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My Reading Pile #20

It was a bit of a small mailbox week, but size doesn’t always matter. Yes, that’s a copy of Rachel Vincent’s upcoming novel, Blood Bound, which I received for review. But as it’s not personally signed to me I’ll be sending it along to one of my favorite bloggers when I’m done. And, yeah, I will be reading it this week.

I also got duplicate copies of Shatter Me and Don’t Breathe a Word which I received from a trade with another blogger and which I’m donating to the YA Crush Tourney along with a couple other books.

I hope to read Shatter Me and Don’t Breathe a Word really soon, but in the meantime…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

(July 31-August 6, 2011)

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First up is Blood Bound, the first book in a new adult series by Rachel Vincent. I received this signed advance copy for review from the author and I just couldn’t wait until next week to start reading it, so I added it to this week’s pile instead.

I’ve been stalking this book since the moment I heard about it on Rachel Vincent’s blog. I loved seeing the different cover options that were being debated, but it was the synopsis that intrigued me. A paranormal tracker searching the criminal underworld for a missing girl and being forced to rely on a forbidden lover to assist her, sounds both thrilling and tantalizing.

This story holds the promise of danger and desire, with fast-paced action, an exciting paranormal element and a twisty-turny plot. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a non-young adult book and I’m excited for it to be Blood Bound.

Next up is Frost by Marianna Baer. I had requested and received an advance copy from the publisher for review. I had acquired another copy from a trade – yes, I clearly wanted this book – but I passed that one on to another blogger.

Frost won’t be released until mid-September, but as an early review was requested, I’ve added it to the pile this week.

I wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover a few months ago. The bluish-grey tones called out to me. Then I checked out the description and knew I had to read this book.

Frost is set in a boarding school, and the main character, Leena Thomas, gets a new roommate for her senior year. Odd things begin to happen, but whether they stem from Leena, the new roommate, or something else, is what remains to be discovered. Frost sounds eerie, disturbing and chilling and is one of those books that is right up my alley.

I haven’t decided whether this will be one of my late night reads, or one that is best left for daylight hours. Either way, I can’t wait to find out what happens at Frost House.

My third book of the week is Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany. This is the second book in the 13 to Life series and it was released back in February. I will be reading an eBook finished copy which has been sitting in my to be read pile for way too long.

I’ve added this book to the pile this week as I have a review copy of Bargains and Betrayals from the publisher, which I plan to read prior to its release date in mid-August. I can’t wait to get back into this series as I’ve really missed Jess and Pietr and I’m dying to find out what happens next.

I had every intention of reading this on release date, but as is typical with blogging, favorite reads get set aside for required ones. But now that the third book in the series is a required read for me, I am not complaining about having to add this book to the pile this week.

According to the book’s description, there is more danger and even more of a paranormal element than in 13 to Life. I can’t wait to find out if the Rusakova’s are able to free their mother and just where in the paranormal realm the author will take me.

Last, but definitely not least, is Possess by Gretchen McNeil. I won an ARC of Possess in a charitable auction and as release date is right around the corner I decided, with a little help from Kreag of I Devour Books, to add this one to the pile this week.

I just spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, and was completely drawn into Bridget Liu’s story. And yes, it’s dangerous to skim a book before actually reading it, but I did not venture into the last half of the book when doing so.

Bridget has the ability to hear demons and banish them, and she uses her gift to help out a priest with his demonic possession cases. But getting involved with anything demon-related is asking for trouble and it seems that Bridget must figure out what the demons are planning before someone she knows gets hurt.

After my brief “glances” through the book, and maybe getting caught up in the first five or ten pages, I knew that I would enjoy Possess. It feels like a quick read with a main character who will be incredibly entertaining to follow.

As this is my fourth book on the pile this week I hope it doesn’t overlap with next week’s reads.

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What a terrible Witch Week this was. Although I had several witchy posts, I only ended up re-reading Witch Eyes and reading The Near Witch. And I still have to write my The Near Witch review for Monday or Tuesday’s post.

Would I like to read Witch Eyes again? Yeah. It’s one of those books I can just escape into, but as it’s heading off to the post office to be delivered to another blogger, I am forced to say goodbye.

And I really hope to do better this week, but I make no promises.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I actually don’t have a true wishful thinking read for this week, because I am reading Forgotten Souls by Tiffany King and I’m making that my wishful thinking read. Forgotten Souls is the sequel to the author’s first book, Meant to Be and continues the story of Krista and Mark.

I can’t say too much about it as I’m only about ten percent of the way through and I haven’t read a description of it, but I’m excited to see where this leads.

Those left behind:

This is one of those shame-spiral sections this week. I did not read Once a Witch or Always a Witch and I’m so disappointed that I didn’t get to read them. I will try to read them this week, or at least the first book in the series, and I will try my hardest not to let them move too far down in the to be read pile.

I also have some catching up to do on previous week’s reads, but I may add them back into a future reading pile just so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

And once again, I am ever hopeful of tackling all four books in this week’s pile. I’m keeping not only my fingers crossed but my eyes crossed too!

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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