Friday, July 16, 2010

Books 23-33

Hmmm ... so I guess I've only done 3 book posts so far this year.  I am seriously, sadly, off of my game.  Still managing to fit in most of what I want, and even find some new authors, but there's a lot that I keep putting off as well.  Here's what I've been reading the past couple of months:

Full Moon City#23
Urban Fantasy

This anthology featured short stories by: Lisa Tuttle, Gene Wolf, Carrie Vaughn, Esther M. Friesner, Tanith Lee, Holly Phillips, Mike Resnick, P.D. Cacek, Holly Black, Ian Watson, Ron Goulart, Darrell Schweitzer, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Gregory Frost, & Peter S Beagle.

All of the stories were about werewolves, which obviously is awesome, but I really did enjoy every story, which is a little rare for an anthology with this many stories & authors, several of which I was reading for the first time.

Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10)#24
Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse Book 10
Urban Fantasy

Well, I think a lot of people know who Sookie is even if you don't read the books, with the HBO TV show True Blood based off of this series.  I even saw some fake True Blood when I stopped in Hot Topic today!  LOL the flavor was Blood Orange XD.  This particular book was kind of slow, I felt like they were kind of tying up a lot of loose ends, but not a whole lot actually happened (although a lot of what did happen was at odds with the changes the TV show is making ... but that's a whole other discussion).

Heat of the Night (Berkley Sensation)#25
Emma Holly
Fitz Claire Chronicles Books 3 &4
Historical Paranormal Romance

This was an omnibus edition of the 3rd & 4th books, although really neither is very long so the 2 of them together was about normal book length.  I like the vampires in this world because they almost do double-duty as werewolves also, since they're shapeshifters.

Raven's Strike (The Raven Duology, Book 2)#26
Patricia Briggs
Raven Book 2
High Fantasy

It had been quite a while since I read the first book in this series (it's only a duology), but it was easy to fall right back into this world; so much so, that I wondered why it had taken me so long to get around to reading this one.  I love Patricia Briggs' Mercedes Thompson series, so when I have time I have been going back for some of her older fantasy series like this one.

Bullet (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)#27
Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake,Vampire Hunter Book 19
Paranormal Romance

It was good to have a full-length book after the "bonus" novella that she put out a few months ago.  Richard was the real surprise in this book (you'll know what I mean if you read the series) because he actually managed to not be as asshole the entire book.

Claimed by the Wolf: A Shadow Guardians Novel#28
Charlene Teglia
Shadow Guardians Book 1
Paranormal Romance

Well, this was a good story ... what there was of it.  A little thin on the plot would be putting it gently LOL.  Not that I mind a bit of sexy fluff every now & then =)

Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1)#29
Karen Marie Moning
Fever Book 1
Urban Fantasy

Bloodfever: The Fever Series (A Mackayla Lane Novel)#30
Karen Marie Moning
Fever Book 2
Urban Fantasy

Faefever: The Fever Series#31
Karen Marie Moning
Fever Book 3
Urban Fantasy

Karen Marie Moning
Fever Book 4
Urban Fantasy

OK, so I was obviously on a kick with this series.  I actually found it on the shelves when I didn't have anything on hold ready to pick up, and I was instantly hooked.  Hooked quicker than I can remember in a long time, and the 4th book ends on such a cliffhanger!  With the 5th (& final) not coming out until December =(  #3 is also quite the cliffhanger, but I was able to read the next one right away ... I am trying to distract myself with other books, but I keep wonder what's going to happen to Mac ...

Basic story line here is that MacKayla's sister is killed while she's studying abroad in Dublin, and Mac goes over with the intention to try & bring her killer to justice.  And that's when everything goes ... more than a little off.  She discovers that she is a sidhe-seer, able to see through the glamour to the fae hiding beneath.  Able to see them infiltrating human society & in many cases carelessly feeding from the human population.  Unable to find anyone she can trust, she's left to choose the lesser evil & just try to survive, while mastering her powers & trying to save the world from a threat they don't know exists, and are powerless to defend themselves against.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga)#33
Stephenie Meyere
"An Eclipse Novella"
Urban Fantasy

If you're a "Twihard," you probably already know about this & may even have read it.  I got it about a week prior to the movie coming out, so Mom & I were both able to read it before we went, and it's an interesting, if brief, look at what it was like to be a newborn vamp in Victoria's army.

Well, that's not quite caught up, but I think it's enough books for one post =)  What do you have a bookmark in at the moment?

Thanks for reading.



  1. I'm also trying to read more and the books you have here seem to exactly match what my taste has been for the last few months. I'm definitely going to check out a couple of these!

    I recently finished Dead in the Family too, and I have to say it was my least favorite of the series. This could be because it was supposed to be the last of the series but then another 3 more books were ordered. Hopefully more momentum comes out of the next book!

  2. The Fever Books sounds really interesting.

    I am reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia&Margareth Stohl at the moment and one of the old Charles de Lint-books, Greenmantle. I am reading one of the Morganville Vampire-stories too, Fade Out, but it didn't really hook me so I am letting it rest while reading other stories.

  3. I'm currently reading Confessions of a Shopaholic. :) I actually have a book blog as well as a nail polish blog, check it out if you're interested: (I'm really really really not trying to linkspam, so I hope you don't mind...)

  4. GET NAILED - That's interesting, I didn't know that it was supposed to be the last book ... I can see how that could throw off the continuity a little.

    SMINKAN - They were addicting =) I haven't heard of the ones you're reading but might have to check them out if I ever get caught up on my own list!

    ZARA - I have heard of that one, but only I think because of the movie LOL! I don't mind at all including links when it has something to do with the conversation =)

  5. Beautiful Creatures is the first one in a coming series. It was really good! I recomend you check it out!
    I too have a lot of reading to catch up on. It is great in a way having a lot of books to look forward to!

  6. SMINKAN - I do like having a lot to look forward to, but sometimes it's overwhelming LOL.

  7. Karen Moning's Fever series is hands-down my favorite. Three weeks EXACTLY until ShadowFever!!!


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