My Reading Pile #106

I really didn’t anticipate receiving any books in the mail this week. I haven’t put in a request in ages and I’ve only recently accepted one print book for review for my After Dark blog. So the fact that four packages of books showed up this week was a complete and total surprise. And they were all from Penguin Books!

My Reading Pile 106

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I was so unbelievably thrilled to receive a printed ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey thanks to the amazing folks at Philomel. While I did get the chance to read an early electronic copy last fall, I am so excited to be able to read the printed ARC edition for review this spring. It was such an awesome book and I can’t wait to re-read this story.

I was also super excited to get ARCs of Jessica Spotswood’s STAR CURSED, the second book in her The Cahill Witch Chronicles, and PHOENIX, the second book in Elizabeth Richards’ Black City series, from the awesome team at Putnam. While I haven’t yet read the first books in either series, I cannot wait to get the chance to read both series’ books back-to-back in May.

And I was also super stoked to receive an ARC of NATURAL BORN ANGEL, the second book in the Immortal City series by Scott Speer. I’d been dying to get my hands on this sequel, so I am so happy to get the chance to read it just a little bit early thanks to Razorbill.

I have been loving getting the chance to devour multiple books in a series all at once. And I am so excited about the fact that I have these ARCs so that I can continue that trend for the next couple of months. And while I’d love to dive into Elizabeth Richards’ series right about now, I do have a couple other books patiently waiting for me. So…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(March 24, 2013 – March 30, 2013)


The Sweetest Dark

First up on the pile is THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe. I received an eARC for review from the publisher, Random House, through NetGalley and I’ve been just dying to get this on the pile. And as it releases on April 2nd, I just couldn’t wait any longer to check it out.

I was initially drawn to the book because of its beautiful cover and it’s intriguing title. The promise that this book would be liked by fans of Lauren Kate and Libba Bray piqued my curiosity further. And after checking out the entire description I just knew I had to take a peek at this first book in the author’s series.

A historical setting, a love triangle, a girl who seeks normalcy but is in fact special, mystery, magic and a description that calls this story atmospheric and I was completely sold.

I am hopeful that it is every bit as gorgeous and romantic as it sounds and I cannot wait to finally get the chance to read this book this week.

For fans of Lauren Kate and Libba Bray, The Sweetest Dark is filled with thrilling romance, exciting adventure, and ancient magic. Shana Abé brilliantly captures the drama of post-Victorian England, while unfolding a passionate love story that defies time.
“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.” 
Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.


White Lines

Next up on the pile is WHITE LINES by Jennifer Banash. I received two printed ARCs for review from the publisher, Putnam Juvenile, and now that I finally got the chance to read the book’s description I am so excited to check it out.

Had I known this book was set in the 1980s in New York City I would have added it to my reading pile the moment I received the first copy. And I would have had it pre-ordered for my Kindle then, too. But release date is still over a week away so I definitely plan on reading this book before its release on April 4th.

The book promises to be “gritty,” “poignant” and “gripping.” And having read the description about Cat’s life, I can’t wait to see whether she’s able to get control of her life or whether it does spin farther out of control.

I can’t wait to be taken back in time to New York in the ’80s and see which clubs Cat visits, what music she enjoys, and just how she erases the traumas of her daily life. And I am hopeful that she will have a happy ending and not get destroyed by those white lines.

I am so very tempted to move this one to the top of the pile, even though its release date is just a little bit later than the other book on my pile this week. I suppose I’ll decide once I finish my current read and dive into this week’s pile on Sunday.

A gritty, atmospheric coming of age tale set in 1980s New York City.

Seventeen-year-old Cat is living every teenager’s dream: she has her own apartment on the Lower East Side and at night she’s club kid royalty, guarding the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. The night with its crazy, frenetic, high-inducing energy—the pulsing beat of the music, the radiant, joyful people and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain—is when Cat truly lives. But her daytime, when real life occurs, is more nightmare than dream. Having spent years suffering her mother’s emotional and physical abuse, and abandoned by her father, Cat is terrified and alone—unable to connect to anyone or anything. But when someone comes along who makes her want to truly live, she’ll need to summon the courage to confront her demons and take control of a life already spinning dangerously out of control.

Both poignant and raw, White Lines is a gripping tale and the reader won’t want to look away.


Wishful Thinking Reads:

wish I could read the third book in Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, but as the second book hasn’t yet been released, I don’t think I’ll be reading that one any time soon.

So, I’d really love to be able to read THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater which is a book that I’ve heard is amazing, a book I’ve wanted to read long before its release and a book that I just know I’ll love. But as I have just so many books on my TBR ASAP pile right now, I can only wish I was reading it.


Those Left Behind:

I only partially went off pile this past week. Actually, I’m still a bit off-pile as I’m currently reading DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD by Rinda Elliott. But I anticipate finishing it on Saturday so I’ll still be on track to start on this week’s pile on Sunday.

And while I didn’t have a lot of time to read this week, I did manage to devour THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa as I had hoped. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh I loved that book MORE than the first book in the series. And while I didn’t think it would happen in this series, I did tear up. And I am absolutely dying right now while I wait for the next book in the series.

So, I did read one of the books on my pile last week. But I didn’t get the chance to read CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. Which I hope to remedy on Sunday. But if not, then I will definitely read it after I read this week’s reads. That is, if I can manage to say goodbye to that amazing series. I’m still not entirely sure I’ll be able to.

And while I did manage to write my review for MILA 2.0 and my review for THE IMMORTAL RULES, I still need to finish my reviews for SPELLCASTER, A TOUCH MENACING and WITH ALL MY SOUL and write reviews for my current read and for THE ETERNITY CURE. But with a looming vacation and a ton of things I still need to accomplish IRL, I’m not sure how many of those reviews I’ll get to tackle this week. Hopefully at least three. But that, as always, remains TBD.

Plus, with so many books that are still “left behind” I really need to spend more time reading… or figuring out how to stretch each day into 48 hours.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I didn’t request any new titles on NetGalley this week, though I did see a few titles that do look interesting and I’m still debating on whether or not to request the second book in Shana Abe’s series.

So, while I was able to show just a little bit of restraint and not add any new NetGalley books to my pile, here are a few books I did happen upon…

FALSE SIGHT (False Memory #2)  by Dan Krokos (Disney Book Group, Aug 13, 2013)

FALL OF NIGHT (The Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine (Penguin Books Australia, Apr 24, 2013) **Only available to Australian Bloggers**

TRUTH OR DARE by Ella Monroe (St. Martin’s Press, Apr 23, 2013)

I’m really tempted to put in a request for the sequel to Dan Krokos’ FALSE MEMORY. But as I haven’t yet read the first book, though I do own it, I am trying to wait until I do read it. Still. I’m very, very tempted.


I have no idea where the time went this week. I know I spent much of it working and sleeping. But I can’t believe I didn’t get very much reading done. And my posting schedule has been totally off all week due to a few IRL issues.

Hopefully I’ll get that back on track on Sunday. But with my copy of “The Hobbit” on Blu-ray sitting as yet unwatched next to my TV, I think I may have to spend a few hours heading back to Middle Earth to watch Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves on the first part of their adventure. So I’m not entirely sure how “on track” I will end up by the end of the weekend.

With a tour-free week on the blog… at least I think it’s a tour-free week… I will hopefully have time to post a few of those reviews I need to post and maybe, just maybe, post a long-overdue teasers post.

That too, however, remains TBD.


I wish you a very happy reading week ahead. And I hope that you received some AH-MAZING titles to read this week. If you’d like to share your current reads or books received, I’d love to hear about them.

Happy reading!


Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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