My Reading Pile #129

I was totally surprised by two of the books that showed up in the mail this week and am super excited to receive the third book that arrived.

While I am still waiting, wishing and hoping on one book to arrive, I am not watching the mailbox as it’s very possible it might never arrive. But if it does, it’s one of those “drop everything and read” books. So I remain ever hopeful.


[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received an ARC of THE BRIDE WORE SIZE 12 by Meg Cabot from William Morrow. It was on the list of available review copies and I couldn’t resist the urge to request it. I know it’s not a YA title and the fifth book in a series I have yet to discover, but I plan on reading and reviewing it regardless.

It’s been awhile since I read any contemporary fiction or mysteries that are not young adult, so I’m super excited to try this one out. I’ve heard Meg Cabot is a fantastic writer, so I’m excited to read her latest release.

I also received a copy of SLAYERS and an ARC of the sequel FRIENDS AND TRAITORS by C.J. Hill from the folks at Feiwel & Friends in anticipation of the upcoming tour I’m on this October.

The finished copy of the first book was sent so that I can offer it up for giveaway for my tour stop. But I was surprised when the sequel showed up a few days later, as my stop on the tour is not for a review and I thought there were only going to be eARCs. As I already own the first book in the series in Kindle format, I will definitely be reading both books back-to-back prior to my stop next month.

And while I normally am not one for redesigning covers once a series has begun, these covers are just so amazing and I am so glad the first book’s cover was redone.


I was also offered an eARC of CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst for review from the publisher, Walker Children’s, and I couldn’t say no. I love the author’s writing and this book sounds so good and totally creepy.

I think it was the line about dreams of buttons being sewn into the MC’s skin that gave me the chills… yes, that was probably it. And while I won’t get the chance to read it before its release date I am definitely hoping to add this to the pile in the next couple of weeks.


While I might try to sneak the Meg Cabot book onto the pile later this week, I actually have two completely different books planned for this week’s pile. And they are…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(September 1, 2013 – September 7, 2013)




First up on the pile is RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara. Since the moment I first heard about this book I couldn’t wait to read it. And once I received the eARC from the publisher, Walker Children’s, for the tour I’m on for this awesome-sounding book, I’ve been dying to get it on the pile.

Well the time has finally arrived and I can’t wait to dive in and meet Ruby and find out all about her alternate realities. I can’t wait to learn more about just how she is able to access those realities. And I can’t wait to find out just what she’s willing to sacrifice in order to find a “perfect world.”

The description teases only a little about what is in store for Ruby in this book and what readers can expect. Which makes me all the more eager to get started on it. And I plan to do just that first thing on Monday as long as I’ve finished writing my review for a tour I’m on this week.

The Description…

If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

elements68The Burning Sky


Next up on the pile is THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas. I was first drawn to this book because of its gorgeous cover. But when I read the description, I just had to grab the eARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss.

This book sounds totally epic. Prophecies. Mages. Saviors. Tyrants. Princes. Sacrifices. A love story. Difficult choices. And the possibility of a “fiery clash to the death.”

And I am super excited to meet Iolanthe and Titus. I can’t wait to find out whether the prophecy comes true. And if it does, I am hopeful that Iolanthe is the victor and isn’t the one who meets a fiery end.

If all goes according to plan I will be transported to this amazing world on Tuesday night. I can hardly wait.

The Description…

It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.



The two books I wish I could be reading right now are actually on my pile this week. But if I had to select another book it would be RESIST by Sarah Crossan. I am dying to find out how the story ends. And I’m really in the mood to read a book with a dystopian setting. But as I have a few books I must read between now and RESIST’s release date, adding it to the pile is only just a wish.



I didn’t technically leave anything behind. Well… once I finish reading THE LIBERATOR this weekend I won’t have left anything behind…. Though I still haven’t broken out of my review writing slump. That must change. And fast. As I need to write one for a tour early this week.

I went a little bit off-pile to read a couple of books that were left behind from previous piles – WILD CARDS, DECEPTION and THE CROWN OF EMBERS. And I did end up reading and loving DESCENDANT from last week’s pile. So while a majority of the books I read weren’t planned reads, I did somehow manage to find time to read four books amidst the chaos that was my life last week.

Still, I’m so behind on my reading and with so many new books coming out that I am desperate to read before they get buried deep down in the pile, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Which makes me want to go totally off-pile “just because.”

Hopefully I’ll be able to organize my thoughts and put together a semi-coherent review for the book on tour and hopefully that will give me the push I need to review the other books I’ve read recently. But I’ve decided, I think, that instead of trying to review some of the earlier books I read and not-reviewed, I’ll put together a “The Quick and Dirty” post and just briefly share my thoughts about each of them.

Who knows… maybe that will inspire me to actually review them one of these days. But that, for now, remains TBD.



I didn’t spend any time hanging around on NetGalley this week except to prepare this post. So I managed to refrain from requesting any new titles. My NetGalley “shelf” is quite crowded at the moment, so that’s a good thing.

But there are a few awesome books I noticed when I was on there, the first of which, ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME, looks really interesting and makes me want to take a longer look at the printed ARC I have. THE RULE OF THREE is also incredibly tempting, but for now I have not yet clicked to receive it for review.

It’s still early days, though.

ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 26 2013)

DIAMONDS & DECEIT (At Somerton #2) by Leila Rasheed (Disney Book Group, Jan 7 2014)

SHADOWS by Robin McKinley (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 26 2013)

THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jan 21, 2014)

EMPIRE OF BONES (Ashtown Burials #3) by N.D. Wilson (Random House Children’s, Oct 22, 2013)

THE IRON TRAITOR (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Nov 1 2013) **Australian reviewers only**

ENTWINED by Cheryl S. Ntumy (Harlequin (UK) Ltd, Sep 25 2013)


I enjoyed getting lost in a few books this past week. Epic fantasy, fantasy, dystopian and contemporary reads made this a well-rounded, if eclectic, reading week. And with sci fi and another epic fantasy novel on the pile this week, my reads continue to be varied. Which I love.

I hope to be able to sneak in that adult contemporary/mystery I received and maybe a YA thriller. But as I stare at the ARC of BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman that’s just a few feet away from me, I think if I do go off-pile that will be the book I dive into.

As I am a day late with this post due to the final day of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, I will stop rambling and get back to reading 3:59 which was just so hard to put down in order to finish this post.

But I wish you the happiest of reading weeks this week and I hope that for those of you in the U.S. that get the day off tomorrow you manage to sneak in a read of a book you’ve been wanting to read for ages.

And if you’d like to share what books are on your pile this week or books you received that you can’t wait to read, I’d love to know.

Happy reading!



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