Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


This week my teaser comes from The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa. This is the second book in the Blood of Eden series and will be released on April 30. Here is the description:
Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.
Teaser:
Monsters existed on both sides of the wall, but at least the rabids were honest about wanting to eat you. In a vampire city, you were really just living on borrowed time, until the killers who smiled and patted you on the head finally showed their true colors.

I should know. I was born there.

Monday, April 29, 2013

State of the Stack (April 29, 2013)


This is my monthly State of the Stack post. It is my way to keep track of my review books and to hopefully reduce the stack that I have waiting for me. I take a look at my review commitments on the last Monday of each month. Please feel free to join in and let me know the state of your stack.

Here is my Review Books Spreadsheet. Yellow highlighted books are ones past their publication date that I still haven't read and reviewed. I use pink highlights for reviews due in even numbered months so that I can see at a glance how many I have for each month. Ideally, this keeps me from over-committing to review books.  


My Physical Review Pile

These are stacked according to publication date.
The Spanish Revenge by Allan Topol (9/1/2012)
Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel (3/26/2013)
To Wed in Scandal by Liana LeFey (May 7)
Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (May 28)
Of Triton by Anna Banks (May 28)
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (June 4)
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry (June 11)
Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (June 11)
Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner (June 25)
Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (July 2)
Dark Waters by Toni Anderson (August 6)
My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush by Laura Toffler-Corrie (August 20)
Blood and Roses by A. K. Alexander (August 20)

My Kindle Review Pile

These are also shown in order by publication date.
Bare It All by Lori Foster (April 30 but my blog tour date is May 15)
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (May 1)
Cuts Through Bone by Alaric Hunt (May 14)
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston (May 14)
The Caretaker by A. X. Ahmad (May 21)
 The Last Girl by Jane Casey (May 21)
The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross (May 21)
Dare You To by Katie McGarry (May 28)
The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clark (June 4)
Aberration by Lisa Regan (June 6) - not available at Amazon yet
When the Stars Throw Down Their Spears by Kersten Hamilton (August 6)
Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear (August 8)
The Deepest Night by Shana Abe (August 13)

I Read This Month

These are listed in the order I read them. Links go to my reviews for all that have been posted already. Otherwise, the date the review is scheduled for is listed.
  1. Taken by Erin Bowman
  2. Furious by Jill Wolfson
  3. Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis
  4. Soldier Dog by Sam Angus
  5. Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright
  6. Sharp by Alex Hughes
  7. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  8. The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
  9. The Rules (Project Paper Doll) by Stacey Kade
  10. Behind the Lies by Robin Perini
  11. Battleship: A Daring Heiress, A Teenage Jockey and America's Horse by Dorothy Ours
  12. Sketchy by Olivia Samms
  13. Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann
  14. An Affair of Deceit by Jamie Michele (May 2)
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date received and date published are listed in parentheses.
  1. Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis (Author/Publisher; 4/2; April 2)
  2. Blood and Roses by A. K. Alexander (Amazon Vine; 4/3; August 20)
  3. To Wed in Scandal by Liana LeFey (Amazon Vine; 4/4; May 7)
  4. The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clark (NetGalley; 4/7; June 4)
Next Month's Books

While I have eleven books on my stack that will be published in May, I actually have some gaps on my calendar that I can fill with books from my TBR mountain. Next up from the review pile are:
Bare It All by Lori Foster and The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa. I have started The Eternity Cure and am at about 33% already.
Cuts Through Bone by Alaric Hunt and The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston are the next review books. 

I hope to finally read Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, The Rising by Kelley Armstrong, and The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead from my YA stack and Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost and Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston from my adult stack this month too. 

I had a great month. I lowered my overall review stack by 10 books leaving a total of 26 review books on my stack stretching out into August. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stacking the YA Shelves (April 28, 2013)


Tynga of Tynga's Reviews hosts this meme to spotlight the books we receive each week. I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the wonderful books everyone gets.

This week I added five books to my stack. I took advantage of the April HarperTeen ebook deals to feed my Kindle with these:
Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves was one I completely missed when it came out in 2009. It sounds like an interesting fantasy/adventure. 

