Nov. 18th, 2011

kitchendinah: (reading)
I cannot be bothered to do proper reviews tonight. Or figure out where I've miscounted. My numbers here and on Goodreads aren't lining up.

48. One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) - Jeaniene Frost (supernatural romance)
49. At Grave's End (Night Huntress #3) - Jeaniene Frost (supernatural romance)
50. Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress #4) - Jeaniene Frost (supernatural romance)
Angry young half vampire falls in love with a possessive Spike clone, proceeds have a tempestuous romance while  also managing to get involved with a covert government program, and lots of undead individuals kick the bucket. So, yeah. Is this a great series? Hell, I'm not even sure it's a good one. But it is cracky, the male lead is a shameless ripoff (I'm fascinated by how blatant it is,) and the author likes to burn through set pieces in an impressive fashion. I like that she's not afraid to shake up the status quo (in so much as it doesn't disturb the trajectory of the romance.) Library-worthy if you have a strong stomach for this sort of thing.

51. Hounded (Iron Druid #1) - Kevin Hearne (fantasy)
Ancient druid stealthily lives the life fantastic in Arizona, gets messed with by crazy Celtic gods, saves the day. Dude is a total Marty Stu - good looking, rich, loaded with powers and allies, and all the ladies want him. (And they have him.) Despite this and the rather creepy ending, the lead is still very likeable and I never wanted to parker the book across the room. My main issue was that because of all of his assets, nothing ever seemed like a real danger and the story never built up a believable level of tension. All challenges to his well being were dispatched with ease. I will probably try out the next one in the series.

52. Fables: Witches (vol. 14) - Willingham et al. (comics)
53. Fables: Rose Red (vol. 15) - Willingham et al. (comics)
It's not that I don't still enjoy this series, but I'm not invested any more. All of my favorites have been bumped off of shunted off to their own kingdoms, and I'm fairly meh about the far. (I can only stand so much moping by Red.) So, they're an absorbing read and gorgeous as always, but I just don't care about them.

54. Heart of Steel (Iron Seas #2) - Meljean Brooks (fantasy)
I really enjoy this series. Very steampunky, very action packed, very adventure filled. I totally recommend it.

55. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity (vol. 1) - Carey/Gross (comics)
I'm withholding a review on these until I finish the run of trades I have.

56. Lord and Lady Spy - Shana Galen (romance)
Meh. I mean, it's serviceable and props for not being a straight up retread of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but seriously? The opening premise was kind of unbelievable.

57. Deadline (Newsflesh #2) - Mira Grant
I was a little leery about this one given that I'd seen mixed reviews around. I'd honestly expected a really action packed first third or so and then the rest of the book being boring exposition. and to be fair, there is a lot of telling and not showing as well as repeating things, and  Grant relies maybe a little too heavily on a particular narrative crutch, but it still zips right along and shit just keeps getting worse for the characters, which is pretty awesome. Looking forward to the next one.


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