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My Reading Pile #114

I don’t believe I received any hard copy books in the mail this week. I wasn’t expecting any. And as I hadn’t gotten around to checking the mailbox before creating this post, I can’t say whether or not I did receive any or if the mailbox was empty. I’m leaning toward empty, though.

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I also didn’t request any new books on Edelweiss. Though I can’t say the same is true of NetGalley. I did end up clicking to “read now” a copy of SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance as I’ll be on the book tour next month. And I did request and get approved for TUMBLE & FALL by Alexandra Coutts.

And as much as I may want to read them both, I have a few “must read” books whose release date is looming and two books that I’ve been dying to read for awhile. And so…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(May 19, 2013 – May 25, 2013)

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Pushing the Limits

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First up on the pile is PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry. I’ve wanted to read this book for ages and ages and I am so happy to finally get to add it to the pile this week. I have heard nothing but amazing things and I cannot wait to meet Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins and find out just what happens in this book.

I love a love story in which opposites attract and where the couple faces impossible odds to be together. I love that in this book each of the characters has secrets. And I am so curious about what limits the two will have to push and what risks Echo will have to take.

I have been so intrigued about this book for so long and my expectations are super high. But I have a feeling that I will not be disappointed in the least given the chatter I have heard about it.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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Dare You To

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Next up on the pile is DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry. I was approved for the eARC on NetGalley and I’ve been just dying to read it ever since. But I had to read the first book in the series first. Even though this second book in the Pushing the Limits series is about different characters – Beth and Ryan.

So I’m super excited to be able to read both books back to back this week. In the order they were released. Which is something I always prefer to do.

I haven’t heard any chatter about DARE YOU TO. I wouldn’t have even known this book was about different characters if I didn’t take a peek at the description when creating this post. But now that I have, I’m even more excited to meet these characters and read this book.

I love that, like the first book, this is a story of opposites. And I love that in this book it’s the girl that is the edgy character, the “bad girl.” Beth’s life sounds horrible and tragic and I’m very curious to see what Ryan will have to risk to be with her.

It’s been ages since I’ve read a contemporary YA or any contemporary romance for that matter. So I’m thrilled to be able to add these two books to the pile this week by an author who I’ve heard is a fantastic writer.

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

My dark reading mood took a sudden shift this week and I’ve been just dying to read something light and fun. Which makes me really want to read either one of the Vampire Kisses books by Ellen Schreiber or one of the Morganville Vampires books by Rachel Caine.

Though I would also love to read the Intertwined series by Gena Showalter… maybe my “dark” reading mood hasn’t quite gone away.

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Those Left Behind:

I didn’t read any books last week. Not a one. I’d set DANCE OF THE RED DEATH aside so that I wouldn’t intentionally unintentionally torment Jaime until she got her eCopy. But I will be reading and finishing it this weekend since she did receive it. Yay!

And I didn’t get the chance to dive into THE 5TH WAVE. Between a really hectic work week and season finales on television I just wasn’t up for getting lost in a book. But hopefully I’ll have more time this coming week.

While I haven’t had much of a chance to read lately, I still am seriously behind on reviews…. Not quite sure how that’s possible, but with five reviews still to write, it somehow is. Though I did manage to finish my UNTIL I DIE review. Finally.

But I hope that I’ll be able to catch up on at least one or two reviews this weekend as trying to write reviews during the week has proved impossible. I’m just way too drained at the end of the work day to try and organize my thoughts into something remotely coherent.

And I hope that I’ll be able to finish my current read and the two books on the pile this week. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I couldn’t resist requesting a few books on NetGalley this week…

Spies and Prejudice Tumble and Fall

SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance (EgmontUSA, Jun 11 2013) **A “read now” title**

TUMBLE & FALL by Alexandra Coutts (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 17 2013)

I’d noticed SPIES AND PREJUDICE the other week when browsing NetGalley, but decided to click the “read now” option this week as I’ll be on the tour next month and I’d like to check it out before then.

And I couldn’t resist requesting TUMBLE & FALL which sounds amazing. As my request was approved I definitely plan on taking a peek in the next couple of weeks.

I also requested ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, which doesn’t yet have a cover and which I’m still hoping to be approved for. But it sounds awesome and will definitely be added to my collection whether I’m approved or not.

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill (Disney Book Group, Sept 3 2013)

There didn’t seem to be many other new YA books added to NetGalley this past week, aside from the two books I requested. But I did notice one other title that looked interesting….

JACK STRONG TAKES A STAND by Tommy Greenwald (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 24 2013)

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While I’m not in the least bit tired of blogging, I have been tired. Between work and other life stuffs it has been hard to focus long enough to get caught up in a book. Especially when escaping in a book means that a review will be required and I’ll have to read it with more attention to detail than I might if I were reading just to read.

So I’m thinking of taking a “guilty pleasure” reading week next week, just so that I can read a few books for fun. So next week’s pile might just be a little bit eclectic. Or maybe I’ll add zero books to the pile and go completely off-pile for a week. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Anyway…

This week I have two awesome books to read. One I’ve wanted to be able to read since before it was released last year. So, I’m very much looking forward to this week’s pile.

But what about you? Are there any interesting books on your pile this week? Did you get anything new this past week that you’d love to read now instead of waiting until closer to its release date? I’d love to know!

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

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