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My Reading Pile #145

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I received all sorts of surprise books in the mail this week. All of which I would love to add to the pile this week. One of which I will be adding. Because I just can’t wait…

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I was not expecting any books in the mail this week, so when two envelopes showed up at my door on Thursday and two more were sitting in the mailbox on the same day, I was completely and totally surprised.

I received an ARC in some seriously wicked awesome packaging of THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkowski, thanks to the very awesome folks at Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR. I am so excited for this book’s release and can’t wait to read it. Hopefully in the next few weeks. I have this title as an eGalley, but because it looks so amazing in print I think I might just have to read the print version instead. Decisions, decisions….

I also received a title I hadn’t heard of before – HALF BAD by Sally Green – thanks to the very awesome team at Viking Juvenile. After having read the book’s description on Goodreads and the tiny excerpt on Amazon, I really can’t wait to check this book out. Modern day witches. Good and evil. A story that promises to be gripping. I’m sold.

And finally, I received an ARC of MANOR OF SECRETS by Katherine Longshore courtesy of the lovely folks at Point for the blog tour I’ll be on next month. I can’t wait to head back in time to 1911 to meet Charlotte and Janie and find out just what kinds of secrets The Manor is keeping.

I also received EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, a book that I’ve been dying to read, thanks to the unbelievably awesome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. I almost broke my “no request” policy for print books from this publisher since I get so many eGalleys from them on Edelweiss. But I didn’t. And now I don’t have to since Jaime sent me her copy to read.

I did not go crazy on Edelweiss or NetGalley this week, though I did grab one title and was approved for another.

I tried to resist requesting any titles on NetGalley and Edelweiss this past week after having received so many eGalleys. But there were so many amazing titles on NetGalley I couldn’t resist requesting one.

Courtesy of Delacorte Press and NetGalley I was approved for an eARC of AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard. This books sounds absolutely amazing and I found myself immediately starting to read it when my copy downloaded to my Kindle. But as it won’t be releasing for a little while, I will try to wait until closer to its release date. But I have a feeling I might just be sneaking this one onto the pile this week.

Courtesy of William Morrow Impulse and Edelweiss I received an eARC of A LITTLE TOO HOT (A Little Too Far #3) by Lisa Desrochers. I’ve been checking repeatedly for this title’s availability and the second I saw it I grabbed a copy. After having read the sneak peek in the back of A LITTLE TOO MUCH I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this next book in the series. And while I won’t be reading it this week, I will be adding it to the pile next week.

But for right now…

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

(December 22, 2013 – December 28, 2013)

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Evertrue

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First up on the pile is EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton. I have been dying to get my hands on this final book in the series since the moment I finished reading book two. And now that I have an early copy thanks to Jaime I can’t wait a single day to read it… I actually started reading it the moment I discovered it in my mailbox.

While I’m terrified about just how this series will end, I just have to read it now. I can’t wait. I have to know what happens with Nikki and Cole and Jack. I have a bad feeling that things won’t end happily for Cole Stockton. But I am ever hopeful. While I adore Jack, I just can’t help but like Cole more, and have ever since I first met him in the first book in this series.

The description talks about the power of true love, so I am fairly certain that this ending will favor Jack. But until I reach the last page of this book I will be keeping my fingers crossed for Cole.

And if all goes as planned I’ll have my answer on Saturday. Because there’s no way I’ll be able to set this book down until I know.

The Description…

Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself… which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

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A Breath of Frost

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Next up on the pile is A BREATH OF FROST by Alyxandra Harvey. I received an eARC thanks to the publisher, Walker Childrens, via NetGalley. And as I will be on the blog tour later this week I really want to get the chance to read it before my stop on Thursday.

I love, love, love Alyxandra Harvey’s writing. And I can’t wait to embark upon this new series by the author and meet Gretchen, Emma and Penelope. I can’t wait to step foot into this world of witchcraft, secrets and murder. I can’t wait to find out how Emma is connected to the murders. And I can’t wait to discover the author’s Regency London setting in this story.

If I finish the first read on the pile before I technically am supposed to start on this week’s pile, then I just might be able to begin reading A BREATH OF FROST on Sunday. I might even be able to finish reading it on the same day. And while I am excited about the prospect of devouring this book in a day, I am hoping that the ending won’t be too much of a cliffhanger as reading it just a bit early means that the wait for the sequel will be that much longer.

But I will definitely have this book read before my tour stop on Thursday.

The Description…

In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. Beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins.

But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have inadvertently opened the gates to the Underworld.

Now the dead, ghouls, hellhounds-and the most terrifying of all: the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters-are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers.

And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies.

Can the cousins unravel the clues and mystery behind their heritage and power before their gifts are stripped away …or even worse, another witch is killed?

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Wishful Thinking Reads

As I mentioned above, I really, really want to read AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard. The story sounds tragic and heartbreaking, but the description also promises goodness and hope. And as it’s told in verse and prose, I’m so very intrigued to see what kind of connection I make with the story.

Since I don’t get much time off for the holiday this year I might not have time to add another book to the pile this week. But I am determined to make AND WE STAY more than just a wishful thinking read… even if reading it this week might just be a wish.

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Those Left Behind

As I was so late in posting last week’s My Reading Pile post and because I was taking a break from reading for awhile, I only had one short novella on the pile last week. Which I read. And loved. So I’m not technically behind on last week’s pile. Though I didn’t write a review.

I may end up trying to do that this week, but with the Top Ten of 2013 event this week, and much catching up to do with my end-of-year reads, I might not get the chance. But that remains to be determined. I am still somewhat of an optimist.

I’m just glad that I didn’t get too ambitious last week or I would be seriously behind on my reads. Of course it’s still very possible I’ll end up falling behind before the year is out. With this week’s pile and a new pile to start on next week, there is always a chance I’ll fall a bit further behind.

But, yes, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I’d put in a request for AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard when I saw it on NetGalley earlier in the week when creating the previous My Reading Pile post. I couldn’t help myself. And I was totally stoked when I was approved for the title.

I find myself in exactly the same spot this week with the two Entangled Teen books up for grabs. I’ve resisted the urge to request them so far, since their release dates are just around the corner and I have both pre-ordered. But I may not be able to wait.

SALT by Danielle Ellison (Entangled Teen, Jan 7 2014)

WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME by Erin Fletcher (Entangled Teen, Jan 7 2014)

INSANITY by Susan Vaught (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Feb 18 2014)

SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Apr 22 2014)

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I am slowly getting back on track with my reading and posting. It hasn’t been easy as I am still not back to my version of normal. But I’m trying really, really hard.

I’m still spending way too much time devouring series on Netflix… I can’t seem to stand the quiet… but I have been able to read a few pages here and there. And I have been able to get a few thoughts together in order for me to create a blog post or two.

It’s a start.

As this is a crazy week for many, with the holiday bisecting the week, I hope you are all able to find some time to read those lovely books you have. And if you’d like to share what your current reads are or what books you received for review or you discovered under your tree, I’d love to know. Just leave a comment or a link to your post. I’ll be sure to check it out.

Happy holiday 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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