My Reading Pile #153


I am prepping this post just a little bit early this week so I’m not sure if I received any books in the mail later in the week. But there was that one book that arrived after I’d prepared last week’s post so I have a pretty picture to include with this week’s post.

And as I received a couple of eARCs as well, it definitely wasn’t a quiet week at the mailbox.

MRP 153

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received a copy of THE KISS OF DECEPTION, the first book in Mary Pearson’s Remnants Trilogy from Henry Holt & Co. (BYR). It was a total surprise but the book sounds amazing and I can’t wait to add it to my reading pile. As it doesn’t release until July, I probably won’t get the chance to read it until mid-March, but I definitely plan on reading it long before its release because the buzz is super positive.

And while I didn’t receive any other print books in the mail before I created this post, I did receiving a couple of eARCs. And they are…

From NetGalley & Edelweiss


Courtesy of Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley…

THE RING & THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz

I didn’t think I’d be approved for this request. But I just had to try and I’m so glad I did! This book looks outstanding and I love this author’s writing and can’t wait to get the chance to add it to the pile. As it releases on April 1st, I am going to try to sneak it onto the pile in the next week or two.

Courtesy of Avon Impulse and Edelweiss…

FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A New Adult Anthology by Julie Cross, J. Lynn, Molly McAdams, et al

I have this anthology pre-ordered and I know it releases in just a couple of weeks on the 25th. But I couldn’t resist grabbing it and reading a few of the short stories just a bit earlier.

And while I’ll likely read one or two… or more… of the short stories this week, as I probably won’t get the chance to read them all I’ve opted not to officially add it to the pile.

But I did add a couple of other books to the pile. And they are…

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

(February 16, 2014 – February 22, 2014)

Death Sworn


First up on the pile is DEATH SWORN by Leah Cypess. I received an eARC for review courtesy of the publisher Greenwillow via Edelweiss ages ago. I can’t believe I haven’t had the chance to add it to the pile before now.

This book sounds utterly amazing and enchanting. Magic. Assassins. And a “new and dangerous love.” Yeah, I’m totally intrigued. And I have been since long before I saw this gorgeous cover.

I will be on this book’s tour in a couple of weeks, but I would have added it to the pile this week regardless, because it is exactly the type of story I want to read right now. And as Leah Cypess is a fantastic writer I just know this is going to be an awesome read when I dive into it on Tuesday.

The Description…

When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.


Clockwork Princess


Next up on the pile is a back on the pile read. I am finally going to (hopefully) read  CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. I know, I know, I’ve said it before. But this time I mean it… I think.

My Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge started on Friday, so I kind of have to choose one series-ending book to say goodbye to. And it’s getting kind of ridiculous that I haven’t said goodbye to CLOCKWORK PRINCESS. I’m just so totally surprised the ending has not yet been spoiled for me.

As this week is a little bit up in the air for me – my exam is this weekend and I may have jury duty this week – I’m not sure when I’ll get the chance to dive into this book. But hopefully by Thursday I’ll finally get this on the pile and actually get the courage to read it.

We shall see…

The Description…

London 1873 shape-shifter Tessa Gray 16 is engaged to Jem Carstairs 17, dying of addiction to demon drug, all bought up by evil Mortmain. The “clockwork prince” controls an army of automatons to abduct Tess, kill the Shadowhunters, and blackmail Charlotte Branwell, head of London Institute. Will and Tessa hide their love, for love of Jem.


Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read this week is a complete wish. Because it’s not released, it’s not in ARC format and the first book in the series isn’t even out yet. But I still wish I could read the currently UNTITLED second book in Victoria Scott’s Fire & Flood series. I got so caught up in the story in FIRE & FLOOD that I nearly sobbed when it came to an end and I realized I didn’t have the sequel to dive into immediately. So while it’s a completely unrealistic wishful thinking read, it’s still the book I am most wishing I could read right now.


Those Left Behind

I didn’t have such a great review week this week. I had a lot of posts going on, but no reviews unless I managed to write and post my Quickie Review for THE GUARD by Kiera Cass, which I snuck onto the pile this past week.

I will also, hopefully, by the time this post goes “live” have written my reviews for FIRE & FLOOD and SOMETHING REAL which I plan on posting this coming week. But I’m sad that I wasn’t able to make a dent in those reviews I should have already written.

I devoured FIRE & FLOOD last weekend. It was such a quick and awesome read. And while I didn’t get to start on LANDRY PARK until Wednesday I’m certain I’ll have finished it before today.

I’ve been super stressed about the fact that I haven’t had time to study for my exam and have been dealing with an insane number of migraines due to the climate changes, so reviewing has proven to be a bit of a challenge. But maybe with the extra day this weekend I’ll be able to focus. Though with the Winter Olympics, I’m not entirely sure that’s going to happen.

If I don’t get stuck on jury duty this week, I will make it my goal to write at least three reviews. While I have a few blog tour stops this week, that doesn’t mean I can’t write them and post them next week, or the week thereafter, when the blog is just a wee bit quieter.

And while I haven’t yet had the chance to sneak SPLIT SECOND onto the pile at the time I’m writing this post, I have a feeling it will be marked as “read” before this week ends. That remains TBD.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I avoided NetGalley this week so that I wouldn’t get into trouble. The same can’t be said about Edelweiss as I did end up grabbing that New Adult Anthology I mentioned above.

But when I searched NetGalley on Wednesday for purposes of this post, I did find a few very awesome titles available to request. And they are…

WITCHFALL (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #2) by Victoria Lamb (Harlequin Teen, Mar 25 2014)

HEXED by Michelle Krys (Random House Childrens, Jun 10 2014)

THE STRANGE MAID (United States of Asgard #2) by Tessa Gratton (Random House Childrens, Jun 10 2014)

THE BREAK-UP ARTIST by Philip Siegel (Harlequin Teen, Apr 29 2014) **US/Canada reviewers preferred**

THE WORST GIRLFRIEND IN THE WORLD by Sarra Manning (Little, Brown Book Group UK, May 1 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron (Spencer Hill Press, Mar 4 2014)



I am really excited about this week’s reads, though after having a conversation with another blogger I am desperately in the mood to re-read the Vampire Academy books. Especially SHADOW KISSED. Currently I’m trying to resist that urge as I have so many books I need to be reading.

I just wish I had some consistency to my weekend days so that I could write a few reviews each week. I find that I’m much more able to write during daylight hours, but as Sundays are the only days I occasionally have free, it doesn’t bode well.

I get so little time to read these days and when I do I cherish it. So finding time to blog and write those reviews always ends up taking a back seat. And with my love of sailing not lessening I’m having some serious time-management issues. I really, really wish I didn’t need to sleep.

Oooh… or that I could read while sleeping.

Anyway… I hope that your bookish haul is filled with all sorts of yummy reads and that you have a few great books on your reading pile this week. If you’d like to share what books you received and are reading this week, leave a comment or a link!

And as always… Happy reading!


Do you create a reading pile?

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

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