Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Releases: June 30, July 1-2

June 30
Fractured Souls (Shattered Promises #2) by Jessica Sorensen
Gemma thought she had said her good-byes and had felt every possible emotion she could before her soul was detached again. Deep down inside, she hoped she’d never wake up from it because, in her eyes, life without emotion and memories isn’t worth living.

But she does wake up and discovers she can still feel and remember everything she experienced over the last few months. Alex is also telling her that everything’s okay, that he didn’t betray her, and that what she thought happened really didn’t.

Gemma isn’t sure if she can trust Alex, so she tries to keep her distance from him, even though the electric connection and her desire make it nearly impossible. The only person she can trust is Laylen, but even that becomes complicated when the lines of their friendship begin to blur.

While Gemma struggles with her emotions and relationships, she searches for her mother, entering a dangerous world of secrets, seduction, and evil. The further she digs into her mother’s secrets and past, the more she wonders what waits for her at the end of her search and if maybe some things are better left in the dark.



July 1
Lick (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott
 Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.








July 2
Awaken (Abandon #3) by Meg Cabot
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.



Out of Breath (Breathing #3) by Rebecca Donovan
Emma leaves Weslyn and everyone in it behind to attend Stanford University, just as she always intended. A shell of her former self, she is not the same girl. She is broken, and the only way that she’ll be whole again is through forgiveness. Emma must find a way to forgive herself and recognize her own worth before she can receive the love she deserves. This final installment will have readers holding their breath until the very last page.

Shutdown (Glitch #3) by Heather Anastasiu
The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution.

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.

Full of romance, high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults.


The thrilling conclusion to an action-packed sci-fi trilogy



 This is W.A.R. begins with a victim who can no longer speak for herself, and whose murder blossoms into a call-to-arms. Enter four very different girls, four very different motives to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan, and only one rule to start: Destroy James Gregory and his family at any cost. Willa's initials spell the secret rallying cry that spurs the foursome to pool their considerable resources and deliver their particular brand of vigilante justice. Innocence is lost, battles are won—and the pursuit of the truth ultimately threatens to destroy them all.


From the Hardcover edition.

Cover Reveal: Owlet

Owlet by Emma Michaels
Publication: October 13, 2012

Description:
Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the fa├žade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

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Author Bio:
 Emma Michaels is a cover artist and the author of Owlet. As the founder of The Writers Voice blog (http://OurBooksOurVoice.Blogspot.com) she loves to connect authors and readers. Her love of blogging started when she created a review blog in 2009 (www.EmmaMichaels.com) which gave her the courage to finally submit her own novels to publishers.
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The cover:

Friday, June 28, 2013

Coverss x5 Title x1

Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott
No description available

Publication: February 4, 2014
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom—all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him.

Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, she abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, 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. But even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, could she refuse her duty to kill him?

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.


Publication: January 28, 2014

Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he's told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

Publication: March 4, 2014
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
No description available

Publication: January 28, 2014
Simple Perfection (Perfection #2) by Abbi Glines
Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.

Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?


Publication: December 3, 2013



I expected a life of music.

I expected to raise my son.

It took one look to make everything change.

I never expected happiness.

I never expected to find her.

I never expected to feel desire.

I never expected I’d be a family man.

I never expected to be loved.

I never expected to fall in love.

They say you should expect the unexpected. I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind


Publication: September 2, 2013 



Title Reveals:


Unremembered #3 by Jessica Brody

Cover Reveal: I Breathe You

I Breathe You by Lori L Clark
Publication: July 2013 

Description:
When a tragic accident leaves Rhane Evans -- lead vocalist for the rock band Fate's Crazy -- permanently unable to speak above a whisper and kills the love of her life, she moves across the state to pick up the pieces. Shattered, Rhane struggles to understand what happened the night of the accident, an accident everyone blames her for, even though she wasn't driving the car.

Enter Ian Callahan. He's the one person who may have a more tumultuous past than Rhane. Though they try hard to deny the sizzling attraction between them, it proves nearly impossible. When Ian's troubled past threatens to tear them apart, they begin to believe happiness isn't in their cards.

Because Fate's Crazy that way... 


Goodreads

Author Bio:  
I read, I write, I run 1/2 marathons for fun. Ten things about me:

1. I'm an only child.
2. I love dogs!
3. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and lived in Iowa my whole life until January 2007.
4. I worked as a professional psychic reader for 2 years.
5. I'm a Pisces Sun, Leo Moon with Aquarius rising.
6. I've written 5 books and am in the process of brainstorming a 6th.
7. I don't look or act my age!
8. I ran my first 1/2 marathon at age 50.
9. I love 80's hair band music.
10. My day job is as a claims payment analyst for one of Fortune 500 Magazine's "Top 100 places in America to work."

