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My Reading Pile #103

It was not a busy week at the mailbox this week but it was so very incredibly awesome. Yes, that’s only one book in the picture below. And, yes, I already own a print copy of it. But I did not heretofore own a copy of it SIGNED by the author.

My Reading Pile 103

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

Thanks to the very amazing and generous and thoughtful Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader, I have a copy of EASY by Tammara Webber. And it’s signed. To me! How awesome is that!

I could not believe she just offered to get a copy for me as we’d only recently become acquainted on Twitter. I am still very much wowed by her generosity. And I am still so excited about having this book in print. Signed. By Tammara Webber. Whose writing I’ve loved for quite some time. And whose incredibly kind words are one of the reasons I’m still blogging about books today.

Anyway….

While I won’t be reading EASY this week – and I’ll actually never read this signed copy as it must remain pristine – because I still haven’t finished my WIP and I am trying to avoid reading any contemporary fiction until I do, I have a couple books I do plan on checking out this week.

And they are….

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(March 3, 2013 – March 9, 2013)

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Poison

First up on the pile is POISON by Bridget Zinn. I have been waiting ages and ages to read this book and I’m so glad I can finally add it to the pile this week. I was approved for an eBook version on NetGalley thanks to the awesome publisher, Disney Hyperion, but I also have a printed ARC thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. I might just have to read from both copies depending on which version I have on hand. Decisions… decisions.

I cannot wait to dive in. I actually started reading it on several occasions before guilt took over and I read those more timely books. But now I can enjoy POISON guilt-free. And I can finally learn more about Kyra and the kingdom she must save.

I will finally get to find out why her best friend is a “former” best friend, why her poison dart misses and whether she will be able to defeat the princess. And I will finally get to meet both Fred, “the charming adventurer” and this “too-cute” pig.

While I may not be one of those “teen girls” that the description says will swoon, if the heroine is “lovable” and “quick-witted” and there is a touch of romance… who knows… there might be a little swooning involved. And I can’t wait to find out if that will be the case this week.

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

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SweetPeril

Next up on the pile is SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins. I received an early copy thanks to the amazing author and the totally awesome publisher, HarperTeen, for the tour I’ll be participating on in May. And while that’s not for a couple of months, there’s no way I could possibly wait to read this book.

There’s no way I could wait to find out what happens with Anna and Kaidan in this much-anticipated sequel. There’s no way I could resist the temptation to find out just what Anna must do to survive these “demon whisperers” the description mentions. And there is absolutely no way I could resist the lure of finding out what the “the steamiest of temptations” is that the description hints about teases with.

Even now, as I write this post, I’m so very desperate to just reach over and devour this book from cover to cover. SWEET PERIL, by title alone, is irresistible. The fact that this is a sequel I’ve been dying to read makes it all the more so. The fact that this book contains one of my most favorite fictional boys, Kaidan Rowe, puts it at the top of my most wanted to read lists.

And I’m so stoked that I get to read it this week.

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

There is a certain book releasing this week that I’m just dying to read. It’s a series-ending book. One with my favorite bad boy in YA.

If you haven’t guessed, that book is A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford and that baddest of boys is Luke, a.k.a. Lucifer. And I am equally excited and terrified to read this final book from an author who likes to torment her readers almost as much as she does her characters.

I’m calling this a wishful thinking read, but I can’t image not reading this final book in the trilogy this week.

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Those Left Behind:

I don’t really know what happened last week. I think work completely mentally drained me. Well… that and moving my site to a new host. Oh and then there was all that design work on the blogs. But I think it was the umpteen hours moving my site to its new host, moving another site from Blogger to WordPress and the fact that work was INSANE last week that I had no energy to read or review.

And I had to write up notes for a beta read. So, yeah. Zero time to read.

Which means I have a LOT of catching up to do. And hopefully the ability to be coherent in the review I’m trying to write for PIVOT POINT, a book I love, love, loved.

Where last week I wasn’t behind, this week I’m so far behind I can barely breathe. And with all the books coming out this week… and this month… I’m more than overwhelmed.

So I will keep this short so that I can get to those three books I added to the pile last week before I tackle this new one. And hopefully I’ll be all caught up by next weekend and not allow myself to be enticed by any off-pile reads.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I did not have the chance to search through NetGalley this past week. But I did take a quick peek while creating this post so as to offer up at least a few books to share.

And while I didn’t request any, there are a few titles that have definitely caught my eye. And they are…

IN TOO DEEP by Coert Voorhees (Disney Book Group, Jul 9, 2013)

ANTHEM FOR JACKSON DAWES by Celia Bryce (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Apr 30, 2013)

THE NEPTUNE PROJECT by Polly Holyoke (Disney Book Group, May 21, 2013)

ON LITTLE WINGS by Regina Sirois (Penguin Young Readers Group, August 15, 2013)

THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey (Penguin Books Australia, May 22, 2013) *ONLY for Australian bloggers*

I’ve heard so many people talking about THE 5th WAVE and so of course I’m hugely jealous of the Australian book bloggers who can request this title. As if I needed one more reason to want to move to Australia.

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While I didn’t get the chance to tackle last week’s pile I’m ever hopeful I’ll be able to finish both last week’s and this week’s books to be read. I miss reading, but everything in my real life demanded that I not get lost in a book for a few hours. And as I have a ton of things to do this weekend, I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done before Monday.

But I do plan on finishing that review I’m behind on and writing a few more so that hopefully this week’s posts aren’t all tour stops, blasts – yes I’m helping out with the blast for MOONSET – and feature posts. Because even if writing reviews are a huge challenge, and they are often my least popular posts, I can’t call myself a book reviewer without them.

And as much as I’d love to dive into a book right now, I have some technology issues to deal with, and a few errands to run. But I hope to be able to start to attack the books on the pile later tonight.

I wish you all an amazing bookish week. And if you’d like to share links for your piles and/or book hauls, or a comment about what book you’re excited to read next, I’d love it!

Happy reading!

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If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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