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My Reading Pile #102

This has been yet another phenomenal week for my reading pile and my mailbox. While I didn’t get a ton of books this week, I got some seriously, seriously amazing ones. Books that won’t be sitting on the TBR pile for very long.

My Reading Pile 102

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

At the very top of that stack is a series-ending book I’m just dying to read. And that’s AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight. I am so unbelievably stoked to have received an ARC. One that is personally inscribed so I’ll have to be really, really, really, careful when I read it. I’m talking those special archival gloves, keeping the book at a distance so I don’t breathe or cry on it, and only reading it in a well-lit room so I don’t risk denting it with a clip-on light.

And while I know it doesn’t release for ages, I will be reading it this week as a purely guilty pleasure read. Because I just can’t wait.

I also received an ARC of SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins, thanks to the amazing team at HarperCollins, which I’ve heard is all sorts of awesome and is a book I’m also dying to read. Especially after seeing just how many Post-it Notes Jaime added to the back half of her ARC. And while I won’t be reading it this week… at least I’m going to try really, really hard not to… I will be adding it to the pile next week.

But I’m trying to delay the read as long as possible because waiting for the third book is going to be torturous. Just the thought of one more year without Kai is already killing me.

In the package with SWEET PERIL I also received a surprise copy of THE END GAMES by T. Michael Martin. I believe I already have an ARC thanks to Jaime so I may have to return her copy and keep this one for review. And while it looks so awesome and I’d love to move it to the top of my pile this week or next, I will likely have to wait until after March 12th before I dive in.

And while I will be reading one of the books I received this week, there are two other books I’m super excited to read. And they are….

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(February 24, 2013 – March 2, 2013)

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Afterglow

First up on the pile is AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight. While I have a request in with Edelweiss, I was super fortunate to receive a printed ARC from the author for review. And because this is one of my favorite series in YA, I won’t be waiting until closer to release date to read it… at least not for the first read.

November 12th – the book’s release date – is way too far away. Heck, March 12th is too far a distance for me to wait to find out how things end for Ashline Wilde. I may have already started reading just a few pages. And I may have accidentally looked at the last two chapter titles…. Noooooooo!

I have avoided looking at the description on Goodreads, but now that I have a copy in hand, I just had to take a peek. And… there isn’t one. Yep. It’s so early there isn’t a description on Goodreads. Nor is there one on Amazon, even though I have my Kindle copy pre-ordered.

So that means that the six paragraphs on the back of the ARC haven’t been revealed… unless they’re mentioned on Edelweiss. So I probably shouldn’t even tease them here.

The only thing I will say is that this final book is going to be freaking epic! And as I will be finished reading it this weekend, I’ll be able to state with authority just how awesome it is in my post next weekend.

How to Lead a Life of Crime

I’m going to be on a super fun tour for HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME by Kirsten Miller in a week and some change. And while I don’t have to review it for the tour, I am just dying to read this book which sounds seriously awesome.

My Kindle copy downloaded on Thursday and I’ve been desperately trying to clear the pile so that I could start reading about Flick and learning what life is really like for those attending Mandel Academy.

I can’t wait to see what happens when he’s pitted against his “old flame” to see just who will graduate. And I can’t wait to read another book by Kirsten Miller as it’s been ages since I read THE ETERNAL ONES.

A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.

Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.

Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flick’s old flame. They’ve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?

Infatuate

I decided to add a third book to the pile this week. I know, that’s being totally ambitious. But since I’ll likely finish reading AFTERGLOW just shortly after this post goes live, I figured I’d take a chance on adding INFATUATE by Aimee Agresti to this week’s pile.

I loved the first book in this series, which I read a few weeks back, and I’ve been desperate to read INFATUATE before it releases in a week-and-a-half. I received an eGalley from NetGalley and I keep opening it up so that it doesn’t get buried on my Kindle each week.

I’ve only just read the description and now I’m even more curious to see just what happens to Haven, Lance and Dante in this sequel. Of course, I’m just a bit more curious about Lucian, who I’m very glad to read makes an appearance.

The description calls this sequel “gripping” and mentions it’s “full of surprises” and I cannot wait to discover each and every one of them. And I love, love, love that this book will be taking “the battle of good and evil to the next level.”

With a new setting and a new enemy, I am so excited to be able to finally read INFATUATE this week.

Haven Terra is still recovering from an internship that brought her literally to the brink of hell when a trip to New Orleans leads to more trouble.

