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My Reading Pile #156

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Once again I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail. But I did grab three eGalleys and am so tempted to grab another one that’s available for automatic download. But as I sit here staring at a rather large stack of “must read” printed ARCs I’m still feeling a bit relieved that my mailbox has been so empty.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I also put in a request at Edelweiss for the third book in Robin LaFevers His Fair Assassin series, but I am not holding out any sort of hope. Still, I couldn’t resist.

Just like I couldn’t resist clicking on these three titles from Edelweiss and NetGalley.

Courtesy of William Morrow…

TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

Courtesy of Harlequin Teen…

THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

FORETOLD (Sisters of Fate #1) by Rinda Elliott

I loved the first book in Sophie Jordan’s The Ivy Chronicles. And I can’t wait to meet Emerson and Shaw – and not just because they have such fab names. I’ve only squinted at the description, as I want to be completely surprised when I read it, but I just know it’s going to be awesome.

And I’m so excited, and a little bit sad, to read what I think is the final book in the Steampunk Chronicles. I love this series by Author Kady Cross and if this is truly the last installment in the series I’ll be just a tiny bit heartbroken when it ends.

And if you didn’t already know, I’m a huge fan of Rinda Elliott’s Beri O’Dell series, so I can’t wait to see what her YA trilogy is all about. Norse mythology is absolutely fascinating so I have a feeling I’m going to seriously love this series.

While FORETOLD releases in just a few weeks, I have to wait another week or two to add it to the pile, because there are a couple of books that I must read first. They are…

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

(March 9, 2014 – March 15, 2014)
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Plus One

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First up on the pile is PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama. I received an ARC for review from the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) and I have been dying to get this on the pile since long before it arrived.

I can’t wait to discover this alternate reality the author created and learn more about the Smudges and the Rays. And I can’t wait to meet Soleil Le Coeur and see just what happens on this adventure that puts her in conflict with the law.

I love stories about star-crossed lovers and I’m intrigued by this “sinister conspiracy” the description mentions. And I am so totally stoked to finally be able to get this on the pile this week.

The Description…

Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

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Boundless

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Next up on the pile is BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand. I had BOUNDLESS purchased since long before its release date. It downloaded to my Kindle just a few hours early. And yet it is only now getting added to my reading pile. Over a year later.

And it’s not because I haven’t had the time. It’s because it’s one of those series I haven’t been ready to say goodbye to. I’m not entirely sure I’m ready now. But I really want to find out what happens with Clara and Christian… and Tucker. And I really need to read at least one book for my Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge.

So I am hoping I’m brave enough to dive into BOUNDLESS this week. I want to know what Clara’s fate is. I want to know what happens in the battle with the Black Wings. I want to know who will betray and who will be sacrificed. And I want to know once and for all if this series-ender will break my heart.

The Description…

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

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Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read this week is NIL by Lynne Matson. I have wanted to read this title since I first read the description. And while I didn’t grab a copy for review, I was hoping to be able to read it the instant it downloaded. Well that happened this past week – the download, that is – but as far as reading it goes… well, for now that’s just a wish.

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Those Left Behind

I am currently reading HALF BAD, from last week’s pile, though I should be done when this post goes live. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the read, as I’d caught just a little bit of the buzz about it. Well I fell immediately and instantly in love with it, much to my delight.

I am also reading ELUSION, which I hope to finish by Sunday night. But I have not yet gotten started on THE RING AND THE CROWN. Though I plan on reading it before I start on this week’s pile.

Part of the reason I’m a little behind on this week’s reads is that I had a partial beta read earlier in the week. And then during the latter half of the week, I just wasn’t much in the mood to read. I wasn’t really in the mood to do anything, actually. I was very grumpy.

I’m still a little grumpy as I didn’t finish my reviews of THE WINNER’S CURSE and CRUEL BEAUTY which I’d planned on tackling. Though at least I managed to complete and post my review for SOMETHING REAL.

