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Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Review: Touched by Corrine Jackson

Published by: Kensignton Teen
Released on: November 27th, 2012
Source: ARC from author to review/for blog tour
4.5 Stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll becoming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

This is Book One in the Touched trilogy -quoted from Goodreads

TOUCHED is a story that's driven by hope, teased with romance, and fueled by the will to survive. It's a book that starts off with a bang, literally. Being thrown right into the brutal world teenager Remy O'Malley lives in was rough, cringeworthy and hard to stomach. With this raw toughness readers not only realize the strength this girl has, but we see that Remy is a fighter, a protector and someone who has an incredible ability to heal others. With this brutality also comes love, a fighting chance, and a change. I liked that Corrine was able to create such a drastic change for Remy. It made it incredibly easy for me to cheer her on through out the course of her story. 

Corrine's writing was mesmerizing. I was hooked with her story the moment I started it, because she connected me to Remy. I had to know what was going to happen to her, and what she was going to do. I wanted Remy to defy the odds and come out on top. Aside from the moments I wanted to cry for her and with her, this girl did not disappoint me. She's a character who continued to surprise me. Aside from Remy, there's also an incredibly well paced plot line, a fascinating and well detailed history surrounding what Remy is, what she can do, as well as that of Asher and his family. The more I learned about their hidden world, what they were able to do, how they evolved and what the thing was that was happening between the two love interests, the harder it was to stop reading. 

I loved the chemistry and romance in this book. Asher and Remy are complex, similar in many ways, different in all the right ways and so perfect for each other. They have this fierce determination to not let the other in, the will to keep their guard up, and the smarts to not trust in each other. I know that doesn't make sense, but you'll know what I'm referring to once you read it. Their bantering back and forth was comical. The thing I loved about these two is no matter how dangerous it is to be together, no matter how hard they try to deny what they feel, there is something between them and neither of them can stop it. I loved watching them try to work things out. They slowly learned to work through the complications of being together, and their powers. I enjoyed watching them slowly but surly learned to trust in each other, and let the other person in. I also liked how both Remy and Asher were described. Despite Remy's q-tip/lanky build, her inner strength and will to survive matches Asher's larger stature, and incredible strength. They had this well defined compare and contrast relationship. That's the best way I can think of to describe it. 

Touched was one of those reads that hooked me and kept me entertained the entire time I read it. I loved the rich history it gave me, the well drawn out romance, the characters I got to know, and the constant threat of danger that was felt throughout the book. I adored the relationship Remy has with her sister, and how her father and her step mother become apart of her life. I do want to say I get that there might be a few similar things readers might want to compare with Twilight ie: mind reading, he's faster and stronger than her, and he's immortal. I thought the same thing at first, but quickly dismissed those thoughts, because this is no Twilight. Trust me. There's a reason behind the mind reading, and his being faster and stronger than she is. If he wasn't, his ability wouldn't be believable. 

I liked that the mystery surrounding the connection Remy and Asher have, and finding out why it's so dangerous for them to be around each other, let alone be together. The more Remy learns more about her secret power through out the story, the more Corrine reveals the reasoning behind why things are happening, and why things are also so dangerous for Asher and Remy. I hope readers will see that and enjoy the story for what it is. It's a fabulous read and one I'd recommend reading. I will caution, there are scenes that are violent in this book between Remy's step father, and what he does to her and her mother. There's scenes detailing domestic violence and abuse, and I would not recommend this book to those who are sensitive to this. 

Don't miss your chance to enter to win a SIGNED copy of TOUCHED here

Shadowhunters and Downworlders Free Excerpt

Smart Pop Books has released a free excerpt from Shadowhunters and Downworlders and all you have to do is sign up for their updates and free chapters. So go on and do it!

I can hardly wait to read the contributions from our favorite authors. Have you seen the list of contributors? Wowie.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles book #2) by Jessica Spotswood / A Giveaway

I am so excited to be able to share this post with you guys! I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Penguin Teen to reveal Jessica Spotswood's upcoming release and sequel to Born Wicked, STAR CURSED, the second installment in The Cahill Witch Chronicles. If you haven't already, I highly recommend picking up the first book in the series. You can read my glowing review for it here

Check out this stunning cover for STAR CURSED!

