First, I had no idea it had been so long since my last post. Weekends are busy here since we try to get a lot done on the house while Josh has a few days off. In the past week or so, I’ve finished a few more books and added a significant number more to my TBR pile!
And even though I don’t think anyone visiting my blog probably doesn’t already know this, I’m going to help out my friend, Jaci’s, agent Deidre Knight and send you to this warning on The Knight Agency Blog about someone impersonating her. Unbelievable.
And now, on to the books…
Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson– This book was one I got at RT, from the freebie room and I’ll admit it was doomed to languish on my TBR pile for awhile because other books kept moving to the top of the pile. But as it turns out, Alyssa was in search of this book so I decided to read it and pass it on to her. And boy, am I glad I did. This was a fun, fun book and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to fantasy lovers. It’s more along the lines of a chick lit fantasy, but doesn’t have any of the chick lit elements I find annoying. I don’t think it can qualify as a romance because that aspect is very light. But the story was quite unique and a breath of fresh air in a genre of paranormal/fantasy that can get stale at times.
Set in NYC and told from the perspective of Katie, a small town girl who thinks the things she sees are part of the NYC weirdness- not magic, this is the story of Katie’s introduction to the magic world and the important role she can play in it. It’s the first in what looks to be a series and my research shows that the next book is not due out until next May. I don’t really want to wait that long, do you suppose Ms. Swendson accepts bribes? I have chocolate…
Grade: B+ and recommended to both adults and young adults. Great fun read!
Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner – I’m wracking my brain trying to think of something to say about this book. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because I’m tired and I have brain block. I thought this book was just okay. I thought it had great promise and potential, but missed the mark somewhere. It didn’t hold any real zing for me. I know there are people out there who loved this book but I wasn’t one of them. Kate is a former Demon Hunter who’s been out of the business for about 10 years when she is pulled back in, against her will, and despite having to keep up appearances of being a “normal” mom with her husband and kids. Slightly predictable, in my opinion, there was no real mystery about who the “bad guy” is. Kenner does attempt misdirection a few times but she either never really intended it to be that surprising or she just plain missed. It ends in a somewhat unsatisfactory manner, I believe to compel readers to pick up the next one.
I think there are a lot of readers out there who will enjoy this book more than I did. Historically, I haven’t been a fan of Julie Kenner’s writing so this just may be a case of a bad reader/author fit.
Grade: C+ (it was middle of the road for me but the premise was interesting)
Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich – Okay, I’ll admit to being a fan of these books. I still remember the magic when I first discovered them. I took them on a summer vacation with me (I think there were seven or eight at the time) and spent the entire week reading them on the beach and laughing my ass off. I got a great tan and had a smile on my face for weeks. So, I continue to shell out hardcover price despite my vow not to and I think much of it has to do with my reluctance to give up the glow.
I still enjoyed the book and yes, Stephanie’s life continues to be chaotic and out of control and full of indecision about Joe and Ranger. The book does not read much differently than the one before it. And that’s just sad. When book number 10 came out, I remember thinking that Janet Evanovich has gotten stuck in a rut with these books and my opinion has not changed. In my mind, each book in a series should move the story forward in some way. I don’t feel that this one did that. Nor did the last one. Yeah, Stephanie changed jobs. Whoo-fricking-hoo. That’s it. I’m thinking it’s time to give readers some closure and have Stephanie actually move forward in life. Make some decisions. And yes, I’m talking about Joe vs. Ranger. But this series is clearly a money-making machine and I don’t forsee either JE or her publisher willingly giving that up any time soon. Too bad because as much as I love them, it’s painful to me to see the same book being basically recycled and I’d love it even more to be left with that satisfactory glow of completion and knowing my favorite characters are living their lives happily.
Grade: eh. This is hard because I liked it but wasn’t satisfied. C
Blue Blood: A Debutante Dropout Mystery by Susan McBride – Another book that’s been on my TBR pile but got moved to the top so I could pass it on. I started it, read about two chapters, and put it aside to be mailed. It’s a DNF for me. But I can’t say anything horribly bad about the book, it just didn’t capture my interest and I have too many books waiting to force myself to read something. I’m not sure whether this is a case of the book actually being bad or just a lack of connection for me. I have no recommendations concerning this book. Clearly I didn’t give it a 15 page test in the bookstore or I never would have bought it.
Next up: I have nothing to read because Shannon is holding two books she promised me hostage 😉 Okay, I’m not really out of things to read but I thought I’d give her crap anyhow (although, I’m not sure Shan actually reads my blog so I could probably say all sorts of stuff about her and she’d never know!)
Last, thanks to Alyssa for suggesting Kinja as a way to track my favorite blogs and when they were last updated. The ads are a fair trade-off for being able to track them for free! It’s nifty. Here’s the link to my page:
And one last question. For those of you who visit and read my blog, do you use any of the links that I include in the posts? I always wonder, because sometimes I spend just as much time hunting down links to the specific books and/or author websites and it would be nice to know if anyone actually uses them or if I should just forget it and worry more about getting the daggone blog done!