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .

    Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.

    Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn’t sure she possesses the courage — or the means — to break free and follow her passions.

    Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.

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    Her Dark Curiosity

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    HER DARK CURIOSITY by Megan Shepherd will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 432 pages.

    HER DARK CURIOSITY is the second book in Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2015.

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    I did not read the first book in Megan Shepherd’s series, but I own it and just had to pre-order HER DARK CURIOSITY. I have heard such amazing things about that first book that I couldn’t resist adding this second book in the series to my collection.

    I don’t want to take a peek at the description for the sequel as I’m not sure what happened with Juliet Moreau in that first book and I don’t want to happen upon any spoilers. If it’s as amazing as everyone said it was, I can only imagine that I’ll be heartbroken if even a moment of it is spoiled.

    I recall the first book’s description giving me chills – Dr. Moreau’s experimentation is so unbelievably creepy – and I can only guess that this sequel’s description is just as chilling. But as I refuse to read it I don’t know for sure.

    As much as I’d love to dive into both books immediately, I’m wondering whether I should wait until closer to book three’s release. I guess it will depend upon just how long I’ll be able to live with being curious.

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    To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

    Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

    As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

    As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

    With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

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    Into the Still Blue

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    INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 400 pages.

    INTO THE STILL BLUE is the third and final full-length book in Author Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series.

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    I cannot believe that this series is ending and I haven’t yet read the first book. I am absolutely heartbroken. I own each of the books in this series – including the novellas – and have INTO THE STILL BLUE pre-ordered.

    I just know I’m going to love this series madly. Everyone whose opinions I trust was crazy about this series. I’ve heard that many hearts were broken knowing this series was concluding. I imagine the same will be true for me when I devour it in its entirety.

    The description – yes I peeked just a tiny bit at the blurb – mentioned it was “earth-shattering” and I’m excited to find out just why that is. But I haven’t read beyond that blurb as I don’t want to know anything more.

    Now that the series will be available to read back-to-back-to-back, I do plan on reading it in the very near future. And by that I mean next month.

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    The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

    Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

    The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

    Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

    Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

    In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

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    The Unbound

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    THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 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 368 pages.

    THE UNBOUND is the second book in Author Victoria Schwab’s The Archived series.

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    I love Victoria Schwab’s writing and while I haven’t finished reading THE ARCHIVED I just had to pre-order THE UNBOUND. I just can’t believe its release date is almost here. I really had hoped to get caught up before its release.

    I can’t wait to find out what happened to Mackenzie and see what happens to her in this sequel. The world the author created was so very different from any I’d read before and I’m curious to see whether this sequel takes readers back there.

    As I haven’t yet finished reading the first book, and I have a feeling this sequel’s description will be spoiler-y, I haven’t taken a peek. But I am dying to know whether this will be the final book in the series or if there is a third book planned. So if anyone knows, without revealing spoilers, I would love to know.

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    Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

    Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

    Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

    With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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    Infinite

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    INFINITE by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 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, the print edition is 432 pages.

    INFINITE is the third and final full-length book in Author Jodi Meadows’ Newsoul series.

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    I own both previous books in this series and have had INFINITE pre-ordered for ages, but I haven’t yet had the chance to dive into this series that had me captivated since before book one’s release. And it wasn’t just each book’s stunning cover that drew me in.

    I have wanted to meet newsoul Ana. I have been curious as to whether she has no soul. I’ve been hopeful that she doesn’t just have the one life to live. And I’ve been dying to find out whether Sam is willing to risk being with her even if she does.

    I don’t know what happened in INCARNATE or ASUNDER, but I hope to be able to find out everything that did. I hope to be able to devour all three books and the novella some time next month or the month after that. I kind of love the idea of getting to spend all this time with the characters in their world. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen as planned.

