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    My Reading Pile #156


    Once again I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail. But I did grab three eGalleys and am so tempted to grab another one that’s available for automatic download. But as I sit here staring at a rather large stack of “must read” printed ARCs I’m still feeling a bit relieved that my mailbox has been so empty.


    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I also put in a request at Edelweiss for the third book in Robin LaFevers His Fair Assassin series, but I am not holding out any sort of hope. Still, I couldn’t resist.

    Just like I couldn’t resist clicking on these three titles from Edelweiss and NetGalley.

    Courtesy of William Morrow…

    TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

    Courtesy of Harlequin Teen…

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

    FORETOLD (Sisters of Fate #1) by Rinda Elliott

    I loved the first book in Sophie Jordan’s The Ivy Chronicles. And I can’t wait to meet Emerson and Shaw – and not just because they have such fab names. I’ve only squinted at the description, as I want to be completely surprised when I read it, but I just know it’s going to be awesome.

    And I’m so excited, and a little bit sad, to read what I think is the final book in the Steampunk Chronicles. I love this series by Author Kady Cross and if this is truly the last installment in the series I’ll be just a tiny bit heartbroken when it ends.

    And if you didn’t already know, I’m a huge fan of Rinda Elliott’s Beri O’Dell series, so I can’t wait to see what her YA trilogy is all about. Norse mythology is absolutely fascinating so I have a feeling I’m going to seriously love this series.

    While FORETOLD releases in just a few weeks, I have to wait another week or two to add it to the pile, because there are a couple of books that I must read first. They are…

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

    (March 9, 2014 – March 15, 2014)

    Plus One


    First up on the pile is PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama. I received an ARC for review from the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) and I have been dying to get this on the pile since long before it arrived.

    I can’t wait to discover this alternate reality the author created and learn more about the Smudges and the Rays. And I can’t wait to meet Soleil Le Coeur and see just what happens on this adventure that puts her in conflict with the law.

    I love stories about star-crossed lovers and I’m intrigued by this “sinister conspiracy” the description mentions. And I am so totally stoked to finally be able to get this on the pile this week.

    The Description…

    Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

    Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

    Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.




    Next up on the pile is BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand. I had BOUNDLESS purchased since long before its release date. It downloaded to my Kindle just a few hours early. And yet it is only now getting added to my reading pile. Over a year later.

    And it’s not because I haven’t had the time. It’s because it’s one of those series I haven’t been ready to say goodbye to. I’m not entirely sure I’m ready now. But I really want to find out what happens with Clara and Christian… and Tucker. And I really need to read at least one book for my Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge.

    So I am hoping I’m brave enough to dive into BOUNDLESS this week. I want to know what Clara’s fate is. I want to know what happens in the battle with the Black Wings. I want to know who will betray and who will be sacrificed. And I want to know once and for all if this series-ender will break my heart.

    The Description…

    The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

    Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

    As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

    In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week is NIL by Lynne Matson. I have wanted to read this title since I first read the description. And while I didn’t grab a copy for review, I was hoping to be able to read it the instant it downloaded. Well that happened this past week – the download, that is – but as far as reading it goes… well, for now that’s just a wish.


    Those Left Behind

    I am currently reading HALF BAD, from last week’s pile, though I should be done when this post goes live. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the read, as I’d caught just a little bit of the buzz about it. Well I fell immediately and instantly in love with it, much to my delight.

    I am also reading ELUSION, which I hope to finish by Sunday night. But I have not yet gotten started on THE RING AND THE CROWN. Though I plan on reading it before I start on this week’s pile.

    Part of the reason I’m a little behind on this week’s reads is that I had a partial beta read earlier in the week. And then during the latter half of the week, I just wasn’t much in the mood to read. I wasn’t really in the mood to do anything, actually. I was very grumpy.

    I’m still a little grumpy as I didn’t finish my reviews of THE WINNER’S CURSE and CRUEL BEAUTY which I’d planned on tackling. Though at least I managed to complete and post my review for SOMETHING REAL.

