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    Today is DAY FOUR of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    The topic for today is…

    Best Book Boyfriends of 2012

    The rules insist that they be books that I not only read in 2012 but that were released in 2012… but… well, I’m not exactly one for sticking to the rules. (Last year, for my Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011 list, I had nearly twice the honorable mentions as I did book boyfriends. Yeah. So much for rules.)

    I mean, I can’t just leave off a few of my favorite book boyfriends just because I read their books early or read them a little bit late, can I? Noooo. I can’t do that.

    But I have decided to limit it to just one boy per book – which almost always means the bad boy. Sorry Az, Will, Adam, Jack….

    And because I’ve taken the plunge and spent a little too much time reading non-YA releases, I just had to create a book boyfriends post on my non-YA blog. Because there is just no WAY I could leave those darker, sexier, older book boyfriends out of the mix this year.. Though all I can say is that I am so relieved that I did not devour all the books in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series… yet….

    Next year is going to be so tough.

    Book-Boyfriends

    1.

    Before I WakeTod

    Good boy or bad boy: Good… most of the time

    Favorite characteristics: Angelic in appearance with a devilish personality, sarcastic, charming

    Best line: Too many to count, but here’s one…

    “I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”

    Why he won: Do you have to ask?

    Won out over: His terribly flawed younger brother Nash Hudson

    Book Read in 2012: BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    2.

    Destroy MeWarner

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad… except when it comes to… nope, not going to reveal that here

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, broken, redeemable… I hope

    Best line:

    I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her.
    And I’ve fallen.
    So hard.
    I’ve hit the ground. Gone right through it. Never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I’ve felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I’ve known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I’ve seen things that cannot be unseen.

    And yet I’ve known nothing like this terrible, horrible, paralyzing feeling. I feel crippled. Desperate and out of control. And it keeps getting worse. Every day I feel sick. Empty and somehow aching.

    Love is a heartless bastard.

    Why he won: Because he breaks my heart. And yet he’s just so broken. Hero potential

    Won out over: Adam, who while incredibly sexy and just so perfect, might be a little too perfect

    Book Read in 2012: DESTROY ME, UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi

    3.

    SplinteredMorpheus a.k.a. Moth

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Mysterious, devious, otherworldly, clever, sexy

    Best line:

    Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
    Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
    He lifts thee fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”

    Why he won: Because he doesn’t have to be good and yet he sometimes is

    Won out over: Skater boy Jeb who is a knight in shining armor but doesn’t have that propensity for wickedness

    Book Read in 2012: SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    4.

    Wings of the WickedCadan

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy with a good heart

    Favorite characteristics: Sexy, redeemable, honorable

    Best line:

    He was quiet for a moment. “You have a lot more to deal with than most people. Nobody is like you. No one else is what you are, or has ever been what you are. You’re changing, trying to adapt to this world.”

    Why he won: Because he chose the difficult path. Because he doesn’t just want to be good, he actually works against everything in him to be good

    Won out over: Will who didn’t have to overcome nearly as much to be who he was and to get what he did

    Book Read in 2012: WINGS OF THE WICKED, SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton

    5.

    Sweet EvilKaidan a.k.a. Kai

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease, a bit of a jerk, musician

    Best line:

    “So that’s it, then?” he asked. I ignored him. “I always wondered what it would feel like.”
    That made me curious enough to turn to him.
    “What what would feel like?” I asked.
    “Rejection.”

    Why he won: Did I not say dark, super sexy, a bit of a tease already?

    Won out over: No one. There is no competition for Kai

    Book Read in 2012: SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    6.

    Poison PrincessJack

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Dark, dangerous, smokin’ hot, possessive, protective, knows what he wants and goes for it

    Best line:

    Jackson growled at his friend, “Want a taste of dat girl, me.” The look in his blazing eyes . . .

    Why he won: Because while he is a bad boy he’s not such a bad guy. Being smokin’ hot didn’t hurt his chances. Not at all

    Won out over: Death. It’s still too early to tell if Jack will win next year, but I’m incredibly intrigued by Death

    Book Read in 2012: POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    7.

    SilverBlake

    Good boy or bad boy: Both… but leans toward the “good”

    Favorite characteristics: Driven, deadly, gorgeous, rebellious, hero

    Best line:

    Blake’s lips curve into a smile.
    “Mine,” he whispers, shattering the silence.

    Why he won: Because he said to heck with star-crossed love. Because he and Brianna have amazing chemistry. Sizzling

    Won out over: Austin. Because in SILVER, Austin did that one bad thing. In GOLD, though? Buh-bye Blake

    Book Read in 2012: SILVER, GOLD by Talia Vance

    8.

    NeverfallCole

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Manipulative, musician, immortal, sexy

    Best line:

    I looked Meredith straight in the eye. “There’s no such thing as epic love.”

    Why he won: Because everyone is against him. Because he is so right for Nikki, she just doesn’t know it

    Won out over: Jack. Because Jack should have been better but wasn’t. Not until the end

    Book Read in 2012: EVERNEATH, NEVERFALL by Brodi Ashton

    9.

