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Open Thread for Readers for September 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.  Don’t forget to bookmark our New Releases site. Books are added on a weekly basis. You can see the whole month of September here.

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. Loosheesh
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 14:27:27

    My reading has been all over the place for August (and not as all-over enjoyable as July), plus I’m reading some non-fiction, which usually brings my reading speed to a crawl.

    It wasn’t all bad news, though. I completed Christie’s Miss Marple series (I’m a little sad at that), discovered a new -to-me Harlequin author, Mira Lyn Kelly, whom I’m super excited about. And I read and absolutely LOVED Mistborn: The Final Empire – omigosh, awesome, awesome read! Of course, I want to continue the series but where will I steal the time from? *sigh*

    I haven’t set aside anything particular for September reading but, with the recent sale, I now own all the Heyer books, so I want to read a few of these. Of course, I’m also open to be led astray by a book or two mentioned here or over in my little Goodreads corner ;-)

  2. pamelia
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 15:13:09

    Has anyone else read the HILARIOUS “Seduction and Snacks” by Tara Sivec? I haven’t laughed that hard reading anything in… ever!

  3. Estara
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 15:19:34

    August was actually a good “new books” month and so will September be because quite a few series books came out.

    I really enjoyed Andrea’s story in Gunmetal Magic, which is in no way standalone but set in the timeline of Kate Daniels. It was nice to have Magic Gifts the novella included, although I was lucky enough to download it from the Andrews’ site when it was free last winter. I have the theory that the cover girl on their e-edition of Magic Gifts actually is what Kate looks like (if in a fiercely weird outfit) – I never got a good mental image of her until I now had Andrea’s description.

    The Mina Wentworth short story by Meljean Brook was one of her really successful ones and the fact that it occured after their HEA didn’t lessen the tension one bit.

    Then there was a new Celta book, Heart Secret, by Robin D. Owens. I always enjoy this series most and this time was no different.

    Finally got around to reading Team Human and Seraphina and really enjoyed them both, both of them have a romantic subplot, by the way.

    September will FINALLY see the release of Cast in Peril, the first part of Kaylin’s trip to the Western Marches of the Barani – MSW already had an excerpt on her site. This series is one of my absolute comfort rereads, even as the romances are not at the center, I just adore MSW’s characters and world-building and am so glad she definitely has the contract for three more. I hope they sell so well she can turn it into a chunk-of-time series like C.J. Cherryh was able to with the Foreigner books or LMB with the Vorkosiverse, where we basically share the life and the developments of a world and the main character and anything can happen, without having to beat a big baddie (although with the Cast books, there’s always the threat of that dragon outcaste and the shadow at the centre of the city, hmm). Kaylin will leave the city for the first time in her life! Should be fascinating.

    My current problem is basically too much choice – but Cast in Peril will push any other book aside when it comes out.

  4. Readsalot81
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 15:56:11

    @Estara Ooooh, me too! I positively adore her books. I discovered her earlier this year and read (and bought) all 7 books within 3 days.

    Carolyn Jewel has a new release coming out in September. Not Proper Enough. I received an ARC and absolutely loved it. She has a superb voice. Nalini Singh’s Archangels’ Storm and Seanan Mcguire’s Ashes of Honor are two releases I’m also very excited about. I also picked up Blade Song by J.C. Daniels (aka Shiloh Walker) and loved it.

    The Last Victim by Karen Robards ( I see an ad for it here too! lol) is just FULL of wtfery.. A psychologist starts boning the ghost of a serial killer (or is he really- who knows) in her dreams. It’s one of the more recent books I’ve read where I’ve taken issue w/ just about everything in the whole novel.

  5. carmen webster buxton
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 16:03:13

    I agree with @Estara that too much choice can be a problem, but at least it’s a GOOD problem, as problems go. For anyone who likes contemporary fantasy (as in fantasy set in modern times, not as in vampires are among us) with some humor and romance mixed in, Mindy Klasky’s As You Wish (genie) books and her Jane Madison librarian witch books are all marked down in the Kindle store. I think they’re all $2.99 but don’t shoot me if I’m wrong.

    For historical fans (or maybe hysterical fans?), some of Georgette Heyer titles are still on $2.99 and even the ones that aren’t are mostly under $4.00.