    If I can just get a solid block of quiet time, with no interruptions and no outside stress, maybe I will get to finish those reviews and my reviews for LANDRY PARK and THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT. As I plan on posting a review for BAD HALF on Tuesday, I am thinking I probably won’t get the chance to work on them before then. But if I can write just one review a day for a few measly days, I might find myself getting caught up.

    Somehow I think this plan is too ambitious.

    Especially since RUINS releases this week and if I’m not careful I might find that I’ve gone off pile, put review writing on hold, just so I can see what happens next. I guess I’ll have an answer on Monday Midnight when RUINS downloads. But I’m fairly certain I can predict the outcome.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I may have popped onto NetGalley one or two times this week. There is a certain book that may be available to request for review at some point soon, so I’ve been checking on and off. Because I don’t want to miss out on that opportunity.

    But I am glad that I checked because I found the two awesome books listed at the top of this post available to request. And I also found quite a few others, one of which I’m thinking I will grab since it’s a read now title. Anyway…

    Here are this week’s finds…

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross (Harlequin Teen, May 27 2014)

    FORETOLD (Sisters of Fate #1) by Rinda Elliott (Harlequin Teen, Apr 1 2014)

    ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo (Hachette Children’s Books, Apr 3 2014) **A Read Now Title**

    DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT by Sarah Mlynowski (Hachette Children’s Books, May 1 2014) **UK and Australian reviewers preferred**

    FRAGILE DESTINY (The Aether Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Lazear (Flux, Aug 8 2014)

    NEARLY GONE by Elle Cosimano (Penguin Young Readers Group, Mar 25 2014)

    THE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD by S.J. Laidlaw (Random House of Canada Limited, Mar 11 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

    THE WORLD OUTSIDE by Eva Wiseman (Random House of Canada Limited, Apr 8 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

    DELIVER ME by Kate Jarvik Birch (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Apr 29 2014)

    TORN AWAY by Jennifer Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, May 6 2014)

    TAKE BACK THE SKIES by Lucy Saxon (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Jun 3 2014)

    WORDLESS by AdriAnne Strickland (Flux, Aug 8 2014)

    BZRK APOCALYPSE (BZRK #3) by Michael Grant (Egmont USA, Nov 14 2014)

    TABULA RASA by Kristen Lippert-Martin (Egmont USA, Sep 23 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

    GET HAPPY by Mary Amato (Egmont USA, Oct 28 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

    CHERUB: THE RECRUIT by Robert Muchamore (Harchette Children’s Books, Apr 3 2014) **UK reviewers preferred. A Read Now Title**

    FOOL ME TWICE (If Only…) by Mandy Hubbard (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, May 6 2014) **US reviewers preferred**

    WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN (If Only…) by Kristin Rae (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, May 6 2014) **US reviewers preferred**

    AMITY by Micol Ostow (Egmont USA, Aug 26 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

    THE HALCYON BIRD (The Demon Catchers of Milan #2) by Kat Beyer (Egmont USA, Nov 11 2014) **US and Canadian reviewers preferred**

    MERCY MODE (Contaminated #2) by Em Garner (Egmont USA, Aug 26 2014)

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke (Faber and Faber Ltd, Apr 3 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

    ONE WISH by Michelle Harrison (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Jun 5 2014)

    CAMP BOYFRIEND (Camp Boyfriend #1) by J.K. Rock (Spencer Hill Press, Jul 2 2013)

    CAMP PAYBACK (Camp Boyfriend #2) by J.K. Rock (Spencer Hill Press, Apr 29 2014)


    I’ve tried to mix things up a bit this week as far as my reading pile goes. I think my reading mood has shifted and I’m not entirely sure what books are going to grab.

    So it’s doubtful I’m going to stay on pile. I may end up going off-pile to read RUINS or Kasie West’s ON THE FENCE. Of course if that one book I hinted about earlier does become available on NetGalley this week, I may just have to not only grab it but add it to the top of the pile. I’m keeping my finger’s crossed.

    As this was a rather unexpectedly long post due to some very recent additions to NetGalley, I’ll keep this sign-off brief and just say that I hope you got some amazing books in the mail this week. And if you plan on moving one – or all – of them to the top of your pile this week, let me know.

