Reading Wrap Up

origin in deathI have been steadily chugging though some pretty great books the last few days – some of which I liked more than I expected to, honestly. After a bit of a break, I got back into J.D. Robb‘s In Death series, picking up book #21, Origin in Death. It has been well over a month since I read the last one, and I missed it (which sounds weird, but there it is). This was another great installment, but at this point I expect nothing less.

blood furyNext up was Blood Fury from J.R. Ward. I was on the meh side of things heading into this one, but it was a very pleasant surprise. I ended up really liking both story lines (and all four main characters, which is rare). Wrath stole every scene he was in, there was enough Rhage to make me happy, no Layla (yes!) and only had to suffer through a glimpse of Qhuinn (I have not forgiven that turd yet, and may never. Bastard). This one was a winner for me all the way around.

ritualsAnd on the re-read front, I am about half-way through Rituals, the final full Cainsville book from Kelley Armstrong. I loved this series with an undying, unexplainable passion, so having it wrap up is bittersweet. On one hand, it was great to get to the Olivia and Gabriel coupledom, but on the other hand, who likes to say goodbye to a favorite? It is a great end to a great series, though, and I am loving the re-read even more than the original.

There you have it. What have you been reading lately? Any big winners (or losers) to share? How do the Black Dagger Legacy books stack up to the Brotherhood stories for you?

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7 thoughts on “Reading Wrap Up

  1. julianabarth says:

    God that asshole quihn is such a trigger to me! He was abusive, violent and sexist to a scary degree with Layla. Not ever forgiving him, and still mad at Ward for it. Not ok at all.

    • kaleigha says:

      And it is worse since I liked him and felt somewhat sorry for him before that. It seemed like a totally different character, and came completely out of left field. Not sure he can ever be brought back from Assholelandia, either.

  2. Lidy says:

    Blood Fury was a total surprise. The spin-off is better than the main series IMO. I was sorry for Qhuinn over how his family treated him, but even before the revolting BS in The Chosen, he was a sexist little pig (when he’s interrogating Blay and boasting about sleeping with the vampire who fed him during his transition, for example), so that he’d snap like that wasn’t really surprising. With the way he beat Lash to a pulp (which was deserved), his reaction was true to the character… doesn’t make it any less disgusting, though.

    I’m glad there was more of Blay in the book, just because I like him so. Ruhn and Saxton were exactly as I thought they’d be (with Ruhn’s background leaving me wide-eyed and sorry for him). I missed more of Bitty, but when Rhage said he thought of Ruhn as his son, I almost cried.

    Novo was great. I hate her sister! Payton was… okay, too. I mean, he isn’t like a character I was looking forward to having his story told, but he did well. Is it me or he didn’t bond with Novo? I can’t remember it, or if any of the other couples did. But that’s fine, too. The thing with that vampire (Ramona?) felt like it was the setup of her book, probably with that other trainee named Boone.

    Now to Assail and Sola.

    • kaleigha says:

      Yes, I think I am heading towards liking the spin-off a bit more, too. Kinda weird, but I am getting on the train. I always like Qhuinn, even though he did some douchey crap, but he hurt himself more than anyone else (and I felt bad for him, too). That judgmental, arrogant, superior acting jerk was something else, though. Especially how he turned on Lyric, that bugged me. A lot.

      Novo was great. I didn’t really register her before, and what I did see I thought of as a Xhex wannabe, but I ended up really enjoying her. And the bridal stuff was hilarious. Now that you mention it, I don’t remember if they bonded or not. Saxton and Ruhn did for sure, but I don’t think Peyton and Novo did. Interesting.

  3. deborahkehoe says:

    I spent the entire series willing Olivia and Gabriel to get together! I’ve listened to the first three as audiobooks and read the last two because the audiobooks hadn’t co e out and I was eager to get to the stories. I think I’ll see if they are out yet. It was such a great series!

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