My Reading Pile #109

This was a really slow week at the mailbox. Well… maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. I decided to spend an entire week hiding from my mailbox. It’s very likely there were no books, as I wasn’t expecting any, but if there were, when I check tomorrow I’ll have a lovely surprise.


So, for this week I can only talk about the books I am reading, or plan on reading. As I have a visitor coming in from out of town later this week, I’ll likely not get much reading done. And if I want this post to go up next Saturday I’ll have to prep it in advance, so there may be another book-free mailbox in next week’s post, too.

But I do have two great reads on the pile this week. Both were totally unplanned. But as I’ve been in such a mood to read dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels and multiple books in a series, I moved them to the top of the pile. So…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(April 14, 2013 – April 20, 2013)


Black City

First up on the pile is BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards. I’d purchased a copy for my Kindle when it released last year. I hadn’t actually heard of it until the massive promotional blitz for it, which normally might have sent me running in the opposite direction, but the campaign was a good one and it did put a book that might not otherwise have been on my radar on it.

And once I read the description I just had to have it. The first sentence completely sold me. But the rest – the Romeo and Juliet love story, the intrigue of these beings called Darklings, a “deadly conspiracy” – would have had me running to the eBookstore even if that first sentence weren’t there.

Of course, it’s taken some time for me to actually get it on my reading pile. But now that I have an early copy of PHOENIX and the release date for the paperback version of BLACK CITY is nearly here, I just couldn’t resist putting it on the pile this week.

And I actually may have already started reading it. Because I just couldn’t wait for Sunday. And I am LOVING it so far.

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.



Next up on the pile is PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards. I am so excited to have received a couple of early review copies from the publisher, Putnam, and while it isn’t releasing until June, I just couldn’t resist the chance to read this sequel back-to-back with BLACK CITY.

I have been in such a mood to read multiple books in a series back-to-back. Right now I almost don’t want to read any books, unless they’re series-ending books or standalones, without at least two books for me to dive into.

So, I’m super excited to have this sequel to read immediately after finishing BLACK CITY. Of course I’m kicking myself for adding the book descriptions to these posts because I accidentally read the first line for this sequel and it’s really revealing. Granted, it’s not like I’d have to suffer a cliffhanger ending for very long, since I’d just have to pick up the sequel. But knowing how one part of the story ends just kills me.

I am still excited to read this follow-up, though. And I might just be even more excited, because now I want to know just how what happened to the character happened and just what it all means. And even though I’ve been spoiled by the first line in this description, I will not read any more of it, as I want the rest to be a surprise.

If all goes well, I will be able to start reading PHOENIX on Tuesday. As I know with my guest arriving on Thursday I won’t get any reading done after that.

Weeks after his crucifixion and rebirth as Phoenix, Ash Fisher believes his troubles are far behind him. He and Natalie are engaged and life seems good. But his happiness is short-lived when he receives a threatening visit from Purian Rose, who gives Ash an ultimatum: vote in favor of Rose’s Law permanently relegating Darklings to the wrong side of the wall or Natalie will be killed.

The decision seems obvious to Ash; he must save Natalie. But when Ash learns about The Tenth, a new and deadly concentration camp where the Darklings would be sent, the choice doesn’t seem so simple. Unable to ignore his conscience, Ash votes against Rose’s Law, signing Natalie’s death warrant and putting a troubled nation back into the throes of bloody battle.


Wishful Thinking Reads:

I would love to read the next book in the Blood of Eden series. But given the fact that it’s not even close to its release date, I really can’t even justify wishing for it. And because I have so many books I should be reading right now, I probably shouldn’t even allow myself to wish for any.

Of course, I’d also love to be reading the final book in the Southern Vampires series, DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris. But as that doesn’t come out for a few weeks and I don’t have an early copy, it is only ever going to be a wish.


Those Left Behind:

So I did read RISE from the previous week’s pile, so that is no longer left behind. I even reviewed it. And I am still reading UNBREAKABLE – I seem to have misplaced my book light temporarily so I switched things up and started reading a book on my Kindle instead. Without a doubt I will finish it this weekend.