I am in LOVE with this cover! I don't even know what else to say other than WOW! It's mesmerizing. The stars, the storm brewing in the back ground, and having whom I assume is Cate standing in a field/meadow outlined by trees. I am really looking forward to finding out how this cover ties into the story. It's a beautiful cover. What do you guys think? 

About The Book:

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

 Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

 In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

Penguin Teen will be releasing this exciting sequel on June 18th, 2013!

You can Pre-Order it from: Penguin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

"Blessed with a gift..."cursed" with a secret."

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other -quoted from Goodreads

Released on February 7th of this year, Born Wicked has received a new cover make over.   The paperback with this lovely cover will be out on 1/7/13. Normally I'm not a fan of new covers, but I LOVE this cover! You can pick up a copy of BORN WICKED from Penguin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound.

The Giveaway:

Thank you to Penguin Teen, I've got to paper back copies of Born Wicked to giveaway! To enter, please fill out the form below. 

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TOUCHED Blog Tour: Guest Post / Giveaway with Author Corrine Jackson

I'm thrilled to be the next stop in our Mundie Moms blog tour for Corrine Jackson's TOUCHED. Today's post features a Trivia guest post from Corrine, along with a giveaway for a SIGNED copy of Touched, which was released on Tuesday!!

Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.
Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll becoming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.
This is Book One in the Touched trilogy, and will be out November 27th, 2012 from Kensington/KTeen.

Buy the Book: Amazon | IndieboundBarnes & Noble | Books-A-Million
Add to Your Shelf: Goodreads

When you buy a DVD, moviemakers will give you a Behind the Scenes peek at what happens during the making of a movie. Location photos, deleted scenes, script changes, etc. Likewise, every author has private jokes or quirky things that they slip into their work that the audience doesn’t always get to hear about. In another tour post, I already mentioned that Remy’s favorite foods are my favorites (link to that post). Today, I’m going to move the curtain to reveal some other trivia tidbits.

  • In one scene in the book, a car gets wrecked. That car is a Chevy Malibu. While I was editing TOUCHED, I was in a car accident and my little Ford Focus was totaled. I had to use a rental car for a month, and I was (a) bitter my car was gone and (b) hated the rental car. So when it came time to wreck a car in TOUCHED, I gleefully chose that car that I hated so much.
  • A lot of the locations in the fictional town of Blackwell Falls, Maine are based on real locations in Port Townsend, WA. Townsend Park is really Sather Park, a gorgeous park that has a kind of labyrinth that leads to an oasis in the center. Teens in that town like to use the park for paintball war games, and others like to bird watch. The club, ice cream shop, beach, cafĂ©, high school, and more are also based on locations in this town.
  • There is a real cliff that the locals refer to as the “End of the World” because all you can see is sea and it really does feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world. I discovered the cliff after speaking with a teen in Port Townsend. I wish I knew who she was because I owe her a big thank you.
  • A couple of major scenes take place at Fort Rowden and a hostel at the fort. While writing TOUCHED, I visited the real fort (Fort Worden) and stayed at the hostel there. The room and bathroom that I describe are the ones I stayed in.
  • I had to do a lot of medical research to imagine ways to heal injuries and illnesses the way Remy does.
  • I had never heard of frozen waterfalls, but I edited one into TOUCHED after seeing an incredible picture of the phenomena.
  • I wrote TOUCHED in three and a half months, and the first draft came in around 140,000 words. After I got an agent, I had to cut 40,000 words to get the book down to a sellable word count.
  • The TOUCHED series is releasing ten months early in German due to an odd publication schedule. The second book will be out there on January 7, 2013.

