Sunday, July 29, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (July 30, 2012)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

I had a good reading week this past week even though the Olympics are sucking up a lot of my reading time. I love the Olympics. Here are the Young Adult books I read:
The Far West by Patricia C. Wrede is the final book in her Frontier Magic trilogy. This was was a good conclusion to the series. I love the world building and the mix of magic and historical fiction. My review is scheduled for August 11.

Dark Destiny by M. J. Putney is also third in a series. This historical fantasy with magic and time travel was a very entertaining story. I also liked the romances in this story too. My review will be posted on Aug. 16.

Keeping to a theme, I also read Blazing the Trail by Deborah Cooke which was the third in her Dragon Diaries series. I like this contemporary story with a great main character who also happens to be the only female dragon. This review will be posted on Aug. 23.
I also received and read two Amazon Vine books this week. Game Changers by Mike Lupica was a nice middle grade sports story that will go well this fall in my high school media center. My review will be posted on Aug. 13.

Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal was a little different. This one is science fiction with an interesting premise. Pregnant young girls are attending a school in space. They don't know that they are pregnant with alien babies until the school is invaded by armed soldiers who have come to rescue them. Part of the fun in this one came from the quirky main characters voice. My review will be posted on Aug. 15.

I also read four adult review books this week.
Timeless Desire by Gwyn Cready is a time travel romance. I liked this one because the main character is a librarian. My review will be posted on Aug. 18.

First Do No Evil by Carey Baldwin is a medical thriller. I thought the characters were well-drawn. It also had one of the creepiest villains I have read about in a while. My review will be posted on Aug. 16.
Off the Grid by P. J. Tracy was also a thriller. It is the sixth in the Monkeewrench series. After reading this thriller - set in Minnesota, I needed to buy the rest of the series. The book had quite a mystery and lots of dangerous situations. My review will be posted on Aug. 4.

Immortally Yours by Angie Fox is a new urban fantasy. The main character is a half-fae doctor who is working in a MASH unit in limbo. The war is between the Old Gods and the New Gods. When our heroine saves the life of a demi-god by grabbing his soul and returning it to his body, she and he get involved in a prophecy that could end the war. My review will be posted on Aug. 25.
I am currently reading Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong. I bought this one and was also sent one by Dutton for review. This is the final book in the Women of the Otherworld series which I have been reading since it began eleven years ago. I am excited to see how the story will finish but am sad that a series I enjoy is ending. 

These four are at the top of the stack for next week. All of them are review copies of books that will be released late in August or early in September.
Tears of the Jaguar by A. J. Hartley is a thriller I got from Amazon Vine. Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King is also and Amazon Vine pick. This is the latest in King's long-running Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series. Both of these will be released on Sept. 4.
My Book of Life by Angel by Martin Leavitt and Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama are both young adult books I got from the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Both of these will be released on Sept. 4.

My plans are subject to change though. I am waiting for some pre-orders from Amazon that may find their way to the "read now" pile. What are your plans for the week?


  1. I love the Olympics too. I read during the commericals. Have a great week of reading and watching.

  2. Mother Ship sounds odd but memorable. My favorite read last week was Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch which I read via NetGalley. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  3. I haven't watched any Olympics yet though gymnastics and diving is my favourite

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  4. OOh nice! I really need to read Thirteen! Hoping to get to it in the next day or so! Happy Reading!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  5. Timeless Desire looks AWESOME! did you like it?
    Happy reading this week :)
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  6. Wow, you definitely had an awesome week! :D I haven't started M.J. Putney's series yet, but I've been wanting to, so I'm glad that you enjoyed them! :D Thirteen! I really need to go out and get myself a copy. I meant to on Saturday, but it wasn't there, so I'll have to go try again. ;D

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Monday post, Kathy. :) I hope you have an awesome week!

    Happy Reading!
    Ambur :)

  7. Wow so many books! Monstrous Beauty has a pretty interesting cover and I really hope you like it when you get to reading it.

  8. Wow...lots of books this week. I always make a plan for the week and then end up changing it because I either am not in the mood to read something or I got a new book in that I just can't wait to start!

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  9. I've never heard of the Dragon Diaries but they sound really interesting. I also like the sound of Immortally Yours.

    I loved the first few of Kelley Armstrong's series but I've stalled a little on Haunted.

  10. I love the cover of has a very retro-SF feel to it for me.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Great reds Kathy - your books always impress me!

  12. Looking forward to the Putney and the Armstrong since I've been reading both of those series.
    Joy's Book Blog

  13. I've always wanted to receive some of the Vine books. Lucky you!

  14. What an interesting set of books. I cannot wait to get to Monstrous Beauty! And Kelley Armstrong has been on my TBR forever. Enjoy!

  15. I love the Olympics too and my reading is suffering but I'm commenting on blogs while watching TV lol.
    Thirteen and Monstrous Beauty are on my TBR mountain.
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  16. Off the Grid looks good. I don't have television and my internet connection isn't always good enough to stream stuff so I haven't watched any of the Olympics.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Girl Who Reads

  17. I've been wanting to start the Dragon Diaries series.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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