My vacation continues, and I am within reach of my goal of getting all of the character guides up to date, along with tackling a chunk of my TBR pile. Yay me. I did get some reading done as well, including wrapping up another series. I am officially up to date on all of my Jennifer L. Armentrout series, since I read the last two books of her Dark Elements series, Stone Cold Touch and Every Last Breath. I have to admit, I wasn’t that excited to pick them back up, for a couple of reasons. One, I am on a bit of an iffy relationship status with young adult lately, but I am not sure why. I have been reading them, but it has been more of a “get through it and on to something else” phase, which is weird. Also? Love triangle. Enough said.
Anyways, I ended up liking them. They had the same tone and vibe as Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other series, which is usually fun, and they were quite a fast read. Plus, the whole demons and gargoyles thing was different. The love triangle wasn’t really that bad, since you could tell who she was ending up with by the end of the second book, so you didn’t have too much angsty crap messing things up. Still, all triangles should be banned on punishment of death. I am still trying to wrap up a lot of the young adult series I have on the go, but I don’t find myself interested in any new ones (except for the Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare, which is a given). I think I am just moving away from them.
Oh, and I got my copy of The Dirt on Ninth Grave from Darynda Jones (and the guide is updated, too), which was great. Loved the change of pace while still keeping most of the old gang around. It didn’t end with the bang of a cliffhanger that the last one did (thank God), but there are some big things coming. One of the things that I enjoyed most about this one was that the humor was on point – Charley didn’t stray too far into stupidlandia, which has happened a time or two in the past. She still got herself in trouble, she is Charley after all, but it wasn’t over the top. I like that balance.
And, as I have bored everyone with already, I am almost finished Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. It is a pleasant change of pace, since I can honestly say I haven’t done a sci-fi procedural before. It was a fine read up until Eve and Roarke became EVE AND ROARKE, and then things really grabbed my attention. Even though this book is a couple of decades old, I am starting to see why Roarke is still on fans’ radar as one of their favorites. That was definitely a surprise. I did snicker a bit when he pulled out a cigarette, which made me realize that it was so a 90’s book (and when I realized that he was ONLY worth 3 billion). I have the second book on Mount TBR, but of course I had to order the UK version. Of course. I don’t see myself pulling a 10 book marathon read of this series, but I could see me managing to read most of them by the end of the year (or at least a pretty good chunk of them).
Your turn. What did you read and love this week? Did you finish off anything, or try something new?