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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #21

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of May 24th-May 30th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 256 pages.

    Between Here and Forever is a book that I spotlighted for my Book Watch post and one that I can’t wait to read. I love Elizabeth Scott’s writing and the cover of this new book is so pretty.

    The description sounds different from some of the other books of the author’s that I’ve read, but has me intrigued. I can’t wait to find out what Abby’s plans are to bring Tess back, and just how Eli fits into the picture.

    I’ve had this on my list of pre-orders for a couple of months and I’m so glad it will finally be released this week.

    The Girl in the Steel Corset is the debut young adult novel by Kady Cross. It will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover format and on June 1, 2011 in eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 480 pages.

    I can’t wait to see what the cover looks like on the finished copy. The ARC I have doesn’t do justice to its beauty. This is one of the few books that I have decided to purchase in print versus eBook format because of its cover. I did swing by my local bookstore, but sadly they didn’t have copies of this book in early.

    Finley Jayne is a great new character – I had a chance to first meet her in the free eBook prequel novella being offered by the publisher. And The Girl in the Steel Corset is an amazing read for someone new to the world of steampunk. For some reason I expected steampunk to read like a science fiction novel – very technical and somewhat difficult to follow for someone who wasn’t in the know.

    But the author’s writing style really gives newbie readers a good look at a completely foreign world in a way that is exciting and easy to follow. I cannot wait to get my print copy this week.

    To read an excerpt from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for The Girl in the Steel Corset:

    Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats from Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Angel Burn was released as Angel on October 1, 2010 in the U.K. in paperback and eBook formats.

    Published by Candlewick, the print edition is 464 pages.

    I am so excited that Angel Burn will finally be released. I read this over a month ago and I can’t wait to get my finished copy. I absolutely loved this book and its completely different take on angels.

    Vampiric, soul sucking, life stealing angels are definitely not the angels I’ve grown to know and love in all the young adult books I’ve read. And Alex and Willow make such great main characters.

    This is quite a thrilling story and I just wish the second book in this series were out already so I can find out what happens next.

    If you would like to check out my review, click here.

    Book trailer for Angel Burn:

    Alex teaser trailer for Angel Burn:

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover, library binding and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Blood Magic is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    I’ve talked way too much about this book, so I will try not to be repetitive. Blood Magic has been on my list of pre-orders since long before the release date was bumped from April to May. I had added it to my list as soon as I saw the amazing cover. It is absolutely dark and gorgeous. And the birds will completely make sense as soon as you read the book.

    This was another book I tried tracking at the bookstore early, but was unsuccessful. I’ll have to check back on Tuesday to see if the print edition is even more amazing than the ARC, but I’m betting it will be.

    If you would like to check out my review, click here.

    Book trailer for Blood Magic:

    Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison is the third book in the Avery trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats and is currently available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 256 pages.

    I haven’t yet read any of the books in this series but just recently purchased the first two. This looks like such a great series and one that I’m glad to get all at once with no wait in between books.

    The heroine, Avery, sounds like she is pretty fierce. And a series filled with reapers, dark angels and time travel sounds like it could be pretty wild.

    This trilogy will be the first books I’ve read by the author, but the descriptions of these books sounded so amazing that I just had to grab the first two and added this upcoming release to my pre-orders.

    I hope to be able to read this entire trilogy soon, as I don’t want them falling to the bottom of the pile.

    Book trailer for Something Deadly This Way Comes:

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    This is a great week for new releases. I have all five of these on pre-order and can’t wait to get the finished copies for both the new books and those I’ve already read.

    There are a couple books I’m currently reading for review that I will be ordering shortly after release date, but aren’t on my list of pre-orders – Awaken and Putting Makeup on Dead People. So this will most likely be a seven book buy week.

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    Please let me know if there is a “must read” that I’ve missed. I do not like to miss out on owning great books, even if I can’t read them right away.

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    The Extras: Teasers #4

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

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    There were quite a few passages in this story that stuck with me, haunted me. I chose a completely different one for my review, and had several I had bookmarked that I loved just as much, if not more than the one I originally chose to include. The writing was just that good.

    This is another of my favorites and is a bit longer of a teaser, but it really says a lot about Chase.

    Chase’s thoughts:

    Being grown-up should feel like a big transition. It can’t be something that, despite my best efforts, I’ve been drifting closer and closer to every summer. It needs to be a shock. I need to know at what point to stop holding on. And that moment will suck, and probably every moment after that will suck, but at least I’ll know that everything that came before really was valid. I really was young and innocent. I wasn’t fooling myself.

    One of my favorite things about this story was the humor. Much of it isn’t quite as “G” rated as I’d feel comfortable with posting on the blog. But this is one of the lines, and it’s a quote, not a passage, that had me chuckling.

