It has been a while since I have done one of these posts, mostly because I found I didn’t have much to say. A good portion of my reading was re-reading books to get caught up on the character guides, like finishing off the Drake Sisters series, for example. I have to say, I really enjoyed diving back into that world, and I was surprised by how many links to the more recent Sisters of the Heart series I had forgotten. I have a theory that somehow Jackson Deveau’s biker gang past will somehow tie into the whole Evan Shackler-Gratsos scumbag situation, for example. It will be interesting to see how Christine Feehan will expand the world past the current series, since the current one will be wrapping up in the next couple of books.
I am also still trying to work my way through the Jane Yellowrock series from Faith Hunter. It is still giving me a bit of grief, and I still can’t tell you why. The only thing I can think of is that there is no strictly defined love interest (as of Raven Cursed, that is), and it is throwing me off. It has everything else I like in a series, but I have to force myself to pick up the books and I struggle to keep interested for the first 2/3’s, but I usually breeze through the action-packed endings. Even so, I am determined to keep at it.
Brighter Than the Sun was a surprise. I liked it, but I was for some reason surprised by just how dark it was. Any Charley Davidson fans of course know that Reyes had a brutal childhood, but to see it played out was hard and caught me a bit off guard. I guess that I am so used to Darynda Jones writing Charley with snark and humor that I assumed Reyes would be written the same way. He wasn’t, and he shouldn’t have been, because that just isn’t him. You don’t need to read this novella to keep up with the series, but it was a great way to see what makes Reyes tick.
Finally, I pulled a Rick Riordan mini-marathon and read his Kane Chronicles trilogy. It was…ok. It didn’t engage me like either the Percy Jackson books or the Heroes of Olympus series, but it was still a decent read. As of right now, I am almost half way through the new Magnus Chase series, too. I did decide to maybe drop the kiddie books, though. Young adult is one thing, but I think that the middle grade stuff is pushing it.
What did you read and love recently? Any standouts, either good or bad?