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My Reading Pile #119

The books I traded for arrived this week, or at least three of them did. And I am totally stoked that I’ll have a chance to read all of them just a bit early. I’ve been pining for a couple of them for a really long, long time so I feel all sorts of lucky this week.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I didn’t receive any review books in the mail this week, though one of the books I did end up requesting after last week’s My Reading Pile post was approved. And I did receive an electronic copy of Stacey Jay’s OF BEAST AND BEAUTY in anticipation of the tour I’ll be on in July. So I did receive some awesome books in addition to those I traded for.

I’ve been dying to read REPLICA by Jenna Black since last year. When I first heard about a new YA series by the author I couldn’t wait for its release. Now I’m excited that I won’t have to. While it is Sci-fi, not my typical read, I just love the sound of this series and I love the author’s writing so I cannot wait to check it out.

I’m also super stoked to have received 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. I’d heard chatter about this book and I just decided it was a must have. Of course, until I created this post I hadn’t actually checked out the description. But yes, it sounds amazing. Doppelgangers and parallel universes. How awesome is that?

And of course I can’t wait to read THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson. While I hadn’t known it was a series-ending book until just the other day, I love its characters and world and am so excited to be able to read it early. And while I am giving this copy away as I requested and received the eARC since making, but before receiving, the trade, it is a book that I’m dying to get on my reading pile right now.

But as I have two books already planned for this week, it will have to wait just a bit. For now…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(June 23, 2013 – June 29, 2013)

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Ashes on the Waves

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First up on the pile is ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey. While I did get the chance to read this quite a bit early, it was only a beta read and I want to read it again for review. At least that is my hope.

I received an ARC for review from the publisher, Philomel, a couple of months ago and now that its release date is almost here I want to read it once more. While I never typically write reviews for books I beta read, I’m hopeful that since it’s been so long since I had read it and that this is a more finished version than the one I had previously, I will be able to write one.

At the very least I’ll get the chance to read this amazing and gorgeous book again. Which is not a bad thing at all. Because I haven’t had much of a chance to re-read books this year. And this is one of those books that I really, really want to.

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, “Annabel Lee,” Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

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Defiance

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Next up on the pile is DEFIANCE by Stephanie Tyler. I received an eARC for review a couple of weeks ago from the publisher, Carina, and I’ve been just dying to check out this New Adult title by the author. Bad boys and Motorcycle Clubs make this book sound incredibly appealing. And I can’t wait to meet the characters.

Since the label “New Adult” was created I haven’t yet read a book that fell into this category, but when I read the description for this book I decided to take the plunge. It sounds dark and gritty and more than a little bit dangerous. And I can’t wait to enter this world of “semi-darknesss and near-total anarchy.”

As I have no idea what to expect, I am not going to even try and guess. But as it sounds like just the kind of story I’m definitely in the mood for right now, I can’t wait to dive into it this week.

Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home … and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough — and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response … and the inevitable fallout.

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

PROXY by Alex London is my wishful thinking read this week. I never thought I’d become so fascinated with dystopia but I find myself drawn to these books more and more lately. And right now I want to see what this author has to offer with this first book in the series.

While I know that I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I’m hoping to have time to sneak it on the pile during the holiday week next week. So for now it’s just a really big wish I have.

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Those Left Behind:

I managed to read all those novellas that I wasn’t sure I’d finish from the previous week’s pile before the challenge ended on Sunday. And I even managed to post my reviews for them throughout the week. I also managed to, finally, finish and post my review for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH which I read in May.

I still haven’t had time to review INDELIBLE or finish writing that review for GODDESS but I hope to be able to complete both reviews this week. And while I did manage to read IF I SHOULD DIE, saying goodbye to the one series proved a bit too much and I still haven’t yet read BOUNDLESS.

But I hope to do so this week. We shall see. As I really want to read CLOCKWORK PRINCESS for my reading challenge, maybe I’ll try for an easier series-ending book to tackle instead of BOUNDLESS, which I know will make me cry.

I did end up giving in to temptation and went off pile to read THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau, which would have been a one-sit-read if it weren’t for work. But it was amazing. So worth it. Of course I read the introductory teaser for the next book in the series and now I’m all grumbly because I want to read more.

I always find it fascinating how one story can resonate differently than another for me as a reader. The shape of the story was similar to so many dystopians. It was the very reason I didn’t fall madly in love with The Hunger Games books. I never really made much of a connection. I didn’t care about the outcomes except for a clinical interest in them. I didn’t connect with the characters in any real way. And I thought the first book was too derivative of books I had read.

Yet, THE TESTING captivated me right from the start. I connected with the characters, I was engaged in the story and the one question I had that was bothering me was answered moments after I voiced it aloud.

I suppose it’s how the words are put together on the page, how the story is presented. So no matter that it’s a competition, a “kill or be killed” environment, a journey fraught with peril – something I’ve read about time and time again – I fell in love.

Anyway… now that I have read a couple more books, books I have yet to review, it means I have some catching up to do. And while I don’t think that’s going to happen this week, I’m hopeful for the next. But we shall see….

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

While I didn’t put any new requests in at NetGalley this week, I did end up getting approved for one title I requested just after last week’s My Reading Pile post went live. And that is…

Time After Time

TIME AFTER TIME (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone (Disney Book Group, Oct 8 2013)

I just had to request this sequel so I could read both books in this series back-to-back and not have to wait for this book’s release to do so. And now I don’t. So I’m totally thrilled that I’ll be able to add each of them to the pile in August and finally get to meet Anna and Bennett.

I still haven’t heard back about CONSUME, but I’m keeping fingers crossed.

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I didn’t find a ton of new books on NetGalley this week. Whether it’s the quiet before the storm or not, I’m not sure. But I did find a few…

IMPERFECT SPIRAL by Debbie Levy (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 16 2013)

LICK (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott (Pan Macmillan, Jul 1 2013)

FREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Oct 22 2013)

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I spent much of the past week out for the count. Sick. So I didn’t get as much reading or blogging done as I’d have liked to. And with a bunch of real life stuff going on this week, I’m not sure how much I’ll get accomplished. But I hope to squeeze in a few hours of reading time. And perhaps a few more dedicated to writing those reviews I’m behind on.

And with just the one blog tour stop this week, I should have a day or a few when I can actually post those reviews. I just have to write them.

I’m still desperate to read EARTHBOUND so I hope I don’t go off pile to read it or forego writing those reviews I need to write. And I hope I can shake this desperate need to read more dystopian novels so that I do end up reading the two books planned for this week.

As I found myself peeking at WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles, it’s also very possible I’ll deviate from plan to read that book this week. Which may not be a bad thing as I haven’t exactly been successful at the YA Contemporary Challenge I’m participating in.

But I shall try to remain on pile and if I don’t you’ll find out next week as I guiltily reveal just what was left behind.

Anyway… as always, I hope you received some amazing books for review or ones just to read purely for pleasure. And I’d love to hear what you plan on reading this week, as it may tempt me away from my current pile. Not that I want to be tempted away from it….

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

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