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How Things Change…

no signI have been faithfully following my plans to both whittle down my TBR pile and tackle a bunch of the series that I have only a book or two left to read to finish them off. For the most part, the series that needed to be finished off were young adult trilogies, since most of my adult series are pretty much open ended. So, I am chugging along, when it suddenly hit me that…I didn’t care. For some reason, I completely have lost my interest in most young adult books. I was forcing myself to read them because I “had to”, and forcing myself to keep buying the second and third books in the series because I already had the first one, when my brain kicked in and I realized that I really didn’t “have to”.

As I was going through my piles of YA books that still had to be read, I realized that I didn’t remember most of the characters or storylines, and I had absolutely no interest in finding out what happened next. There are still a few that I will keep up on – like the Arcana Chronicles from Kresley Cole, and the Shadowhunter books from Cassandra Clare, but for the most part I am giving them up. I can’t stomach the thought of one more angsty love triangle, I swear. It will be a case-by-case basis whether or not I read the ones I already have or if I give them away.

The funny thing is, it hit me all of a sudden – and I can’t tell you why. Within the course of about a week, my whole interest shifted and I just can’t seem to care about anything YA related. I was about 50 pages from the end of a story when I realized that I didn’t even feel the need to see how things wrapped up. Then it happened again. Then again. Maybe I finally grew up? Nah, I can’t see it. I guess there are just too many great books that I want to read to make myself take time for something I don’t.

How have your reading habits changed? Have you ever just gotten tired of a style/author/genre without warning? How have you been expanding your reading horizons?

Cover Lover

Cover Lover -Magic Binds

Ilona Andrews upped the cover for the next Kate Daniels book over on her Facebook page, so that means it is fair game for me to post it here. Magic Binds will be a biggie, but now we just have to wait until September 27th to get our hands on it.

magic bindsMercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Have I gotten amnesia? How did Kate get the scar on her face? Curious…

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Site Updates…

Well, I think I managed to get all of the author pages and the main site switched over to the new format. You shouldn’t notice much difference (I hope), but I just wanted to streamline things a little bit, and move away from the grungy/splatter look to a more swirly, simple look. If you find anything that looks weird/doesn’t work, please drop me a line.

Oh, I also finished up the author page for J.D. Robb, which you can find HERE. I did limit it to J.D. Robb, too – no Nora Roberts. I actually laughed when I saw just how many series and trilogies she has written over the years. I read a couple of the Nora Roberts titles, and while I didn’t think they were bad, they really didn’t grab me. Too bad, too, because the trade paperback size books have great covers and would look beautiful all lined up on the shelf.

I still have to do the clean-up on the guide for the Kate Daniels series, plus add the info for Spider Game. And I will be adding a guide for the In Death series, but I will be uploading it one book at a time (if I wait until I have the whole series read before I start it, it will never get done). It will be a long, long term project.

Oh, and just a quick question – would you find a guide for G.A. Aiken‘s Dragon Kin series helpful? I was trying to decide between it or Lords of the Underworld, but to be honest I think the characters in the Dragon Kin series are harder to get a handle on (those damn names get me every time). If you think it should be my next goal, just let me know in the comments section (which is now reached by a link at the top of the post, not to the side).

Picks of the Week

Pick of the Week…

My pick of the week this week comes from Deborah Blake and her Baba Yaga series. Wickedly Powerful is the third book of a trilogy about the mysterious witches of Russian lore, and it will be followed by a spin-off trilogy starting later this year.

wickedly powerfulSynopsis…

The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.

But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.

Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…

I am about half-way through the first book, and I am liking it so far. The prequel e-novella was a good set up for the series, but not completely necessary to get into the world-building.

Book of the Month

BotM – Brotherhood in Death

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I admit, I am only two books into the In Death series by J.D. Robb, but I get the hype. It is funny, actually – even though this sucker is #42 in the series, I haven’t heard anyone say that they drifted away, or got bored, or things got repetitive. None at all. I can’t think of any other super long-running series that can say that. I am not surprised that Brotherhood in Death was chosen as February’s book of the month.

brotherhood in deathSynopsis…

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

Ok, seriously. Is anyone up-to-date on the whole In Death series? I am going to pace myself, even though I am tempted to do a mini-marathon, so that I don’t burn out. I am looking forward to it, though.

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New Series Alert…

Time again to see what new series are starting up this week. It looks like there is just one, and it is a young adult release from Melissa Landers called Starflight.

starflightSynopsis…

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

Review

Reading Wrap Up…and a Rant

booksTime again to check in and see what everyone is reading this week. I managed to check another series off my list, and wrapped up the Young Adult Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks. It was another “one book left” series I had on the go, but reading Of Neptune was a bit of a chore – mostly because I found the main character really annoying this time around. It is hard to put into words just how much Emma grated on my nerves, actually. Not only was she annoying, she was stupid and shallow on top of it. Glad to see that one done.

