My Reading Pile #168


I was totally surprised when a book arrived in my actual mailbox this week. If The Dude hadn’t checked I might not have known this awesome book was delivered until after this week’s post.

MRP 168

[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I am so totally stoked that I received a gorgeously packaged print copy of TRIAL BY FIRE (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini thanks to the very lovely and amazing folks at Feiwel & Friends.

I had listed this book as one of the books I was very much interested in receiving from the catalog and I was so sure that a copy wouldn’t be available. So when I saw it on NetGalley last week I grabbed the eARC. But I will definitely be reading the remainder of the story this week from the printed ARC.

I love Josephine Angelini’s writing and while I only just started reading TRIAL BY FIRE, I already love it and know it’s going to be epic. And I cannot wait to take this book to its conclusion (hopefully) on Sunday.

And although I only just received the one physical book, I did go a little grab-happy on Edelweiss. (Though some of the blame has to go to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books for pointing out that Claudia Gray’s book had landed, and that’s when I saw the books by C.J. Redwine, Amy Ewing and Romily Bernard.)

Courtesy of Balzer + Bray and HarperTeen via Edelweiss

THE PERILOUS SEA (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

I have been waiting and hoping and wishing that this book would be available as an eARC. I was so sure it would only be available in print and I’d have to wait for its release to read it. So when I saw it earlier this week I just had to grab it. And I definitely plan on adding it to the pile this week.

DELIVERANCE (Courier’s Daughter #3) by C.J. Redwine

I am so excited to read this third book in the series. I love, love, loved the first two and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m not sure if this is the final book in the series, though I think it is. I refuse to read the description, so I don’t know anything for sure. And while it doesn’t release until the end of August, I have a feeling this will end up on the pile this month.

REMEMBER ME (Find Me #2) by Romily Bernard

When I read FIND ME last year I had no idea it was the first book in a series. But I’m totally thrilled that it is and that I’l get the chance to read the sequel early, too. I have read the description and am also stoked that there will be an eBook novella releasing. I can’t wait to continue Wick’s story and see what she gets herself ensnared in this time.

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

I actually haven’t read the description for this book, but the cover is amazing. I was told ordered by Jaime to grab a copy of this book the moment she found it on Edelweiss. Though she told me it was a must read long before then. Of course I would have grabbed it regardless, as it is Claudia Gray after all. And I love, love, LOVE her writing and plan on adding every single book she writes to my reading pile.

THE JEWEL by Amy Ewing

When I saw this book on Edelweiss I just had to grab a copy. I’d first seen it when the publisher blogged about its cover and I had some major cover love. But then I read the description… and Oh My Gosh. Cruelty. Backstabbing. An illicit relationship. This book sounds amazing. And I cannot wait to read it and find out what happens.

Courtesy of Dutton via NetGalley

A sneak peek excerpt of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

I hadn’t yet read any of the books in this series by the author. Though I’ve heard everyone say how truly amazing they are. So I couldn’t resist clicking the link to read the excerpt, which turned out to be the first four chapters. And I instantly fell in love.

As I will be writing up a micro review of what I’ve read so far, I’m not going to reveal just why here. But it’s gotten me so hooked that I’ve completely revamped my reading pile for this week just so that I could read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and I’m almost positive I’ll be following that up with LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR.

Anyway… just in case you haven’t already guessed…

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

{June 1, 2014 – June 7, 2014}

Anna and the French Kiss

First up on the pile is ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve owned my Kindle copy of this book and the sequel since their respective release dates and I’m so excited to finally read it. I fell so madly in love with the sneak peek of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER that I just had to read this first book next. The author’s writing style just clicks with me and I can’t imagine reading anything else right now.

I haven’t read the description for this book since around the time of its release. So I don’t even know what happens in this book, aside from what I’ve already read. (Yes, I couldn’t resist spending some time at lunch on Friday diving in.)

By the time this post publishes, it’s very possible I’ll have meet each of the characters in this book. It’s also very possible I’ll have finished reading it. If it’s as quick a read as those few chapters of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, I probably will have finished with it.

If not, I’m sure I’ll be done on Saturday. Which should give me enough time to finish my two current reads.

The Description…

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

The Perilous Sea

Next up on the pile is THE PERILOUS SEA by Sherry Thomas. The first book in this series totally rocked. It was amazing. Even more amazing than the stunningly gorgeous cover. So the fact that I have this sequel in eARC format courtesy of the publisher this week makes me all sorts of happy.

I almost didn’t add it to the pile this week thanks to a few select words from Jaime which made me very, very nervous. But my curiosity has gotten the better of me. And I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen with Iolanthe and Titus.

I am trying so very hard not to peek at the description and go in with a cold read. But I keep finding my eyes being drawn down to the description below. I just can’t seem to help myself.

But even if I do end up peeking, I don’t think it will matter. I know I’m going to love this book. What I don’t know is how killer the wait will be until the next one. Though I am sure it’s going to be long, as this doesn’t release until September and I should be finished with this book by Wednesday or Thursday.