    And as ever… Happy reading!


    Do you create a reading pile?

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


    My Reading Pile #118

    I didn’t get any print books in the mail this week, though the books I traded for will be arriving on Monday. But I did get approved for a couple of awesome titles on NetGalley this week, so it’s not a completely quiet week for books.


    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    It had been ages since I put in the request for PHANTOM EYES (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey, so I was sure I would never be approved. But when I got the OK to download it this week from Flux I was totally stoked.

    And I never thought I’d get approved to read NEVER FADE (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken, but thanks to the awesome folks at Disney-Hyperion I get to add this amazing book to my review pile.

    And while I’d love to be able to read either one of these books this week, as both books aren’t releasing until October I won’t be adding them to the pile just yet. Of course I could go off-pile to read them….

    But there are a couple books that I will be reading – that I’m dying to read – and they are…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (June 16, 2013 – June 22, 2013)



    First up on the pile is BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand. I hadn’t intended to say goodbye to this series this week, but thanks to the way the novella, RADIANT, ended, I just have to know what happens.

    And I really, really want to know now. But I won’t be able to start on this week’s reads until Monday, as Novella Reading Week doesn’t end until then. But after that last line I’m so very anxious about what’s going to happen in this final book.

    I tried not to listen to the chatter, but I did hear that there may have been tears involved for those who read it. Which makes me really, really nervous. Especially since the description mentions “sacrifices and betrayal” and that Clara is being watched by a fallen angel and that a battle with the Black Wings is “looming.”

    I am expecting to have my heart broken in this finale. I’m positive that not everyone will survive. And I just have a feeling that the sacrifices that will have to be made are ones that will leave me in tears.

    As much as I’ve been dreading saying goodbye to this series, I just have to know. I can’t wait any longer. And as soon as Monday rolls around I will be diving into this book.


    If I Should Die


    Next up on the pile is IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum. It’s actually a back on the pile read, as I’d intended to read it a few weeks ago, but ran out of time. But now that I have read Jules’ story in the novella, I’m desperate to find out what happens with him in this final book in the series.

    Between everything that happened in UNTIL I DIE and what was revealed in DIE FOR HER, I am excited to find out just what happens with Kate, Vincent, Jules and the rest of the revenants.

    I am almost positive that the happily ever after I’m looking for won’t be the one at the end of this book. But I’m ever the optimist. Of course it is very possible that there won’t be a happy ending at all. Not after what happened at the end of book two.

    Of course, Kate is a fighter. And the description hints that she’d be willing to “risk everything” to be with Vincent. So that particular happy ending is a possibility. Right?

    As much as I want to know this instant, I suppose I’ll have to read the book first…. And I plan on doing just that on Tuesday or Wednesday.


    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles is my wishful thinking read this week. I got approved the other week and I’m just dying to meet “bad boy” Derek Fitzpatrick. I love this author’s writing and her stories with their unconventional characters. So I’m really hoping my wish can become reality if I get a bit more reading done this week than just the two books I have on hte pile.


    Those Left Behind:

    I put five novellas on the pile last week – GLITTER & DOOM, DESTROY ME, ORIGINS: THE FIRE, DIE FOR HER and FLIRTING WITH MAYBE. I only read two of them and I’m currently reading DESTROY ME. But I have until tomorrow to finish this week’s reads and I will be reading the remaining two stories.

    I ended up choosing two other novellas to read first – UNDONE and RADIANT – but it doesn’t mean those others won’t be on my “read” pile by the end of tomorrow.

    Of course I haven’t yet written any reviews for the novellas, but I also plan on working on those this weekend. They’re only “Quickie” reviews so I can’t imagine not being able to wrangle my thoughts about each read fairly quickly and posting my reviews before tomorrow’s end.

    I did end up setting aside PHOENIX until the challenge was over, so I’ll have to finish that this week. And I had to postpone my review for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH due to a rather crowded blog schedule this past week. But it will be up on Tuesday.

