The book that I was hoping would arrive in the mailbox this week did arrive. I didn’t necessarily expect that it would show up before this post, but it was in my mailbox Friday evening, so I’m totally stoked to have been able to take a snap and include it.
[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]
I received an ARC of THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan from the publisher, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, in anticipation of a tour that I’m going to be on next week. And I’m so unbelievably excited to get it just a bit early so that I can finally meet the characters and discover for myself just how awesome this book really is.
As I wasn’t necessarily expecting anything in the mail, I found myself going a little eGalley request crazy this past week. Of course most of that was on NetGalley, while creating this post. But there were a couple titles I requested from Edelweiss, one of which was approved.
It’s a book I’ve been dying to read since I first heard about it. It sounds so eerie and unbelievably awesome. And thanks to HarperTeen via Edelweiss I have an eARC of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn to devour.
But as I have a few books I need to read… or finish reading… first, it won’t be going on the pile this week. Even though I did start reading it the second it downloaded….
However, I do have two amazing books that I will be reading. And so…
Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
(May 5, 2013 – May 11, 2013)
First up on the pile is THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan. Yes, I just received this in the mail from the publisher, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, but as I will be reading it and reviewing it for a tour stop, it goes immediately to the top of the pile.
But that’s not the only reason. I’ve heard this book is all sorts of amazing. With a fascinating storyline and swoon-worthy boys. So, yeah. It’s definitely a book that I’m super thrilled to dive into. Just as soon as I finish writing this post.
As I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post a couple weeks back and I will be reviewing it next week, I won’t say another word about it. However, if you want to take a longer look, there is a chapter sampler available thanks to Random Buzzers.
I hope to finish this book before the weekend’s over. And if it’s as awesome as it promises to be, I will definitely have finished reading it before the next book on the pile releases on Tuesday.
After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.
In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.
And Grayson has gone missing.
No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.
Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.
Next up on the pile is IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum. While it isn’t available yet, it will be releasing on the 7th and I’m very hopeful my pre-ordered eBook copy will have downloaded on Monday Midnight so I can find out just what happens in this next book in the series.
I only just finished reading UNTIL I DIE this past week and I cannot fathom how everyone managed to wait an entire year for this sequel’s release. That ending killed me. Everything was left up in the air. I have no idea how what happened at the end can possibly be resolved. But I’m desperate to find out.
I’m pretty sure this is the final book in the series, but I will have no problem diving into IF I SHOULD DIE when it releases. I’m so anxious to find out what happens next that it totally overshadows the fact that this might be the last book in this series.
I love all the characters in this series and cannot wait to continue their adventure in this next book. I may be partial to Jules at the moment, but I cannot wait to see how I feel at the series’ end. Which should be some time on Wednesday.
I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.
Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.
It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.
After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?
Wishful Thinking Reads:
The only books I wish I were reading right now are the ones I should have already read – PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards and GODDESS by Josephine Angelini. I am desperate to read both those books, but for some reason other books keep getting piled on top of them.
So while I know I am going to be way too busy during the first part of the week, I am so very hopeful I will have time during the latter part of the week to read at least one of them.
Of course, for now, that remains just a wish.
Those Left Behind:
I only left one of the two books from last week’s pile behind – FLICKER & BURN. I did read UNTIL I DIE but have yet to write my review. Which I’ll have to do quickly, and soon, because I am desperate to read IF I SHOULD DIE when it releases this Tuesday and I can’t do that if I haven’t reviewed the previous book.
Surprisingly, I spent quite a bit of time early this week getting reviews written. I’m still not caught up, but I’ve managed to write reviews for SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins, which I did end up sneaking onto the pile the other week, THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR by Kady Cross and BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards.
Which means I can finally read THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH, which I started reading, and PHOENIX, which I desperately want to read. So I just have three past due reviews and one recently read review to write.
Hopefully I’ll be able to tackle two of those this week. Yes, I’m hopeful, but not wholly confident.
This is because I’ll be beta reading a book this weekend and I have my own WIP to complete. So review writing has slipped a little farther down my list of priorities. At least for the next few days, anyway.
Furthermore, I’m still in that “I’d rather be reading” mood. So, we’ll see how things ended up in next week’s MRP post.
NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:
I don’t know what possessed me to go searching around NetGalley during the wee hours of the morning earlier this week. Whatever it was, it made me request a book…
AWAKEN (Abandon #3) by Meg Cabot (Scholastic Inc., Jul 2 2013)
I couldn’t resist. I may not exactly be caught up with this series… I haven’t yet read either of the two previous books… but I own both and desperately want to read all three books back-to-back.
So when I got approved for AWAKEN I was ecstatic.
And when searching for books for this post, I may have found and requested a few others. All three are pending approval.
CARNIEPUNK by Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep (Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, Jul 23 2013)
HIDDEN by Marianne Curley (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books Jun 25 2013)
PHANTOM EYES (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey (Flux Oct 8 2013)
I’m not sure whether or not I’ll get approved for CARNIEPUNK as it isn’t a YA title, but the authors are amazing and I’m very curious about this book. It is one of the books I have pre-ordered so if I don’t get to read it for review, I will be reading it when it releases.
There are also some other really exciting books available on NetGalley this week. The first of which I’m so very tempted to request.
STRIKEFORCE (Skyship Academy #3) by Nick James (Flux, Oct 8 2013)
THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR by Dawn Klehr (Flux, Oct 8 2013)
BACKWARD GLASS by David Lomax (Flux, Nov 8 2013)
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST GIRLFRIEND by Louise Rozett (Harlequin UK Limited, Jul 5 2013) **The UK edition, no restrictions**
TERMINATED (Revivalist #3) by Rachel Caine (Penguin Books Australia, Jul 24 2013) ++Not YA++ ***Australian Book Reviewers Only***
TRUE by Erin McCarthy (Penguin, Berkley, NAL/Signet Romance NAW May 7 2013) ++Not YA++
I’ve been trying for a better blog-work-life balance this past week, and I’ve been fairly successful. But sleep seems to have become the necessary sacrifice. As there’s just not room for everything.
But I’ve chosen to wake up early each morning so that I can sneak in an hour to an hour-and-a-half of reading time before I have to start my day. Which makes me oh so happy. Even if it does make me a little sleepy.
And while I haven’t yet had the chance to read all the books I’ve wanted to read as of late, at least I feel like some of those titles are nearing the top of the pile. Well, as long as I don’t heap a few more on top of them before they actually do make it to “currently reading” status.
But with my own writing and editing to do and a beta read, I have a feeling that it may be a few more weeks before I actually get to read most of them. Which saddens me just a little bit. Even though I’m totally looking forward to the beta.
I hope your trip to the mailbox was happy and that the titles you received were ones you’ve been pining for. I’d love to know what they are and what you plan on reading this week. So, feel free to leave a comment if you’d like to share.
And if you do create a book haul post or one in which you share your upcoming reads, leave a link to your post so that I can check it out..
Do you create a reading pile?
If so, what’s in your pile this week?