I have been looking at Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins for a while but never quite decided to buy it. The current sale price changed my mind. 
I had a copy of Wings by Aprilynne Pike on my physical TBR stack but ended up donating it unread to my High School Media center. Now, with a Kindle copy, I have it in a convenient but non-space consuming way. 

Variant by Robinson Wells was the last of the six book deals that I didn't already own. The Amazon blurb doesn't say much but the tags say it is science fiction. 
Finally, I got one more of the Giants of Science series. This week I got my copy of Marie Curie by Kathleen Krull. I was a little disappointed to see that it was a paperback. I thought I was buying a hardcover that I could use in my media center. Now, I am only missing Sigmund Freud to have the whole set. 

What did you get this week?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

ARC Review: Sketchy by Olivia Samms

Sketchy
Author: Olivia Samms
Publication: Amazon Children's Publishing (April 30, 2013)

Description: Bea's life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman-the one who survived-doesn't remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new "skill": she can see-and then draw-images from other people's minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa's secrets-and who can take down the killer before he strikes again.

My Thoughts: SKETCHY was an interesting start to a new mystery series. Bea Washington, just out of rehab and starting her senior year at a new school, is a great character. She is an artist who loves vintage clothing. Since she has been clean, she has developed a new talent that unnerves her; she can sometimes look at a person and draw things they have seen. 

There is a rapist-murderer who has claimed two young women as victims. When Bea meets Willa, who had escaped from the rapist without being killed, she sees an image of the rapist in Willa's mind. But Willa claims that she doesn't remember what her attacker looked like. It doesn't take Bea long to realize that Willa is hiding a dark secret behind her cheerleader, school star, and future ivy league persona; she is as much an addict as Bea is. 

Bea is also feeling guilty because she believes that she heard the first victim calling for help but was too messed up on drugs to help her. So Bea begins her investigation while trying to regain her parents' trust and while fighting the urge to use drugs again. She is assisted by a friend she met at art school. Chris is a gay photographer who tries to tell her the rules about her new school. 

Bea gets even more determined to find the rapist when her best friend from her former school, the girl who introduced her to drugs in middle school, becomes the killer's next victim. When she goes to the police, she meets Sergeant Dan Daniels who is skeptical at first about Bea's talent but comes to believe her when she draws a picture of his son out of his memory. The two form a connection even though he doesn't want her to get involved because of the danger.

I look forward to reading more books about Bea and her unusual talent.

Favorite Quote:
"I don't know. I just don't know." I light up a cigarette, open the window. "I feel like I'm on a Ferris wheel of confusion that doesn't stop. Just when I think I can step out, it flies up to the top again and dangles, swaying back and forth. I think about it every day—using. Every day."
I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Memes: Sketchy by Olivia Samms

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week I am spotlighting an intriguing mystery I got from NetGalley—Sketchy by Olivia Samms. Here is the description:
Bea's life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman-the one who survived-doesn't remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new "skill": she can see-and then draw-images from other people's minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa's secrets-and who can take down the killer before he strikes again.
Beginning:
It was the pom-pom the boys spotted first. The metallic strands were tangled around a batch of tall cattails.
Friday 56:
I sit up a little straighter and "pen" my hair back up. After going through a rehab detox, this is nothing. They can't hurt me. Nothing, no one can.
Sketchy will be released on April 30. Does it sound like something you will be adding to your wishlist?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

ARC Review: One + One = Blue by MJ Auch

One + One = Blue
Author: MJ Auch
Publication: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 30, 2013)

Description: Twelve year-old Basil knows he’s special—he’s been associating numbers with colors since he was a kid. His gift (or curse) has turned him into somewhat of a loner, but his world begins to change when he meets Tenzie, the new girl in school who has similar freakisms. She, too, has synesthesia (a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another). At first, Basil is somewhat annoyed with Tenzie’s pushiness, but after Basil’s estranged mother returns, his life is turned upside down . . . and Tenzie may be the only person to help him put it back together again.

Once again, MJ Auch has written a thoughtful coming-of-age novel that explores friendship, family, and fitting in.