    I have some extra quiet time this week, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to write my review for INDELIBLE. But if I decide not to spend it reviewing I will be reading EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike.

    And while I have a few review books I need to be reading, after diving into some awesome novellas this past week, I just have to continue those series. The short peeks at the worlds and characters were enough to lure me back in and make me want more, more, more.

    But I will be back to the review pile next week as there are a few titles I need to read before the month’s end. But for now I’m happy to read purely for pleasure. And no, I don’t feel guilty…. Well, not that guilty.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I did end up requesting one book from NetGalley this week….


    CONSUME (The Clann #3) by Melissa Darnell (Harlequin Teen, Aug 27 2013)

    I’ve read the first two books in the series and I’m curious to see what happens with Tristan and Savannah in this third book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be approved.

    But that was my only request from NetGalley this week, though I also requested a book from Edelweiss.

    And, as mentioned above, I was approved for NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken and PHANTOM EYES by Scott Tracey, so I’m super stoked about that.


    But there are a couple of other books I am really tempted to request. However, as I have so many eBooks for review right now, I’m going to wait. I just don’t know for how long….

    HEREAFTER by Kate Brian (Disney Book Group, Oct 1 2013)

    TIME AFTER TIME by Tamara Ireland Stone (Disney Book Group, Oct 8 2013)

    THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US by Lauren Myracle (Abrams, Aug 20 2013)

    TASTE TEST by Kelly Fiore (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Aug 27 2013)

    SICK by Tom Leveen (Abrams, Oct 1 2013)

    BANISH by Nicola Marsh (Harlequin Enterprise Australia, Aug 1 2013) ***Australian Reviewers Only***

    LOVE DISGUISED by Lisa Klein (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 30 2013)

    THE WEIGHT OF WATER by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 23 2013)

    RED by Alison Cherry (Random House Children’s, Oct 8 2013)

    TANDEM (The Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab (Random House Children’s, Oct 8 2013)

    NOT YOUR ORDINARY WOLF GIRL by Emily Pohl-Weary (Penguin Canada, Sep 24 2013)

    CONTAMINATED by Em Garner (Egmont USA, Jul 23 2013)

    And… there is also a CHAPTER SAMPLER from UNHINGED by A.G. Howard (Abrams, Jan 7 2014) which I did request and was approved for.

    I am trying so hard not to request any more titles, though I really am interested in requesting HEREAFTER by Kate Brian and TIME AFTER TIME by Tamara Ireland Stone. I love, love, love time travel stories so I think it’s very likely I will be requesting at least that one title.

    And TANDEM sounds so unbelievably good as does THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US.

    I will not request any more books. I will not request any more books. I will not….


    Things are a bit up in the air with me this week. Because I have some quiet time to myself I may end up doing a little bit of writing instead of reading. Though I’m desperately in the mood to sink into a book or two or three.

    My mood keeps shifting so it’s hard for me to decide upon a book to read in advance of reading it. But I’m certain I want to read the two books I have on the pile this week.

    I did not expect the novellas to get me as excited about continuing the series as they did. Fortunately a few of the novellas are from series I am already caught up on. But I may end up skipping over the Throne of Glass novellas as I should wait just a little longer before diving into CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. And I just know the temptation will be too hard to resist if I start reading those short stories.

    I hope to get a few more novellas read and maybe even a few of them reviewed before the end of the weekend, because I have a couple of reviews to post on the blog this week. And with a tour stop and my Novella Reading Week wrap-up posts on Monday, a giveaway and a review scheduled for Tuesday, another review set for Wednesday and my Book Watch post slated for Thursday, I don’t exactly have too many free days to try and post those Quickie Reviews.

    And I really do want to spend more time reading. So, we’ll see….

    As ever, I hope you had an amazing reading week, that you fell in love with a book or two, found a new “team” to cheer for and will meet one or two more this week. So, if you’d like to share what you’re planning on reading this week, what you’ve just moved off your reading pile or what amazing books you’ve received this week, leave a comment. I’d love to know.


    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?


    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #108

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

    These are books for the week of January 22nd-January 28th that I have pre-ordered.



    BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 448 pages.

    BOUNDLESS is the third and final book in author Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly trilogy.


    I am both extremely excited and so sad that BOUNDLESS is releasing this week and that it will be living on my Kindle on Monday Midnight. This is an amazing series – one I’ve fallen in love with, shed tears over and angsted over and I can’t believe this is the final installment.

    I don’t know when I’ll be able to say goodbye to this series, even though I am just so curious about what will happen to Clara when she heads to California. I’m nervous about this fallen angel who’s stalking her. And even more nervous about the battle against the Black Wings.

    The description mentions “sacrifices” and “betrayal” and I really, really, really hope that a certain character is not the one who gets sacrificed or the one who does the betraying. But I suppose I’ll never know until I actually read this series-ending book.

    Ah… if only I could say goodbye.

    The Archived

    THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE ARCHIVED is the first book in a new series of the same name. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release next year.


    THE ARCHIVED sounds like an absolutely gorgeous and haunting read. Yes, the description calls it haunting too… but it does sound haunting. And I cannot wait for it to download this week.

    The idea that the “dead rest on shelves like books” and that Keepers must make sure that these “Histories” don’t escape is absolutely fascinating. Though it sounds like an incredibly sad, lonely and dangerous job for Mackenzie Bishop to have.

    I really want to dive into this novel that is described as “richly imagined” and “haunting” by this author who is an absolutely beautiful writer. And I am super excited to see how these Histories are erasing chapters and what Mac must do to keep the Archive intact.

    And while I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I’m hoping to be able to sneak it onto the pile this month.


    NOBODY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 400 pages.


    I don’t know what hole in the sand my head was buried in that I hadn’t heard about NOBODY until just a month or so ago. Because it sounds so awesome. And I would have kicked myself if I hadn’t pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    I love the idea that there are these invisible “under the radar” young people that are turned into assassins by the Institute. And I can’t wait to meet Nix and Claire and see whether he disobeys orders and doesn’t “remove” her.

    The description is a total tease as it makes me want to know just what Nix and Claire plan on doing to keep her alive. It makes me want to know why an untrained Nobody is so dangerous. And it makes me want to know just what direction this story will take – Is it one where the Institute hunts these kids? Is it a story of betrayal or sacrifice?

    I must know. And I really hope to read this in February to find answers to all my questions.


    EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

    EVERBOUND is the second full-length novel in Brodi Ashton’s Everneath series. The third book, due out in 2014, is as yet untitled.


    I am totally stoked that EVERBOUND is releasing this week and that it will become a permanent part of my eBook collection. I love this series, I love the mythology, I love, love, love the characters. And I love this book.

    Yes, I did read it early, so I know just what happens and oh my gosh it was awesome. But I’ll be rambling about that in my review on Tuesday so I won’t say anything more about that right now.

    And as I talked about this book at length in my Book Watch post, I won’t go on and on. But I will just say that this sequel was as “enthralling” as the description promises. The journey through the Everneath and its labyrinthine passageways was suspenseful and exciting and was a story I could not put down.

    Of course I plan on re-reading this book after its release. I’m not sure if much changed from the ARC to the finished novel, but even if nothing changed, I’d have to devour this one again. And, no, it’s not only because the wait for the next book in the series is totally going to kill me.


    RAVAGE by Jeff Sampson will be released in the U.S. on January 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 400 pages.

    RAVAGE is the third book in author Jeff Sampson’s Deviants series.


    I have not yet read any of the books in the Deviants series, but I own the previous two and I just had to add RAVAGE to my collection. I don’t know if this is the final book in the series, but I’m hoping to have all books in my collection before I start reading it.

    Because I just know I won’t want to have to wait between books to continue this story which sounds intense and action-packed. And while I haven’t yet met Emily Webb or the rest of her “packmates” I did take a quick scan of the description for this third book and it sounds just as awesome as both previous books in the series.

    I can’t wait to get caught up on this series so I can witness the confrontation between the Deviants and BioZenith. I’m so curious to find out who’s involved in the mutations. Especially since the description mentions the answer is “far more sinister” than imagined.

