My Reading Pile #170


I was totally surprised by the book I received this week. While I knew it would arrive eventually, I didn’t expect it so soon. And I’m totally stoked!


[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I received an ARC of GET EVEN (Don’t Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil from the publisher, Balzer + Bray, in anticipation of the blog tour I’ll be on this September, hosted by Book Nerd Tours. This book sounds like so much fun and I can’t wait to meet Margot, Kitty, Olivia and Bree.

As I’ll be posting a review for the tour, I’m going to wait until just a bit closer to my stop date to read this, but I may not be able to. We shall see….

And while I just received the one book in the mail, I did receive a few other eARCs that I’m totally stoked about.

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss

BURNING KINGDOMS (The Internment Chronicles #2) by Lauren DeStefano

I put in a request for this second book in Lauren DeStefano’s Internment Chronicles the other week and I never thought I’d get approved. So I was over the moon when I got the email saying my request was approved. I am so excited to see what happens next. I haven’t read the description because I want to be surprised. But I am just so tempted to pick this up right now and start reading.

Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Edelweiss

MORTAL HEART (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers

I put in a request for this digital copy ages ago, and I was so surprised when I got the approval today. As I did get the print copy just the other week from Jaime I will probably be reading that one, but I am adding this to my nook so that I can have it on my phone app just in case I start reading the print copy and don’t have it on hand when I’m out and about and want to continue reading. I love this series and I am so excited to continue this story next week.

Courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin via NetGalley

FEUDS by Avery Hastings

I saw this on NetGalley this week and just had to request it because it sounds awesome. I can’t wait to read this sci fi love story with underground fighting, a deadly virus and a world in peril. I had not heard of it until I saw the eARC on NetGalley, but now that I have read the description I’m just dying to read the book. And while it doesn’t release until September, I have a feeling I’ll be reading it this July.

Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley

I AM THE MISSION (Unknown Assassin #2) by Allen Zadoff

I got so excited when I was one of the first 500 to grab I AM THE MISSION from NetGalley. Due to the battle with Amazon, it’s not going to be available for my Kindle on Tuesday, so I’m excited to be able to have this second book in the series to read. I plan on reading UNKNOWN ASSASSIN this weekend and I am stoked I’ll be able to keep on reading.

And as I plan on reading both of these books this weekend, I thought I should probably add a couple other books to the pile for this coming week. And so…

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

{June 15, 2014 – June 21, 2014}


First up on the pile is #scandal by Sarah Ockler. I have an eARC thanks to the publisher, Simon Pulse, and Edelweiss, and I can’t wait to read it on Sunday. I had hoped to be able to read it ages ago as I love this author’s writing, but I wasn’t able to move it up on the pile until now.

This book sounds like it’s going to be so much fun to read and I can’t wait to see if Lucy tracks down the hacker who made her kiss with her BFF’s boyfriend Cole go viral. I can’t wait to see if Ellie will forgive her. And I really can’t wait to see if Lucy and Cole get a HEA or if things are doomed due to the #scandal.

I hope to spend much of the day on Sunday buried in a book or two, so I definitely think I’ll be able to read (and finish) this on Sunday afternoon in one sitting. But if not, I’m sure I’ll have finished it in the wee hours of the morning on Monday.

The Description…

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…


Next up on the pile is BRAZEN by Katherine Longshore. My Kindle copy downloaded this past Thursday and I can’t wait to dive in. Reading the author’s answers to my interview questions for the blog tour stop yesterday made me that much more eager to read this, so I’m super excited to be able to start reading on Monday.

I am fascinated by this particular period in history and I can’t wait to see how the author expands upon Mary Howard and Henry FitzRoy’s story. And I am curious to see all the different ways the author fills the fairly large gaps in what “we” know.

While I probably should be tackling a review book or two, I just can’t resist putting this on the pile this week. So I will be diving in Monday evening and will hopefully have it read by Wednesday.

The Description…

Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?

Wishful Thinking Reads

I would love to be able to read BLACKBIRD by Anna Carey. Ever since I grabbed the eARC I’ve been dying to take a peek. I can’t wait to see how this author writes a thriller. From the description this first book in the duology sounds like a very thrilling thriller. But as it doesn’t release until September and I have quite a few books already on the pile this week, for now, sadly, reading BLACKBIRD is just going to have to remain a wish.

Those Left Behind

I didn’t really leave anything behind this past week. I hoped I wouldn’t as I only added just the one book to the pile. And while I have just a bit of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU left, I will be finished before Sunday when I start on this week’s pile.

But I also managed to write and post my review for TAKE ME ON, finish reading TRIAL BY FIRE, and sneak two other books onto the pile – THE VAULT OF DREAMERS and 17 FIRST KISSES. So I’m definitely not behind with my reads.

But I didn’t quite finish writing that review for 17 FIRST KISSES that I plan to post on Tuesday. And I’m almost but not quite done writing my review for THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS – I can’t choose between the two quotes I picked. So I still have some catching up to do by Monday.

And I would really have liked to write reviews for TRIAL BY FIRE, THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, THE STEPSISTER’S TALE and SNOW LIKE ASHES. But I did not have that much free time.

This week was really kind of crazy IRL, and I had quite a few things to post on the blog. And with the fact that I wanted to spend what little free time I had reading, I didn’t get to tackle all those reviews.

Maybe this week… I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I am still waiting on a few requests from NetGalley, but I did get approved for FEUDS which I saw this week and I’m super excited about. And while I didn’t request any other titles from this week’s finds, I am seriously thinking about a couple of them.

But so far I’ve managed (barely) to refrain from doing so. Anyway….

Here are this week’s finds…

FEUDS by Avery Hastings (St. Martin’s Press, Sep 2 2014)

KILLER INSTINCT (A Naturals Novel) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Disney Book Group, Nov 4 2014)

DROWNED by Nichola Reilly (Harlequin Teen, Jun 24 2014)

BEING AUDREY HEPBURN by Mitchell Kriegman (St. Martin’s Press, Sep 16 2014)

THE GOOD SISTER by Jamie Kain (St. Martin’s Press, Oct 7 2014)

THE 100 SOCIETY by Carla Spradberry (Hachette Children’s Books, Sep 4 2014)

GRACEFULLY GRAYSON by Ami Polonsky (Disney Book Group, Nov 4 2014)

THE WITCH OF SALT AND STORM by Kendall Kulper (Hachette Children’s Books, Sep 4 2014) **UK/Austrialian reviewers preferred**

DEPARTMENT 19: ZERO HOUR by Will Hill (HarperCollins UK Children’s, Jun 5 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

INLAND Sneak Peek by Kat Rosenfeld (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 12 2014) **Read Now**

It has been another super busy and super long week this week. Most nights I was too tired to read for more than an hour. But last Sunday I was able to read a couple of books, so that helped me feel somewhat productive as regards the blog.

I am still much more interested in reading than blogging as I have just been falling in love with all my latest picks. And I always hate having to put them down to finish a post. So…

As I’d really love to get back to A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU, which is soooooooo freaking amazing, I’m not going ramble here. But I really hope that you received some amazing books this week, whether in the mail, from the library or on your eReader. And I hope that you’re diving into a book or two that you are excited to read and that it’s every bit as awesome as you’d hoped.

As ever… Happy reading!


Do you create a reading pile?

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

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