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    My Reading Pile #185

    MyReadingPileIt was another quiet week at the mailbox this week, but I received a book for review whose description totally intrigued me so I can’t wait to dive into it (hopefully) next weekend.

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    I received a finished copy of THE FIGURES OF BEAUTY by David MacFarlane for review courtesy of the publisher, HarperCollinsWhen I saw the invitation to review it in my email I couldn’t resist saying yes. It sounds like a beautiful and romantic love story and I am looking forward to meeting the narrator who is a daughter unknown to the story’s main character.

    It releases next week on the 7th of October, but I won’t get the chance to get it on the pile until at least next weekend due to some reading backlog. But I am hopeful I’ll get the chance to read it if not by its release date, just a bit later that week.

    I also received two eARCs for review – UNBREAKABLE and ETERNAL by C.C. Hunter – courtesy of the publisher for the blog tour I’ll be on at the end of October. I love the author’s YA series about Kylie and I cannot wait to read her Shadow Falls: After Dark series about Della.

    As I have just a little bit of time before the tour, I won’t be reading either the novella or the novel this week. But I will definitely be adding both to the pile in the next couple of weeks.

    And while I may have put in a request on Edelweiss for one book on Friday, I doubt I’ll be approved. But aside from that one request, I’ve been very much trying to hide from both online eGalley sites. I’m happy to say I’ve been somewhat successful.

    Anyway…

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

    {September 28, 2014 – October 4, 2014}


    Talon Cover

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    I’m only adding one book to the pile this week and it is TALON by Julie Kagawa. I received an ARC from Jaime of Two Chicks on Books awhile back from her trip to ALA. It was the book I most wanted and she offered to see if she could grab me a copy.

    While I haven’t yet been able to read it, I can’t wait anymore. I’ll be on the book’s tour in a few weeks and while I don’t have to read it for review, I very much want to read it before my stop date on the 17th.

    I’ve read a few reviews so I have an idea of what to expect, and I can’t wait to meet Ember, Dante and Garret. As I have to do a bit of catch up on some of my currently reading books, I hope to get this one on the pile on Wednesday.

    The Description…

    Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

    Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

    Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week is LARK RISING by Sandra Waugh. After I took a peek at the excerpt, I fell in love with the author’s writing and immediately pre-ordered it for my Kindle. Well it downloaded this past week and I’ve been dying to get the chance to read it. But as I have a few books I need to finish reading for review in the next couple of weeks, for now it’s sadly going to have to remain a wish.


    Those Left Behind

    I did not get the chance to read LOVE ME TO DEATH this past week, though I am reading it now. So I will hopefully have it completed before the end of the weekend and possibly reviewed on the blog here this week, because things are going to be kind of crazy here for the next few weeks.

    It’s been a bit of a strange week for me and while I found time to read and review ADRENALINE CRUSH and post it over on RYAR and wrote and posted my review for MADE FOR YOU, I didn’t have much time to read. Though I did manage to sneak in a read of WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand, which I wanted to do prior to my tour stop on Friday. I managed to read 75% of it before then and finished the remainder this past evening.

    I also managed to finish writing my review of THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS, which I started writing back in May… or June. I lost a few versions of it somewhere along the way and only had the saved personal note on the blog. But I got the rest of the review put together and posted, finally. And I can’t wait to get the finished copy on Tuesday.

    Though I’m still totally sad that the series has ended.

    If all goes well I’ll be writing and posting my reviews for INVISIBLE by Dawn Metcalf and WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand over on RYAR this weekend or on Monday and Tuesday of next week. And even more hopefully I will write up my review for THE GIFTED DEAD here on Fiktshun.

    I think my brain took a vacation this week. I still can’t believe it’s been just a week since I returned from my sailing “adventure.” Though I don’t think I’ve quite recovered yet.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t request any eARCs from NetGalley this past week, though I did request and was approved for the three-chapter sneak peek of ENSNARED by A.G. Howard. I am dying to read that next book in the series. DYING. But I’m just going to have to be content with a peek.

