Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Memes: Siege and Storm and Leigh Bardugo

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 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. This book is the sequel to Shadow and Bone which I read last year. Here is the description of this June 4 release:
Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
Beginning:
The boy and the girl had once dreamed of ships, long ago, before they had ever seen the True Sea.
Friday 56:
Each day, the Darkling had me brought above deck to stand beside him at the prow. Mal was kept well-guarded at the other end of the ship.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

ARC Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication: Harlequin Teen (May 28, 2013)

Description: "I dare you…"


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock—with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams—and his life—for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

My Thoughts: DARE YOU TO is an emotionally intense story with two very likable main characters. Ryan Stone looks like the perfect kid—a real golden boy. He is handsome; his parents are well-off; he is a star baseball player. But no one sees the hidden Ryan with constant pressure from his parents to be perfect. They don't see the fights that are constant between his parents. They don't see the older brother who was kicked out the house when he told his parents he was gay. They don't see the kid who is torn between his father's constant pressure to become a pro baseball player out of high and the possibility that he could go to college to further his gift as a very talented writer.

Beth Risk is the girl from the wrong side of town with Goth make-up and a real potty mouth. They don't see the kid who has had to be the adult in her relationship with her alcoholic, drug-addicted mother. They don't see the kid who is afraid to trust because everyone she trusted betrayed her. They don't see the kid who can't understand why anyone would love her.

Beth and Ryan meet because his friends dare him to ask "the Skater chick" for her phone number. She shoots him down which really irks Ryan because he hates to lose at anything. But then Beth shows up as the new kid at his high school. When Beth gets in trouble with the cops by taking the blame for something her mother did, her Uncle Scott, now retired from his pro baseball career, swoops in and convinces her mother to give him custody so that he can give Beth a better life. 

Beth goes through all kinds of adjustments as she moves in with her uncle and his wife. She doesn't want to be there because she knows her mother needs her to protect her from the abusive boyfriend who has beaten both of them. She doesn't want to try to fit in at a new school. And she sure doesn't want to spend any time with Ryan when she learns that he is trying to get close to her to win a dare.

It takes a lot of time and missteps and miscommunication before Ryan and Beth come together. Both of them grow and change a lot during the course of the story. Fans of romance will really enjoy getting to know Ryan and Beth and will love reading their story.

Favorite Quote:
Noah told me once that I have a gift that borders on supervillain status—the ability to push people past the edge of sanity. The way Scott releases another breath and rubs his forehead tells me I'm pushing him hard. Good.
I got this eARC from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WoW: The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!

This week my attention turns to The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke which was released on May 21. Here is the description:
Nere has never understood why she feels so much more comfortable and confident in water than on land, but everything falls into place when Nere learns that she is one of a group of kids who-unbeknownst to them-have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of "The Neptune Project" will be able to build a better future under the sea, safe from the barren country's famine, wars, and harsh laws.

But there are some very big problems: no one asked Nere if she wanted to be a science experiment, the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim through hundreds of miles of dangerous waters, relying only on their wits, dolphins, and each other to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids...dead or alive.

Fierce battles and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friends race to safety in this action-packed aquatic adventure.
It sounds like exciting science fiction to me. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

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 a book that I have been anticipating for quite a while. My teaser come from Dare You To by Katie McGarry. Here is the description:
"I dare you…"

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock—with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams—and his life—for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….
Teaser:
I glance over to Mom again and at the empty space where my older brother, Mark, used to sit. Mark's absence stings more than I thought it would.

Monday, May 27, 2013

State of the Stack (May 27, 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 by release date.
June Releases
Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner

July Releases
Famous Last Words by Jennifer Doktorski

August Releases
Dark Waters by Toni Anderson
My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush by Laura Toffler-Corrie
Blood and Roses by A. K. Alexander

September Releases
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

October Releases
Horde by Ann Aguirre

My Kindle Review Pile

These are in the order I received them this month with the release date in parentheses.
Aberration by Lisa Regan (May 16)
Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear (August 8)
The Deepest Night by Shana Abe (August 13)
When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears by Kersten Hamilton (August 6)
The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke (June 18)
Ink by Amanda Sun (July 1)
Good As Gone by Douglas Corleone (August 20)
Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule (June 26, 2011)
Moonlight Mayhem by Sherry Soule (July 3, 2012)

