Things have been pretty crazy for us Book Bingers, and we fell a little behind. Today we’re playing catch-up.
Holly: Since last time, I finished Shield-Maiden: Under the Hunter’s Moon and Shield-Maiden: Under the Thunder Moon by Melanie Karsak. I ended up really enjoying the series. A key plot-line from the first book was wrapped up here, and I plan to hold off on reading any more in the series for now. Hot as Hades by Alisha Rai was super wonderful. This is the Hades/Persephone story I’ve been waiting for. I wish there had been more. I read Wicked Wish by Veronica Douglas and Linsey Hall, a new to me duo. I enjoyed the book as a whole, though I did have some minor gripes with it. I plan to read further in the series.
I started the Dragon Dojo Brotherhood series by Olivia Ash without realizing it features a “reverse-harem” (a term I hate). Reign of Dragons, book 1, was really great. A little long and repetitive in places, but I really enjoyed the story and the world-building. Fate of Dragons, the second book, felt more like a placeholder novel. I didn’t dislike it, but nothing really happened. I do plan to continue the series at some point.
I listened to the Half-Life of Marie Curie, an Audible play by Lauren Gunderson. It was very well done for being so short. I loved it. I also listened to Snow Day by Julie Lipson, another Audible production. It was a cute short story. I liked it. I enjoyed Pause by Kylie Scott, which features a character we met in Repeat, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be based on my unholy love of Repeat. It was good, but not great.
I DNF’d Apprentice of Magic by K.M. Shea. The story was mostly just boring and I was really frustrated with the heroine and how she pretended to be “sweet and nice” all the time. From a review I read, it sounds like that doesn’t change. Frankly, I wasn’t invested enough in either the story or characters to continue on. I’m currently reading Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas for my book club Zoom meeting this weekend.
Rowena: Happy Friday, everyone! I’m reading my second book of the week and I’m ridiculously happy about that. I just finished Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs and enjoyed that one a lot. The case that they were working on was interesting to me and everything that happens with everyone had me gripped with anticipation so I’m really looking forward to where the series goes from here…especially after that ending. Just..wow.
I started Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas so I’m hoping to get that done before tomorrow cause my book club meets on Sunday to discuss it. So far, so good on that one too.
After I finish Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas, I’ll be jumping into my May review pile of Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane and The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He. Wish me luck!
What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!