Extra! Extra! 50: I'm Back -- Sort Of….

Extra! Extra! is my weekly post featuring any and all exciting blog news.

I'm linking up to Sunday Post hosted by the lovely Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Last week I went on vacation. I had all my posts scheduled and had a great week off. Then I came back, and since then, I've been playing catch-up -- 500 tons of laundry, sorting mail, and just generally finding the time to do all the things I would have been doing if I were home.
So … while I did manage to visit some blogs, respond to some comments and even read some books, I'm still feeling a little behind in the blogging department. I'm almost caught up, but thanks for your patience!

What's New On the Blog?  New Books!

In the After by Demitri Lunetta (HarperTeen)  Releases June 2013
You might be thinking, "Hey, Jen, isn't this book is way too scary for you?" But summer is coming and Teen Snark, a.k.a. my teen reviewing panel, will have some free time. Plus, maybe I'll try it too. With the lights on.

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (Greenwillow) Releases August 2013
I can't believe this amazing fantasy trilogy is wrapping up. If you haven't read Girl of Fire and Thorns and Crown of Embers, you still have time to do that before this comes out!

Find Me by Romily Bernard (HarperTeen) Releases September 2013
My friend Steph from TheFakeSteph.Com pitched this too me as foster child plus hacker plus serial killer. Me: Huh? But it's a mystery. It won the Golden Heart YA Romance award, so there's romance. I think Steph is right: I've got to read this one.

Thank you Harper Teen for approving me for these on Edelweiss :)

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr  (Little, Brown BFYR) Releases May 2013
I love Sara Zarr's books and am so excited to read this one!

The Originals by Cat Patrick  (Little, Brown BFYR) Releases May 2013
Triplet clones!  Hoping this one is sort of MILA 2.0 meets The Parent Trap..

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff (Little, Brown BFYR) Releases June 2013
Teen Snark and I have already read this and we have a lot of opinions!  Our back-and-forth on this is coming soon!

Thanks to Little, Brown for inviting me to read these on NetGalley!

What Happened Last Week on the Blog?

Reviews of…

Fans of historical fiction and ghost stories should not miss this!

Find out why last week was Alien Romance Week...

Can you name the most shoplifted items in America? I can … now.


Jen W -- an international winner -- was picked by Rafflecopter as the winner of the March Hot Off the Presses.

Sabrina (of I Heart YA Fiction) won the Fairytale Giveaway Hop!

Freebie Friday March Clean Out was won by… Cee, Josie and Erin!

What's Coming Up Next Week?

A review of two scary serial killer books:  Game (I Hunt Killers #3 by Barry Lyga) and (hopefully) Dead Silence by Kim Derting.

Plus, I'm diving in to my March books, which include Parallel by Lauren Miller and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey!

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  1. I hope you had a great vacation! Find Me sounds pretty awesome. As does The Lucy Variations. :)

  2. You have some great looking books there, Jen! Boy Nobody, In the after, Find me :D I still need to read Crown of embers (soon!)

    Happy reading!
    Showcase -Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  3. Can't wait to read Game and I am reading Girl of Fire and Thorns and loving it! Enjoy!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  4. I hope you had a great vacation (I did)! I need to read Girl of Fire and Thorns. It's been on my TBR list for FOREVER! Great week!

    Check out my SP & STS.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  5. Yay! I got the Bitter Kingdom too and I cannot wait to read it, although I dont want the series to end!

    My Letterbox Love!

  6. In the After and Find Me both sound like books I'll need to read! I'm behind in the Body Finder series and I still need to read I Hunt Killers. Always behind... I'm waiting very patiently for The Fifth Wave to arrive from the ARC tour. I'm really excited to read it. I hope you like it too! :)

  7. Good luck getting caught up with everything! I got The Bitter Kingdom too and I'm so excited-it really perked up my Friday afternoon to get that news!

  8. Glad to hear you had a great vacation. But coming home is not so much fun, to many things to get caught up on. :D Enjoy your new books.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's Sunday Post

  9. I was going through the BEA authors (from that list you sent me) and looking them up since unless it's an author I really know, I might miss it. And I came across Find Me, which sounds really good! Romily Bernard is going on my list, and Find Me will be a must get. ;)

  10. In the After by Demitri Lunetta looks really good, hope you enjoy it!

  11. Amazing haul Jen! Good luck on getting caught up with review copies and just life! I'm way busy with them and school :) So excited you got the Lucy Variations, can't wait for your review!

    Happy Reading!
    My Haul: http://wwwthebookshelves.blogspot.com/2013/04/new-to-shelves-21-one-with-nightfall.html

  12. I love bloglovin too! I'm also seriously drunk right now so having a great sunday! here's to next week! Yay!

  13. I haven't heard of a majority of those titles, but I'll check them out! Also now following you via bloglovin. I'm SO glad people finally start to use it more and more. *grin* Though it IS kinda awful that they don't really have many other options.. :/ In any case, I hope you'll have a great week! :)

    Patricia // My Week

  14. You have some great looking titles this week!A few of these are on my mental TBR list. I hope you really enjoy them all!

  15. I must be a completely crazy reader, because of the three books I am WAY TOO excited for in this post, The Lucy Variations is number 2. And nothing like Find Me (tell me if I'll love it!) and Game, which I am planning to read to celebrate the end of this semester. :)

  16. Ooo, a few books I'll have to look back at the series of. Sounds great. Hope you have a great week.

    I have a Sunday Post up as well...

  17. Find Me sounds very good and I've been waiting to hear what you and Teen Snark have to say about Boy Nobody.

  18. Oh how I love going on vacation. But I hate dealing with everything when I get back. Glad you had a break though. I can't wait to read In The After.

  19. Vacation can be so much work! Really excited about In The After. With work my reading has slowed down a bit lately but I'm hoping to get to that one soon. The Originals sounds awesome too!

  20. THOSE are the most shoplifted items in America?? Huh. Well, they ARE a little like crack (says the girl who is just a 'little' bit addicted to Diet Rock Star...) so I guess I get it;)

    Yay, you got The Bitter Kingdom too (and Find Me!) Tell me when you are planning on starting it. I may have to start it sooner than later, I'm really anxious:)

    And The Lucy variations looks great! I didn't see it on NG, must've taken it down already (boo, hiss!) Let me know how it turns out:)

  21. Ugh, I always hate doing all the laundry after vacation! I can't wait for you to team up with Teen Snark again. And I want to read The Bitter Kingdom right the eff now, but I'm making myself wait. Not sure how much longer I can hold out, though. ;)


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