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. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
  2. To Wed in Scandal by Liana LeFey
  3. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
  4. Cuts Through Bone by Alaric Hunt
  5. Bare It All by Lori Foster
  6. The Caretaker by A. X. Ahmad
  7. The Last Girl by Jane Casey
  8. The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
  9. SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows
  10. Of Triton by Anna Banks
  11. Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel
  12. Dare You To by Katie McGarry (May 30)
  13. The Spanish Revenge by Allan Topol (May 30)
  14. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (June 1)
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. SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows (5/7; May 28)
  2. Ink by Amanda Sun (5/10; June 25)
  3. Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts (5/13; Sept. 17)
  4. Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (5/13; June 11)
  5. From This Moment On by Bella Andre (5/13; June 25)
  6. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (5/16; Sept. 17)
  7. Good as Gone by Douglas Corleone (5/17; August 20)
  8. Horde by Ann Aguirre (5/20; October 29)
  9. Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule (5/23; June 26, 2011)
  10. Moonlight Mayhem by Sherry Soule (5/23; July 3, 2012)
Next Month's Plan

The June stack looks like this:
  1. Aberration by Lisa Regan
  2. Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
  3. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
  4. Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox
  5. The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  6. Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner
  7. Ink by Amanda Sun
I have just three books to read and review in July. I would also like to finish Famous Last Words by Jennifer Doktorski before I go to ALA at the end of June. I did say that I would read Sherry Soule's books in July but they will have to wait until I am back home after ALA.

I am still in school through June 11 and will have to fit reading in around the hectic activities at the end of the school year. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Stacking the YA Shelves (May 26, 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 had another big week but most of what I got were Kindle books. Here is my haul:
I got three review books this week. First, I got a print ARC of Horde by Ann Aguirre from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. I have read the first two books in this dystopian series and need to find out what happens next. The book will be released on October 29.

I was also approached by author Sherry Soule to review her books. She offered to send me eARCs but, since the books have already been published, I chose to buy Kindle copies of Moonlight Mayhem and Beautifully Broken. It is my intention to read and review them in July. 

I continued to do Kindle shopping and chose some books that I have been wanting to read.
Golden by Jessi Kirby
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan 
Werewolf Dreams by Katie Lee O'Guinn
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Lost & Found by Nicole Williams

The final book I got is for my summer professional reading.
Book Love by Penny Kittle is all about encouraging adolescents to read or keep reading. This is something I struggle with each year in my high school media center.

What did you get this week?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

ARC Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

Of Triton
Author: Anna Banks
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (May 28, 2013)

Description: Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she's a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm. Syrena law states all Half-Breeds should be put to death.

As if that's not bad enough, her mother's reappearance in the Syrena world turns the two kingdoms--Poseidon and Triton--against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen's request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself--and her Gift--to save a people she's never known?

Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen's points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.


My Thoughts: I really enjoyed OF TRITON because I really enjoyed the main character Emma's voice. I liked the way she tried to be her best self despite all sorts of setbacks. I like that she had a temper and wasn't the sort to suffer fools gladly. She was good at standing up for herself. She handled lots of very trying situations. After all, finding out that the love of her mother's life wasn't her father and then meeting him would be enough to rock most people. I also liked the way she was torn between wanting to believe her mother and wanting to believe Galen who is the mer-man she loves. 

This story begins with Emma's mother Nalia running from and then reuniting with her true love Grom. Nalia is the Poseidon princess that Grom thought was dead. Nalia is certain that she was responsible for Grom's death too. Once reunited, you would think everything would be wonderful...but that would make a very short book.

Nalia and Grom have a couple of major problems. While she was gone, Grom was pressured into mating with a Common named Paca who seems to be exhibiting the Poseidon Gift. And Paca's father Jagen has decided to do some social re-engineering and overthrow the Royals. The Syrena are determined to keep the Gifts alive.

Emma has the Poseidon Gift that Paca is faking. However, Emma is a Half Breed and Half Breeds are not allowed to live. Galen is determined to change that law and make her his mate. Galen is a dream character. Not only is he gorgeous but he adores Emma. He is also honorable and supportive.