If I can just get a solid block of quiet time, with no interruptions and no outside stress, maybe I will get to finish those reviews and my reviews for LANDRY PARK and THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT. As I plan on posting a review for BAD HALF on Tuesday, I am thinking I probably won’t get the chance to work on them before then. But if I can write just one review a day for a few measly days, I might find myself getting caught up.

Somehow I think this plan is too ambitious.

Especially since RUINS releases this week and if I’m not careful I might find that I’ve gone off pile, put review writing on hold, just so I can see what happens next. I guess I’ll have an answer on Monday Midnight when RUINS downloads. But I’m fairly certain I can predict the outcome.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I may have popped onto NetGalley one or two times this week. There is a certain book that may be available to request for review at some point soon, so I’ve been checking on and off. Because I don’t want to miss out on that opportunity.

But I am glad that I checked because I found the two awesome books listed at the top of this post available to request. And I also found quite a few others, one of which I’m thinking I will grab since it’s a read now title. Anyway…

Here are this week’s finds…

THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross (Harlequin Teen, May 27 2014)

FORETOLD (Sisters of Fate #1) by Rinda Elliott (Harlequin Teen, Apr 1 2014)

ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo (Hachette Children’s Books, Apr 3 2014) **A Read Now Title**

DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT by Sarah Mlynowski (Hachette Children’s Books, May 1 2014) **UK and Australian reviewers preferred**

FRAGILE DESTINY (The Aether Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Lazear (Flux, Aug 8 2014)

NEARLY GONE by Elle Cosimano (Penguin Young Readers Group, Mar 25 2014)

THE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD by S.J. Laidlaw (Random House of Canada Limited, Mar 11 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

THE WORLD OUTSIDE by Eva Wiseman (Random House of Canada Limited, Apr 8 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

DELIVER ME by Kate Jarvik Birch (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Apr 29 2014)

TORN AWAY by Jennifer Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, May 6 2014)

TAKE BACK THE SKIES by Lucy Saxon (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Jun 3 2014)

WORDLESS by AdriAnne Strickland (Flux, Aug 8 2014)

BZRK APOCALYPSE (BZRK #3) by Michael Grant (Egmont USA, Nov 14 2014)

TABULA RASA by Kristen Lippert-Martin (Egmont USA, Sep 23 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

GET HAPPY by Mary Amato (Egmont USA, Oct 28 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

CHERUB: THE RECRUIT by Robert Muchamore (Harchette Children’s Books, Apr 3 2014) **UK reviewers preferred. A Read Now Title**

FOOL ME TWICE (If Only…) by Mandy Hubbard (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, May 6 2014) **US reviewers preferred**

WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN (If Only…) by Kristin Rae (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, May 6 2014) **US reviewers preferred**

AMITY by Micol Ostow (Egmont USA, Aug 26 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

THE HALCYON BIRD (The Demon Catchers of Milan #2) by Kat Beyer (Egmont USA, Nov 11 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

MERCY MODE (Contaminated #2) by Em Garner (Egmont USA, Aug 26 2014)

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke (Faber and Faber Ltd, Apr 3 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

ONE WISH by Michelle Harrison (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Jun 5 2014)

CAMP BOYFRIEND (Camp Boyfriend #1) by J.K. Rock (Spencer Hill Press, Jul 2 2013)

CAMP PAYBACK (Camp Boyfriend #2) by J.K. Rock (Spencer Hill Press, Apr 29 2014)

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I’ve tried to mix things up a bit this week as far as my reading pile goes. I think my reading mood has shifted and I’m not entirely sure what books are going to grab.

So it’s doubtful I’m going to stay on pile. I may end up going off-pile to read RUINS or Kasie West’s ON THE FENCE. Of course if that one book I hinted about earlier does become available on NetGalley this week, I may just have to not only grab it but add it to the top of the pile. I’m keeping my finger’s crossed.

As this was a rather unexpectedly long post due to some very recent additions to NetGalley, I’ll keep this sign-off brief and just say that I hope you got some amazing books in the mail this week. And if you plan on moving one – or all – of them to the top of your pile this week, let me know.

And 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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