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My Reading Pile #115

I didn’t get any physical books in the mail but I did receive two eARCs for review. Both of which I’m super excited for. And as I’m not going to BEA this week my next week’s pile of books received will be non-exist, too.

But that’s more than okay as my review pile is quite backed up as it is…. And I’m too scared to think about all the awesome fall release titles right now.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

Thanks to Kismet Book Touring, Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley I received an eARC of INDELIBLE (The Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf for review. I’m super excited about this upcoming title as it sounds dark and amazing and I’m stoked to be on the tour so that I get the chance to read this just a bit early.

I’ve been trying hard to stay away from Edelweiss, but I couldn’t help but click to download RESIST (Breathe #2) by Sarah Crossan, which I received thanks to Greenwillow Books. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and can’t wait to set out on the next adventure in this world without oxygen.

While I’d love to read both books now, I still have just so many amazing review books on the pile ahead of them that I can’t move them up just yet. Though I’m really tempted to take a peek at INDELIBLE as I want to meet this Indelible Ink.

Of course that’s not to say I’m not thrilled to be reading the two books I have on the pile this week.

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(May 26, 2013 – June 1, 2013)

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Born Wicked New Cover

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First up on the pile is BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood. I have been dying to read this book ever since I first saw the original cover for it. I even got an early copy thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and I purchased it for my Kindle. But it’s taken forever to get it on the pile.

Though I did start to read it when I first got my hands on it, I wasn’t able to keep reading thanks to a busy “must read” schedule at the time. But now that I have an early copy of the second book in the series and can read them both back-to-back I just had to add them both to the pile this week.

It’s been awhile since I read a story about witches and I’m super excited to meet Cate and discover the world the author created for her Cahill Witch Chronicles. I love stories that involve forbidden romance and fate, and I especially love stories where there is a character named Finn.

And I’m super curious about this Brotherhood and Sisterhood and whether Cate Cahill and her sisters are able to stay safe. As there is no way I’ll be missing out on the chance to read these books this week, I will definitely have all my questions answered on Tuesday when I’ll be picking up BORN WICKED.

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

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Star Cursed Cover

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Next up on the pile is STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood. I received an ARC for review from the publisher, Putnam Juvenile, and as its release date is coming up on June 18th, I just had to add it to the pile this week.

Well, I didn’t have to, as it wasn’t a request. But I desperately wanted to. And getting a copy for review was the perfect excuse to read it, and the first book in the series, this week.

I am trying so very hard not to take a peek at the description, which I included, below. Because I don’t want to find out if it reveals secrets from book one. And I don’t want anything about that first book to be spoiled.

While I’ve heard that this series is awesome – as I expected it would be – I haven’t actually read a review or checked out the ratings because I don’t want to be swayed in any way. And while I may have loved the original cover a bit more than these more modernized ones, I can see how they’d be more marketable and more sales mean more books in this series. Which, as I anticipate, is a really good thing.

And as I mentioned above, I will be reading both books in the series this week and will hopefully have answers, unless I’m left on a cliff, about Cate, Finn and any other characters I may meet by the week’s end.

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

I actually desperately want to read INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf this week. It was one of the review eGalleys I received and it’s shouting loudly at me from my Kindle. And I’m not too sure I’ll be able to resist the temptation of changing it from a wishful thinking read to a currently reading book.

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Those Left Behind:

Yes, this is week two of not being able to read a single book… which is part of what prompted my Random Thoughts post this week. But it wasn’t so much blogging that kept me from reading this past week. I’ve just been hugely exhausted all week. Which is why my posts have been somewhat erratically scheduled. And even though I managed to sleep for umpteen hours yesterday, I’m still not back to normal… or what counts as normal for me, anyway.

Hopefully the long weekend will help. We shall see….

But I am going to be starting on last week’s books tomorrow and do a sort of reading marathon until I finish them. Which is why I won’t be starting on this week’s reads until Tuesday. And today I plan on finishing DANCE OF THE RED DEATH because I must know what happens with Araby, Will, Elliott and April.

I still have a bunch of reviews to write. Trying to condense all my thoughts and feels about GODDESS has not been easy. But hopefully with a little bit more rest and relaxation this weekend I’ll be able to get that posted later this week.

And I really hope to be able sneak in my wishful thinking read at some point this week. Because it sounds so amazing and different and dark.

With Novella Reading Week coming up on the 10th, I must get finished with all these long overdue reads and reviews so that I can focus solely on those “must read” novellas I’ve been dying to read.

So many books, so very little time to read them….

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I didn’t put in any new requests this week, aside from INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf (Harlequin TEEN, Jul 30 2013). But as it was for a tour and I was invited via NetGalley widget it wasn’t technically a request.

And I did get approved for ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill (Disney Book Group, Sept 3 2013) that I requested last week, which I’m so stoked about.

While I didn’t spend too much time looking for new books to request, I did discover a few awesome books in my searches. And they are…

WINDS OF SALEM (A Witches of East End Novel) by Melissa de la Cruz (Hyperion, Aug 13 2013) *Not a YA title*

HOW TO LOSE EVERYTHING by Philipp Mattheis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, Jul 23 2013)

A REALLY AWESOME MESS by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin (Egmont USA, Jul 23 2013)

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I want nothing more than to get lost in a book this weekend. And surprisingly, at least for me, I want to read a print book versus my Kindle. I just kind of want to curl up in my armchair with book in hand and just disappear for a bunch of hours. I don’t want to think about reviews or posts or email or being social. I don’t want to worry about what else I should be doing. I just want to read.

And while I’m not sure I can do that, I’m really hoping that with the extra day this weekend I will be able to. But we shall see.

This week will be interesting with so many bloggers at BEA. But I’m excited to once again be participating in Armchair BEA. This time from my new, and very comfy, armchair.

With a tour-free week on the blog it will be nice to be able to post some interesting discussion posts for the event, a couple of reviews and my usual featured posts. As much as I love promoting the books I love, I like variety. So I’m really curious what this year’s topics will be.

Anyway…

I am desperately trying to get through my pile of physical ARCs so that I can clear off my shelves. But with so many awesome titles releasing in eARC format on NetGalley and Edelweiss, I’m finding it very hard to stick to that plan. I may have to opt for a one print book, one eBook approach.

And right now I’m just so very ready to dive back into DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, so that’s where I’ll be for much of the day. Hopefully. But what about you?

Are you opting for a read-free week because you’re headed to BEA? Are you planning on participating in the Armchair version of the event? Or is this just a regular week for you and you’re looking forward to reading the books you received and have on your reading pile this week?

As always, if you have any interesting books you’ve received or are reading this week, leave a comment and let me know!

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If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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