My Reading Pile #163


I received just one book in the mail this week but it’s a book I’ve been dying to read since I first learned of its existence. So this is a very, very happy bookish week for me.

My Reading Pile 163

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received a copy of Tammara Webber’s BREAKABLE, the second book in her Contours of the Heart series, courtesy of the very, very amazing author and her publisher Penguin Berkley.

It releases in just over a week, so it’s going on the pile this weekend, as I can’t wait to read this story told from Lucas’ POV. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! So excited.

I also grabbed two eARCs from NetGalley – one which is for a tour and the other is a read now title.

I actually already read GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau, but loaned my printed ARC out and wasn’t sure I’d get it back in time for the tour so I grabbed the eARC from the tour widget courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group and NetGalley. I love, love, loved this series and was so sad to see it end. But now that I have the eARC maybe it’s time for a series re-read.

I also grabbed a copy of I AM THE WEAPON (Boy Nobody #1) by Allen Zadoff, thanks to the invite to read courtesy of the publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and NetGalley. While it’s not my typical YA read, I’m very much in the mood for a thriller and this sounds like it will be the perfect action-packed read.

While it releases in a few weeks, there are a couple of other books I just have to read this week. And they are…

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

(April 27, 2014 – May 3, 2014)

Dreams of Gods & Monsters


First up on the pile is DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor. I had purchased each of the books in this series on its release date and only just now got them on my reading pile. And I have no idea what I was waiting for.

This series is so unbelievably amazing. I can’t even begin to describe how awesome these books are. And while I am not quite caught up to this third and final book – I’m currently reading DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT – I will be reading this final book this weekend. I have no choice in the matter. I am addicted.

I had to squint when pasting in this book’s description. Because if any part of what’s going on in book two gets spoiled I know I will cry. But the urge to peek is dangerously tempting. So I am going to stop typing so very close to the description and move on to talking about the next book on the pile.

But I just know this final book will be amazing and I have a feeling heartbreaking. And I know at some point I’m not going to want to see it end. But I will be reading this series back-to-back-to-back even if saying goodbye kills me. And I will be finished with this book by Sunday night.

The Description…

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?




Next up on the pile is BREAKABLE by Tammara Webber. I received an ARC in the mail this week thanks to the amazing author and her publisher, Penguin Berkley. And I am so excited to read this story told from Lucas’ perspective.

I loved EASY, Tammara Webber is an amazing author, and I am a huge fan of reading alternate POV stories. So I just know this read is going to be awesome.

I can’t wait to find out what Lucas was thinking and feeling and doing during those moments that I could only just speculate about before. I can’t wait to get to know him better and learn more about his life and his past. And if it’s even close to as heartbreaking as the description sounds, I just know there will be tears.

So, if things go as planned this weekend with my reading, I hope to be able to start and finish this on Monday.

The Description…

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.

And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.


Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read this week is SECOND STAR by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. I requested a copy for review and have had it on my “soon to be read” pile for ages. And I really, really wish I could have read it already. But between odd reading moods, and Kindle vs. print book ease of reading, I haven’t yet had the chance. And while I’d love to say that I could sneak it on the pile this week, as I have a ton of stuff to do IRL, it is likely only going to be a wish.


Those Left Behind

I started reading THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting, which was last week’s only read. And I very much enjoyed the writing style and liked the story, but I got a bit hung up on a couple of things as regards all the characters’ reactions. So after reading 35% of the story I set it aside for a bit to come back to later. It’s very possible that there is a reason for what I felt were odd reactions to the disappearance, so I plan on continuing this story, perhaps later this week, but I decided to leave it behind for now.

And I picked up a book that is absolutely incredible. I could not find a review book on my Kindle that called to me late one night this past week. All the potential reads I might have been in the mood for were downstairs in print. Then I happened upon DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS and I thought, why not start this series.

So I opened up DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE and immediately got sucked into this magical, imaginative, exciting and different world and fell madly in love. Which is why I’m currently reading the sequel and plan on reading the final book this weekend.

And as soon as I finish BREAKABLE I will be reading MY LAST KISS. And maybe writing one or two reviews. But we shall see. I do have to take an exam this weekend… one I really need to study for. So maybe next week will be the better week to catch up.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

Once again I didn’t spend too much time on NetGalley, though I have been stalking a certain publisher’s books in hopes of discovering a YA contemporary title in a series that I’m really looking forward to reading. It’s not there yet, but I can be patient… maybe.

And while I haven’t requested any new titles, though I did grab the two that were offered to me, I did find a few that are definitely worth requesting.

Here are this week’s finds…

THE STEPSISTER’S TALE by Tracy Barrett (Harlequin Teen, Jun 24 2014)

THE WARRIOR (Dante Walker #3) by Victoria Scott (Entangled Publishing LLC, May 6 2014)

MARY: THE SUMMONING (Bloody Mary #1) by Hillary Monahan (Disney Book Group, Sep 2 2014)

FROSTBORN (Thrones & Bones #1) by Lou Anders (Random House Children’s, Aug 5 2014) – a MG/YA title

THE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA (The Vicious Deep #3) by Zoraida Cordova (Sourcebooks Fire, Jul 1 2014)

SIX FEET OVER IT by Jennifer Longo (Random House Children’s, Aug 26 2014)

THE HUNTED by Charlie Higson (Penguin Books UK, Sep 4 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

CONVERSION by Katherine Howe (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 1 2014)

FIREBUG by Lish McBride (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 23 2014)

EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN by Lindsey Lane (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 23 2014)


I have not yet begun studying for my exam… but maybe by the time this posts I will have. While I loved having my Dad come to visit, I missed my quiet evenings reading and blogging. I don’t remember the last time I ate out for every single meal of the day for like a week. Ugh… so full. Still.

And while I didn’t end up making a total fool out of myself while sailing the other week with him, things could have gone just a bit smoother… and might have if I opted for the larger boat. *SIGH* lesson learned.

Anyway… once this test has been taken I’ll pretty much be done with tests for sailing… at least until I take Advanced Coastal Cruising, which is a four night/five day trip up the coast and involves round-the-clock sailing. And oh how I would love to be taking that class right about now. There is nothing better IMO.

I hope that the books on your pile are as awesome as the ones on mine. I am so excited to have finally discovered Laini Taylor’s series. I’m just worried that the next fantasy/urban fantasy/angels and demons story I read will pale in comparison. It is just that mind-blowing.

While I may be out sailing or at the movies or taking a test or sleeping right now, I still want to wish you a very happy reading week this week!


Do you create a reading pile?

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

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