    And while I didn’t request any review galleys, there are a few ones that look interesting.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    WITCHRISE (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #3) by Victoria Lamb (Harlequin Teen, Sep 30 2014)

    DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2) by Michelle Madow (Harlequin Teen, Oct 28 2014)

    DENTON’S LITTLE DEATH DATE by Lance Rubin (Random House Children’s, Apr 14 2015)

    RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard (Orion, Mar 26, 2015) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold (Penguin Young Readers Group, Mar 3 2015)

    AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir (Penguin Young Readers Group, Apr 28 2015)

    CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert (Disney Book Group, May 19 2015)

    REMEMBER ME by Stacey Nash (HarperCollins Publishers Australia, Sep 22 2014) **Australia, Canada, EU, UK and US Reviewers Preferred**

    TIME’S EDGE (The Chronos Files #2) by Rysa Walker (Amazon Children’s Publishing, Oct 21 2014)

    WHISPERS FROM THE PAST by Elizabeth Langston (Spencer Hill Press, Oct 7 2014)

    UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER by Kelly Jones (Random House Children’s, May 12 2015) **A Middle Grade Title**


    I am more than a little bit sad that this will be my final My Reading Pile post here at Fiktshun. I’m actually majorly bummed to have been winding things down over these past few months. As much as I love blogging on Reading YA Rocks, it’s not this blog that I created and grew and poured my blood (from head meeting desk too often), sweat (have you ever tried rushing to read something by a deadline?) and tears (from the stress, from feeling not good enough, from being rejected, from reading a book that tore my heart out) into.

    Reading YA Rocks was someone else’s creation – a gorgeous one at that – but it wasn’t conceived by me, for me. There is a definite lack of attachment. At least right now. But it has helped me write reviews that much easier and quicker and shorter. And I am feeling less and less guilty for not reviewing books – because I am actually reviewing them – and less worried about being plagiarized – as they are reviews that take between one and two hours vs. four or more.

    As I’ve said, I will still keep this blog live and will post the occasional random thought, review for a non-YA title or participate in something that for some reason must be tied to the Fiktshun name. But hopefully things will pick up over at RYAR, even though I will be posting mostly reviews over there, which tend to be very not popular.

    Anyway… I still haven’t quite decided what I’m going to call the Reading Pile/Haul post over there. But I will be sharing books received (if any) and the books I’m reading, as well as my NetGalley finds next Saturday if I actually figure out a name.

    For the final time here on Fiktshun, I wish you all the most amazing reading week ahead. I hope you received some awesome books and ARCs. And if you’d like to share what you have on your pile this week – or what you received – I’d love to know.

    Happy reading!

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    My Reading Pile #184

    MyReadingPileIt was a fairly quiet but totally awesome week at the mailbox this week. I am awaiting one book which should be arriving soon, but I received a book I didn’t expect this week.

    MRP 184

    I received an ARC of TRANSCENDENT by Lesley Livingston thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. I am madly in love with this series and I am dying to find out what happens in this third installment… which I hope isn’t the last… but which I refuse to read the description of to find out.

    I have no idea what to expect and I don’t want to know – I want to totally be surprised – but I can’t wait to start reading this, just as soon as I get caught up with all the reads I need to finish by October 7th.

    I didn’t stalk Edelweiss or NetGalley this week, but I did receive one eARC this week, courtesy of the author, and it is…

    Love Me to Death

    LOVE ME TO DEATH (Underveil #1) by Marissa Clarke

    I love Marissa Clarke’s/Mary Lindsey’s writing and I was so excited to receive an eARC of this first book in her adult PNR series. It releases on October 28th, and I refuse to wait to add it to the pile. And so…

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

    {September 21, 2014 – September 27, 2014}


    Adrenaline Crush

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    First up on the pile is ADRENALINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton. I received an ARC of this for review, courtesy of the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), a short while back and I was so excited as this book sounds awesome. I love a love story and I love that the main character is someone who was a “risk taker.”

    I am curious to see how she copes with the accident that shattered her ankle, I’m anxious to find out if she’ll be able to return to the life she had beforehand, and I’m even more curious to find out which boy she chooses.

    ADRENALINE CRUSH releases on Tuesday, but it’s a fairly short and seemingly super quick read, and I expect that I’ll be able to read it in one sitting today and have my review posted on RYAR on Tuesday.

    The Description…

    When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

    Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.


    Love Me to Death

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    Next up on the pile is LOVE ME TO DEATH by Marissa Clarke. I received an eARC this week from the author and I may have already started reading it. I have been in a total PNR mood lately and I’m so glad to have this book to read.

    I love the author’s writing and I am so curious as to how she approaches adult PNR. I am also excited to get to know Elena and Nikolai. I may have peeked at a smokin’ hot passage, and already read the first chapter or two, but I can’t wait to pick this back up again (hopefully) later tonight so that I can devour the rest of the story.

    If all goes as planned I’ll be finished with this early in the week and will be posting my review next week here at Fiktshun.

    The Description…

    Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar, which is not easy to do when you live with the craziest woman in the world. But eccentric Aunt Uza is a picnic compared to the other people who enter her orderly life after she is shot in a convenience store robbery.

