As I mentioned in last week’s My Reading Pile post, due to the arrival of an out of town guest I knew I wouldn’t be around the blogosphere this weekend. So I had to schedule this post quite a bit early.
Which means that at the time I created this post I had no idea whether any books had arrived for me in the mail. If for some reason there turn out to be bookish surprises – though I’m expecting none – I’ll take a picture and include them in next week’s MRP post.
So, once again, this week I’ll only be able to ramble about the books I will, hopefully, be reading this week and not the books received. And because this is getting scheduled early, I have no idea if I’ll have finished last week’s reading pile.
But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I have, so that I can start reading the two books I put on the pile this week. And, so…
Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(April 21, 2013 – April 27, 2013)
First up on the pile is ICONS by Margaret Stohl. I received an early copy thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. She picked up a copy for me at ALA and I’ve been just dying to get this on the pile ever since. Especially since I’m still very much in the mood for all things dystopia/post-apocalypse.
I am so curious about just what happened on The Day and why Dol survived. But I really, really am dying to know exactly what this Icon is and why its power is so “terrifying.”
The description reveals enough to pique my interest and leaves enough of this story, its characters and its world in the dark to make me ever so curious. Curious about just what things these four teens – Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas – have in common. Curious about just what conspiracy seems to be brewing.
And very curious about how the characters’ “uncontrollable emotions” could possibly be one of “their greatest strengths.”
The first line of the description gives me the chills and is a line that I hope sets the stage for an exciting and nail-biting story.
Your heart beats only with their permission.
Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.
Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.
She’s different. She survived. Why?
When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.
Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.
Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts — in order to save the future.
Next up on the pile is THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH by Kady Cross. I received an eARC for review from the publisher, Harlequin TEEN, via NetGalley and I’m so excited to get the chance to read this third book in the series just a bit early.
While I have some time before its release at the end of May, I couldn’t help but move it to the top of the pile when I found out that I would be on the tour next month. My stop is not a review stop, but I just have to know what happens in this third book before then.
Especially when the description mentions that Finley will be forced to confront her feelings about Jack and Griffin. And especially when it hints that The Machinist will be resurrected.
I absolutely loved the first two books in this series and the prequel novella. And I cannot wait to dive into this third book and go back in time to just before the turn of the 20th century, to London, and to the amazing steampunk world the author created.
In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken
When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What’s left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends’ lives.
With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke’s sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him…and for Griffin.
Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel’s desolate alleyways to Mayfair’s elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.
To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist’s ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she’s to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has….
Wishful Thinking Reads:
I have about a million and one wishful thinking reads this week. But if I had to choose just one it would be NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow. I have heard that this book is absolutely amazing. I have a copy on my Kindle and a signed copy on my book tower and I really, really wish I could add it to the TBR pile this week so that I could find out for myself just how awesome it is.
But as I am already so very far behind on my reads this month, I can’t possibly go off-pile to read it… which makes me want to read it all the more. But it really needs to remain on the wish list… for now….
Those Left Behind:
As I am creating this post early I don’t know if anything will be left behind in terms of reading. But I know I’m still behind with reviews. While I may have finally posted my review for THE ETERNITY CURE – at least I hope I have – I still have three… or is it four… reviews that have to be completed and posted.
And I know that I’ll be even further behind when I finish the two books from last week’s pile – BLACK CITY and PHOENIX. Because I won’t have had a single moment to post, let alone write reviews. Which take hours. And hours. And hours.
I also doubt I’ll have had time to read GODDESS by the time this posts. But I am ever hopeful. And I will be reading it prior to starting on this week’s pile because I’m just dying to know how that series ends.
I am still very much in a reading versus writing mood. But with real life stuff going on, I’m not going to be able to find much time for either. But, I suppose, that’s okay. I can’t always be online or have my nose buried in a book… can I?
NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:
I didn’t request any new books since my NetGalley request binge last week. As of this post I still hadn’t heard back on any of my recent requests. I can only imagine that the publisher is inundated with requests, so I’m not going to hold out much hope I’ll get any of those titles I asked for.
And as this post is being created early in the week, I hadn’t noticed any new titles that were added. Though I did find a few that I clearly had missed. And they are…
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND by Louise Rozett (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Jul 1, 2013) **ONLY for Australian Bloggers/Reviewers**
A SHIMMER OF ANGELS by Lisa M. Basso (Month9Books, Jan 29, 2013) **A READ NOW Title**
GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS by Richelle Mead (Penguin Group Dutton, Jun 4, 2013) **Not a YA title**
The problem with searching for Teen/YA books is that you miss books like GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS by Richelle Mead! Oh my gosh I am so very tempted to request it. But I am going to refrain as I have way too many YA books I must be reading right now. I cannot wait for its release, though, as I have had this book pre-ordered for ages.
I don’t know what this week held for me in terms of posting, reading and reviewing. I’m sure I’ve fallen a little behind, as I know how I get when I have visitors… crazy.
I tend to be a little bit of a perfectionist, so getting my home “visitor ready” is a challenge of epic proportions and usually results in some form of minor injury. So blogging will have taken a bit of a back seat this past week.
I also found myself distracted by my new “tester” blog that Parajunkee Design created for me. It’s really way too pretty to be a tester, but I will not cave and make No Blog to See Here an actual blog.
And I do have upcoming posts to code in the coming weeks, so it’s really necessary for me to have one.
I’m sorry that I had to create this post early and have likely missed out on some really cool NetGalley adds. If you have been stalking NetGalley this past week and found any books you think should be mentioned before My Reading Pile posts next weekend, feel free to share in the comments.
Hopefully you’ve had more time to read and blog than I have this past week. And if you’ve read or received some awesome books, please let me know! If you have a post about them, feel free to leave your link in the comments so that I… or another visitor… can check them out!
As always, I hope that your reading pile has grown smaller rather than larger this past week. And as ever – Happy Reading!
Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?