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    DESTRUCTION
    The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

    FLIGHT
    Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

    CHOICE
    The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

    With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

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    Other Books of Note

    The Queen's ChoiceTHE QUEEN’S CHOICE (Heirs of Chrior #1) by Cayla Kluver

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

    When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen’s mantle herself.

    Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined….

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    TimestormTIMESTORM (Tempest #3) by Julie Cross

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    The breathtaking conclusion to the time-travel trilogy that is “both tender and electric” (Publishers Weekly)

    The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

    As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also amongst a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their life and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Doctor Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between freewill and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

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    Forever coverFOREVER (Temptation #3) by Karen Ann Hopkins

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    All I want is my happily-ever-after.

    That’s all I’ve wanted since meeting Noah Miller.

    From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I’m carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there’s a storm on the horizon, and it’s sure to cause serious devastation.

    If we can get through this, we’ll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever.

    But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off.

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    FireFIRE (The Englesfors Trilogy #2) by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: Overlook Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Praised by Lev Grossman as “stunning, …raw, real, smart, very thrilling and very, very wicked,” The Circle, the first book in the internationally bestselling Engelsfors Trilogy, introduced a group of high school girls with special powers who became the Chosen Ones. As book two, Fire, begins, Minoo, Vanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin and Ida have been struggling with their own demons all summer long. Now school is back in session, and whether they like it or not, the five Chosen Ones must stick together stronger than ever before.

    Evil is back in Engelsfors and it threatens to engulf everyone and everything—and only if the five girls accept their strengths and trust each other unconditionally will they have any chance of defeating it.

    The second installment of the Engelsfors Trilogy—an international sensation with rights sold in 26 countries—Fire sees the past woven together with the present, the living with the dead, our human world with demonic forces. This spellbinding novel takes the reader on a wild journey in a world where the stakes are higher than life-and-death.

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    MindersMINDERS by Michele Jaffe

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist,MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

    Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

    Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

    Q: What if the crime is murder?

    Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

    Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

    Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford’s life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

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    Face of DeathFACE OF DEATH (Touch of Death #3) by Kelly Hashway

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi’s enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her–the punishment doled out by the very people she’d sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.

    Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.

    Jodi’s one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa’s blood.

    But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she’s faced yet.

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    No PlaceNO PLACE by Todd Strasser

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    When Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless, issues of injustice rise to the forefront in this relatable, timely novel from Todd Strasser.

    It seems like Dan has it all. He’s a baseball star who hangs with the popular crowd and dates the hottest girl in school. Then his family loses their home.

    Forced to move into the town’s Tent City, Dan feels his world shifting. His friends try to pretend that everything’s cool, but they’re not the ones living among the homeless. As Dan struggles to adjust to his new life, he gets involved with the people who are fighting for better conditions and services for the residents of Tent City. But someone wants Tent City gone, and will stop at nothing until it’s destroyed…

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    Secret coverSECRET (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

    Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.

    And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

    SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.

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    TapeTAPE by Steven Camden

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Record a voice and it lasts forever…

    In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

    In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

    Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

    This is their story.

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    Other Releases

    SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Someone to Love #2) by Addison Moore

    FIRSTBORN by Lorie Ann Grover

    BREATH OF YESTERDAY by Emily Bold

    THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON by Paige Toon

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    What an absolutely insane week for new releases this is. I have eleven books pre-ordered that I know about. It’s entirely possible there will be more downloads to my Kindle than just those eleven. *GULP.* I’m not even going to check to see if there are eNovellas releasing or this post might take me another few hours to complete.

    While I’ve managed to read a few of this week’s releases, there are so many releases that I haven’t read that are part of series that I’m behind on. I’m starting to think that I might never catch up.

    And while I would love to keep rambling about all the amazing books releasing this week, this post is long enough. And I really would like to try and actually read one more of the books I have the opportunity to read pre-release. So I’m going to run off and do that right now.

    I hope that I haven’t missed any of this week’s releases. I really, really, hope so. Because my wallet and my TBR pile couldn’t handle it if there were more. And I hope that a few of this week’s releases are books you’ve been anxiously awaiting, because it means the wait will soon be over.

