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Open Thread for Readers for December 2012

Got a book you want to talk about? Frustrated with a book or series? In love with a new one? Found a buried treasure? An issue that keeps popping up in the books you are reading? Just want to chat about stuff in general? Post away.

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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Patty
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 20:27:24

    I really am looking forward to a Song for Julia by Charlie Sheehan Miles
    Also looking forward to Shadow’s Claim releases this week by Kresley Cole
    Hard to Love by Kendall Ryan
    Reindeer Games: Cupid by Lucy Felthouse
    Wethering the Storm by Samantha Towle
    The Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
    Jinni’s Wish by Marie Hall
    Vain by Amelie Fisher

  2. Hillary Seidl
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 22:08:19

    I have to mention the League of Second Son’s by Isobel Carr. I LOVE this series, and the third book Ripe for Seduction is amazing!
    Ripe for Seduction is about Lady Olivia “Livy” Carlow and Roland “Rolly” Devere… and a bet.
    Can Devere bed Livy before his friend Thane?
    Lady Olivia is a woman whose marriage ended in a most scandalous way and is looking for peace from societies many suitors and rakes. What she gets is a letter that arrives with a perfect solution. Devere has made his move and Livy sees an opportunity. But the ruse is far from simple when a relative has nefarious plans for our hero and heroine.
    A special bonus is the relationship between Comtesse Margo and Lord Arlington, Lady Olivia’s father. Trust me this beautiful and HOT affair and you will love it.
    This romance is filled with all my requirements in a great read, wonderful sexual tension, smart plot and sympathetic character’s to root for. Carr’s writing is masterful and had me turning the page with relish. This story ensnared my heart and I highly recommend it.
    If you’re new to the series, please pick up the first book, RIPE FOR SCANDAL and second book, RIPE FOR PLEASURE. Isobel Carr is an auto buy for me!
    Treat yourself.

    Hillary Seidl

  3. Elyssa Patrick
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 22:30:29

    I’m still working my way through the Mercy Thompson series and then the Alpha/Omega ones. I am totes in love with Briggs’ books.

    I’m definitely looking forward to Ilona Andrews new book.

    I would also really love to find a New Adult that is Tammara Webber-esque. I have Sea of Tranquility on TBR but that’s not what I really have in mind for what I’m looking for. If anyone has any suggestions, that would be awesome.

  4. Rosie
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 05:42:00

    I’m in the midst of a big reading slump. I have my eye on Ilona Andrews’ new (and last?) Edge book, but I’m not sure when I’ll get around to reading it.

  5. Jane
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 07:00:14

    @Rosie – I am in a rut too. I think my most anticipated titles aren’t out until the spring or summer of 2013!

  6. Brie
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 07:05:26

    @Elyssa Patrick: Have you read Something like Normal by Trish Doller? I wouldn’t call it Easy-esque, unless you count the MC being about the same age as reason enough to compare them, but I thought it was a great example of how much potential New Adult has, even if you don’t want to call it NA.

    Like Rosie, I’m in the middle of a reading slump of doom, but I’m looking forward –in a bittersweet way– to the new Edge book. I’m really sad the series is ending.

    I’ve been reading, and enjoying, some women’s fiction books. Anyone has a rec? It has to have romantic elements. Thanks!

  7. Mamselli
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 07:34:50

    Add me to the pile of rut-dwellers. I don’t even remember the last book that really wowed me, and there’s nothing in particular I’m looking forward to coming out in the next few months. Mehhh. Consoling myself with TV instead, and contemplating a reread of Judith Ivory’s backlist.

  8. leslie
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:24:02

    I’ve just finished reading Isabel Wolff’s A Vintage Affair. I really enjoyed it! Brit Chick Lit ala Jill Mansell.
    I want to know when Courtney Milan’s new book is coming out!!

  9. Erin Satie
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:40:51

    Elyssa –

    I just finished Sea of Tranquility & really enjoyed it – and it really reminded me of Easy at a couple of points. Partly because the heroine is really into martial arts and self-defense, partly because the hero is both damaged and super supportive, but also because it’s a book that seems bent on turning certain YA tropes on their heads.

    I know this is exactly what you didn’t ask for, but I’ll nudge you in that direction anyhow. Sea of Tranquility is a good read.

  10. Susan
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:26:05

    Some good books being released tomorrow, including the latest from Jim Butcher, Kevin Herne, DD Barant.

    I mentioned at SBTB that, after reading Jayne’s review, I watched John Carter on Starz last week and liked it a lot more than she did. It interested me enough to download a bundle of the first three Barsoom books. Yes, they’re a bit dated, short on character development, and long on boomboomboom action sequences, but they’ve held up surprisingly well.

