It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

The Its Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey.

Life…

crash

 Ugh I have spent the last three days trying to solve an instability issue on my computer. It took me hours (and hours)  to figure out one of my programs was conflicting with another and causing chaos behind the scenes and then I spent hours and hours repairing all the damage. Thankfully it all seems to be running smoothly now, I hope it holds because now I have to try and catch up.

What I Read Last Week

Sinister Intent by Karen M Davis

Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield

Under A Spell by Hannah Jayne

The Vale Girl by Nelika McDonald

Death Takes A Holiday by Jennifer Harlow

A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Home Before Sundown by Barbara Hannay 1/2

Review: Sinister Intent by Karen M Davis

**AWW Feature & Excerpt: Karen M Davis**

Review: Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield

Review: The Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn Lyster

Review: Under A Spell by Hannah Jayne 1/2

Review: Death Takes A Holiday by Jennifer Harlow 1/2

 What I Am Reading Today

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

The town of Norbold, England is famous for its low crime rate, thanks to the zero-tolerance policy of Chief Superintendent John Fountain. And Norbold’s newest police recruit, Hazel Best, is happy to help keep it that way. But numbers never tell the whole story, do they? Jerome Cardy knew he was going to die. He also knew that it would be made to appear like an accident. He might not be able to prevent it, but Jerome was determined to make sure that someone knew what was going to happen—even if that someone was a man with a concussion lying with his dogin a jail cell next to him. After Jerome is found beaten to death by a fellow inmate in another cell, Ash is unable to forget Jerome’s last awkward words to him: “I had a dog once. Othello. That was its name. Othello.” Certain there is a hidden message in these words, Ash is determined to discover the truth. But it won’t be easy—no one believes his account of that night. And Hazel Best must decide whether pursuing the truth is worth her career

An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi.  New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren’t random—an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard. Namely, DJ. Combatting an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn’t easy. Jake Warin’s loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world’s most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ’s to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power. Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte’s pirate wench could be DJ’s best option.

A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan. Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant. Esme’s boyfriend, Mitchell van Leuven, is old-money rich, handsome, successful, and irretrievably damaged. When he dumps Esme—just before she tries to tell him about the baby—she resolves to manage alone. She will keep the child and her scholarship, while finding a part-time job to make ends meet. But that is easier said than done, especially on a student visa. The Owl is a shabby, second-hand bookstore on the Upper West Side, an all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters: handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke; Chester, who hyperventilates at the mention of Lolita; George, the owner, who lives on protein shakes and idealism; and a motley company of the timeless, the tactless, and the homeless. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme—but will it be enough to sustain her? Even when Mitchell, repentant and charming, comes back on the scene? A rousing celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them, The Bookstore is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading.

Human Remains is a chilling, masterful thriller by New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes that explores our darkest fears, showing how vulnerable we are—and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching. Annabel, a police analyst, is shocked when she discovers her neighbor’s decomposing body in the house next door. And she’s appalled to think that no one noticed her absence. Back at work, she sets out on her own to investigate, and finds that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown. A hymn to all the lonely and compelling characters that haunt our lives, Human Remains is a deeply disturbing and powerful novel of suspense from Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner.

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

While you are here…

Winners of  of Penguin Crime Classics : Michael, Louise, Mystica

Winners of  of Banish by Nicola Marsh : Suti and Kate

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be along to visit you shortly!

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 13:07:37

    The Bookstore and The Bone Season are the two which caught my interest. My blogger dashboard is also showing posts in Vietnamese and I don’t know what to do. Any ideas?

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Aug 12, 2013 @ 13:24:37

      Hmm, I don’t use blogger but I’d suggest changing your blog login password ASAP.. That may solve the problem.

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  2. mpartyka
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 13:24:37

    Sorry to hear about the computer issues… and you are computer savvy if memory serves. I would be toast!

    Can’t wait to read your review for A beautiful truth, not sure what this is about but the cover and title have my interest.