    A Touch MorbidLuke  a.k.a. Lucifer

    Good boy or bad boy: Bad boy. Can’t really get much worse. He’s Lucifer

    Favorite characteristics: Evil. Manipulative. Self-centered. Manipulative. Yeah, I said it twice. Singer. H.O.T.

    Best line:

    With effort, she forced the wonder from her voice. “You think I can be bought with pretty things?”
    Luke chuffed in disbelief before she turned her attention back to the dresses. “You’re a black hole of a girl, Kristen,” he snapped.
    “And to think,” she said. “Most guys would have kept on with the poetry.”
    “Most guys aren’t worthy of you. I am. And you are worthy of me. You see my gifts for what they are. You’re a challenge.” He twisted her to face him. “I won’t insult you with bribery again.”

    Why he won: Because he makes me grin. He’s just so evil and yet so incredibly charming. Because he makes me want Lucifer to win out. How sick is that?

    Won out over: Az who really never stood a chance. But after what Az did, I want to throttle him

    Book Read in 2012: A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    10.

    StarlingThe Fennrys Wolf a.k.a. Fenn

    Good boy or bad boy: A good bad boy

    Favorite characteristics: Ability to handle a sword. Charming. Mysterious. Dangerous. Uber-sexy. He is the Fennrys Wolf

    Best line:

    “I’m scared, Fenn.”
    “I know, Mase,” he said quietly. “Would it help at all if I told you I was scared too?”
    She twisted around and looked up at him. “No,” she said seriously. “Not even a little bit.”
    “Good. ‘Cause I’m not.” He grinned. “Not even a little bit.”

    Why he won: Because he’s the Fennrys Wolf. Because he is a master at swordplay. Because even with amnesia he is still just so super cool

    Won out over: Cal. Why? Because Cal is a bit of an asshat. There. I said it. Mason deserves so much better

    Book Read in 2012: STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    Honorable-Mentions

    Gavriel Duval from Robin LaFever’s GRAVE MERCY – an absolutely swoon-worthy hero. But maybe just a little too good to make my list of bad boy book boyfriends.

    Elliott and Will from Bethany Griffin’s MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – it was because the two were so equally matched and I couldn’t choose between them that they didn’t make the Top Ten List. I still don’t know who’d be more right for Araby.

    Colt from Karsten Knight’s EMBERS & ECHOES – only an honorable mention because I can’t reveal just how amazing he really is.

    Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s ONYX – drop-dead gorgeous, totally swoon-y, super sexy, stubborn, jealous. Would have… should have… made the list. Why am I restricted to only 10? It’s like these lists want me to stop reading!

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

    Tomorrow’s topic is Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2013. And the only rule is that they be books releasing in 2013. Which sounds easy enough. But not quite. There are a ton of books on my reading pile from 2011 and earlier. Books I’m totally looking forward to in 2013. It will not be easy to create that final list.

    Anyway…

    I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten Book Book Boyfriends of 2012. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

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    Top 10 Book Quotes in 2012 + Giveaway

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    Today is DAY THREE of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

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

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

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

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

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    The topic for today is…

    Best ____ of 2012

    Today’s post is one where we get to choose what “best of” topic we want to talk about. Last year I chose to share my Top 10 Villains. But as four of those villains don’t feel very much like villains to me anymore, I decided to go with something different this year.

    The problem is that I keep changing my mind. First I was going to do love triangles, but I haven’t read books with that many actual triangles. Then I thought of bad boys but that list was virtually identical to my book boyfriends list. After that it was cliffhangers, but I couldn’t exactly remember which ones were really cliffhangers and which ones just felt that way. And forget about favorite heroines… I have way too many of those.

    Then – yesterday – I was so sure I was going to do my top ten re-reads – which would have allowed me to list WINGS OF THE WICKED, EVERNEATH, A TOUCH MORBID, IF I DIE, THE LONG WALK, CITY OF BONES… yeah, it would have been a great list.

    But, in the end, I decided to go with Favorite Quotes/Passages. Because I always love to tease them. They’re moments in books that stand out to me. And while I have hundreds and hundreds of them, I had no problem choosing a few of my favorites.

    Although they have to be from books I read in 2012, I’m also assuming it means that they can be from books I re-read in 2012. Which leaves the door wide open. Though I still refuse to put my favorites if they’re super spoiler-y.

    I am also cheating, just a little bit, by including one or two “runners-up” quotes from the books with my favorite passages. Of course some of my favorite books, like BEFORE I WAKE, have over 30 favorites.

    Let’s just say it has not been easy.

    FavoriteQuotes

    1.

    Before I WakeBEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Avari and Kaylee…

    “It’s a crescendo of death, all building toward that powerful note at the finale that makes the audience gasp and hold its collective breath. You are that last note, Kaylee. You are my finale, and the symphony of pain we create together will echo throughout eternity before finally fading into an agonized silence….”

    And

    Tod and Kaylee…

    “You can see as much as you want, whenever you want.”

    “Unless you’re working, right?” I teased, but the heat in his eyes when he shook his head was unmistakable.

    “Whatever you want. Death itself would wait for you, Kaylee….”