  6. Estara
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 16:42:31

    @Readsalot81: I quite liked Blade Song, even as I couldn’t believe that Kit really loves the love interest at this point, but Daniels/Walker certainly may make me believe it once Kit gains more confidence or can manage to find some balance with her PTSD. And anyway after that first asshole move of the hero’s he better work for this relationship!

    Have you read other MSW books? She had a really good YA ensemble paranormal mystery out this year – Silence – another beginning series. I also love her high fantasy books, but the early ones of that are not all ebooks yet and are out of print, so I’m wary of recommending them to people who aren’t able to get them.

  7. JB Hunt
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:07:56

    Waiting for Tessa Dare’s A Lady by Midnight, coming out on Tuesday.

    LOVED Ruthie Knox’s About Last Night and am eager to read RITA winner Fiona Lowe’s Boomerang Bride.

    In non-romance, I’m almost to the end of Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot. It’s phenomenal.

  8. Nikki
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:28:53

    @Estara: I really enjoyed Gunmetal Magic as well. I am also very much looking forward to Cast in Peril. I love MSW and after she posted the excerpt on her website I ended up rereading the entire cast series and tortured myself with speculation about what will happen in the next House War book.

    I would be interested in your thoughts on Heart Secret. I think for me it’s the last Celta book I will be reading. Though Owens has definitely improved as a writer with some complex and interesting characters, I have found in the last few books her attention has mostly been on the hero and his needs while shunting the heroine off to the side or minimizing the bigger issues that she has. That has annoyed me because at times I wanted to excise the hero from the book.

    I think my other excitement for September is How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G. A. Aiken, Archangel’s Storm by Singh, and Riveted by Meljean Brook.

  9. joanne
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:31:51

    September groceries will be on a as-needed basis. Publishers have, once again, lashed out at me personally by releasing many of my fav authors on or around the same date. I’m really not paranoid.

    Gripes aside I’m looking forward to The Last Renegade by Jo Goodman,
    Riveted by Meljean Brook, Archangel’s Storm by
    Nalini Singh and Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb.

    That’s without looking past my pre-orders and deciding on my ‘maybe/iffy’ contenders for September.

  10. joanne
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:33:13

    @Nikki: Thanks, I forgot to pre-order How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G. A. Aiken

  11. Rosie
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:36:19

    August was a slow reading month for me. (Knew it would be with the Olympics happening.)

    I’m looking forward to two releases this Tuesday:
    A Lady By Midnight by Tessa Dare — I adored her last book and novella and have heard nothing but good things about her new release.
    Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh — This is the sequel to Nevermore, which came out two years ago. I still remember details about Nevermore two years later when I sometimes can’t tell you details about books I read two weeks ago. So that’s saying something.

  12. Jennifer Estep
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 17:48:56

    I’m reading Kissing Comfort by Jo Goodman, who has a new book out in September. After that, I think I’ll try Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox and then Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet by Kimberly Lang. I also want to check out Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

  13. Readsalot81
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 18:20:21

    @Estara : Yeah, I see what you’re saying about Kit and Damon. I did like the fact that he was very cognizant of the damage that he did.. and even more so once he discovered the truth about her background. I have Silence on my to be read list.. I’ve just been waffling on buying it because of the price. As far as her older books go, I have a couple of The Sundered on my kindle.. but I haven’t yet read those, nor the House War books.

    On a different note : I also pre-ordered Midnight Scandals which is an anthology featuring Sherry Thomas, Courtney Milan and Carolyn Jewel. That releases this Tuesday, the 28th. And Courtney Milan’s The Duchess War is supposed to be releasing the month of September, although a firm date hasn’t been nailed down. I’m looking forward to that one as well.

  14. Jia
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 19:24:37

    @Rosie: Oh, did the sequel to Nevermore finally come out? I’d lost track of it since it’s been a while. I need to put that on my list since I still remember stuff about Nevermore too! You’re right. That’s a pretty rare feat these days.

  15. JenM
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 19:33:26

    Easy by Tammara Webber was on sale yesterday only for $0.99. I grabbed it, started it last night and it really is as good as everyone has said. I’m so glad she’s got other books out, as I will be reading all of them. I am finding that the so-called “new adult” sub genre is much more to my taste than YA, which I’m generally not wild about. Speaking of which, I also got Lish McBride’s Hold Me Closer, Necromancer at the bargain price of $2.99 (another “new adult” book) and enjoyed it so much that I immediately pre-ordered the next book, Necromancing the Stone, which is due out in September.

