Aug 21 2011
As promised, I’m working my way through a bunch of Indie/Self-Published reads right now. I have a few reviews in the hopper. Those should be going up in the next few weeks. A few are things I’ve liked, but nothing I’ve fallen in love with. I picked several of the current books on my Kindle simply because of the number of positive reviews, just to see where my tastes line up with those on Amazon.
Here’s what’s on my Kindle this week:
Claimed by Evangeline Anderson – This one has a nice cover and a lot of reviews. I am thinking this might be greatness. I read the sample and her writing style was very easy and clean. I wanted to find out more, so I purchased. I am about 25% in and losing interest fast, though. The heroine isn’t winning me over, the characters are inconsistent, the hero is emo, and something called a ‘mating fist’ keeps being mentioned, and I just might be terrified of what it might be. I’m trying to finish this one, because I have a feeling it might be another epic review if the mating fist turns out to be as alarming as I think it might.
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – The cover on this one is foul. Just foul. What am I supposed to think about a multicolored tongue? This book has lots of positive reviews, however, and some devotees on the forums at Amazon. The romance in this is supposed to be intense. I bought it, but have only read a few pages so far. It’s classified as a romance for teens but right now it reads a bit older. I am guessing the YA category was selected simply for popularity.
A Modern Witch by Debora Geary – I liked her voice in a shorter work that I read (review pending), so I bought this. Again, this has almost 200 reviews on Amazon, almost all of them positive. That is very impressive. So far though, the story opens with the heroine having a discussion with her brother about the bra in her shopping cart. And the brother tells her that the color will look good on her. My squick factor just doubled. Also, the book opens with formatting errors on the first page. Never a good sign. Yes, I do hold indies to a high standard. I’d point and laugh at any NY book that had an enormous error on the first page, too.
A Knight In Central Park by Theresa Ragan – I just downloaded this one for free because I was intrigued by the cover. Ragan’s books seem to be popular and have a fair amount of positive reviews. The story sounds different, which is nice. However, I started it and I’m seeing typos galore, so this might go into the “Abandoned” pile. I don’t consider myself a grammarian, so if I’m noticing your typos? It’s bad.
Warrior by Violette Dubrinsky – This was sent to me by the author. I said yes because the excerpt was intriguing and seemed like the author could write. This seemed like a typical romance fantasy, but I thought that might be interesting. The story opens with an infodump, and I felt like the first 8% of the story was entirely unnecessary. It picks up a bit after the hero is introduced, but he is quite possibly the most toothless warlord I have ever read about. Also? I hate his name (Vulcan). The heroine has a porny name (Jaisyn St. Ives), and makes the worst decisions I have ever seen. She tries to assassinate the hero by running into his camp alone. She gets caught. She decides to lead her army on the front lines, despite everyone warning her what a bad idea this is. She puts her city through a siege and forces the warlord to fight his way in when he showed up to marry her sister. It would have been an amicable capitulation with no bloodshed, but the heroine decides that for her sister, she will go to war. Many, many people die so her sister won’t marry a man she is scared of. And then she decides to marry him to save this sister. They marry, have sex together, and then she stomps her foot every time he tries to rule the kingdom. This feels like the fanfic lovechild of a Julie Garwood fan, and I do not mean that in a positive way. I won’t spend 400 pages with a TSTL heroine, so into the DNF pile this goes.
That’s what is on my Kindle this week. Has anyone read these?