    As ever, a happy book birthday to each of this week’s releases and happy bookish acquiring and reading in the week ahead.

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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 #108

    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 January 22nd-January 28th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Boundless

    BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 448 pages.

    BOUNDLESS is the third and final book in author Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly trilogy.

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    I am both extremely excited and so sad that BOUNDLESS is releasing this week and that it will be living on my Kindle on Monday Midnight. This is an amazing series – one I’ve fallen in love with, shed tears over and angsted over and I can’t believe this is the final installment.

    I don’t know when I’ll be able to say goodbye to this series, even though I am just so curious about what will happen to Clara when she heads to California. I’m nervous about this fallen angel who’s stalking her. And even more nervous about the battle against the Black Wings.

    The description mentions “sacrifices” and “betrayal” and I really, really, really hope that a certain character is not the one who gets sacrificed or the one who does the betraying. But I suppose I’ll never know until I actually read this series-ending book.

    Ah… if only I could say goodbye.

    The Archived

    THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE ARCHIVED is the first book in a new series of the same name. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release next year.

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    THE ARCHIVED sounds like an absolutely gorgeous and haunting read. Yes, the description calls it haunting too… but it does sound haunting. And I cannot wait for it to download this week.

    The idea that the “dead rest on shelves like books” and that Keepers must make sure that these “Histories” don’t escape is absolutely fascinating. Though it sounds like an incredibly sad, lonely and dangerous job for Mackenzie Bishop to have.

    I really want to dive into this novel that is described as “richly imagined” and “haunting” by this author who is an absolutely beautiful writer. And I am super excited to see how these Histories are erasing chapters and what Mac must do to keep the Archive intact.

    And while I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I’m hoping to be able to sneak it onto the pile this month.

    Nobody

    NOBODY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 400 pages.

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    I don’t know what hole in the sand my head was buried in that I hadn’t heard about NOBODY until just a month or so ago. Because it sounds so awesome. And I would have kicked myself if I hadn’t pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    I love the idea that there are these invisible “under the radar” young people that are turned into assassins by the Institute. And I can’t wait to meet Nix and Claire and see whether he disobeys orders and doesn’t “remove” her.

    The description is a total tease as it makes me want to know just what Nix and Claire plan on doing to keep her alive. It makes me want to know why an untrained Nobody is so dangerous. And it makes me want to know just what direction this story will take – Is it one where the Institute hunts these kids? Is it a story of betrayal or sacrifice?

    I must know. And I really hope to read this in February to find answers to all my questions.

    Everbound

    EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

    EVERBOUND is the second full-length novel in Brodi Ashton’s Everneath series. The third book, due out in 2014, is as yet untitled.

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    I am totally stoked that EVERBOUND is releasing this week and that it will become a permanent part of my eBook collection. I love this series, I love the mythology, I love, love, love the characters. And I love this book.

    Yes, I did read it early, so I know just what happens and oh my gosh it was awesome. But I’ll be rambling about that in my review on Tuesday so I won’t say anything more about that right now.

    And as I talked about this book at length in my Book Watch post, I won’t go on and on. But I will just say that this sequel was as “enthralling” as the description promises. The journey through the Everneath and its labyrinthine passageways was suspenseful and exciting and was a story I could not put down.

    Of course I plan on re-reading this book after its release. I’m not sure if much changed from the ARC to the finished novel, but even if nothing changed, I’d have to devour this one again. And, no, it’s not only because the wait for the next book in the series is totally going to kill me.

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    RAVAGE by Jeff Sampson will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    RAVAGE is the third book in author Jeff Sampson’s Deviants series.

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    I have not yet read any of the books in the Deviants series, but I own the previous two and I just had to add RAVAGE to my collection. I don’t know if this is the final book in the series, but I’m hoping to have all books in my collection before I start reading it.

