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  1. We wanted a way to highlight books on a monthly basis that we're excited about.  Ultimately our goal with this is to bring them to your attention too so you can add them to your 'to read' lists or however you keep track of that stuff.  So we came up with this...

    From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

    Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
    RELEASE DATE: August 14, 2014





    In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

    In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where shecame from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

    Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
    RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2014



    While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet...

    A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?
    RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2014





    Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

    When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

    But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

    A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.
    RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2014



    A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England. 

    To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.
    RELEASE DATE: August 14, 2014


    A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her. 

    But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined. 

    As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

    Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself.
    RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2014



    You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night. 

    A dead girl walks the streets.

    She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

    And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

    Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out. 

    The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.
    RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2014


    In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

    Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

    But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.
    RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2014



    In this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky. Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island. Leilani’s epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways.

    A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare, this captivating and dramatic debut from Austin Aslan is the first of two novels. The author has a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
    RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2014


    Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.

    Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why. 

    When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.
    RELEASE DATE: August 14, 2014


    There you go - some of the books we're looking forward that release in August!! Let us know what you're looking forward to reading this month!!

    Do you like this feature? Should we keep it going? We want to hear from you! 

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  2. TAKE ME ON (PUSHING THE LIMITS #4)
    By: Katie McGarry
    Publication Date: May 27, 2014
    Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)
    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

    About Katie
    Katie McGarryKATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

    Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.


    Erin's Thoughts

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I am never disappointed by Katie McGarry’s books and Take Me On was no exception. I really loved this story and characters and could not put this one down until I found out what happened to everyone.

    I will begin with the fact that I loved Haley. She is tough and loyal but it is very clear she is struggling. She and her family have hit a rough time and she is trying to put on a good face and just get through but things just seem to be getting worse. I think one of the things that frustrated me the most about Haley was her unwillingness to ask for help. Her family wanted to be there for her but she refused to ask for it. With that said, I completely understood her reasoning and what she was doing.

    One night as she was on her way home, she is almost run over by West. Let me interject here that I did not read book 3 (don’t judge me about it) so while some of you may already have some feelings about him, I went into this one with no predetermined feelings about him. I don’t know if this is good or bad but when I mentioned him to my sister, she immediately said…”Oh, I didn’t like him.” Whereas I was all “I love him!!” Anyway, I did really love him. While I found out what happened with him in book 3, I thought not knowing, gave me a bit of a different view than others may have of him. Mostly because when I was introduced to him, it was clear he was struggling with what he was going to do as well as the role he played in his sister’s accident. He truly loves his family but he doesn’t really know how he fits in.

    As punishment for getting expelled for fighting, West’s dad enrolls him in the public school and this is where West and Haley start to build a friendship and then find that they both want more than that. Along the way, they find out more about themselves and each other and they also find themselves in a situation where Haley is training West to fight her ex-boyfriend’s little brother in order to protect Haley’s brother and cousin.

    I really liked the secondary characters in this story and have high hopes that we will see a few of them again in some of the upcoming books. Jax was one of my favorites and I also love Abby. McGarry always does such a wonderful job of creating these fascinating characters (main or secondary) and although I know neither of them would accept it, I would just like to give them both hugs.

    Definitely consider reading these books if you haven’t done so yet. I can't give everything about this story away but know that there is plenty of angst, swoon, and action to keep you engrossed in this story. I always find myself pulled into the lives of these complex characters and stories. Ultimately, that is what makes me unable to put the book down until I reach the end. If you like the other books in this series, I have a feeling you will definitely enjoy this one as well.

    Thank you to Netgalley & Harlequin Teen for the review copy.
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  3. JACKABY
    By: William Ritter
    Publication Date: September 16, 2014

    First of all, this cover is amazing and gorgeous and I want to frame it and put it on my wall! Second - the story!! Dr. Who meets Sherlock Holmes  - SOLD!!  


    “Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

    Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

    Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.



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