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    Review: Silver

    Silver by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes &  Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Silver is the first boook in the Bandia series by author Talia Vance. The second book in the series, Gold, is slated for release in 2013.


    Goodreads description:

    An Irish heritage, Celtic myth, and deadly beauty

    In eighth grade, Brianna did something so dreadful she was suspended and homeschooled. No one could explain what happened that night . . . except Brianna’s Irish grandmother, who gave her a silver charm bracelet and told her to wear it until she turned seventeen. Ever since she slipped it on, Brianna has felt like she’s invisible. People stare right past her as if she doesn’t exist. And that includes Blake Williams, the one boy she can’t resist.

    But everything changes in one frozen, silver moment when Blake sees her–and recognizes what she’s been hiding. Brianna is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth. Yet before she can fully understand who or what she is, Brianna accidentally binds her soul to Blake–whose tribe has spent the last thousand years hunting Danu’s descendants to protect humanity.


    Brianna Paxton was invisible. No matter what she did, she always remained in the shadow of her best friend Haley. Not that she minded most of the time. Because there was something from her past that she didn’t want anyone to know. Something she’d done. Something so bad even her mother seemed afraid of her.

    But when it came to Blake Williams she wished he could see her. She kept count of the times that she saw him and that he acted as if she wasn’t even there. She wished that he would flirt with her like he did with Haley. She hoped he would notice her. Even if it was just once.

    Then one night her wish came true. He did see her. For the very first time he saw her clearly. And in that moment everything changed.

    Because he knew her. He knew things about her that she didn’t know. Things she didn’t want to believe were true. Dark things. Dangerous things. Things that if they were true meant that her life would never be the same again. That she would never be safe again. Not even from him.

    And he wasn’t the only one who could see her now.


    Utterly captivating, deliciously dark and sexy, exciting and original, Talia Vance’s Silver is a fast-paced and immensely entertaining read that will keep those pages turning.

    From a plot that is full of secrets, betrayal, danger, mystery, suspense, heartbreak and chemistry that scorches to characters that readers will love to love and love to hate, this first book in the Bandia series is the perfect escape into a world that brings Celtic myth into a modern day setting.

    The writing flows beautifully and transports readers into this story of ancient powers and beliefs, age-old rivalries and long-standing enemies. A story with a likable and relatable heroine who has been kept in the dark about who she is, what she’s capable of and the dangers that await her. And a story that pits loyalty and responsibility against love and trust.

    Author Talia Vance grabs readers’ attention with the intensity of the connection between Brianna and Blake. She keeps them on edge by revealing fragments of the mythology only as her main character learns about it. And she keeps them riveted by the constant threat of danger, the fear of not knowing what will happen next, the two boys that capture her heroine’s interest, and the enemies that seek to destroy her.

    With a market saturated with paranormal stories for young adults, Silver explores a mythology that is different and incredibly intriguing. The author’s ability to enchant, tease and torment with her words, to tie readers in knots and to create not only interesting but very memorable characters, makes Silver an absolute must read first book in this new series.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    From the moment I started reading Silver I fell in love. Yes, it was total insta-love. There was just something about the writing that I connected with immediately. Just a few sentences in and I knew that it would be a “me” book. And I was not wrong.

    It was totally a “me” book. From the writing, to the characters, to the story, to the mythology, to the darkness, to the heartbreak, to the nail-biting suspense, to the chemistry.

    Ahhh the chemistry. There was plenty of that. It was intense. It was electric. It held an element of danger. It sparked. It sizzled. It blazed.

    But what I loved most was the writing. It was gorgeous. It gave me that twisty-turny feeling inside that I absolutely love. It kept me riveted to the story. It broke my heart. It made me nervous. It took me on a ride that I never wanted to get off of.

    And then there was the mythology. I was fascinated. I wanted to know more. I still want to know more. I loved how the mythology was revealed teasingly, piece by piece. I loved how different it was. And I love that I don’t know the whole of it just yet.

    This story utterly bewitched me. I had not anticipated being so enamored with it when I picked it up. But within moments I just knew it would tear me apart. And it did.