    Because I just know I won’t want to have to wait between books to continue this story which sounds intense and action-packed. And while I haven’t yet met Emily Webb or the rest of her “packmates” I did take a quick scan of the description for this third book and it sounds just as awesome as both previous books in the series.

    I can’t wait to get caught up on this series so I can witness the confrontation between the Deviants and BioZenith. I’m so curious to find out who’s involved in the mutations. Especially since the description mentions the answer is “far more sinister” than imagined.

    I love that this series involves conspiracies and secrets and special abilities and I can’t wait for the chance to finally get to read it. If this is the final book I hope to devour this entire series this winter. If there is another book planned, I hope I’ll be able to wait until closer to its release to start reading.

    Not sure if my willpower is quite that strong….

    Other Books of Note

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    SLATED (Slated #1) by Teri Terry

    Pub. Date: January 24, 2013

    Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (Reprint Ed.)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Cinders & Sapphires

    CINDERS & SAPPHIRES (At Somerton #1) by Leila Rasheed

    Pub. Date: January 22, 2013

    Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Darkness Dwellers

    THE DARKNESS DWELLERS (Kiki Strike #3) by Kirsten Miller

    Pub. Date: January 22, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    THE LAST APPRENTICE: SLITHER (The Last Apprentice #11) by Joseph Delaney

    Pub. Date: January 22, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    After last week’s post I was informed that SPLINTERED would not be available as an eBook on the 15th but that it will be available to download at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE this week. I am slightly skeptical… but I’m hoping.

    But I did manage to snag a couple of print copies from my local Barnes & Noble last weekend so I’m so excited to have a pristine copy in my collection.

    Anyway….

    There are five seriously awesome books getting added to my Kindle this week and I’m so excited for each of them. And even though I read one of the books early, I still plan on keeping all five on my TBR pile, because EVERBOUND is most definitely a TBRR.

    I really hope to read THE ARCHIVED and NOBODY in the next few weeks and just may end up marathon reading the three books in the Deviants series. But I’m not sure whether I’ll have the courage to say goodbye to BOUNDLESS. I’ve already had to say goodbye to an absolutely amazing series – Angelfire – and with WITH ALL MY SOUL and A TOUCH MENACING releasing in the next few months, I don’t know if I can bear to say goodbye to Clara, Christian and Tucker.

    But that remains to be determined.

    As always, I hope that you have some exciting new reads being added to your collection this week. If the wait for any of these books has been torturous, I’m glad the agony will finally end and that you will now be able to dive into these amazing books.

    If I do have any awesome reads being added to my collection, I will be back next week. Until then… Happy Reading!

    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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    YA Spooktacular: The Corn Stalker + Giveaway

    Welcome to another stop for the second annual YASpooktacular, hosted by Frenzy of Noise and Wicked Awesome Books.

    This year, there are three stories written by some of your favorite authors that will be posted throughout the week. Each story is a choose your adventure, where you get to decide what path to send the character down. Sometimes you live, sometimes you die, and sometimes you fall into a pit of no return.

    There are also some TRICKS or TREATS scattered throughout the story, where you can enter to win prizes and get bonus points toward the prize packs. The prize pack for The Corn Stalker: Story #3 will be up tomorrow! On Halloween day, the grand prize pack will be posted. You can click the banner, or either of the links above, to see a full list of the YASpooktacular prize packs!

    I am so super excited to welcome…

    Victoria E. Schwab

    Victoria Schwab is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

    Victoria loves fairy tales, and folklore, and books that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems. She loves writing about doors, and places between, and the cracks where reality slips into something darker, stranger, and invariably more interesting. She’s an excellent baker and once dressed up like a cupcake in a vlog.

    Victoria’s debut novel, The Near Witch, was released earlier this year by Disney*Hyperion. She’s hard at work editing her next novel, The Archived.

