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    My Reading Pile #46

    I don’t think I’m missing any books this week, though the mailman didn’t deliver any mail on Friday and UPS hadn’t showed up by the time I took the photos. But there were enough books that did show up that if any eventually get delivered they can go in next week’s post.

    As I am sharing what I received in my mailbox this week, I’m giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

    In this first pile are the books I received for review. At the top of the pile is my very much coveted ARC of Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. I requested a copy from the publisher, HarperCollins, and they sent it to me along with an ARC of Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday and Thumped by Megan McCafferty, both of which I’ve been dying to read. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait very long to read any of these books so I’m sure they’ll be on the pile very soon.

    I also received from Walnut Springs Press a copy of Northanger Alibi by Jenni James for review – which I have Amy of the blog YA Sisterhood to thank for the introduction. It’s billed as a modern Gothic retelling of the original, which sounds awesome. They also sent me a copy of the first book in the author’s The Jane Austen Diaries series called Pride & Popularity.

    Due to the USPS losing the first set that were sent back in December, I won’t get to read both books in order as I’d wanted to. Fortunately, they can be read as standalone books so I’ll be reading the review book this month and hopefully following it up next month with Pride & Popularity.

    But I also received a few other books in the mail that aren’t for review….

    Although it’s not on top of the pile, I am so super excited that I got a copy of Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout on loan from Patricia of Two Chicks On Books, that I had to mention it first. I can’t believe I didn’t request a copy for review, because I think this author and this series are amazing. While I will be returning this copy to Patricia, she said that I could borrow it for as long as I wanted to. So I may just have to read this one twice.

    Also, it’s super cool because…

    … I think that’s me! It’s misspelled and I don’t use the brackets – except in my logo – but I believe that’s a quote from my review that made the praise page! I had no idea!

    I also received a second copy of The Calling by Kelley Armstrong which is currently up for giveaway here -and The Selection by Kiera Cass from one of the amazing bloggers I trade with. I also ended up with a duplicate copy and triplicate copy of two other ARCs, but the pile was just too high to include them here. Maybe I’ll take a snap of them next week if I haven’t given them away by then.

    And finally, thanks to Alex of Electrifying Reviews, I received Something Like Fate, Cloaked and Where Demons Fear to Tread. But as I have all three as eBooks, I’ll be putting these on one of my upcoming Clearing the Pile giveaways on MRP.

    Anyway…

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

    (January 29-February 4, 2012)

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    First up is a back on the pile add. I couldn’t wait another week to read Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith, which I received an eARC of courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I’m also a little worried that it may expire… or that it has already expired.

    I’m such a huge fan of this series and would have devoured it the second I got approved but for deadlines. But I did read the first few chapters and I can say that so far it’s every bit as good as the other three books in the series that I’ve read.

    I haven’t read many books for young adults that are categorized as “horror” but I will say that this series can hold its own with any of the many, many adult horror novels I’ve read. The story is so easy to get lost in, the writing flows beautifully – yes, beautifully even if the subject matter isn’t – and the characters are ones that either you want to root for or hate.

    As soon as I finish this series – the fifth book comes out, hopefully, over the summer in the U.S. – I’ll be trying out the author’s other series. But for now, I am so super psyched that Fugitives is back on the pile this week.

    Next up on the pile is Shift by M.R. Merrick. I received an eARC for review from the author, but Shift comes out on February 1st, so release date is right around the corner and I can’t wait to grab my finished eBook to add to my permanent collection.

    I may end up reading this prior to Fugitives, and would have had it on the pile first if I had written my review for Exiled. Though I am hoping to write that before this post goes “live” so I may be able to read Shift on Sunday once I finish Wings of the Wicked.

    I discovered the series from the author’s Tweets and checked it out on Amazon and it sounded exactly like a book I’d love. Plus the cover for Exiled is so wicked awesome that I bought it immediately with the hope of reading it in December. Well, I read it in January. And I loved, loved, loved it. It was awesome. I was so tempted to start right in on Shift but I did have another book to read and review prior to then.

