Monday, June 30, 2014

State of the Stack (June 30, 2014)

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.  


I also do this post because sometimes (frequently) review books sit on my stack for a while before I read and review them. I try to read and review books within two weeks of publication date. Sometimes I can't, though, if too many books are releasing on the same date or if the book arrives too near its publication date and my calendar is already full. 

I am very grateful to the authors and publishers who support my reading habit. 

My Review Pile

Here is what I have on my stack. The release date is in parentheses. Links go to Amazon.

Very Recent Arrivals
As soon as I finished setting up this post and getting pictures of all my current review books, I got my most recent choices from Amazon Vine. Pretend that they are interspersed with the others in order by publication date. 

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (Oct. 26)
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs (Sept. 23)
For All Time by Jude Deveraux (July 1)

August
Visions by Kelley Armstrong (Aug. 14)
Feral by Holly Schindler (Aug. 26)
Memory Zero by Keri Arthur (Aug. 26)
No Limits by Lori Foster (Aug. 26)

September
Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson (Sept. 2)
Starry Night by Isabel Gillies (Sept. 2)
Wood Sprites by Wen Spencer (Sept. 2)
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley (Sept. 9)
Blackbird by Anna Carey (Sept. 16)
Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane (Sept. 16)
Get Even by Gretchen McNeil (Sept. 16)
The Magic Thief: Home by Sarah Prineas (Sept. 16)
The Vault of the Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien (Sept. 16)
Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton (Sept. 23)
Firebug by Lish McBride (Sept. 23)
Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin (Sept. 23)
Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper (Sept. 23)

October
The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling (Oct. 1)
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios (Oct. 7)
Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez (Oct. 7)
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (Oct. 7)
Stray by Elissa Sussman (Oct. 7)
Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George (Oct. 7)
Clariel by Garth Nix (Oct. 14)
Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot (Oct. 14)
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (Oct. 14)
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker (Oct. 21)
Centaur Rising by Jane Yolen (Oct. 21)
Get Happy by Mary Amato (Oct. 28)

November
Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Nov. 4)
The Book of Storms by Ruth Hatfield (Nov. 11 when I added it. Now Amazon says 1/27/2015)
On the Edge by Allison Van Diepen (Nov. 25)

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 Body in the Woods by April Henry
  2. The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor
  3. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  4. On the Fence by Kasie West
  5. Vanished by Kendra Elliot
  6. Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton
  7. Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (July 3)
  8. Wild by Alex Mallory (July 5)
  9. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (July 12)
  10. Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara (July 26)
  11. Shipwreck Island by S. A. Bodeen (July 26)
  12. Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre (Aug. 2)
  13. Frostborn by Lou Anders (July 31)
  14. Invincible by Diana Palmer (July 23)
Read Last Month, Reviews Posted This Month 
  1. The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
  2. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu 
  3. Heaven's Queen by Rachel Bach 
  4. Vivian Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel 
  5. Hexed by Michelle Krys 
  6. Fatal Affair by Marie Force 
  7. On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor 
  8. The Quick by Lauren Owen
  9. Jessie Elliot Is a Big Chicken by Elise Gravel 
  10. Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dollamore
  11. That Night by Chevy Stevens
I Added These Books

These are listed in the order I received them. Links go to Amazon. Date published is listed in parentheses.
  1. Vanished by Kendra Elliot (July 1)
  2. The Vault of the Dreamers by Caragh O'Brien (Sept. 16)
  3. Wood Sprites (Elfhome) by Wen Spencer (Sept. 2)
  4. Starry Night by Isabel Gillies (Sept. 2)
  5. Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane (Sept. 16)
  6. Thursdays With the Crown by Jessica Day George (Oct. 7)
  7. Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara (July 29)
  8. Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix (Oct. 14)
  9. Visions by Kelley Armstrong (Aug. 14)
  10. No Limits by Lori Foster (Aug. 26)
  11. Invincible by Diana Palmer (July 29)
  12. Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Nov. 4)
  13. True Love by Jude Deveraux (May 27)
  14. For All Time by Jude Deveraux (July 1)
  15. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (Oct. 26)
  16. Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs (Sept. 23)
  17. Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark (Sept. 26. 2012)
Next Month's Plan

The plan is pretty simple. I want to have all my September review books read, reviews written and posts scheduled before my summer vacation is over on Aug. 25. Since I only have 4 August review books (and that one new July book), I should certainly be able to get that done. I already have all my July books finished and my whole calendar is scheduled. I do have some empty days to slip in books from my TBR mountain though.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stacking the YA Shelves (June 29, 2014)

Tynga of  Team 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 small week. I wish this meant that I was lowering TBR mountain but books are still coming in faster than I'm reading.
As usual, I downloaded the two SYNC audiobooks this week. I have already read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick but October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman is new to me.
Bumble by Connie Suttle was a Kindle Daily Deal this week and sounded like it was something I would enjoy.

