Well, in June i did an absurd amount of reading (you’ll see in a minute.) Also, I for one cannot believe it is already the end of June. This is my first year as a Teacher-Librarian, which means its the first year I have summers off!!!! But I didn’t expect the first month of the break to go quite so quickly. Humph!
Anyhoodles, figured I’d post a quick view of what I read this month so that it might act as a sort of recommendations “cheat sheet” for y’all. Unfortunately I just start blogging so I do not have full reviews for each one but a quick little summary works too, right? RIGHT? I know, I’m such a slacker. Here goes……..
This love will last or “Let’s Binge, baby!”
The books that I loved so much I had to binge them, and the rest of their series!
- Zilch. Nada. Nothing.
This month I failed to find my next binge-worthy series. Sigh. The Quest continues.
Its just a fling or “You’re fun but let’s be casual”
I didn’t love it or hate it. But I finished it. Undecided about reading any more.
- Priceless (Rilee Adamson #1) by Shannon Mayer – UF with hints at future romance.
- Rylee is mostly human but with a few “magical perks.” She lives in a world where the supernatural exists, but humans don’t know it. With a witch best friend and a pet werewolf on her side (and a hot FBI agent hot on her tail), Rylee uses her gifts to hunt for missing children. This case is taking everything she’s got, and bringing back memories from her dark past. Was it perfect? No. But it was much better than I anticipated. It does have the occasional grammatical issue or typo, though. But it does have some surprising gems of characters, an interesting heroine, a high-stakes plot, and chemistry between the main characters. The heroine’s “powers” are also unique and interesting. It reminds me a tiny bit of Mercy Thompson in that the heroine is mostly human (physically, heals the same, same life-span as a human) and that she actually has to train really hard to be able to go up against supernaturals. It has potential and is not a bad choice if you need something UF to read. But I don’t see it rocking your socks off or anything.
- Sovran’s Pawn (The Black Wing Chronicles #1) by J.C. Cassels – Sci-Fi space opera
- The link takes you to goodreads for a description. Its a tough one to describe so I’m going to skip that here. Its a Sci-Fi space opera that acted as a great palate cleanser for me. I haven’t been having luck finding a new UF or PNR series to binge so decided to try this for something different. It was good. Better than I expected actually. Its just a little shallow for me somehow. It has sci-fi, space travel, spies, gambling, romance (PG though), etc but it doesn’t really delve too deep into any of it. This is more of an easy read with interesting characters. I read it in one sitting and found that the ending indicated a really interesting direction for the next book so I think I’m going to have to try it.
- Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill – UF with romantic subplot
- Merit was just turned into a vampire (not her choice) and now must learn how to live and thrive among the complicated vampiric politics. This former grad student research will learn how to become a badass vampire protector (or die trying). This series has been on my TBR for a while so I gave it a try. I have to admit that the first book totally hooked me and I rushed for the next. The second book was also really good and I went for the third. Between 3-4 it lost its appeal for me. I’m not quite sure why. It definitely had to do with the Ethan storyline. Plus I’m getting sort of sick of the heroine of these UF stories being apparently irresistible to every supernatural man in their life. Its overdone and not thrilling. But I keep thinking about this series so I think I’m gonna give it another go, starting with book 5 and see. It doesn’t really compare to Mercy Thompson series or Night Huntress but it is pretty good. Maybe it improves after book 4?
- Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) by Faith Hunter – UF
- Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she’s been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps. This is the description from goodreads though I don’t think its accurate. As far as I can see, Jane can only shift into one thing, not any creature she desires. Maybe I’m wrong? This is the third time I’ve tried to read this book. I don’t know why, but it just doesn’t seem to grab me. I think the reason is that Jane doesn’t really have any relationships which makes the secondary characters not that interesting. The thing I love about Patty Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series is that she has such a great cast of secondary characters and Mercy’s relationships with them are so great. I just didn’t feel that here. I might try the second one though.
- Grave Witch by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #1) – UF with Romantic elements & subplot
- A witch who works with the police to catch murderers. I enjoyed this book, it reminds me a lot of Mercy Thompson’s world (fey and such). I read the book in one sitting, liked it, but for some reason felt no need to continue. I think it had to do with the lackluster male main characters and the obvious leaning toward a love triangle. But it was a decent read.
- Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) – UF, potential for romantic subplot later in series?
- I know, I know! Everyone absolutely RAVES about this series but it just isn’t doing it for me. I’ve tried twice to get into it and I just can’t seem to. This time I was able to finish it, at least. And it has potential, certainly. But it just failed to grab me the same way the Mercy Thompson & Night Huntress series did. I might give the next one a try though, since everyone seems to adore this series.
- First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)
- Part-time Private Investigator and full time Grim Reaper, this heroine sees dead people and solves crimes. I loved the main character, loved the writing style, enjoyed the mystery, but just felt no pull whatsoever regarding the love interest storyline. It was too immediate, insta-love/lust for me. I prefer a slower-build. The initial “sexual encounters” between the two skeeved me out a bit since she had no idea who it was. Not sure I’ll continue with this series, I really didn’t feel connected to the love interest storyline. Pooey. 😦
A bad first date, or “It’s not me, its you”
Those reads which I just could not finish or truly hated.
- The Mane Event (The Pride Series book 1) by Shelley Laurensten – PNR/Erotic
- This series came very highly recommended to me but I just couldn’t get into it. Shifters finding their eternal mates is a pretty standards PNR trope so that didn’t bother me, but I like for their to be a “meet and get to know” part of the story before either person decides they want to be together forever and ever. In this case it was just too insta-insta and way too much erotic dialogue, innuendoes, etc. Not to my taste right now. Maybe Ill try the series again sometime. The writing was well done though, so no issues with the author, I just wasn’t a fan about the content.
- Seven Years (The seven series #1) by Dannika Dark – PNR-ish?
- Sigh. I had such big hopes for this series because it has crazy -insane reviews. Really really good reviews. But it was poorly written. Really poorly written, in my opinion. It didn’t seem like a world or characters were really built, but rather the author was just spitting out half-formed thoughts and ideas for characters and a world. The Heroine is dull, the romance is completely lacking, and apparently everyone wants to rape the heroine all of a sudden. Its very strange. Not my cup of tea. It reads more like haphazard fan fiction rather than something written by an accomplished author. I’m puzzled by the high ratings for this series
LTRs or “Re-Reads”
My re-reads for the month of June and a bit of May
- I reread Kresley Coles’ Lothaire, Warlord wants forever, Shadow’s Claim, Dark Skye, Sweet Ruin, and Dark Desires after Dusk.
- I also reread Nalini Singh’s entire Psy-Changeling series.
- I re-read Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Touch, Burning Dawn, Beauty Awakened, Wicked Nights, After Dark, The Darkest Prison, The Darkest Torment, The Darkest Craving, the Darkest Secret, the Darkest Seduction