    I am so excited to start this next book in the author’s The Protector series to see just what’s up next for Chase in his battle against those who exiled him. And while the cover art does link to Goodreads, DO NOT read the description for this book if you haven’t read Exiled because the first sentence is a total spoiler.

    But definitely check out Exiled HERE if you want to know more.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I would kill to be able to read two of the books that I received in the mail this week right now, but they will have to wait until mid-month or next month.

    The first book I’d love to read is Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I loved Half-Blood, and I’ve been dying to read Pure but I totally forgot to request a copy for review. Well, thanks to Patricia of Two Chicks On Books I finally get a chance to read it. I’d just like to read it now!

    And as I may have mentioned on my other blog My Reading Pile, I’m dying to read Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. This cover is so beautiful that I can’t believe it’s an ARC! It has a matte finish, but it’s still so shiny and pretty and dark and stunning. And if this book is anything like I imagine it will be, then it will be wicked awesome.

    Those left behind:

    I’m not technically behind. I’m reading Wings of the Wicked now and will be finished by Sunday to start this week’s reading pile. It’s just those reviews. I’m currently three reviews behind – for Exiled, Anathema and Asylum. I hope to write the review for Exiled before this post goes live and then write one for Anathema this weekend.

    Although I’m not technically behind on my review for Asylum, since it wasn’t even on my reading pile last week. But I did read and love it and want to write a review before too much time passes.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I ended up getting approved for a book I initially was denied for, and that is Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate. I didn’t request anything new this week and still haven’t been approved or denied for Endure by Carrie Jones. But I’m hoping to have an answer on that soon, one way or another, because I love that series and would rather suffer the rejection now if it’s headed my way.

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    If I get done with my reads early this week I will be starting My Soul to Take. If not, it will definitely be on the pile next week.

    I got what I consider a ton of reading done in the past ten days. Well, a ton for me. But of course now I have a few reviews to write, yet all I want to do is finish reading Wings of the Wicked and start on my two books for this week.

    I really am a reader first and foremost. And no matter how long I blog, reading will always be my priority. And I really do need to become better at balancing blogging with my real life priorities, but so far I haven’t figured that one out.

    Oh, and yes, it was an all reading weekend last weekend and I did not see Underworld. But I will be seeing it this weekend hopefully.

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    My Reading Pile #44

    It was a fairly slow week at the mailbox. But I did get a few books I’m excited to read. I’m always happy when any books show up, and the books that showed up for me this week are kind of awesome. So, zero complaints.

    As I am sharing what I received in my mailbox this week, I’m giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

    I received all five books from a trade with another blogger. I’m so excited to have received Goddess Interrupted and Thumped and I’m dying to finally read Deadly Cool next month so I can immediately read Social Suicide.

    When I received Dark Eden for review the other month I had no idea there was a sequel. Once I did, I immediately added it to my TBR because I just couldn’t imagine where the series was headed. So, I’m super curious to see exactly where the story will lead in Eve of Destruction.

    And having Destiny and Deception will definitely light the fire for me to finish reading Bargains and Betrayals. I got about three-fourths of the way through the book before I was pulled away for another read. I can’t wait to go back to it.

    As soon as I snapped the first picture I realized I forgot about two other books I received this week. At the top of this pile (on my new book tower – yes it looks exactly like the other one) I have a copy of Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran. I received a copy for either review or giveaway by the publisher, Randomhouse, so if I don’t get a chance to read it, I will be offering it up for giveaway.

    And I also got my pre-ordered, signed, copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I cannot wait to read this book, which will be my very first John Green read. And the fact that it arrived signed is so unbelievably cool.

    While I got quite a few amazing books this week, none of them will be added to my pile until at least February. I still have a number of books to read in January, which became sort of an Indie book month – completely unintentional by the way.

    So anyway…

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

    (January 15-January 21, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Exiled by M.R. Merrick. I had purchased this as an eBook awhile ago because it just sounded so cool. But when the author reached out to me for a review, I decided to move it up in the pile.