Together, Emma and Galen along with his twin Rayna and her mate Toraf have to find a way to outwit Jagen and forge a future that works for all of them. Read OF POSEIDON first and then you will be eager to devour this story that combines romance and suspense.

Favorite Quote:
A spectator in my own life, I watch the supernova of my two worlds colliding: Mom and Galen. Human and Syrena. Poseidon and Triton. But what can I do? Who should I help? Mom, who lied to me for eighteen years, then tried to shank my boyfriend? Galen, who forgot this little thing called "tact" when he accused my mom of being a runaway fish-princess? Toraf, who...what the heck is Toraf doing, anyway? And did he really just sack my mom like an opposing quarterback?
I received this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. You can buy your copy here

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Memes: Of Triton by Anna Banks

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 Of Triton by Anna Banks. This is the sequel to Of Poseidon and is a paranormal.  I got this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. It will be released on May 28. Here is the description:
Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she's a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm. Syrena law states all Half-Breeds should be put to death.

As if that's not bad enough, her mother's reappearance in the Syrena world turns the two kingdoms--Poseidon and Triton--against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen's request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself--and her Gift--to save a people she's never known?

Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen's points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.
Beginning:
My eyes won't open. It's like my lashes are coated with iron instead of mascara, pulling down my lids with a heaviness I can't fight. A medicated kind of heaviness.
Friday 56:
By my mom's expression, this black ball has meaning. So much meaning that I think she's forgotten to breathe.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

ARC Review: Sky on Fire (Monument 14) by Emmy Laybourne

Sky on Fire (Monument 14)
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (May 28, 2013)

Description: Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope. 

Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .

Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . . .


My Thoughts: SKY ON FIRE continues the story that began in MONUMENT 14. It is told from two points of view by two brothers. Dean tells about what is happening to the kids left in the superstore while Alex tells the story of the kids who take off in the bus to look for help. Both groups of kids face horrible difficulties ranging from chemically deranged murders to gangs and to the fact that the air can kill some of them.  

It is 2024 and a series of disasters including a monster hailstorm and chemical weapons spills have devastated the area around Monument, Colorado. Fourteen kids on a school bus were driven into the superstore to take shelter from the storm. They ranged in age from seniors to kindergartners. Their bus driver takes off to try to find help and doesn't return. 

The chemical weapons have different effects on the children depending on their blood types. Type Os turn into "bloodthirsty monsters" if they breathe the air. Type ABs suffer from paranoid delusions. Type As blister and die. Type Bs have few symptoms but suffer from reproductive failure which Alex figures isn't that big a deal since they have much more immediate threats to their survival. 

When this story starts, the group has split in two with one group waiting for rescue in the superstore and the other group taking off in the school bus to try to get to Denver International Airport for help. The story was exciting. The events were chilling. It was interesting to read about the dynamics within the group and how desperate situations bring out the best or the worst in people. There wasn't a lot of character development here for most of the younger kids but it was still clear that they had all bonded together to survive. 

While this book is relatively short making it a good choice for middle graders, some of the themes which include sex and violence might make this book too intense for them. Many of the characters have to make very difficult choices in order to survive. I think the best audience for this title would be YA reluctant readers who are interested in post-apocalyptic stories and dystopias. To get the full effect of the story, readers must read MONUMENT 14 first.

Favorite Quote:
"Please, don't," I begged. "You don't need to set my shoulder! I'm recruited! Please."

But he pulled my arm so that my elbow bent and it was at a ninety-degree angle. He pushed my hand toward my other arm, across my body, then away, then toward it again while I screamed and my vision went electric and then God had mercy on me and everything went black just as I heard a pop.
I got this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WoW: Transparent by Natalie Whipple

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!


This week Transparent by Natalie Whipple caught my attention. Here is the description for this May 21 release:
Transparent’s Fiona McClean could be a superhero. She has a mutation that allows her to become invisible. But her father, a Las Vegas crime lord, forces her to use her power for evil. Since she was five, she’s been stealing cars, robbing banks, and spying on people. Fiona’s had enough, so she escapes to a small town far from her father’s reach. Happiness is hard to find surrounded by a mother she hates, a brother she can’t trust, and a guy at school she can’t stand, but Fiona manages to make some friends. And when her father finally tracks her down, Fiona discovers how far she’ll go to protect everyone she’s come to love. Fans of strong heroines like Daughter of Smoke and Bone’s Karou or Maximum Ride’s Max will fall in love with Transparent by Natalie Whipple.
As a science fiction fan, this sounds like it could be a good story. Who hasn't wished to be invisible at least once in their life?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Sky on Fire (Monument 14) by Emmy Laybourne

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!