    And

    Tod and Kaylee…

    “I’m well aware.” Tod sat up and pulled me up with him until we faced each other on my bed. “Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise,” he said, and my chest ached, and I loved that feeling–that rare pain that came from feeling too much, so different from the emptiness I’d almost gotten used to. “All you have to do is stay here with me.”

    2.

    Poison Princess

    POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Evangeline and Death…

    “Remember, Empress,” he said. “Death always defeats life. It might take time, but I will always win.” As he mounted that mighty steed, he pinned me with his hypnotic eyes. “When your blood bathes my sword, I’ll drink it just to mock you….”

    And

    Evangeline and Jack…

    “Evie, I’ve wanted you from the first time I saw you. Even when I hated you, I wanted you.” He raked his fingers through his hair. “I got it bad, me.”

    My heart felt like it’d stopped–so that I could hear him better.

    “For as long as you’ve been looking down your nose at me, I’ve been craving you, an envie like I’ve never known.”

    3.

    A Touch Morbid

    A TOUCH MORBID by Leah Clifford

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Luke and  Kristen…

    Luke tilted his head, his neck tense, cracking with a snap. He rolled his shoulders.

    “You’re a silly little dead girl.” He glared at her, his tone harsh. “You should mean exactly nothing to me.” He grabbed her chin, forced her to meet his eyes. “And yet I covet you more than anything else on this Earth.”

    And

    Luke and Kristen…

    Her breath caught, and she dropped her hand from his shoulder. “It’s been a year,” she said quickly. “God knows you’ve moved on.”

    He didn’t break her gaze. “God knows nothing.”

    4.

    Grave Mercy

    GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Duval and Ismae…

    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.”

    And

    Ismae and Madame Hivern…

    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.

    5.

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

    EMBERS AND ECHOES by Karsten Knight

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Wes and Ash…

    “People like you and me weren’t built to lead peaceful lives together in the suburbs. Two of us together in one place is as inevitably fatal as running around a stack of dynamite with a torch.”

    And

    Ash and Colt…

    “Colt,” she said, her voice breaking. He paused and looked over his shoulder. “Did we . . . Was there ever a happy ending for us?” she asked. “Any of the times?”

    Colt wet his lips and gave her the smallest of smiles. “The odd thing about living forever is that the word ‘ending’ doesn’t apply to us. But just because there are no happy endings, doesn’t mean you can’t hope for a ‘happy-for-now.”

    Then he was gone.

    6.

    Sweet Evil

    SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Anna and Kaidan…

    He was kissing me. On my neck. I should stop him, I thought, but the softness of his mouth was so . . . Oh. I could feel the beauty of each crease on his lips as they rested against the pores of my skin. The only sounds in the room were our beating hearts and breath.

    And

    Anna thinking about Kaidan…

    My nerves shot into high alert. I looked around, but nobody else was near. When I looked back up, there he was, standing right in front of me. Good gracious, he was sexy–a word that had not existed in my personal vocabulary until that moment. This guy was sexy like it was his job or something. Seventeen-year-old boys were not supposed to be so…nongangly.

    7.

    Everneath

    EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Nikki and Cole…

    He put his lips against my head. “Heroes don’t exist. And if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”

    And

    Nikki and Jack…

    I turned against his body, so I was facing him, and wrapped my arms around his back and tangled my legs up with his.

    I’d spent a hundred years with Cole, in a similar position, but this was nothing like it. There were no outside forces keeping us together. No otherworldly powers interfering with this simple act.

    No. Jack wanted me close because he wanted me. Separating from him now would be worse than anything I’d felt before. Separating from him now would make me bleed, and I would never stop.

    I didn’t tell him this. I didn’t have to.

    We stayed like that for hours–my head on his stomach–trying so hard not to fall asleep. As if we could stop time.

    8.

    Masque of the Red Death

    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Araby and…

    “And I’m falling in love with you,” he whispers. “But I would throw you in the water and watch crocodiles tear you to bits, if I thought that doing so would accomplish my goals. Do. Not. Trust. Anyone. Especially me.”

    And

    Araby and….

    The velvet voice holds a hint of amusement and a hint of something else. He leans over and looks down into my face. My disorientation intensifies when my eyes focus on his. The tattoos, the dark hair. My heart speeds up. I think . . . I think . . . can a person’s heart stop if she is only seventeen years old? I suppose that if I do fall apart, my father can put me back together again.

    9.

    Wings of the Wicked

    WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Ellie to Will…

    “How we feel about each other makes us stronger. It makes us fight harder for each other. You’re standing there and telling me you can’t let Michael kill you because you don’t trust anyone else to be my Guardian. Will, you’re the best not just because you’re the strongest. You protect me like no one else can because you love me. Fighting it weakens us. We’re tearing ourselves apart!”

    And

    Will to Ellie…

    He closed his eyes and his forehead touched mine. “I’m so sorry for everything. I never wanted to hurt you or make you doubt me. I need you to trust me. I need you. And I love you. I want you. You know I do. I’ll never stop doing any of those things until the day I die for you.”

    10.

    Hallowed cover

    HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Clara and…

    I stop. We’re both breathing heavy, snow clinging to our hair, melting on our clothes. I stare down at him. Snow floats around us….

    He sucks in his bottom lip for a second, the quickest, tiniest motion, to moisten it.