    Elena finds herself rocketed from comfortable predictability to supernatural insanity courtesy of her own private angel of death who happens to have the sexiest accent on earth and a body to match. Her death angel is convinced she’s some kind of freaky half vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster.

    Yeah, right. She’ll play along, but then she doesn’t have much choice seeing how as the guy claims to be some immortal law enforcer and has taken her prisoner.

    * * *

    Nikolai Itzov had expected to fight the urge to torture the progeny of his father’s murderer, but he’d never anticipated battling the urge to kiss her her.

    As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his charge from the Underveil General is clear: Kill her or die. He has been told she is one of them–an Undead. Nothing but a parasite to be destroyed. But he has been told wrong.

    Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans.

    With her analytical mind and his centuries of training and experience, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I am dying to read COMPULSION by Martina Boone. I’ve read the description, interviewed the author and learned all sorts of stuff about this book, read a few blog posts to learn even more, and now I can’t wait to read it. But as I don’t have a copy and its release date isn’t until the end of October, it’s just going to have to remain a wish.


    Those Left Behind

    I read ROOMS and MADE FOR YOU – both books from the pile last week and I’ve already posted my review for ROOMS for my blog tour stop this past Friday. My review for MADE FOR YOU will be posting either Monday or Tuesday on RYAR. I’d hoped to post it before I left on my mini-vacay but I ran out of time. But it will be up this week.

    I also wrote and posted my reviews for GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil, BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O’Brien over at RYAR this past week. So I’m definitely getting those reviews written. I just wish I could read a little bit faster. I’m also hoping that I can write a few reviews for books I should have already reviewed, like for STAY WITH ME and WILD.

    And hopefully I’ll have my review written for THE GIFTED DEAD here at Fiktshun later this week, if not by its release date on Tuesday. We shall see.

    It was a rather challenging and exhausting boat trip. I thought I’d be filled with all sorts of energy when I came back and had planned on posting this on Saturday. But I was totally wiped out and I still am so it’s going up just a bit later than planned.

    I also didn’t get much reading done while I was away. Though it was awesome sitting with my Kindle and a cup of coffee and watching the sun come up over the water.

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    Hopefully I’ll be fully recovered and back to reading and reviewing this week. I’m just glad I have a few less tour posts so that I can spend more time reading this week.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    Once again I didn’t request any titles from NetGalley, though the second book in Kami Garcia’s The Legion series is tempting as heck. But as it releases on the 30th of September and I have a bunch of books to read before then, I’ll just have to wait for my Kindle copy to download on release date.

    And although I didn’t request any review eARCs, there are a few of interest. And so…

    Here are this week’s finds…

    UNMARKED (The Legion #2) by Kami Garcia (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sep 30 2014)

    THERE WILL BE LIES by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jan 6 2015)

    BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jun 2 2015)

    BEASTKEEPER by Cat Hellisen (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Feb 3 2015)

    TEMPLE BOYS by Jamie Buxton (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Feb 10 2015)

    PEACE AND CONFLICT by Irene Sabatini (Little, Brown Book Group UK, Nov 6 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    REBEL WING by Tracy Banghart (Alloy Entertainment, July 29 2014)

    BEAU, LEE, THE BOMB & ME by Mary McKinley (Kensington Books, Oct 28 2014)

    THE BOOK OF IVY by Amy Engel (Entangled Publishing, LLC, Nov 4 2014)


    It was a crazy week this past week. I was prepping for my vacation and spent a bunch of time in the evenings trying to get caught up on my reading, get six or seven posts scheduled on this blog and a few others posted at RYAR, pack and mentally ready myself for the trip across the water on a larger boat.

    But I got most of everything read and reviewed before I left and hope to finish writing reviews for the couple of books I hadn’t reviewed. And I’m also hoping that this week will be a bit calmer and I can get back into this reading and reviewing groove I was in before I went away.

    I have decided that next week’s MRP post here at Fiktshun will be the last on this blog. It will be the end of September and my 185th pile. But if I receive any books for review or grab any eARCs, I will be sharing those books received and current reads over at Reading YA Rocks starting in October. So if you’d like to continue to see what I received and am reading, feel free to follow along over there.

    Anyway… I’m off to read ADRENALINE CRUSH right now… or maybe organize my book tower. But I hope you had an amazing reading week last week, that the books you received lived up to the hype you created for them, and that you have a few new books to add to your pile this week. As ever…

    Happy reading!

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    My Reading Pile #183

    MyReadingPileIt was an awesome week at the mailbox this week. A book I am so unbelievably excited to read showed up and a surprise book I’ve been hearing some amazing things about also showed up.