Oh, and I read not one, but two of the In Death books from J.D. Robb. I am still toying with the idea of doing a character guide for this series, which I think would be fun (but pretty damn long). I do have to decide soon, though – a re-read of 40 books probably isn’t in my future. Anyways, I am really liking this series so far, and I am getting the hype. I am even doing up an author page so I can try and keep the series straight, too.

Now for the rant portion of the post – Spider Game. As always, I like to point out when a book/series/author is a favorite of mine to you can take what I say accordingly, and I admit that I am a long-time Ghostwalker fan. Huge fan. I found the previous book, Viper Game, wasn’t bad, but it felt more like a Breeds story than a Ghostwalker book to me. But Spider Game? I am not quite sure what that was.

I actually liked the story – what there was of it. The set up was good and things were starting to get interesting. I found Trap and Cayenne were the best part of Viper Game, and they had real potential as a couple. There wasn’t the usual “destined to be together but fighting to stay apart” thing going on for 90% of the book, which I liked. But more importantly, I felt like I was reading a Ghostwalker book again. But then, IT happened. All of a sudden, it was like someone had dropped some 50 Shades of Whatever wannabe in the middle of the book. It became page after page after damn page of sex scenes, or at least that is what it felt like. And not Feehan’s usual sex scenes, either. Oh, no. She took things up a notch, but it just didn’t work for me. And once the endless sex scenes started, everything else went down hill, and fast. Even the two big-bad’s that had haunted Trap since childhood were dealt with in like a page and a half, tops. And yes, Trap and Cayenne had to get out of bed to deal with them, too.

We had mentioned before the whole Alphahole and the Doormat thing some of Christine’s books had going on lately, and that really, really happens here. When it was just Trap and Cayenne, mostly I didn’t mind them. Yes, he was all he-man, and yes, I did have to roll my eyes at Cayenne more than once (ugh, she started carrying a toothbrush with her everywhere in case he needed to, you know, USE her mouth = brain damaging eye roll. With gagging sound effects), but it was fine. Weird, but fine. Trap coming off as a nympho with a box of new mail-order toys? Uh, ok. Kinda boring by now, but whatever. My problem came the moment anyone else was around. Basically, Trap turned into an asshole. I tried to find a nicer way to say it, but there isn’t one. A total asshole. And a douchebag. With a huge helping of psycho on top. He became jealous, controlling, angry, irrational, borderline violent and downright mean the moment anyone else was on the page. And who got to deal with it? Cayenne. And her response? Basically, it was “Honey, that wasn’t nice. You hurt my feelings. Take my clothes off? Of course.” Wait, what? He needed to be shot, preferably in the balls. Several times. And the moment they are alone again, he flips his mental switch back to regular sex-fiend Trap. His personality switches gave me whiplash. And not in a good way.

So, basically, it is like someone took 50 pages of a good Ghostwalker story and awkwardly mashed in a weird erotica story involving a split personality hero and a bunch of spider webs into the mix. And the fit was not pretty. I enjoyed the Ghostwalker part, and could’ve done without the rest. Oh, and it looks like the next book will be another team four adventure (since the first two have been so awesome). Swamp Game be out next year, and I am betting on Joe…and Violet. I wonder if Joe will follow Wyatt and Trap into asshole territory, too?

Am I way out there? What was your take on Spider Game? Did Trap just go too far for you, too? What did you think of the “new” style of sexy scenes Christine Feehan had going on?

 

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Site Updates…

Well, back to work time. Ugh. Amazing how fast a month can go, honestly. I got most of what I wanted to do with the blog done, which was mostly behind the scenes organizational stuff. But then day before yesterday, I of course decided that I wanted to change things up a bit. I finally found a new theme that worked better than the previous one I used for the author pages, and decided on a bit of a re-working. Ok, so not interesting to you. Long story short, I am switching some things around, so if things look different, no worries. And if you see something that looks/acts wonky, please let me know so I can double check it. I think at this point I have from Kresley Cole to Thea Harrison done, and hopefully all working.

I also will be spending my free time for the next few days trying to organize the Kate Daniels guide, which is finally up to date (but one hell of a hot mess). Again, don’t be afraid if you check it out, hopefully I will have it better organized/streamlined in the next few days. I just kept adding info, and never changed anything. I think I had Derek as 18 at the start of his profile, 19 in the middle, and 20 at the end. Of course.

Book of the Month

February’s Book of the Month

January was a really decent month for new releases, which was great. February? For me, not so exciting. But I like those months because it gives me a chance to play catch up. And to prepare for March, which is going to be huuuuge. Anyways, as always, take a gander at the ten books I have picked for potential books of the month and make your choice. If you have something else to pick, just select “Other” and leave your choice in the comments section. You can find a complete list of February’s releases HERE.

Hm, decisions. I think I would have to pick The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If anything, the only other books I am interested in this month are young adult releases. I am not really picking up new YA series anymore, but I do have a few I am still following.