Figured I should probably post about the books I read while I was offline before I forget about them (yes, that would happen). I’m happy with the amount read (eleven) considering it was done among moving and unpacking. At least half are books that I received from the book swap group that Sybil and Kristie started so, thanks!

The Challenge by Susan Kearney – A paranormal relese from Tor, this book was just so-so for me and the first Tor paranormal I haven’t been overly enthused with (I haven’t read them all yet but I still am glowing from reading Warprize. I wasn’t overly impressed with either the characterization or the plot and thought both were rather lacking and had holes. The premise was interesting but there were times when I wanted to give up on this book. Sadly, I think the cover blurb was the most riveting part of the book. No, the book wasn’t awful, it was just… lacking. Here’s the blurb:

A hunk named Kahn, who told Secret Service agent Tessa Camen an outlandish story about traveling through time, saving the world, and a Challenge only she can accept. Kahn offers her proof she can’t refute: Tessa has been brought forward through time to save Earth by winning an intergalactic challenge.

Kahn only has a few weeks to train Tessa to use the psi-abilities he insists she has. He is confident in the success of a time-honored method that uses sexual frustration to bring out her powers, but Tessa is dubious. She’s a martial arts expert and can fight her way through anything, but she’s never had much luck with emotions.

Luckily for Earth, Kahn can be very convincing…

Grade:D

The sequel to this book, The Dare was released from Tor this month and I have been assured by someone whose opinion I trust, that it is much better than The Challenge so I’ll probably give it a try.

Interesting side note, when I went to Amazon to grab the link for The Challenge, I noticed the price was only $2.80 so grab it now if you’re interested!

Crimson City by Liz Maverick – This book was highly anticipated and had some good hype going for it. I did not love it. To be honest, I didn’t even like it very much. As with The Challenge, the premise is fantastic and held great promise. But the characters fell sadly flat for me, I felt the plot was predictable and rather…sluggish. I love a good vampire story but this was not it. I didn’t find myself rooting for the characters or even much caring how things turned out- since I knew how they were going to go. This was probably the most disappointing read of the past few weeks for me because I was sooo hoping for something more.

Grade: D

I will be searching out the next installment by Marjorie M. Liu, A Taste of Crimson because her debut novel, Tiger Eye was phenomenal and because she did a very nice thing for a friend of mine and kindness like that deserves to be rewarded with book sales 😉

The Veil of the Night by Lydia Joyce – I haven’t been reading many historicals lately but several things compelled me to pick this one up. One, I belong to several groups that the author belongs to and I remember when she sold this book, her debut novel. Two, I really like the cover LOL. Isn’t that shallow of me? That said, I liked the book for the fact that the characters weren’t perfect and beautiful and things weren’t necessarily tied into a neat bow. They were real and while there was a HEA, it wasn’t unrealistic or contrived. It just was. The source of the hero’s angst was an interesting and unusual twist and I appreciated the author using something different- not the same old plot device. He had a valid reason for the way he was. I did find their proclimations of love slightly contrived, I felt there could have been more to the story, but overall, I enjoyed it.

Grade: B-

The Butler Did It by Kasey Michaels. The second of three historicals that I read in the past couple weeks. Unusual in that I don’t think I’ve read but one other historical since the beginning of the year. And I don’t think I finished it. Kasey Michaels is a hit or a miss with me. I haven’t cared for her recent contemporaries and was leary of this one but it got some nice reviews so I gave it a try. Ummm… I don’t have overly glowing things to say about this book either. It was cute, I might have giggled a few times, it was light and fluffy and there wasn’t much of substance to it. Ermm… yeah. It made an impact, eh? Gee, what a great review this is LOL. It was just okay, it didn’t majorly suck, and if you’ve liked her previous books you’ll probably enjoy this one.

Grade: C

Okay, I only did four for tonight, but the power went out so I was interupted. Plus, we’re under a tornado watch so I keep stopping to watch the weather, and I had to nurse the baby. I’ll do the rest tomorrow!

I Do (But I don’t) by Cara Lockwood
Lethal by Shari Shattuck
The Good, The Bad, and The Undead by Kim Harrison
An Angel in Stone by Peggy Nicholson (Bombshell)
Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister
You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister
The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale

Currently Reading: In My Dreams by Monica Jackson

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