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My Reading Pile #101

This was an absolutely amazing week because of a certain box of books I received in the mail. While I still haven’t received a number of expected books, I got a book that I’ve been just dying to read for ages and ages. It is also a book I’m incredibly sad to read because it is a series ending book.

But before all that, I did get a few awesome books from a trade I made awhile back.

My Reading Pile 101

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I seem to have an issue with saying “no” to books offered for trade. And when I saw this selection of books being offered, I couldn’t bring myself to say no. Even though I haven’t yet read the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s series or the first books in Anna Banks’ or Emmy Laybourne’s. But I will.

So I just had to get my hands on SIEGE AND STORM, MONUMENT 14 and OF TRITON. And as I never heard back from Edelweiss about Aprilynne Pike’s LIFE AFTER THEFT, I just had to trade for a copy of that too.

And while I’m super excited to read all of those books, the book I am most excited for is one I received signed by the author AND one that I have a spare signed copy to give away.

Of which I am incredibly thankful to the amazing author for. She is so unbelievably generous and amazing – yes I said that already – and full of awesome.

With All My Soul MRP 101

Yes, that is a stack of stunningly beautiful copies of WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent. A book that I am already madly in love with although I’ve only read the first chapter before creating this post. A book I am so excited for and so devastated about. But only because it is THE END.

No more deadly sins. No more Kaylee Cavanaugh. No more Tod Hudson. No more Avari.

But I will be reading it this week. In fact it’s the very first book on the pile. But there is another, so….

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(February 17, 2013 – February 23, 2013)

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With All My Soul

First up on the pile is WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent. I knew before I even started creating this post that if it arrived in the mail I would be reading it. And likely by the time this post goes “live” I will have finished reading it.

As much as I don’t want to see how this series ends, I do. As much as I don’t want to say goodbye to Tod Hudson and his quotable quotes, I want to. As much as I don’t want to know if Kaylee gets her happily ever afterlife, I need to. And as much as I don’t want to find out if Avari gets what he deserves, I really kind of do.

I am terrified to find out just who that “one more person” is that’s taken from Kaylee. I’m terrified of sobbing my way through yet another book in the Soul Screamers series. I’m heartbroken that this amazing world won’t continue on for books – and years – to come.

But I do want to know just how close to the edge Kaylee gets. I do want to meet Wrath. And I do want to see just how the author says goodbye to her characters and world.

And I will. Even though ending this series will likely destroy me for awhile.

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

Pivot Point

Next up on the pile is PIVOT POINT by Kasie West. I’d hoped to sneak this one in last week when it downloaded but I went a bit crazy with the off-pile reads instead, and so I’ve had to add it to the pile this week.

And as I read the first few pages, I already know that I’ll definitely be finished with PIVOT POINT before the long holiday weekend is over. Yeah it’s that good… addictive… easy to get lost in.

I am so happy I’ll finally get to read this book that everyone is raving about. I’ll finally get to meet Addie and see which future she chooses. And I’ll finally find out just where things will leave off at the story’s end and whether I’ll be left desperate for the next book in the series.

Though I’m pretty sure already that I’ll be desperate for book two. I already love the fact that Addie’s parents have certain abilities which do not sound ideal for parents of a teenager. And I love just how easily I was able to get caught up in the story only having read a mere handful of words.

As soon as I finish the first book on the pile I will definitely be diving right into PIVOT POINT.

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

I really want to read THE GODDESS LEGACY by Aimee Carter and re-read THE GODDESS TEST. I am so sad I’d fallen behind on that series and I have an early copy of THE GODESS INHERITANCE which releases next week. So I’d love to be able to start this series from the beginning and read all three books books back-to-back.

And as I do have an extra day off this week, I’m hoping I have the chance to do just that. Wishes have to come true sometimes, right?

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Those Left Behind:

I did not get the chance to read BORN OF ILLUSION last week. I spent much of the week completely out of it due to illness. I was so achy I couldn’t even hold a print book for any length of time, so I was forced to read books on my Kindle which I could just prop up on its side next to my pillow.

Which means I did go off-pile and read FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick. I then decided comfort books were the way to go and read – finally – CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS and CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare. I was – and still am – desperately in the mood to read books with characters I’ve known for years. But I was also wary of reading review books when I wasn’t feeling stellar.

But I will be reading BORN OF ILLUSION this weekend, without a doubt. Because from what I’d read already it rocks. And I don’t want to delay the awesome.

I am a little behind on reviews now that I’ve read all these TBR pile books. I will be writing my review for FINALE for Monday, but I’m debating on whether or not it makes sense to review the Cassandra Clare books. They’ve been out for ages, I’m a huge fan, I will love Clary and Jace for as long as I live and breathe, so I’m not sure what new thing I can add to that conversation. We’ll see….

And I still need to write my review for OUT IN BLUE for the After Dark blog.

So, I’m not too behind on last week’s reads, though I am starting to fall a little behind on books I need to read for review. With a ton of books releasing on March 5th, a few of which are review books and some that are DEAR (drop everything and read) books, I have my reading “work” cut out for me.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

Once again I refrained from requesting any new titles on NetGalley, but I was so tempted by 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma as I loved IMAGINARY GIRLS. But as I’m so overwhelmed by books at the moment I decided to just wait for my pre-order to download.

And while there aren’t a ton of new titles, I did find a few that caught my eye….

17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma (Dutton Juvenile, Mar 21, 2013)

DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Jun 1, 2013) *ONLY for Australian bloggers*

WITCH FIRE by Laura Powell (Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books, Jun 4, 2013)

THE WALL by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books, Jun 4, 2013)

KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS by Shawn Goodman (Random House Children’s Books, May 14, 2013)

BURNING by Elana K. Arnold (Random House Children’s Books, Jun 11, 2013)

manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (Random House Children’s Books, Apr 23, 2013)

I am so tempted to click and request 17 & GONE, BURNING and manicpixiedreamgirl. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to hold off, but I’m really trying. I have so many titles I need to read before making new requests and I don’t want to end up where I was in 2011 with tons of unread NetGalley titles and even more unread print books.

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I have definitely fallen back in love with reading. I was feeling that way at the start of the year, and aside from that little hiccup with the drama llama, I’m still feeling that way. And while I will always get that nervous/anxious feeling when I sit down to write my reviews, at least now it’s not this huge panic.

If the words come, they come. If they don’t, I get lost in a book for awhile until they do.

And while I still tend to go off-pile as often as I stay on, I love creating reading piles each week to at least try to keep me focused. Plus, it makes it that much more fun to be rebellious and go off pile for some books that demand my attention.

Anyway… because I really want to dive into – and finish – WITH ALL MY SOUL, I am going to keep this wrap-up really short. Well… my version of “really short” anyway.

The only thing left to do is announce the winner for my BoYC giveaway from my 100th Reading Pile post. And that is…

Braiden @ Book Probe

Congratulations Braiden! I think this is the first time that the first person who entered actually won one of my giveaways. Please email me with your book of choice and your address details and I’ll order it from either Amazon or The Book Depository.

Thank you so much to everyone for sharing your reading piles last week. I loved seeing what everyone is currently reading. And even though there isn’t a giveaway this week, feel free to share your current reads in the comments or leave a link to your book haul posts so I can check them out.

As always have an amazing reading week!

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If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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