My wrap-up on "Reading next #25" is already here and I just realized that I forgot to show you the books when I started with the reading pile, shame on me. ;) Maybe I already knew in the back of my mind that this reading pile wouldn't be the best of the last weeks and months. Out of the books you can see above only three belongs to what I like to call "Good books".
Before I start with telling you which books I liked, I want to show you at first which books were part of my "Reading pile #25".
Quinn - R.C. Ryan
I wished for you - Amy Huberman
The night before christmas - Scarlett Bailey
From dirt to diamonds - Julia James
The perks of being a wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Die Drachenkämpferin - Licia Trosi
Adaptation - Malinda Lo
Haunting Violet - Alexandra Harvey
In Honor - Jessi Kirby
Temptation of Angels - Michelle Zink
The three books from the ones above that did work for me are "From dirt to diamonds", "Die Drachenkämpferin" and "Haunting Violet".
"From dirt to diamonds" is a typical Harlequin story and was because of that fact a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I liked reading about both main characters and the love story touched me, of course the hero was way too arrogant at times and the happy end seemed a bit too easy, but that's actually something I look forward to in the romances by Harlequin, sometimes that's just what I need and want from a book.
"Die Drachenkämpferin" (translated it would be "The dragon fighter") includes all three books of the trilogy, no wonder it's over 1200 pages thick! At times the story dragged on a bit but overall I liked reading it and was fascinated by what was going on. There's magic in the book, intrigues, tragedies, loss, hope, love and deadly fights against a army that seems impossible to win against. There are a lot of action scenes, but also some slower, quieter ones and I liked the mix a lot. I loved that the author showed that being a warrior and killing people can change parts of who you are and I also loved the way she wrote her heroine. I have rarely seen a heroine that is so strong, stubborn and also vulnerable. I think I will definitely give other trilogies by the author a chance in the future.
"Haunting Violet" was a very nice surprise for me, I read some mixed review on the book before buying it and wasn't too sure what to expect of the story. What I got was an interesting story about ghosts, murder, illusions and trying to solve a deadly mystery. This YA book gave me a good, solid story and main characters I liked reading about. It's not a book with a lot of action and I also liked that, because that way the author could concentrate on her characters and I liked the result of it. The ending of the book is good but also a bit open, I definitely would love to read more about the world and the characters from "Haunting Violet".
Have you already read one of the books? What did you think about it?