Finally, I got the eARC of Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes from NetGalley. This is a sequel to a book I enjoyed and will be released on Nov. 4.

What did you add to your stack this week?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

ARC Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Publication: HarperTeen (July 1, 2014)

Description: She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.

With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out—she's fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.

My Thoughts: ON THE FENCE was a sweet romance with great characters. Charlie Reynolds has three older brothers. Her dad is a cop. Her mother died when she was just six. Charlie is mostly okay growing up competing and playing with her brothers and her next door neighbor Braden who is like another brother to her. However, she is plagued with nightmares about the car accident that killed her mother.

When she gets her latest speeding ticket, her dad tells her she has to get a job to pay for the ticket. She finds a job in a very unlikely location. She gets a job in a clothing boutique run by a woman who sees auras. Through her job, she meets other girls and finds out that they aren't so different than she is. She also has to dress in a more feminine way which she finds out isn't as horrible as she had thought.

As the summer progresses, she finds her relationship with Braden changing. They have taken to meeting at night by the fence that separates their yards. Sitting back to back, each on their own side of the fence, they share things they don't talk about in the daytime. Charlie finds herself thinking about Braden as more boyfriend than brother. But she doesn't know if Braden feels the same way.

I thought this was a great story. I loved the relationship the Charlie had with her brothers. I ached with her as she tried to figure out how to be a girl with no female role model. I understood her wonder about what her relationship with her mother would have been like. I really liked her relationship with Braden.

Fans of sports and romance will enjoy this story.

Favorite Quote:
 Every inch of me felt hot. I needed to stop the way my body was reacting to Braden lately. We were friends. To close to ever want to explore these stupid new reactions and risk losing him forever. I stood and practically ran out of the house.
I got this eARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Memes: On the Fence by Kasie West

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 On the Fence by Kasie West. I got this eARC from Edelweiss. Here is the description of this July 1 release:
She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.

With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out—she's fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.
Beginning:
The engine whined against my attempt to go faster. The yellow lines of the road went by on my left in a blur.
Friday 56:
"Sore loser," I coughed under my breath. He was just like my brothers—he hated to lose.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ARC Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication: HarperTeen (July 1, 2014)

Description: From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes The Vanishing Season, at once haunting and lovely, with a gut-wrenching final twist that will keep readers on their toes. It's perfect for fans of Gayle Forman, Lauren Myracle, and Laurie Halse Anderson.

Girls started vanishing in the fall.

For Maggie Larsen, the town of Gill Creek is only a stopgap before college and freedom. Until she meets Pauline and Liam. What starts as an uneventful year suddenly changes. Someone is killing teenaged girls, and the town reels from the tragedy. As Maggie's and Pauline's worlds collide and change around them, they will both experience love and loss. And by the end of the book, only one of them will survive.

My Thoughts: This story begins when Maggie Larsen moves to the town of Gill Creek with her parents. They have come from Chicago because Mrs. Larsen has found a job. They are downsizing their lives because of changing economic times. Maggie is an only child who is being home-schooled by her unemployed dad. Maggie is quiet, thoughtful, and the type of kid who looks many times before she leaps.

The first person she meets is Pauline who is a unique free-spirit. She also meets Pauline's friend Liam. Pauline and Liam have grown up together and have a unique relationship. Liam is in love with Pauline who insistst that she doesn't see him that way. The three of them are the only ones living close in a rural area. They become friends. When a killer starts targeting girls in the area, concern rises. Pauline is sent away to live with an aunt. Liam and Maggie begin a romance - a first for Maggie. But then Pauline comes back.

Interspersed in this story is another story told by a ghost. It takes until the end of the story to find out who the ghost it.

I enjoyed this story. I liked the practical, pragmatic Maggie. I enjoyed watching the friendships and the romance grow. I was sad when it ended. Fans of romantic stories with ghosts will enjoy this one.

Favorite Quote:
Gill Creek reacted to the danger in its midst with fear but also with a slight bit of pride. The county had never been at the center of things before.
I got this eARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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!

Teaser:
An hour south of here—Maggie knew from studying the map they had in the car—the peninsula of Door County forked off from Wisconsin like a hitchhiker's thumb into the lake, isolating itself.
This week my teaser comes from The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I got this eARC from Edelweiss. Here is the description of this July 1 release:
From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes The Vanishing Season, at once haunting and lovely, with a gut-wrenching final twist that will keep readers on their toes. It's perfect for fans of Gayle Forman, Lauren Myracle, and Laurie Halse Anderson.