My poor totaled baby…

The “real” Sather Park

My hostel room at Fort Worden

The view from the “End of the World”

About the Author:

Corrine Jackson (pronounced Cor-een) is a young adult author repped by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency. Her debut young adult novel, If I Lie, will be published by Simon Pulse (August 28, 2012). Touched, the first book of her young adult paranormal romance trilogy, will be published by Kensington/KTeen (November 27, 2012).
Once upon a time, Corrine worked as a graphic designer before she switched to account management at one of the country’s top marketing agencies. She has a deep and abiding love for Anthropologie and intends to move into her nearest store when the employees aren’t looking and/or she can get her hands on a key (which she expects to find in one of their bins).
An education addict, Corrine has attended eleven different colleges, has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. A recipient of a West Chester Poetry Conference scholarship, she is also the former Editor-in-Chief of two literary magazines, including Statement (CSU, Los Angeles) and Dash (CSU, Fullerton). A member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators), RWA, YARWA, and AWP, she has mad skills in the kitchen, especially when it comes to pies and cupcakes. 

Follow Corrine via her: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook 

The Giveaway:

Thank you to Corrine, I have a SIGNED copy of TOUCHED you can enter to win today! Along with my giveaway, each of the blogs featured on the tour are also all giving away a SIGNED copy of touch, and something unique to go with their stop. In addition to entering today's giveaway, be sure to follow each stop and enter to win from their stops as well. Good luck!

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Don't miss the following stops on the tour:

Monday 11/26: Good Choice Reading, Post #1 Food & a giveaway
Tuesday 11/27: Reading Teen, Post #2 Music & a giveaway
Wednesday 11/28: A Good Addiction, Post #3 Lost Recordings & a giveaway
Thursday 11/29: Mundie Moms, Post #4 TOUCHED trivia & a giveaway
Friday 11/30: Once Upon A Twilight, Post #5 Hope is the Thing w/ Feathers & a giveaway

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #162: Clockwork Princess

Published by: Simon & Schuster 
To Be Released on: March 19th, 2013
Pre-Order from: Simon & SchusterAmazon| Barnes & Noble 

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy - quoted from Goodreads

I NEED THIS BOOK like right now. Okay, want this book is more like it. March seems so far away and yet I know it will be here before we know it. This is one of those books I can not wait to read, yet I also don't want to read it, because then that will mean this series is done. You know what I'm talking about right..... you're dying to read it, you'll sit down and read it, and yet you don't want to turn the last page, because when you read those last words then you'll be filled with that bittersweet emotion you always get when you finish a series. No matter what happens, in my mind the ending I jokingly told Cassie she should write will be the ending I'll envision. haha All joking aside, I can not wait to be back in Tessa, Will and Jem's world. 

Just incase you've missed them, you can read all the Clockwork Princess snippets here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Published by: Razorbill / Penguin Teen
To Be Released on: December 11th, 2012
Source: arc from publisher to review
5 Stars: I Loved It
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed? -quoted from Goodreads

Wow, where do I start with this book. There are so many things I loved about it. As much as I want to list all the things that made me love this book, I'm going to be a bit vague in what I'll mention so I don't spoil anything, because there is  a lot that happens! First, I have to say I LOVE this cover! It does this story justice and I love that it contains some important things from the book in it. I love it when a cover compliments the book like this one does. Story wise, there are so many fabulous twists, betrayals and "holy crap, he did not just do that!" moments. Yeah, let me just say, I was stunned over some of these scenes and totally heartbroken over who dies in this book. Morgan Rhodes is not afraid to kill off characters I totally loved *sobs*. This is a book that once I started reading it, there was no stopping till I was done with the it. I got so wrapped up into what was going on with the three different kingdoms, and some of the characters, that I over looked some of the things that at first bugged me about the book. 

The magical element, forbidden love, danger and that wanting to know more about certain characters are what hooked me with this book. I'm intrigued with the series's history and magical mythology, though I'm left wanting to know much more about it. I suspect we'll learn a lot more in the next book. Normally I'm not a fan of the insta-love, but for some reason Cleo's and Theon's is one that worked for me and I liked it. Okay maybe that has to do with the fact he's her personal bodyguard and a Knight (coughs, there you go Sophie, and he has a sword!). There was something about him from the get go I liked.

I'll be honest, Cleo wasn't a character I at first liked. I had issues with her and there's a pivotal scene in this book that made me lose all respect for her, until I saw how much it ended up effecting her. I over looked her spoiled ways and chalked it up her being the youngest Princess of her family, and having grown up in a sheltered like I guess I couldn't except her to be any different. Some where along the way I started to see her in a different way and I liked the changes I saw in her, and by the end of the book I saw a glimpse of the strong character I think she's going to become in the next book.

