Sunday, May 5, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 5, 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.

An unexpected (very unexpected!) snow day in May—dropping 11.5" in my town—added to my reading time this week and allowed me to finish six books. Here is what I read:
Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost was an excellent urban fantasy story that continues the story of Vlad and Leila as a fourteenth century vampire and a modern woman try to build a relationship while being beset by enemies. My review will be posted on May 9.

To Wed in Scandal by Liana LeFey was a historical romance that was marred, for me, by the heroine's pig-headed determination to follow her plan for the future no matter who it hurt. My review is here.

Cuts Through Bone by Alaric Hunt was a mystery that, while modern, channeled the hard-boiled mysteries of the 30s and 40s. It had a complex plot with lots of threads that didn't get tied at the end and very little character development. You can see my review on May 11.
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger was a fun romp filled with steampunk and Victorian manners. I was almost finished with the book before I realized that the plot had been so buried in all the other details that I wasn't sure what it was. My review is here.
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston is a contemporary story about a girl whose family is in the Witness Protection Program. She doesn't know why but hates the disruption in all of their lives. This was a mystery and a thriller and also threw in a pretty sweet romance. My review will be posted on May 9.
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead is the third book in the Bloodlines series. I love these characters and think I have a crush on Adrian. Sydney Sage, Alcemist, is a wonderful main character who is being pressured from all sides in this story. It was exciting and packed with emotion. And now I have to wait until November for the next book in the series! My review will be posted on May 11.
I am currently reading Bare It All by Lori Foster for my blog tour spot on May 15. This is a romantic suspense title and the sequel to Run the Risk which I read last fall. 

Next Week
The Last Girl is a mystery that I got through the Minotaur Books Early Reviewer program. It is the third in the Maeve Kerrigan series but will be the first I have read. It will be released on May 21.

The Caretaker by A. X. Ahmad is also one I got through the Minotaur Books Early Reviewer program. This one is a thriller that I chose because I thought the main character sounded interesting. It will also be released on May 21.
I picked The Rising by Kelley Armstrong from my TBR mountain because it is the third book in this series and I want to know what happens to the characters. I also have a week when there is a slot in my calendar for a non-review book. 

The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross is also the third book in a series. I got this steampunk eARC from NetGalley. It will be released on May 28.

Future Plans

I am in an interesting spot right now regarding reviewing adult books. After I read the two above, I have a couple of books that have already been released that arrived after their publication dates or when my calendar was already full and a couple more that won't be released until August. That's it!
This finally gives me a chance to browse my own TBR shelves of adult books and review books I own for most of the summer. Between my shelves and my Kindle I have 1231 books to choose from but only 2 spots a week to fill. I won't be able to make much of a dent but anything will help those overburdened shelves.

On the other hand, looking ahead on my YA calendar doesn't show a spot for one of my own books until June 14. July is totally empty right now but, since I going to ALA the end of June, I don't expect that to last. The first half of August is already filled too. I guess the 389 YA books on TBR mountain are going to have to wait again.
This Week
It is time for another road trip. A friend and I are heading to The Red Balloon on Wednesday after school to attend Eoin Colfer's book signing. I liked his Artemis Fowl series and am eager to buy his newest book - The Reluctant Assassin and get it signed too.
What are your plans for the week?


  1. Enjoy all the books and the book signing as well.

  2. The all sound interesting, especially The Last Girl. Enjoy your road trip and have a fab reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. OOh nice lineup! Loved The Rising and Girl with the Iron Touch! Happy Reading!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  4. We had a snow day in May as well, blech ;) 14 or so inches on May weird!

    You have such a good opportunity to get through your tbr pile, enjoy it! :D

  5. I really need to get reading Jeaniene Frost. I love urban fantasy!!

    Have a great week! And hopefully, no more snow! :)

  6. Hasn't the weather been crazy. We just had a lot of rain but snow in May?? just plain crazy!

  7. The Rules for Disappearing looks great! Thanks for sharing...and enjoy; and thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Sorry about the snowfall. I am glad it bypassed us! I just got Twice Tempted. The Rules of Disappearing looks good. Have a great week.

  9. Great picks!
    I really need to get my butt in gear and read Kelley Armstrong's series. I have The Calling and The Rising - the only thing preventing me from reading the books is that I still need to get the first one.

    Enjoy your reads!

  10. Lots of great reading there, I've read the first two Meave Kerrigan books and really liked them! Enjoy the signing with Eoin Colfer, I'm off to one with Raymond E Feist on Sunday which I'm really looking forward to.

    Happy reading this week!

  11. Wow, I can't believe you had snow! Twice Tempted sounds really good. Have a great week!

  12. Snow! I'll shut up about the (seemingly) weeks and weeks of rain we've had now. No, I won't. I want sunshine!

    I just love Gail Carriger. I might even overlook a plot buried in details for her if the details were fun enough. Enjoy your week!

  13. The Rules for Disappearing sounds like a great read! I guess the snow was a blessing in disguise. :)

  14. Some crazy weather you're still having but good it helped your reading. I love Jeanine Frost and Cat & Bones, I should look into her other series, same goes for Richelle Mead and Kelly Armstrong ... argh there's just not enough hours in the day and my TBR bookshelves sound similar to yours lol.
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  15. You are a busy reader! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Beth @ Free Spirit Books

  16. Oh my goodness. I hope all that snow has melted by now. What a cold spring this has been, but it's finally getting nice here in New England.

    I love finishing a series, and the Kelley Armstrong was no exception. I hope you like how it ends!


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