I thought there had only been a couple of books since my last Reading Roundup post, but it looks like I was busier than I thought since it looks like I read 14 books/stories since then. I won’t go over them all here, but just some of the highlights.
Heart of Atlantis – Alyssa Day‘s Warriors of Poseidon series falls into a strange category for me. I read them, then promptly forget them. Details just don’t stick, I don’t remember who most of the couples are, I can’t remember character names or storylines or anything. Now I am not saying that I don’t enjoy them because while I am reading them I actually do – they are not my favorites but they aren’t bad, either – but they just don’t stick with me. I have had Heart of Atlantis on Mount TBR for what seems like forever, but I was in no rush to read it even though it was the long awaited story of Alaric and Quinn. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Alaric is the one character throughout the whole series that stood out for me, so I was hoping he would finally get his chance at a happy life. Characters were great, lots of action to the story, and while it felt like the perfect way to end the series on a high-note, it also seems like the beginning of a new Atlantis storyline. And as a bonus, it has been a couple of weeks and I still remember what happened.
Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter – I was pleasantly surprised by the first book of Jessica Sims‘ Midnight Liaisons series, enough so that I immediately ordered the novella and the second book, Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter. The novella wasn’t bad, and I quite enjoyed this second book, too. A bit of a different storyline from others that I have read, since it revolves around a dating service for the supernatural. A light, fun read, but not goofy or dumb. These books are a great break from the usual dark and gritty stuff I usually read, and I find myself looking forward to book three when it comes out later this year. I will save it for when I need a break from the drama and just want something fun to read.
House Rules – Last year, one of my reading goals was to get up-to-date on the Chicagoland Vampires series from Chloe Neill. I did, and quite liked it. It is never going to rank up there with my favorite UF series, but it is still a very good series. I did find myself a bit underwhelmed by this one – not a bad book, but not something that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go, either. I had no problem putting it down several times to drift off to something else, but I was still interested enough to want to find out how it all ended. Not a favorite, but still not all that bad, either.
Apollyon – Jennifer L. Armentrout is a YA favorite, so I was very happy to get my hands on the second last Sentinels book (crap, almost done). There is a lot of action in Apollyon, very fast paced. I have seen where many say that this one was a bit of a “filler” book, building up to the finale, but I didn’t find it to be so. It does set the stage for the big showdown, but there was enough happening to keep me interested. And thanks to reading the novella Elixir, I finally have a new appreciation for Aiden, and I even have some hope for Seth. I liked this one, but still sad to see the ending is only one book away.
Lone Wolf – I broke down and actually read a couple of e-novellas, too. One of them was Jennifer Ashley‘s Lone Wolf, only since it was part of the Shifters Unbound series which I read faithfully. I was meh about Lone Wolf, though. Not sure why, but I found it hard to get into and I even caught myself skimming though several parts (even though it is short enough as it is). I could’ve skipped this one and not missed a thing.
What did you read recently that you were surprised by, good or bad? Any disappointments or pleasant surprises?