My Reading Pile {10}

Book Haul 10

I received a bunch of surprise books in the mail this week along with one I was expecting, grabbed a few eARCs that I thought looked interesting and was approved for one I didn’t think I’d be approved for. One of the books will be on this week’s pile as it is for review and another is one I may have already started reading.

While I’m still playing catch up and have a couple of review books I must read this week, I couldn’t resist adding two books to the pile. My wishful thinking read is a sequel in a series I can’t wait to continue, but may be one I’ll have to wait at least another week to read.




  • THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater – courtesy of Big Honcho Media and Scholastic Press
  • THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater – courtesy of Big Honcho Media and Scholastic Press
  • BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater – courtesy of Big Honcho Media and Scholastic Press
  • SUSPICION by Alexandra Monir – courtesy of Goldberg McDuffie Communications and Delacorte Press
  • ZODIAC by Romina Russell – courtesy of Razorbill
  • TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt – courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group


  • SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder – via NetGalley courtesy of Harlequin MIRA
  • SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton – via NetGalley courtesy of Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • MAKE IT LAST by Megan Erickson – via Edelweiss courtesy of William Morrow Impulse
  • THE GROWN UPS by Robin Antalek – via Edelweiss courtesy of William Morrow Paperbacks

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK: December 7th – December 13th, 2014


ZodiacZODIAC (Zodiac #1) by Romina Russell

Release date: December 9, 2014
Source: Publisher

Why it’s on this week’s pile:

I was invited to read and review this book just this past week so I’m adding it to the top of this week’s pile. It is new on my radar but it sounded so amazing that I just couldn’t resist the urge to say “yes” to a rushed read and review.


At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

Add to TBR

Breaking the Rules CoverBREAKING THE RULES (Pushing the Limits #1.5) by Katie McGarry

Release date: December 8, 2014
Source: Purchased

Why it’s on this week’s pile:

Because there was not a chance that I wouldn’t be adding this book to the pile when my Kindle copy downloads on its release date. I love this series and the characters from this first book and I can’t wait for their story to continue.


A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so… different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn… seriously epic.

Add to TBR


Polaris CoverPOLARIS (Avalon #2) by Mindee Arnett
Release date: January 20, 2015

Why it’s only a wish:

AVALON was so fan-freaking-tastic and I just know that POLARIS will be equally as awesome if not more so. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I saw it available for review but I’m just so behind I can’t possibly do more than wish I could. For now.


Following the events of Avalon, Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. Jeth is desperate to find the resources and funding he needs to rescue his mother from an ITA’s research lab and leave this whole galaxy behind for a new life somewhere else. But the ITA is just as desperate, and soon Jeth finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing Jeth and his crew—dead or alive. In a last-ditch effort to save everyone he holds dear, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he’d see again: Dax Shepherd, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. And he’s not the only one: upon arriving back at Peltraz spaceport for the first time since he witnessed the death of his old employer, Jeth discovers Dax has a new partner: Jeth’s mother, Marian.

This shocking turn of events is only the first in another breathless, action-packed sci-fi adventure rife with danger, love, and betrayal, as Jeth has to once again ask himself how much he’s willing to invest in a morally bankrupt galaxy in the hopes of saving those he cares for.


I didn’t get much of a chance to read this past week, but I was able to write a couple of reviews. As this is the last calm weekend before things get insanely busy I’m hoping I’ll be able to write a couple more. Especially my review for ENSNARED because that series-ending book was OOC.

I’m also hoping that I’ll have a chance to finish my current reads and read the two books on the pile. And hopefully tackle at least two of those reviews that were left behind.

Here’s the rundown:

What I Read & Reviewed

  • Finished Reading & Reviewed: Secret Book
  • Reviewed: NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE by Amy K. Nichols
  • Currently Reading: SUSPICION by Alexandra Monir
  • Currently Reading: IGNITE by Sara B. Larson

What I Hope to Review This Week

  • SUSPICION by Alexandra Monir – only just started but am loving it so far
  • ZODIAC by Romina Russell

What Was Left Behind

  • Not yet read: LOVE & OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass
  • Not yet read: TRANSCENDENT by Lesley Livingston
  • Not yet reviewed: SUBLIME by Christina Lauren
  • Not yet reviewed: UNHINGED by A.G. Howard
  • Not yet reviewed: ENSNARED by A.G. Howard
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Still not yet reviewed: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black (a non-YA title)
  • Still not yet read: COMPULSION by Martina Boone
  • Still not yet read: FALL WITH ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Still not yet read: THE WINNER’S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski
  • Still reading: THE FIGURES OF BEAUTY by David MacFarlane (a non-YA title)

I was able to get half the books I wanted to review reviewed and finish and start a couple of those past due reads. But I am still quite a bit behind – yes that “What Was Left Behind” section just keeps getting longer. It is something I hope to remedy this week before I fall further and further behind as the holidays approach and out-of-town visitors come.

At least I’m pretty sure that my “December Reviews” on this blog will be more than just the one review it was last month. But I’m hoping it will be at least five.


There are a few awesome books on NetGalley this week, two of which I have in print and can’t wait to read so I managed not to request any. Are there any that tempt you?

So how was your reading and reviewing week? Did you get to all your planned reads and reviews?

And did you get any new and exciting books in the mail, via email or from the bookstore or library?

Leave a comment or a link, I’d love to know.

Happy reading!

Do you create a reading pile?

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



Rachel (a.k.a. Fiktshun) has been blogging about (mostly YA) books since 2010. She always has and always will believe that reading YA rocks and thinks she's found the perfect place to ramble here at RYAR.