My Reading Pile #180

MyReadingPile It was an awesome week at the mailbox this week. I received two very gorgeous ARCs and both signed copies of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER that I had ordered.


I received a SIGNED ARC of THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent thanks to the very talented and amazing author. I read an earlier iteration of this book ages ago – and it was so unbelievably amazing – and I cannot wait to read this new version. And I mean I seriously can’t wait. It doesn’t come out until June of next year, but I will be reading it this weekend.

And I will be offering it up for giveaway in the next week or two so that someone else will get to read it and have a signed ARC by this awesome author for their bookish collection.

I also received an ARC of SUBLIME by Christina Lauren courtesy of the publisher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. There were also two super cute buttons that came with, which I will be adding to a giveaway in future. I first learned about this book a couple of months ago and it looked awesome, so I’m totally stoked to have a copy to read and review. It releases in October, so I will be adding it to the pile soon.

And while I didn’t receive any other print books in the mail or request any eGalleys on NetGalley this past week, I did get approved for an eARC I requested previously and accepted an eARC for review.


CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst

I received an eARC for review from the author via NetGalley and cannot wait to read it because it sounds awesome. I love Sarah Beth Durst’s writing and this new YA title of hers, which releases in October, is filled with all sorts of awesome – telekinesis, teleportation, theft, blackmail, kidnapping and a quest. While it won’t get added to the pile this week, I may try to sneak it in. If not, I’ll be reading it over the holiday weekend.


I had requested an eARC for review from the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, via NetGalley the other week and I was so surprised that I was approved. I love the author’s writing. Her voice is haunting and beautiful and I just know it’s going to be the same in this book. Just check out the snippet on the author’s website and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

But that, too, won’t be releasing until this October and I have a couple of other books I must read this week. And so…

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

{August 24, 2014 – August 30, 2014}

The Stars Never Rise

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First up on the pile is THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent. I received the ARC from the author this week and I cannot wait to start reading it. So much so that I’ve set aside my current read so that I can devour this immediately.

I read an earlier version of this back in November of 2012 – and I may have re-read that version once or twice since then – but I am just so curious about how the story has changed. I have no doubt in my mind that it’s going to be even more epically awesome. And while it doesn’t release until June of next year, I am already anxiously awaiting the sequel.

I am going to try to read this “fresh” and not try to make any comparisons. And I am also going to try very hard to let it go without a re-read so that someone else will get the chance at an early read. It’s not going to be easy, because I know I’m going to want to.

And I am also going to try to quickly finish this post so that I can start reading this now before I have to head out for the day.

The Description…

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.


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Next up on the pile is FEUDS by Avery Hastings. I received an eARC for review from the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin, via NetGalley awhile back and I am so excited to finally get it on the pile… though I may have already started reading it this past week.

The description sounded awesome so I just had to request it: a future society where perfection is the key to a better life, segregation between the perfect and imperfect, underground fighting, and a deadly virus that targets those that are perfect. All that, plus a mysterious boy and a love story. How could I not want to devour this book?

And from what I’ve read so far, it’s a story totally worth devouring. As I’ll be on the tour this week, I’ll be sharing my thoughts in the form of a review. So I will definitely be finished reading FEUDS before then.

The Description…

In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.

For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.

Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis—her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors—but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.

Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold–and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world…in Avery Hastings’s Feuds.

Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read this week is ALL BROKE DOWN by Cora Carmack. I loved the first book in the author’s NA series and am very much in the mood to get back into the series. But as I have two books on the pile this week, and have a couple of books I really need to read before next week, this will just have to be a wish.

Those Left Behind

I read ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER and I love, love, loved it. So I’m not technically behind on my reads, though I haven’t yet finished my review. Oddly, it feels like it’s been ages since I had read it and I’m totally surprised it was the book on last week’s pile. I think I have to blame sleep deprivation and marathon TV watching of Teen Wolf.

Which means I also didn’t do much reading, blogging or reviewing this week. I’d planned on posting a review here on the blog, but I was struggling with my words. I’m still not sure, after finally getting a good night’s rest, on how to express my thoughts about it. Hopefully my brain will clear up and I’ll be able to this week. We shall see.

I also planned on posting my review of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER on a different blog. But as things are still in transition with that, I decided to hold off.

I don’t plan on reviewing THE STARS NEVER RISE this week, as it’s way too soon for a review. But I may end up sharing my thoughts about it and tease it on that other blog. And, as mentioned above, I will be sharing my thoughts about FEUDS for the tour this week. So nothing will be left behind in next week’s post.

NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I did not request any review books from NetGalley this past week. And I only stalked it to see whether a book I’ll be on tour for showed up. (It didn’t.) But I visited it this morning in order to prep this post and found a few titles that look interesting. And…

Here are this week’s finds…

VALLEY OF FIRES (Conquered Earth #3) by J. Barton Mitchell (St. Martin’s Griffin, Dec 2 2014)

PORTRAITS OF CELINA by Sue Whiting (Capstone Young Readers, Apr 1 2015)

THE RUBY AIRSHIP (Sequel to the Diamond Thief) by Sharon Gosling (Capstone Young Readers, Feb 2 2015)

RED RISING (Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown (Hodder & Stoughton, Sep 25 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

THE SHIP by Antonia Honeywell (Orion Publishing Group, Feb 19 2015) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

UNMARKED by Kami Garcia (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Sep 11 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

It’s been another odd summer week here on the blog this past week. I took a bit of a break from blogging, though it was completely unintentional. I had planned on posting a couple of reviews, but that just didn’t happen. I’ve had quite a bit going on IRL and at work and instead of sitting at the computer, I spent my limited free time watching TV. I have also been neurotically checking that other blog that’s in the works and testing out some of its features. So that has been a bit of a distraction.

And while things are going to be crazy at work for the next couple of weeks, I am hopeful that I’ll have time to post a few reviews, host a giveaway or two, and fangirl all over THE STARS NEVER RISE.

I am also really, really, really, hopeful that I’ll be caught up with Teen Wolf so that I can dive into a few more “must read” and “desperately want to read” books.

Anyway… here’s to hoping that I’ll be a more productive blogger this week.

And, as ever, I wish you a happy reading week this week, I hope you had an amazing week last week and that you received all sorts of lovely books to read.

Happy reading!


Do you create a reading pile?

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

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