    You can find Victoria on Twitter, on her website, on her blog, on Goodreads and you can order The Near Witch at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository.

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    Head over to Page Turners blog – by clicking the banner below – to start the story from the beginning!

    I reached out, hands shaking as I rolled the body toward me, bracing myself for Kara’s braids and her wide blue eyes, but this girl’s eyes were empty. Literally. It wasn’t a girl, or even a body, not really, just a prop. The orange hoodie, Kara’s favorite, came from our school. Hundreds had them. I felt like an idiot as my heart hammered in my chest. It’s a game. The whole point is to scare you. My breath escaped in a curse as I got up, forgetting my ankle. I gasped in pain, and reached to brace myself on a corn stalk, but instead my hand came down on something––someone––warm. I turned to find Kara, eyes wide and alive and filled with anger.

    The front of her hoodie was splattered with blackish stuff, but aside from looking mad, she seemed okay.

    “I want to go home,” she said.

    “Me too,” I said, trying to keep the fear from my voice.

    Another scream cut through the air, and Kara tightened her grip on my sleeve. Most of the noise––all of it, in fact––seemed to come from behind us, from the coils of path that ran back toward the outer edge of the maze. The route ahead, the one that ran into the center spot, was silent and dark.

    “Come on,” I said, tangling my fingers with hers.

    We didn’t run. We crept, cringing every time our shoes cracked over already broken stalks of corn, holding our breath as we made our way deeper into the quiet as if quiet meant safe. The voices, the far-off screams, and even the whistling on the wind all seemed to bleed away as we reached the center of the maze, a circle where the corn was gone and the ground was flat, and nothing could hide.

    Two lights shone in the square, each directed onto a sign.

    The first sign said TO SAFETY, and pointed back into the maze, the way we’d come. The second sign said TO DANGER, but it pointed down a straight stretch that led directly out. I could see the cars in the lot from here.

    “Come on,” said Kara, heading right for the straight road. I pulled her back.

    “But what about the signs?”

    “It’s just a stupid game,” she said, “And I’m so done playing.” She tugged free of my grip and stepped up to the path marked TO DANGER. “I’m going,” she said. “Are you coming with me, or not?”

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    If I follow Kara down the straight path, marked TO DANGER, go to A Beautiful Madness.

    If I leave Kara and go back the way I came, marked TO SAFETY, go to A Tale of Many Reviews.

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    On October 29th, you can enter the Story Three Prize Pack by going to Escape from Reality.

    And on October 31st, head over to Wicked Awesome Books and Frenzy of Noise to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway.

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     This stop on the YASpooktacular tour has a giveaway TREAT.

    Click on the button below to be taken to the form where you can enter to win a $25 eGiftcard from Amazon.

    Giveaway is International and is open until Midnight EST on October 31st.

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    I just have to say a huge thank you to Danielle and Nikki for for inviting me to be a part of this seriously awesome event. I don’t know how they managed to get all of these moving parts together, but participating has been super easy and extremely fun!

    And I feel incredibly lucky to have Victoria Schwab’s piece of the story on the blog because she is such an amazing author and her book The Near Witch is a definite favorite!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #31

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

    These are books for the week of August 2nd-August 8th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard is the second book in The Lying Game series. It will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I first heard about The Lying Game when it was made available for review through NetGalley. I hadn’t read the author’s Pretty Little Liars series, so it was my first introduction to her writing. I thought it was an incredibly fun read and it was one of my earliest reviews here on the blog. My review with the Goodreads description for the first book is here if you’d like to check it out.

    I had no idea that it was the first book in a series when I began reading it, but by the end, with the mystery only deepening, I knew that there had to be more.

    In this sequel, Sutton Mercer is still trying to figure out who killed her, and now her sister Emma is in danger. All the games that Sutton and her friends played means that there are more suspects and it will be that much harder catch a killer.

    I’m not sure when I’ll get to add this to my reading pile, but I’m excited to finally have it download to my Kindle on Tuesday.