    I loved getting to know Brianna. I loved trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. I loved every single moment that involved Blake Williams. And I loved trying to figure out Austin Montgomery.

    The story was just so easy to read, so easy to get lost in. I don’t think I’ve devoured a story as quickly as I had this book in quite awhile. But I couldn’t slow down my pace because I wanted answers. I wanted to get to that next scene with Brianna and Blake. I wanted to learn more about the characters’ history. And I wanted to find out just how things would end.

    Though when I reached the end I was devastated that I had finished. That there was no more story left to read. That I’d have to say goodbye to the characters. Especially since I wasn’t sure if there would be another book, as Silver did not end in a cliffhanger. But there was this one moment that would have been the perfect cliffhanger…a perfectly cruel cliffhanger.

    Instead, the book tied up many loose ends and so I was terrified there was no more story for the characters and that this was a standalone and not a series. But thankfully there is more story and there is a sequel. Now I just have to suffer the wait.

    Because not every question was answered. Not every thread tied up neatly. Not every threat removed. And not every aspect of the mythology revealed.

    I love being surprised by a book. I love unexpectedly falling in love with a story. And I love finding new characters that I can so easily connect with.

    Silver made all that happen. Now I just can’t wait for Gold.


    I had several favorite passages and quotes. But I was able to narrow it down to two that made sense out of context and showed just how amazing this author is at painting a picture with her words.

    The sounds of the party disappear, cloaking me in a shadow of absolute silence. The quiet has a distinct sound of its own, as if the sudden absence of sensation creates a void that echoes in deep, passing waves.


    When he finally lets his eyes slide to mine, there is anger, yes, but something else too. A fear that claws at my neck. A sadness that floats up from nowhere and pulls me along. Desire, so strong that I want to fall into him.


    This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 


    Review: Grave Mercy

    Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers was released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook editions. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 560 pages.

    Grave Mercy is the first book in the His Fair Assassin series by author Robin LaFevers. Dark Triumph, the second book in the series, and Dark Hope, the third book, are both slated for release in 2013.


    Goodreads description:

    Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

    Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

    Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


    Ismae Rienne never imagined an existence outside the dark, pain-filled and hopeless one the man she called her father created. Forced to marry the local pig farmer, she at least hoped to find in him the kindness she had never experienced. But it was not to be.

    So when the convent of St. Mortain welcomed her, Ismae never thought of saying no. Even if she had to abide by their rules. And even if it meant she would be beholden to the god they revered.

    A god who some believed to be only a saint. A god who dictated the convent’s every decision. A god who sought vengeance against those who had done wrong. And a god who demanded of his daughters the retribution he sought to enforce.

    The very same god purported to be her father. And the god who was in fact Death.

    After years of training to be Death’s assassin, armed only with the skills she learned at the convent and her innate ability to detect poisons, Ismae set out with the directive to carry out her god’s wishes.

    Desperately wanting to succeed, never anticipating failure, Ismae was quick to master her abilities and to act without question. But when not everything turned out to be as black and white as she once thought, meting out punishments without reservation meant risking herself, her humanity and even her heart.


    Grave Mercy is an epic tale of deceit, betrayal, mystery, suspense, action, adventure and love. The author’s rich and beautifully descriptive writing sets the stage for a story that is equally as textured, layered and compelling. The result is lush, magical and utterly riveting and the start to a new series that will be absolutely unforgettable.

    Strong female characters, exceptional abilities and deadly missions combine with a devious, underhanded, plotting and scheming nobility to create something rather unique. And with a historical setting that weaves in elements of fiction and fantasy, Grave Mercy will enchant readers and transport them to this other time and place.

    To a world where the gods of days of old still have power. To a world where girls are trained to serve, to fight, to carry out their deadliest of wishes. To a world where being in power by no means guarantees safety. Even for the most honorable of rulers. Or the youngest.

    As Ismae Rienne learns the truth about who she is and what her purpose is within the confines of the convent of St. Mortain, she begins to develop into someone strong and deadly. Someone more than capable of carrying out Death’s vengeful plans.

    But when her instructions leave her with questions and doubts about what she’s done and what she’s supposed to do, she must decide whether she can live with the consequences of either questioning her orders or following them blindly.

