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My Reading Pile #46

I don’t think I’m missing any books this week, though the mailman didn’t deliver any mail on Friday and UPS hadn’t showed up by the time I took the photos. But there were enough books that did show up that if any eventually get delivered they can go in next week’s post.

As I am sharing what I received in my mailbox this week, I’m giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

In this first pile are the books I received for review. At the top of the pile is my very much coveted ARC of Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. I requested a copy from the publisher, HarperCollins, and they sent it to me along with an ARC of Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday and Thumped by Megan McCafferty, both of which I’ve been dying to read. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait very long to read any of these books so I’m sure they’ll be on the pile very soon.

I also received from Walnut Springs Press a copy of Northanger Alibi by Jenni James for review – which I have Amy of the blog YA Sisterhood to thank for the introduction. It’s billed as a modern Gothic retelling of the original, which sounds awesome. They also sent me a copy of the first book in the author’s The Jane Austen Diaries series called Pride & Popularity.

Due to the USPS losing the first set that were sent back in December, I won’t get to read both books in order as I’d wanted to. Fortunately, they can be read as standalone books so I’ll be reading the review book this month and hopefully following it up next month with Pride & Popularity.

But I also received a few other books in the mail that aren’t for review….

Although it’s not on top of the pile, I am so super excited that I got a copy of Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout on loan from Patricia of Two Chicks On Books, that I had to mention it first. I can’t believe I didn’t request a copy for review, because I think this author and this series are amazing. While I will be returning this copy to Patricia, she said that I could borrow it for as long as I wanted to. So I may just have to read this one twice.

Also, it’s super cool because…

… I think that’s me! It’s misspelled and I don’t use the brackets – except in my logo – but I believe that’s a quote from my review that made the praise page! I had no idea!

I also received a second copy of The Calling by Kelley Armstrong which is currently up for giveaway here -and The Selection by Kiera Cass from one of the amazing bloggers I trade with. I also ended up with a duplicate copy and triplicate copy of two other ARCs, but the pile was just too high to include them here. Maybe I’ll take a snap of them next week if I haven’t given them away by then.

And finally, thanks to Alex of Electrifying Reviews, I received Something Like Fate, Cloaked and Where Demons Fear to Tread. But as I have all three as eBooks, I’ll be putting these on one of my upcoming Clearing the Pile giveaways on MRP.

Anyway…

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

(January 29-February 4, 2012)

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First up is a back on the pile add. I couldn’t wait another week to read Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith, which I received an eARC of courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I’m also a little worried that it may expire… or that it has already expired.

I’m such a huge fan of this series and would have devoured it the second I got approved but for deadlines. But I did read the first few chapters and I can say that so far it’s every bit as good as the other three books in the series that I’ve read.

I haven’t read many books for young adults that are categorized as “horror” but I will say that this series can hold its own with any of the many, many adult horror novels I’ve read. The story is so easy to get lost in, the writing flows beautifully – yes, beautifully even if the subject matter isn’t – and the characters are ones that either you want to root for or hate.

As soon as I finish this series – the fifth book comes out, hopefully, over the summer in the U.S. – I’ll be trying out the author’s other series. But for now, I am so super psyched that Fugitives is back on the pile this week.

Next up on the pile is Shift by M.R. Merrick. I received an eARC for review from the author, but Shift comes out on February 1st, so release date is right around the corner and I can’t wait to grab my finished eBook to add to my permanent collection.

I may end up reading this prior to Fugitives, and would have had it on the pile first if I had written my review for Exiled. Though I am hoping to write that before this post goes “live” so I may be able to read Shift on Sunday once I finish Wings of the Wicked.

I discovered the series from the author’s Tweets and checked it out on Amazon and it sounded exactly like a book I’d love. Plus the cover for Exiled is so wicked awesome that I bought it immediately with the hope of reading it in December. Well, I read it in January. And I loved, loved, loved it. It was awesome. I was so tempted to start right in on Shift but I did have another book to read and review prior to then.

I am so excited to start this next book in the author’s The Protector series to see just what’s up next for Chase in his battle against those who exiled him. And while the cover art does link to Goodreads, DO NOT read the description for this book if you haven’t read Exiled because the first sentence is a total spoiler.

But definitely check out Exiled HERE if you want to know more.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I would kill to be able to read two of the books that I received in the mail this week right now, but they will have to wait until mid-month or next month.

The first book I’d love to read is Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I loved Half-Blood, and I’ve been dying to read Pure but I totally forgot to request a copy for review. Well, thanks to Patricia of Two Chicks On Books I finally get a chance to read it. I’d just like to read it now!

And as I may have mentioned on my other blog My Reading Pile, I’m dying to read Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. This cover is so beautiful that I can’t believe it’s an ARC! It has a matte finish, but it’s still so shiny and pretty and dark and stunning. And if this book is anything like I imagine it will be, then it will be wicked awesome.

Those left behind:

I’m not technically behind. I’m reading Wings of the Wicked now and will be finished by Sunday to start this week’s reading pile. It’s just those reviews. I’m currently three reviews behind – for Exiled, Anathema and Asylum. I hope to write the review for Exiled before this post goes live and then write one for Anathema this weekend.

Although I’m not technically behind on my review for Asylum, since it wasn’t even on my reading pile last week. But I did read and love it and want to write a review before too much time passes.

NetGalley Pile Adds:

I ended up getting approved for a book I initially was denied for, and that is Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate. I didn’t request anything new this week and still haven’t been approved or denied for Endure by Carrie Jones. But I’m hoping to have an answer on that soon, one way or another, because I love that series and would rather suffer the rejection now if it’s headed my way.

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If I get done with my reads early this week I will be starting My Soul to Take. If not, it will definitely be on the pile next week.

I got what I consider a ton of reading done in the past ten days. Well, a ton for me. But of course now I have a few reviews to write, yet all I want to do is finish reading Wings of the Wicked and start on my two books for this week.

I really am a reader first and foremost. And no matter how long I blog, reading will always be my priority. And I really do need to become better at balancing blogging with my real life priorities, but so far I haven’t figured that one out.

Oh, and yes, it was an all reading weekend last weekend and I did not see Underworld. But I will be seeing it this weekend hopefully.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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