The cover:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (52)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Crash Into You
Pushing the Limits #3
Publication: November 26, 2013

From Goodreads:
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2013 ... So Far (14)


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
In no particular order. If I listed a series, the books in parentheses are the ones I have read this year.


This Week's Theme:
Top Ten Books of 2013...So Far


Rock Star series (Jaded, Faded) by Mercy Amare
Everneath series (Everneath, Neverfall, Everbound) by Brodi Ashton
Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout


Too Far trilogy (Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far) by Abbi Glines
Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter
Sweet Peril (Sweet #2) by Wendy Higgins


Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
Trying Not to Love You (Love #1) by Megan Smith
With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent


Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess War #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Fab Life + Giveaway

Publication: July 27, 2013

Description:
It’s the life I was born to live: billionaire’s daughters, living amongst the rich & famous. But my mom kept me a secret from my dad. Until now.

I am so out of my league. Fancy parties, expensive cars, and a private school for the elite… It sounds like a dream. But everything is not as perfect as it seems on the outside. Here, the secrets are dirty, and the lies comes easy.

Welcome to my fab life.


Goodreads

Author Bio:  
I am a YA/ NA author, with an addiction to NOS & Red Bull energy drinks. My guilty pleasure is the TV series The Lying Game and The Vampire Diaries. I'm 23 years old. I currently live in St Louis, with my husband of 2 years.
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The cover:

Giveaway:
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Cover Characteristic: Curly Hair (46)

Cover Characteristic
(hosted by Sugar & Snark)
This a meme where each week a book cover characteristic will be selected by the host. You then choose 5 covers to post with that particular characteristic.
This week's theme:
Curly Hair
 Obsession by Jennifer L Armentrout

 Rise by Anna Carey

 Secret For a Song by S.K. Falls
 Everbound by Brodi Ashton

My favorite cover of the week:
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Saturday, June 22, 2013

New Releases: June 25

After Daybreak (Darkness Before Dawn #3) by J.A. London
Dawn returns from L.A. with terrifying news: In his greed for power, the maniacal Day Walker Sin is raising an army and infecting his followers with the Thirst—a rabieslike disease that will turn them into mindless killers. To stop him, Dawn and Victor will have to convince humans and vampires to work together before it’s too late.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Double Review: Grasping at Eternity (Kindrily #1) and Taking Back Forever (Kindrily #2) by Karen Amanda Hooper

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she's supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah's memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY in Karen Amanda Hooper’s latest young adult release.

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First line:
I wanted to punch a hole in the sky, rip it wide open, and fly out of this world into a magical one.
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Source:
Digital copy from Netgalley -- THANK YOU
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Rating:
4 peacock feathers out of 5
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Before I actually talk about the book, I have to put this out there. I absolutely ADORE this cover. It's so pretty and breathtaking. Sigh.

This book is full of twists and turns, right from the start. I did not see that opening scene coming O.O I also liked that both Nathan's and Maryah's POVs were included. Nathan's innner struggle to accept that the love his his lives doesn't remember those lives, or even who he is. So he ends up making things worse as he acts out in anger against her, and she despises him now.

I loved all the Kindrily members, including Dakota, even though he's not an actual member. Harmony struggles because her mate is missing, captured by the enemy. The whole "family" is so close, it's wonderful. They will do anything to protect each other.

 I generally don't like reincarnation books because they get too confusing for me, but I have to say, Grasping at Eternity is a wonderful book for anyone to read, whether you like readina bout reincarnation or not!

Barnes&Noble  |  Amazon  |  Goodreads  |  Karen Amanda Hooper 

 Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn’t erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.

Maryah’s power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn’t big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way.







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First Line:
Stars glittered down around the girl as the peacock feather in her hand fanned into more than a dozen blue and green quills. 
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Source:
ARC received from author -- THANK YOU!!
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Publication date:
May 31, 2013
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Rating:
4 peacock feathers out of 5
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In the second Kindirly book, we have Maryah and Harmony's POV, rather that Nathan's. I wish we could have had all three, but as it was I loved Harmony's POV.

Maryah is struggling to develop her powers, but she can't seem to control them. She knows that if she can master them, she can save Gregory. All she has to do is keep trying. But that's easier said than done. She works hours a day trying to develop her powers, make them stronger but nothing seems to work.

Harmony is desperately searching for her mate, Gregory, who has been captured by the enemy. She also feels like no one in the Kindrily knows how she feels anymore, because Nathan has been reunited with his mate. But in their conversations, you can see that Nathan still feels distance between him and Maryah. Yes, he loves her, but she's also not Mary, the person she was in her past lives.

The Kindrily is strong as ever. I love how Dakota becomes a member!!! He's adorable :)

Like the first book, there were so many unexpected twists it kept me on my toes. There were also several moments that made me laugh or say "awww."

