My Reading Pile #167


This week was a quiet week at the mailbox. I didn’t receive any print books or ARCs in the mail. Though I did grab one eARC on NetGalley so it wasn’t a completely quiet week.


[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

After last week’s surprise deliveries I am so glad for the lack of books this week. Though I’ve been told a book I can’t wait to read is on its way to me, for a short term loan.

And while it’s still early on Friday, I doubt I’ll be getting any deliveries. But I did grab a book from NetGalley that I was so sad to be missing out on when it was available for the first hundred readers a few weeks back.

Courtesy of Feiwel & Friends via NetGalley

Trial by FireTRIAL BY FIRE (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini

I nearly sobbed when the link I clicked in the NetGalley email said the first hundred readers had already grabbed a copy of TRIAL BY FIRE. But when I was stalking the site mid-week I was over-the-moon happy to see it available to request.

I love Josephine Angelini’s writing and I have been desperately wanting to re-read her Starcrossed trilogy. But for right now I’m totally stoked that I have this new book, with its awesome cover and intriguing description, to read.

And there’s no way I’m going to wait until the end of summer to read it. This one’s going on the pile this week.

Right after I finish a book I may have snuck onto the pile just a little bit early.

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

{May 25, 2014 – May 31, 2014}

Snow Like Ashes

First up on the pile is SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch. I grabbed an eARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss awhile back and I’ve been dying to get it on the pile ever since. And while it doesn’t release until mid-October, and I should really wait just a little while, I just can’t.

In fact, I started reading it late Thursday night and may be finished with it before this post publishes on Saturday. It’s just that awesome. I’ve only read about 15 percent so far, but it didn’t even take one percent for me to become hooked. I think it only took a sentence or two.

I keep forgetting how much I love high fantasy until I start reading. And it didn’t take me long to fall in love with this book. I already love the world and can’t wait to see what happens with Meira and Mather. A little bird – a certain “chick” actually – might have mentioned there would be someone else I’ll adore and I can’t wait to meet him too.

But as I’m already so invested in this story, there’s no way I won’t be finishing it this weekend. And if I’m smart I won’t wait to write my review, even if I won’t post it for awhile.

The Description…

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Trial by Fire


Next up on the pile is TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini. As I’d mentioned above, I received an eARC courtesy of Feiwel & Friends via NetGalley and I can’t wait to start reading it.

If I hadn’t already been anxiously awaiting this book because I love the author’s writing and I love the book’s cover and title, the first three sentences of the description would have totally won me over.

I can’t wait to meet Lily Proctor and discover this alternate universe which the description describes as “terrifyingly sensual.” I can’t wait to find out why her weakness in her own world is a strength in this new one. I can’t wait to learn more about New Salem and the women called Crucibles.

I’m just super excited that I won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

The Description…

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted…which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

Wishful Thinking Reads

I am not choosing a wishful thinking read this week. Because I plan on reading last week’s wishful thinking read – CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare – when it releases on Tuesday. I didn’t add it to the pile as I know how I am about series-ending books. But there’s no way I’m going to wait to read it, as spoilers always seem to abound when it comes to this series.

Those Left Behind

I read THE STEPSISTER’S TALE but I just couldn’t say goodbye to Finley et al in THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART. Maybe this week… or next week. And I went completely off-pile to read NOW AND FOREVER by Susane Colasanti, which I absolutely adored. It was a super quick read, and somewhat bittersweet, but I kind of knew that going in.

And while I haven’t yet written reviews for either book, I actually managed to write and post two other reviews for ALL LINED UP and DON’T CALL ME BABY. Now, if I can only write those reviews for TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD and THE LOVELY AND THE LOST.

I still need to finish THE ART OF FLOATING, but I couldn’t resist going off-pile to start reading SNOW LIKE ASHES. As it is a holiday weekend, I’m hoping to get a bit more time to read and get all caught up. But I think I’ll plan on keeping the long weekend review writing free.

I’ll have plenty of time to write those reviews, and my review for TAKE ME ON, later in the week… I hope.

NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I checked out NetGalley a couple of times this week. I was hoping to find a book on there that I’d love to read pre-release. I haven’t seen it yet, but I did find TRIAL BY FIRE which made me so unbelievably happy. And I saw another book that I’d love to request, THE BODIES WE WEAR, but probably won’t get approved for, so I’m debating. In the meantime….

Here are this week’s finds…

TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 2 2014)

UNMADE (The Lyburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House Children’s, Sep 23 2014)

THE BODIES WE WEAR by Jeyn Roberts (Random House Children’s, Sep 23 2014)

BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE by Miranda Kenneally (Sourcebooks Fire, Jul 15 2014)

ON A CLEAR DAY by Walter Dean Myers (Random House Children’s, Sep 23 2014)

THE CAMELOT CODE by Mari Mancusi (NLA Digital LLC, Apr 9 2014)

WINTERKILL by Kate A. Boorman (Abrams, Sep 9 2014) **US/Canada reviewers preferred**

THE CALLER by Juliet Marillier (Random House Children’s, Sep 9 2014)

PAPER AIRPLANES by Dawn O’Porter (Abrams, Sep 9 2014)

THE WALK ON (The Triple Threat #1) by John Feinstein (Random House Children’s, Sep 9 2014)

SUMMER’S SHADOW by Anna Wilson (Pan Macmillan, Jul 3 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

GLIMPSE by Kendra Leighton (Little, Brown Book Group UK, Jun 19 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

PERFECTED by Kate Jarvik Birch (Entangled Publishing LLC, Jul 1 2014)

I didn’t feel at all productive this week and yet I did manage to read a couple of books and write a couple of reviews and go back to work for a couple of days before this holiday weekend here in the U.S. So I wasn’t unproductive. I just felt that way.

My reading interests keep varying so I never know whether what piques my curiosity one day will continue to hold my interest the next. So I keep trying to finish books in one day, if not in one sitting. Sadly it’s not always possible, so I have a number of books that are still reads-in-progress.

While I’m sad that my mini vacay is over, I’m kind of glad to be getting back to work. Too much free time is a dangerous thing. Especially as I don’t have the kind of money I’d need to really enjoy the time off.


I really hope to be able to read this week’s books on the pile, write a couple reviews, and finish one or two of those in progress reads. But I’m not going to get too ambitious as I have a day of sailing on Saturday and I am so excited about the new X-Men film that I will be going to see no matter what this weekend.

Still… there is an extra day. So I hope to get a little something extra accomplished. We shall definitely see.

But before I sign off, I want to wish you a very happy reading week ahead and I hope that you’ll have received all the books you dreamed of getting and that your TBR pile is not too scary to tackle.

As ever… Happy reading!


Do you create a reading pile?

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

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