The Description…

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

Wishful Thinking Reads

Of course I’m going to choose ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins as my wishful thinking read. I bet you didn’t see that one coming. [Insert sarcastic eye roll here.] But as I don’t have an ARC, I don’t think that there will be eARCs available, and I’m not (obv.) attending BEA in which printed ARCs will be passed out, I will have to wait for August. But oh how I wish I could continue reading this story right now.

Those Left Behind

I hoovered SNOW LIKE ASHES. It was so freaking amazing. I cannot believe I have to wait so, so long for the sequel. But it has sparked my interest in all things high fantasy, so hopefully there will be a few books to keep me occupied until the sequel is available. And while I haven’t yet written my review, I’m hoping to write it in the next week. Even if it’s likely going to be sitting in drafts for a few months.

And while I started both CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare and TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini, I haven’t finished either book. But I plan on devouring the rest of TRIAL BY FIRE on Sunday and (hopefully) finishing CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE on Monday.

Though I find it is so hard to read it, knowing that when I reach the end it will really be the end.

As far as review writing went, I am a total fail. I had a deadline and a number of long days at work this past week, so I didn’t get the chance to write any reviews. Plus, it was Armchair BEA week – which had kind of slipped my mind what with the holiday and all. So I ended up spending a few of my nights (if you consider night to be between Midnight and four a.m.) writing those posts instead of tackling my reviews.

Hopefully things will be a little bit more relaxed this week. And hopefully I’ll have written my review for TAKE ME ON to post either on or just after my tour stop date on Monday.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I may have stalked NetGalley a few times this past week in hopes of finding a certain book, which is not yet up there. It was a long shot. But I did end up finding HEIR OF FIRE, which I requested but have not yet heard back about. I have a feeling the answer will be “no.” But a blogger has to try… right?

And while I didn’t put in a request for any of the other books I found, I can’t wait to read my printed ARC of ADRENALINE CRUSH and I’m definitely thinking about requesting STARRY NIGHT and THE MERCILESS – both of which look awesome.

We shall see. For now…

Here are this week’s finds…

ADRENALINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 23 2014)

HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Sep 2 2014)

STARRY NIGHT by Isabel Gillies (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 2 2014)

THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 12 2014)

SHREDDER by Niall Leonard (Random House Children’s Publishers UK, Jun 5 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

DROWNED by Nichola Reilly (Harlequin Teen, Jul 1 2014) **AU/NZ reviewers ONLY**

RAIN (Paper Gods #2) by Amanda Sun (Harlequin Teen, Jul 1 2014) **AU/NZ reviewers ONLY**

LAUGHING AT MY NIGHTMARE by Shane Burcaw (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Oct 14 2014)

I am actually kind of glad that this week was so hectic and that I spent much of it completely exhausted. As the week flew by and I didn’t miss the fact that I wasn’t at BEA.

I don’t know what everyone grabbed, as I won’t be stalking BEA-related book pics. But I would have loved to have gotten my hands on DEAD OF WINTER, QUEEN OF THE ZOMBIE HEARTS, TALON, BLACK ICE and now ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. Aside from that last one, I’m not sure any of those books were going to make their appearance at BEA. But if they did, I think I’d be crazy jealous.

Okay, maybe not crazy jealous. I think I’m more jealous of those who got to meet their favorite authors, even if for just a few seconds. Or those who got invites to the parties and actually got to go.

Of course I’m completely thrilled for those who love books that got the chance to experience something so amazing as BEA. I just wish my schedule and my budget could have allowed me to make the trip. Maybe next year.


While I only selected two books for the pile this week, there is one other book that I plan on reading this week. But as it doesn’t yet have a cover, and I may end up actually reading it next week, I thought I’d mention it here.

I’ll be reading – due to much insistence by Jaime and Mindy that this is a MUST read NOW book – THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece. On first glance it didn’t seem to be my kind of book, but I trust their judgment. And in the very last sentence of the description it is revealed that the story is inspired by the Beauty and the Beast tale – a fact, which had I known immediately, would have altered that first impression.

The description promises a rich, dark, YA Southern Gothic, so I am curious to see how this story unfolds. And if it is half as amazing as both Jaime and Mindy say it is, then I can’t wait to dive in later this week, or early next week.

And no… I got nothing accomplished during the holiday weekend. I did get a free sail in on Friday when I was asked to crew at the last minute. Then Saturday was spent sailing, Sunday was spent at the movies and out and about and Monday was spent wishing I was out sailing.

At least I got some reading done during the very last hours of that extra day off. And I hope that you did too and I hope that you will this week.

Whether you went to BEA, Armchaired it like I did, or just did the same-old, same-old, I hope you received some awesome books and that you’ll be able to get one or two of them on the pile this week.

As always – HAPPY READING!


Do you create a reading pile?

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

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