    All I would have to do is close my eyes and let go.

    Try it, he says without words, so softly it’s like the brush of a feather in my mind. Let’s find out what’s next

    But there’s hesitation in him too; I feel it.

    And

    Clara thinking about Christian…

    “You must think I’m an idiot,” he says then.

    I look up, started. There are a lot of words I’d use to describe Christian Prescott: mystery, enigma, conundrum, destiny, terrifying, and, well, just plain hot, if I’m being honest, but the word idiot has never crossed my mind. Except maybe that one time at prom.

    Honorable-Mentions

    Starling

    STARLING by Lesley Livingston

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Mason Starling about Fenn…

    There was something so naked in his expression, Mason thought. And then she started to actually blush at the memory of what he’d looked like just a few minutes ago. Okay, not naked more like raw–uh, no. That wasn’t helping either. She winced inwardly. How about vulnerable?

    Yes. That was exactly it.

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    Silver

    SILVER by Talia Vance

    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Brianna and Blake…

    When he finally lets his eyes slide to mine, there’s 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.

    04So that’s my list. The hardest one yet to create. And I’m still thinking of posting a few of the “outtakes” on The Annex this week. Because there are just so many amazing quotes and passages, I feel awful leaving them off the list.

    Are any of those quotes and passages among your list of favorites for 2012? Do you keep a list of favorite passages in the books you read? Or is quote collecting not something you do as a reader or blogger?

    Anyway…

    I am super stoked to check out just what topics everyone chose today. There will be so many different types of “best of” lists that it will be extra fun to see just what books, heroes, villains, heroines, love triangles, cliffhangers, et cetera that everyone picked.

    But before you head off to check out some of the other posts around the blogosphere, today I’ll be the blog hosting the giveaway. All the details are below.

    the Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs?

    Two YA Books of Your Choice (not to exceed $30 total) released in 2012 or releasing in the first week of January 2013, to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository.

    The Deets

    You must be 13 or older to enter

    ONE entry per HOUSEHOLD

    Giveaway is international

    Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter on January 2, 2013 at Midnight Pacific

    Winner will be announced on this post and contacted by email

    Winner will have 48 hours to respond

    There is no requirement to like or follow but spreading the word would be awesome!

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    My Reading Pile #91

    My review book is still MIA, but I did get a lovely stack of books in the mail thanks to Blackplume who won them in an awesome giveaway from Michelle Madow.

    And apparently the one book I’d been waiting for since August that someone sent finally arrived on Friday. But it’s at the post office, with a few dollars in postage owed, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to retrieve it. Especially as I’d traded for another copy of the book in the three-and-a-half months since I was originally expecting it. And as that particular post office closes early and has the longest lines at this time of year.

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    The very lovely and amazing Blackplume won the three ARCs shown above in a giveaway but as they weren’t able to be shipped internationally, she offered to send them to me. I offered to send them along to her but she declined and suggested I give them away on the blog since I already own all three in eBook format.

    So I will be doing that in the next few days over on The Annex, along with a few other books and ARCs I’ve had lying around. But it reminded me that I must read PARTIALS as everyone is raving about FRAGMENTS which is due out at the end of February.

    Anyway…

    I am expecting some amazing books and goodies next week as I am one of the End is Here Newbies at Epic Reads. And I can’t wait to start reading Anna Carey’s books for the challenge. But for now…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (December 9 – December 15, 2012)

    First up on the pile is INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane. I received an eARC for review earlier this fall from the author through NetGalley. But I’m also on the tour in a few weeks. And while I don’t have to read the book for – or before – the tour, I want to. And I am so excited to finally get this book on the pile.

    I have been so curious about this world of Believers and Indigo teens. I want to meet Rayne and find out what her connection is with Gabriel Stewart. I want to discover what their powers are and just how Gabe’s power can “doom them all.”

    This sounds like an incredibly exciting new series and I can’t wait to finally read it this week. I love the author’s writing and the unique style she brings to her stories. I can’t imagine that this new series will be any less captivating, but I can’t wait to find out for myself.

    I love stories about psychic powers and it’s been awhile since I’ve read one. And I’m so looking forward to following the hunted Indigos as they try and steer clear of the Believers.

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    Next up on the pile is WINGS OF THE WICKED by Courtney Allison Moulton, which is a “back on the pile” read. I’ve actually read it before, but I’m re-reading it for the ANGELFIRE Read-Along hosted by Books Over Boys.

    I’m actually adding it to the pile a little earlier than I should, because I’ve “somehow” managed to get too far ahead in my reading. I just couldn’t put ANGELFIRE down when I was supposed to. It was just too hard to stop reading.

    So I’m just giving in and jumping right into WotW and will likely follow that up next week with SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE. Because I love reading series books back-to-back-to-back, letting the story continue from one book to the next. It makes that connection to the characters and stories even stronger without a year-long gap between.

    I can’t wait to continue this story with Will and Cadan and Ellie… and even Bastian. I just have to remember that if I read ahead too quickly, I’ll come to the end that much more quickly. And there are no other books in the series to look forward to. Which is absolutely heartbreaking.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I am actually just wishing I could finish all the books I’m in the middle of right now. Never before has my attention been so divided between the books I’m reading. And never before have I started reading multiple books at once.

