Mucho Reading

I’ve been reading a lot the last month. I’m up to a total of 26 books out of my goal of 150 for the year. I know I’ll have no problem meeting that goal, not with the frequency I’ve been ordering books lately!

I re-read Skinny Bitch. Yeah, I just read it six months ago, but reading it again reconfirmed my choice not to eat meat. Not that I’m saying it’s like the Bible or anything, but it just strengthened my resolve. Now if I could just get people to stop asking me “Don’t you miss meat?”

I finished the Star Wars Dark Nest trilogy with The Unseen Queen and The Swarm War, by Troy Denning. Both decent books. The Star Wars world always entertains me, so that was enjoyable.

Next up was Kitty and the Silver Bullet, by Carrie Vaughn. I enjoy this series. Kitty is a good character, and she’s grown a lot through the series, getting stronger with every book. I was glad to see her develop even further in this one.

I’d heard a lot about The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory. Now, I was more or less familiar with the story of Anne Boleyn, but this book was a whole other take on that story. I’ve always felt sorry for Anne in the past. In this case…not so much. I didn’t like her at all. Her sister Mary was a great character, and I read this really fast to find out what happened to her (Not to Anne. I knew what was going on with that.)

Then I read The Darkest Evening of the Year, by Dean Koontz. I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, and finally got around to it. It was good. Not as good as his Odd Thomas books or the ones about Chris Snow (Seize the Night, Fear Nothing), but good. You can always count on Koontz to tell stories that could happen, but with a twist of something just a little bit harder to believe thrown in.

I also read three books by Sunny, Mona Lisa Blossoming, Mona Lisa Craving, and Lucinda, Darkly. I like her writing, although it inevitably brings to mind the Anita Blake books. Sunny’s premise is quite a bit different, with the Monere. I like the fact that they’re from the moon originally, and there’s a lot of original ideas in her stories. I actually liked the Lucinda, Darkly book even more than the Mona Lisa books. It’s about Lucinda, sister to Halcyon of the other books, and she’s quite an interesting character, with a lot of conflict in her life.

I’ve read the first two books in Lilith Saintcrow’s Dante Valentine series, so I was looking forward to reading The Devil’s Right Hand. I think I need to go back and re-read the first two, though, because I don’t remember them being quite so…futuristic/sci-fi. Actually, I don’t remember that at all. This kept distracting me from the story, which I liked a lot. Dante’s such a strong character, but she’s so insecure sometimes that I want to scream. And who wouldn’t want to be all kick-butt like her? She’s great. That’s why I don’t understand the insecurity, even though it makes her a very realistic character.

On my best friend’s recommendation I read Nighthawk, by Kristen Kyle. She said it was “Pretty good, for a romance.” Um, there’s a reason I don’t read straight romance any more. Not that this was a bad book. But I wasn’t expecting it be a space romance, and similarities to the original Star Wars movies kept rearing their heads at me. A little distracting, that.

Last, but definitely not least: Chosen, by P.C. and Kristen Cast. I love these books. Love, love, love. The premise is great. I mean, a vampire finishing school? Excellent idea (Why can’t I think of these things? Why?). The tattoos that appear on the fledglings and vampires are cool. Then you’ve got the conflict between Zoey, the MC, and the High Priestess (who’s really evil), her dead best friend, and her numerous boyfriends (one human, one a fledgling, one a grown vamp). Throw in her horrible family, her conflict with the ex-Priestess-in-Training (and hag) Aphrodite, and the fact that someone’s murdering adult vamps, and you’ve got a great, fast-moving read. I read this in like two hours. I started to do some other things, knew I wouldn’t accomplish anything as long as the book was waiting for me, and sat down and read the entire thing. Now I have to wait until fall for the next one!

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