    One means turning her back on the only home and family she knows. The other means ignoring her heart and what she feels to be right. Both require a steep price to be paid. Neither are likely to end happily.

    Full of twists and turns, tension and nail-biting suspense, and a mystery that will keep readers guessing as to who is really involved in the deadly plots afoot in Brittany and whether Ismae will be the Duchess’ savior or her downfall, Grave Mercy will entice. It will engage. It will enthrall. And it won’t let go.

    Author Robin LaFevers has done a remarkable job of bewitching readers with her new historical fantasy novel. This first book in the His Fair Assassin series more than introduces a character and world to its readers. It submerges them in the character’s life and old world setting, creating an unbreakable connection for the entire read.

    At well over five hundred pages, the story flies, easily captivating readers with the author’s ability to paint a picture with her words and by the the exciting tale this story tells. From the political maneuvering, to the assassination attempts, to a treachery so deep that no one is above suspicion, to one character’s heartbreaking journey through this danger-filled landscape, Grave Mercy is an absolutely unputdownable must read first book in the series.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    When I first saw the cover for Grave Mercy I thought it was simply a historical fiction novel. What I missed was the crossbow.

    My curiosity was most definitely piqued. And even though I was intrigued by the cover and the book’s description, I did not expect to be swept away by this story. But I was. Grave Mercy was so completely enchanting and captivating and seductive that I found myself lost in this story set in an era long gone by.

    I was completely transported into this world of Dukes and Duchesses, Barons and Viscounts. I was transfixed by the gamesmanship, betrayals, deceit and mystery. And I fell in love with the characters.

    Ismae Rienne was immediately lovable and sympathetic. The story, told in the first person from her point of view, made it so easy to connect with her. Even with the historical setting and the slight differences in the language of the time, she shined.

    She was kind and brave and smart and humble and grew to be someone who was absolutely deadly. But she had her own mind, she was willing to take risks to get to the truth, and she had a heart. And while she may have been afraid to succumb to her feelings at first, she wasn’t closed off to doing so.

    And Gavriel Duval was her perfect match. Witty, charming, clever, strong and equally as brave, he complemented her so totally that I couldn’t help but root for them from the getgo. They most definitely had chemistry and I spent much of the read wishing for their happy ending.

    But it wasn’t just the two main characters that gave this story its allure. With a great mix of incredibly likable and utterly vile characters and those that fell somewhere in between, I was totally hooked. I wanted to see those evil characters get what they deserved and for good to win out in the end.

    Of course, figuring out who was good and who was evil wasn’t always easy. I wasn’t completely sure who to trust – I’m still not sure about certain characters – which made the betrayal and intrigue and mystery that much more tantalizing and this story more spellbinding.

    I’m just glad that certain events went down as they did. I just wish others didn’t. Because the way some things happened did break my heart just a little bit. And while I did not expect to tear up in a story about Death’s Assassins, I did.

    And while I absolutely loved the characters, oh my gosh the writing. It was gorgeous. Absolutely beautifully, stunningly gorgeous. From the first sentence I was ensnared. The author painted such a vivid and beautiful and at times dark picture of her world.

    But I was right there. In the middle of it all. With Ismae. With Duval. And I was so caught up in the story and the writing that I had no clue it was over five hundred pages long. It was epic. But the story just flew by. And at its end I was shocked and surprised because I wanted more.

    And so now I have to wait. For a story I’m told will be from a different character’s perspective. To return to a world that felt very real, that the author brought to life so incredibly well, and that kept me so thoroughly engaged that I was sad to return to the here and now.

    So, yes, I love this epic story that makes me long to include the term “mayhap” in my everyday speech. And, yes, I may be just slightly in love with Duval and Beast. And, yes, I absolutely adore Ismae and Anne. And most definitely yes, I can’t wait for the next book to come out so I can find out more about Sybella and return to this period in time which mixes reality with fantasy and luxury and privilege with deception and death.


    The writing in this book was gorgeous. But there was one passage that I just knew would be my favorite from the very second I read it…

    His smile flashes, quick and surprising in the darkness. “When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice. I bid you good night.”