One of my favorite characters is Prince Magnus. No not the one that glitters from Cassie's series. This Magnus is brutal, lethal, dark and yet there's something vulnerable about himself he tries so hard to hide behind his mask of steel. I couldn't help but like him. He's torn between his duty and doing what he feels, and I like that about him. I have a feeling he's going to surprise me in the next book. Then there's Jonas. For much of this book he's driven by rage and the yearning to seek revenge for the death of his brother, and I couldn't blame him for that. There's a moment at the end of the book that shocked me with him and I can not wait to find out what he does next! This turn of events is completely not what I expected and I love that!

Morgan's writing really surprised me, and she made it so easy for me to become hooked with this story. At first I both liked that she included a list of the different kingdoms and characters who are from each kingdom, and at the same time I might have blanched that there were so many characters I didn't think I could keep them straight. I love it when I'm proven wrong, because Morgan's writing is such that I had no problems keeping up with who was who, and part of which kingdom. Everyone had distinct voices, making it easy for me to keep up. I liked that this is a book that's written from three different points of views, one for each character representing each of the three kingdoms in this book. Though there are four main characters, each new chapter not only kept up with the overall story line, it also allowed me to get to know more about each one of the main characters. 

There is a wide range of emotions that drove this plot line. Love, jealously, forbidden love, greed, hatred, secrecy, betrayals, an impending war and much more. The timeless feel to the book, the vivid world building, and getting to understand the emotions that are behind the characters actions are just a few of the things I enjoyed. I loved getting to read about the three kingdoms who make up this world, being able to read about some of the characters who play important roles in this book, and being able to understand what it was that drove some of the characters to do what they did. This is a book that has moments of romance, plenty of action scenes, and heartbreak. There's a lot of tense moments, times where feelings of helplessness are felt and moments of hope. I can not wait to jump into book 2 when it's out next year. 

Don't miss the Falling Kingdoms Quest Blog Tour that kicked off this week! Penguin Teen is hosting a three week tour, and trust me, you don't want to miss it! There's giveaways and much more happening. Check out the schedule below. 

Falling Kingdoms QUEST blog tour schedule:

Mon, 11/26 Good Choice Reading

Tues, 11/27 Romance Junkie Reviews
Wed, 11/28 Cuddlebuggery Book Blog
Thurs, 11/29 The Story Siren
Fri, 11/30 The Book Smugglers
Mon, 12/3 Night Owl Reviews
Tues, 12/4 Chapter by Chapter
Wed, 12/5 The Compulsive Reader
Thurs, 12/6 Mundie Moms
Fri, 12/7 Ticket to Anywhere
Mon, 12/10 The Perpetual Page Turner
Tues, 12/11 Bookalicious
Wed, 12/12 The Children’s Book Review
Thurs, 12/13 Literary Rambles
Fri, 12/14 Alice Marvels

Book Review: The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen

Published by: Egmont USA
Released on: September 25th, 2012
Source: book from author to review via blog tour
5 Stars: I Loved It!
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s.

When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve.

What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic.

But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation.

Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity.

A thrilling story of romance, danger, and intrigue, THE MEPHISTO KISS continues the marvelous mythology that began in THE MEPHISTO COVENANT.

Brothers of Hell, demons, Fallen angels, rich mythology, sizzling romance and plenty of supernatural excitement, this sequel surpassed all my expectations. I loved it! Trinity Faegen gave me everything I wanted and much more. There are many things I've come to love about the Mephisto brothers, but what I didn't expect to do was fall in love with the leader of the group, Keys nor did I except to love Eryx, the eldest brother who just so happens to be their sworn enemy. There's something to said about an author who makes you love the villain as much as you love the heroes in their story. 

This storyline not only continues to surprise me, but it keeps me wanting more. I want to know more about each brother, and find out what's going to happen next. Like the first book, I love that this book continues the story of the brothers. It also dives deeper into the mythology and lore that makes up the Mephisto brother's history as well as that of the Anabos, and it introduces new characters to the series. I love that each book seems to follow a different brother and their love interest, while keeping the over all flow of everything that's going on with the family. This time around the story follows that of Keys and Jordan. 

