Sunday, May 27, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (May 28, 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.

Happy Memorial Day to those who are celebrating today! Memorial Day means not very much work time left for me. Our seniors are finished this Friday and graduate next Sunday. All the other kids have school through June 6 and we have a teacher workday on June 7. Then the reading and relaxing time can really begin.

This past week I read all books I had for review.
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne was a near future, disaster novel about fourteen kids trapped in a superstore while the world outside them falls apart as a series of natural and man-made disasters devastate their city. I found the pacing uneven in this one and got bogged down in the slow middle. My review will be posted on June 6. The book will be released on June 5.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo was an excellent epic fantasy. I liked the characters and thought the world building was well done. Naturally, this is the first book of a new trilogy. It will also be released on June 5. My review is scheduled for May 31.
Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill will also be released on June 5. This was an interesting mashup of a book as it combines westerns, zombies, and steampunk in a well-written story. My review will be posted on June 2 for this one.

A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley is a contemporary story that was excellent. It is also being released on June 5. It was a wonderful story about a small town Texas girl who gets a chance to go to New York City to pursue her dream of being an artist. My review will be posted on June 7.
Silver by Rhiannon Held will also be released on June 5. I got this werewolf story from Amazon Vine. I liked it but it was more an introspective story than one filled with action. My review will be posted on June 2.
I am currently reading Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton which I pulled off my TBR mountain. I was in the mood for a sexy romance with professional athletes and the strong, smart women they fall in love with.

Next week it is back to review books.
I got Icon by J. Carson Black from Amazon Vine. It is a thriller about an actor who might be worth more dead than alive and the gang trying to kill him to cash in. This is a June 12 release.

Consent to Love by Abby Wood is from NetGalley. This is an adult erotic romance but the description sounds like it has a good story too. This one is already available.
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown is also a June 12 release. I got this young adult mermaid story from Random House via NetGalley.

Secret Letters by Leah Scheier is a June 26 release from Disney-Hyperion that I got at NetGalley. This is a debut novel and is an historical mystery.

That is my plan for the week. What do you have planned?


  1. Ooh I really want to read Secret Letters! It looks like a really interesting read! Hope you enjoy!

  2. Hmm I'd be in the mood for a cover like that too, and a guy that looks like that cover LOL

    Have a great reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

    1. Ha ha, that's the sort of book I avoid like the plague! But then, you (and Kathy) might not read books with space ships on. :-)

      Happy reading this week, Kathy!

  3. I read the first book in Jaci Burton's series but I'm not a fan of sports books. The cover is very sexy though.

    Enjoy your books this week.
    Here's my Week in Review.

  4. I loved Shadow and Bone and would recommend I Am Alive by Cameron Jace

  5. Secret Letters looks really good.

  6. I really like the Play by Play series but I was lukewarm on this latest installment. Can hardly wait to read your thoughts on it :)

  7. I want to read Consent to Love and Lies Beneath for a long time now. Let's see.. :)

    Here is my meme:

  8. I hate it when books disappoint.

    I'd love to have you stop by my
    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  9. Ooh interesting! Silver sounds intriguing! It kind of reminds me of Benighted, which was a less actiony sort of werewolf read! Hope you enjoy this week's reads!

    Here's my Monday wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  10. What an epic reading week you had! I haven't read any of these books but Shadow and Bone looks inviting.


  11. These books are all new to me - will be looking forward to reading your reviews of them to see if they are my type.

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  12. Enjoy your summer break! It looks like you have some good reads coming up. I'll have to remember to check back here for some good summer reads.

  13. You have some tempting books on your list...Secret Letters caught my eye.

    Enjoy your upcoming break...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  14. Thanks for following and for the compliment on my reviews. Glad you enjoyed them.

    I'm following back!

  15. Love the cover for Taking A Shot. But then again who doesnt?!
    Really want to read Lies Beneath
    Happy Reading

  16. These are all new to me and every one looks like a fantastic read! Enjoy!!

  17. All new to me authors. I see a couple that I am going to check out. Have a great reading week.

  18. Nice selection of books. My favorite read last week was Amulet 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  19. Shadow and Bone is one I've been eyeing for a while now. You've convinced me to stop looking and get a copy and read it.

    - Kate


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