I know that I haven't done a book review in... well who knows how long... but it's been killing me when I haven't been doing them. I've been consuming books as if they were keeping my life sustained here and there. A couple of weekends ago I read 2.5 books. So, let me open my Adobe Digital Editions thingie and let you know what I've been reading.
I've officially finished the Georgina Kincaid (Succubus Series) by Richelle Mead. If you lost yourself somewhere in this saga, pick it the hell back up. The ending is worth it. It's the best ending to a love story that I have ever read in my entire life. If this were my life, I would want this ending, I would fight for this ending and I would kill anyone in my way to get the ending. Oh, yes, I *still* want Carter to be my Guardian Angel, no one else will do.
I am currently caught up on the Sookie Stackhouse saga by Charlaine Harris. I know, I know, I should've been caught up ages ago. But now I'm really caught up. I'm truly impressed with Sookie. With everything that she has been through regarding her fae family and the vampires, the weres and some psycho trying to kill her, she gets up every day and goes to work. She gets up every day and takes care of business, does her job, takes care of her house, deals with her family, plans and throws a baby shower for her best friend. If anyone is running for their life as much as Sookie is, it would be Cassandra Palmer from the Dark Magic saga by Karen Chance, which I previously reviewed as "a rollercoaster ride of almost dying and almost sex".
Even though I skim the sex scenes because sometimes they are too much or too often (Sorry, Laurell) I have caught up on the Anita Blake saga by Laurell K. Hamilton. Hit List was pretty damn good. The Harlequin have been ... well, I'm not sure if they are officially absorbed into their Kiss or what. The Mother of Darkness has been... consumed. You have to read it, just do it, skim the sex scenes like I do.
I read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand in one day. ONE DAY. It's Young Adult and all but I don't recall the last time I read a book in one day. It was interesting to say the least, a whole new type of supernatural. A teen girl is quarter-angel and she is given a purpose, as are all those who have enough Angel DNA in them are and her family moves several states over in order for her to fulfill her purpose. It turns out she's supposed to save someone. It turns out all backwards though when she falls in love with someone and their life is in danger at the same time she's supposed to save this other person. She meets others of her kind who know a lot more than she does about the whole 'being an angel' gig and tries to learn what's going on. I actually can't wait to see the next book come out.
I've gotten to book 15, yeah FIFTEEN, of the Stephanie Plum saga by Janet Evanovich. Badly though, I read it in my head using a horrible Jersey accent and I'm so excited about this being on the Big Screen. I can't wait to see One for the Money! Although, the guy who plays Ranger... doesn't look like the ranger in my mind dammit. Anyway, with all the trouble that Stephanie finds herself in it's probably a really good thing that these are non-supernatural books. Probably the first I've read in a long (very long) time.
Don't let me forget about the Vampire Academy spin-off of the Sydney Sage series by Richelle Mead. If you haven't read Vampire Academy, do not read these novels until you do or you'll have no idea what Sydney's history is with the Moroi and Dhampirs. Just trust me, okay? Sydney is amazing. Intelligent, beautiful, a lover of knowledge and learning. Unfortunately, her family history is full of dogma and they are a very controlling lot. She's an Alchemist (not like Full Metal, okay?) and helps by disintegrating Strigoi when they are staked. She's also discovering more about herself now that she's away from her overindulgent family once again. Sydney has to be careful though, she may be the current heroine thanks to the good she did in Bloodlines but she doesn't want to do anything that will end up getting her sent to a Re-Education Center. I can't wait to read The Golden Lily!
I've finally gotten my hands on the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, so I've started that. I'm not entirely sure about them just yet but I will try to get back to you. So, yes to all of these, even the Karen Chance novels if you like rollercoasters (see, there's always a catch) and the Anita Blake series if you can skim through the sex scenes like I can (or hey, maybe you like tons and tons and TONS of amazing scream inducing sex - even I need it now and again).
Bottom line, though? Go grab a book, even an audio book and start reading. If it weren't for books I would definitely be in a padded room. So thank you to each and every one of the authors for every book I've ever read.