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My Reading Pile #147

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I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail this week. As it was, I barely received any mail at all. It was a super quiet week at the mailbox. Not that I was entirely surprised.

But I decided to make it a little less quiet by electing to grab a copy of one book on my must read list from Edelweiss, so it wasn’t an entirely book-free week.

The Murder Complex

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received an eARC of THE MURDER COMPLEX (The Murder Complex #1) by Lindsay Cummings courtesy of the publisher, Greenwillow Books, and Edelweiss.

As I’d been hiding from Edelweiss for much of the past couple of months I didn’t see it until Friday when I just had to grab a copy. It was one of the debut books I’d chosen for my top ten books of 2014 so I couldn’t resist.

And as much as I’d love to add it to the pile this week, I seem to have at least six books I need to read for review this month. And while one of the books I’m choosing to add to the pile is not a required read, it’s imperative for me to find out how the series ends. Especially after the way things ended in book two, which I read last week.

Anyway…

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

(January 5, 2014 – January 11, 2014)

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Graduation Day

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First up on the pile is GRADUATION DAY by Joelle Charbonneau. I received a copy to read thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, and after having just finished INDEPENDENT STUDY there was no way I could not read this third and final book in the series.

Especially after that ending, which made me scream more than a little. I could not believe that thing that happened right there at the end.

So now I have to find out why Jaime adores a certain character so much. I have to find out whether the rebels will be able to destroy The Testing. I have to find out who can be trusted and who cannot. And I have to know right now.

Even though it is a print book and my book light stopped working. Even though it is a series-ending book and I typically hate saying goodbye. Even though I love, love, love this series and finishing now will mean a super long wait until this author pens another book.

Given how much I love this series and want answers, it’s entirely possible I’ll have started and finished this book by the time this scheduled post goes live. But it will not be a left behind book next week. That I can promise.

The Description…

In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?

She wants to put an end to the Testing
In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.

But she can’t do it alone.
This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves–and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

Who can Cia trust?
The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope–in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau’s epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it’s Graduation Day.

The Final Test is the Deadliest!

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Alienated

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Next up on the pile is ALIENATED by Melissa Landers. I received an eARC for review thanks to the publisher, Disney Hyperion, and NetGalley. And I’ve been dying to read it ever since it landed on my Kindle.

While it is not releasing until early next month – February 4th – I just have to add it to the pile right now. I can’t wait to meet Cara Sweeney and find out more about L’eihr. And I really can’t wait to meet Aelyx.

Science fiction, romance and a mystery sound like a fantastic combination and I can’t wait to see if the story is as amazing as its cover. As it is the first book in a new series I am also curious to see if there will be a cliffhanger ending, if there will be many questions left unanswered, and if I’ll be every bit as excited for the sequel as I am to read this first installment.

While I may not get to read this until closer to the end of the week – as I have to catch up on one of last week’s reads – I will also definitely be reading ALIENATED this week. I’ve waited long enough. I can’t possibly wait another week.

The Description…

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

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Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read is UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan. I received an eARC for review back in July and I have been desperate to move this up on the pile so that I could devour it. The author made this book an automatic must read for me. The description made it a dying to read book. And I’ve been dying ever since I got my copy.

While I plan on reading it before it releases later this month, I wish I could read it right now. But as I want to write a review for it and I’m already behind on reviews, this week it will have to remain a wishful thinking read. Hopefully that wish will turn into reality next week.

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Those Left Behind

I read THE PROMISE OF AMAZING last week and it was a super quick, thoroughly entertaining and – yes – amazing read. I had hoped to immediately write a review but a crowded blog and life stuffs got in the way. So I’m hoping that I’ll get the chance to write it this weekend and find some space on the blog next week to post it.

I am a little behind, as I didn’t yet get the chance to read DEFY. Though I will be reading it this weekend and possibly finished before I have to start on this week’s pile on Sunday. I just got caught up with a couple off-pile/back-on-the-pile reads, AFTERPARTY, which I seriously loved – oh my gosh the writing is ahh-mazing – and INDEPENDENT STUDY – which absolutely killed me.

I am, of course, already behind on a few reviews – EVERTRUE, AFTERPARTY, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING, INDEPENDENT STUDY – but at least I managed to post my Quickie Review of FRACTURE ME. I just don’t want to get too far behind on reviews and have this year be a repeat of last year with books read but not reviewed.

All of that remains to be determined. But if I can wrangle my thoughts for at least three of the four titles I’m behind on, hopefully I won’t look as slacker-y come year end.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I only popped onto NetGalley one day this week and discovered Victoria Scott’s FIRE & FLOOD, which I immediately requested, but am not sure I’ll receive for review. I can only imagine that there will be a ton of requests flooding in for that title, so we shall see.

But there are some other awesome books available for request, and while I haven’t requested any of them – yet – there are at least a couple that have made my mouse hover over that request button while creating this post.

Anyway… here are the NetGalley titles I discovered this week:

FIRE & FLOOD by Victoria Scott (Scholastic, Feb 25 2014)

THE HUNT (Project Paper Doll #2) by Stacey Kade (Disney Book Group, Apr 22 2014)

HALF BAD by Sally Green (Penguin Young Readers Group, Mar 4 2014)

STORMBRINGER (Weather Witch #2) by Shannon Delany (St. Martin’s Press, Jan 14 2014)

BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg (Scholastic, Feb 25 2014)

CURED (Stung #2) by Bethany Wiggans (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Mar 4 2014)

THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD by Sarah Jamila Stevenson (Flux, June 8 2014)

THE HIT by Melvin Burgess (Scholastic, Feb 25 2014)

THREATENED by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic, Feb 25 2014)

THE SHADOW THRONE (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic, Feb 25 2014)

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Aside from reviews I think I’m back on track with posting. I have a bunch of tours coming up in the next few weeks, but I should be on time with all three of my weekly featured posts. Though with January 7th being a ginormous release week, we’ll see.

I am completely wiped after the holidays, which leaves me with zero ability to formulate thoughts for a review. Hopefully with a quiet weekend ahead of me this weekend, my brain will be able to function as I need it to.

And while I had a burst of writing creativity a few days back, it completely flew out the window as the week passed. I am now looking at the 2,000 words I wrote wondering what was I thinking and where the heck was I going with that. *SIGH*

But reading has been a lot of fun, even though my book light is completely DOA leaving me with no way to read print books at night in bed. But as I have a few eBook titles that I am reading right now – or plan on reading in the next few days – and only one print book, hopefully I’ll be able to find a new light before my next printed ARC gets added to the pile.

Anyway… I hope you have some interesting reads planned for this week, I hope that you haven’t fallen too far behind already this year, and I hope that you received a few new titles in your mailbox this past week. And if you did, I’d love to know.

As ever, 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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