My Reading Pile {16}


I got a few lovely books/ARCs in the mailbox this week – all with a maroon-y/reddish theme – and even picked up a few eARCs. I would love to be able to put a few of them on the pile this week, but as I am still playing catch up they will all have to wait until late-February/early-March.

Instead of diving into my planned reads and tackling reviews for books I need to have reviewed for Monday and Tuesday of this week, I went on a crazy reading binge and managed to re-read five of the six Shifters books by Author Rachel Vincent. And I somehow managed to write a couple of reviews – who needs sleep anyway?

While I didn’t get the chance to read last week’s wishful thinking read, I opted to add it to the pile this week. Though I did find a new book for the wishful thinking reads list that I definitely wish I could read right now.




  • BECOMING JINN by Lori Goldstein – courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
  • VELVET by Temple West – courtesy of Swoon Reads
  • TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt – courtesy of Square Fish


  • LEAVING AMARILLO by Caisey Quinn – via Edelweiss courtesy of William Morrow Paperbacks
  • LIARS, INC. by Paula Stokes – via Edelweiss courtesy of the author and HarperTeen
  • THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS by Allison Patakia – via NetGalley courtesy of Howard Books and Kismet Book Touring

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK: January 18th – January 25th, 2015


9780778328186_smp.inddALPHA (Shifters #6) by Rachel Vincent

Release date: October 1, 2010
Source: Purchased

***A Non-YA Re-read***



The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc, and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder, and treason. Yeah, we’ve been busy. But now it’s time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother’s death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.

It’s not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I’m heading for a final showdown that can–that will–change everything forever. A showdown I’m not sure I’m ready for.
But life never waits until you’re ready.

Add to TBR

Hero by NightHERO BY NIGHT (Independence Falls #3) by Sara Jane Stone

Release date: January 20, 2015
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

***A Non-YA Read***


He was nobody’s hero until he landed in the wrong bed…

Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed…

Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can’t touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.

But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he’s the hero Lena needs night and day… forever.

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Riot CoverRIOT (Mayhem #2) by Jamie Shaw

Release date: February 10, 2015
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

***A Non-YA Read***


When Dee Dawson meets sexy mohawked guitarist Joel Gibbon, she knows it won’t be long before she has him wrapped around her finger. No guy has ever been able to resist her… but Dee’s met her match in a player like Joel.

Dee’s not the relationship type—not after seeing the pain “love” has caused her friends and family—yet she’s desperate to make Joel want her more than anyone else. He quickly becomes an obsession, and when a reckless attempt to make him jealous ends in disaster, Dee turns into the damsel in distress she never wanted to be. With her carefree world crashing down around her, the last thing she needs is Joel’s pity.

But Joel is suddenly determined to prove he cares, and no matter how hard Dee tries to push him away, he refuses to let her shut him out. Now the girl who swore she’d never say those three little words must choose between guarding her heart and losing Joel forever… or falling head-over-heels for the tattooed rock star of her dreams.

Add to TBR


An Ember in the AshesAN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
Release date: February 10, 2015


Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Add to TBR


What I Read & Reviewed

  • Reviewed: TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt
  • Read: STRAY by Rachel Vincent
  • Read: ROGUE by Rachel Vincent
  • Read: PRIDE by Rachel Vincent
  • Read: PREY by Rachel Vincent
  • Read: SHIFT by Rachel Vincent
  • Currently Reading: TUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian

What I Hope to Review This Week

  • HERO BY NIGHT by Sara Jane Stone
  • TUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian

What Was Left Behind

  • Not yet read: THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe
  • Not yet read: FROSTFIRE by Amanda Hocking
  • Still reading: SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton
  • Still not yet read: LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner
  • Still not yet finished: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
  • Still not yet read: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
  • Still not yet reviewed: SUBLIME by Christina Lauren
  • Still not yet read: LOVE & OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass
  • Still not yet read: FALL WITH ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Still not yet finished: THE FIGURES OF BEAUTY by David MacFarlane (a non-YA title)
  • 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)

I spent the entire week binge re-reading a series that I loved in order to be ready for the new spinoff series the author is writing and to read a short story spinoff that has been begging to be read on my Kindle. I also did not get the chance to really tackle last week’s reads or write too many reviews. But sometimes you just have to go off-pile and read a book – or five – that you have been dying to re-read.


There are a few of interest books on NetGalley this week though I managed to resist requesting more than just the one. Are there any that tempt you?

  • ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers – St. Martin’s Press | Apr 14 2015
  • KISSING TED CALLAHAN (AND OTHER GUYS) by Amy Spalding – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Apr 14 2015
  • THE THIRD TWIN by CJ Omololu – Random House Children’s | Feb 24 2015
  • RAIN by Virginia Bergin – Pan Macmillan | Jul 17 2014 **UK Reviewers Preferred**
  • NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman – Random House Children’s | Mar 10 2015
  • SUMMONER: THE NOVICE by Taran Matharu – Hachette Children’s Group | May 5 2015
  • BLEEDING EARTH by Kaitlin Ward – Egmont USA | Aug 4 2015
  • A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT by Kristina McBride – Egmont USA | Jul 28 2015
  • LIFE UNAWARE by Cole Gibsen – Entangled Publishing LLC | Apr 28 2015
  • SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder – Harlequin (Australia) TEEN | Mar 1 2015 **Australian Reviewers Preferred**
  • THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh – Penguin Young Readers Group | May 12 2015 **Not Yet Available to Request**

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.