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    I received an ARC of ROOMS by Lauren Oliver courtesy of the publisher, Ecco, in anticipation of the tour I’ll be on this coming week. I plan on reading and reviewing it for my stop on the 19th and I have an amazing interview to accompany my post. I’m totally stoked and can’t wait to start reading.

    I also received a surprise finished copy of A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall, courtesy of the publisher, Swoon Reads. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and it sounds awesome and the cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to meet all the characters. It looks to be a super quick read and I’m thinking I just might take it with me on my mini sailing vacay later this week.

    And if you can believe it, I did not request a single eARC this past week. Nope, not one. I’m kind of surprised, but at the same time very happy to not add more to my never diminishing eARC collection on my Kindle.

    But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a couple of books that I am dying to read this week. And so…

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

    {September 14, 2014 – September 20, 2014}


    Made for You

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    First up on the pile is MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr. I received an eARC in anticipation of its tour, and I can’t wait to read it. While I am only sharing an excerpt for my stop, and my pre-order will arrive on Tuesday, I cannot wait to dive in just a few days before its release.

    I love Melissa Marr’s writing and I love YA contemporary and this book sounds so very, very awesome. I can’t wait to read this “twisted southern gothic tale,” meet Eva Tilling, and find out who is obsessed with her and why she awoke from an accident with the ability to foresee people’s deaths.

    The description promises murder, romance and an enthralling and wild ride. And I cannot wait to be taken along this weekend.

    The Description…

    Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

    For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


    Rooms

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    Next up on the pile is ROOMS by Lauren Oliver. I received an ARC from the publisher this past week for the book’s tour and I cannot wait to dive in on Sunday or Monday. Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer and I cannot wait to see how she tackles her adult debut that promises to be “haunting.”

    I may have already peeked at the answers the author gave to my interview questions, which makes me that much more excited to meet these characters, find out what happens with the ghosts that share the Walkers’ home, and what the “cataclysmic results” are when the spirit and human worlds collide.

    I just know I’m going to love the writing, I’m already intrigued by the story, so I have a feeling this will be one of those reads I’m not going to want to put down. If I can’t get to it late Sunday night, I’m going to clear my schedule on Monday evening so I can devour it in one sitting.

    The Description…

    The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways

    Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

    But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

    The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

    Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I really want to finish reading THE WITCHES OF EAST END by Melissa De La Cruz. I just binge watched the entire TV series and am all caught up and I really want to finally finish reading this first book and all currently released sequels. But as I have a ton of books sitting in my living room just begging to be read, I can’t go totally off-pile to read the series, as much as I desperately wish I could.


    Those Left Behind

    I am still reading INVISIBLE as I write this post. I will be finished by the time it goes “live” on the blog, but for now I’m not quite done reading. I plan on writing a review after my tour stop, but I will be posting it on Reading YA Rocks where I’ll be posting most of my YA reviews from now on.

    But I did post my review for FALLING INTO PLACE and have written my review for GET EVEN which I’ll be posting over on RYAR on its release date, Tuesday.

    And I did end up finishing and loving THE GIFTED DEAD and I hope to have a review written for it here on its release date, the 23rd.

    I also managed to write and post my reviews for BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins over on RYAR. And I should have my review for BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin on that blog either today or Sunday.

    Things were a lot less crazy this week at work, but I took the time to completely veg and binge watch The Witches of East End and catch up on Teen Wolf. So I didn’t get much reading done. (Yes, I’m glad I only added one book to the pile!)

    But I’m back to adding two books to the pile and I hope to read more than that. We shall see.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t request a single eARC from anywhere or anyone this week. I’m very proud of myself. Though I really want to search through old MRP posts to request some of those books I wanted to request but didn’t.

    Trying. To. Refrain.

    Anyway… there are a few interesting-sounding books on NetGalley this week.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING by Rachel Harris (Spencer Hill Contemporary, Sep 30 2014)

    EVERY UGLY WORD by Aimee Salter (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

    IMITATION by Heather Hildenbrand (Alloy Entertainment, Jul 29 2014)

    SHADOW CREATURES (Lost Worlds #2) by Andrew Lane (Pan Macmillan, Sep 11 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**


    I did not take the opportunity to blog a few hours each night this past week. While I did put some time into updating my features and review pages and writing a few reviews, I did not get ahead of things. I still have a ton of reading and a ton of post formatting to do for the upcoming tours I’m on.

    But part of the reason for my slacker-like qualities was that both the tweaks to Reading YA Rocks and the final design elements were completed. So I couldn’t resist spending some time figuring things out over there.