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

    Eternal by Gillian Shields is the third book in the Immortal series. It will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, a division of Harper Collins, the print edition is 368 pages.

    I’ve had Eternal on pre-order for awhile. I read the first book in the series, Immortal, before I started blogging and I was completely enchanted. I bought the second book, Betrayal, and although I have not yet had the opportunity to read it, it is on my long list of books to be read

    Betrayal, like the first book, is told from Evie’s perspective. But Eternal is told from Sarah’s point of view.

    In this third book, Sarah Fitzalan tries to keep the sisterhood together as Evie and Helen are no longer as dedicated as they used to be. And with the dark coven readying for an attack, she wants to be prepared.

    I really can’t wait to catch up on this series so I can see things from Sarah’s point of view.

    The publisher is still offering a peek at the entire first book in the series on their site, HERE.

    And to get a long look inside of Eternal, courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Between by Jessica Warman will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Walter Childrens, the print edition is 464 pages.

    I am not sure where I first heard about this book. It must have been around the blogosphere somewhere, but I’m not exactly sure who brought this to my attention. It might have been when I was offered a copy for trade, but due to missing pages I never got the early copy.

    I pre-ordered this book solely based on the cover. I hadn’t even read the description when I clicked the button to order it for my Kindle. But after checking it out on Goodreads I was definitely intrigued.

    Being stuck somewhere between here and the hereafter, and revisiting memories of Liz’s life, sounds terribly sad. And the fact that she has no memory of the events surrounding her death is even more tragic. Especially as there may be something more to her death than possibly having become an anorexic like her mother.

    I have not yet read anything by this author, but I’m looking forward to her new book and hope to add it to the pile soon.

    Dream Dark is a short story in the Beautiful Creatures series by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in eBook format only. It is available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

    The second I learned Dream Dark was on Amazon, I immediately pre-ordered it. I heard about this short story on Twitter and couldn’t wait for it to finally be made available to buy. I am a huge fan of the authors and the series and there was no way I’d be missing this short story about Link.

    Plus, according to the description there is a sneak peek at the first five chapters of Beautiful Chaos and that is one long look inside I will be devouring.

    I am super excited to hear about Link’s transformation after being bitten by a Supernatural and look forward to diving into these beginning chapters of Beautiful Chaos in the next week or two.

    The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, a division of the Disney Book Group, the print edition is 288 pages.

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

    I heard about this book ages ago. And as soon as it was made available to pre-order for my Kindle, I did. Although The Near Witch wasn’t one of my original twelve selections for the Debut Author Challenge, it was on my must reads list.

    I had a chance to get an early copy through a trade and an eARC from Netgalley, but only just got to read it last week. And I loved it. Still do as a matter of fact. As I’ll be posting my review this week, I won’t go into too much detail here, but this is definitely a must read debut book.

    A childhood bedtime story, a mysterious boy who appears on the moors and a hunt for missing children. Just how all of these connect and where the truth lies is the puzzle that Lexi needs to solve.

    As always I’m curious to see what differences there are between the early copy and the finished copy and I’m hoping to get a chance to re-read it soon and find out.

    Blood Ties by Mari Mancusi is the sixth book in the Blood Coven Vampire series. It will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (To pre-order the eBook from B&N, click here.)

    Published by Berkley Trade, the print edition is 256 pages.

    I’ve been stalking this book’s release since before its predecessor, Night School, was released. I’ve been a huge fan of this series and look forward to catching up on Sunny and Rayne’s adventures with each new book.

    I won’t go into too much detail as I recently spotlighted this in my Book Watch post, but Blood Ties is told from Sunny’s perspective. And it seems there may be a love triangle, as Sunny is developing feelings for Jayden. I really hope that’s not the case, because Sunny and Magnus are just so perfect for each other. I guess I’ll have to read it to find out. Also as expected, Slayer Inc. is back and, if the description is to be believed, not everyone may make it out unharmed.

