My Reading Pile {3}

MRP_Descrip_2It was an awesome week at the mailbox this week, though it was totally quiet in the email box. I received two printed ARCs that I am so excited for, though I can’t recall if they were ones I’d listed on the request form or surprise ARCs. Either way, I’m happily surprised to have received both.

My wishful thinking read is one I’ve been wishing I could read ever since its release on the 7th. But I am still playing catch up with my reads, have a ton of review reads looming ahead in the coming weeks, so I really must stay on track.

Though as I’m still pining over last week’s wishful thinking read I am planning on adding it to the pile this week.




WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK: October 19th – October 25th, 2014


Beautiful Girl CoverBEAUTIFUL GIRL by Lida James

Release date: October 28, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Why it’s on this week’s pile:

(Note: This is a NA title.) I’ll be on the book’s tour next week with a review stop, but I can’t wait to read this right now. The tagline grabbed and I may have taken a peek inside and fell instantly in love with the writing. So I can’t wait to continue on and find out what happened in Nico’s past that she’s trying to outrun and whether she can be saved.


Darkness has a way of catching up…

Sophomore year at Dutchess College has just begun, and Nicole is still haunted by memories of her first love, Zach. As the changing leaves fall on the stately Hudson Valley campus, she takes solace in running—pushing herself to go harder, faster, to be the best. With the wind blowing through her hair, she can almost convince herself that she is beautiful, that she will find love again.

So when Nico runs, quite literally, into the maddeningly elusive Justin, she’s convinced she’s found the guy to make her forget her ex—despite the warnings of her friends and her straight-edged running partner, Luke.

But when Nico is attacked in the woods after a wild night of partying, everything changes. Suddenly, Nico begins receiving anonymous threats, and she no longer knows where to turn for help—or whether even her close friends can be trusted.

All she wants is to be one of the beautiful girls—the ones who never have to chase perfection. But in order to uncover the truth, she’ll have to face a past she had hoped to leave behind forever. She thought she could outrun the darkness, but darkness has a way of catching up…and only one boy can save her.

Add to TBR

The Winner's CrimeTHE WINNER’S CRIME (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

Release date: March 3, 2015
Source: Publisher

Why it’s on this week’s pile:

Because I just can’t wait to read this, even though it’s so very early. Because everyone who received their copy last week seems to have already read it and I’m living in fear of spoilers. Because the first book in this series was epic and awesome and it left off in a place that left me begging for this next book. Because I’m dying to find out what is going to happen with Kestrel and Arin.


Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Add to TBR


The Young Elites CoverTHE YOUNG ELITES (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
Release date: October 7, 2014

Why it’s only a wish:

I have heard such amazing things about THE YOUNG ELITES and I desperately want to find out those amazing things for myself. But this isn’t a review book and I have 4,000,000 review books I need to read before the end of the month, so I can’t possibly go off-pile to read this amazing-sounding book. No matter how much I wish I could.


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


It was yet another semi-unproductive week on the blogs. I thought I spent a bunch of time reading, but I was clearly mistaken. I think I spent way too much time blog stalking, tweeting and watching TV in my spare time. But I guess I did a couple of things. Here’s the rundown:

What I Read & Reviewed

  • Continued Reading: THE PERFECTIONISTS by Sara Shepard (an ongoing read-along read)
  • Read & Reviewed: CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Read: TALON by Julie Kagawa
  • Reviewed: THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent
  • Reviewed: LOVE ME TO DEATH by Marissa Clarke (a non-YA title)
  • Currently Reading: LOOP by Karen Akins

What I Hope to Review This Week

  • TALON by Julie Kagawa – just read it and really enjoyed it
  • AFTERPARTY by Anne Redisch Stampler – read it last winter, re-read it last month and loved it
  • LOOP by Karen Akins – loving it so far

What Was Left Behind

  • Not yet read: THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin
  • Still reading: THE FIGURES OF BEAUTY by David MacFarlane (a non-YA title)
  • Not yet reviewed: TALON by Julie Kagawa
  • Still not yet reviewed: SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black (a non-YA title)
  • Still not yet reviewed: TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini

I may have over-promised in terms of reads and reviews for various tours for the next month. I’m not great at reviewing on deadline, so it’s going to be quite the challenge. Especially as I will be pretty much completely incommunicado for just over a week starting on the first on November. And no, it’s not because of NaNoWriMo.

I hope to finish this week’s reads quickly – as I have a few books I must catch up on before the week ends – and I hope to write those reviews I missed last week. But I am a little intimidated by both those missed review books and I have a ton of stuff going on IRL this week. So I’m not sure how “with it” I’ll be in order to write more than the “must review” books.


There are a few of interest finds on NetGalley this week, one I couldn’t resist. 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.