So, as I have whined to pretty much anyone who will listen, my once-deep Immortals After Dark love has waned a bit over the course of the last couple of books. It isn’t that I dislike them, it is that my excitement for a new story from Kresley Cole has been sadly lacking. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it just is. Next week brings us Sweet Ruin, which actually focuses on two all new characters, and Doug Meeks sent over a mini-review.
What Doug said…
Well I finished Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark) and overall I would give it 4 Stars, it is too verbose, too oversexed and the direction of the series seems a bit muddled to me. It might be overly simple on my part but I kinda like having “bad guys” and “good guys”, the lines seem to be getting really blurry which to me is more confusing than appealing. All other things above aside the story of the main couple was good and entertaining. The interaction with Nix was kinda good and kinda confusing, not sure I really liked the ending of the overarching plot that much (not too bad, just not that good) but it was never a secret that this was a bridging novel for the overarching plotline part of the story.
So why 4 Stars and not less? Be cause it WAS a great story that kept you coming back for more. I can say with confidence it is the best novel in this series in a very long time.
Well, well, well. Hard to believe, but it is time to pick the very last book of the month for 2015. November had some good books, but not big “Oh my God!” releases for me. December is shaping up to be the same.
As always, I have picked 10 books for you to choose from, but if you have another one that makes your list, just name your selection in the comments section. A complete list of December’s releases can be found HERE.
I should point out that I am a bit limited in what I can list. Because the book chosen is offered as a giveaway item, I am limited to print books (Amazon won’t let me gift e-books). It kinda blows, but what can you do?
So there you go. I am having to go with Thea Harrison‘s Shadow’s End – but with a condition. Graydon is my “must have” Elder Races hero, but I am meh on Beluviel as his leading lady. I like her alright, but I just wanted someone else for Graydon. I totally got the vibe that they were going to be paired up way back in Lord’s Fall, but then I figured I was just being weird. No such luck. Anyone else not on the Graydon-Beluviel train?
There are a couple of really anticipated releases this week. G.A. Aiken‘s Feel the Burn, which is the book of the month, is a biggie, but I have to go with my guilty pleasure author. Christine Feehan‘s 7th Leopard book, Wild Cat, is my pick of the week. It has literally been years I have been waiting for Elijah’s story, right since the beginning of the series. Every series has that one character whose story you want above all the rest, and Elijah is mine.
A simple request for Siena Arnotto: deliver a gift to her grandfather’s friend. One look at Elijah Lospostos, hard-bodied and stripped to the waist, and Siena succumbs to a feline stirring she never felt before, and to Elijah’s reckless and pleasurable demands. But when that pulse-throbbing moment ends in the murder of an unexpected intruder, Elijah accuses the shaken and confused Siena of setting him up.
Then Siena discovers the truth of her Leopard heritage, of the secrets in her grandfather’s inner circle, and the sinister plot of revenge that has put her in jeopardy. When Siena’s grandfather is assassinated, she realizes the only man she can trust is Elijah. Now as her Leopard rises from within, Siena and Elijah share not only an animal instinct for survival—but a desire so raw and wild it may be the only thing that can save them.
Feehan is my guilty pleasure, no matter how many times I snicker and mock. I just hope that it is back to her “original” voice, not whatever a few of the last few books have been. I got my copy today, and I did do a sneak peek at the excerpt at the back for the next release, Spider Game. My Ghostwalker love has long been whined about, and my hopes for that one are sky high. Who else is looking forward to this one?
I just wanted to drop a quick note to say that for the next day or so, the Elder Races Character Guide is going to be offline while I play around with it a little. I want to do a bit more comprehensive breakdown at the beginning, like I did for The Breeds and the Immortals After Dark, and it means a bit of chaos for a while.
For the last few weeks, the hype for Marvel’s next Netflix original series, Jessica Jones, has been strong. Like, really over the top. The early reviews that I saw were pretty much universally positive, and some were downright gushy. In fact, many said that it is better than Daredevil, which I thought was an awesome show. So, basically I went into Jessica Jones certain I would love it.
To be fair, I don’t dislike it, either. Or to be more exact, I like parts of it quite a bit. From best friend Trish to G.I. Joe wannabe Will to smokin’ hot Luke Cage, the supporting cast is terrific. The setting might still be Hell’s Kitchen, but it is a prettier version than seen in Daredevil. I would kill for Trish’s apartment, and I loved the peek at the $50 million TriBeCa penthouse mansion I had drooled over online last year. What I didn’t like was, well, Jessica Jones. No slight meant to actress Krysten Ritter, but I found myself waiting to get her scenes over with to get back to the other characters. That isn’t really the best reaction to have for the main character, that’s for sure.
And on a bit more…delicate…note, the raunch got a bit old for me. I am no prude (hell, we all pretty much read the same books, so it isn’t like I am a shrinking violet), but by about the third romp between Jessica and Luke I was just getting bored. And a bit embarrassed, to be honest. I was watching it by myself, with headphones on, but I found myself looking around to make sure I was still alone. Awkward.