    Fortunately I just finished ANGELFIRE. But I’m in the middle of reading EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton, SHADOW’S CLAIM by Kresley Cole, WHAT THE SPELL? by Brittany Geragotelis, CARRIER OF THE MARK by Leigh Fallon and OPAL by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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    Those left behind:

    I left behind a little bit of everything, actually. I went completely off-pile last week to beta read GOLD by Talia Vance. Which was so freaking unbelievably amazing. You have NO IDEA. And ever since I read it I have been dying to read SILVER again. Hmmm…. maybe that should have been my wishful thinking read. But oh em gee that book… and that ending… Ugh. Okay, I can’t say any more. My lips are sealed. But yeah it’s a must read.

    I then started reading OPAL by Jennifer L. Armentrout when I discovered it had downloaded a week early to my Kindle. But as I accidentally read the last line, thus spoiling the entire book, I ended up setting it aside at twenty-five percent, so I could get a little distance from the fact that I knew sort of how things would end.

    Next, I picked up ANGELFIRE for the read-along, which I hadn’t added to the pile last week, and was supposed to stop after just the first eight chapters, but that didn’t happen.

    And now I’m in the middle of both EVERBOUND and WHAT THE SPELL?, both books I hope to finish by early next week.

    I’m not really behind on reviews, except for my review for SPLINTERED, but I plan on reading that one more time before writing my review. I decided to pass on writing reviews for CRAVE and COVET as too much time has passed since read each book. But who knows, I still remember the stories and I do have my notes, so we’ll see.

    Hopefully I’ll actually finish a review book so I can have a review here on the blog this week. But as I have a fairly full schedule of posts, I might not even have room to post one.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did take a quick peek at NetGalley this week and noticed a few interesting books:

    SUMMERSET ABBEY by T.J. Brown, THE DEAD AND BURIED by Kim Harrington – which I did request since my printed ARC still hasn’t shown up in the mail – WICKED KISS by Michelle Rowen and SHADOWHUNTERS AND DOWNWORLDERS edited by Cassandra Clare.

    I’m sure next week I’ll find a few more, but I only took a quick peek around.

    This week I totally fell back in love with reading. Again. It helped to have an amazing book like GOLD make me want to dive right back into the magical worlds the authors I love create.

    My problem is having too many stories I want to read at once and only a small amount of time to do it. Hopefully I can remedy that situation by foregoing sleep. But we’ll see.

    As I am now just dying to get back to any one of the stories I am currently reading, I’ll say farewell. But as always I would love to know what books you plan on reading this week and what exciting new books that you received that will make me green with envy.

    Please feel free to leave a link in the comments as I would love to check out your posts.

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

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    Giveaway: Wings of the Wicked

    I got the chance to read Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton a bit early thanks to the lovely people at HarperCollins. And I was floored. I thought this sequel was amazing. Absolutely amazing. I’m seriously ready to re-read both books in the series now…. Just plotting and scheming figuring out how that can be done.

    In the meantime, as with all books I give my off-the-menu rating to – if you don’t believe me, my review is here as proof – I am offering up a few copies for giveaway.

    What’s up for grabs:

    A copy of Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton from either Amazon or The Book Depository to four (4) winners.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be four (4) winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 9:59 p.m. Pacific on February 5, 2012.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on February 6th in this post.

    7. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    8. Book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending on location.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway. I’ll be running the names through Random in the morning. Good luck to everyone who entered and stay tuned…

    Congratulations Jessirae, AussieGurl, Alex and Starr. I’ll be contacting you by email shortly for your details and will order your books within 8 hours of receiving them. I hope you love Wings of the Wicked, it’s all sorts of amazing!

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    Review: Wings of the Wicked

    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton was released in the U.S. today, January 31, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Wings of the Wicked is the sequel to Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. The third book in the series, Hymn to the Fallen, will be available in 2013.

    Goodreads description:

    Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
    Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

    She’s been warned.
    Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

    She’ll be betrayed.
    Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.

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    After learning the shocking truth about who she really is and what her purpose is, Ellie Monroe still wants to try to live a normal life – go to school, go to prom, graduate and go to college. But with Bastian sending even more bloodthirsty reapers after her, trying to be normal is becoming nearly impossible.

    When she learns that his plan to destroy all of humankind has been set in motion, and that she is an integral part of that plan, she will do everything within her power to stop him. Even if it means putting her trust in someone she isn’t sure she can trust. Even if it means forging an alliance with someone whose motives may not be entirely pure.

    And even if it means tapping into her powers and becoming someone she’s not sure she wants to become.

    Because if Bastian were to succeed, not only would it be her life that is forfeit but everyone’s. And the result would be hell on earth. Literally.

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    Wings of the Wicked is an utterly mind-blowing sequel that is packed full of heart-stopping action, tension, suspense and heartbreak. With an opening that shoves readers right back into this deadly world where angelic and demonic reapers battle for supremacy and where the Preliator is tasked with ensuring human safety, this book will be unputdownable.

    The battles are fiercer, the dangers greater, the enemies deadlier and the heartbreak more devastating than ever before in this second book in the Angelfire series.