    I will be making room for this on the pile in the next couple of weeks as this is just one of those quick, fun reads that always make you smile – even with a few loose ends, dark turns and an ending that leaves you wondering what will happen next.

    Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink is the final book in the Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on August 3, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

    I discovered this series long before I started blogging and ended up reading the first two books in the series back-to-back last summer. I added this final book in the series to my pre-orders just as soon as it was made available in eBook format, but I am considering buying the hardcover as this is my favorite cover of the series. Plus, I had won signed copies of the first two books in a charitable auction, so it seems odd not to have a complete set of printed books, even if one isn’t signed.

    I wanted to re-read the books before Circle of Fire‘s release, but haven’t yet received my signed copies, so it might be a few weeks before I get the chance. I am excited to get caught up with everything that’s happened to Lia and Alice and to find out whether or not Lia is able to end the Prophecy once and for all. I just hope that things end well for both sisters, but as the description says “bittersweet” I am really nervous that there will be an unhappy ending for one of them.

    And yes, this is yet another series that comes to a close. I hope I don’t end up putting this at the bottom of the pile along with all other final series books I’m not ready to see end.

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    I am actually completely stunned – six-and-a-half books. I had no idea so many books were releasing this week that I have on pre-order. I thought August was a light month for releases and though I sort of knew all these books were releasing this month, I really only thought I had three books pre-ordered for the week. I was clearly wrong.

    It’s kind of a reverse of last week, where I thought a lot more books were releasing. Of course I took a peek at next week’s releases and I have practically nothing pre-ordered, which might be a good thing. But I have a feeling I might find one or two new books to purchase.

    I’m curious to see whether next week is a one book release week for me. It’ll be a first here on the blog since I started these weekly posts and I haven’t quite figured out how to handle a release week with fewer than three books. I guess I’ll find out next week…

    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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    Giveaway: The Near Witch

    As all the books on My Reading Pile this week are about witches, I thought I’d kick off Witch Week here on the blog with a witchy giveaway. Especially since although I’ll be reading only witch books this week, not all of my witch book reviews will be posted this week.

    There will be at least a couple witchy posts and reviews, maybe even another giveaway (as long as it ends before August), but I do have other non-witch posts scheduled to go up.

    So, in order not to be cursed and to keep me in a witchy state of mind, I thought I’d do a small pre-order giveaway for the first witchy book I have on the pile.

    What’s up for grabs?

    One hardcover copy of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab – pre-ordered and sent directly from Amazon.

    The Deets:

    * There will be TWO WINNERS.

    * Only one entry per person.

    Must be 13 or older to enter.

    * Contest is International where allowed by law.

    * Giveaway ends Thursday, July 28th at 10:00 p.m.

    * Winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on the blog on Thursday before Midnight.

    * Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond.

    * Books will be pre-ordered as soon as I receive contact details and prizes will be sent directly from Amazon.

    There is no requirement to follow, tweet or “like,” but following the blog is always appreciated, as is following the author on on Twitter @veschwab.

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I’ll be running the names through Random and will announce the four winners shortly.

    Stay tuned…

    Congratulations Em, Jacob, Ivy and Shannon. I’ll be emailing you all for your details. You will have 48 hours to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    And in some other news… If you happen to check this post to see who has won, the first person who has already entered the giveaway who tweets me “I want to be lucky number 5” will be the surprise 5th winner.

    Thanks again everyone. As soon as I get the winners details I’ll put in the pre-order.

    Happy reading!

    UPDATE – WE HAVE A WINNER FOR GIVEAWAY #5 – Congratulations Ashley! If I can’t find you on the form, I’ll be sure to catch you on Twitter!

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    My Reading Pile #19

    It was a great week at the mailbox and at the bookstore, although a few books from a charitable auction I won a while back are still a no show. My mailman loves to torture me.