    It’s tough preparing to say goodbye to the blog that is Fiktshun. It’s a place I’ve been blogging at regularly for the past (almost) four years. It’s kind of crazy to even think about blogging somewhere new, especially with a viable blog here that I love. But a fresh start, something a bit less serious, with (hopefully) zero plagiarism incidents is something that I desperately need. And when the time comes to walk away for good, it might be just a little bit easier to say goodbye.

    I haven’t decided yet whether or not to move My Reading Pile over to the other blog or just post a sort of “Book Haul” and list my current reads. But in the next couple of weeks I’ll decide… I hope.

    Anyway… I hope you had as amazing a week at the mailbox as I did, that you read way more than I did, and that the books you read were awesome. And if you’d like to share what you’ve been reading and what you received, leave a comment or link so I can check it out.

    Happy reading!

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    My Reading Pile #182

    MyReadingPileIt was another quiet week at the mailbox this past week. I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail and I only grabbed one title from Edelweiss. And, yes, I’m a few days late in posting again, but after these last two weeks I was completely thrashed this past weekend.

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    I am anticipating a book for review, by either mail or eGalley I’m not sure, but when it arrives there will be much cheering. I’m keeping fingers crossed it will be this week.

    And while I’m trying to reduce the number of eGalleys I do end up grabbing, I couldn’t resist this awesome-sounding title.

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    The Prey

    HarperTeen via Edelweiss

    THE PREY (The Hatchery #1) by Tom Isbell

    This book sounds absolutely chilling and exciting and dark and awesome and I just couldn’t resist the chance to read it a bit early. I am so very much in the mood for a story that is action-packed and deadly, and this sounds like it fits in with my mood perfectly.

    And while it’s not officially getting added to this week’s pile, I may just have to sneak it onto the pile later this week. But for now…

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

    {September 7, 2014 – September 13, 2014}


    Invisible

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    Once again I’m opting to add only one book to the pile this week and it is INVISIBLE, the second book in Dawn Metcalf’s The Twixt series. I received an eARC for review last week in anticipation of the book’s tour next week. And I’m so excited to get it on the pile because I have been dying to read this sequel.

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting what happens next with Joy and Ink and Inq. I can’t wait to go back to the Twixt, it’s been so long since my last visit. The description is all sorts of cryptic and makes me nervous about just what the consequences of Joy’s choice will be. And I really hope that things won’t be as devastating as I think they might be.

    While I don’t need to read this before the tour, it gives me the perfect excuse to read it. And I am hopeful of diving in on Wednesday night.

    The Description…

    Some things lie beneath the surface.

    Invisible.

    With the power to change everything.

    Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

    Her choice is balanced on a scalpel’s edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I have so many books I wish I could read right now, choosing just one is torture. But if I had to choose, I’d have to say THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand. This book sounds beautiful and heartbreaking. The author’s writing is gorgeous. And every time I see it on my Kindle I desperately wish I could be reading it right now.


    Those Left Behind

    Even with all the craziness this past couple of weeks, I still managed to finish GET EVEN and read and review last week’s pile add – FALLING INTO PLACE by Amy Zhang. While I have to write my review for GET EVEN and post it later this week, the review for FALLING INTO PLACE will be up on the blog in the next couple of hours for my tour stop.

    I also started reading – and will hopefully finish tomorrow – THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black. It’s an awesome book so far, and I can’t wait to get back to reading once I finish writing a few posts for this week on the blog.

    After the insanity that was the last couple of weeks, I completely crashed this weekend and, of course, got sick. But I did manage to read and fall madly in love with Amy Zhang’s book and write my review before becoming completely out of it.

    If all goes well, I’ll be able to write and post my review for GET EVEN on Thursday or Friday and write and schedule my review for THE GIFTED DEAD for some time next week. But we shall see. I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on, and I’m really feeling more in the reading mood than the writing mood at the moment.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t request any books from NetGalley this past week. Though there is one book I am so tempted to download and another I desperately want to request. But for now, since I am so behind on my reads, I will refrain. But it’s not easy. Anyway…

    Here are this week’s finds…

    BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, Oct 21 2014)

    BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Oct 9 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    WHEN by Victoria Laurie (Disney Book Group, Jan 13 2015)

    ALTHEA AND OLIVER Sneak Peek by Cristina Moracho (Penguin Young Readers Group, Oct 9 2014)

    WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU by Julie Cross (Entangled Publishing, LLC, Oct 7 2014)

    STORM (Salt #2) by Danielle Ellison (Entangled Publishing, LLC, Sep 29 2014)

    DEAD OVER HEELS by Alison Kemper (Entangled Publishing, LLC, Sep 29 2014)


    Once again things were fairly quiet on the blog last week. But I am finally done with the project at work that took over my days and nights. And while I am still recovering, I have a few hours each night to blog. Which makes me happy.