    I love that this series involves conspiracies and secrets and special abilities and I can’t wait for the chance to finally get to read it. If this is the final book I hope to devour this entire series this winter. If there is another book planned, I hope I’ll be able to wait until closer to its release to start reading.

    Not sure if my willpower is quite that strong….

    Other Books of Note


    SLATED (Slated #1) by Teri Terry

    Pub. Date: January 24, 2013

    Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (Reprint Ed.)



    Cinders & Sapphires

    CINDERS & SAPPHIRES (At Somerton #1) by Leila Rasheed

    Pub. Date: January 22, 2013

    Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children



    The Darkness Dwellers

    THE DARKNESS DWELLERS (Kiki Strike #3) by Kirsten Miller

    Pub. Date: January 22, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens



    The Last Apprentice Slither

    THE LAST APPRENTICE: SLITHER (The Last Apprentice #11) by Joseph Delaney

    Pub. Date: January 22, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books



    After last week’s post I was informed that SPLINTERED would not be available as an eBook on the 15th but that it will be available to download at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE this week. I am slightly skeptical… but I’m hoping.

    But I did manage to snag a couple of print copies from my local Barnes & Noble last weekend so I’m so excited to have a pristine copy in my collection.


    There are five seriously awesome books getting added to my Kindle this week and I’m so excited for each of them. And even though I read one of the books early, I still plan on keeping all five on my TBR pile, because EVERBOUND is most definitely a TBRR.

    I really hope to read THE ARCHIVED and NOBODY in the next few weeks and just may end up marathon reading the three books in the Deviants series. But I’m not sure whether I’ll have the courage to say goodbye to BOUNDLESS. I’ve already had to say goodbye to an absolutely amazing series – Angelfire – and with WITH ALL MY SOUL and A TOUCH MENACING releasing in the next few months, I don’t know if I can bear to say goodbye to Clara, Christian and Tucker.

    But that remains to be determined.

    As always, I hope that you have some exciting new reads being added to your collection this week. If the wait for any of these books has been torturous, I’m glad the agony will finally end and that you will now be able to dive into these amazing books.

    If I do have any awesome reads being added to my collection, I will be back next week. Until then… Happy Reading!

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

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!


    Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2013


    Today is the LAST day of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, ending today, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts has offered up some bookish items for giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time, though not much…. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

    Even if just want to join in for just today that’s okay. We’d love to check out your post.


    The topic for today is…

    Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2013

    The only requirement seems to be that the book releases in 2013. So of course that means I’m going to cheat, just a little. Because I can’t possibly list only ten books releasing in 2013 I’m dying for. Though I will make them exclusively YA books I just can’t wait for.


    There will be TWO lists of top ten books I’m looking forward to. Those that are books in a series whose sequels I’m dying for and new books I can’t wait to read. But that second list will be making its appearance on The Annex or else this post would be WAY too long.

    And sadly they won’t include any of the seven books listed below, as I’ve already read them and either reviewed or rated them and just didn’t think it would be fair to list them….

    Books I’m Still Looking Forward to but Already Read

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

    EVERBOUND (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton

    GOLD (Bandia #2) by Talia Vance

    UNRAVEL ME (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

    ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    MOONSET (Legacy of Moonset #1) by Scott Tracey


    Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2013


    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent

    Why Top Ten? Tod Hudson… Well, yes, him. But also because this series is one of my all-time favorites. The author is a brilliant writer. The characters are near – and oh so dear – to my heart. The ride has been one heck of a roller coaster. Who knew banshees could be this kind of awesome?

    Sadly this series is coming to its heartbreaking end. Okay, so maybe the book won’t be heartbreaking – though I think it will be – but my heart will be broken that it’s ending. And that after getting to know Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Sabine and Emma as well as I have, having no more books to look forward to will be devastating.

    So, yes, there was no question WITH ALL MY SOUL would top my list of books I’m just dying to read this year. I just hope I’ll be ready to say goodbye on release date.