    As Ellie desperately searches for answers on how to stop Bastian before his plan becomes a reality, she is forced to defend herself against an onslaught of even more lethal opponents that Bastian has sent to retrieve her. And with their attacks becoming much more public, she’s finding it extremely difficult to keep that part of her life a secret.

    To complicate matters, things between her and Will have been strained since he found out who she was, Cadan keeps surprising her with unexpected visits warning her of Bastian’s actions, she still hasn’t been able to recall all of her memories, and life at home hasn’t been getting any easier.

    Courtney Allison Moulton has yet again written a story that is positively addictive. Readers will be riveted by this incredibly fast-paced, emotional rollercoaster of a story as Ellie faces her enemies in battle, is tormented over her relationship with Will, experiences a heartbreaking loss, is at risk of losing herself, and tries to recover her memories before it’s too late – to save herself, to save her friends, to save all of humanity.

    Wings of the Wicked is unquestionably a must read for fans of the first book in the series as well as for readers who are looking for an exciting story, with a unique world, lovable characters and a cliffhanger ending that will make waiting for the next installment in the series absolute torture.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    I didn’t think I could love the sequel more than the original. I really didn’t. Meeting Ellie, Will and Cadan for the first time and learning about who they were, what they could do and taking that journey with them was flipping amazing. There was no way a sequel could top it. Yeah, I was so wrong. I don’t think I could possibly have been more wrong.

    I was worried when I started reading Wings of the Wicked because it had been so long since I read Angelfire and I was fuzzy on some of the details from that first book. And while I wanted to re-read Angelfire I didn’t get the chance to and had to just dive right in.

    I think I was lost for about thirty seconds, if that. While not everything was spelled out, and most of it not immediately, the little reveals throughout the book made everything come rushing back in… much like Ellie’s memory.

    I loved Ellie, Will and Cadan equally in Angelfire, even though Cadan was the bad boy and they’re usually my favorite characters to read about and fall head-over-heels in love with. But in Wings of the Wicked I loved Cadan so much more, even with all the surprising new things there are to know about him. And even with the very different side of him that is revealed.

    I am definitely worried about just where things are headed with Ellie in the next book in the series, because she was very emotional throughout this book. She had a lot to be upset about and a ton of things to be heartbroken over, but she seemed more fragile somehow. And that makes me nervous. Even though I know just how strong she can be.

    And Will. Oh Will. Half the time I wanted to hug him, the other half I wanted to smack him. He was all sorts of maddening and yummy and he twisted me up inside, made my heart drop right into the pit of my stomach and he put me through the wringer over and over and over again.

    But it was those demonic reapers and the even scarier bad dudes and the oh so dark direction the story was headed that made me practically speed-read through this book. There were pages I was dying to devour so quickly that I had to actually go back and re-read them just in case I might have missed something in my haste to see how a scene ended.

    Yes this book kept me on edge. I was a total wreck. From everything that was happening between Ellie and Will, to the unwelcome appearance of Ava, to the situation with Ellie’s Dad, to Ellie’s still missing memories, to the constant threat of the demonic reapers, to the even greater danger posed by the Enshi, I was tortured right up to that last page.

    Speaking of being tortured, as if that build-up to the end wasn’t enough, the way this book ends was so unbelievably cruel. I just knew it. I just knew the end would be tormenting and torturous and heartbreaking. In fact, there was heartbreak after heartbreak after heartbreak in this five hundred some-odd page novel. I’m not sure I actually survived. I may just be a ghost of myself right about now.

    I would love to re-read Angelfire and get to experience both books back-to-back without that long wait between reads. I’m super curious to see just who I’d love more – Will or Cadan – after a second read. And I wonder if reading both books again would change who I think is more perfect for Ellie, who I believe is hotter and whether I’d still believe that Ellie made the right choice.

    So what does Wings of the Wicked have? Everything. It’s got a kick-a** heroine. It’s got two swoonworthy boys. It’s got action, action and more action – those battles are seriously insane. It’s got heartbreak and despair and anguish. And then it adds in some more heartbreak and quite a bit more anguish. It has a mystery or two or three. And that ending…. Calling it killer would be way too nice.

    So, yes. I loved this book. Yes, I definitely plan on re-reading it. And yes, I’m sad that I can’t re-read it right now.

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    I have quite a few long passages that were some of my very favorites, most involving Ellie and Will, but this one just makes my heart skip a few beats…

    Cadan to Ellie:

    “No,” he said softly, reaching forward to slide his fingers along my jaw toward my chin. The gesture was soothing, and in the frigid cold, his hand was surprisingly warm. The cold never affected reapers. “There’s nothing wrong with you. Throughout your lifetimes, your humanity has grown stronger. Your human passion is taking over your angelic heritage, and I don’t think it knows how to handle all that divine power. Once you understand and can balance the two sides of yourself, you will be unstoppable.”

    Book trailer for Wings of the Wicked:

    This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher, HarperTeen in exchange for my honest review

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #57

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

    These are books for the week of January 31st-February 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Destiny and Deception is the fourth full-length book in the 13 to Life series by author Shannon Delany.