Graduating early from high school leaves the spring semester free, so Haven and her friends Dante and Lance head to the Big Easy to volunteer with community service projects. But their true mission becomes clear when they run across an enclave of devils known as the Krewe.

New Orleans is a free-for-all for these shape-shifting devils, who are more reckless and vicious than any Haven, Lance, and Dante have encountered. And they soon discover their French Quarter housemates are also angels-in-training, and together they must face off with the Krewe in their quest for wings.

But Haven’s resolve is tested when Lucian, the repentant devil with whom she was infatuated, resurfaces and asks her for help escaping the underworld. Can he be trusted? Or will aiding him cost Haven her angel wings—and her life?

Thrilling, romantic, and full of surprises, this gripping sequel to Illuminate takes the battle of good and evil to the next level.

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

I desperately wish that I could read THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa this week. I’m really in the mood for a dark, dystopian, vampire story and I’ve heard such amazing things about this book.

And now that I have THE ETERNITY CURE just waiting to be read, I am desperate to start this series and read both books back-to-back. But as things are really crazy for me through mid-March, diving into this series will just have to remain a wish… for now.

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Those Left Behind:

I actually read both books on the pile last week, though I haven’t yet reviewed either book. As I plan on re-reading WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent for my Mini-Reading Challenge next month, I hadn’t planned on reviewing it after this read, so I’m technically not behind on its review.

And I plan on writing my review for PIVOT POINT this weekend, so I’m not really behind on that review either. YAY!

But I still need to catch up on two books that have been lingering from an earlier pile and finish reading the beta read I started early this week. And I really want to read SPELLCASTER before it releases.

But staying on track is so very hard, as I just keep gravitating toward AFTERGLOW, a book not releasing for ages. And I keep reading more and more of it, even as I write this post. Yeah. I have zero impulse control when it comes to this series. Clearly.

Anyway… I am still undecided as to whether I’m going to write up “Book Thoughts” posts for CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS and CITY OF LOST SOULS. With CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ release drawing ever nearer, I’m debating on whether or not to read and review that book before I even think of mentally revisiting the TMI books.

So, I’ve not fallen too far behind on reading piles, though I’m not as caught up on review books as I need to be. Which means I need to carve out more time to read and spend a little less time on the social. We’ll see how that goes….

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

When I got the email newsletter that THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen, Apr 30, 2013) was available to US bloggers I immediately clicked to request. Of course my phone did not have my password for NetGalley so I actually got out of bed and ran to my computer to request it. Yeah. I was that eager to get my hands on this sequel, even though, as I mentioned earlier, I haven’t yet read book one.

The Eternity Cure

But aside from this one tiny slip, I’ve been firm in my resolve to not request any new books from NetGalley until I’ve completed at least fifty percent of my pending ones.

But there were a couple other interesting books I discovered while browsing…

ROTTEN by Michael Northrop (Scholastic Inc., Apr 1, 2013)

THE ACADEMY: GAME ON by Monica Seles and James LaRosa (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, May 7, 2013)

And for those who don’t own it or haven’t yet read it…

THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin, PB pub date Mar 26, 2013)

I want so badly to click on the link for THE IMMORTAL RULES even though I own the finished eBook. How twisted is that? But this series is one I’m so incredibly excited to finally start reading, though I know waiting for the third book is going to be painful.

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While I didn’t get much time for reading this week – as things were absolutely crazy at work and then I was completely exhausted at night – all I want to do these days is read.

I have zero Random Thoughts, I haven’t been able to coherently ramble, and with all the craziness going on IRL I just want to get lost in a book or a dozen. And I really am in the mood to read those comfort reads. Those books with characters and worlds I already know and love.

Which is why two of the books on the pile this week are just that. Even if one is for review.

Anyway… these posts just seem to get longer and longer. Even without too many finds on NetGalley this week I feel like I’ve been rambling on forever. And as I really want to get back into that beta I’m reading and then spend the rest of forever lost in AFTERGLOW, I will say ciao… for now.

Have a super amazing reading week!

Please feel free to share links for your piles and hauls if you have them or a comment about what book is next on your reading list if you don’t.

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Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?

15 Responses to “My Reading Pile #102”

  1. Jen @ BE says:

    Oh my gosh. I totally wish this was a “Jen’s Reading Pile” instead of a “Rachel’s Reading Pile!” XD I mean, Sweet Peril! Kai! *cue flailing* And Afterglow! (Haven’t even read Embers and Echoes, but you can’t blame me for being excited! ;) ) And How to Lead a Life of Crime! And yes, The Immortal Rules is really good, and the cliffie won’t be a problem since you have the second book already!