    Gunmetal Magic was fantastic, as expected. Another UF that I read and loved was The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff. This book is more on the fantasy side of UF, is set in Calgary and it has a nice romantic subplot. I’d never read anything by Tanya Huff before, and now I’m looking forward to checking out her backlist. The second in this series is already out, but the Kindle price is too high for me. Hopefully it will drop when the paperback comes out in November. Overall, a very good reading month with several new-to-me authors that I look forward to reading more of.

  16. Michelle
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 20:43:21

    I love Tanya Huff. I recommend Summon the Keeper.
    I am currently reading Shades of Milk and Honey, and enjoying it very much. Kind of a Jane Austen ode with magic.

  17. Vi Dao
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 21:13:35

    Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook and Jo Goodman have new releases on the same day! Thus, the real holiday celebration for me is Tues., Sept. 4, not Labor Day.

  18. Jane
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 22:11:07

    @joanne. That is clearly some poor and/or evil planning on penguin’s part.

  19. SonomaLass
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 23:23:08

    I have already read and enjoyed the upcoming releases by Tessa Dare, Carolyn Jewel, and Meljean Brook. I recommend all three. I am really looking forward to the new books by Jo Goodman and Nalini Singh. I have the last of Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax books pre-ordered, but I probably won’t read it right away, since it’s the last one. *sniffle* I think there’s a new Moira Rogers book next month, too.

  20. John
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 00:18:13

    @SonomaLass I just started reading Crux by Moira Rogers, and I have to admit – I’m totally smitten. Great, powerful female characters and villains that are actually interesting. I may just have to glom the rest of her/their backlist in order to truly appreciate this new readerly discovery. :)

    This month – I’m hoping to read the final two books in Sherryl Woods’ latest Sweet Magnolias trilogy (I haven’t read the others, but Midnight Promises was a solid read – much better than The Summer Garden, which was my Woods intro) and Gena Showalter’s Dark Lords spinoff (hopefully I won’t need to have read the DL series to get it). Other than that, I did get Jo Beverly’s first book from the library. Fingers crossed that I enjoy it!

  21. Angela
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 06:45:39

    I had a pretty slow-reading summer, including the beginning of August. Thankfully that seems to have let up now and I got several books read recently.

    I read Moonglow by Kristen Callihan, which I loved at least as much as Firelight. Really enjoyed Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews – Roman absolutely stole every scene he was in, for me, something I hadn’t expected. Tried The Darkest Day by Britt Bury which was one long insta-love/lust story for me. Was really hoping for a more involved world/plot. Also tried Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker, and implausibilities along with the hero’s dialect killed the book for me.

    Coming out in September: Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh, which I really enjoyed. Jason nearly broke my heart, and I loved how perfectly he and his heroine fit. Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier really took me by surprise. I was hoping to like it, but ended up loving it.

    I’m also really looking forward to the next Iron Seas book by Meljean Brook – Riveted which comes out next week! :)

    I’ve been meaning to read Michelle Sagara West – anyone have recs on where I should start?

  22. Patty
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 07:38:42

    So September is going to be an awesome month, so will the beginning of October and November. Tomorrow marks the release of Laurann Dohner’s Obsidian, which I have eagerly been anticipating as well as the release of Coercion, a follow-up short to Cara McKenna’s Curio. In the pipeline is Archangel’s Storm (Yay for more Nalini Singh) Jane by Robin Maxwell (like the premise of this one), Tarzan from Jane’s point of view.

    Tempt Me by Olivia Cunning will be out soonish, Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (kick off of a new series by the creator of Wicked Lovely) and at the end of the month, a new adult book by Chelsea C. Cameron called My Favorite Mistake.

    Lately I’ve been reading non-fiction and serial romances such as Secrets volumes 1 and 2 from H.M. Ward and non-fiction such as Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me and Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling.

  23. Jane
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 08:27:48

    @Angela – I’m going to send Jia in to respond to your Michelle Sagara West query. She’s our resident expert on West.

  24. Jane
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 08:29:23

    @Readsalot81: You aren’t the only one who I’ve seen thought the Robards book was problematic. I’m tempted to read it for myself now just to see the WTFery.

