Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hilcia's Weekly Reads

I didn't manage to get much reading done this week or last week. All my plans went down the drain when "real life" took over. A planned, long awaited four day weekend and lots of preparations -- good things!

I fell behind on my M/M Reading Challenge and the rest of my reading schedule. I didn't even get to read The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie as I planned, but I know I'll get back to all of it next week with a bang.

I did manage to start Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready, the second book in her Urban Fantasy series. A follow-up to Wicked Game, this is a book that I've been looking forward to reading for a while. Let's see what Ciara, Shane and the WVMP's DJs have to offer this time. I like what Smith-Ready is doing with her vamps and her heroine, let's hope she continues in the same vein.

I also started Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian, her latest in the Midnight Breed Series and Andreas Reichien's story. This is not a consistent series for me--I like some books more than others--but I enjoyed the last book Veil of Midnight and am really curious about this character. Let's see where Adrian takes us.

Of course, not reading doesn't mean I didn't go shopping. I picked up a few books I've had in my "to buy" list for a while, Moonstruck by Susan Grant, a sci-fi/futuristic romance--love those. I also picked up the first three books in the YA series Percy and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I don't usually read YA, but decided to read this series based on the mythology and of course on the first chapter's title "How I Accidentally Vaporized My Algebra Teacher," just kidding. This series had some excellent reviews and the fifth and last book was just released, so I'll be enjoying some youthful magic soon.

Before last week I was luckier and had more time for reading. I finished one paranormal/erotica/sci-fi romance, one paranormal romance and two contemporary romances. I enjoyed some more than others, but didn't hit any bummers-- not something that happens often, but I'll take it.

I started by reading Guardian: Time Hunters by Angela Knight. This is the second book in the Time Hunter series and I would say better than the first installment. Stories of Warlords and Warfems that come from the future and are allowed to time travel to our present, or to our past. Time Enforcers fighting a secret war against their enemy, the Xerans. In the process, while traveling through time, couples meet and fall in lust and in love. This is an erotic book and there are more than a few steamy, erotic scenes, Angela Knight style. I certainly had a good time reading this one... a fast, light read for me.

I continued my week by picking up a paranormal romance.Virginia Kantra's, Sea Witch was a wonderful surprise. I liked the way she used selkies as part of her paranormal world instead of vampires or werewolves, it made for a refreshing change. Caleb, a human, came off as a real hero on this one and that was also refreshing. But the paranormal aspect of this book, although very interesting and well done, was not my favorite part. No, it was definitely the romance which turned out to be both tender and passionate. My impressions of this one? Well done paranormal with the main focus staying on the Romance and the central characters. This was a book I had on my TBR pile for quite a while on Brie's recommendation--a good one.

Next, I decided to change gears and finally read For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper. Yes, Leslie, finally! Another TBR pile pick. Now, this book is supposed to be a Contemporary Romance, but I'm re-categorizing it to a Contemporary Romance Comedy (of Errors). I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard, while reading a romance book. I liked the interaction between Dante and Zoey, but, the secondary characters in this book deserve a special mention. Pratima Gupta and Savita-di Gupta, a couple of older ladies from India, wreak havoc throughout the story--of course, they don't mean to--and some of their scenes are unforgettable. Even some of the inept villains in this book, with their clumsy attempts and their skewed points of view are funny in a dark sort of way. A great light read that made the work week a great deal lighter.

The other contemporary romance I read was Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale, a book I picked at random--definitely not a light read. But I'll be reviewing that one later, I'll give you my impressions then.

So, have you read any good ones lately? Or did you have a dry reading week like me?


  1. Hils - yeah, you read it and liked it. Your re-categorizing is perfect!

    I've started Immortal Warrior by Lisa Hendrix. Pretty good so far. It's a medieval PNR.

  2. You've got such an interesting reading list going there! I haven't read the Time Hunters series yet, and Sea Witch sounds equally good. I think you've just added a ton of stuff to my tbr - For the Love of Pete sounds like something I'd really enjoy, too.

  3. Leslie, thank you for recommending FTLOP. I really enjoyed that read -- a medieval PNR? You must let us know how that one turns out.

    Hi Belle, my TBR pile is really strange and all over the place (I know!). Hope you enjoy the reads. Let us know how you like them. :)

  4. I was actually thinking of getting the Rick Riordan series. I thought my daughter and I could read them together. I'd be interested to see what you think. She just finished Hunger Games and the Twilight series, so we need something new to read.

    Good list there! I read the Virginia Kantra series and they were pretty good. Although I'm drawing a complete blank on how Sea Lord (3rd book) finished, may need to do a quick run through.

  5. Hi Mariana. I made a deal with my niece-- I would read her Twilight series (which I've been avoiding, lol) if she reads the Riordan series. We read Harry Potter together (my only other YA read)... so now, I have two more coming up. :) I'll definitely let you know what I think of it.

    I'm thinking of skipping to Sea Lord. I didn't really like the hero and heroine in the 2nd book of the series. I'm still thinking about it.

  6. Hey! My daughter LOVED the Twilight series, but honestly I couldn't get through it. That's one series we didn't share :D

    It's funny, because although I enjoyed the Virginia Kantra books, I didn't particularly love the characters. I didn't really make much of a connection with them. Like I said before, I can't even remember how it ended, so that's not good. But I would certainly read her again.

  7. Hils, I wish I would have skipped Sea Fever since I ended up not liking it much. I think I gave it a C. It was hard for me to connect with Dylan because he was a huge jerk and Regina because her character was too bland for my tastes.

    I liked Sea Lord more than Sea Fever, even though, like Mariana, I'm having a hard time remembering the ending. Of the trilogy, Sea Witch and Sea Lord are the strongest.

    I curious to find out what you thought about Simple Wishes. I do enjoy books that are a little more on the heavy side.

  8. Ah, I see both of you agree with me on that second book. Dylan was not a character I enjoyed in the first book and Regina just seemed meh to me. I think you made up my mind, I'll skip to the 3rd book. :)

  9. Wow, very varied list, Hilcia :)

    So, how many books do you usually read per week?

    Didn't like Sea Witch as much as you and Brie did, but For the Love of Pete - that one was hilarious LOL :)

  10. nath, my reading list can be crazy at times. I try to alternate between genres a LOT, and I do read a large variety.

    How many do I read? It depends on available time. If I have the time, I can read 5-6 a week. If not, usually at least 3. If I don't finish anything, I go nuts, lol! I read 4 last week, so I'm feeling better. :)