Girls started vanishing in the fall.

For Maggie Larsen, the town of Gill Creek is only a stopgap before college and freedom. Until she meets Pauline and Liam. What starts as an uneventful year suddenly changes. Someone is killing teenaged girls, and the town reels from the tragedy. As Maggie's and Pauline's worlds collide and change around them, they will both experience love and loss. And by the end of the book, only one of them will survive.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stacking the YA Shelves (June 22, 2014)

Tynga of  Team 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 a really small week and didn't spend any money. That is actually a win for me. I am trying so hard to lower the height of my TBR mountain this summer.
I added one review book to my stack when I got Clariel by Garth Nix at Edelweiss. Clariel is a new book in the Abhorsen series which I read years ago. It will be released on Oct. 14.
I also downloaded the two SYNC titles this week. I have already read I'd Tell You I Lover You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter and really enjoyed it. I have never read or heard Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery though. 

What did you add to your stack this week?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

ARC Review: The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

The Things You Kiss Goodbye
Author: Leslie Connor
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books (June 24, 2014)

Description: Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this heartbreaking story about family, loss, and the joys and disappointments of first love.

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when star basketball player Brady Cullen convinces her strict father to let them date. That summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady and the freedom that comes along with him. But when school starts up again, Brady unexpectedly changes for the worse. Unable to give up on her first love just yet, she finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship.

Then she meets "Cowboy," a smoldering older guy and the last guy her father would approve. Yet he is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina. When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

My Thoughts: Bettina Vasilis is the arty, loner type. She is rebelling against her strict, traditional Greek father by living in leather and boots and doing all sorts of henna tattoos. She is a talented dancer but gives it up when her best friend and fellow dancer moves away and her father starts talking about how hard it is to schedule all the driving around now that her younger brothers are in Little League.

When she meets a shy basketball player named Brady Cullen she begins sneaking out to see him. He manages to convince her father to let them date officially. In order for them to spend more time together, Bettina goes out for cheerleading despite having no interest in it and despite the fact that the other girls ignore her. Things are great for a while but after a few months of dating, Brady changes. He is starting to get rough with Bettina who keeps making excuses for him.

Once after he crushed her fingers and left the imprint of her school ring on her hand, she ran and met a young man who cared for her. She called him Cowboy and started spending time at the garage where he restores old cars. The two form a friendship despite their age difference. They also find that the have some things in common. Cowboy's mother abused him when he was younger and still does occasionally now. She lost her husband and her other sons because of her behavior but Cowboy hangs on. Cowboy is the opposite of Brady. He listens to Bettina, treats her gently, and cares about her. But he isn't someone Bettina's father would ever approve of.

The story is filled with a girl trying to deal with her father's rules, her boyfriend's abuse, and a new growing love. It was intense and engaging and heart-breaking. I can't wait to share it with my high school girls.

Favorite Quote:
A party, and the words I want you there with me. Boy, did that sound good.

"Okay," I said. "We'll make a plan."

Mangled fingers would heal. I made a choice. Fili antio. I kissed the incident goodbye.
I got this eARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Memes: The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

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 The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor. I got this eARC from Edelweiss. Here is the description of this June 24 release:
Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this heartbreaking story about family, loss, and the joys and disappointments of first love.
Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when star basketball player Brady Cullen convinces her strict father to let them date. That summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady and the freedom that comes along with him. But when school starts up again, Brady unexpectedly changes for the worse. Unable to give up on her first love just yet, she finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship.

Then she meets "Cowboy," a smoldering older guy and the last guy her father would approve. Yet he is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina. When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.
Beginning:
The night I cut off my hair, my mother told my father to leave.That's when it hit me. I'd reached the mud at the bottom of the pond. The scissors making it through my braid was just the landing.
Friday 56:
"Shh! You bad little boys!" I had hissed at them. I thumped my finger off my lip. "Shut the window!" The window had sucked closed and I'd faced it just long enough to see two plaid pajama butts pressed up against the glass. I'd marched away, snorting with laughter.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Review: The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

The Inventor's Secret
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Inventor's Secret
Publication: Philomel (April 22, 2014)

Description: New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape  or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners, Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan and Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines.

My Thoughts: Andrea Cremer combines alternate history and steampunk in this exciting beginning to a new series. Sixteen-year-old Charlotte lives in the Catacombs with other children of rebels waiting to grow up and join their parents in the revolution. Because in this story, the American revolutionaries lost the fight and the Americas are under control of a repressive British Empire.