  25. Angela
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 08:33:33

    @Jane: Thanks Jane! I knew someone here read and reviewed her :)

  26. Jia
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 08:40:17

    @Angela: Let’s see.

    If you like urban fantasy, then I think the Michelle Sagara books beginning with Cast in Shadow would be a good introduction. They’re not actually urban fantasy; they’re really police procedurals in a traditional fantasy setting. (Or start off that way.) But I think they’re good transition material for readers who are hesitant to leap into the traditional fantasy genre. And she does write big fat traditional fantasy under the Michelle West name.

    As for her Michelle West books, that’s where it gets tricky. I actually recommend her Sun Sword series (6 books total) the most because it’s really well-done traditional fantasy that actually has the strong female characters (of different types) with complicated female relationships that are so often rare in the genre. But one of the books is out of print and while DAW has begun to do so, they’re slow to digitize the titles because it’s an older series. Given that’s the case, I don’t think you can go wrong with the House series, starting with The Hidden City, but those aren’t my particular favorites because they focus on that world’s special chosen one and I’m not a big fan of that trope.

  27. Angela
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 09:01:11

    I actually love fantasy and urban fantasy, so that helps a lot. Sounds like a trip to the UBS is in order. :) Thanks Jia!

  28. Anne V
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:52:15

    August has been a backlist reading month for me, with happy results.

    I’ve read the Jilly Cooper non-bonkbusters – Imogen, Emily, Prudence, Octavia, Harriet & Bella. They’re the unread summerhouse books of my adolescence, and although they’re a little dated, I really liked them and am glad I got them (boxes of books thrown in with purchase of chairs at auction.) Along the same general lines, I read Katie Fforde’s Summer of Love, which I liked better than anything else of hers I’ve read recently, and Jill Mansell’s Solo and Perfect Timing. I liked Solo, but Perfect Timing was pretty great – the secondary characters were strong and interesting, the coincidences hung together without being winched and soldered into place, the HEAs/HFNs were right on the mark.

    I read But My Boyfriend Is, and liked it, although I was exasperated with pretty much everyone on a rotating basis.

    I really enjoyed Tanya Huff’s Gales series (well, the only two that are out now) and promptly polished off the Keeper Chronicles and started the Valor books. I’m now very sorry I didn’t start reading her back when everyone was chattering at me about Blood Ties, Blood Price, etc..

    I read all of DD Barant’s Bloodhound files. The third one (sign of reading a series too fast – I can’t remember the title) I found to be a little too busy and tricksy to really get into it, but the next two recovered from that and the series overall is compelling – Jace is a strong lead, and the secondary characters are developing at a nice pace. I also read Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series, which I enjoyed. I found it easier to put down and come back to than I like in UF/PNR, but the almost breezy tone is unusual, and I like them.

    Gunmetal Magic was wonderful – the steadiness of Roman, Andrea swimming the river, the glimpse of Julie and Ascanio in the office, and Aunt B over cupcakes – Andrews was all about the show and not the tell, and so the story took up all the space, which yay! I also thought that Andrews was pitch perfect on Kate and Curran from Andrea’s perspective, which was pretty great.

    More yay was the Mina Wentworth/Iron Seas short from Meljean Brook. I was already looking forward to Riveted, and now I’m sort of fretful with anticipation.

    I’ve been wondering about Kristen Callihan and Michelle Sagara West – thanks for the insight, especially about the MSW titles.

  29. Anne V
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:16:49

    okay, also – I read a relatively new anthology – when I had a fever and the flu and was huddled on someone else’s couch using their kindle, and the second to last story was about a couple that had not married 7 years ago due to the opposition of his parents and her horror of poverty and she cuts down acres of tulips in order to thwart his business opponent (he builds railways and every penny he’s got is on the line), and lo! she succeeds yay! At the very end they go to his house (or possibly his parent’s house) and they are planting tulips for her. This is a bad description, but I don’t know what the book was or who the author of this particular story is and I would like so much to read more by whoever that was. Does anyone recognize it?

  30. Estara
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:36:33

    @Nikki: I agree that Heart Secret had a less well developed heroine and too much emphasis was put on the hero’s insecurities and grief – and even that was solved too fast when the page count made it necessary, but the books before that, even when the male was the bigger focus of the story, worked for me – what I do think is getting more noticeable in a not-positive way is the fam interaction. They and their foibles take up too much time, although in the last book they were actually actively used, so that did make sense.

