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My Reading Pile #166

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I really expected a super quiet week at the mailbox this week, so I was totally surprised when three packages showed up at my doorstep from three different publishers. It was a very lovely surprise.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers I received an ARC of DISSONANCE the first book in Erica O’Rourke’s new series. It came beautifully packaged and all wrapped up in a lovely pink bow. And I cannot wait to read it.

Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR I received an ARC of ADRENALINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton. I’d seen this in the catalog and just had to add it to my list. It seems like it will be a super quick read, I may just have to sneak it onto the pile some time next week.

Courtesy of Penguin/Dial/Viking Juvenile, I received three ARCs, all of which look awesome – POINTE by Brandy Colbert, LOVE AND OTHER FOREIGN WORDS by Erin McCahan, THE GLASS SENTENCE (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1) by S.E. Grove. All three are so very different but all sound awesome and I can’t wait to get the chance to read them.

I don’t think I’ll have received any other books in the mail since I took this snap on Wednesday as I’ve received books from all the publishers that send me books. But if for some reason I do, then I’ll add those books to next week’s pile pic.

And while I haven’t received any other printed books in the mail, I did receive a couple of eARCs.

Courtesy of Random House Children’s via NetGalley

Six Feet Over ItSIX FEET OVER IT by Jennifer Longo

I am so excited to have been approved for SIX FEET OVER IT by Jennifer Longo. This book sounds exactly how it’s described – “[d]arkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful” – and I can’t wait to dive in.

It’s not often that I get to read a story about a girl whose family owns a cemetery, who sells graves, and who meets a potential love interest that is a grave digger.

And while it’s not on the pile this week, it will definitely be there soon… or I’ll just have to go off-pile to read it.

Courtesy of Harlequin Teen via NetGalley

Ghost HouseGHOST HOUSE by Alexandra Adornetto

When I saw GHOST HOUSE on NetGalley I just had to grab it. I have Alexandra Adornetto’s Halo trilogy, and while I haven’t yet had the chance to read them, I definitely plan on it.

There is nothing quite like reading a ghost story. But one that is also a love story and includes vengeful ghosts is an absolute must.

I can’t wait to find out what Chloe must do to stop Isobel. I can’t wait to find out more about Alexander Reade, find out why he has such a bond with Chloe, why his presence is more lifelike and if there is a romance between them, how it can cross the divide.

Anyway… as I won’t be adding any of the new additions to my bookish collection to the pile this week, I may as well stop rambling and share the ones I do plan on reading. And so…

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

{May 18, 2014 – May 24, 2014}


The Stepsister's Tale

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First up on the pile is THE STEPSISTER’S TALE by Tracy Barrett. I grabbed an eARC from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley the other week after I read the book’s description. And I can’t wait to start reading it this weekend.

I just found out I’ll be on the tour and I am so excited. But I also can’t wait to meet Jane Montjoy and to find out “[w]hat really happened after the clock struck midnight.”

I love the Cinderella story and this retelling seems like it will really bring something new to the story. And I love the fact that there’s a stepfather, that Jane’s mother is in the picture, and that there is still a handsome prince.

The Description…

What really happened after the clock struck midnight?

Jane Montjoy is tired of being a lady. She’s tired of pretending to live up to the standards of her mother’s noble family-especially now that the family’s wealth is gone and their stately mansion has fallen to ruin. It’s hard enough that she must tend to the animals and find a way to feed her mother and her little sister each day. Jane’s burden only gets worse after her mother returns from a trip to town with a new stepfather and stepsister in tow. Despite the family’s struggle to prepare for the long winter ahead, Jane’s stepfather remains determined to give his beautiful but spoiled child her every desire.

When her stepfather suddenly dies, leaving nothing but debts and a bereaved daughter behind, it seems to Jane that her family is destined for eternal unhappiness. But a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate…

From the handsome prince to the evil stepsister, nothing is quite as it seems in Tracy Barrett’s stunning retelling of the classic Cinderella tale.