    I had wanted to read Exiled in December, but that month flew by. So, I’m adding it to the pile this week, though I probably won’t get to start reading it until Wednesday since I need to catch up on one other review book from an earlier pile.

    I actually had read the first chapter of Exiled and what I’d read so far definitely left me wanting to read more. This story is about a supposed-to-be demon hunter named Chase, who never ended up receiving his powers and was therefore exiled. He uncovers a plan by the Circle he was to have been a part of which would “unleash pure-blood demons into the world.” And he makes it his mission to stop this from happening.

    As much as I love demons I hope he succeeds in stopping the Circle. Because the alternative doesn’t sound promising for the human race. And I’m super curious to see just how his alliance goes with the sexy witch, Rayna.

    So, yeah I’m excited to finally get a chance to add Exiled to the top of my reading pile this week.

    Next up on the pile is Anathema by K.A. Tucker. I won an eBook of Anathema a long while back from a giveaway hosted by Jaime and Patricia of Two Chicks On Books. But I also ended up downloading the free Kindle eBook version.

    And just recently I received a print copy, signed, from Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. So I definitely have a copy to read.

    I’m adding it to the pile this week because I am participating in the blog tour for the sequel, Asylum. And since I will be conducting a character interview here on the blog on January 23rd for the tour, I figured I should read both books so I can ask the right questions.

    I did end up reading the first thirty or forty pages the other week in between reads, thinking I could sneak the entire book in, but I ran out of time. So I will be starting this book from the beginning this week.

    I’m really interested in finding out just why Evangeline is having so many bizarre dreams, what her dreams actually mean, what Sofie is hiding and what’s up with the two rather quirky guys who own the home in Manhattan where she and Sofie end up staying. And I already know I want to know more about the super sexy Caden.

    According to the description, Evangeline wakes up from one of her dreams with “bite marks on her neck.” Well, I’m thinking there could only be one reason for that. But I guess I’ll have to read on to find out if what I believe to be true is actually true. I can’t wait. Because I’ve heard such amazing things about this author and book.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I have a lot of books I wish I could read. I’m still mourning the fact that I haven’t read Charmfall by Chloe Neill or Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz. But I suppose if I had to pick one wishful thinking read this week it would be Thumped by Megan McCafferty.

    I loved Bumped and was unbelievably excited when I learned that it wasn’t just a standalone. I had thought it might be a trilogy, but have since heard that Thumped would be the series conclusion.

    I am also dying to read Truth by Julia Karr. This is another dystopian series that I loved from 2011 and I received an ARC just the other week and have been dying to read it ever since. It does come out this week, but it’s still sitting on my TBR because I overbooked January. So, instead of reading this amazing book, I’m just wishing I could read it this week.

    Those left behind:

    I’m not behind on last week’s pile because I only added the one book, Initiation by Imogen Rose. I’m just about done with it and I certainly will have finished it before Sunday when I have to start tackling this week’s reading pile.

    I still have to read Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, which I will be reading before I even think about starting this week’s pile. So I’m not too far behind schedule, except on the sequels for Anathema and The Childe which are both due next week.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did a little more NetGalley stalking. I didn’t end up getting the two books I requested last time. I wasn’t denied, I just got no response.

    But I did end up requesting two books from Harlequin TEEN, which I was auto-approved for – Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter, which I ended up getting a printed ARC for this week from a trade, and Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz. Both are books I’m super excited to start reading, but they will definitely have to wait until February or early March.

    And tonight I ended up requesting Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. I had been denied back in December just before the holidays when Randomhouse pulled their books. So when I saw it on there tonight I just had to take a chance. And I received an almost instantaneous approval. I seriously can’t wait to start reading Wanderlove.

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    It’s been a difficult week for blogging. Everything has taken twice the time it normally would, so I’m utterly exhausted and fear just how many typos and nonsensical things are actually in this post. But I am hoping that I’ll be able to catch up on some sleep this weekend and continue to tackle my ever-growing reading pile.

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