    My GR reviews of the last few Celta books:

    Heart Secret I’d give a three out of five stars.

  31. Sabrina
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 13:01:25

    I’m looking forward to the releases from Gena Showalter, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, and Alexandra Ivy.
    I want to try Katie MacAlister’s books, anyone have any input on them?
    On a side note, I am really tired of author’s re-releasing books with different covers, etc. I get all excited thinking it’s a new book when it is not! Now I have to double check the pub date to makesure it is a new one. That’s my piss and moan for today:)

  32. Tessa Dare
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 14:12:41

    @Anne V:

    Anne V, I’m 99.999% sure that’s “The Lady Always Wins” by Courtney Milan in the Three Weddings and a Murder anthology.

    Courtney has a slew of other fabulous books (Unveiled or Unlocked are great places to start), and also a new novella coming out tomorrow in the Midnight Scandals anthology with Sherry Thomas and Carolyn Jewel. I have that on pre-order. :)

  33. Estara
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 18:09:43

    @Readsalot81: If you start with the House War books you’ll at least be well caught up on the main heroine’s and her friends life, even though only the Sun Sword series will give you information about the greater happenings and various other characters importance. I own all the Sundered books, too, but the beginning of the second one took such a dark turn that I couldn’t handle reading on yet.

    If Kit’s personal trauma isn’t addressed in some way, I’ll continue to see her dependance on Damon (after a WEEK of knowing him and that fiasco at the start) as Stockholm Syndrome and not love. But that’s what it is a series for ^^ – I wouldn’t have thought Curran was good for Kate and vice versa in the first book either.

  34. Michelle
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 19:18:40

    Regarding Katie MacAlister, I love her books. She has a bit of a wacky, almost British type of humor. Men in Kilts is cute if you love things Scottish. I like her vamp series, I would start with A Girl’s Guide to Vampires. If you like reality tv type, Corset Diaries is good, heroine has to live as a Victorian.

  35. Nicole
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 20:02:03

    I didn’t read as many new to me books as I would have liked. And not enough romance. I read the first 3 “Because you are mine” and enjoyed but am stopping for now because I hate having to wait another week for another two-three chapters (they are long and it isn’t the price…i just don’t have the patience for 8 weeks). Let’s see other romance: I read Playing for Keeps and Perfection. I ended up enjoying both. The guys were definite jerks but their weakness for food made them more appealing.

    Read Blade song and really enjoyed. Any book that actually caused me to say “there is NO WAY he will end up the hero” and yet I still read and loved the book…well, it is a keeper and now i need to read more Shiloh Walker books. On the UF front, I also read Kira Brady’s Hearts of Darkness and enjoyed but didn’t love love. Although BladeSong was very similar to other UF books (sword, shifters, family issues), it felt different to me. Kit was much less a badass than others and definitely less ready for many of her adventures, but i liked her neurosis (?) and her mantras that helped her get through obstacles. HOD was a different setting but the characters felt similar.

    I did enjoy The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I am the same age as two of the characters, but was never as cool nor did my high school have any kids that cool. however, it captured the stress and messiness of that time.

    enjoying reading about others’ reading habits :) helps me find new authors.

  36. Susan
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 20:25:17

    I’ve been on a UF kick over the past week or so. When I should have been doing housework, I instead read all of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books, then Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin books, and then DD Barant’s Bloodhound series. Tomorrow is slated for Ann Aguirre’s Endgame, which I have been anticipating with both joy and dread. After that?

  37. erinf1
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 21:23:48

    I’ve been on a Ilona Andrew’s reading marathon. I had bought the Kate Daniel’s series and the Edge series and they languished in my TBR pile until last week. I finally started reading and I haven’t stopped. Am on Fate’s Edge and next is Gunmetal Magic and then I’m done. I’m afraid to be done b/c I loved them so much, that the next book(s) I read have got to be awesome to compare. But… I have Endgame winging it’s way to my house right now from Amazon and I know it will be awesome but I’m so sad that it’s the end of the series. I’m trying not to read any reviews for it b/c I just got Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep and I read a review for it on Saturday and it totally spoiled it for me. They gave away the story, without warning!, and I’m so mad at myself for reading. Now I can’t read it b/c I know what’s going to happen and it’s a major event to my fav characters. It’s going into my TBR pile until I can forget/bring myself to read it.