    But there was also a passage that made me smile… and still does…

    Her words are sharp, but her voice is sweet, like honey on the edge of a blade, and meant to be cutting. I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face and commending his soul to Mortain.


    This review is based on both an eARC and a printed ARC I received from the publisher, through NetGalley and the Shelf Awareness newsletter, in exchange for my honest review.


    Review: Fugitives

    Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, a division of Macmillan, the print edition is 288 pages.

    Fugitives is the fourth book in the Escape from Furnace series by author Alexander Gordon Smith. Execution, the final book in the series will be released in the U.S. this fall.

    *** Goodreads description is slightly spoiler-y ***

    Goodreads description:

    Forever altered by his experience in Furnace Penetentiary, Alex has done the impossible and escaped. But the battle for freedom is only just beginning.

    Charged with his superhuman abilities, Alex must uncover the last of Furnace’s secrets—the truth about the man who built the prison, the man known as Alfred Furnace. And to do that he must stop running and finally confront his greatest fears.


    They somehow made it past the Warden. They even managed to elude the berserkers. They could see the sky and feel the sun and air on their faces. They had freedom in their sights.

    All they had to do was stay hidden and not get caught.

    But how could they remain free when there was nowhere to hide? Where could they go when the world was on fire and the enemy was closing in?

    And were they really free in the first place when the world outside of Furnace Penitentiary simply felt like an even larger prison with Alfred Furnace calling all the shots?

    They may have thought they earned their freedom, but freedom always comes with a price. And the cost may be more than any of them are willing or able to pay.


    Fugitives is every bit as dark, dangerous, chilling, exciting and brimming with action as each of its predecessors. Author Alexander Gordon Smith has managed to squeeze in what feels like a lifetime of activity into less than one day in the life of his characters, making this one incredibly fast and furious read.

    Once again there is no break in the timeline. Fugitives picks up right where Death Sentence left off with the mass exodus at Furnace Penitentiary. But while the inmates may have freed themselves from Furnace, it does not mean they’re free.

    As the title suggests, they’re fugitives. But it’s not just the law they have to worry about. Alfred Furnace is coming. He sees this as the perfect opportunity to send out his creations. To test their abilities. To show the world their power. And to get back what’s his.

    No longer constrained by the world within Furnace Penitentiary’s walls, Fugitives introduces readers to new places, new characters and new dangers. And with the atrocities that took place in Furnace now exposed for the world to see, everything quickly descends into chaos.

    Alexander Gordon Smith has written yet another book in this series that continues to surprise. The world he’s created has gotten darker and deadlier with each book, with an even more dire predicament and even less of a chance at a happy ending. And Fugitives is definitely his darkest, bloodiest and most terrifying book yet in this series.

    From the outset, the author tosses readers right into the middle of the fray and keeps them there to the bitter end so they can experience just what it’s like to be on the run, hunted, and facing a never-before-seen enemy with an ability that could change the fate of the entire world.

    Fugitives is riveting, suspenseful, intense, shocking, brutal and gruesome. It leaves readers on the side of a pretty big cliff awaiting the final book in the series. There are quite a few twists and turns, many things left up in the air and many questions still unanswered about the man that is Alfred Furnace and the fate of Alex Sawyer.

    As with all three previous books in the series, Fugitives is an absolute must read.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    This far into the series I had some idea of where this next book would be headed. Especially after I read the sneak peek at the end of Death Sentence. I knew that things would only get darker. I knew that I wouldn’t be left smiling.

    What I didn’t realize is just how absolutely insane things would get in this book. The entire book crammed in so much action into such a very short time span. So many, many things changed – for the worse, of course – in just a blink of an eye.

    It was sheer chaos. Madness. Hopelessness, though not complete hopelessness. Because with each and every one of these books, I am always hopeful. I’m hopeful that things will work out. I’m hopeful for a happy ending. Yet I know I’m deluding myself.

    I read the entire book in total suspense. Waiting for a confrontation. Waiting for something really bad to happen. I started getting that sinking feeling in my stomach early on and it just kept growing until that really bad thing did happen. And I was devastated.