My Thoughts: Basil tells his story in ONE + ONE = BLUE. He has just started middle school after years of being homeschooled. He has settled in at the bottom of the social latter partially because he hasn't ever had any contact with other kids and partially because he has synesthesia which has him associating numbers with colors. 

When new kid Tenzie pushes her way into friendship with him, his life expands. At first he is rude and hurtful to her and completely lacking in empathy. But her constant presence begins to grow on him. the friendship grows when he learns that she has synesthesia too.

Neither kid has a stellar home life. Tenzie's parents are neglectful. She says she comes in after her mother's canary in the family pecking order. Basil has a great relationship with his Gram who has raised him since his mother abandoned him for life in Hollywood when he was five. Now his mother is coming home and wants to be his mother. Carly and Tenzi form a close relationship because Tenzie want to be an actress. Things seem to be going along well; Carly gets the job directing the school play, but then things fall apart. It has been Carly's pattern to give up and move on when things get tough.

When Carly leaves, Tenzie convinces Basil to run away from home with her to find Carly. She is sure that Carly wants them both and that they will all soon be living the good life in Hollywood. Basil is much more reluctant because he has more common sense and a clearer view of Carly.

This story was a good exploration of friendship and a good story about what a real family is. Middle grade readers will enjoy getting to know both Basil and Tenzie.

Favorite Quote:
The ride gave me some time to think about what we were doing. Tenzie had just shown me that she had no common sense whatsoever, and now I was following her on a wild goose chase to catch the mother who had deliberately left me behind twice. Even if we found Carly, would she be happy to see us?
I received this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. You can buy your copy here.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: One + One = Blue by MJ Auch

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my teaser comes from One + One = Blue by MJ Auch. This middle grade title is the final ARC on my stack from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group's Winter 2013 catalog. It will be released on April 30. Here is the description:
Twelve year-old Basil knows he’s special—he’s been associating numbers with colors since he was a kid. His gift (or curse) has turned him into somewhat of a loner, but his world begins to change when he meets Tenzie, the new girl in school who has similar freakisms. She, too, has synesthesia (a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another). At first, Basil is somewhat annoyed with Tenzie’s pushiness, but after Basil’s estranged mother returns, his life is turned upside down . . . and Tenzie may be the only person to help him put it back together again.

Once again, MJ Auch has written a thoughtful coming-of-age novel that explores friendship, family, and fitting in.
Teaser:
That's when I looked over at Tenzie and realized she was crying. I didn't know what to say. I hadn't cried since I was a little kid. This would be the hitch with having a friend because it would be my responsibility to ask what was wrong and try to make it better, wouldn't it?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stacking the YA Shelves (April 21, 2013)


Tynga of Tynga's Reviews hosts this meme to spotlight the books we receive each week. I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the wonderful books everyone gets.

Here is what I got this past week.
Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir - I read and enjoyed Timeless. When I saw this sequel, I had to get it. 

I have been waiting for the paperback copy of Legend by Marie Lu. In fact, I ordered it in January as part of a buy 3, get 4 deal. 
Breath by Jackie Morse Kessler was also part of the buy 3, get 4 deal. I have been eager for Death's story ever since I began reading this series. 

I have been interesting in Defiance by C. J. Redwine since it came out but could never fit it into my schedule around review books. When I saw that it was a Kindle Daily Deal this week, I had to get it even though I still don't know when I'll have a chance to read it. 

I have also been reading biographies of scientists this week to support a unit I am teaching my fifth graders. I borrowed these two from my Elementary Media Center.
Leonardo da Vinci by Kathleen Krull and Isaac Newton by Kathleen Krull.

After reading them I had to buy the rest of the Giants of Science series. These two arrived this week.
Charles Darwin by Kathleen Krull and Albert Einstein by Kathleen Krull. I am eager to read them while I wait for Marie Curie to arrive. 

What did you get this week?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

ARC Review: The Rules by Stacey Kade

The Rules (Project Paper Doll)
Author: Stacey Kade
Publication: Disney-Hyperion (April 23, 2013)

Description: 1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don't get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don't fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane's survival--and that of her adoptive father--depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) "project."

