Picks of the Week

Pick of the Week

I must be in the winter blah’s because even my pick of the week can’t get me excited for some reason. Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken writes great books that are always good for a laugh, but for some reason I am having to talk myself into buying The Undoing, which is the second book in the Call of Crows series. Maybe I am finally breaking free of getting books because I “should”, and moving on to books I really want to read at that moment? That would be nice. Either way, The Undoing is my pick of the week.

the undoingSynopsis…

A risk worth taking…

No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life—considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.

But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind—ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.

Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!

I did like Call of Crows, but it didn’t grab me like either the Dragon Kin or the Pride series did. Have you tried this one yet? What did you think about the new series?


Reading Wrap Up

booksThings have been pretty quiet around here for the last few days, mostly because there just wasn’t a lot to mention. I figure this is as good a time as any to share what we all have been reading, since it has been almost a month since my last wrap up post.

To be honest, I haven’t seemed to be able to get much done these last couple of weeks. I did manage to read Midnight Marked from Chloe Neill, which is the second-to-last full book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. It took me longer to finish than I thought it would, though. I do enjoy the books, but they don’t quite grab me like I wish they would. I have no problem putting them down and leaving them for a couple of days, which I did quite a few times on this one. I guess what I am trying to spit out is that like the rest of the books in the series, it was a good read, but it didn’t wow me, either.

I have two new releases on the go as I type, and those are Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs, and Lady Midnight from Cassandra Clare. For some reason, I am not totally feeling Lady Midnight, though. Maybe it is because I am reading it for the character guide, so it is more a fact-finding mission than a leisurely read, but I am not involved with parts of it. It isn’t bad, at all, but I am not really connecting with Emma or her story, which sucks since she is the main character. But surprisingly, Julian is a stand-out, which I didn’t expect. I figured he would be second fiddle to Emma, but that isn’t the case at all. And his story-arc is quite compelling. I am still slogging along on this one, but it is slow going.

Fire Touched is another story. I am at the half-way point, and it is flying by. These stories are once a year treats, so I do try and savor them, but it is hard to not just devour them in one sitting. I find myself forgetting a few of the background characters, though, which is a little annoying. Definitely time for a re-read of the series.

And on the subjects of re-reads, I got a few more novellas done for the Dragon Kin series by G.A. Aiken, along with another crack at the second In Death book from J.D. Robb, all of which I liked just as much the second time around. To my eternal shame, I still haven’t read Marked in Flesh – I know, I know. Like I said, ashamed. But it will be up after I finish Fire Touched. Too many books, too little time.

What have you been reading? What was your take on some of the big releases of March?


Reading Wrap Up

booksWith another week about to fire up, let’s take a peek at what we all have been reading. I finished up the Deborah Blake Baba Yaga series with the third book, Wickedly Powerful. I liked this one as much as the first two, and I am glad I picked this series up. There is a spin-off coming featuring the Riders, So that could be interesting. The only downside for me is that I am not a huge fan of the, uh, situation that the heroine finds herself in. I don’t want to say what it is because of spoilers, but it is one of the book tropes that don’t really get me excited.

The only other stuff I got to was re-reads of the Dragon Kin series from G.A. Aiken. I am working on the guide for it now, and I decided to do a chronological reading order rather than publication order, and it seems to be working out well. The problem for me always was that I couldn’t remember who was who. Just no way could I keep everyone straight. But for some reason I turned a corner a couple of books back and things seem to be sticking a bit. It makes going back and checking out the early novellas a blast, since I now know who is connected to who. I missed so much the first time around not knowing anyone’s names, and that made me not enjoy the series as much as I should’ve. I have already managed to read the first three novellas and the first full book, Dragon Actually, and it is like a whole new world. They are a lot of fun.

So, that is it for me. Nothing much to brag about, I have to say. I did manage to not add to the tbr pile, so that is always a win, but I didn’t manage to get too many off the mountain, either. And with the juggernaut that March is shaping up to be, I won’t be too successful there, either. What have you been checking out lately? Anything worth passing on?


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).