    It might not mean quite as much out of context, but it’s silly nonetheless and reveals a lot about society in this dystopian future.

    Melody to Freya in the delivery room:

    “Now, now. With an attitude like that, you’ll never win the FedEx ‘We Live to Deliver’ Scholarship….”

    There are so many passages from Aunt Peg’s letter that are my favorites. But I decided to choose a quote that really stood out to me, instead.

    It’s one that has quite a lot of meaning to the story but doesn’t give away anything.

    Aunt Peg to Ginny:

    “People always say they can’t do things, that they’re impossible. They just haven’t been creative enough. This pool is a triumph of imagination. That’s how you win at life, Gin. You have to imagine your way through. Never say something can’t be done. There’s always a solution, even if it’s weird.”

    This is another book with so many beautiful passages. As I don’t want to spoil anything for those who might not have read it yet, I’m including one which highlights the author’s beautiful style but doesn’t reveal too much.

    Anna’s thoughts:

    The sand had been swept clean; no wood or glass, seaweed or bits of shells. The ocean had washed away everything, leaving behind a calm that spread out in me as I breathed it in. Beyond it all lay the expanse of the ocean, just beginning to sparkle beneath the rising sun as a new day unfurled itself. She’d captured it all perfectly in her frame, and in the pale morning light, it felt like peace.

    I know I already included this passage with my review, but it is still my favorite from the book, so I’m including it here.

    It’s the very first passage in the book and is such a powerful way to introduce and begin the story.

    From the prologue:

    The war had been raging for centuries; a war that breathed beneath human reality, lost in the labyrinth of their legends and folklore. It was a silent war of soundless screaming and invisible bloodshed.

    I don’t yet have the final copy of this as the U.S. release isn’t until May 24th, so this passage and quote are from the eARC and may be changed in the final version.

    I chose a shorter passage for the review, but this one is much more steamy and a definite teaser and is one of my favorites from this book.

    Willow’s thoughts and conversation with Alex:

    There was no way that I wanted him to stop touching me, even for a few hours. My pulse thudded as I glanced across at the camp bed. I cleared my throat. “Well . . . is there a reason we can’t both take the bed? The sleeping bags zip together, don’t they?”

    Alex stared at me without moving. “Would that be OK?” I asked, feeling nervous suddenly.

    I’d already included my favorite passage with the review. But here’s another one about Jacob and Malini that caught my attention and is a definite tease.

    Jacob’s thoughts about Malini:

    Her breath came in huffs as she looked at him. There was a question in her eyes that he couldn’t read but he desperately wanted to be the answer. He wanted to be the thing that made this world better for her.

    There were a lot of very powerful passages in this book. I had only included a short one in my review, but here are two others, with very different messages, that really show just how well the author uses her words to paint a picture.

    Missy’s thoughts:

    Missy’s mouth twitched into a smile as she imagined Death running his long, cold fingers over her, making music on her body. Would his kisses be cold? Or would they be hot enough to burn away her fears, to turn her dead face to ash and reveal her soul to the world.

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    Yes, she thought, a smile blooming on her face. Trust. It was stronger than power, subtler than influence. She could simply let herself feel, acknowledge the bad and embrace the good – and between the two, come to an acceptance.

    I know I just posted my review and included a short passage that was one of my favorites. But now that I have the finished copy, I thought I’d include one that’s just a bit longer, but won’t be spoiler-y.

    Aura’s thoughts and a brief quote from Logan:

    The music seemed to fade with Logan’s smile as he stared at me with full understanding. I wondered if knowing the truth would change his mind. If knowing the truth would change everything.

    For a moment, his eyes grew inexplicably sad. Then his face relaxed back into a smile. “At least now you know.”

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    The Trailers: May

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the upcoming books releasing this May.

    As so many of the May release trailers have not yet come out, I’ve included a few videos of the authors talking about their upcoming books.

    If the May trailers ever decide to make themselves known I’ll be sure to post another “The Trailers: May” with those MIA, like Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready, Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott, Hourglass by Myra McEntire and oh so many more.

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    But I Love Him by Amanda Grace (a.k.a. Mandy Hubbard)

    Release date: May 1, 2011 (eBook)/May 8, 2011 (paperback)

    (Mandy Hubbard Author)

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    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

    Release date: May 3, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe

    Release date: May 3, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author reads from and discusses her upcoming book

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    Divergent by Veronica Roth

    Release date: May 3, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author discusses her upcoming book

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    Graveminder by Melissa Marr

    Release date: May 17, 2011

    (William Morrow) – Not a trailer. Author discusses her upcoming book

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    Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

    Release date: May 24, 2011

    (Candlewick Press)


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    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

    Release date: May 24, 2011

    (Tessa Gratton) – Not trailers. The author enacts two scenes from chapters one and five as her character Josephine Darly.


