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My Reading Pile #111

I haven’t had the chance to check the mailbox for the past few days, but I did receive a surprise book delivered to my door which looks really, really awesome. As it was totally unexpected, I am stoked that I don’t have to put another “no books” image in my post this week.

My Reading Pile 111

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

No Easy Way Out I received a copy of NO EASY WAY OUT (No Safety In Numbers #2) by Dayna Lorentz from the publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers. I hadn’t heard of this series, but when I read the description I headed over to Amazon to buy the first book in the series so that I could check out this sequel.

While I normally wouldn’t read the description for a second book in a series, I did end up reading this one as I had no idea it was the second book in the series. Thankfully it didn’t seem in the least bit spoiler-y.

This series sounds really awesome. And I love that this sequel is described as a “modern Lord of the Flies” and appears to have a super fast pace.

As NO EASY WAY OUT won’t be releasing until July, and I haven’t read NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS, I won’t be adding it to the pile this week. But I do have two books I will be reading. And they are…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(April 28, 2013 – May 4, 2013)

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Until I Die
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First up on the pile is UNTIL I DIE by Amy Plum. I have been dying to get this book on the top of my reading pile and now I have the perfect excuse – I’ll be on the blog tour for the third book in this series, IF I SHOULD DIE, later this week.

While I don’t have a review for my stop, nor do I have an early copy of book three, I just can’t help wanting to get caught up on this series and get back into the author’s amazing world with Kate, Vincent and Jules.

Plus, I really want to read the description for the next book and I refuse to do so until I read UNTIL I DIE. Which, by the way, sounds even more amazing than the first book in the Revenants series.

I am dying to finally find out how Kate and Vincent’s romance can survive with Vincent’s self-sacrificing tendencies. I’m super curious about who this new enemy is and how Vincent’s immortality is at risk. The description promises thrills, “heart-pounding suspense” and a “cliff-hanger ending” – I’m so glad I waited until closer to the next book’s release! – and I cannot wait to finally experience it all.

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

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Flicker Burn

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Next up on the pile is FLICKER & BURN by T.M. Goeglein. I received an early copy for review from the publisher, Putnam Juvenile. I’d originally planned on waiting until closer to the book’s release to dive into this second book in the author’s Cold Fury series, but will be reading it this week to provide an early review.

And while reading this early means I’ll have to wait that much longer for the next book in the series, I can’t wait to see what happens in FLICKER & BURN, learn more about Sara Jane’s abilities and just what happened to her family.

I’m also curious to see if the tone of this book is that much different than the first. I loved the way the author described the setting in that story and I hope the scenes are just as beautifully described in this one.

This sequel sounds a bit more action-packed than the first, so I cannot wait to get caught up in the story as Sara Jane fights for survival while trying to track down her family.

Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, but instead of fighting off a turncoat uncle and crooked cops, this time she finds herself on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and pale white skin chasing her through the streets in ice cream trucks; they can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures. They’re terrifying and hell bent on killing her, but they’re also a link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them.

While she battles these new pursuers, she’s also discovering more about her own cold fury and more about the Chicago Outfit, how the past misdeeds–old murders and vendettas–might just be connected to her present and the disappearance of her family. But connecting the dots is tough and time-consuming and may finally be the undoing of her relationship with the handsome Max–who’s now her boyfriend.

But for his own safety, Sara Jane may have to end this relationship before it even really starts. Her pursuers who’ve shown her her mother’s amputated finger and the head of the Chicago Outfit who’s just whistled her in for a sit-down make a romance unthinkable. The only thing that matters is finding her family and keeping everyone she loves alive

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

My wishful thinking read this week is OATH BOUND by Rachel Vincent. Though it will be more than a wishful thinking read, because there is no way I won’t be picking this book up as soon as it releases to find out how this series ends.

The only thing I wish is that I could have a copy in hand right now and not have to wait until Monday Midnight to start reading.

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Those Left Behind:

I am seriously behind on my reading piles. As soon as my out-of-town visitor left I got sick. Which meant that I didn’t read at all this past week, except for an hour on Friday. And I ended up getting convinced to pick up a long overdue book from the pile instead of diving into one of last week’s missed reads. Which means I’ve left behind both books from last week’s pile.

I also have to read PHOENIX from the previous week’s pile, which I was so very tempted to start reading except for the fact that I hadn’t finished writing my review for BLACK CITY. I’ve come to learn that if I read multiple books in a series and don’t write a review after each one, I’ll never be able to review them.

So, until I finish writing BLACK CITY’s review I can’t start to read PHOENIX. But I hope that all changes this weekend as I’m halfway finished with that first book’s review.

And the same goes for THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH. As soon as I finish my review for THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR – hopefully this weekend – I’ll be able to read the third book in that series.

As I am finally recovering from the flu, I am very happy to get back to reading. I just hope my interest in writing those reviews comes back, too. And that somehow I’ll be able to write them that much faster.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I didn’t plan on requesting any new books on NetGalley this week. I only just had the chance to check out some of the new titles that were added. But I may have “accidentally” clicked to request FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. I’m not one hundred percent positive I did request it. But I think I might have….

I still haven’t heard back from any of my recent requests, but as I’m swamped with printed ARCs and have a few still to review on NetGalley, I’m in no particular rush to get approved… or denied.

While there weren’t a ton of new YA books added to NetGalley this past couple of weeks, there were several interesting books added….

ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS by Sarah McCarry (St. Martin’s Press, Jul 30, 2013)

INK by Amanda Sun (Harlequin TEEN, Jun 25, 2013)

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Press, Sep 10, 2013)

RAVEN FLIGHT (A Shadowfell Novel) by Juliet Marillier (Random House Children’s, July 9, 2013)

SOME OF TIM’S STORIES by S.E. Hinton (Diversion Books, Apr 30, 2013)

THE HEIRESSES by Allison Rushby (St. Martin’s Press, May 7, 2013)

CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn (St. Martin’s Press, Jun 11, 2013)

LISTENING FOR LUCCA by Suzanne LaFleur (Random House Children’s, Aug 6, 2013)

I am so very tempted to request ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS. And now that INK is available from Harlequin TEEN, that book is tempting me too. But for the moment I’ve managed to refrain from clicking “request” for both titles. I’m not sure how long my restraint will last.

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I wish I’d been the kind of sick where I could do nothing but read in bed. Unfortunately I wasn’t that lucky. So I’ve managed to fall just a little bit farther behind on my reading than I’d hoped. And with five reviews I must write this weekend, I don’t know how caught up I will get on my reading.

I am having an incredibly tough time sticking to the books I should be reading each week, as I seem to be wanting to read every single book in the universe but the ones that are on the current pile. Which is why I added UNTIL I DIE to the pile instead of a review book.

And as I’m also pretty desperate to read GODDESS, which I still haven’t read, and CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, which I do and don’t want to read, I’m not sure just how “on pile” my reading will be this week.

I also really, really want to read PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO. But until I clear a few more books off the pile I just can’t.

Hopefully things will begin to settle down in May and June. But I’m really not that hopeful of that. There’s always that next amazing book, that awesome tour or that super fun event, like Armchair BEA, to keep a blogger busy.

Anyway…

If you have some interesting books on your reading pile that you’d love to mention, leave a comment and let me know what you’re reading this week! And if you have a post in which you share some amazing books you received this week, leave a link so I can check it out!

As always… Happy Reading!

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