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My Reading Pile #141

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I am so glad that the month of November is almost over. I’m not sure I’ll have any brain cells left… or hair… as everything seems to make me want to pull it all out. I am frazzled, overwhelmed and have fallen completely behind on my reading.

I can’t wait for this month to end so that I can finally get back to what I love, love, love to do. And that’s read. Anyway….

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I was totally stoked to be invited to read THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow and was so surprised to have received the review copy from the author in the mail this week, along with some really pretty swag that did not make it into the photo. As it technically doesn’t belong on my reading pile I didn’t include it.

But I can’t wait to read this first book in a new series of the same name that’s being published by Harlequin Teen. It sounds like so much fun and I am intrigued by what secrets are in Savannah, Courtney and Peyton’s past.

But as I have just a little time to read it – I’m thinking around the Christmas holiday will be perfect – I am not adding it to the pile this week.

The Taking

I also requested and received THE TAKING (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting courtesy of the very awesome publisher HarperTeen. When I saw it on Edelweiss earlier in the week I just had to click to download it to my Kindle.

This book sounds absolutely fascinating and I can’t wait to find out what happened to Kyra and learn what the “strange phenomena” is that no one can explain. And while it doesn’t release until the end of April I just know I won’t be able to wait that long.

Though I won’t be adding it to the pile this week, as this week is going to be even more hectic than the last.

And because it will be so crazy I’m just adding one book, and it’s not even a review book or a recent release.

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

(November 24, 2013 – November 30, 2013)

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Darkfever

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The only book on the pile this week is DARKFEVER (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning. I have been meaning to start this series forever – I have heard such amazing things about it – but it’s taken me awhile to get it on the pile.

What finally got me to add it to the pile, to give me the kick in the pants that I needed, was Rachel’s a.k.a. Parajunkee‘s threat to stop speaking to me until I do. Well… that and the rather tempting passage she included in this week’s Dishing Junk post.

But I am super excited to finally dive into this series and meet Mac and head over to Ireland to learn all about the “dangerous realm of the Fae.” I only hope that I won’t get so caught up in this series that I won’t be able to stop reading it until I’ve read all five “Mac” books… or worse, start reading the Dani books and have to suffer the wait for each new book’s release.

That remains TBD.

The Description…

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

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Wishful Thinking Reads

EVERTRUE, the final book in Brodi Ashton’s Everneath trilogy, is the book I wish I could be reading this week. I’ve been seeing everyone’s pictures on Twitter of ARCs of this book and I’ve been more than a little green with envy. It is not available as an eARC and I don’t want to put in a request, so I’ll have to wait for two more months to see what happens with Nikki and Cole and Jack.

I just know I’m going to end up with a broken heart, even if the same won’t be true of Nikki. And even though it is a series-ending book, this is one I won’t have any trouble devouring. But as I don’t have a copy, reading this book can only be a wish. I’m just so happy that the wait won’t be too long.

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Those Left Behind

Once again I’ve fallen behind on my reads. I was only able to read and review Part VI of Jessa Holbrook’s WHILE YOU’RE AWAY. I should have known, with edits to my WIP, that I would not have any time or energy to pick up a book. But hopefully after this week life will start getting back to normal.

I miss reading… about other writer’s characters, that is. I miss diving into books early and talking about them with anyone and everyone. I even miss writing reviews. Yes, I said it.

While I posted a couple “quickie” reviews in a new format I’m trying out – for A LITTLE TOO FAR and A LITTLE TOO MUCH – I’m not sure it’s a style I can stick with. Ever since they went live I’ve wanted nothing more than to unpublish them and any time I think about them I cringe.

But I actually miss being in the headspace I have to be in to think about the books I plan on reviewing. I miss thinking about how “amazing” or “awesome” or “gripping” a book is and not just read it, experience “all the feels,” and then move on.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to it all in December, at least until the day I get the critique back and have to figure out whether it’s worth trying to get my WIP/manuscript into shape or just toss it into the trunk along with all the other unfinished projects. Whatever the case, at least it’ll be have been a learning experience.

Anyway… I hope to finish reading PAWN on Sunday and start on DARKFEVER on Monday or Tuesday. And hopefully I’ll be able to read AFTERPARTY over the Thanksgiving weekend. If, that is, I finish those edits by then. Otherwise it will have to wait until December 1.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I only took the briefest of peeks on NetGalley. I’ve been so swamped that the idea of searching for new books to add to my reading pile did not appeal. And while I did stumble across Kimberly Derting’s book on Edelweiss, it was only because of a tweet and a momentary lapse of reason.

But I did see a few books that look interesting, even if I’d only be able to request two of them.

THE QUEEN’S CHOICE (Heirs of Chrior #1) by Cayla Kluver (Harlequin Teen, Jan 28 2014)

STONES by Polly Johnson (HarperCollins UK Digital, Dec 9 2013)

PRINCE OF SHADOWS by Rachel Caine (Penguin Books Australia, Jan 29 2014) **Australian Reviewers Only**

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I had most of this post written on Friday and had plenty of time to complete it and post it by Midnight. But exhaustion after feeling the need to work on some rather challenging edits made me opt to veg out in front of the television instead of finishing this post.

And while I still haven’t worked on my homework for class tomorrow, I didn’t want to be as much of a slacker as I was last week, so I’m not too late in posting this. And as this week’s group sail isn’t until 11 a.m. I won’t be late for that either.

Anyway… if you have a few amazing books on your pile this week or ones that you’ve received that you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment! Even if they might make me slightly envious I will always be way more excited than jelly.

And if you’ve read DARKFEVER and want to yell at me for not reading it yet, please feel free to do that too. I totally deserve it.

Here’s to a week filled with lovely books received and TBR. And, as always…

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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