My Reading Pile #125

I received an awesome-sounding book in the mail for review and I thought that was going to be the only book I was getting this week. But the books I’d traded for in early July finally showed up… well, three of them, anyway. And they are all books I am DYING to read. So I’m more than happy.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received a surprise copy of BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman for review thanks to the awesome folks at Viking Juvenile (Penguin). And while I hadn’t heard of this book before it showed up, I am now super excited to read it. A boarding school with a dark secret. A winged boy. A man who breathes smoke. Yeah, it sounds totally awesome. I absolutely love boarding school books.

But I also traded for a few books that I’m giddy about having received – THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter, MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER by Katie Alender, and DECEPTION by C.J. Redwine. All three are books I’m desperately anxious to dive into… and I just might when I head off on vacation.

In addition to the print books that arrived in the mail this week, I was approved for some seriously amazing eGalleys, though I lost out on one due to quotas. But all of these six books are ones I’m anxiously awaiting the chance to read.

From Edelweiss:

THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED by Jessica Verday (Simon Pulse, Oct 1 2013)

FOREPLAY (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan (William Morrow, Nov 5 2013)

From NetGalley:

THE WAKING DARK by Robin Wasserman (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Sep 10 2013)

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

HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott (Harlequin Teen, Jan 28 2014)

THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Disney-Hyperion, Nov 5 2013)


I did not put in any new requests… at least I don’t think I did. But it’s very possible a late night foray onto NetGalley or Edelweiss resulted in an unremembered click.

And as much as I would love to “officially” add each and every one of the above books to the pile, I’ve had a couple reads planned for this week. Though I will likely read at least two of the printed ARCs I received this week on vacation. Anyway…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(August 4, 2013 – August 10, 2013)


The Darkest Minds


First up on the pile is THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken. I have wanted to read this book since the moment I heard the title. I even started to read it on its release day but it was released during a rather hectic time for me, so I never got the chance to get much farther than the first few pages.

But oh how I wanted to.

I am dying to know what being one of the “dangerous ones” means for Ruby. I’m so curious as to what she thinks will happen to Liam if she gets close to him. And I want to know just what happened to her parents.

This book sounds absolutely epic. I cannot wait to start reading it this week. And I’m also so glad that I have the next book in the series to begin reading immediately, as I just have a feeling that the wait until NEVER FADE’s release would be torturous.

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


Never Fade


Next up on the pile is NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken. I received an eARC for review from NetGalley thanks to the very amazing folks at Disney-Hyperion. And I’ve been wanting to get both books in the series on the pile since the moment I was approved for this sequel.

But I haven’t had the chance to do so until now.

And I would love to take a sneak peek at the description for this book, to find out just what happened to Ruby in DARKEST MINDS. But I’m trying really, really hard not to read what I pasted below, so that it can be a total surprise.

As I just mentioned above, I’m so glad that I can read this book immediately following book one. But the fact that the third book in the series has yet to even be titled makes me a little wary of falling too in love with these books.

Reading two books back-to-back will likely make me fall harder and make the wait that much more tormenting. But I guess I’ll know exactly what that feels like later this week.

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?


Wishful Thinking Reads:

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill is this week’s wishful thinking read. Though, because I have extra time to read this week, it just may become more than a wish. This story of “fierce love” and “unthinkable sacrifice” has been screaming at me to read it. And on more than one occasion I’ve wanted to give in to temptation. So while I’m currently calling this a wishful thinking read, I have a feeling that before the week is out my wish will have come true.


Those Left Behind:

It has been an absolutely nightmarish week. Between trying to get everything I needed to get done before heading off on vacation done and dealing with the start of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, there were a number of IRL crises that caused everything in my life to go haywire.

Which meant almost zero reading time, except during the very early hours of the morning before work. And so I didn’t get to finish either of the books on the pile last week, though I did manage to read a book from the previous week’s pile, PANIC by Lauren Oliver – which was so freaking amazing by the way, I can’t even…. And I didn’t write a single review.

But at least I did start reading CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas from this past week’s pile – and I plan on finishing it before I start in on the current pile. I am not at all surprised that I fell immediately back in love with this story having just read the first few lines. It is an epic adventure with characters I adore, and if the  buzz is true, it’s even better than book one.

So while I may not get the chance to write very many reviews during my time away from real life and the blog, I hope to be able to read a ton of books. They are still my favorite escape. And maybe when I get back I’ll have the energy I need for a few of those reviews.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

As much as I want to click “request” on several of the books I found on NetGalley, I am not going to. Not until next week, anyway. Because if i can’t tackle at least three of my NetGalley eGalleys I should not be requesting any new ones.

Though I really want to request MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER…. Yes, I know I just received a printed ARC, but I love reading on my Kindle more. And when I didn’t see it on Edelweiss when the catalog was posted I’d just assumed there weren’t going to be any electronic galleys. Although there clearly are, I won’t be greedy.

Anyway… Here are just a few of the lovely eGalleys that caught my eye this past week.

BATTLE MAGIC (Circle Reforged #3) by Tamora Pierce (Scholastic, Sep 24 2013)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER by Katie Alender (Scholastic, Sep 24 2013)

INHUMAN by Kat Falls (Scholastic, Sep 24 2013)

A SPARK UNSEEN by Sharon Cameron (Scholastic, Sep 24 2013)

THE DARKEST PATH by Jeff Hirsch (Scholastic, Sep 24 2013)

INVASION by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic, Sep 24 2013)

HITLER’S SECRET by William Osborne (Scholastic, Sep 24 2013)

POOR LITTLE DEAD GIRLS by Lizzie Friend (F+W/Adams Media, Dec 18 2013)

UNCRASHABLE DAKOTA by Andy Marino (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Nov 12 2013)

THE F-IT LIST by Julie Halpern (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Nov 12 2013)


I’m going to keep this short, as this post is already way too long. But I am super excited about the books I received this week for review. (And I’m still every bit as excited about the books I received in previous weeks just waiting to be read.)

I keep thinking that somehow the time fairy is going to come by and wave her magic wand and expand time so I can read every single book I want to read. I think she’s lost my address. But I am ever hopeful of her finding it.

As much as I want to go on a moratorium as regards buying books or requesting books for review, I know that will never happen. So for now I’ll just simply be content that I’ll read what I can, review when my brain allows me to organize my thoughts, and continue to buy all those lovely books for someday….

So, I hope you found some interesting books to read this week. And I hope you received a few for review, too. If you’d like to share what books you’ve got on your pile I would love to know.

As always, happy reading!


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

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