    I did get a little distracted over the weekend by Witches of East End on Netflix. But I was so out of it, I couldn’t possibly have read. And I managed to devour the entire first season on Saturday so it won’t be a distraction going forward.

    Anyway… as I am still barely functional, I am going to crawl back under covers with my Kindle. But I hope your reading week has been awesome so far and that an amazing book or two landed in your mailbox. And if you’d like to share what you received and are reading, I’d love to know.

    Happy reading!

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    My Reading Pile #181

    MyReadingPileIt was a quiet week at the mailbox last week… and has been quiet so far this week. I received no physical books in the mail, but I did receive – and grab – a few amazing eARCs.

    This post is super late – and I thought of skipping it this week – but just in case I get all grabby hands on Edelweiss this week I didn’t want to look too greedy, and so I’m posting this mid-week version of My Reading Pile.

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    I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail, but I found a ton of titles – of which I may have grabbed four – on Edelweiss and I received two eARCs for review for two book tours I’ll be on for Kismet Book Touring.

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    Harlequin Teen via NetGalley

    INVISIBLE (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf

    I received an eARC for the book tour I’ll be on this month, though I would have downloaded it from NetGalley anyway, because I loved the first book in this series and have been anxiously awaiting the sequel. I’m so curious what’s been happening with Joy and Ink and all the rest of the fascinating characters from the Twixt. I can’t wait to dive into this in the next week or two.

    HarperCollins via Edelweiss

    THE CEMETERY BOYS by Heather Brewer

    It’s been ages since I’ve gotten the chance to read a book by Heather Brewer and I can’t wait to read this new book. The setting sounds absolutely amazing and creepy and awesome and I can’t wait to meet Stephen and visit Spencer, Michigan. It doesn’t release until March 2015 but I just know I won’t be able to wait and am hopeful of adding this to the pile this October.

    The author via Kismet Book Touring

    THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black

    I am a huge fan of author Jenna Black and I am just dying – no pun intended – to read THE GIFTED DEAD. I technically received it this week so it should be in this coming Saturday’s MRP post, but as I’m posting late I just had to share the fact that I received it now. The very first line of the description talking about politics and magic totally grabs. Even if I hadn’t read the rest of the description I’d have been intrigued. I want to learn more about the Gifted and the Order. I want to escape into this dark world. And hopefully I’ll be able to do so next weekend.

    Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss

    POLARIS (Avalon #2) by Mindee Arnett

    I have been anxiously awaiting the chance to read AVALON by Mindee Arnett. I own the first book and it released during a time when I swore to myself that I would hold off on reading new first books in a series until I at least had their sequels in hand. Now that I do, I cannot wait to read both books. And I do not plan on waiting until closer to POLARIS’ release date before I dive in. It’s definitely time for me to meet Jeth.

    HarperTeen via Edelweiss

    BETTER THAN PERFECT by Melissa Kantor

    I couldn’t resist grabbing this upcoming release by Melissa Kantor. It feels like a totally relatable book and I can’t wait to meet Juliet Newman. The fact that the description calls it “surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic” and “[p]owerful and honest” totally put this one on the must read pile for me. As I still find myself in a contemporary reads kind of mood, I have a feeling I’ll be sneaking this one onto the pile this month, even though it doesn’t release until mid-February.

    LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass

    I have been eagerly awaiting this book’s availability for review. Ever since I learned about it during the cover reveal I participated in, I’ve wanted to meet Nathan and Aubrey. The description promises “bite” and “romance” and I cannot wait to grin, laugh and maybe even swoon a little. And as I have already been waiting ages for the chance to read it, I will definitely be reading it later this month. Though I wish I could add it to the pile this week.

    As I have a super crazy week at work ahead, and I just know I’m going to barely have time to finish my current read, I’m only adding one book to the pile this week. And so…

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

    {August 31, 2014 – September 6, 2014}


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    The only book I’m adding to the pile this week is FALLING INTO PLACE by Amy Zhang. I received an ARC for review courtesy of Balzer + Bray for the tour I’ll be on next week with Me, My Shelf and I Book Tours and I’m so excited to finally get the chance to read it.

    It sounds like a thought-provoking and heartbreaking novel. I’m totally intrigued by the statement in the description which mentions it’s a nonlinear story. I’m also curious about who the narrator is.