But I did not get the chance to read GODDESS. Which I am going to try and read after I finish the two books on this week’s pile if I do get some free time later in the week. Though I think it’s more likely it will be a back on the pile read next week.

I am still not caught up on reviews, though I hope I’ll be able to get at least one of three long overdue reviews done this weekend. But as I have one more book to review and six other posts I need to create between now and Monday, I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to. As always, I am hopeful.

I’m just much more in a reading mood than a writing mood at the moment, so it is very difficult to go against the urge to pick up those books. But I’m trying to be good. I think I’m failing….


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I may have gone a little crazy on NetGalley this week and requested four titles…

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 15, 2013)


BELLADONNA (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2) by Fiona Paul (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 16, 2013)


EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike (Razorbill, Jul 30, 2013)

The Fury

THE FURY by Alexander Gordon Smith (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jul 23, 2013)

While approval is pending on the three Penguin titiles I am keeping my fingers crossed and holding my breath. It’s not likely I’ll get approved for any of them, but a girl can dream.

And it seems there are a ton of titles from the  Penguin Group’s catalog that have been added to NetGalley in the past week, along with some other interesting sounding books. And they are…

STARCURSED (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 18, 2013)

PHOENIX (Black City #2) by Elizabeth Richards (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 4, 2013)

TARNISH (Gilt #2) by Katherine Longshore (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 18, 2013)

THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Robin Palmer (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 27, 2013)

OUR SONG by Jordanna Fraiberg (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 2, 2013)

FLICKER & BURN (Cold Fury #2) by T.M. Goeglein (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 20, 2013)

PROXY by Alex London (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 18, 2013)

ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 21, 2013)

THIS SIDE OF JEALOUSY (The Innocents #2) by Lili Peloquin (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 20, 2013)

SYLO by D.J. MacHale (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 2, 2013)

FIVE SUMMERS by Una LaMarche (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 16, 2013)

IMPOSTOR (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 23, 2013)

BATTLE LINES (Department 19 #3) by Will Hill (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 29, 2013)

45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS) by Kelly Barson (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 11, 2013)

INTUITION by C.J. Omololu (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jun 18, 2013)

LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesa Lia Block (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Aug 27, 2013)

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 3, 2013)

BROTHER, BROTHER by Clay Carmichael (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Aug 20, 2013)

TIDES by Betsy Cornwell (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 4, 2013)

NOTHING BUT BLUE by Lisa Jahn-Clough (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 7, 2013)

THE ELITE (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass (HarperCollins UK Children’s, Apr 11, 2013)

GOOD FOR YOU (Between the Lines #3) by Tammara Webber (Penguin Books Australia, May 22, 2013) **ONLY for Australian Bloggers/Reviewers**

There are a TON of books on this list. It took me forever to pull them together, and it was even more of a challenge not to request all of them. Though I did end up requesting two of the four titles listed above that I found while researching. Research is sooooo dangerous.

Thankfully I have printed ARCs of PHOENIX, STAR CURSED and FLICKER & BURN or I’d have three more titles I’d be requesting. As it is, I’m fighting the urge not to request TARNISH, THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET and OUR SONG. It’s not easy.

And while I only include YA titles on this list, if you like to read Middle Grade books, Penguin has a lot of new super cute sounding titles available to request, so be sure to check them out!


I didn’t get much reading done this week as I had a number of posts that I needed to create and I spent a little bit too much time playing around on my new “tester” blog. Which is no longer going to be a blog I test my posts on because my designer – Parajunkee Design – made it way too awesome…

Book Blog Site

Of course now that it isn’t going to be a tester, I’m having a few more tweaks done. And creating a new tester blog… which she’s designing. Uh oh.

But I hope to be much more productive this weekend as far as reading and reviewing goes. Though with all those posts I need to create, I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done. I am still hopeful for the reviews, however.


I’d hoped to post this last night, but given the fact that I crashed at 10:30 and then woke up at Midnight only long enough to check that my post on The Annex went live, I had to wait until morning to finish and proofread it.

And although I didn’t get any books in the mailbox – at least I don’t think I did – I hope you got some amazing titles and have a few you are planning on reading this week.

If you’d like to share your book hauls or your planned reads, leave a comment – and if you blog, a link!

As ever, happy reading!


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

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