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a much more vulnerable side to Keys. He's this distant, strong, commanding leader of the family, but things change once he meets/saves Jordan. Seriously, he couldn't find a more perfect match for him, than with Jordan. She is just as stubborn as he is, strong willed, beautiful and someone who isn't afraid to speak what's on her mind. The fireworks can definitely fly when these two are in the same room. I also like the more realistic side to their relationship. They both bring things out in the other person that no one else can, and they both learn to not only rely on the both, but trust the other. With Jordan and Keys I felt like I was able to understand the sacrifices that they've both made and have to make in order to become who they are, and accomplish what's required of them. On the flip side of that, I loved that everyone in this book has choices, and of course consequences.

The romantics at heart might swoon over some of the choices and sacrifices these brothers are willing to make for the girls they love. Speaking of brothers, what happens when you have two brothers who are equally matched in god like looks, strength and intelligence? You gets Keys and Eryx who both have their eyes set on Jordan, and while one of them gets her heart, the other does everything in his power to claim her as his. Let's just say the battle of wills between these two is dangerous and at times comical. Curse you Trinity for making me love your evil villain. Against my better judgement I ended up feeling sorry for Eryx, which is not something I wanted to do. The more I got to know him, and the more I understood him, though I didn't agree with his actions. I couldn't fault Jordan for falling for his antics. Eryx knows just want to say and how to twist things to go in his favor, vs his brother Keys who's straight forward, blunt and brutal honest.

Aside from these two brothers I loved Jax! He and Phoenix are the two brothers I fell in love with reading The Mephisto Covenant and I couldn't help but loving them more. I am really hoping we more of Phoenix's story in the next book. It's so heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time. I'm holding out that there's hope for him in the future based on some turn of events that happen at the end of the book. There is definitely no shortage of hot bad boys, strong female love interests, and plenty excitement in this book. There's plenty of action scenes, unexpected twists, and the right amount of romance that YA readers are going to want much more when they finish this book. I highly recommend picking this series up. There are some sensual scenes, mild language, and mentions of sex in this book.

Thank you for JeanBookNerd for asking me to be on her blog tour for The Mephisto Kiss, though I ended up missing out on posting on my date. 

Twitter Tuesday - Cassie Clare

I know last week was a busy week and weekend for most of us! I missed these tweets from Cassie this past Sunday and I figured it would be a good idea to post them here. Clockwork Princess will contain a family every first edition! That is such awesome news and now we can find out all about those Carstairs and Herondale lineages. Aren't you simply dying to know?

I may have done a spit-take over the vampire analogy, but it's a question Cassie gets asked a lot. I know Katie, Shandra, Emm and I would love for her to show up in our neck of the woods for every book release, but that isn't possible. We promise to keep you informed on her tour dates for the upcoming book releases. Here's hoping she stops by your city/town.

Harper Teen Launches Impulse!

Have you heard the exciting new? Harper Teen announced yesterday that they're launching a new digital imprint focused on YA novellas and short stories from a slew of our favorite authors!! The exciting thing about this launch are not only getting to read continuations from our favorite series, but the cost! The prices will range from $0.99 - $2.99. You can't beat that. 

I'm not a big e-reader fan, but I'm really excited about these upcoming releases. I love Sophie Jordan's Firelight series, as well as Cynthia Hand's Unearthly series. Scott Westerfeld's and Aprilynne Pike's upcoming releases are no brainers for me, as I love their writing.  CRUISIN’ by Sarah Mlynowski sounds like my kind of read! I can't wait to purchase each of these upcoming releases.

Here's what's releasing on December 4th, 2012:

A companion novella to her FIRELIGHT series will be available for $1.99

For Az, it's supposed to be a fun summer vacation with her family. Nothing complicated. Just a quick trip to test the waters as she prepares for a year on her own. That all changes when she rescues a drowning girl and meets Tate—the most gorgeous human boy she's ever seen. Tate throws her heart, her plans, and her life into upheaval, but the closer she gets to him, the harder it is to hide the secret of what she is.
With no hope for a future together, the last thing that can ever happen . . . is love.