    Phantom Eyes

    PHANTOM EYES (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey

    Why Top Ten? Because that ending in DEMON EYES was devastating. Because the story is amazing and intense. Because the characters are ones whose safety I fear for constantly. Because the writing has moments of beauty, humor, snark and tension.

    Yet another series I’ve fallen in love with is coming to an end in 2013. I wouldn’t be able to bear the thought of having to say goodbye to this series if I didn’t get the chance to read the first book in the author’s new series – MOONSET. If there wasn’t the promise of more of that, I’m not entirely sure how I’d cope.

    Because saying goodbye to Braden, Drew, Trey and Jade is something I’m not fully prepared for. Three books is way too short a series and I’m ever hopeful for a prequel story in this world. Whether that be one about Jason and Catherine or one all about Drew and Jade.



    ENDLESS KNIGHT (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

    Why Top Ten? That ending. It killed me. I am obsessed with finding out just what happens next. I’m also super curious to know more about the Arcana. Especially Death. As I may have mentioned yesterday, I’m intrigued by Death.

    As there is not even the littlest of hints about what is in store for the characters in this upcoming book on Goodreads, I’m even more desperate for answers, a tiny clue… anything.

    But even if my curiosity wasn’t quite as piqued as it is, this book would still make my top ten because the world is amazing, chilling, horrifying. The characters are ones I could read about forever. The chemistry between them is electrifying. And the possibilities seem endless.


    A Touch Menacing

    A TOUCH MENACING  (A Touch Trilogy #3) by Leah Clifford

    Why Top Ten? Because I’ve never been more scared to read a series-ending book than I am with A TOUCH MENACING. Because it is one of the darkest series in YA I’ve ever read. Because it’s so unique and evil and brilliant.

    I’m terrified of seeing just how this series ends. I’m not at all looking forward to… okay maybe I am, just a little, morbid curiosity and all… finding out just how cruel the author has been to her characters. She pulls no punches. Ever.

    And I have this feeling… a bad, bad feeling… that I’m going to be shocked, heartbroken, devastated when I reach that last page. Which is why I’m so glad that there weren’t any ARCs made available in 2012.

    Because I think this book is one I’m going to have to fight to start reading and when I do, I’m sure I’ll be reading it with squinted eyes or through the spaces between my fingers like I do with anything that has the potential to scare me. I’m sure it will be scary good… but it will be knife-through-the-heart terrifying too.



    AFTERGLOW (Wildefire #3) by Karsten Knight

    Why Top Ten? Because this series is epic. Because the heroine is seriously, seriously fierce. Because the mythology is diverse and interesting. Because the story is action-packed, heartbreaking, and packs one heck of a punch. Because the writing is simply gorgeous.

    I can’t imagine that this series will be able to come to a close in this third book. This story just holds so much possibility. There are so many gods and goddesses who have interesting backgrounds I’d love to know more about.

    And Ashline Wilde’s “predicament” doesn’t seem even close to being resolved.

    Of course I’m confident the author will be able to wrap things up in this third book. I just don’t want that to happen. I most definitely want more.



    SWEET PERIL (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

    Why Top Ten? Kaidan Rowe. That is all.

    Okay, well I wasn’t being entirely honest. There is more to this book than Kaidan Rowe. There’s the fact that this world is so incredibly dark. The bad boy is incredibly bad – he is the son of the Duke of Lust after all. Oops… I somehow brought that back around to Kai again.

    The writing is so incredibly good. The characters are interesting. The plot is immensely entertaining. And I’m just dying to know what’s next. Especially as I read the description….

    Which leaves me with questions, questions and more questions. Release date is just too far away.


    Dance of the Red Death

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH (Masque of the Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin

    Why Top Ten? The writing is gorgeous and haunting and flows beautifully. The world is utterly intriguing and horrifying. It pays homage to Poe’s stories. It’s dark, disturbing and tension-filled.

    I am so looking forward to continuing this story. I’m actually rather desperate since I took a peek at the description and read these two sentences:

    “Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust.”

    Yeah. That makes me really worried about just what happened with the two boys I thought she could trust. Even though there already was that one incident….

    If only April would get here quicker….



