Monday, May 20, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 20, 2013)

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.

My reading week started slowly but I picked up speed at the end and managed to finish five books.
I read Of Triton by Anna Banks which is the sequel to Of Poseidon. It is a mermaid story that is enhanced by a wonderful main character. Emma is smart, articulate, and feisty. She is also half mermaid and torn between her mother who fled the undersea world and her boyfriend who wants to make her part of it. My review will be posted on May 25 for this May 28 release.

SEAL of Honor was a nice romantic suspense title. I liked the main characters very much and thought it was very suspenseful. My review will be posted on May 23 for this May 28 release.
The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross is the third book in her YA steampunk series and was an excellent adventure. I loved both the science fiction aspects and the romances in this one. My review is here for this May 28 release.

Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne is the sequel to Monument 14. It continues the story of the group of school children who took refuge in a superstore when massive hailstorms led to the release of chemical weapons that caused devastation. It is told from two points of view and was exciting and gripping. My review will be posted on May 23.
I couldn't put Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel down. I was swept into this story of an ordinary woman who has to deal with extraordinary events. When her husband and daughter disappear during massive floods in the Hill Country of Texas, Abby Bennett has to find the strength and courage to try to find them and find out what happened. This was a heart wrenching exploration of grief. My review will be posted on May 25.
I have just begun an eARC that I have been really wanting to read—Dare You To by Katie McGarry. This is a contemporary romance. I loved Pushing the Limits when I read it and can't wait to dig into this one.

Next Week

I am still trying to catch up on review books.
Both my YAs this week are sequels. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo follows the very successful Shadow and Bone. I got this fantasy which mines Russian mythology from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. It will be released on June 4

The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke follows The Assassin's Curse. This eARC from NetGalley is also a fantasy which will be released on June 18.
I am finally going to be able to fit Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris into my reading schedule. I am so eager to read the conclusion to the Sookie Stackhouse series.

I also have The Spanish Revenge by Allan Topol on my review stack to read. This is a thriller that has been sitting on the stack for far too long. It was released on Sept. 1, 2012 but I didn't get it until Jan. 1.
The non-reading highlight of the week was my road trip to The Red Balloon on Wednesday evening when I got a chance to meet Jeri Smith-Ready and to learn more about her books and her social media presence. I had a great time!

What do you have planned for this week?


  1. Hope you like them all. Have a good week.

  2. What a lot of great books, Kathy! Several here that I have but haven't read yet (or the first in the series, anyway!). I'm really looking forward to finishing Sookie's series too, though I always wait for the mass market paperback so it'll be another year before I read it. Happy Monday!

  3. Shadow and Bone has been on my To Read list for a while, but I think I have never heard of Monument 14 or The Assassin's Curse before. They both sound very interesting.

    How open-ended is Monument 14? If I read the first book, can I pretend to be reading a stand-alone novel, or does it end in a manner that reading the second book in the series is necessary? I don't want to start too many new series right now in addition to the ones I have planned.

  4. Wow! I enjoyed looking at both your blogs. You've got quite the collection from the book fair! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. That's quite a list, thanks for stopping by my blog.

  6. Wow, you had a great reading week & with some great books I'm dying to read :) I especially can't wait to read Of Triton :)

    Happy reading & have another great reading week!

  7. 5 books - that's great! I hope I can get that much done this week with the long weekend coming up!

    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  8. That is some great reading you did there! Evidence of Life looks interesting. Thanks for dropping by on my blog. Have a great week!

  9. Of Triton sounds so good! I am a mermaid fan, I will read anything that involves them. Have a great week!

  10. Nice! I am hoping to get to Dead Ever After one of these days as well, but so far I haven't been able to schedule it in! Looking forward to your review on that one!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  11. Looks like you have some good reads lined up. Have a fab week! See what I'm reading here.

    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx

  12. Some great reads there, I really need to read Of Poseidon and The Assassin's Curse soon!

    Happy reading this week :)

  13. A lot of bloggers seem to be really eager to read Of Triton. I may need to give it a try. I'm reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

  14. Seal of Honor looks yummy ... *drooling* ... Monument 14: Sky on Fire's cover looks really cool. From the summary you provided, it looks like I'll be adding this to my ever-extending TBR pile!!! =)

  15. It is always fun to meet authors! Glad you had a good time!

  16. Way to go with 5 books read last week! I still haven't read Shadow and Bone yet, but like you Siege and Storm is on my reading list!

    Tanya Patrice

  17. Evidence of Life looks intense, it's going on my wishlist although I shouldn't be adding anything the way my reading is at the moment lol. Dare You To is on my list for next week ... I hope :)
    Have a great week and enjoy your new books!

  18. Wow - five books. That IS amazing. Some of those looked pretty interesting to me, also. I like steampunk, and SciFi...the romance, ugh - not so much. But if there's great story surrounding the romance, than okay for me. :) That's what's so great about the writing/reading world. So much out there for us all. :)

  19. You got quite a nice collection there. I love the fact that you said you could not put Evidence of Life down. That line got me hooked so now I definitely need to put it on my TBR list. Monument 14: Sky on Fire sounds interesting too but I obviously need to read Monument 14 first. Thanks for sharing. I will watch out for your reviews :)

  20. What an impressive reading week you had! I'm lucky when I finish five books in a month!
    Evidence of Life has piqued my interest, so I shall be back for your review of that one.

    Enjoy your upcoming reads :-)

  21. Monument 14 sequel is next on my list as soon as I finish the two I'm reading. I enjoyed the first book. There are a couple on your finished list that I really need to start the first in the series. Thanks for stopping by my Monday post.

  22. New follower, hopping in to say hi (a little late - it's almost Monday again!). You had a busy book week - me, not so much. Here's my It's Monday for 5/20.


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