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief's son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening--and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules.


My Thoughts: Ever since Ariane was helped to escape from the genetics lab that created her from human and alien DNA and was training her to use her alien gifts to kill, she has been following a set of rules. Don't trust anyone, don't get involved, keep your head down, remember they are always looking for you, and, lastly, don't fall in love. She has been doing really well, too, until Zane Bradshaw notices her.

Ariane's only friend is a social climbing phony who will do anything to get into the social group led by Rachel Jacobs who happens to be the granddaughter of the scientist who created, tested, and tortured Ariane before her escape. When Rachel decides to humiliate Ariane's friend Jenna, Ariane needs to become more noticeable to protect her friend. Zane is in Rachel's social group but is not a whole-hearted member. When Rachel decides to get back at Ariane for defending her friend and, thus, making Rachel look bad, Zane steps in to be the one who is supposed to lure Ariane into a humiliating situation.

Zane's attraction to Ariane leads him to work with her to find some way to turn the tables on Rachel. Ariane is willing to go along because she hates Rachel for her bullying tactics. All of a sudden, the "don't fall in love" rule is getting harder and harder to follow.

While I liked a lot of the story and really liked both Ariane and Zane, I was unhappy with the way the adults were portrayed. Zane's father was a bully who was constantly belittling him and comparing him to his perfect older brother. He was obsessed with what the town thought of him and was determined to get some kind of on in with GTX—Dr. Jacobs' company. Zane's mother had left the family after his brother graduated from high school and on Zane's birthday leaving him with his father. Zane feels a strong sense of abandonment.

Dr. Jacobs is an evil scientist who is willing to go to any length and use anyone or anything to get his precious government contracts. He spent years torturing and abusing Ariane to try to turn her into a killing machine. Even the man Ariane has considered her father for ten years—Mark Tucker—seems to betray her. He is the one who established the rules that Ariane has been living by which keep her isolated and unconnected to other people.

Fans of science fiction will enjoy this exciting story about hiding in plain sight and will enjoy Ariane's conflicted nature between her human and alien self. The romance was nicely done too.

Favorite Quote:
Something about Ariane was off in some vague, indefinable way. No one would probably describe her as pretty, but there was something about her that drew me in. Maybe attractive was a better word, in that I couldn't define what caught my eye, but it was impossible to look away once I noticed her. Most people didn't seem to notice her at all, which seemed more than fine with her. Another oddity.
I got my eARC through NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Memes: The Rules by Stacey Kade

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


This week The Rules (Project Paper Doll) by Stacey Kade has made it to the top of my review stack. I got this eARC from Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley. Here is the description:
1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don't get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don't fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane's survival--and that of her adoptive father--depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) "project."

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief's son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening--and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules.
This quotes are from an eARC and are subject to change in the final printed edition.

Beginning:
I have a dead girl's name. Technically, I suppose I have a dead girl's life. Either way, I've had them both now longer than she did, so I guess they're mine,
Friday 56:
My right shoulder blade held a tattoo of the GTX logo, a big stylized G, and my project designation GTX-F-107, just beneath it in crude lettering. I wore a bandage over it to keep anyone from seeing it, but I still had to look at it in the mirror every day when I applied a new bandage. And the sight never failed to make me feel sick and so very angry.
This book will be released on April 23.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

ARC Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publication: Balzer + Bray; Uncorrected Proof Edition edition (January 29, 2013)

Description: Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. MoreauThe Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

My Thoughts: I have very mixed feeling about this novel. Juliet Moreau, the main character, seems to end up in an even worse situation at the end of the story than she was in at the beginning. This story is supposed to be inspired by the H. G. Wells' story The Island of Dr. Moreau which I have never read. The setting in Victorian England and an isolated island off the coast of Australia. I thought the world building was well done as the story just drips Gothic darkness. 

However, I did have some problems with the science fiction aspects of the story and the timeline. When Juliet reaches her father's isolated island, he has populated it with his experiments, but according to Juliet's age when he left England and her age when she reached his island, only six years have passed. Even insane dedication, which Dr. Moreau clearly possesses, would find it hard to accomplish what he is supposed to have accomplished. The descriptions of the surgical reconstruction of animals to make them more man-like and the combinations of species and the injections to change the brain move this well out of science fiction and into fantasy.