    At the very top of the pile is Wildefire, which I purchased at my local Barnes & Noble. I saw it sitting there on the shelves and couldn’t walk out without a copy, even though the eBook will be downloading on Monday Midnight. I just had to buy and pet one for myself. And forget Amazon, I needed instant gratification. This will be the only unsigned book I plan to add to my collection.

    All the ARCS are ones I received through trades with other bloggers. Deadly Cool is a duplicate as is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but both books already have new homes lined up for when they leave me. And I can’t wait to read Sweet Venom and The Faerie Ring, I just hope I get a chance to before release date.

    None of the books in the above pile will be read this week. (And I don’t plan on ever breaking the spine on Wildefire. All my re-reading of that book will be done on my Kindle.) Because this week will be Witch Week here on the blog…

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

    (July 24-July 30, 2011)

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    First up this week is The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. I received a copy through a trade a couple months back, but hadn’t had time to read it until now, though I really, really, really wanted to read it sooner. I also received an eARC courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley, so I plan on reading from both the printed and electronic versions.

    I was seriously dying to read this book ever since I read the amazing description for it on Goodreads. Talk about a beautifully written synopsis. I want to know if the mysterious boy has anything to do with the missing children. I want to know if Lexi is right to trust him. I want to find out if this story is “a dream [I] won’t soon forget.”

    I have been quietly stalking the author on Twitter and got involved in a really fun adventure when trying to find a new home for one of the two signed bookmarks she sent to me. I am so glad I can finally read her debut book. I will not be missing the chance to read it this week.

    Next up is Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough. I’ve actually owned this in eBook format since before I started blogging, but am just getting a chance to read this now in anticipation of reading the next book in the series, which is also on the pile this week.

    This sounds like a really exciting read about an unfortunate young witch named Tamsin without any powers who gets caught up in the search for a missing heirloom. During the course of her search she discovers secrets about who she is and apparently encounters something dangerous.

    I am curious to find out what she uncovers and if things are resolved at the story’s end. With a description that promises to “enchant” I am excited to begin this series. I’m also happy that I don’t have the nearly two year wait for the second installment.

    Last up is Always a Witch, the sequel to Once a Witch, by Carolyn MacCullough. I plan on reading both books back to back.

    I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley last year when I first joined. I would have added this to the pile sooner, but I hadn’t realized when scheduling my read that the publication date had changed. And so now I have the finished eBook, too, though I haven’t yet decided which version I’ll read for review.

    As I haven’t yet read the first book, I have not looked at the description for fear of spoilers. All I know for certain is that this book continues Tamsin’s story. So, I will be going into my read completely in the dark about what adventures this story holds.

    But if you want to know more about this second book in the series, here is the description on Goodreads. (Grabbing this link involved a lot of squinting and an insane urge to peek, which I barely managed to resist.)

    I’m definitely looking forward to finally getting a chance to discover this series, whose first book has been in my TBR pile forever.

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    I can’t say I did great last week. Especially since I decided to start re-reading a book that I fell in love with called Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey instead of finishing the books in my actual pile.

    It would have been better to sneak Witch Eyes into this week’s reads, given the whole witchy theme I’ve got going on, but I want to finally write my review and as tough as it will be, send it on to another blogger this week so they can read it, too.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I would like to read Fateful by Claudia Gray and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I’m not sure I’ll get a chance to read them this week as I want to catch up on the book I left behind from last week. But both books have been calling to me.

    This is the second copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer that I’ve traded for. But this, too, is promised to another blogger and I want to send it out to them in the next week or two. So, I better get reading.

    Those left behind:

    I didn’t get a chance to read Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren. But I plan to catch up on it during the week, although it doesn’t quite fit in with my Witch Week reads. I just have to find out what happens to Gabi, although I am having serious “end of the series” feelings of trepidation.

    And as I say each week, I am ever hopeful of tackling all my planned reads. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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