    *minirant*I know that it’s a fine line to write reviews for any books, let along upcoming releases, but come on! If something shocked and amazed you, especially in a series, don’t you think that’s the author’s intention? And part of the reading experience is to be surprised? And since you got the book months before release, most of your blog readers haven’t read it! So why, why, why, why, why would you spoil a book that you gush and rave about! I want to bop these bloggers upside the head with the book… siiiiigh *endrant*

    Sorry, had to get that off my chest b/c I was really looking forward to Widow’s Web. I think that I might be switching genres for a while (well, after End Game and Cast in Peril). I just picked up A Lady Never Tells by Juliana Gray and The Legend Hunter trilogy by Robin Dehart.

  38. Nikki
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 21:42:51

    @Estara: The fams are becoming seriously annoying. As a useful component of life I think when she uses them well or if they help manifest a different facet of the character I think its great. But the constant need for everyone to have a fam is annoying, and the new type of fam I was just like you have got to be kidding me.

    I did look at your reviews and I actually like the short stories and Heart Journey I think was the last full book I really liked. Heart Search annoyed me on so many levels. I knew the book was going along those lines but I felt a little like even though it sucked that the hero was tricked, he kind of did it to himself. I never felt like he really acknowledge that fact, and definitely, I think Camellia’s journey was so much more interesting. You have one side who essentially had everything and the other who worked her way up. I felt a little like she wrote the book as if Camellia had to be worth of Laev and not the other way around which soured my enjoyment.

    I do agree with your 3 on Heart Search. Like I said, its my last Celta book. While there are other characters who could have interesting times ahead, I cannot deal with the writing anymore. I am not interested enough.

    And for those who are interested in West, I definitely think the Cast books are a great intro. They tend to be shorter and somewhat less intricate. Though I think the West writing is bleeding into the Sagara books a little. However, if you like long complex stories with really nuanced characters and excellent world building, I think I would start with the House War series and then go back for the Hunter Duology and the six books in the Sun Sword series. At the very least she has an extensive enough backlist that you won’t be suffering like I am waiting for January.

  39. Estara
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 05:23:14

    @Nikki: Fair enough ^^ – I still hold out for some of my favourites to get together. And considering how much I appreciated her older wild woman, younger settled man in Heart Journey, I am willing to to see if she’ll get back to great form again.

  40. Readsalot81
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:55:42

    @Estara: I’ll definitely have to check out the House Wars books.. her writing, I just can’t get enough of. And fair enough re: Kit & Damon. It’ll be interesting to see how the author goes about with that part of the story.

    @Jane : Indeed, problematic is one of many words that can be used to describe that book. If you do end up reading it, I’d be interested to know what you think.

  41. Anne V
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:54:51

    @Tessa Dare: Yes! That was it! The beetle ring! Thank you so much. I am ashamed to say that I have Unraveled and Unlocked and Unveiled in my TBR collection. So that’s nice for me that I have them, except for the part where I feel really stupid for not getting around to them whilst I’ve been grousing around at people about wanting to find a new historical author. Whining is inevitably rewarded by humiliation. Why don’t I ever remember that’s how it works?

    Thank you also for the point towards Midnight Scandals.

  42. MrsJoseph
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 16:34:55

    August was pretty great for me. I started reading Kate Daniels for the first time (damn I love some Curran!) and I’m in love!

    I also just finished “The Theory of Attraction” by Delphine Dryden and I was HOOKED! OMG. I never thought I would love a hero like Ivan…especially as much as I did. This is the best Delphine Dryden I’ve read, period.

  43. Estara
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 19:03:55

    @erinf1: Re your Andrews reading spree – don’t forget the Kinsmen ebooks! They are short sf romancy novellas, one they released via Samhain and one they released via their agent’s publishing enterprise. Really good stuff, too! And then there’s the free stories on their site to read ^^

  44. erinf1
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 19:08:20

    @Estara – Thanks!!!! My Ilona Andrew’s reading spree will continue! :)

  45. MrsJoseph
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:04:08


    Noooooooo!! I thought I’d already bought every book Ilona Andrews has ever written. I busted my budget (with hubby not approving) on that just last month. O_O

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