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My Reading Pile #124

I didn’t get any review books in the mail this week and the books I’d traded for still haven’t arrived. But the books I ordered for the Authors Are Rockstars Kick-off Giveaway from Books of Wonder did arrive. (Though a couple of the ones in the pic are ones I plan on keeping for myself.)

As I don’t plan on revealing what books I did receive for the giveaway just yet, I’ve kept them in the brown paper packaging they were shipped in. But I will say that every single book in this pile is signed.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

While I didn’t receive any review books in the mail, I did end up downloading a few awesome titles for review from Edelweiss. And they are…

WHITE SPACE (Dark Passages #1) by Ilsa J. Bick (EgmontUSA, Feb 14 2014)

THE SHADOW PRINCE (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain (EgmontUSA, Mar 11 2014)

MONSTERS (Ashes Trilogy #3) by Ilsa J. Bick (EgmontUSA, Sept 10 2013)

I also requested a couple of titles, one of which I was denied for – CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES – but I’m still keeping fingers crossed for REBEL BELLE, though I’m not holding out hope for an approval.

And as much as I’m dying to read THE SHADOW PRINCE right now, as it’s not releasing for a long, long, long time, I thought it better I pick two books for the pile that have a release date just a little bit sooner. And they are…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(July 28, 2013 – August 3, 2013)

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Crown of Midnight

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First up on the pile is CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas. I received an eARC through NetGalley thanks to the amazing folks at Bloomsbury USA Children’s and I’ve been dying to get it on the pile for awhile now. I loved the first book in this series and cannot wait to find out what’s next for Celaena now that she’s the royal assassin.

The description talks of loyalty. And I am very curious to find out where her loyalty lies. It also talks of “dangerous forces” and I can’t wait to read about them, too.

At least it hints that her heart doesn’t change. But I’m anxious to find out if that matters if her loyalty is up in the air. So I’m super excited to be able to add this to the pile this week, even though I know I’ll be waiting ages for the next installment.

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

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Resist

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Next up on the pile is RESIST by Sarah Crossan. I received an eARC from Edelweiss thanks to the always amazing team at Greenwillow Books and I’m anxious to see how this series ends. I had no idea there would be only two books, but now that I do know, I’m even more excited to dive into RESIST.

Things were left a bit up in the air as to what was in store for Bea, Alina and Quinn in the Outlands. The description mentions their being hunted by a Special Forces operative. It talks of circumstances that “force them apart.” It hints that the revolution they began may not be brought to a successful conclusion. And it calls this book “wrenching” and “thought-provoking.”

So, even though the release date is still a couple of months and change away, I just have to get back to this world and find out what happens to these characters that I connected with in BREATHE. And I don’t want to have to wait.

The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan’s Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what’s left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.

Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there’s enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life.

Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod’s Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie.

Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

THE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass is my wishful thinking read this week. I knew I shouldn’t start the series with book three’s release date in the distant future. I had a feeling it would be one of those series that I’d want to pick up and devour book after book in a marathon read. And now that I have read the first two books in the series I’m desperate to continue the story. But I can’t. It’s not yet available in early release form – not that I’d have the chance to read it early even if it was.

So right now it’s more a dream than a wish, but it is the book I wish I could read right now.

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Those Left Behind:

Everything. I didn’t read any of the books I had on last week’s pile, though I did finish OF BEAST AND BEAUTY from the pile the week before. I did not feel like reading for most of this week. And I did not feel like writing any reviews.

My spark for reading came back late one night when I couldn’t sleep and decided that THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass was what I wanted to dive into next. I was immediately pulled into the story and got lost for hours in its pages. And of course I had to follow that read with THE ELITE. I couldn’t not want to find out what was going to happen in the next stage of the Selection.

And before I start on this week’s pile I will be reading the short novella, THE PRINCE. Even though it will be out of order and I should have stopped to read it between books. But I just couldn’t.

So I’m terribly behind on my TBR pile. I’m even farther behind on books I need to review. But I’ve been having a rather difficult time these past few weeks juggling life stuffs, the Authors Are Rockstars event and the blog tours for Rockstar Book Tours. Blogging itself has come fourth. And reviews have fallen farther down on the list.

What’s worse is that I don’t see my schedule freeing up anytime soon.

So… while I do want to get caught up on reviews, at this point I’m not hopeful that will happen. But I am still holding out hope that I’ll get caught up with the books I’d earmarked to read that haven’t quite made it onto and off the pile just yet.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I almost made it through the week without requesting a new title from NetGalley. But at the last minute, when creating this post, I caved and I ended up requesting one title, though I did want to request three. It was…

THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Disney Book Group, Nov 5 2013)

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But there were a bunch of awesome finds on NetGalley this week. And while I didn’t request them it doesn’t mean I don’t want to check them all out. And they are…

THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman (Disney Book Group, Dec 10 2013)

CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Sep 3 2013)

COUNTDOWN by Michelle Rowen (Harlequin Teen, Sep 24 2013)

WARD AGAINST DARKNESS (Chronicles of a Necromancer #2) by Melanie Card (Entangled Publishing LLC, Aug 27 2013)

A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES by Rachel Harris (Entangled Publishing LLC, Aug 6 2013)

OUT OF PLAY by Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn (Entangled Publishing LLC, Aug 6 2013)

SEVEN DEADLIES by Gigi Levangie (Penguin Group Blue Rider Press, Oct 17 2013)

QUARANTINE by James Phelan (Kensington Books, Sep 24 2013)

A MISSING PIECE by Beth Fred (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Sep 1 2013)

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I once started a Random Thoughts post about spreading yourself too thin. It’s been in drafts since 2011. But I think that’s what’s been happening as of late. I’ve got too much going on IRL, too much going on with events and book tours. And it leaves less time for blogging and doing what I most love – reading.

I can’t change real life stuffs. I don’t want to stop blogging here on Fiktshun. But I’m seriously thinking about apply a cost-benefit analysis to everything else. Especially with all the competition going on with book touring companies. Who knew that wanting to help promote an author whose book you loved would become a battle or if not a battle, feel like one?

Pimping books should feel collaborative not competitive. But it’s starting to feel much less so. And it is making something that once felt exciting and fun not.

It has made me question its value. It’s made me wonder if the sacrifice to my blogging and reading is worth it. And it’s made me wonder if the reason I’ve been feeling so out of sorts has nothing to do with blogging at all.

It’s something I need to think about.

But in the meantime I am super excited about the Authors Are Rockstars event which starts this week. I am so happy that I’ll get to read RESIST and CROWN OF MIDNIGHT this week, if all goes well with my reading schedule. And I’m looking forward to stalking NetGalley and Edelweiss this week to see what new titles will be offered up for review. I may just have to request one or two of them.

I hope that you got some exciting titles to read and review this week. I hope that maybe you decided to go off-pile to read a book you’ve been dying to read for awhile. And I hope that your week in blogging was a successful one and the one ahead is just as much a success.

Thank you for stopping by to check out the books on my reading pile. I always love knowing what books you’ve received, are reading or are planning to read. So if you’d like to share, I’d love to know!

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If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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