    There are so many things I want to talk about. But nearly everything will spoil the earlier books in the series and quite a few of those things will spoil what happens in Fugitives. Which is why my personal opinions section keeps shrinking and gets more cryptic with each book I read. Not because there’s not even more to talk about, but because I can’t.

    What I will say is that even though the events take place in such a short amount of time, the story definitely gets moved forward. Pretty significantly, actually. And some seriously major stuff happens to the characters. But even more major stuff happens in their world.

    All my “favorite” characters are back – Alfred Furnace, Warden Cross, the dogs, the rats, the berserkers and the wheezers. And if you haven’t guessed by now, there is once again a new kind of baddie. A more dangerous, more horrific, nightmarish type of being that is even more dead set on destruction.

    The lead up to the ending and the ending itself are shocking, gruesome and completely nerve-wracking. The action throughout the story made me devour this book at record speed. And I could not put it down until I read the entire sneak peek for the next book in the series. Because the way things were left… Oh no!

    Every single book in this series so far made me cheer, made me hold my breath in anticipation, made me cringe with disgust, kept me hopeful for something better for the characters, left me heartbroken when things just sometimes got worse, and made me wonder what could possibly happen next. Fugitives was definitely no exception.

    I am dying to find out how the series ends, and after seeing that there is an epilogue on the author’s website, I’m so so tempted to read that now. I really hope that Alfred Furnace and his seriously creepy army of black suits and other monstrosities don’t come out the victors, even if it means losing a few of my favorite characters along the way. I’m really not so sure I can wait until the fall to get my hands on this book….

    Though, as desperate as I am to read Execution, I am also sad that the next book will be the last book in the series and that I will have to leave this world and these characters behind.

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again… This series is so awesome and was a total surprise in the very best way when I discovered it last fall. It tops quite a few lists and will forever be a series that I consider a favorite. And I really don’t want to have to say goodbye.


    I had a tough time choosing between my two favorite non-spoiler-y passages. This is one of them:

    I didn’t look back. I was too scared to. If I’d taken one last gaze at the sunlight, at the glorious day that sat at my back, then I might have lost my courage, I might have turned tail and bolted. I kept my head forward, my jaw clenched so tight it felt as though my teeth might snap, my arm held out like a sword, trembling as it sliced apart the shadows of the doorway, opening up the darkness as I stepped inside.

    Places to stalk:

    If you’d like to stalk the author on Twitter.

    If you’d like to stalk the author on his Website.

    Be sure to check out The Night Children a novella in the Escape from Furnace series that can be read online at, HERE.

    Book trailer for the Escape from Furnace series:

    My Escape from Furnace reviews:

    If you’d like to check out my review for Lockdown, the first book in the series, click here.

    If you’d like to read my review for Solitary, book two, click here.

    If you’d like to read my review for Death Sentence, book three, click here.


    This review is based on an eARC I received from Macmillan and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


    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.


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

    (January 29-February 4, 2012)


    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.


    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.


    Do you create a reading pile?

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


    My Reading Pile #41

    I managed to get three deliveries this week even though most mail is being held at the post office until after the holidays. So, I have absolutely nothing to complain about, especially given the books I did receive.

    And since I got a few, I don’t have to post the picture of the two signed copies of Clockwork Prince I got from Books of Wonder, one of which is up for giveaway. Two weeks of Clockwork Prince photos would have been just too much.

    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.

    At the top of the pile is an ARC of Cinder by Marissa Meyer which was a happy surprise I received in the mail from Macmillan this week. I am planning on reviewing the audiobook version, but it is super helpful to have a print copy to either read along with or to use for reference after the fact.

    I received Don’t Let Me Go and Queen of the Dead from a trade I’d done awhile back with Alex of Electrifying Reviews. As I’ve already purchased the eBook of Queen of the Dead, I will be giving this copy away on a Clearing the Pile giveaway on MRP.

    The last batch of books I received from two trades with another blogger. I’ve heard such amazing things about Article 5 and I am really excited to read First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky.

    As I might not get to read some of the January books by release date, I’ll probably pass them along and just read the finished copies I have pre-ordered. But, there are also some books in the stack that I’m not too familiar with, but am really excited to find out more about, and I can’t wait for the chance to do so.