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  3. Kathryn
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 14:31:31

    Sounds like a computer savvy person lives at this blog! And an amazing reader as well. I have The Bookstore to read this week, so will be interested to see your review when it is completed. Happy reading for the coming week.

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  4. Kathy Martin
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 14:54:40

    Crown of Midnight is coming up soon for me and I can’t wait to read Suzanne Johnson’s latest. Come and see my Monday Report to catch up on my week. Happy reading!

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  5. booksaremyfavouriteandbest
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 14:55:08

    Urgh – computer issues… I had the same a few months ago and found it honestly all-consuming. One of the major drawbacks of being self-employed is that I no longer have an IT department at my beck and call😉 Fingers crossed you’re good to go.

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  6. writenote1
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 17:54:08

    I really want to read The Bookstore … can’t wait to see your review.

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  7. Jackie
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 18:58:51

    O my you have some good choices on what to read next. Turn around bright eyes when I read that I can hear me say it to the tune of the song by Bonnie Tyler🙂
    Your blog seems to be running good to me . Just sayin :p

    My IMWAYR

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  8. Bettina Grissen
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 19:16:22

    The bookstore looks and sounds great, I hope you enjoy it. Computerproblems are horrible, I am glad (and very impressed) you were able to fix them!
    Have a good week & kind regards,

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  9. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 20:43:07

    It is scary when we are forced to recognise just how much we rely on technology… I am a self taught tinkerer so what you experienced this week is an ever present risk for me.

    I’ve always thought The Bookstore sounds fun – enjoy!

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  10. laurelrainsnow
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 23:21:18

    I’m curious about Deadly Virtues…and I definitely want to read The Bookstore. Enjoy your week…and thanks for visiting my blog!

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  11. k2reader
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 23:27:18

    I picked up a copy of The Bookstore recently and am looking forward to reading it. I’ll be interested in your thoughts on it as I’ve heard mixed reviews.

    Have a great week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

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  12. Belle Read
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 23:33:14

    Computer problems can be maddening. I finally had to replace mine a couple of weeks ago.
    I saw Elysian Fields pop up as I was writing up new releases. I have not read anything by that author yet. The Bookstore is a book that I plan to read. It is rare that I pass up on a book with a bookish theme.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Aug 13, 2013 @ 00:46:17

      I’ve read the first in the Sentenials series but not the second, still I’m hoping it won’t make too much difference.

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  13. Dollycas
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 01:22:11

    I hate computer problems. I have been having issues with my Outlook email lately. Posts I know I have sent disappear from my sent folder all on their own. They are received by others but when I want to refer back to them I see my sent folder has lost 2 or sometimes 3 recent days and they are not being archived so I think I have a computer gremlin,🙂 Good Luck getting caught up!!

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  14. Erin @Quixotic Magpie
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 01:27:07

    Every single book you are reading this week looks good! I love the Suzanne Johnson series and Elizabeth Haynes. The Maas book looks like one that my husband and I can both read, which is fun.🙂

    I hate computer problems – mine is not behaving lately either.😦

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  15. Teddyree
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 08:49:22

    Conflicts are super frustrating to figure out, lucky you’re pretty computer savvy. And as always despite the hiccups I’m amazed how much you managed to get done. I’m really into Bone Season and The Bookstore caught my eye (as it would lol)
    Have a great week and happy reading🙂

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  16. Diana Leigh
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 11:07:45

    I can’t wait to read The Bookstore!

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  17. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 11:15:18

    I love the title of Crown of Midnight! And of course The Bookstore caught my eye. I’m glad you’ve got your computer back up and running. Enjoy your week!

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  18. Leeswammes
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 06:14:37

    Glad you fixed your computer – it can be so opaque what’s going on inside that electronic brain! Have a good week.

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  19. Elizabeth
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:10:18

    Looks like a good week despite your computer problems.

    The Bookstore looks so good.

    ENJOY your week, and I hope your computer doesn’t give you any more trouble.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

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