    I think I’m more excited about your reading pile than you are, lol! The exclamation points gave me away! ;)

  2. Jennifer K says:

    This week I want to read The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington. Also I got book 3 of the Goddess Test series from netgalley. And I have not read any of the books. So I’m going to read all three together.

    Re: netgalley, usually I don’t get too upset if I get denied. But this week I was absolutely crushed for Richelle Mead’s Gameboard of the Gods. She is one of my top 2 favorite authors. And I have been accepted by Dutton a few times. I think if they had accepted requests the first days (instead of waiting 3 weeks and accepting/rejecting all together) I would have had a better chance. It’s only a book, but I was so sad all day. :(

    I also have the Essence by Kimberly Derting and book 2 of Beautiful Creatures from the library. So I will probably get to those the week after.

  3. livredeamour says:

    Rachel, I haven’t read book one either, but will soon. Great selection of books. Afterglow’s cover looks so pretty. Great haul of books.

    Grace

  4. I love your reading pile! I love the idea of listing books you are going to read, books you wish you could read, and books you just didn’t have time for. Have fun reading Afterglow – I love reading ARC books way in advance sometimes, too :)

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  5. Lis Cárcamo says:

    YAY for Sweet Peril!! I’m really happy for you!!
    I also got appoved to read The eternity cure and it’s as amazing as The immortal rules. Hope you love them all!!
    Happy reading! :)

  6. AFTERGLOW!!!! Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous.

  7. ephrielle says:

    Sweet Peril!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you. I am sure, absolutely sure, it is amazing. I can’t wait to read it myself. It will be nice to read what you think of it.

  8. Carmen B. says:

    Oh god how can you resist reading Sweet Peril?! I’d give an arm for it. I mean, I only need one to hold it open so I can read, right? :P I hear you about having to wait longer for the next book, but the current wait is already killing me…
    I was really excited about How To Lead A Life Of Crime but the reviews that have been trickling in have been rather meh so far, at least the ones on the blogs I follow :/ Curious to hear your thoughts of it!
    Enjoy everything on your pile, especially that personalized, super-special Afterglow copy :)

    Here are the books that I got this week, If you’d like to peek :)

  9. Bookluvr Mindy says:

    OMG! You’ve got Afterglow! That’s awesome! I think Nanc’s going to let me borrow the copy she borrowed from her local bookstore! I can’t wait! I’m sad that I didn’t get a copy of Sweet Evil. But oh we’ll! We don’t always get what we want right? Looks like you have an awesome reading week! Have fun a d enjoy!

  10. Yay for Sweet Peril and Afterglow. I have a kindle (well i-book) copy of Sweet Evil though have not yet had a chance to read it and I, too, have requested Afterglow from Edelweiss though still need to read Ember and Echoes. Loved Wildefire!

    This week I plan on reading The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove since its due back at the library tomorrow and Shadow bound since I have yet to read it and want to have done by the time i see Rachel Vincent at Harlequin Summit this week. I plan to also start Nameless by Lili St Crow but I should be getting The Eternity Cure and with a little luck With all my soul this week so cannot guarantee they won’t jump the pile :-P. All in all this is looking to be an awsomely exciting bookish week this week :-)

    Also fee free to check out this week’s haul here: http://www.sapphireddragon.com/2013/02/in-my-mailbox-54.html

  11. jamieayres says:

    Can’t wait to read Sweet Peril and The Clockwork Princess, and I’m jealous of your reading piles!! I barely carve out any time for reading this year so far:-(

  12. The End Games! After that cover reveal, there’s no way I wouldn’t be completely interested in this release. I hope it’s as amazing as it looks and sounds! Happy reading.

    Check out the books I received! Birthday Edition~

  13. Nooooooooo

    Nooooooooo

    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy do you do this to me???!!!!
    First, With All My Soul and now Afterglow????
    Really??? They even rhyme for Christs sake!!!!!

    I refuse to let me dark green envy aura slip away and cover you
    I simply refuse to…

    Forget it, too late.

    I need to reread all of Cassie Clare’s books :/

    Happy reading!!!!

    Enjoy!
    #1stalker

  14. Very nice sweetie. Who doesn’t want these books. Awesome haul of books by the way,

    Grace

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