    And while I had been denied for my NetGalley request for Wanderlove, the book I was most hoping to read was approved. And because it was so highly anticipated by me, I’ve added it to the pile this week.

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

    (December 25-December 31, 2011)


    First up is Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith. I purchased the eBook for this third book in the Escape from Furnace series the second I discovered and fell in love with the first book, Lockdown. I would have purchased the entire series, but in the U.S. only the first three books are released.

    I discovered this series thanks to a publicist who works for Macmillan who asked if I’d like to be part of a trailer reveal and giveaway for Lockdown. I took a look at the book and was instantly creeped out. In the best of all possible ways. That cover is chilling. And it sounded like a “me” book. And as it wasn’t like anything else I’d read and reviewed on the blog, I just had to say yes. I’m all about diversity.

    Well, I fell in love. I bought Solitary because I couldn’t get enough. And then I bought Death Sentence after I devoured Solitary. I had read the first couple of chapters but forced myself to stop so the wait wouldn’t be torturous. Well, now that I’ve received book four, I can’t wait to read both books.

    In this third book in the series, Alex is in an even more dire situation than he was in the first two books in the series. The title really says it all, and if you have read the first book and you take one look at the cover, you’ll probably guess what’s happening.

    But because I do not want to spoil this series for anyone who hasn’t yet started it, I won’t say anything more. Other than that this is one of my very favorite series I’ve discovered in 2011 and these next two books are ones that I seriously cannot wait to read.

    The writing is brilliant, the stories are gripping and chilling and gruesome and each one leaves you desperate for the the next installment. The wait for Execution, the final book in the series is going to be absolutely agonizing.

    Next up on the pile is Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith. Well, I can’t just read Death Sentence and not immediately start reading Fugitives. This is a book that I’ve been dying to get my hands on. And when I stumbled upon it on NetGalley I had to once again break my temporary ban to request it.

    Of course I wasn’t immediately approved. In fact, I’d given up all hope. But miracle of miracles, I got the best news ever on Thursday that I was approved and that Fugitives would be mine, mine all mine just as soon as I signed on to grab it. And I did. And it’s taken all my willpower not to start reading Death Sentence so that I could immediately read Fugitives.

    I refuse to look at the Goodreads description, because I don’t want to discover any spoilers from Death Sentence, though the title does hint at things to come. But I don’t know which characters are fugitives or if that boy on the cover is Alex. I’ll just have to read both books and discover for myself what happens next.

    Even with the holiday week, and even though I still have to work this week, I will be reading both books. There is no question about that. And I can’t wait to start.

    If only I could get my hands on Execution. It’s still not listed on Amazon, but I’m guessing it will be released in August as the release dates seem to be six months apart.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Well, I am still dying to read Good for You by Tammara Webber and as I’ve only chosen two books this week, I’m hoping to squeeze it in. If not, it will be on the pile in the first or second week of the new year.

    I’d also love to read Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. I have it planned for the pile for the first week of January so it’s not going to be a wishful thinking read for long, but I would love to read it this week. Maybe I’ll just read Unearthly again instead, so I can read both books back to back.

    Those left behind:

    I am still behind on a few reviews and I have not had a chance to listen to Cinder, but I plan on listening to it this weekend, so I’m not yet technically behind.

    I also still have not yet read Bloodrose, which has upset me to no end. But I’m hoping that this week, with my one extra day off, will allow me the chance to catch up. Though I’m not sure it will since that’s the day that Kaylee will be battling Tessa in her tournament match. And although the hill will be a steep one to climb, I know I won’t be able to admit defeat until the very end.


    I did not make any new NetGalley requests, because I’m so overbooked for January it’s crazy. But I’m still keeping February completely open for me to read the books that I want to read or catch up on those books I’ve missed.

    March is already getting packed up, but as I’m requesting fewer and fewer books I’m trying not to be too overwhelmed.

    And for those of you who celebrate, have a happy holiday weekend! I hope you get some amazing books to read or just get a chance to read some amazing books!


    Do you create a reading pile?

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



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