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    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    Release date: May 31 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author discusses her upcoming book

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming later today.

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    The Extras: May

    Back with another “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not May yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation.

    Shift is the second book in the Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready. It will be released on May 3, 2011. As you may know from my Book Watch post, I’m a huge fan of the author and I can’t wait for this book to be released.

    The author has given us a peek at the first chapter in this book on her blog, HERE.

    This is definitely a series worth taking a peek at. And if you haven’t read the first book in the series, Simon & Schuster is giving readers a chance to look at the first 99 pages of Shade, HERE.

    Dead Reckoning the 11th book in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris will be released on May 3, 2011. This is not a young adult novel, but is one of my favorite non-YA series.

    The author is offering a peek at Chapter One on her website, HERE.

    There is also an excerpt from Chapter Three being offered by Penguin, HERE, for those who just can’t wait.

    I have decided not to read any of the available sneak peeks of Dead Reckoning as the last time I did that I went completely insane waiting out the book’s release.

    Die for Me by Amy Plum will be released on May 10, 2011.

    A look at the cut prologue from the book is available on the author’s website, HERE.

    I love the cover of this book. I think it’s absolutely beautiful. And the tagline – Would you risk your life for love? – has me definitely interested.

    The book’s description mentions star-crossed lovers, fate, destiny and eternity. How cool is that? I really cannot wait to read this.

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton will be released on May 24, 2011.

    I already read and reviewed this book, but I think it’s absolutely amazing and I love this cover too. And, yes, the link is still in my sidebar, but I thought I’d put it here, among all the May releases so that it will remain in the archives long after I remove it.

    If you want to take a look inside, Random House is offering a peek, HERE.

    If you’d like to see what I had to say, click here.

    Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011. It was previously released under the title Angel in the U.K.

    The U.K. publisher, Usborne, is offering a peek inside at the prologue, HERE.

    This is another one of those books that I loved but wasn’t sure what to expect when I first got my hands on the eARC. The prologue (which is what is being offered as a sneak peek) is what got me hooked.

    If you want to check out what I had to say, click here.

    And there is a new trailer for the book that came out the day after I posted my review. If you want to check it out, click here. This one’s about Alex.

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    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Invincible is the second book in the Chronicles of Nick series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It was released on March 22, 2011.

    To read or listen to excerpts from chapters one and two on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    This is another series that is wildly entertaining. If you haven’t read this series and want to learn more, check out the author’s website via the link above.

    Entwined by Heather Dixon was released on March 29, 2011.

    HarperTeen is still offering a look inside Entwined, HERE.

    I haven’t yet had a chance to read this book, although I own it, so I may check out the sneak peek just to see if I’ll be instantly hooked.

    Teeth: Vampire Tales is an anthology of stories by some pretty awesome authors. It was released on April 5, 2011.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a sneak peek, HERE.

    I haven’t checked out the excerpt as I own the book, but there are just so many great stories that the excerpt will most likely only serve to tease.

     

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    Review: Angel Burn

    Angel Burn is the first book in the Angel trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on May 24, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.  (It was released as Angel on October 1, 2010 in the U.K. in paperback and eBook formats.)

    It is currently available for pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Goodreads description:

    Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars.

    Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does.

    Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil.

    In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip — and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

    (If you’d like to read the Goodreads description under the U.K. edition, click here.)

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    What if angels weren’t the benevolent beings depicted on the domed ceilings of churches? What if they weren’t even the fierce warrior heroes of so many stories?

    What if instead they were beings who took pleasure feeding off the life force of humans – more vampiric than angelic in nature? What if they were the cause of cancer. Heart attacks. Pain. Death. And all for what? For their survival and pleasure.

    And, what if their feeding off your life force made you feel admiration for them and left you in awe and indebted to them for their graciousness?

    What if they made you desire the very thing that was killing you?

    Would you erect churches in their honor? Hunt down their enemies just for the privilege of being near them to be fed on like cattle? You would. Because to feel angel burn is to know bliss.

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    Angel Burn is an incredibly inventive and immensely entertaining thrill-ride of a read that will suck you right up into the action, starting off with an explosive prologue that will completely alter every preconceived notion about angels you have held.

    Alex Kylar is a killer. A hired assassin. It’s his sole purpose in life to find and kill angels before they destroy the entire human population with their angel burn. Isolated and alone, he receives his orders by text and executes them flawlessly.

    But when Alex meets Willow he begins to question everything he believes in and learns that although he may have wanted to give up on love, his heart says otherwise.

    Angel Burn is the story of two people who must come together to fight against a common enemy and save humanity from an unimaginably dismal future.

