My Reading Pile {1}


MRP_Descrip_2It was a pretty awesome week at both the mailbox and in the emailbox. I received four print books and ARCs and managed to snag five eARCs. And I have two books I can’t wait to start reading on this week’s pile.

My wishful thinking read is one I probably shouldn’t even be thinking about. Especially since I am behind on last week’s reading pile. And I definitely shouldn’t be grabbing any of those NetGalley titles I saw.





And I couldn’t resist grabbing one non-YA title…

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK: October 5th – October 11th, 2014


The Perfectionists Cover


Release date: October 7, 2014
Source: Publisher

Why it’s on this week’s pile:

Aside from the fact that I love Sara Shepard’s writing and I am excited to read her newest title, I am participating in a four week read-along hosted by Me, My Shelf and I over at Fiktshun, so I must read the first nine chapters by Tuesday.


From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

Add to TBR

Chasing Power Cover

CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst

Release date: October 14, 2014
Source: Author via NetGalley

Why it’s on this week’s pile:

I have been dying to get this on the pile for a few weeks now, and with its release date rapidly approaching I now have the perfect excuse to read it. I love Sarah Beth Durst’s writing and it’s been awhile since I had the chance to read a YA title by her. And I’m excited to finally meet Kayla and Daniel.


Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla’s life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.

But her summer plans change when she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive… or survive.

Add to TBR


Death Marked CoverDEATH MARKED (Death Sworn #2) by Leah Cypess
Release date: March 3, 2015

Why it’s only a wish:

I am dying to read DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess. I had no clue it was the final book in the series until all of two seconds ago, but I am still choosing it as my wishful thinking read this week. I am desperate to find out what happens with Ileni after that ending in DEATH SWORN. Of course it doesn’t release for five more months so I really can’t justify reading it now. But I really want to.


A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they’d battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn’t want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.

Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni’s story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart.


It was a semi-productive week on the blogs. Yay! Here’s the rundown:

What I Read & Reviewed

  • Finished Reading: LOVE ME TO DEATH by Marissa Clarke (a non-YA title)
  • Read & Reviewed: EXQUISITE CAPTIVE by Heather Demetrios
  • Reviewed: INVISIBLE by Dawn Metcalf
  • Reviewed: WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand
  • Currently Reading: THE FALL by Bethany Griffin

What I Hope to Review This Week

  • LAILAH by Nikki Kelly – read ages ago and loved it
  • THE FALL by Bethany Griffin – loving it so far

What Was Left Behind

  • Not yet read: TALON by Julie Kagawa
  • Not yet reviewed: LOVE ME TO DEATH by Marissa Clarke (a non-YA title)
  • Not yet reviewed: THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black (a non-YA title)

This past week was kind of insane because of several sleepless nights due a sick pet. I couldn’t read and I couldn’t even thinking about blogging for much of the week. I’m happily surprised I got my reviews done for WINTERSPELL and EXQUISITE CAPTIVE. I just wish I could have read TALON.

As these next few weeks promise to be even more crazy with blog tours (some with reviews), the read-along, and a number of other posts I need to format on Fiktshun, I just hope to be able to find time to read some of the books on my reading pile and not leave too many behind.


There are some awesome finds on NetGalley this week, a few I’m trying so hard to resist adding to the TBR. 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.