I had another surprise in the mail earlier this week. A book I totally was not expecting showed up. I haven’t checked the mail since Tuesday, though, so if there are any other books waiting for me, I’ll add them to next week’s pile.
[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]
When I’m not expecting anything in the mail I tend not to check it. But as I was expecting something non-book related I had The Dude take a peek and he mentioned there was an envelope from Simon & Schuster. And I was totally surprised when I opened it to find a copy of AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler.
As I had been approved for the eARC the other week I did not expect a print copy to show up. But one did and it’s absolutely gorgeous. And while I typically prefer to read books in electronic format, I think I’ll be reading this in both print format and on my Kindle. Actually, I might just try to sneak this one in today and leave the Kindle at home.
I didn’t receive any eARCs for review this week, and until late last night, I didn’t request any. But I found myself unable to resist clicking to request Suzanne Young’s THE TREATMENT from Edelweiss.
And while the incoming books pile may be small, I still have two awesome books planned this week. So…
First up on the pile is UNHINGED by A.G. Howard. I received an ARC for review thanks to the author and publisher, Abrams Books, as I’m on the book’s tour. And while I don’t have to read it for review for the tour I’m dying to read this sequel, so it’s not a matter of have to. I so totally want to.
I’ve been trying to wait to read this a little closer to my tour stop date. But I can’t wait any longer. I feel like I’ve had my copy forever as it’s been begging me to pick it up since the moment it arrived, but it seems I only got it the other week. I think if I had to wait for one more week to put this on the pile I might spontaneously combust. So here it is, much earlier than planned.
I am dying to find out what happens with Alyssa now that her mother is home and Morpheus has shown up to tempt her with a “dangerous quest.” I am super curious to see just how Wonderland is coming through her art into the real world. Especially since the description promises that it’s “disturbing.”
But most of all I’m just so excited to go back to this world and go on another wild and twisted adventure with these characters who I fell madly in love with when I met them last year.
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.
If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.
Next up on the pile is THE IRON TRAITOR by Julie Kagawa. I received an eARC for review courtesy of the publisher, Harlequin Teen, through NetGalley. And I am so excited to read it. I will be on the tour in a just over a week, and while I do not have to read this book in order to write up my post, I definitely want to.
I am always wary of spinoff series where I’ve loved the characters from the original series. But this author creates such magical stories filled with lovable characters and enchanting adventures that I had no qualms about diving into this one. And I cannot wait to continue Ethan’s adventures in this sequel.
As the description is a total teaser I have no idea what’s in store for Ethan Chase. It hints that something done could “give rise” to the Forgotten and “fracture the human and faery worlds.” It mentions that Ethan and Keirran’s fates will become entwined. And it promises that Ethan will have an important choice to make.
And I am so unbelievably excited to find out what it all means and to take this next adventure which I know will be epic.
In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.
After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.
But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.
MACRIEVE (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole is my wishful thinking read this week. It’s been awhile since I read something non-YA and as I’ve once again become obsessed with this author’s writing I want nothing more than to dive back into one of her books. Her Immortals After Dark series is the only series I’ve ever read out of sequence and I find that it’s so much fun to randomly pick up any one of the books for a read.
It was one heck of a week IRL so I didn’t get very much reading done. Though I did read and review STIR ME UP and I did manage to write and post my review for ENDLESS KNIGHT, though I’d wanted to finish those reviews for FIND ME and WILD CARDS. Hopefully I can make that happen this coming week.
But as far as reading goes, I’m totally in the weeds. There are a number of books I must read, whose release dates are coming up, and I just know I won’t get them on the pile before then. So I’m totally bummed. But I can only do what I can do so I’m trying not to let it stress me out too much.
I’ve also been in such a persnickety mood and have found myself bailing on books midway through. I’m not sure whether it’s because of my mood or because of the books themselves but I’ve not been making connections, have been finding fault with plots and characters and have just not been as into the books I’ve picked up as I’d hoped to be.
I decided to go off-pile this past week specifically because of my moodiness. It took me ages to find a book to read and then it just didn’t work out. So it could be mood-related. But upon re-reading ENDLESS KNIGHT and falling just as in love with that book as I did the first time, I’m thinking maybe not.
So, I did not get the chance to read CRASH INTO YOU and will have to wait until next week to read it as I really want to read AFTERPARTY. And I just started reading HIS DARK WAYS very early this morning, which is a really, really fast read. I’m about a third of the way done and I think it only took me an hour. If I finish it today, it won’t be a “left behind” read as I don’t start on this coming week’s pile until Sunday.
The writing is gorgeous, but the approach is a little bit different and I’ll have to finish reading to see how everything comes together. It’s too early to assess. But this is definitely a book I won’t be setting aside. I’m intrigued.
And if I can finish a couple of reviews this weekend I’ll be well on my way to getting back on track. But that, as always, remains TBD.
I didn’t request any titles on NetGalley this week and only just requested the one on Edelweiss. Though I really was tempted to click to request UNHINGED even though I have it in print. I’m crazy like that.
And while I haven’t requested any new review eBooks from NetGalley this week, there are some seriously amazing ones available. And they are…
UNHINGED (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard (Abrams, Jan 7 2014)
TASTE OF DARKNESS (Healer #3) by Maria V. Snyder (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Jan 1 2014) ***Australian Bloggers Only***
LADY THIEF (Scarlet #2) by A.C. Gaughen (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Feb 11 2014)
SHINOBI (Katana #3) by Cole Gibsen (Flux, Mar 8 2014)
THE VIOLET HOUR by Whitney A. Miller (Flux, Mar 8 2014)
GOING ROGUE (Also Known As #2) by Robin Benway (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Book, Jan 14 2014)
THE NEXT BIG THING (The Start-Up #2) by Sadie Hayes (St. Martin’s Press, Nov 26 2013)
RAIN OF THE GHOSTS by Greg Weisman (St. Martin’s Press, Dec 3 2013)
TIN STAR by Cecil Castellucci (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Feb 25 2014)
GRANDMASTER by David Klass (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Feb 25 2014)
Between work and getting a couple new designs from Parajunkee Design, I didn’t get much reading done this week. Also, taking the time to write a couple reviews took away from the few hours I get each week to actually read.
But I am really hopeful that this weekend I’ll be able to finish a couple books, though with my new site design I’m feeling more inspired to write than read. So we shall see.
And as this is my last weekend to have free reading time until December I am more hopeful than ever to get a few books read. Because next weekend and the weekend thereafter I’ll busy with my sailing course and the weekend following I’ll be off on a mini vacay, then it’s NaNoWriMo which means writing, writing, writing.
But I hope that you’ve been a better reader and blogger than I have or at least had – or have – an interesting book or two or more on your reading pile. And if you’d like to share what they are, leave a comment or a link as I’d love to know!
Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?