A novella set in the world of her bestselling UNEARTHLY series, $1.99

Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn't ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met Phen two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.

Alternating between Angela and Clara's perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.

 A future-set novella in which two teens discover that something may have been missing from their perfect lives after all; $1.99

In this future-set novella by bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, Kieran Black lives in a "perfect" world. Disease and starvation have been eradicated, sleep is unnecessary, and it takes no time at all to go from the Bahamas to the moon. But now Kieran has to take Scarcity, a class about how people lived in the bad old days. And as if sitting through an hour of Scarcity every day wasn't depressing enough, it's final projects time. Each student must choose some form of ancient hardship to experience for two whole weeks. Kieran chooses having to sleep eight hours a night, which doesn't seem too annoying.

Maria Borsotti has never thought much of Kieran, but she decides to take pity on him and help him out with his project. Soon, Kieran is sleeping and having vivid dreams, while Maria, whose Scarcity project is to give up all teenage hormone regulation, is experiencing emotions she never knew she had. As their assignments draw them closer together, they begin to wonder if the olden days weren't so bad. Maybe something has been missing from their perfect lives after all?

A short story in which teens take a plunge on the high seas and discover that everything is not as it seems; $1.99

From the critically acclaimed author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) and the Magic in Manhattan series comes a fun short story about taking the plunge on the high seas, where not everything is what it seems.

Kristin is ready to take the next step. . . . The only problem is she hasn't found the right guy to take it with her. That's why she agreed to go on the ominously named Cruise to Nowhere with her best friend, Liz. There are plenty of cute guys on the ship to choose from if only Kristin can work up the nerve—and stop worrying about the reports in the tabloids that passengers on cruises have been mysteriously disappearing and that someone suspects it has to do with . . . vampires.

If this excitement wasn't enough, there's a few other titles coming out soon as well. Check out these upcoming titles:

One Day More by Aprilynne Pike
A prequel novella to bestselling author Aprilynne Pike's forthcoming novel, Life After Theft

Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. 

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike.

The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass
A companion to the New York Times bestseller: The Selection 

TAGS by Walter Dean Myers
A one-act play by the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature




New York, NY (November 26, 2012)—HarperCollins Publishers announced today the launch of HarperTeen Impulse, a digital imprint focusing on Young Adult short stories and novellas. The new imprint will publish short-form works from new and established authors, providing original and exciting new teen ebooks across a wide variety of genres.

HarperTeen Impulse will publish between one and four titles a month, all of which will go on sale the first Tuesday of that month, branded “Impulse Tuesday.” Impulse titles will benefit from dedicated program marketing, including extensive social media outreach, monthly newsletters, cross-promotion in HarperTeen print books, and strategic sales promotions.

The first titles go on sale December 4, 2012, and they include BREATHLESS by Sophie Jordan, a companion novella to her FIRELIGHT series; STUPID PERFECT WORLD, a future-set novella by bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, in which two teens discover that something may have been missing from their perfect lives after all; CRUISIN’ by Sarah Mlynowski, a short story in which teens take a plunge on the high seas and discover that everything is not as it seems; and RADIANT by Cynthia Hand, a novella set in the world of her bestselling UNEARTHLY series. HarperTeen Impulse titles will be available at all ebook retailers in a price range from $0.99 to $2.99. 

Forthcoming titles include THE PRINCE: A SELECTION NOVELLA by Kiera Cass, a companion to the New York Times bestseller THE SELECTION; TAGS, a one-act play by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers; and ONE DAY MORE, a prequel novella to bestselling author Aprilynne Pike’s forthcoming novel, LIFE AFTER THEFT.

“Readers of YA have embraced digital reading in a big way,” said Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books. “We’re seeing short-form content becoming more popular in the digital marketplace, and HarperTeen Impulse allows us to experiment with new concepts and deliver content quickly. YA as a category has grown exponentially, and its readers span a wide age group enthusiastic about books in many different genres and formats. HarperTeen Impulse is a great platform to further reach a crossover audience.”

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