The Girl with the Windup Heart

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Next up on the pile is THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross. I grabbed an eARC from the publisher Harlequin Teen via NetGalley ages ago and have been desperate to get it on the pile ever since.

I think this book is a series ending book, though Goodreads still shows that five books are planned. So I’m going to pretend that it isn’t the end. That way I won’t be adverse to reading it.

I love Finley Jayne and Jack Dandy and Griffin King and also Emily and Sam. I am so curious as to whether they will be able to defeat The Machinist, if the Aether will release Griffin, and whether I’ll grow to adore Mila. I may still be holding out hope for Finley and Jack…..

This installment in the series sounds epic. And if this final showdown means it is “The End” then I’ll probably be more than a little bit sad to say goodbye. But at the same time thrilled to find out how it does all end. I can’t wait.

The Description…

In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.


Wishful Thinking Reads

I have a million and one books I’d love to be reading this week. But I think I have to choose a book I don’t even have. And that’s CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare. I am in such a mood to read a story with characters I’ve known and loved for ages, and its approaching release date has made me wish I could read it now. But as I don’t have a copy it’s just a wish – one I know won’t come true. At least the wait won’t be too long.


Those Left Behind

Well I’ve been a terrible reader and blogger this past week. I’ve spent the staycation week running around or totally vegging out. It’s been hella hot down here and with a few sleepless nights (not spent reading) I’ve been completely wiped.

I’d wanted to sit out in the sun and read, but the heat is brutal so that didn’t happen. But I’m hoping that I did end up finishing THE ART OF FLOATING on Friday as planned – yes, I’m writing this a bit early – and also LAILAH which I started reading on Thursday morning.

I’m also hoping I finished my review for DON’T CALL ME BABY which should be scheduled to post tomorrow. But I didn’t yet write any of those other reviews I wanted to for TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD, THE LOVELY AND THE LOST, ALL LINED UP and TEASE.

I suck.

But since my sail plans for the weekend have changed, and while I still have a six hour Crew Overboard class on Saturday afternoon/evening, I have Sunday free. So maybe I’ll get those reviews written then. Unless I decide to find another sail on Sunday. But since I’m going out on Monday, I probably shouldn’t.

And clearly my crossed fingers didn’t work out for me. So this week maybe I’ll try holding my breath. Definitely more of an incentive to do better.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I did spend a few moments checking out NetGalley this week, which is how I came across GHOST HOUSE. But I also discovered a number of other awesome-sounding books. And while I didn’t request any of them just yet there are two – AWKWARDLY EVER AFTER and RULES OF SURVIVAL that I just might have to.

Here are this week’s finds…

AWKWARDLY EVER AFTER by Marni Bates (Kensington Books, Jun 24 2014)

GHOST HOUSE by Alexandra Adornetto (Harlequin Teen, Aug 26 2014)

LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley (Harlequin Teen, Sep 30 2014)

RULES OF SURVIVAL by Jus Accardo (Entangled Publishing LLC, Jun 2 2014)

THE MEAN GIRL APOLOGIES by Stephanie Monahan (Entangled Publishing LLC, Jun 2 2014)

EVERY SECOND COUNTS by Sophie McKenzie (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Jul 31 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

SPLINTERED LIGHT by Cate Sampson (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Aug 14 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

THE MONSTER WITHIN by Kelly Hashway (Spencer Hill Press, Jun 17 2014)


I should have been at RT this week. But instead I’m pet sitting, turning my hair purple and trying hard not to spend all my money on things I probably don’t need, like this new handbag I saw, or this beautiful table that would perfectly hold my piles of books, or a new tattoo.

Last Saturday’s sail was a bit rough. The seas weren’t so relaxing. So it was a lot of work. But I’m hoping it will be great on Monday. We shall see.

In the meantime I hope to read a few books and write one or two of those reviews.

And I hope that you’ve had an amazing reading week, that you’re one of those lucky recipients of the Harper mailings – oooh such lovely books – and that you have some fantastic books planned for this week.

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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