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    I’ve been a huge fan of this series since I discovered it after I began blogging. I love the world that Jess and the Rusakova’s exist in and can’t wait to read this fourth book in the series. I’ve had the eBook pre-ordered for awhile and I can’t believe release date is almost here.

    I won’t talk too much about what I’m hoping for in this book just in case someone hasn’t caught up with the series yet. But I am dying to find out if things are really looking up for Jess and Pietr or if it’s just the calm before the storm.

    And from the description there are a few things going on with Alexi that I can’t wait to discover for myself.

    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Wings of the Wicked is the sequel to Angelfire by author Courtney Allison Moulton.

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    I can’t believe this book releases this week. I also can’t believe I have to wait an entire year until the next book comes out. I am so excited that I’ll have the eBook on my Kindle in less than twenty-four hours because I’m curious to see just what has changed between the ARC and the finished copy.

    I just finished reading this and I’m already dying to read it again. I thought Angelfire was awesome. I thought that first book had me tied up in knots in a way that the sequel never could. I was so totally wrong.

    The dangers facing Ellie and Will are even more terrifying. Cadan is even more swoon-worthy. And the ending is even more of a killer than I ever thought possible. I’m hanging on by my bitten and ragged fingernails, but only just barely.

    New Girl by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I had a chance to read Here Lies Bridget by the author last year and I was excited to see she had another book coming out, so I added it to my pre-orders even without knowing exactly what it’s about.

    But after reading the description I can’t wait to read more. I want to find out just how the New Girl is handling life at Manderly Academy where she landed a spot when Becca Normandy went missing. I want to find out just why everyone seems to blame her. I want to see what happens between her and Max Holloway, Becca’s “sort of” boyfriend.

    And I want to see if we get to find out the New Girl’s name.

    There is just something a little eerie about the description, though I can’t put my finger on it. And so I really want to read New Girl now and find out just why I feel that there is.

    Incarnate by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Incarnate, the first book in the Newsouls series by author Jodi Meadows is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I have had an ARC of Incarnate sitting on my shelf for a while thanks to a trade, but I haven’t had the chance to read it before release which I’m totally devastated about. I’ve heard such amazing things about this debut book and I want to find out for myself just what it’s about.

    Though I’ll probably read the eBook version that will be downloading to my Kindle instead of the ARC, just in case something major changed that I wouldn’t want to miss.

    I love the idea of reincarnated souls. And I love the idea that Ana is a newsoul… or possibly a nosoul. I can’t wait to find out which she is, especially if being a nosoul means she’ll only have one existence to live.

    And I can’t wait to go on the journey with Ana as she tries to solve the mystery of why she may have received another’s life.

    The description mentions “romance, fantasy, and danger” – all things I love – so I can’t wait to read Incarnate in February.

    Article 5 by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Article 5 is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    This book sounds like a super cool dystopian that I can’t wait to read. I hadn’t heard of it before I traded for a copy, but when I checked it out, it sounded like a book I’d really love to devour so I added it to my pre-orders.

    The future society the author created sounds very strict and very harsh. Compliance with the Moral Statutes sounds like it will be impossible. And the punishments sound far worse than the crimes.

    I can’t wait to meet Ember and discover what life is like in her world. And to find out just how horrible it is to learn that the boy she loves is the very one who arrests her mother.

    I’m curious to see just how dark things will get for her after her mom’s arrest and to see if she is able to save her or if there will be no happy ending for either of them. I wish I could add it to the top of the pile now, but at the very least, I really hope I can read this new release in March.

    Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 160 pages.

    Lenobia’s Vow is the second novella in the House of Night series by author’s P.C. and Kristin Cast.

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    I have the first novella in this off-shoot series from the authors’ House of Night novels, although I haven’t yet read it. But as I own all books in the series I decided to pre-order this next one for my Kindle.

    I like the idea of meeting these other characters and getting a chance to learn their story prior to the events in House of Night. Lenobia was always a very likable character and I can’t wait to meet her when she was much younger and hear how she first fell in love.

    As it is a fairly short novella, I hope to be able to sneak this one on top of my reading pile really soon.

    Shift by M.R. Merrick will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2012 in eBook format and will be releasing soon in paperback format. It is not available to pre-order, but it will be available to purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble on release date.

    Shift is the second book in The Protector series by the author.

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    I did receive an eARC from the author for review, but I will be purchasing the finished eBook for my Kindle on release date and I can’t wait. I recently read the first book in the series and it was every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I can’t wait to get back into the world the author created and unravel more of the mystery. I am super curious to find out what will happen next with Chase and Rayna, if they’ll find the answers they’ve been looking for, and just what it means to be a Protector.

    And I’m dying to know just how tough they’ll need to be in order to win the battle against their enemies. While I will be reading the eARC, I am excited to have the finished eBook as part of my permanent collection.

    The Rivals by Daisy Whitney will be released in the U.S. on February 6, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    The Rivals is the sequel to The Mockingbirds by author Daisy Whitney.

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    I have not yet read The Mockingbirds, the first book in the series, but everyone said that I had to read it and so I bought it for my Kindle. And because I own book one, I just had to pre-order the sequel when I learned that it was going to be releasing soon.

