So, everybody. How is 2019 treating you so far? I have been on vacation since the first, and I am starting to get some of my usual time-off crap done, like cleaning and organizing. Not the most glamorous use of a vacation, but it makes me happy at the end. There is nothing I like more than purging a bunch of stuff that is just laying around getting in the way.
On the book front, I didn’t get rid of much – on the contrary, I have been adding a bit to the collection. I am only a couple of books away from finishing my Night Huntress Universe re-read for the character guide, and it has been going really, really well. When I originally started Jeaniene Frost‘s series, I liked it. I didn’t love it, but it stayed in the middle-of-the-road, solidly entertaining but not favorite category. I didn’t miss a release, but I didn’t do a countdown for the next book, either. Well, things changed.
With my re-reading marathon, I now love them. Love. I have gotten so involved with all parts of the world – Night Huntress, Prince, Rebel, Ian and Mencheres’s stories – that they have climbed up to favorite series status. There is something about doing a back-to-back read that just sucks me in and gets me so involved. I liked it enough to track down what I could in hardcover to add to my permanent collection, too – but the only downside is why oh why would the publisher make the change to hardcover on Vlad’s last book? Seriously? I could get it back at the first Night Prince book, but the fourth of four? That was weird. I still ordered it, along with Ian’s first book, but I would still love to see some of the earlier ones re-released in hardcover, too.
And while in the middle of my re-read, I took a break to read the newest Gena Showalter story, The Darkest Captive. And what I realized is that while Night Huntress went up my list, The Lords have gone down. I guess maybe tastes change, but I have a hard time enjoying her work lately. They aren’t bad, for sure, but the tone of them is rubbing me wrong. Like I said when I tried to finish Shadow and Ice, the constant puns and quips and snark got on my nerves. I like a good laugh, but one liner after one liner gets old, and I realized as well that every character of every book for the last little while sounds just like all the rest. The chicks all “preen” and “fluff their hair” (gag), the guys all grown then grovel. At this point, I am pretty much done – I will pick up William’s story just because, but then throw in the towel. I had originally planned to do a character guide for it at some point, but I just can’t see myself devoting a couple of months to re-reads – at least not the way I am feeling about it now.
And since I already sound completely unhinged, I would like to whine about Kresley Cole. I have seen a couple of times that she is releasing her next IAD book, Munro, in May. Of this year. As in in about 4 months. Yet there is no synopsis, cover, or preorder links. Is this going to an indie-publishing thing, too, because I haven’t seen a traditionally published major series hardcover book ever come out with so little prep-time? And since it will have been over two years since the last book at that point, too, things just seem weird to me. Eh, what do I know?
Have you had any series take a big climb – or fall – on your list of favorites recently? Have you heard anything about the IAD that I have missed?