    (After being on a trad Regency kick, it seems I’m now entering a SF/UF kick.)

  11. Elyssa Patrick
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:23:41

    Brie, I did read SOMETHING ABOUT NORMAL and enjoyed it. I’m definitely looking forward to her next release, whenever that comes out.

    Erin, I’ll read it then. I’ve heard it’s good.

  12. Estara
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:35:59

    The last Edge book of course, and I did a reread and further read of book 6-11 of the Psy-Changelings and quite enjoyed it after a slump of a few years in between. I don’t like Riaz in the newest book yet, too alphaholish for me as yet. We shall see if he can redeem himself.

    Oh right, I went on an Eileen Wilks contemporary ebook rereleased reading binge last month, after having done a halfway reread of the World of the Lupi books, I really like her voice there, too. She had a way with characters and dialogue right from the start. There’s even a cr solely from the first-person-viewpoint of the hero which works almost perfectly (he’s a bit too eloquent).

    And Necessity’s Child, the Liaden standalone on Surebleak, was a fun ride.

    For this month fantasywise, I’m waiting for the ebook release of Martha Wells third Raksura novel, The Siren Depths.

    I was chuffed that Michelle West’s Cast in Peril made it into the Fantasy Goodreads Awards section into round 2, but it’s gone now.

    The only reason why Code Name Verity might not win the Young Adult Fiction bit, is because other authors have a bigger fangirl base. The book is definitely one of the outstanding books of the year – it should have been nominated and won in Historical Fiction.

  13. Janine
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 13:13:00

    @Elyssa Patrick & @Rosie: I was also really bummed about the ending of Andrews’ Edge series — until I read Steel’s Edge. I found it underwhelming and that made me realize that maybe the series is tapped out. I’ll really miss the Edge world and George and Jack especially, but if the authors’ hearts aren’t in the series, then it’s time for them to move on.

    I also recently finished The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James. This book was somewhere in the low to mid B range for me. Not sure if I’ll review it for DA, but it will probably make one of my “What Janine is Reading” lists eventually. I think this post World War I England set novel works best if you go in expecting more of a ghost story than a romance. The romance was interesting but underdeveloped, and I also figured out the villain’s identity ahead of time. But the ghost story was just the right amount of eerie/spooky for me, and the story of the heroine’s growth as a result of her dealings with the creepy ghost was also satisfying. It was hard to put down and I enjoyed it.

    Right now I’m reading Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor and it is one dark book. Darker than Daughter of Smoke and Bone. So far (1/3 of the way in) it’s beautifully written but tough to read.

  14. Readsalot81
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 14:05:50

    @Janine : Hmmm, that’s too bad about Steel’s Edge. I was a little bummed with Fate’s Edge.. so that makes me a little apprehensive, but I’ll still give it a go. Knaves’ Wager is next up on my TBR pile, so I’m looking forward to that.

    I saw Jane tweeting some time ago about Miranda Kenneally’s Catching Jordan. I bought both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker (still reading the latter) and really enjoyed them. Although, to me, they read as YA with an edge, rather than NA.. even with the adult subject matter.

    I’m excited about Cold Days. :) But my mom will buy that one, as I’ve gotten her hooked on both Dresden and Codex Alera.

    I finished Theresa Romain’s Season for Surrender and color me unimpressed. I don’t think I’ve ever been more bored reading a book in a long while. Nothing came together for me all that well.. it meandered in the middle and the characterizations fell pretty flat.

  15. Janine
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 15:07:35

    @Readsalot81: Fate’s Edge wasn’t a total dud or anything — just not as entertaining as the earlier books.

    I hope you enjoy Knaves’ Wager. I’m always a little nervous when handing out grades in the A range.

    I have to admit I don’t fully understand the New Adult designation. So much of YA is edgy, has dark themes or is written to cross over to adult audiences. I still consider it YA. Unless a book with teen characters contains the kind of explicit sex scenes we find in romance, I would not consider it New Adult. Many YA’s do contain sex, just not detailed sex, and those I still consider YA.

    Have you read Ben Aarnovitch’s Peter Grant series? They’ve been compared to the Dresden Files series and I love them — but I haven’t gotten around to DF yet.

  16. Crista
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 21:53:16

    I’m really looking forward to Kept by Shawntelle Madison. It comes out tomorrow, but I have to save it for next week as my reward for finishing my current project.

  17. morineko
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 09:52:35

    I haven’t encountered any of what’s currently being marketed as New Adult but I recall picking up some contemporary YA novels published in the last decade that made me wonder if their reason for being marketed as “YA” was having adult protagonists under the age of 21. Is this a new marketing category for people wanting quick reads/younger people who don’t want high school stories?

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