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My Reading Pile #142

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I was totally surprised when I received one of the two books that arrived in the mail this week and totally stoked about both books. I am also glad that November is now officially over and I hope that life will soon be returning to normal.

I thought that I’d have no problem reading, blogging, writing, editing, sailing and taking a rather intensive course on coastal navigation in my spare time. But apparently I am not that good of a juggler and blogging has fallen a bit by the wayside.

Reading on the other hand has been my salvation, my escape. And I am so excited about the books I have on the pile this week.

My Reading Pile 142

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I was totally surprised when I received a signed ARC of STEADFAST (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray courtesy of the author and publisher, HarperTeen. I will be on the tour for this second book in Claudia Gray’s Spellcaster series and I cannot wait to read it. I absolutely love the author’s writing and I loved the first book in this series and can’t wait to go back to this world and see what happens next with Nadia and Mateo.

And I am so excited to have received an ARC of CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer thanks to the publisher, Feiwel & Friends. This series is amazing and I can’t wait to read this story which I heard just might be the best one yet. I am so curious to see just how the author works the Rapunzel fairytale into her story. I can only imagine it will be fan-freaking-tastic.

While those are the only ARCs I received in the mail, I did end up grabbing a “read now” book from NetGalley.

Defy

When I saw the email from NetGalley that DEFY (Defy #1) by Sara B. Larson was available as a read now title from the publisher Scholastic Press, I just had to grab it. Jaime of Two Chicks on Books told me that this book was a must read a couple of weeks ago, so I checked it out and it sounded epic. I added it to my pre-orders for January, but the lure of the “read now” was too great to not at least try to get it on the pile before its release.

Though it won’t be on this week’s pile as I’m still working my way out from under. However, I do have a couple of awesome books I plan on reading. And so…

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

(December 1, 2013 – December 7, 2013)

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Iced

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First up on the pile is ICED (Dani O’Malley #1; Fever #6) by Karen Marie Moning. As predicted last week I did get so caught up in the series that I wasn’t able to stop reading until all five “Mac” Fever novels were devoured. And I swore to myself I wouldn’t start reading ICED until BURNED was released.

I really shouldn’t swear.

I’ve lasted all of two days. Which has me really worried about how I’m going to last until late July 2014 for the next book in the series. But I can’t stop now. Not with one more book in this series available for me to read.

And as I actually took a look at the description while creating this post – something I didn’t do for any of the other Fever books I devoured aside from the first – I’m even more obsessed with reading it and finding what happens at Ryo’s club. I’m also hoping that there will be a few sneak peeks at what’s going on with Mac.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the cliffhanger ending won’t be too agonizing. But I may be able to distract myself while suffering the long, long wait by filling some of that time up with multiple series re-reads. Because I am so not ready to say goodbye to these characters and this world any time soon.

The Description…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

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One Grave at a Time

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Next up on the pile is ONE GRAVE AT A TIME (Night Huntress #6) by Jeaniene Frost. With less than two months until the last book in this series releases I am finally going to dive into the one book I’ve been trying so hard not to read.

I am both excited and heartbroken about the next book’s release. I’m totally thrilled that I finally get to get caught up on this series. I’m totally devastated that in just a couple months I’ll have to say goodbye to two of my favorite PNR characters. I’m curious to see how the author will end her series. I’m anxious it might end in heartbreak.

But whatever happens in that seventh and final book, this sixth book in the series sounds like a lot of fun. And as it’s been so long since I last spent time with Cat and Bones I can’t wait to see what they’ve been up to.

I just hope I don’t end up getting so caught up in this world that I get sidetracked by the two books in the Night Huntress World series and the two books in the Night Prince series that are currently available. I do have to go back to reading review books some day.

The Description…

How do you send a killer to the grave when he’s already dead?

Having narrowly averted an (under)World War, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’s voodoo queen just keeps on giving—leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity—forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.

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Wishful Thinking Reads

While I haven’t yet read ICED, I just know I’m going to want to read BURNED by Karen Marie Moning the second I finish. But as it’s not yet released, I don’t have an early copy and I won’t be getting one, this week’s wishful thinking read is only just a wish. It’s actually really more fantasy than wish.

But I so wish I could read the next book in the series right now. I so wish I didn’t have to wait for eight months until it releases. I so wish that I hadn’t fallen madly in love become obsessed with series until every single one of those books was available to read. I so wish that it was July 1 instead of December 1 right now.

And I so wish that wishes could come true.

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Those Left Behind

I only put one book on the pile last week – DREAMFEVER by Karen Marie Moning. I was supposed to have spent the week working on edits so I only wanted to have one non-review book to read. And while I did spend a very, very long day doing just that, I found that I couldn’t stop at just the first book in the Fever series.

I read all five “Mac” books in that series last week. The cliffhanger endings on a few of those books were too torturous to even think of stopping. The series was just too amazing to even want to.

So while I fell a bit behind with blogging this week, I did not fall behind on my reading.

As I didn’t finish my edits – I will be working on those all day today – I didn’t get the chance to dive into those review books I wanted to. But hopefully I will be finished devouring this week’s reads early in the week so I can start on those missed review books I’ve been anxious to read.

But that remains to be determined, as I moved my exam to next weekend and so I will have to spend quite a bit of time studying and reading all about running fixes, tide tables, currents, courses to steer, et cetera.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I didn’t get the chance to peruse NetGalley this past week. Though I did take a super quick peek in order to create this post and found a few titles that look interesting. The first of which I’m super excited to read. But as I have it in printed ARC format I didn’t request the eGalley.

PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Apr 8 2014)

CONTROL (Control #1) by Lydia Kang (Penguin Young Readers Group, Dec 26 2013)

ME SINCE YOU by Laura Wiess (Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, Feb 28 2014)

 

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I had every intention of working on two posts on Thanksgiving – my Book Watch post and My Reading Pile post. I did neither. I got my tour post up for Friday, but I spent most of the day with The Dude and I spent some of it reading instead. I then swore I’d work on both on Friday but I spent just about twelve hours working on much needed edits to my WIP.

And while I should be working on those tonight/this morning, since Saturday was spent sailing, shopping and at the movies, I feel way too guilty for neglecting my blog.

But as I do have many, many hours of edits ahead, I will keep this sign-off brief.

I’m just totally stoked to have received the two awesome books I received and to have two very, very awesome books to read this week.

And I hope the same is true for you.

So if you’ve received some amazing books you’d like to share or you have some dying-to-read books on your reading pile this week, please feel free to leave a comment or a link to your post as I’d love to know.

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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