    BOUNDLESS (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand

    Why Top Ten? This series is gorgeous. It’s made me cry so very many tears over the heartbreaking moments. It left me almost equally torn between the two boys in Clara’s life. The writing is simply beautiful. Did I mention how often it made me cry?

    I don’t want this series to end, even if this final book is as “riveting” as the description promises. I want it to go on for at least another two books… or more.

    Although I’m not ready to face “The End” or witness the final battle, I am looking forward to this next installment. I just wish it wasn’t the final one.

    The description talks of “sacrifices” and “betrayal” but gives no answers as to who will make the sacrifice, who is being sacrificed, who gets betrayed or who does the betraying. All I know is that I’m very, very nervous about just how the author will have her characters say their goodbyes.

    Yet even with all of that I cannot wait until BOUNDLESS releases and I can discover those answers for myself.



    GODDESS (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini

    Why Top Ten? Because I read DREAMLESS way too early and the wait has been torturous. Because I am desperately anxious for just what will become of the star-crossed lovers – Helen and Lucas. Because after that last epic journey that kept Helen and Lucas apart, I’m even more nervous for their future.

    I fell madly in love with STARCROSSED. I loved the crazy and intense connection that Helen and Lucas made. I loved how they had to fight their urge to destroy one another. I loved how the author resolved that situation…. Nope, sorry, no spoilers here.

    In DREAMLESS I ached for the situation that Helen was being put through. I was terrified about this new connection she was making. I was intrigued by the mythology that was explored. And when I reached the end I nearly screamed because I wanted more, more, more.

    Well, it’s almost 2013. The wait is just about over. Of course the fact that this is yet another series-ending book has me totally devastated. But the description promises there will be “no question unanswered.” Yet at the same time it says no heart will be “untouched.” Oh no!

    So… of course this book made my top ten list. I only wish there was another one to make the list in 2014.



    UNBREAKABLE (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris

    Why Top Ten? Because UNRAVELING was such an amazing surprise. Because that book tugged on every heartstring. Because that ending left me desperate for the sequel. And because I read the description for UNBREAKABLE and oh my gosh….

    I have absolutely no right to be tormented about the wait for UNBREAKABLE. Because I joined this party late – I only read UNRAVELING this fall. But  I feel tormented. I am tormented.

    That description definitely did its job. It’s left me at the edge of my seat wanting to know just what happens next. It leaves me with so many questions. It makes me want answers NOW. And it makes me so very nervous about a certain character I didn’t ever want to be nervous about.

    As this sequel also has its own sort of countdown clock, I just know it will be every bit the nail-biter that UNRAVELING was. Which makes me more than look forward to its release. Words like desperate, maybe a little despondent, slightly inconsolable, and perhaps a touch wretched come to mind.


    So that’s my top ten… well, one of them anyway. As mentioned above, I couldn’t possibly list just ten books releasing in 2013 I’m looking forward to. So these are just those books in a series I’m looking forward to continuing in 2013.

    My top ten picks for new books in a series, standalones, debuts or other books that will be a “first” for me, can be found on THE ANNEX.


    Last year I went a little crazy with my Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012 list. I’m thinking the numerous honorable mentions are what prompted the suggestion this year that we don’t go overboard. Yes I did a top ten “best of” list and then did a list of the “rest of” the books I was dying to read.

    So this year I’m keeping the honorable mentions to just five books I have on my radar. Of course I did create that other list on The Annex… but still, that totals a mere twenty-five books. A much more reasonable number than the 100+ I had on last year’s list.

    SCARLET (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

    UNTITLED (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

    DARK TRIUMPH (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

    THE LOST SUN (The United States of Asgard #1) by Tessa Gratton


    It’s still not too late to sign up for the event, even though it ends today. Whether you want to go back and post your Top Ten Lists for any of the missing posts or you just want to start today… you can!

    For those of you who are participating, I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten posts – and most especially today’s post as I just know there are a ton of books coming out in 2013 that I haven’t heard of yet. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.


    And don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway on…


    PLEASE NOTE: This is the SAME Linky List that is on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your links once!



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