My Reading Pile #146


I did not expect to receive any books this past week, so I was completely and totally surprised when one showed up in the mail along with a super lovely note.

MRP 146

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received a paperback copy of ECHO IN TIME by C.J. Hill thanks to the amazing team at Katherine Tegen Books for the blog tour I’m on this coming Monday hosted by Fire and Ice. It was totally unexpected since my stop isn’t a review stop.

And while my Kindle pre-order copy downloaded just the other day, I’m super excited to have this amazing book in print. The cover is awesome. And it will look lovely on my book tower.

I won’t get the chance to read it prior to my stop on Monday, I don’t think, but I will be sneaking it onto the pile at some point this week because I’m desperate to read it.

And although I didn’t receive any other review books in the mail or in eGalley format by email, there are a couple titles I’ve had for awhile that I’m just dying to devour. And they are….

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

(December 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014)


The Promise of Amazing


First up on the pile is THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine. I received an eARC for review from the publisher, Balzer + Bray, via Edelweiss a few months back and I have been dying to get it on the pile since then. While I didn’t get to read it sooner, and release date is just a few days away, I’m so glad to finally get the chance to get it on the pile.

I can’t wait to meet Wren and Gray and find out what happens when they meet. I can’t wait to follow along as they fall in love. And I can’t wait to find out if their love story delivers more than just the promise of amazing.

The description promises a story that is “complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender” and I am so excited to find out if that’s true. While there’s so much to love about this book, I kinda seriously love the fact that the characters meet in an Arthurian-themed eatery. I have a feeling it will set a more than interesting stage.

While I may not finish reading it prior to release date on Tuesday, I will definitely have this moved off the TBR pile on New Year’s Day. I just have to finish the three books I’m currently reading before I dive in on Monday.

The Description…

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.




Next up on the pile is DEFY by Sara B. Larson. I received an eARC for review courtesy of the publisher, Scholastic Press, via NetGalley and I can’t wait to finally get the chance to read this book I’ve been told is awesome by more than one reviewer whose opinions I trust.

The description sounds amazing and I am so excited to finally meet Alex and see just how she manages to disguise herself to fit in as a boy in the king’s army. I can’t wait to meet Rylan and Prince Damian, both of whom sound totally swoon-worthy. But most of all I can’t wait to take the journey with them as they embark upon their adventure.

This story sounds all sorts of epic. And if the writing is as gorgeous as the description promises, I just know I’m going to love, love, love this book. I just hope that this week doesn’t get too OOC so that I can pick it up on Thursday and call it read by Friday, all so that I can ramble about it in next week’s MRP post.

The Description…

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?


Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read is WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin. I grabbed a review copy on Edelweiss a few weeks back and I have been absolutely desperate to get this on the pile ever since. But as it isn’t slated to release until June 2014 I haven’t been able to justify going off-pile to read it. Even though the title, the cover and the description are seriously, seriously amazing. Even though this sounds like the perfect read for me right about now.

But the fact that it doesn’t release for months and months means that it can only be a wishful thinking read, no matter how much I want it to be more than that.


Those Left Behind

I managed to read EVERTRUE from last week’s pile, though I’m still debating whether or not I want to share my thoughts. As it is the final book in the series, anything and everything I could possibly say about it would be some level of spoiler-y. Unless, of course, I didn’t talk about Cole or Jack or Nikki. But if I can figure out a way to do just that, I’d have to be so generic that it wouldn’t be me sharing my thoughts but tiptoeing through a minefield. So I’m not sure it would be worth it.

I am only just now getting the chance to read A BREATH OF FROST, though. So I am a little behind with this title from last week’s pile. But things got busy with the Christmas holiday, family in town for a visit, and going off-pile to read two “back-on-the-pile” reads I’d missed – UNHINGED and AFTERPARTY – and one totally off-pile read – A LITTLE TOO HOT.

At some point this week I hope to have all four of these titles marked “read” and by the end of the week I hope to add the two books from this week’s pile to the “done” pile. But that, as ever, remains TBD.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

Perhaps it’s due to the holiday week, but when checking NetGalley on Friday for the purposes of finding some titles to include for this post I came up empty. Not one new title was added this week. Which is definitely good for my TBR pile but not so good for this post.

Hopefully things will be back to normal next week, though I’m glad I didn’t have to fight the urge to request any books this week. It is nice to have a quiet week every once in awhile.


Even with family in town and the holidays being somewhat hectic, I am getting back on track with my posts. As always, I never seem to be able to manage to be more than one post away from a post-free day on the blog. But at least I’m able to get those daily posts completed. Now I just need to be able to get back into writing reviews. Or, at the very least, book thoughts posts.

And maybe someday I’ll be able to get back to writing those short stories I’m super behind on. Or that full-length novel I’d only just begun recently. But I’m not quite there yet. My head is not in the game enough to be able to be that creative.

Besides… I still have to study for my coastal navigation test and prepare for the next on the water course and exam that’s happening in just three short weeks. I feel like I’ve forgotten everything I’ve learned from the first course, so I want to be able to read the book again before starting on this next course’s textbook.

I may just have to hold off on the coastal nav test until after that class as I’m not entirely certain I have the brains to be able to accomplish both. And work. And read, review and blog.

Yeah… probably not. But anyway…

I hope you have some super awesome books on your pile this week that will take you to the end of the year and into the beginning of the next. With everything that’s been going on IRL for me as of late, I think getting lost in a book is the perfect way to bury 2013 and usher in 2014. But that’s just me.

Whether you decide to celebrate the new year with a book in hand or whether you opt to wait to embark upon a new adventure until the new year, I wish you a very, very happy reading week ahead. And if you’d like to share your latest bookish finds or the books on your reading pile, just leave a comment with or without a link and I’ll be sure to check it out.

Happy Reading and Happy (almost) New Year!


Do you create a reading pile?

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

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