My teaser this week comes from Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne. I got this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing group. It is the sequel to Monument 14 which I read and enjoyed. Here is the description of this May 28 release:
Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.

Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .

Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . . .
Teaser:
Astrid looked at us, at me. The fury in her sky-blue eyes receded, slowly, until finally she closed them and her whole body softened underneath me.

I stayed on top of her until she said, hoarsely, "I'm all right."

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stacking the YA Shelves (May 19, 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 was a ridiculously awesome book week for me. Between a buy one-get one free book fair at school and an author signing, my shelves are bulging. Here is what I got:
I added a few more book to my Gallagher collection since I saw some of them at the book fair. I went to Amazon and bought the Kindle copies of Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Only the Good Spy Young, and Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Ally Carter so that I will have the whole series on my Kindle. This is a series that I keep meaning to read. 
I have been meaning to read Cassandra Clare's books too. The book fair had City of Bones and City of Fallen Angels. I had to get City of Ashes and City of Glass from Amazon. I bought the print ones so that they would look good on my bookshelves. 
I also got Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Angel at the book fair. I am waiting for the most recent in each series to be available in paperback so that the will match. Also they will likely be available in paperback before I find the time to read this whole series. 
Other book fair bargains were Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster and Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. I have been meaning to add these to my stack since they were published. I think I got both of them for $3.00.
As  if that wasn't enough, Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan and Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo arrived in my mailbox.
I also did some more shopping for my Kindle and bought The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines since I have been seeing these books all over the internet and have become interesting in reading them. I also got Shadowburbia by Angela Horn because I saw it on someone's blog and was intrigued. 
Some review books were added to my stack this week too. I got Tumble & Fall (Sept. 17) by Alexandra Coutts, Far Far Away (June 11) by Tom McNeal, and This Song Will Save Your Life (Sept. 17) by Leila Sales. 
I had a chance to attend a book signing at The Red Balloon on Wednesday evening. Jeri Smith-Ready was there. She talked about her books and a lot about social networking. I got Shade, Shift, and Shine with lovely covers and with personalized autographs. 

What did you get this week?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

ARC Review: The Girl With the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

The Girl with the Iron Touch
Author: Kady Cross
Publication: Harlequin Teen (May 28, 2013)

Description: In 1897 London, sometihng not quite human is about to awaken

When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends' lives.

With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him…and for Griffin.

Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.

To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance of triumph, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has….

My Thoughts: This book, the third in the series, continues storylines begun in the earlier books. However, for me, the key activities in this one had to do with the various romances of the characters. Griffin is keeping secrets which both worries and annoys Finley. She isn't sure what he thinks about her though she knows that she is thinking about him constantly. Emily and Sam are also getting ready to admit their feelings for each other.

But then Emily is kidnapped and an old villain makes a reappearance. Emily is kidnapped by some of the mechanical creatures made by the Machinist. Led by the mechanical Queen Victoria, they want Emily to transfer the Machinist's (Garibaldi's) brain into a new vessel since his body was almost completely destroyed in the last book. 

Garibaldi has prepared a new body using bits of flesh and blood from Finley, Griffin, Emily, and Jackson. When Emily meets her, she is still developing her form and personality. I really liked this character who renames herself Mila and can understand why Emily would be so eager to save her even though she plans to do her best to kill Garibaldi.

Cross has developed a wonderful steampunk world with fascinating inventions. I enjoyed the worldbuilding and the growth in the characters. Fans of both steampunk and romances will find something to like in this engaging story. 

Favorite Quote:

The context here is Emily setting out to kill Garibaldi who has done so much harm to her friends and to England.
Emily looked at it as preventing someone truly evil from walking the earth, but more importantly, she would do it to protect her friends. She would do it for Sam,and she would gladly bear the weight of her actions. She would bear it without regret, and that was as disturbing as it was comforting.
I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.