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My Reading Pile #121

I got two lovely surprises in the mail this week. One might have been in the mailbox since last Saturday but I hadn’t checked before prepping last week’s post. The other was sitting outside my door on Wednesday.

My Reading Pile 121

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received an audiobook of Sophie McKenzie’s CLOSE MY EYES from Macmillan Audio thanks to Armchair BEA. I’d completed a survey about the event and won this lovely prize.

I also received a copy of ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry thanks to the amazing team at Viking Juvenile. I hadn’t heard of this book but after taking a peek at the description I am totally intrigued. It sounds very, very different and I can’t wait to check it out. It sounds like it could be a “me” book.

While CLOSE MY EYES will be releasing on the 9th, I won’t get the chance to add it to the pile this week. But there are a couple of books that I hope to be able to read. And they are…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(July 7, 2013 – July 13, 2013)

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First up on the pile is 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. I received a copy through a trade a couple of weeks ago and I cannot wait to check it out. Even though it’s not releasing until mid-September, I just can’t bring myself to wait.

I always have every intention of reading this author’s books early and then they end up lingering on the TBR pile due to books I need to read for review. Well that’s not going to happen this time around.

I love stories about parallel universes. I love that they overlap every twelve hours and that Josie and her doppelganger, Jo, get the chance to switch places. And I love that not everything is as it appears in Jo’s world and that in her universe there are “shadowy creatures [that] feed on human flesh.” How creepy is that?

And of course Jo is an evil doppelganger and covets Josie’s life. Of course. Could it really be any other way? But I can’t wait to find out if Josie can figure out how to open the portal and take her life back. And I’m super curious as to why it might be “too late.”

I’m supposed to wait to start on this week’s reading pile until Sunday, but I have a feeling that I’ll end up taking a peek just a little bit early.

Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

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Next up on the pile is CONSUME by Melissa Darnell. I received an eARC from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley for the tour I’ll be on next month but I want to read it now.

I think this is an adorable series and I loved meeting Savannah and Tristan last fall and can’t wait to continue their story in CONSUME. From the description – which is super spoiler-y for those who haven’t read CRAVE and COVET – it sounds like it will be an epic installment in this series.

The description has me anxious to find out what happens between them, whether their love is strong enough to survive all that they have to go through or if it is the thing that the description hints must be sacrificed.

While I initially planned on waiting until closer to the tour to add CONSUME to the pile, the description made waiting a total impossibility. I have to find out whether Sav and Tristan’s love – or Sav and Tristan themselves – will meet Shakespeare’s “violent ends.”

These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which, as they kiss, consume.—William Shakespeare, Romeo and JulietTristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert’s joy—and despair. By changing the Clann’s golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

I am all over the place with regards to my reading interests these days. And right now I really wish I had the time to read ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill. The book sounds amazing and devastatingly heartbreaking and the eARC I have sitting on my Kindle is just begging to be read. I just wish I could read it right now.

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Those Left Behind:

I went off-pile again this week but as it was a holiday week for me I did manage to read both of last week’s reads – REPLICA and EARTHBOUND – and I even managed to review one of them. I also finished reading DEFIANCE from the previous week’s pile and posted my review for that book, but I still have to finish and post my review for ASHES ON THE WAVES, which I hope to do on Monday.

But I went off-pile to read two additional books this week. I was given the opportunity to read a book, that I can’t mention, super early and I jumped at the chance. And I wish I could review it and talk about it because it is one of my favorite reads this year. Yeah, it was that good.

I also read Kasie West’s THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which I really, really wanted to read this week. And it was so unbelievably good that I sat down one morning and didn’t stop reading until I was done. Now I’m just trying to figure out how the heck I’m going to put my thoughts about it into a review.

I decided that this was the week to focus on reviews. So I managed to finish a few of those reviews that were lingering and write others that needed to be written. But I still need to finish my reviews for IF I SHOULD DIE and INDELIBLE and as I’m totally burnt out they may have to wait until next weekend.

And as I’m also in the mood to only read and not blog, it makes writing those reviews that much harder. But I’m trying.

I’m just so happy that I had zero promo posts this week and actually had something to post each day. Even if the reviews I did post were rather eclectic ones – Sci-fi, New Adult, Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian and Contemporary.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I put in two requests on NetGalley this week, though I’m doubtful I’ll get approved for either. But a girl can hope…

The Dream Thieves covercoming

THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, Sep 17 2013)

HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott (Harlequin TEEN, Jan 28 2014)

I was totally stoked to see THE DREAM THIEVES on NetGalley and I absolutely love the sound of Elizabeth’s Scott’s book whose cover is not yet revealed. So, until I hear otherwise, I shall keep my fingers crossed tightly for both.

