This has been an interesting reading week for me, running from really good…to really not. Even though I don’t do reviews, I am going to try and do a brief weekly wrap-up so that I can refresh my memory about what I liked or didn’t like without spoilers. Either I read too much, or I am getting old (er, or both?), but I am getting hazy on how I felt on books I read a while back.
Fury of Seduction – This third Dragonfury book from Coreene Callahan is a bit tricky. I really like the story and the characters, but I found that this one (even more so than the first two books) was so very Black Dagger Brotherhood feeling. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it was more BDB than the real BDB is. Not in terms of storyline, but in terms of voice. I don’t mind the slangy, ultra-cool dialogue, but there was so much of it that it threatened to take me out of the storyline sometimes. I like these books but I think a bit of a toning down would make the series even better.
Black City – This one had originally went under my radar, but when I saw that there was talks about buying the movie rights for this Elizabeth Richards series I decided to take the plunge. The fact that it had a beauty of a cover didn’t hurt, either. Unfortunately, the story didn’t live up to the cover art. It did start off promising, with a unique young adult/vampire/dystopian set up, but it didn’t follow through. I found myself really, really trying to get into things, but I just couldn’t. It was actually a bit on the cheesy side, and I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. I don’t mind insta-love stories, but this one was more melodramatic and shallow than anything else. Unfortunately, this is my first DNF of the year.
Shadow’s Claim – What can I say, I am a total Kresley Cole fangirl (my love is only equaled by my love of Nalini Singh). But for reasons I can’t fathom, I wasn’t my usual psycho self anxiously awaiting this one. I was looking forward to it, of course, but not with the usual passion that a Kresley Cole release generates. Not sure why, but once I dove in my old self kicked in and I loved it. It was a great addition to the IAD world, and while I know some people weren’t that fond of the heroine, I enjoyed all of the characters (and Trehan moves to very near the top of my favorite IAD men). This one was a one-sitting read, and I am looking forward to going back for the re-read for the character guide.
So, how did your reading week shape up? Anything you loved, or anything you really wanted to like and just didn’t?