Reading pile #21 is history and here are my thoughts on the books.
A kind of magic - Betty Neels
contemporary romance, adult
This was exactly the lovely and nice romance I expected. I heart Betty Neels.
The Collector - Victoria Scott
The story was fresh and dared to be different compared to other paranormal YA books. I loved that the heroine is a normal girl, that she looks like a normal teen and not like a model. But I struggled with the male main character. I could not believe in the way he changed throughout the story and did not like him. I'm a reader who needs to like the main characters in a book, so I don't think that I will go on with the series.
Colours of love - Entfesselt (German book) - Kathryn Taylor
erotic romance, adult
This first book in an erotic romance duology was a lot of fun to read. The author's writing style was very engaging and made it easy to get lost in the story. The story itself was at times a bit too dramatic for my taste, however I still enjoyed reading about the characters and their love story. The first book was stronger than the second one, in the second one things seemed a bit rushed.
I'm happy that this book is a duology because two books were enough to wrap up the story in a good way. In 2014 a second duology is coming out by the author and I will definitely get it.
Love? Maybe. - Heather Hepler
This was an ok book, too much of it was about getting a date for Valentine's Day and I wanted to learn more about the characters and their stories instead. It was easy to read and I enjoyed the book, but the story was also easy to forget after I finished reading it.
Corralled - Lorelei James
erotic romance, adult
This book disappointed me a bit. I had issues with connecting to the characters, did not believe that the relationship between the woman and the two men could really work as it was portrayed in the book, and I also did not like all of the main characters that much. Plus how an attempted sexual assault was delt with made me not happy. I know that it was realistic, however I want my happy books to be better than reality. I need to know that at least in books the bad guys get what they deserve. I don't plan to read any other books by the author.
Dance of Shadows - Yelena Black
The mix between the ballett school and the mysterious developments sounded very good, but unfortunately the story did not always work for me. Some things were a bit hard to believe for me and I'm not sure if there is enough in the story to make it a trilogy. I enjoyed the book while I read it, but I'm still not that interested in finding out more about the characters and what happens to them next. I don't think that I will go on with the series.
Dark Triumph - Robin LaFevers
historical, fantasy, YA
This second book in the His Fair assassin series was amazing! I enjoyed it as much as book #1 in the series and can't wait to find out how the story will go on. I loved pretty much everything about the book. The writing style was fantastic, from the first pages on I felt as if I was part of the story and I rooted hard for all the main characters. The story itself is thrilling and fascinating, overall it's a bit darker than in "Grave Mercy", but don't worry, it's not too dark. If you haven't read a book in this series please consider doing so, you miss great stories with fascinating characters, thrilling action, female assassins who rock, power plays, intrigues and love.
Tiger's Quest - Colleen Houck
Now I've finally read all the books in the Tigers saga. And I have two say that books #3 and #4 were the best for me, but since I know how the story started and the relationship between Kelsey and Ren was in books #1 and #2, the love triangle doesn't work for me anymore. Now that I read book #2 I'm now longer ok with how Kelsey went from one brother to the other. And still I enjoyed the series as a whole because I love the world-building and the authors writing style. So yes, I will giver her next book a chance.
Gilded - Karina Cooper
This second book in a historical series with paranormal elements was as fascinating as the first book. I loved that the heroine has a messed up past and that she still tries hard to do her best. Some of the new developments in the story did not work for me, and still I'm excited to read the next book in the series. If you like your books with characters that are messed up and a bit different, then this is a series you should give a try.
The Queen is dead - Kate Locke
Another second book in a series a enjoy and another second book that makes me excited for more. The stories continued to develop in a good way, I once again enjoyed reading about the goblins, the werewolves and the vampires, plus the mystery was interesting. Sometimes I felt as if too much was going on and one new development was a bit weird for me, but I still enjoyed the book and will definitely go on with reading the series.
Head over Heals - Jill Shalvis
contemporary romance, adult
This third book in a contemporary romance series was unfortunately just ok for me. I wanted to love it, but was not that interested in the characters and what happened to them. I don't plan to go on with reading the series.
Darkness Unbound - Keri Arthur
I know that a lot of readers love the books by Keri Arthur, but for me "Darkness Unbound" was just ok. I struggled a bit with the writing style and had a hard time with connecting with the characters. Right now I don't plan to read other books by the author.
Angelfire (German version) - Courtney Allison Moulton
This was another book that I enjoyed while I read it, but that didn't leave any lasting impressions on me. Not all things in the paranormal world the author created worked for me, and I don't think that I will go on with the series.
I also read the following two ebooks
The Nightmare Affair - Mindy Arnett
paranormal YA, #1 in a new series
A paranormal YA book that plays at a school for paranormals might at first glance not sound that fresh and original, because there are already a lot of books with this theme available, but believe me, "The Nightmare Affair" is both. The book was like a breath of fresh air for me, it entertained me beginning to end and made me excited for the next book in the series. A book with a heroine that is half human / half nightmare was definitely something that was missing from my life. :)
I loved that the author added special paranormals to her story like the afore mentioned Nightmare and also beings like Sirens. Everything that had to do with learning more about what being a Nightmare means fascinated me completely and for the first time in my life I liked reading about nightmares.
The mix of paranormal elements and the investigation made the whole book very entertaining, I was never bored while reading. Another thing that made it easy to like the book were the main characters. Both Dusty and Eli were very likable and I enjoyed how their relationship changed throughout the story. No new development was rushed and I liked that as well.
"The Nightmare Affair" is the first book in a series, and I will definitely go on with reading the second book once it's out.
Grace Grows - Shelle Summers
chick-lit, adult, stand-alone
I have mixed mixed feelings about this chick-lit novel. On the one hand I enjoyed the author's writing style a lot, it was very easy to get lost in the story and I could not stop reading the book. And I thought that the hero was great, at first I didn't know what to think of him but after a few chapters I loved reading about him. But I struggled a bit with the heroine and wanted to shake her at times. Some of her decisions were pretty frustrating and didn't make that much sense to me. But overall I still liked the book and I'm interested in finding out what the author will publish next.