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And while I am also interested in a couple of the other books I saw, I didn’t want to get too greedy… so, for now I haven’t requested them. But they are…

WITCHSTRUCK (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb (Harlequin TEEN, Sep 24 2013)

THE SOCIAL CODE by Sadie Hayes (St. Martin’s Press, Sep 3 2013)

UNFED by Kirsty McKay (Scholastic, Aug 27 2013)

REIN IT IN (The A Circuit #4) by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Aug 27 2013)

THE NAZI HUNTERS by Neal Bascomb (Scholastic, Aug 27 2013)

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Having two days that I could dedicate to blogging made all the difference in the world in terms of staying on track with my reads and reviews. I can only imagine how productive I could be if I had five days to do so. Of course the only way that will happen is for me to retire. And that’s a LONG ways away.

But I loved getting the chance to get lost in a few amazing books this week. I just wish that could happen every week. But with only those pesky 24 hours in a day, it doesn’t always allow for it.

So I am super hopeful I’ll be able to read the two books on the pile this week and get the chance to review at least one of them. But with the work needed to be done for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, I might not have as much time as I want to. And with a ton of stuff to handle IRL I may only get an hour to read each day. Which is a major bummer.

Anyway…

I hope your summer has been drama free and that you’ve had a chance to read a few awesome books. And I hope with bookish events like ALA your reading piles aren’t completely out of control. Or if they are, then only in a good way.

And if you’d like to share the books you’ve received and are planning on reading this week, leave a comment as I’d love to know!

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

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7 Responses to “My Reading Pile #121”

  1. Jennifer K says:

    I was also thrilled to see Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater up on netgalley. Although I’m 99% sure I will get rejected.

    One book up on netgalley that you did not mention is Angel Fever (book #3) by L.A Weatherly. Usually I don’t get too upset when I get rejected. But occasionally there is a book that I have wanted so badly. And this is one of them. IT’s been like 1 1/2 years since book 2 came out. I wanted this so bad. So getting rejected made me feel so sad. :(

    I have 4 series ending books that I wish I could read this week: IF I should die/amy plum, sever/lauren destefano, Rise/anna carey and Abandon/elana Johnson. But I don’t even know if i’ll be able to finish two of them. So much going on in the summer. I can’t read as much.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Oh wow, I didn’t see that on there! Thanks for letting me know Jennifer! I’ll add it to this current week’s post if I can find it. I’m not sure why it didn’t come up in the list of “recently added” books. And I must have forgotten to check all the publishers I usually check.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Okay I just checked under Candlewick and then I ran a search for the author’s name. And it’s not on there. Maybe it was only up for a short time and then was pulled? Either way I can’t seem to find it!

      And so sorry you were rejected. :(

      It is a crazy summer isn’t it? I haven’t done very well at all in terms of series-ending books myself this month. Hopefully though you find some time to relax and enjoy a book or two!

      • Jennifer says:

        Angel Fever was on there. I just went into my declined folder on netgalley and clicked on it and it was gone. Very weird.

        I haven’t been doing very well on my end of series books either. I am finishing Abandon by Elana Johnson today. But I haven’t had the chance to start the others I mentioned. Too much outdoor stuff to do in the summer (swimming/biking).

        • Fiktshun009 says:

          Well that’s good. Being outdoors. Not the decline. But they do that sometimes – pull a book when they’ve reached their quotas so that they don’t get requests.

  2. You O_O are such a lucky woman.

    I cannot wait for your review of Ashen on the Waves. To be honest, I’ve freaked out on you a lot because of that book alone here on your site but I don’t think it’ll compare to when you actually post your review. Seriously.

    And I’ve never read anything by Gretchen M though I’ve been meaning to but never really get around buying her books. And now that seems even further from reality because of my nearly job-less situation. BUT one can hope :)

    I really really want to read all the books in The Clann series, is it a series or just a trilogy? I haven’t looked into that.

    Anyway. Hope you had a good holiday? Reading day? And what do you mean drama free? Hope it doesn’t mean it has been drama-filled on your end.

    And, I won’t even try to get Maggie Stiefvater’s book this year, I always get rejected for her books and it makes me even more sadder because she’s my ultimate fave author so I’ll just save myself some pain and try to get the signed copy of the book instead, I knew she was going to be signing for an indie bookstore as las year so I had to save… EVEN if I’ll have to contact the owner because of how awful an experience I had with them last year.

    Anyway.
    Good luck! I bet you’ll get approved for it and Heartbeat as well.

    You got me curious, as is normal when you torture me, about the book you got the chance to read early T_T and it was to be WAY early for you not being able to even mention it. LUCKY!

    Enjoy Rachel! And smile :)
    #1stalker

  3. I got Witchstruck as well because I like the sound of it. Heartbeat sounds amazing. Dream Theives looks good. The Nazi Hunters sounds great. Come visit me as well.

    Grace

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