Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I read this (February)

Apparently, I read a lot of romances in February. I swear this had nothing to do with Valentine's Day. REALLY, I hate Valentine's Day.

Scoundrel, Book 2 of The Blades of the Rose by Zoe Archer : Meh, it was entertaining but it took 3 weeks to finish. The writing is good and the story is interesting but I didn't care about any of the characters. So what's going on here? I have no idea. I probably won't get to the next 2 books for a long time. (Paranormal Romance? Magical Wangs?)

Lion's Blood by Steven Barnes: Crazy like whoa. Alternate American history with white slaves and black masters. Definitely readable. There's a follow-up to this, but I'm not sure if I'll read it, the first book ended well. (Speculative Fiction)

Here Comes the Groom by Karina Bliss, Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare, Beyond Eden by Catherine Coulter, The Accidental Wedding by Anne Gracie, Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn, Castles in the Air by Christina Dodd, and The Spy by Celeste Bradley: I barely remember any of these, except for the Coulter. Stay far away from that one. (Romance)

In the Country of the Young by Lisa Carey: Yes, this was very nice. Weird and magical and sexy. (Paranormal Fiction? Help me)

Don't Tempt Me, Lord of Scoundrels, and The Last Hellion by Loretta Chase: No, yes, and yes. The first is unbelievable, the second is awesome, and the third is also awesome (not many people agree with me about that last one, but we aren't asking them). I would recommend all 3 just because Loretta Chase is made of win, but I couldn't get past the background situation in Don't Tempt Me. (Romance)

Anyone But You, Welcome to Temptation, and Trust Me on This by Jennifer Crusie: OHGODYES, yes and meh. The first is Crusie perfection, a little fluffy, funny, romantic, has a weird pet, and hot sex (not with the pet because, gross). The second has all the classic Crusie markers, but it's a little more serious than her work usually is. It's definitely good but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The last is REALLY fluffy and just a little too slapstick for my tastes. (Romance, yay boners)

Crazy for Love and Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl and Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis: Yep. Entertaining, hot sexy-sex, and over before you know it. I may have finished the 2 Dahl's on the same day. No, I do not leave my house, ever. (Romance)

Roselynde by Roberta Gellis: Umm, yes but it's a serious slog. It's almost 600 pages long, based around some actual historical events but with a fictional love story thrown in. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I did enjoy it enough to be mostly interested in the six (yes, SIX) follow ups. I think. (Historical Fiction)

The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale, Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught, Wild Bells to the Wild Sky by Laurie McBain, Stranger in My Arms by Lisa Kleypas, and This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland: Oh yes. All these are good examples of romance done right. (Romance, I just said that)

Eyes Like Stars, Act I of Theatre Illuminata by Lisa Mantchev: Read this twice. And then go read the second one. And then pre-order the third one. That's what I did. (YA Fantasy)

Dreadnought, Book 2 of The Clockwork Century by Cherie Priest: First read Boneshaker. Then read this one. It's more steampunk, less zombie, all good. (Sci-fi)

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott: I have no idea if you should read this. I'm not sorry I did, but it was really tough. (YA Fiction)

The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw: Maybe. It is REALLY strange. There is a bunch of weird shit going on in this book and nothing is explained or resolved. I enjoyed reading it but I had no idea what was going on, at any point, ever. (Literary Fiction)

Burning Up by Meljean Brook, et al.: It's an anthology and I only picked it up because of the Meljean Brook story. "Here There Be Monsters" is actually the first story set in the Iron Seas, the universe that is the setting of The Iron Duke. There are 4 stories in this collection, I only finished 2 and the Brook story was the only one worth the effort. (Paranormal Romance)

Okay, that's it. Yes, I have friends.

1 comment:

  1. Good god. Where do you get the time? You are magical. Like a unicorn.

    I've been trying to get through Boneshaker for a month. Honestly. I want to care, but like, don't. Not really. I only keep going so I can find out if the crazy doctor is Leviticus Blue.

    OH! Wait. No. I re-read The World On Blood. Which remains absolutely absurd and amazing.