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My Reading Pile #132

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I didn’t get any review books in the mail this week though I’ve been told one is on its way out to me – ohmygosh ohmygosh ohmygosh Morpheus! – but I did get a gorgeous pile of signed books that I’m madly in love with.

My Reading Pile 132

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

The very amazing Tammara Webber sent me a signed set of her Between the Lines series. While I own the set on my Kindle there’s just something so pretty about these print copies and they’re signed.

If I had a few more images of my avatar in various poses I’d totally do an animated gif of her doing a funny and supremely embarrassing dance, because that’s exactly what I did when I got the box this week. Mine leaned more toward the embarrassing and less toward the funny, naturally. But receiving this amazing series for my very special collection gave me all the happy feels. The dance couldn’t be helped.

Anyway… while I didn’t receive any print books for review, I was approved for an eARC of a book I requested last week.

Alienated

Thanks to the awesome folks at Disney Hyperion via NetGalley I received an eARC of ALIENATED (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers which releases this February. This cover is stunning and the description sounds awesome and I cannot wait to read this first book in the author’s new series.

Though I will wait just a bit so that the wait for the sequel, INVADED, won’t be quite as long. And as it’s not releasing until February I technically have a few weeks to get this one on the pile.

Of course I may just have to take a quick peek at it now….

So while I did receive some awesome books none of them are going on the TBR pile this week. But there are a couple that will be. And they are…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

(September 22, 2013 – September 28, 2013)

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Frozen

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First up on the pile is FROZEN (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. I purchased a copy for my Kindle because I am a huge fan of author Melissa de la Cruz. But I also think this book sounds awesome and can’t wait to see what the collaborative effort will be like.

A story with a dangerous journey, a frozen city and dark secrets sounds epic. I can’t wait to meet Natasha Kestal and find out what her secrets are. And I can’t wait to see whether Nat and Wes’ love story has a happily ever after.

The description promises “a new kind of magic,” “sinister sorcery” and “danger and deceit” and I cannot wait to take the journey this week.

The Description…

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

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Stir Me Up

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Next up on the pile is STIR ME UP by Sabrina Elkins. I received an eARC for review thanks to the invitation from Harlequin Teen via Kismet Book Touring. And as its release is just over a week away I just had to add it to the pile and can’t wait to check it out.

I’m in the mood to read a story that’s fun, flirty and a little bit romantic. I can’t wait to meet Cami Broussard and find out what happens when Julian Wyatt walks into her life.

I love stories where the character is on a certain path that gets changed due to something – or someone – that intervenes and makes them question everything. I also love stories where the characters are complicated and the situations are even more complicated.

I have a feeling this story is going to make me feel all twisty in a really good way. And I can’t wait to find out if that’s true when I get this off the pile and into my hands a bit later this week.

The Description…

Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She’ll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father’s French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami’s family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian’s all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami’s starting to feel. And Cami can’t stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He’s got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….

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Wishful Thinking Reads

DOCTOR SLEEP (The Shining #2) by Stephen King is my wishful thinking read this week. I would have totally added it to the pile but I’m still torn as to whether I actually want to read it or only wish that I do.

I am hugely curious about what’s been going on with Danny, but at the same time I know I’m going to totally freak out seeing him as an adult. And if the story isn’t one of King’s masterful works I’m not sure how it will sit with me.

So while I will be getting this book this week and I could totally devour it when it releases, for now I’ll just keep it on my wishlist until I decide if I’m ready to take the plunge.

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Those Left Behind

So you know where I said I wouldn’t be leaving THE BROKENHEARTED behind? Well, the week passed and I barely got in any time to read, so it’s somewhat left behind. Though I will be starting it tonight and finishing it before I start on this week’s reads on Sunday. So it’s only a little bit left behind.

The first chance I got to pick up a book was on Friday morning before work. I only had thirty or so minutes to read but instantly fell in love with the book – FIND ME by Romily Bernard. I woke up early this morning and got another couple hours reading time in and am over halfway through – definitely loving it – and hope to be able to finish it before I head out for the day. If not I will definitely finish it the second I get home and then start on THE BROKENHEARTED.

So I’ll technically be on track with at least one of the two books from last week’s pile since I don’t start on a new week’s pile until Sunday.

And while I didn’t end up finishing all the reviews I’d hoped to write this past week, I finally got my review written and posted for RELATIVITY. And I WILL be writing and posting reviews for ENDLESS KNIGHT and THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS. (Yes, it will happen because I have it on the top of my Bloggiesta “to-do” list.)

Though I don’t think I’ll have much time this weekend to tackle my reviews for WILD CARDS, THE BURNING SKY and ALL OUR YESTERDAYS. But hopefully I can make that happen a bit later this week.

And if I can sneak in a read this week, it will be HIS DARK WAYS by Naomi Canale. Fingers crossed. If not I’ll be adding it to the pile next week.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I was on the verge of clicking to request FAR FROM YOU by Tessa Sharpe because that book sounds awesome, but looking at my Dashboard on NetGalley gave me pause. Even though this book won’t be releasing until April of 2014, I am trying so very hard not to request any new books unless they’re continuations of series I’m already caught up. But I might not be able to hold out for long.

While there weren’t a ton of new YA books on NetGalley this week, here are  some of the ones I did find….

FAR FROM YOU by Tessa Sharpe (Disney Book Group, Apr 8 2014)

STIR ME UP by Sabrina Elkins (Harlequin Teen, Oct 1 2013)

SEKRET by Lindsay Smith (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Apr 15 2014)

THE IN-BETWEEN by Barbara Stewart (St. Martin’s Press, Nov 5 2013)

A DEATH-STRUCK YEAR by Makiia Lucier (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, Mar 4 2014)

POPPING THE CHERRY by Aurelia B. Rowl (Harlequin (UK) Ltd, Sep 16 2013)

SWAGGER by Carl Dueker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, Nov 5 2013)

HOSTAGE THREE by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Nov 12, 2013) *updated w/new release date*

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I didn’t have much time to read this week which made me a little sad. Especially considering all the amazing books I have just waiting to be read. While there was one day I didn’t feel much like reading, it was just being busy and exhausted that kept me from my reading pile.

Hopefully things will be different this week. Though I don’t anticipate much reading this weekend given the fact that I am going to try and focus on blog-related “to-dos” for Bloggiesta.

No matter what, I will be reading FROZEN as I’ll be a stop on the blog tour on Friday and I will be reading STIR ME UP, even if I don’t get to start reading it until Saturday. But I really hope to be able to read THE BROKENHEARTED because I’m dying of curiosity about it.

Anyway… so that I can get to tackling those blog-related chores and maybe sneak in a little reading time before I start my day I will sign off. But I hope your reading week past was productive and that the reading week ahead is filled with amazing stories. And I hope you received some exciting books in the mail this week.

If you’d like to share either, just leave a comment and let me know. And if you have a link, leave that too.

Happy reading!

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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