    I don’t want to peek until I actually get the time to sit down and read it and I hope to be able to do so on Friday.

    The Description…

    On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

    Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl.

    Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I do not have time for a wishful thinking read this week. But if I did, it would have to be THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black. When it landed on my Kindle I may have started reading the first lines aloud to The Dude and I found that I didn’t want to stop reading. But as I have no time for silly things like wishes, I couldn’t possibly even wish to read it this week. Though I really, really, want to have time for wishes… and reading.


    Those Left Behind

    I didn’t leave any books behind last week. I devoured THE STARS NEVER RISE – oh my gosh it’s even more amazing than the version I read in 2012. And I read FEUDS, though I didn’t end up posting the review for the tour, but posted it yesterday. So while it was technically left behind, it was on purpose.

    I also started reading the book I was planning on adding to the pile this week – GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil – but as I’m more than half way through and will hopefully be finished by the time this post goes live, I didn’t officially add it to the pile and opted to move up next week’s read instead.

    Last week was crazy at work, so I’m not sure when I found the time to read. I worked a couple of all-nighters last weekend, which is why I didn’t get the chance to post this on time. And I’m going to be working a few of them this week.

    But I hope to have this week’s read done by Sunday, as planned. But we shall see. Though I have to have it done – and reviewed – in time for my stop on Tuesday.

    I also have to write a short review to add to my guest post stop for the GET EVEN Blog Tour on Friday. I am totally loving it, so I don’t think I’ll be at a loss for words.

    And I don’t think I’ll be leaving anything behind for next weekend’s post. Fingers crossed.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I did not request any review books from NetGalley this past week. And I only had time to do the quickest of checks because I’m trying to get everything done before ramping up for this crazy insane week at work. But I did find a few, including the book I received for the tour, and so…

    Here are this week’s finds…

    INVISIBLE (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf (Harlequin Teen, Sep 30 2014)

    BROKEN (Avena #2) by Marianne Curley (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Nov 4 2014)

    THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE by Vanessa Barneveld (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Oct 21 2014)

    A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall (Pan Macmillan, Aug 28 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME (Sneak Peek) by Stephanie Perkins (Pan Macmillan, Oct 9 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster Australia, Oct 7 2014) **Australian Reviewers Preferred**

    SILVERN (The Gilded Series #2) by Christina Farley (Amazon Children’s Publishing, Sep 23 2014)

    THE OATHBREAKER’S SHADOW by Amy McCulloch (Flux, Feb 8 2015)

    BLUES FOR ZOEY by Robert Paul Weston (Flux, Feb 8 2015)


    Things were super quiet on the blog last week due to work taking over my days and nights. And while there will be a few days here and there when things will be quiet on the blog, they shouldn’t be nearly as quiet until I wind things down mid- to late-October.

    I did end up getting caught up on Teen Wolf, except for this weekend’s episode. So I shouldn’t be distracted by any more TV until the fall lineup starts up later this month/next month.

    Anyway… I really need to get some sleep so that I can be fully functional for this week’s insanely long hours. I probably should have waited to post this on Saturday, but I just couldn’t resist.

    I hope you had an awesome bookish haul this past week, I hope you’re already reading the books you planned on reading this week. And if you’d like to share what you’ve received and are reading right now, I’d love to know.

    Happy reading!

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    My Reading Pile #180

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

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

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

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

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

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    CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst

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

    THE WALLS AROUND US by Nova Ren Suma

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

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

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

    {August 24, 2014 – August 30, 2014}


    The Stars Never Rise

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

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

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

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

    The Description…

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

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

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

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


    Feuds

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

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

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

    The Description…

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

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

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

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


    Wishful Thinking Reads

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


    Those Left Behind

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

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

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

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


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

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

    Here are this week’s finds…

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Happy reading!

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    My Reading Pile #179

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    It was a quiet week at the mailbox this week. I didn’t receive any physical books, though I did receive one last week just after I finished prepping the previous My Reading Pile post, so I have a book to share this week.

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    I received an ARC of ALWAYS A CATCH by Peter Richmond courtesy of the publisher, Philomel. It sounds like a really interesting story, though it’s not a genre I read. But I will definitely try to take a peek inside before its release to see if it grabs me. Because I’m always open to trying new reads.

    And while I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail this week, I did end up grabbing an eARC for review because I just couldn’t resist.

     Courtesy of William Morrow via Edelweiss

    All Broke Down

    I just had to download ALL BROKE DOWN (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack. I really loved the first book in the author’s New Adult series and I am so excited to read Dylan and Silas’s story. As it comes out in early October, I’m definitely going to get this on the pile in the next couple of weeks.

