My Reading Pile {12}


It was a super quiet week at the mailbox this week but I did get a couple of yummy reads in the eMailbox. One was an accidental download that is definitely a happy accident and the other is a temptation I couldn’t resist.

I have one more add to the missed reads list and one for the missed reviews list. But I did go off-pile for one of this week’s reads that made it all worthwhile. My wishful thinking read is a book I will be reading by its release date but I am seriously wishing I could read right about now.




  • MAYHEM by Jamie Shaw – via Edelweiss courtesy of Avon Impulse
  • HELLHOLE by Gina Damico – via NetGalley courtesy of HMH Books for Young Readers

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK: December 21st – December 27th, 2014


The Darkest Part of the ForestTHE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black

Release date: January 13, 2015
Source: Publisher

Why it’s on this week’s pile:

I have been wanting to read this book for ages. I’ve been a huge fan of Holly Black’s writing and imagination for years and years. I’ll be reviewing it for the book tour in a couple of weeks but I can’t wait to start reading it right now.


Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Add to TBR

The Wicked Awakening of Anne MerchantTHE WICKED AWAKENING OF ANNE MERCHANT (The V Trilogy #2) by Joanna Wiebe

Release date: January 20, 2015
Source: Publisher

Why it’s on this week’s pile:

I loved the first book in this series and the ending left me wishing I had the sequel in hand. I almost snuck this one onto the pile last week, but as I had a few reviews to write I decided to wait until this week to further unravel the mysteries of Wormwood Island.


Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.

Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves…or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben’s destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?

Add to TBR


Make It Last Cover

MAKE IT LAST (Bowler University #3) by Megan Erickson
Release date: January 6, 2015

Why it’s only a wish:

I received MAKE IT LAST just two weeks ago, and though it comes out really soon I have a bunch of books on the list before it that must be read and reviewed. I’m dying to meet Cam Ruiz and have been for a long, long, long, long time. But with the holiday and in town visitors this week, the idea of sneaking this third book on the pile is only just a wish.


After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved.

Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.

The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss…which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.


It was only a semi-productive week this week. I didn’t have much time to read, but I did spend a few hours writing a few reviews. Trying to prepare for the holiday coming up this week has totally devoured my time. And while I’d only planned on reading one book this week, as there are two books I really want to read, I’m hoping I’ll be able to make the time to read both. I know I won’t be able to find it.

Here’s the rundown:

What I Read & Reviewed

  • Finished Reading & Reviewed: TRANSCENDENT by Lesley Livingston
  • Reviewed: ENSNARED by A.G. Howard
  • Reviewed: THE ONE by Kiera Cass
  • Read: MAYHEM by Jamie Shaw
  • Currently Reading: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
  • Currently Reading: SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton

What I Hope to Review This Week

  • MAYHEM by Jamie Shaw
  • RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

What Was Left Behind

  • Not yet read: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
  • Not yet reviewed: IGNITE by Sara B. Larson
  • Not yet read: LOVE & OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass
  • Still not yet reviewed: SUBLIME by Christina Lauren
  • Still not yet reviewed: UNHINGED 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)

If I can find some quiet time this weekend I will be tackling a few more reviews. But with the year-end posts here on RYAR and on Fiktshun still to write, plus an end-of-challenge post to prep, I am being stretched a little thin. Maybe next week.

Or maybe I’ll have to make tackling the Left Behinds one of my New Year’s Resolutions.


There are a few interesting books on NetGalley this week, though I managed to resist giving in to the temptation of requesting 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.