Charlotte gets a chance to visiting the glowing floating city of New York with her brother Ash, her friends Jack and Meg, and a strange boy named Grave that she rescued from one of the Empire's steampunk devices. In the city, Charlotte learns lots of secrets about Meg and Jack and Grave. Charlotte also meets new friends in Lord Ott, Linnet, and Jack's older brother Coe. Relationships grow and change as the characters split up to further the revolution as best each can. There is even the beginning of a  love triangle of a sort. Charlotte is torn between Jack and Coe.

I loved the steampunk details that filled this story - the floating city itself, the exploding mice, the spies in the form of crows and rabbits. I thought it was great that Charlotte has a pet gun named Pocky. I can't wait for more books to find out what happens next for these characters.

Favorite Quote:
Charlotte wanted to study Jack's face, to know if she'd find joy or fear in his expression. Her fingers curled around the arms of the gunner's chair as she thought of not only watching Jack, but sitting close to him as he controlled the aircraft. Her daydream evolved of its own accord, and she imagined reaching out to rest her hand over Jack's to feel the way he guided the ship.
I bought this autographed copy at a recent author signing. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Novella Review: Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

Poison Dance
Author: Livia Blackburne
Publication: Lion's Quill Press (January 17, 2014)

Description: James is skilled, efficient, and deadly, a hired blade navigating the shifting alliances of a deteriorating Assassin's Guild. Then he meets Thalia, an alluring but troubled dancing girl who offers him a way out--if he'll help her kill a powerful nobleman. With the Guild falling apart, it just might be worth the risk. But when you live, breathe, and love in a world that's forever flirting with death, the slightest misstep can be poison.

Poison Dance is approximately 14,000 words long, or 54 printed pages.

Note from the Author: "I originally conceived of James as a supporting character in my novel Midnight Thief, and I quickly fell in love with him. As the enigmatic leader of the Assassins Guild, James was cool, competent and intriguing. He was the type of character who invited questions. How had he come to power at such a young age? What was behind his hatred of the nobility? Had he loved before? Was he even capable of love? I wanted to tell his story, and here's the result."

My Thoughts: This novella was a nice introduction to the world of Forge and some of the people who are trying to survive there. James is young but a seasoned killer. His first kill was his own father. He killed him because he was beating James' sister who died of her injuries. He was taken in by the leader of the Assassin's Guild. Now, that leader is dead, and James doesn't get along with the new man in charge.

When he is approached by a young dancer to take a commision to kill a nobleman, he declines. But he does offer to help train Thalia to kill the man herself. Thalia offers a chance to make some coin by doing some smuggling. Coin would be very helpful in letting James and a couple of his friends leave town and start somewhere new.

James learns that Thalia lied about her target who happens to be in cahoots with James' new boss. After a tragedy, James decides that staying and cleaning up the Assassin's Guild is a better idea than leaving.

This was a free novella for my Kindle. You can get your copy here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

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!

Teaser:
"You know that's a gun, right?" Jack's head poked down from the cannon box. "Not a sentient being."

"Don't make her angry," Charlotte said, patting the wide double barrels of the gun. "You won't like her temper."

Jack climbed down the ladder. "That's why I keep telling Ash to get you a cat or a bird. Guns aren't proper pets."
This week my teaser comes from The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer. I got this steampunk title when I attended her author signing recently. Here is the description:
New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape  or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners, Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, ScottWesterfeld's Leviathan and Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Stacking the YA Shelves (June 15, 2014)

Tynga of  Team 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 landed in my mailbox this week.
I bought a copy of Inquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and Teachers Designing Teaching for Learning by Violet H. Harada. This is going to be my summer professional read.

I downloaded the two SYNC Audiobooks this week too. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein has been on my TBR Mountain since it was released. Maybe now I will finally take the time to read it. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom was the companion book. 
I added to my review stack this week too.

Wood Sprites by Wen Spencer is a middle grade fantasy set in the same world as her adult books. I have read the adult books but will be re-reading them before I tackle this one. I liked the world and wonder how the story will translate for kids. 

I got three more books from Macmillan this week too. These are all September releases.

Starry Night by Isabel Gillies sounds like an interesting romance.

Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane sounds like a sort of mysterious story.
The Vault of the Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien has been getting lots of buzz. I'm so eager to read this one that I got an eARC from NetGalley last week because I was afraid the print ARC had gone astray. 

I also got Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George for review from NetGalley. I have read and enjoyed the rest of this middle grade series and love sharing it with my students.

Finally, when Crash Into You by Katie McGarry was a Kindle Daily Deal, I had to add the finished copy to my Kindle. I have already read and reviewed the ARC.

What did you add to your stack this week?