    But for now…

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

    {August 17, 2014 – August 23, 2014}


    Isla and the Happily Ever After

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    The only book I’ll be adding to the pile this week is ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins. I was so excited when my Kindle copy downloaded on Thursday and couldn’t wait to dive in.

    And I didn’t wait. I actually started reading this in the early hours of Friday morning, two days before I’m supposed to start on this week’s reads. So I might just be finished with it before Sunday which means I’ll be able to read one of those books I already should have read.

    I have been anxiously awaiting this book since I read the sneak peek a few months back. I fell immediately in love with it and couldn’t wait to see how Isla and Josh’s story ends. I’m just so totally stoked that the wait is over and that I’ll be able to find out what Isla’s happily ever after is.

    The Description…

    From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

    Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week is FIENDISH by Brenna Yovanoff. My copy downloaded to my Kindle on Thursday and I’ve been dying to read it. It sounds dark and creepy and interesting and I desperately wish I could read it this week. But I’m (as always) behind on my reads and I really need to try and get caught up before reading another non-review book.


    Those Left Behind

    I didn’t finish SISTERS’ FATE last week. I actually didn’t really get much reading or blogging… or anything… done. I did just barely manage to finish reading BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin but have been unable to organize my thoughts into a review yet. Hopefully that will happen this week.

    It has been one of those weeks where I just couldn’t seem to get it together. Even as I write this post I can’t stop yawning. Hopefully things will change this coming week. But we shall see.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    Once again I managed to hide from NetGalley. But I did find quite a few new adds when preparing this post and may have put in a request for one of them. So I am feeling more than a little bit guilty but also hopeful and am keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be approved instead of wishing I’ll be denied access. Anyway…

    Here are this week’s finds…

    PRINCESS OF THORNS by Stacey Jay (Random House Children’s, Dec 9 2014)

    SUSPICION by Alexandra Monir (Random House Children’s, Dec 9 2014)

    MAGISTERIUM: THE IRON TRIAL by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black (Random House Children’s Publishers UK, Sep 11 2014) **Australian, EU & UK Reviewers preferred**

    FOR REAL by Alison Cherry (Random House Children’s, Dec 9 2014)

    ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven (Random House Children’s, Jan 6 2015)

    THE WALLS AROUND US by Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin Books, Mar 24 2015)

    WHISPER THE DEAD (The Lovegrove Legacy #2) by Alyxandra Harvey (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Aug 12 2014) **Australian and UK Reviewers Preferred**

    TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini (Pan Macmillan, Aug 28 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    EVERY BREATH by Ellie Marney (Random House of Canada Limited, Oct 14 2014) **US/Canadian Reviewers Preferred**

    THE SWALLOW: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter (Random House of Canada Limited, Sep 9 2014) **US/Canadian Reviewers Preferred**

    LOTTIE BIGGS IS (NOT) MAD by Hayley Long (Pan Macmillan, Jul 31 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    LOCKED by Parker Witter (Pan Macmillan, Aug 19 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    LOCKWOOD & CO. (The Whispering Skull #2) by Jonathan Stroud (Random House Children’s Publishers, Sep 25 2014) **Australian, EU & UK Reviewers Preferred**

    LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES by Shannon Lee Alexander (Entangled Publishing, Oct 7 2014)

    SACRIFICE (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer (Kensington Books, Sep 30 2014)

    HIT COUNT by Chris Lynch (Algonquin Books, May 19 2015)

    THE LAST SONG by Eva Wiseman (Random House of Canada Limited, Oct 14 2014) **US/Canadian Reviewers Preferred**

    MARTYR by A.R. Kahler (Spencer Hill Press, Oct 28 2014)

    THE GIRL AND THE CLOCKWORK CAT by Nikki McCormack (Entangled Publishing LLC, Sep 2 2014)

    LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND (IN)FAMOUS by Tierney Fowler (Spencer Hill Contemporary, Aug 19 2014)

    VISION by Lisa Amowitz (Spencer Hill Press, Sep 9 2014)


    While I may be (mostly) over my reviewers’ block, I had a bit of bloggers’ block this past week. In my limited free time I just couldn’t find the brain power to come up with ideas for posts or to actually be able to string together words for posts when I did have a few ideas.

    And I also wasn’t able to get much time to read those books I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time. I feel like this past week went by in a blur and I don’t recall doing much of anything.

    Hopefully that will change this week. But only time will tell.

    Anyway… as I’m nervous that my web host will deny me access to my database again, I am going to stop my rambling. But, as ever, I’d like to wish you an awesome reading week ahead.

    Happy reading!

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