Review

Reading Wrap Up

Note to self – start doing this post on a book-by-book basis, then post it later, since maybe you would then be able to remember what in the blue hell you actually read – and what you thought of it.

Other note to self – quit whining.

american-english-idioms-book-with-wordsAhem. Now that that is out of the way, it is time to talk what we have all been reading. A while back, my very first Spotlight Wednesday post featured author Julie McElwain‘s A Murder in Time. I was very kindly sent a copy of this book, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is a time-travel police procedural where FBI profiler Kendra ends up mysteriously being sent back to 1815…and the hunting ground of a serial killer. Like I said, I liked this one. The only thing is that while it had romantic foreshadowing, there isn’t really a romance here. Now, if there is a sequel, then things should get kicked up a notch. And speaking of sequel, while there isn’t a cliffhanger ending, it would be logical for another book to follow. And I will be picking it up if there is.

What else? Hm, I got the latest Jennifer Ashley Shifters Unbound book, White Tiger. It was another solid entry in the series, but man, I am so mixing up characters. Broderick? Roderick? Ellison? And don’t get me started on the females. They are a complete blur. I am clear on Tiger. And Dylan. And now Zander. The rest are getting muddled together something awful. But even with that, I still enjoyed this one.

Oh, and the first couple of Southern Witch books from Kimberly Frost also were quickly devoured. I admit, I was totally suckered in by the covers, but I ended up enjoying them a lot in spite of a dreaded love-triangle. Well, sort of triangle. That would make me nuts usually, but here I didn’t mind at all. And there is quite a bit of humor, too, which was a treat. Can’t wait for the next one.

I know there were more, but honestly I just can’t remember. What have you been reading and loving lately? Anything new, or a great re-read to share?

Review

Reading Wrap Up

booksI figured it was time for a reading wrap up post…but then I realized that I didn’t really remember much I had read since the last time. I got caught up on the Jennifer Ashley Shifters Unbound novellas I had been behind, and I also read a couple of Alexandra Ivy e-books from her Dragons of Eternity series. I am part way through The Beast by J.R. Ward (which is great so far, but not finished yet), but I dropped that one to read the Allegiance of Honor ARC from Nalini Singh (of course).

So, I thought maybe I could give a few small, completely spoiler free thoughts Allegiance of Honor. When I first heard that there was to be an ensemble book, I was excited but a bit hesitant. The cast of characters in the Psy/Changeling world is huge, and to see all or even most of the previous couples in one story could easily have become chaotic and overcrowded, or sheer volume of people could’ve come at the cost of a cohesive plot. Of course, since it is a Nalini Singh book, none of that happens. Everything is flowing along, no one feels like they are just “thrown in” to make an appearance, and there are a couple of very strong storylines. If I had to pick a main couple, I would say it is Lucas and Sascha, but all of the couples from previous books and novellas have their time, too. I was especially happy to see Max Shannon and Devraj Santos again, because they haven’t really been seen much since their stories.

Even with everything going on, Nalini also seemingly has begun to plant some seeds for future books, as well. Two characters who seem to be poised for their own stories are Silver Mercant and Pax Marshall. Both of them have small roles in Allegiance of Honor, but both of them stood out for me and made me very interested in the role they will play in a post-Silence world.

Ok, that wraps things up for me. What have you been reading the last couple of weeks? Any surprisingly good stories, or are you in a dry spell?

Picks of the Week

Pick of the Week

This post should’ve been up yesterday, but better late than never. My pick for this week comes from Jennifer Ashley and her Shifters Unbound series. This one is a solid middle of the pack series for me – not one I count down the days until the next release for, but one I always enjoy when I do read them. The unfortunate thing is that I am starting to get mixed up on some of the characters…and which shifter is from which shiftertown. It is time for me to pull a bit of a refresher, I think, before I finally dive into White Tiger.

white tigerSynopsis…

Wanted and on the run…

For twenty years, Kendrick, a white tiger Shifter, has been the Guardian of un-Collared Shifters who spend their lives living in secret—and in fear of being shunted into Shiftertowns. When Kendrick’s group is discovered and forced to flee, Kendrick is more desperate than ever to protect them
 
His only salvation was in a beautiful stranger.

In a diner in the middle of nowhere, lonely waitress Addison Price has seen a lot of unusual drifters come and go, but none has ever captivated—and intimidated—her like the imposing fugitive who wields a broadsword with incredible skill. But when he risks all to protect her, Addison’s fear turns to empathy—and empathy to desire as she learns more about her savior. Soon she’s more than willing to help the crushingly sensual white tiger and his cubs in a passionate bid for freedom. Whatever the cost.

Any other Shifter Unbound fans? Who likes the Stormwalker series she writes under the name Allyson James?