What was your take on this one? Did you check out Jessica Jones? To be fair, I am not finished yet, but I am not feeling the need to drop everything to dive back in. I will probably get there within the next couple of days, if all goes well. Here’s hoping things pick up on the back end.
Time again to check in and see what everyone has been reading for the last couple of weeks. On my end, I have been sort of chugging along at a slow pace. My quest to get caught up on the character guides meant that I did a re-read of Thea Harrison‘s Midnight Kiss. This one is a stand-out for me, and is probably one of my favorite books in the whole series. I am usually notoriously fickle when it comes to the female leads of my books, but I thought Melly wasn’t a superhero chick, but she was fun and ingenious and really relatable. And I also remembered to check out Pia Does Hollywood, which is the second in a trilogy of novellas focusing on Dragos, Pia, and Liam. While the first in the trilogy is pretty much a must-read (there are quite a few new developments), this one isn’t. Not saying it was bad, but it doesn’t add a ton to the overall storyline.
Oh, and I also did a re-read of Deceptions from Kelley Armstrong. I am loving the Cainsville books, and this is one of the rare (like bigfoot rare) quasi-love triangles that doesn’t make me want to punch myself in the face. The only other one I can think of is Will/Tessa/Jem from Cassandra Clare‘s The Infernal Devices. What they both have in common for me is that there is no clear cut winner or loser. Not like an Edward/Bella/Jacob situation where you know damn well who she is ending up with and the third character ends up as little more than a plot device. Ok, I got off track – love me some Cainsville. There.
I have been less successful in my finishing up series plans. I am half way through Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s final Lux book, Opposition (well, final if you don’t count the upcoming alternate POV addition, Oblivion). I think the problem is that I really should’ve done a refresher on the previous books, because honestly, I was lost for a while. I did get back into the swing of things, but it isn’t quite grabbing me like I thought it would.
What great books did you read (or re-read) this week? Anything deserving of a special shout-out?
I have been holding a few of these back for a while now, waiting to get enough to make a decent post. Let’s start with one that will be out really, really soon. Or rather, out again. A few of Ilona Andrews previous novellas are being re-released in e-format, and Magic Gifts is due out on December 1st.
And for something new from something old, Jeaniene Frost is releasing a companion book to her Night Huntress series called Outtakes From the Grave. It is a collection of deleted scenes, alternate versions, and commentary from the Cat and Bones world. This one is due out this December 22nd.
Next up is Shadowed Blade, which is the fifth book in the Colbana Files from J.C. Daniels. It is due out on March 16th.
Oh, this was a surprise. I have been wondering what was up next for Lara Adrian‘s Midnight Breed series, since there hasn’t been much news on that front lately. It looks like the next release will be called Defy the Dawn, and it is looking tentatively like a June release. Even though I don’t follow this series anymore, I am still impressed that the change to self-publishing didn’t mean a change in cover design.
Terry Spear‘s Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply, which is part of her Silver Town Wolf series, was originally called She-Wolf Leader of the Pack. It is due out on May 3rd.
These last two are young adult. Soldier is the third book in Julie Kagawa‘s Talon series, and it is due out on April 26th.
And wrapping things up for this post is The Crown, which is the fifth book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Look for it on May 3rd.
So, that is it for today. Are any of these on your wish list?
I so didn’t even know that this was a thing. I quite enjoyed Snow White and the Huntsman when it came out a couple of years ago, and I had heard rumors that there might be a Kristen Stewart-less sequel in the works, but I had no clue that it was already filmed and has a release date of April 2016. It looks like this one will be just as beautiful to look at as the first one, too.
I snicker as I type this, but is anyone really going to miss Kristen Stewart? She wasn’t bad in the first one, honestly, but she didn’t really stand out, either. For me, she was just sort of…there. I liked everything and everyone else more. So, who will be checking this one out?
There is only one new series starting up this week, and it comes to us from author Donna Grant. The first book of the Reaper series is called Dark Alpha’s Claim, and it is being released in e-format.
There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you…
My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death’s bidding. I’ve seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I’ve never wanted a woman-never mind a human-so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she’s yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.
Donna Grant is one prolific author. At this point, I don’t even know how many series she has on the go.
Sigh. I truly don’t mean to start every second post whining about something that I forgot to do, but dammit I so meant to do a pick of the week post for this one and, well, didn’t. Anyways, it might be a bit late but it still counts, since not only is it my pick of the week, but my pick of the month (and then some).
One of my very favorite young adult series is wrapping up, and I have been looking forward to this last book all year. Winter is the final book in Marissa Meyer‘s Lunar Chronicles series, which on the surface sounds…well, just plain strange. Cyborgs and moon people and werewolves, but I loved it. The whole series was fun and different and really well done, intertwining the fairy-tale stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. I would love to see this one go on for a few more books, but I guess I will have to content myself with next years short story collection, Stars Above.
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
Are there any other Lunar Chronicle fans out there? Which fairy tale stories do you think could’ve been added to this world? There is always Beauty and the Beast or Sleeping Beauty, both of which could fit, but I have to admit I am sadly ignorant about fairy tales.