    Angel Burn moves with such fluidity as you are carried through the story, which alternates between Willow’s perspective, told in the first person, and Alex’s perspective, which is in third person. The characters journey is filled with moments that are both beautiful and torturous.

    This story is a must read for anyone looking for a very different take on the angel theme, and a story filled with adventure and true love.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got approved for Angel Burn from NetGalley. I had it on my wish list for a long time at Amazon because it was about angels, but I knew little else.

    When I finally had a chance to open it on my eReader I was blown away. The prologue was such an amazing surprise. It really was the epitome of cool. And from that moment on I just knew that I would love this book.

    The action and the pace kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the story, except for the lovey-dovey mountaintop scenes, which were sweet and heart-warming.

    I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book in this series. I think I’m a little bit in love with Alex Kylar. And while it’s not a complete cliffhanger, things are looking pretty bleak.

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    Teaser excerpt from my favorite passage (which I hope makes it to the final version) – if I included the entire it would be hugely spoiler-y:

    The lantern light made his eyes look darker, his hair almost black. He started to smile, a grin spreading across his face. “Yes, that would be extremely OK.”

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    To read an excerpt of Angel Burn from Usborne, the UK publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for Angel Burn:

    Book trailer for Angel from the U.K. publisher – reveals much:

    Thank you Candlewick Press and NetGalley for the advance eARC.

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    My Reading Pile #2

    So much for schedules! While I still strive for inflexibility in my reading schedule, I couldn’t help but get sidetracked with an exceptional book (Where She Went by Gayle Forman) this week and so, sadly, was not able to tackle all the books in last week’s reading pile.

    I may end up reading one or two of last week’s pile this weekend, but I have an entirely new set of books planned for this coming week.

    And if you can believe it, my stack of physical books has grown. For someone who loves eBooks the towering stack of print books is daunting. I’ve included a pic at the end of this post of just eleven of the sixteen physical books I’ve added to the large stack above.

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

    (March 27-April 2, 2011)

    I received a copy of Red Glove by Holly Black through Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program. It will be releasing on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in the U.S. however on Friday I managed to snag a couple copies in Barnes & Noble, well in advance of release date.

    I will definitely be reading and reviewing the eARC version this week on my nook. I’ve been wanting to read this from the moment I got the February newsletter but have opted for delayed gratification so that I will not have that endless wait for book 3, Black Heart.

    I will also be reading Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly which I received as an eARC courtesy of NetGalley and Candlewick. It was previously released in the U.K. under the title Angel and is the first book in the Angel Trilogy. It will be releasing in the U.S. on May 24, 2011, but as my copy will be expiring soon I’d like to read it this week.

    I received Stay by Deb Caletti as an eARC as part of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program. It will be releasing on April 5, 2011 in the U.S. so I definitely want to read it this week. I hadn’t heard of this book until I got the monthly newsletter, but the cover looked so pretty that I thought I’d check it out and ended up pre-ordering it for my Kindle.

    Outside Wonderland by Lorna Jane Cook was another book I received from St. Martin’s Griffin through their Reading Group Gold program. It will be releasing on March 29, 2011 in the U.S. so I hope to read it this weekend or on Monday for review.

    I thought this looked like an interesting read, but have since noticed lower rating stars on Goodreads than books I would normally choose. But I haven’t read any reviews and so go into this with a completely open mind.

    A book I would like to read this week

    I already have four books that I hope to read this week, plus a few remaining from last week, so I may not get to this book by next Saturday. But I received a signed copy of the book through an auction I participated in to assist Japan and just looking at the beautiful cover makes me want to read this book now.

    Intrinsical by Lani Woodland was released on August 17, 2010. I actually already own it for my Kindle but hadn’t had a chance to read it quite yet. But I am moving this to the top of the pile as I may get a chance to meet the author at a book convention in just over a week and how can I not have read her beautiful book?

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    Wishful thinking reads:

    If I had all the time in the world, and could stay off Twitter and Facebook for even one day, a few of the other books I’d like to read are The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lemniscate by Jennifer Murgia, Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready, Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany and The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos.

    As there may be one slower week in April I just might be able to squeeze a couple of these in.

    Those left behind:

    Here are the books that have been left behind due to me not keeping up with the schedule. It will be interesting to see how many books end up in this section as week after week I fail to meet my deadlines.

    Night Road by Kristin Hannah (unread), The Poison Eaters by Holly Black (unread), In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane (50% read), Illusions by Aprilynne Pike (unread) – but will be reading it this weekend.

    One of two new toppling piles of books to add to my reading pile

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    Five was not a lucky number for me last week, and yet I have five on the pile this week – what is wrong with me??? – but I am ever hopeful.

    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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