Juliet has a lot to deal with in this novel. Since her father's abandonment and the scandal that accompanied it and since her mother's death, her situation in London is dire. She is working as a cleaning maid in the medical school and being harassed by one of her father's former colleagues. When she sees one of her father's anatomical drawings and learns that one of the medical students bought it from a guy, Juliet begins to think that her father has returned to London. When she investigates she meets Montgomery who was a servant boy and who was Juliet's childhood companion. She convinces him to take her to her father when he returns.

They pick up a shipwreck survivor during their sea voyage and bring him to the island too. This is the basis for the required young adult love triangle. Juliet loves Montgomery who feels unworthy of her regard and her father is pushing the shipwreck survivor, Edward Prince, at her due to his supposedly higher social status.

Conditions on the island quickly devolve as Dr. Moreau's creatures are getting out of control and some unexplained murders are taking place. All the while, Dr. Moreau is still in his own dream world where everything is all right and he is still focused on his experiments to create his perfect creature.

Readers who enjoy historical fantasy will enjoy this Gothic thriller complete with a mad scientist, a troubled beauty, amazing creatures, and a romance too.

Favorite Quote:
Montgomery might have been capable of wicked things, but he wasn't wicked, not at the core. No matter how much father had twisted him, he would always be that hardworking, kindhearted boy who couldn't tell a believable lie if his life depended on it. Edward and I were cut from different cloth. Maybe we weren't wicked, but there was something stained, something torn, in the fabric of our beings.
I got this ARC from the Amazon Vine program. You can buy your copy here.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my teaser comes from The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. This one is an Amazon Vine pick that has been sitting on my review stack for quite a while. Here is the description:
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. MoreauThe Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.
Teaser:
I thrust the blade into his pale skin until I felt the edge of the flexor tendon attached to his right index finger. A flick of my wrist was all it took—no more pressure than cleaning blood from the mortar. And my God,  as wicked and wrong as it was, I liked it.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: My Future in Blogging (April 15, 2013)


Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers "confess" and vent about blogging/bookish topics. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions. It is hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Pam from Midnyte ReaderOne of the hosts will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.

This week's question is: How long do you see yourself blogging for? Do you think it's ok for a blog to evolve over time? For example: You may have started out as a book review blog but now your interest is in cooking as well. Do you incorporate that or start over?

I don't see an end to my blogging. I do see a future when I will be consolidating my two blogs back into one though. Right now I run two separate blogs—one for my adult reading and one for my young adult reading. I separate the two in case my students are looking at my blog. Some of the things I read and review aren't really appropriate for middle graders and younger YAs. As a school media specialist, I feel it is better to keep the whole range of what I read separated by age level. 

When I retire (which is just a few years away), I will likely combine the two blogs into one that will just record all my reading. I don't anticipate reading much less young adult material because I really enjoy quite a lot of it.

My blogs haven't shifted focus. I am a reader and have always been a reader. I can't imagine that changing in the future. I hope that my blog is better than when I began it as I have hopefully learned to be a better writer. That is the only sort of evolution I expect to see in my blog. 

What about you? What do you see as your future in blogging? 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stacking the YA Shelves (April 14, 2013)

Tynga of Tynga's Reviews hosts this meme to spotlight the books we receive each week. I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the wonderful books everyone gets.

I only got a few books this week. Here is my haul.
I read so many blog posts about The Collector by Victoria Scott that I decided I needed to add it to my book collection. I bought the print copy so that I could pass it along to my students when I finished it. 

Send by Patty Blount was a contemporary YA that was one of the Kindle Daily Deals this week. I thought the blurb was intriguing.

I added The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clark to my review stack when I saw it on someone's mailbox post last week. I got this eARC sequel to The Assassin's Curse from NetGalley. As I recall that book ended on a major cliffhanger. It will be released on June 4.

What couldn't you resist this week? Leave me a link so I can check out your haul.