October has been a super weird month, I've had a tonne of assignments due (finals here we come), quit a job and just generally felt a little lost and aimless. It's meant a bit of reading since I tend to read when I'm overwhelmed, but I'm still feeling a little lost...
As always, Ilona Andrews has created an amazing story in the world of Kate Daniels. I was so disappointed that it was over. And now I have to wait I don’t know how long for the next story in this series. I waited for this one though, so I think I can wait for the next one… plus, there’s a few other Ilona Andrews series that I have in my shelf to start…
I loved the love story of Rose and Declan in On the Edge. It was sweet, and like all of Andrews’ lead females, filled with someone who wasn’t willing to just give herself away to a man and love. And Bayou Moon wasn’t any different. Cerise is competent, capable and incredibly independent. She is the matriarch of her family and completely driven to find a way to rescue and restore them. Plus, Cerise’s family is kind of insane and mental. Everything that you both want and don’t want in a family – large, loud and filled with love. The perfect place for William to finally find his own family.
Dina again seems to find herself in hot water in Sweep in Peace. From protecting her neighbours (in Clean Sweep) to brokering peace between three warring factions, she seems to have a habit of biting off a little more than she can chew. Which is probably why this was such a good story. After all, if Dina didn’t continuously find herself in hot water, then there wouldn’t be a story worth reading…
This was an incredibly unique book to read. Primarily because it’s a novel that was originally an online series. Instead of the draft being written and edited, parts of the story were released on a regular basis and there was no editing. Andrews talks about what a different challenge this was at the beginning of the novel, but it also made for a very different experience. Instead of having logical pauses at the end of each chapter, every page or two had a point at which you could stop reading. Which would be good if it wasn’t so amazing that I couldn’t put it down anyway. Having said that, it didn’t feel as stilted and stop-start as I was expecting, the narrative still flowed beautifully and Andrews was able to create another fascinating world that you couldn’t help but fall in love with.
I have no words for how amazing an introduction to this series On the Edge was! This is the exact reason why Ilona Andrews is one of my ALL TIME favourite authors! She creates a great, dynamic world and takes you on a journey with a sassy, spicy woman who knows her on mind. As the second series by Ilona Andrews that I have read, there are certainly a few stark differences between The Edge and Kate Daniels. For starters, there is a lot more steam and romance in The Edge. Which, since I’ve been in the mood for that, is completely desirable. I have no idea what to expect from Bayou Moon, but I can’t wait for it regardless!
This was a slightly dark and definitely morally questioning collection of short stories. In each tale there was no good or bad guy, but rather someone who was working at surviving with the cards that they have been dealt. The name hints beautifully at this though, Hex Appeal, both appealing and potentially damaging – like all of the leads in these nine very diverse stories.
2016 was a good year for me - I got to read a lot of books, both new and old. So here is a list of my favourite fifteen reads for this year.
I haven’t read any of the Kate Daniels books for a little while, since I was waiting for this short novella to arrive, and honestly, I had forgotten how violent these stories were. And how much I LOVE them! The entire series is filled with sass and dry wit, and Magic Stars was absolutely no different. Derek’s first short story and his friendship with Julie are beautifully told in this story. As are some of the aspects of their lives that can’t make it into the main novels.
I loved, loved, loved this enthralling collection of four short stories. The underlying theme of paranormal romance provided a darker side to some great stories, but also a sense of joy and hope in each journey.