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My Reading Pile #154

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I was super excited to receive a surprise box of goodies from the lovely folks at Entangled Publishing. It was totally unexpected but it made for an awesome week at the mailbox.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received a tote bag filled with all sorts of books, swag, and sweets from Entangled Publishing this past week. And while I would have loved to have taken a pic of everything that came loaded in this tote, as this is a reading pile post I only took a snap – clearly not a very good one – of the bookish goodies – and the publisher’s tote bag.

The books I received are…

SUCH SWEET SORROW by Jenny Trout

INK IS THICKER THAN WATER by Amy Spalding

SCINTILLATE (The Light Key Trilogy #1) by Tracy Clark

GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING (Mylena Chronicles #1) by Chloe Jacobs

OUT OF PLAY by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry

And I can’t wait to take a peek at all of them… maybe even give one or two away that I already own in eBook format. But this week I already have a couple of books planned. And they are…

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

(February 23, 2014 – March 1, 2014)
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The Kiss of Deception

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First up on the pile is THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson. I have heard so many amazing things about this book – I can’t avoid the gushing on Twitter – that I just had to add it to the pile this week to see what all the chatter is about.

I received a surprise ARC a week or so ago from the publisher, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and it’s been calling to me from the small pile sitting on my coffee table ever since its arrival.

The world sounds amazing – I’ve been loving all things assassins and royalty as of late – and I can’t wait to meet Princess Lia… as long as I stop accidentally calling her Princess Leia, that is. I can’t wait to see what it means for her that she didn’t receive the gift of sight. I can’t wait to find out just who is being deceived.

And I can’t wait to discover just what secrets are uncovered.

If I weren’t in the middle of reading a couple of great books at the moment I would totally start reading this right now, but my plan is to start reading this on Sunday and hopefully finish it mid-week.

The Description…

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assasin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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Elusion

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Next up on the pile is ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam. I received an eARC courtesy of Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss awhile back and I can’t wait to finally get this on the pile.

I love the future painted in this description, a world where Elusion technology allows you to be transported into an “exotic destination” free of complications. And I can’t wait to find out more about Escape.

The description promises trouble in paradise, secrets and suspense and romance. It hints that not all will be as it seems and that the main character Regan will be responsible for bringing whatever is hidden into the light.

I’m curious to see just how well these two authors collaborate in this novel, whether I’ll be able to notice a difference in writing styles or whether their voices will blend together seamlessly. And I am just so excited to finally get the chance to read this book with its magical cover.

I’m keeping all of my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to start on Wednesday.

The Description…

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

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Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read this week is ONLY EVERYTHING by Kieran Scott. I have wanted to read this book for what seems like ever, and its release date is drawing ever nearer. I just have to find a way to get it on the pile. This story of a love goddess trying to play matchmaker in modern society sounds like so much fun. The characters that she may end up matching sound like an unlikely pair that I can’t wait to meet. The fact that she’s stuck in hell, a.k.a. New Jersey, is something I can very much relate to. But as I have so many March release review books calling my name, I can’t set them aside for a book releasing in May. So, sadly, for now, ONLY EVERYTHING must remain a wish.

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Those Left Behind

I didn’t have the greatest reading week this past week. I was a little under the weather last weekend, spent the holiday prepping for and taking my Coastal Navigation exam, which I didn’t quite manage to finish – don’t ask. Please.

And so, while I did manage to read and love, love, love DEATH SWORN, I wasn’t able to read my Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge book, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS. And due to fire alarm testing which plagued me day and night for the past seven days, I wasn’t able to write very many reviews.

Though I did manage to write my reviews for FIRE & FLOOD and THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS. But I was really hoping to finish my reviews for A LITTLE TOO HOT, SOMETHING REAL, CRUEL BEAUTY, ALIENATED, DEFY and THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT. And I would have loved to have gotten the chance to quickly write reviews for LANDRY PARK and DEATH SWORN.

But I hope to be able to tackle a few of those on Sunday, if I don’t get too caught up in my current read, THE WINNER’S CURSE, which I squeezed onto the pile at the last minute instead of choosing to say goodbye to CLOCKWORK PRINCESS.

Oh and I didn’t quite get around to writing a review for THE GUARD, but I think it was mostly due to the fact that I’m not sure I have enough words to write even a Quickie Review. It was a great read, it teased me enough to make me anxious for THE ONE, and it was super quick and made me just slightly waver in my choice of Prince Maxon for half a second. Definitely worth the time to read it. But I’m just not sure how much more I have to say that isn’t completely spoiler-y.

I hope not to fall too much farther behind with reviews. But if I keep opting to read instead of write down my thoughts, it will only get worse. I may have to start writing only Quick & Dirty reviews so that at least I’ll be able to share a few thoughts before too much time passes from when I read the book and when I actually get around to writing the review.

We shall see…

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

Once again I managed to steer clear of NetGalley this past week. But recovering from my “holiday” weekend took a lot out of me and I didn’t have much energy to spend searching for reads online.

But when checking, I did manage to find a few interesting books available, a couple that I’m considering requesting for review.

THE RULES FOR BREAKING (The Rules for Disappearing #2) by Ashley Elston (Disney Book Group, May 20 2014)

ROAD TO SOMEWHERE by Kelley Lynn and Jenny Morris (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Mar 11 2014) **US reviewers preferred**

DEEP BLUE (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly (Disney Book Group, May 6 2014)

V IS FOR VILLAIN by Peter Moore (Disney Book Group, May 20 2014

TIME AFTER TIME by Wendy Godding (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Apr 1 2014)

MY LIFE FROM HELL (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #3) by Tellulah Darlin (Mar 20 2014)

BOYS LIKE YOU by Juliana Stone (Sourcebooks Fire, May 6 2014)

SHIFT by Jeff Povey (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Apr 24 2014 **UK reviewers preferred**

DARKSIDE SUN by Jocelyn Adams (Entangled Publishing, Mar 10 2014)

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I am still just as desperate to re-read the Vampire Academy books as I was last week. But I’m equally eager to read both books I have on the pile this week, along with at least twenty of the review books I have in both print and eBook formats.

My mood keeps switching between wanting to read dystopians, fantasy (sorcerers, magic, assassins, kingdoms), contemporary. I just can’t land on one genre for long enough to become too addicted.

And I’m still desperate to read THE RING & THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz, SPLIT SECOND and ON THE FENCE by Kasie West, THE LOVELY AND THE LOST by Page Morgan and HALF BAD by Sally Green.

Too many lovely books, too little free time. *SIGH.*

Anyway… I really want to get back to the books. This spring is going to be a little bit crazy for me and so I want to be well ahead of my reading goals before April when I’ll be taking my three day sailing class for certification in Bareboat Cruising, before my Dad comes out for a visit in which he’ll risk life and limb when I take him for a sail, and before RT in which I’ll be leaving town for a number of days… something I haven’t done in ages.

So I’m going to wish you a happy reading week ahead, hope that you have received some fantastic books, and hope that you’re reading an amazing book right now.

Happy reading!

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