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My Reading Pile #128

I received a couple of the books I was waiting on in the mail this week. One of which is actually for a giveaway, the other is one that’s going on the pile like yesterday.

I was hoping one or two other books would arrive this week, but perhaps next week will be the week. We shall see….

My Reading Pile 128

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received a finished copy of DESCENDANT by Lesley Livington on Thursday thanks to the awesome folks at HarperTeen for the tour I’m on this coming Monday. While my stop isn’t a review stop I’m super excited to have this book in hand a few days before its release.

I also received a copy of HELP FOR THE HAUNTED by John Searles for giveaway thanks to the team at William Morrow. I’d assisted in spreading the word about the sweepstakes as this book sounded awesome, so they sent me a copy for giveaway on the blog. Of course I’d really love to read it, but I suppose I’ll have to wait for its release on September 17th.

I did not go trolling on NetGalley or Edelweiss this week, so those two books are the only books I received. So far… I haven’t checked NetGalley for this post just yet…. But for now…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(August 25, 2013 – August 31, 2013)

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First up on the pile is DESCENDANT by Lesley Livington. I received a finished hardcopy for review from the publisher, HarperTeen, for the blog tour I’m on this week. While I don’t have a review stop for the tour, I always love to read the book prior to creating my post.

And while I may have received this pretty close to my tour date, I am definitely going to be reading it this weekend before writing up my post on Sunday night. Without a doubt. Because I’ve heard this book is even better than STARLING and I’m dying to find out what happens next. Things left off on a bit of a cliffhanger – and by “bit” I mean a steep and endless cliff – so I’m anxious to find out just what happens with Mason and Fenn.

I did take a long peek at the description and ever since then I’ve been so excited to get this book on the pile. And while it may be just a little bit later than I’d hoped, it just means the wait for the next book in the series will be shorter… at least I hope there’s a next book….

The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.

The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.

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The Liberator

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Next up on the pile is THE LIBERATOR by Victoria Scott. I actually started reading this awesome book a week or so ago, but due to life stuffs I had to hold off on finishing it. But now that it’s officially on the pile I can’t wait to see what happens with Dante, Charlie and Aspen.

I am a little wary about meeting Aspen. I adore Charlie and I’d hate to see the new girl come between her and Dante. I’d also hate to see her tempt Dante with her bad girl ways. But if the description holds true, she will definitely be doing the latter and possibly the former.

I loved getting to know both Dante and Charlie in the first book in this series and I know I’m going to love reading about them in this sequel. I just hope that there will be some happy moments amidst the angst-filled ones. And I hope that their love story won’t take too much of a turn for the worse.

As I hope to finish reading the first book on the pile before the weekend ends, I hope that I can devour this book on Monday. My fingers are most definitely crossed.

Saving the love of her life could mean letting her inner darkness out to play.

Bad boy, meet bad girl.

Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn’t like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

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Wishful Thinking Reads:

I am dying to read THE WAKING DARK by Robin Wasserman. From the title to the description this book sounds like my kind of book. So dark. So creepy. So perfect. Even just the lines, “As the town begins its descent into blood and madness…” give me the chills.

Even though I have an early eARC for review, I have a few books I must read before I can even consider sneaking it onto the pile. So for now reading it is just a wish I have.

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Those Left Behind:

Once again I’ve managed to leave everything behind. Though I will be reading DECEPTION this weekend and hopefully reading BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT on Wednesday. I finally managed to get myself out of my fifteen day reading slump by going off-pile to read THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter which I love, love, loved.

But I am eager to read both of the books on the pile this week and catch up on last week’s pile and the pile from the week before that, too. I just need to find some time to read between blogging and Authors Are Rockstars Tour.

Hopefully, once that tour ends, and the few tours I’m working on for Rockstar Book Tours get sorted, I’ll be able to get my focus back on writing reviews. Though I’m still debating on whether or not to change up the style to make them a little less challenging for me to write.

I love blogging, I love reading and I love talking about books. But I still haven’t quite found a way to write a review that makes me love doing so.

As I have so many review books in the queue, and there are a ton of new releases I’m dying to read, hopefully I’ll find the time to get lost in at least a few books this week, even if the reads don’t end up resulting in reviews.

I am. As always. Ever hopeful.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

I only took a quick peek at NetGalley this week. In part because I don’t have much time this morning to browse. In part because I’m afraid I’ll request a new title.

Though I did get a “read now” title this week, that I completely forgot about, when I received the newsletter. It was…

WAITING TO CATCH FIRE promotional eGalley by Kat Falls, Jeff Hirsch and Suzanne Weyn (Scholastic, Aug 20 2013)

It includes INHUMAN by Kat Falls, chapters from THE DARKEST PATH by Jeff Hirsch and chapters from THE BAR CODE PROPHECY by Suzanne Weyn.

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And while I didn’t have too much time to browse around, I did find a few awesome-sounding titles that I may request one or two of. And they are…

BZRK RELOADED (Bzrk #2) by Michael Grant (Egmont USA, Oct 8 2013)

MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH by Crissa-Jean Chappell (Flux, Jan 8 2014)

HERO WORSHIP by Christopher E. Long (Flux, Jan 8 2014)

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I spent much of last weekend moving my posts from The Annex on Blogger to The Annex on WordPress. I retired that blog and planned on simply transferring and keeping the posts housed here on Fiktshun which I back up fairly regularly. But I just couldn’t stop myself from reformatting them all, and well, that took all of last weekend and the early part of last week. So I got very little reading done and very little blogging, too.

Thankfully that’s over and the act of doing something that mind-numbing seems to have broken me out of my reading slump and I dove right into THROUGH THE ZOMBE GLASS and fell back in love with Ali, Cole, Kat, Frosty, Bronx, Reeve and Nana. (Yes! I remember their names.) Hopefully this weekend will be as productive, though I’m headed out for the day and later will be going to the movies to see “City of Bones.” So we shall see. It may prompt me to want to re-read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments.

I don’t anticipate writing any reviews this week, as I have quite a few posts to create for upcoming tours. But, who knows? Now that the Authors Are Rockstars Tour is winding down, maybe my review-writing capabilities will return to me.

Anyway… even though my lack of success is astounding, I hope that you have had and will have a successful reading week. If you’d like to share the books on your pile, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. And if you’ve received a few awesome titles to read and review I’d love to hear about them too.

Happy reading!

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

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