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My Reading Pile #104

I expected to have a “no books” image in the post this week, so when three books showed up I was more than surprised by their arrival. As I’m not expecting any books in the near or far future – aside from a few signed books I have on order – since I haven’t put in any requests, for the next few posts the “no books” graphic will be making an appearance.

But this week…

My Reading Pile 104

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

First I received a signed copy of NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow. I’d bid on the book in a charitable auction and won. Which I was so unbelievably excited about as I love the author’s writing and I heard this book is all sorts of awesome. I also won a three chapter critique. But I’m sure when I get feedback, I’ll likely not feel quite as awesome as I do for having received this gorgeous signed book.

I also received a surprise package from Putnam Penguin with an ARC of WHITE LINES by Jennifer Banash, which releases in April, and ORLEANS by Sherri L. Smith, which just released this past week. I’d already received a copy of WHITE LINES, which I’ve been looking forward to adding to the pile, but didn’t have a copy of ORLEANS. So I’m super excited to check that book out, too.

As both NAMELESS and WHITE LINES are releasing in early April I will be reading them very soon. But for now…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(March 10, 2013 – March 16, 2013)

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Eve

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First up on the pile is EVE by Anna Carey. I received a hardcover copy of this first book in the series, and the second, ONCE, in preparation for the Epic Reads The End Is Here event. And it’s been insanely difficult to not read both books already. But I’ve been trying to wait until closer to the release of RISE so I wouldn’t have a ginormous wait between books.

As it’s now less than a month until RISE’s release, I figure I’ve waited long enough to head to 2032 and meet Eve, to find out more about this society where most everyone has been killed off by a deadly virus, and to see just what awaits her post-graduation.

The description promises a journey, a love story, and a chase. And I cannot wait to finally take that journey with Eve and to see whether she chooses the love of her life over her own life.

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

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Once

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Next up on the pile is ONCE by Anna Carey. Which I will also be reading the print version of, versus my Kindle copy, for the Epic Reads event. I should really wait a week, so as to space things out so I don’t have as large a gap between books. But I couldn’t resist doing a back-to-back read of the two books I do have.

When ONCE came out I did take a peek at the description. I couldn’t help myself. But now that I’ll be starting this series I don’t even want to glance at the description I’ve pasted below. Because I don’t want to spoil my reading experience of EVE and I believe that the description is slightly spoiler-y. Though, as I haven’t read it recently, I can’t be positive.

I’m just so excited that I’ll be able to read all three books in the series in close proximity to one another. I’m also super glad that I am a newbie to the series so that I don’t have to suffer that year-long gap between books. But if EVE and ONCE are as amazing as I’ve heard they are, I just know that I’m going to be devasted when I’ll have to say goodbye to the series in just a few short weeks when I get a copy of the final book in the series, RISE.

And as I will be reading these books for The End Is Here event, I am going to try very, very hard to make detailed notes, versus my usual cryptic ones. Which means Post-its. Lots and lots of Post-its.

When you’re being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She’s living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past–and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together–but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

In this breathless sequel to “Eve,” Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

I really wish I was reading DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris. But as it doesn’t come out until May 7th, it will only be just a wish. I’ve had my ups and downs with the series, but it’s a series that I miss reading and characters I miss having occupy my mind. And while I know I will not be happy with the way things end, I am still holding out a sliver of hope that there will be something that makes me smile instead of sob.

And I may just have to go back and re-read ALL TOGETHER DEAD, my favorite book in the series, to revisit the characters, since I can’t go back and re-read the entire series just now.

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Those Left Behind:

I completely and totally went off-pile last week. Which means I have a lot of catching up to do before I dive into EVE and ONCE. Last weekend I started and finished SPELLCASTER by Claudia Gray. I then proceeded to dive into MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza. And then on Tuesday devoured A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford.

And I haven’t picked up a book since. I just knew that series-ending book was going to kill me. And it did. Which means that I haven’t managed to write any of my reviews. For any of my already read books.

Though ATM3 is only partly to blame. Because I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sam and Dean and “Supernatural” instead of reading and writing those reviews. Yes, I devour television series in much the same way I devour book series.

Hopefully I’ll get back into the groove once I catch up with that series. And hopefully I’ll manage to get a few of those reviews posted this week.

As always, I am ever hopeful.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I spent quite a bit of time poking around NetGalley and saw a few books that looked super interesting. But only one of them I couldn’t resist the temptation to request.

The Girl with the Iron Touch

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH by Kady Cross (Harlequin Teen, May 28, 2013)

I absolutely love this series. And while I am just a bit behind, since I am participating in the TBR Pile Reading Challenge I couldn’t help but request THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH. This way I can read book two and this upcoming title back-to-back this May. At least that’s the excuse I’m giving myself for having put in the request.

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And while I did give in to temptation for just one book, there are a bunch of super interesting looking books that caught my eye this week. And they are…

BREATHLESS by Brigid Kemmerer (Kensington Books, Mar 6, 2013)

SHALLOW POND by Alissa Grosso (Flux Books, Jul 8, 2013)

CHARMED VENGEANCE by Suzanne Lazear (Flux Books, Aug 8, 2013)

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Kari Luna (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 11, 2013)

BELONGING by Karen Ann Hopkins (Harlequin Teen, Apr 30, 2013)

NEPTUNE’S TEARS by Susan Waggoner (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jun 25, 2013)

THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE by April Henry (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jun 11, 2013)

SECOND IMPACT by David Klass and Perri Klass (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Aug 6, 2013)

MY TOTALLY AWKWARD SUPERNATURAL CRUSH by Laura Toffler-Corrie (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Aug 20, 2013)

THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Stewart Lewis  (Random House Children’s Books, Jun 11, 2013)

THE PLANET THIEVES by Dan Krokos (Macmillan-Tor/Forge, May 21, 2013)

MAYBE TONIGHT? by Bridie Clark (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Aug 6, 2013)

I am so very tempted to request BELONGING by Karen Ann Hopkins, CHARMED VENGEANCE by Suzanne Lazear, and April Henry’s THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE. But as I have at least forty books I need to be reading right about now, I’m going to try and remain strong. We shall see how long that lasts.

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While I’m pretty much on track with the number of books I should be reading this year, I am not on track with the actual books I should be reading. Nor am I on schedule with my reviews.

I am hoping that all changes over the next couple of weeks. But right now I feel like I have either too few words or too many words to put together coherent thoughts about the books I have been reading.

It also doesn’t help that I’ve been in the oddest reading mood lately. And I’m fighting, desperately, the urge to go off-pile and read Julie Kagawa’s THE IMMORTAL RULES. I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist, as the upcoming release of THE ETERNITY CURE has made me that much more desperate to get caught up on this series.

I am hopeful of getting caught up on last week’s reads and not getting too absorbed in this week’s books so I’ll be able to write a few reviews. But that is still TBD.

I hope you’ve received some awesome books this week and have a book or two that you’re just dying to devour.

Happy reading!

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If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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