    I refuse to look at the Goodreads description for fear of spoiling book one, but it is linked in the cover art for anyone who wants to check it out.

    The Mockingbirds caught my eye because idea of a secret society that takes action to right the wrongs done to the students at Themis Academy intrigued me. And even though the subject matter is harsh – the main character was assaulted – the idea that she is willing to fight back makes her sound like someone that I’d like to meet.

    I had no idea until recently that it was a series. But now, more than ever, I want to read both books and find out exactly how the Mockingbirds help those who need it. Even if it means that I find out that their brand of help is nothing more than vigilante justice.

    To check out an excerpt of The Rivals from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    UPDATE: I did have one other book pre-ordered….

    Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne

    Pub. Date: February 2, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

    Pub. Date: February 1, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    It’s definitely not a quiet week for releases this week. I had no idea I had quite so many books pre-ordered. Fortunately I’ve read Wings of the Wicked and will be reading Shift in the next day or two, so I won’t have quite so many books to add to the TBR pile.

    As much as I love it, I think participating in the Debut Author Challenge is a dangerous thing for my reading pile and for my wallet, but I can’t resist the chance to discover a new book or author that I might not have otherwise discovered. Even if I don’t always get to read their books immediately….

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #45

    Yet again I’m missing books that were supposedly sent to me this past week. Apparently my mailman enjoys resting, eating lunch in our apartment’s leasing office lunchroom and all-around taking it easy rather than actually properly delivering mail.

    And while I only got mail delivered one day this week – which included the two lovely books shown below – I also got a check for someone else in my mailbox, but sadly I couldn’t keep it. I may get something in the mail later today, but since I did receive something I didn’t want to wait to post this on Sunday.

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

    I received these two ARCs of Glimmer and The Last Echo from a trade with another blogger. Yes, I may apparently have already traded for them, but it’s always good to have extras. Right? And maybe it means that I’ll be able to give one (or both) of them away.

    I still haven’t been able to read books one and two in The Body Finder series, but I hope to do so in just a few weeks so that I can read this third book. And I’m excited to read Glimmer, because now that I actually read the description it has definitely piqued my interest.

    I hope to read Glimmer fairly soon, but it’s not on the pile this week. So….

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

    (January 22-January 28, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Dark Days by C.A. Kunz. I received a copy for review from the authors as I’m part of their book tour for its release. As my stop will be on January 26th, I plan on reading Dark Days this weekend, which will hopefully give me enough time to review it.

    I recently read the first book in the series, The Childe, and I’m excited to get back into this world to see just how things are going for Cat. She was kind enough to answer all of my interview questions when she stopped by the blog last week, but she didn’t give me any insight into what was headed her way in Dark Days.

    I’ve heard chatter that there is quite a bit more action and more will be revealed about the mystery surrounding Cat Colvin, so I am really curious to discover it for myself.

    I’m sure this will be a quick read and I hope to devour it all on Sunday.

    Next up on the pile is Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton. I requested and received an advance readers’ copy for review from the publisher, HarperTeen, and I’ve been dying to read it ever since. I’m so excited to finally have this on the pile. You have no idea.

    I’ve said it a million times before, but I absolutely loved the angel story in this book. I loved Ellie and Cadan and Will. I loved the action and drama and suspense and danger that were all part of Ellie’s world.

    Ellie is seriously one kick-a** Preliator and I can’t wait to continue her story. And I can’t wait… or maybe I can… to find out who betrays her.

    If I hadn’t made so many promises in December and January, I would have read it the instant it showed up in my mailbox. I’m just glad I have the chance to read it now. Finally.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I would love to read Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink. It’s sitting there, nearly at the top of my review pile, and after this week’s reads I’ll be so close to finally getting the chance to read it. Though I would love to do it now.

    I am also dying to read The Calling by Kelley Armstrong. I haven’t forgotten, even after all this time, just how torturous an ending that book had. I thought my ARC was missing pages, but apparently not, because I did confirm that my finished copy ended exactly the same way. So, I would love, love, love to read this book now.

    Those left behind:

    I didn’t technically leave anything behind from last week, but I did have to shift things around and add another book to the pile. So, I still have a few reviews to write, but I did end up having three books on the pile instead of the planned two. And I’m reading Exiled today, so I’ll easily finish it before I have to start on this week’s pile tomorrow.

    I’d love to be able to write all three reviews on Saturday and then the review for Exiled on Sunday, but somehow I don’t think that will happen. But hopefully I’ll have my Hallowed review up on the blog by Tuesday and my Exiled review on Wednesday.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I still have not yet heard back about the Carrie Jones book, but I did end up getting rejected for a Random House title. So, I have no new NetGalley adds this week, thankfully. Because I really want to finish reading Fugitives and I’m worried it will expire really, really soon.

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    Even with all the craziness with the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge and the fact that I’ve had way too many deadlines this January, I still managed to carve out one evening this week where I almost completely ignored the blog and focused on not reading, not posting, not reviewing, not checking email, not Tweeting and not worrying. It was amazing. I actually got stuff done. I actually got to watch television. And I actually got some sleep.

    While I plan on making this an all-reading weekend, unless I sneak out to go see Underworld, it was nice to have those four hours of my free time just for me.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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