Karen is also always looking out for her readers. She kindly leave a note before the last three chapters saying that if you don't like cliffhangers stop here.But I like to torture myself, so I kept reading and OH MY GOSH!!!!!!! I need Fighting for Infinity  RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Fall For Me Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Sacrifice (Tate Chronicle #0.5)
Sacrifice is a 23,000 word prequel to Fall For Me. It tells the story of Grace and Seth, and what happened in that castle. It is meant to be read after Fall For Me, although it can be read first...


Seth’s heart is breaking. He knows his decision will hurt the one person he keeps breathing for, but he can’t take it anymore. He can’t be near Grace knowing she will always be just out of reach.

Grace is oblivious to Seth’s turmoil. She loves him unconditionally, but not in the way he wants. They both know that in Heaven physical love is forbidden, and to break the rules is to defy everything they’ve ever been taught.

When Grace and Seth are sent on a mission to save a young mother and her unborn child, Grace must face the fact that Seth won’t be returning home. She doesn’t understand Seth’s decision and hates him for it. But what neither of them realise is how big a part that single decision will play in shaping their entire future.

What would you sacrifice for the one you love?

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Fall for Me (Tate Chronicles #1)
 “Angels aren’t supposed to fall in love, especially with each other. But for the record, you were worth it.”

Grace Tate is a Protection Angel and Vampire Hunter, and she has always followed the rules. But some rules are made to be broken…

Until now the fight against evil has been simple, and falling in love was never part of the plan. So what happens when it’s beyond Grace’s control, and when she least expects it she falls for the wrong person?

All hell breaks loose, that’s what.

At Hopetown Valley High, not everything is as it seems, and the one person Grace thought was her enemy becomes her most important ally.

Blood will be shed, lives will be lost and friendships will be tested. It all comes down to one decision, and when Grace tries to save all those dear to her, she realises not everyone can be—or wants to be—saved.


 Author Bio:
 K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children and a rabbit named Twitch.
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Sacrifice Review:
First line:
Michael and I had been fighting for almost an hour. Cloud dust plumed into the air as my feet struck the floor. My patience with him was growing thin. He couldn't say anything that would change my mind. As far as I was concerned, he was wasting his time.
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Source:
eARC for tour
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Rating:
4 wings out of 5
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Last does an amazing job with descriptions in this short novella. This is one of my favorite lines from the book:
My heart was breaking into a thousand tiny pieces, and I was scared they would spill from my chest and scatter across the galaxy. Suddenly, I was nothing but a tiny speck in an enormous void of space, surrounded by sadness. (eARC p46)

I loved the character of Seth. He seemed like a sweet, caring guy in unfortunate circumstances. He's not allowed to fall in love. But he has done just that and so he decides to give up his life as an angel and his friendship with the woman he loves and become a fallen one.

Once Seth falls, Grace struggles to understand why he would abandon her. She hates him for leaving this life, for leaving her. He had everything he could possibly want, why leave? To take her mind off of him, she's sent on an indefinite mission, as a vampire hunter. She must protect her twin brother every generation and together they seek to destroy these evil creatures. But soon, Seth finds her and won't leave her alone. But she is still angry with him, and ignores him when he tries to talk to her.

This was a lovely novella! Fans of angel books will love it!

Fall for Me Review:
First line:
The stars twinkled above them as they raced through the castle. They were not permitted to stay long, only until their task was complete.
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Source:
digital copy for tour
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Rating:
4 wings out of 5
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I felt like this book was slow moving at first, but once I got into, I loved it!!! Grace and her twin brother Archer discover that the vampires they hunt are hunting someone. And not just anyone, another vampire. They rush to find this girl to protect her and learn why she is hunted.

Along the way, Grace falls in love with a human boy, Josh, which we know is forbidden. But she decides that love is worth the fall. Literally.

I'll admit it, I was rooting for Seth throughout this whole book (probably because I read the novella first). I knew he wasn't really evil and I couldn't wait for Grace to find that out. Move out of the way, Josh, Seth is here. I wish his POV was included in this book. There were several times I would have loved to know what he was thinking!

The end was so unexpected! I can't wait to read Fight for Me!!!!


Giveaway:
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (51)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

United We Spy
Gallagher Girls #6
Publication: September 17, 2013

From Goodreads:
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Releases (13)


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
In no particular order except for the last one.


This Week's Theme:
Top Ten Summer Releases (June - August)



Out of Breath (Breathing #3) by Rebecca Donovan (July 2)
Indelible by Bethany Lopez (July 9)
Frigid by J. Lynn (July 30)


Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert (August)
 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (August 15)
Deecption (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine (August 27)


 Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer Armentrout (August 27)
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Maas (August 27)
Of Darkness and Crowns (Goddess Wars #2) by Trisha Wolfe (September 1)



The 100 by Kass Morgan (September 3)