11 February 2013

Reading next #17 - it's a wrap

I'm finally done with my "Reading pile #17" and all in all it was a ok to good one. My three highlights of the pile are "Tarnished", "Knit one, kill two" and "Tiger's Voyage". The first is a steampunk adult novel, the second a cozy mystery and the third is #3 in a fantasy YA series. I'm happy that my favourite books are this time so different from each other and that they are all part of series. That means that there are many more books waiting to be read by me. :)

The books on my #17 reading pile were

♥ Tarnished - Karina Cooper

steampunk, adult, #1 in the St. Croix Chronicles
A great start into the series. You get a smart heroine with a complex, at times shady past. A heroine who is by day part of society and at night something like a bounty hunter. A heroine with very interesting inner thoughts who is finding herself in a situation that couldn't be more serious. Plus there are many secrets and this dark, dangerous and delicious man - what more do you want? Book #2 is already ordered and I'm very excited to go on with reading.

Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes

fantasy, YA, #1 in the Falling Kingdoms series
The writing style and the pacing of the book were good, but unfortunately I din't like any of the main characters. I have to like at least some of the characters to enjoy a book and that didn't happen with "Falling Kingdoms". In the end this was an ok book.

A deal to die for - Josie Belle

cozy mystery, adult, #2 in the A Good Buy Girls Mystery series
I want my cozy mysteries to be very cozy, lovely and without any hint of love/interest triangles. But unfortunately that's exactly what was included in "A deal to die for". Another ok book.

Supernaturally - Kiersten White

paranormal, YA, #2 in the Paranormalcy series
I loved "Paranormalcy", book #1 in the series, but this second book brought me nothing new. It was one of this typical middle books in a trilogy that is pretty much redundant. I will still go on with the series and read the last book, even though this novel was just ok.

♥ Knit one, kill two - Maggie Sefton

cozy mystery, adult, #1 in the Knitting Mystery series
Another highlight from this reading pile. From the first pages on loved the characters, the town the book is set in and the writing style. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and would recommend it to all readers of cozy mysteries and those who want to give the genre a try. Book #2 in th series is already ordered and I'm very excited to get & read it.

Chapter & Hearse - Lorna Barrett

cozy mystery, adult, #4 in the Booktown Mystery series
This book should have been perfect for me, but it just wasn't for me. :( I couldn't connect to the characters or the writing style.

Sanctum - Sarah Fine

Urban Fantasy, YA, #1 in the Guards of the Shadowlands series
This book could have been fantastic, but the characters were never be allowed to become more than flat cardboard characters. Plus the author seemed to go through a big, fat checklist of things typical for YA book and included pretty much everything of it in the book. I was a bit disappointed by "Sanctum" and will not go on with the series.

♥ Tiger's voyage - Colleen Houck

paranormal, YA, #3 in the Tiger Saga
A book that is part of a series that is famous for its love triangle, how scould that work for me? I don't know how, but omg did it work for me! I loved the writing style and the world building. Both sucked me into the story and entertained me so much. Even the love triangle somehow worked for me and I can't wait to read the other books in this quartet.

13 to life - Shannon Delany

paranormal, YA, #1 in the 13 to life series
Both the author's writing style and the first half of the book worked for me. However I lost a bit of interest in the second half and was not happy with how the female main character acted from time to time. I wanted her to get more angry because of certain events, I wanted her to be a bit stronger. I'm not sure if I will go on with the series, but I definitely plan to get and read "Weather Witch" once the book is available.


  1. Very glad you loved the Maggie Sefton book! But I do have to tell you, there are not many cozies out there without any kind of love interest around the corner. Even this series. But, Lambspun and this village are totally real, you could visit it. I follow the blog Cozy Chicks, written by some of my favourite cozy authors.

    1. I adore love interests in cozies, but no love triangles. I meant love triangle or interest triangle, because often it's more about being interested in two men and not so much about really being in love with them.

  2. I haven't read a cozy mystery yet but the one by Maggie Sefton really sounds good. :)

    1. It really is. I don't like knitting myself, but I loved even that in the book. :)

  3. That's too bad about Falling Kingdoms. Here's to hoping it works for me! Also since you enjoyed Knit One, Kill Two so much I'm definitely going to have to check that one out. :) I can't wait to see what your next stack includes!

    1. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you will enjoy "Falling Kingdoms" a lot, I was sad that it didn't work for me. I'm also excited for my new reading pile, I'm in the mood for some fresh books. :)

      Happy Reading!

  4. "Sanctum" by Sarah Fine will be published by Amazonecrossing (never heard about this publisher, but okay ;)) and I have already preorder it. I hope it will be work for me! :)

    1. ...and here is the link to the book: http://www.amazon.de/Innerste-Sph%C3%A4re-Roman-W%C3%A4chter-Schattenlands/dp/1611099226/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=J55YWFZMHGXB&coliid=I2GHNSVWX3MBVN

    2. I heard of Amazoncrossing before, they do translations when there's enough interest for a book.
      Would it be ok for you if I use the German cover for a post on B-Lit? Of course with a link back to you. :)

      And I could send you my copy of "Sanctum" if you are ok with reading it on English, I don't need my copy anymore.

    3. If you like to do a post about it, it's would be a honour for me! :)

      Really? From time to time I try to read on english (my goal is to read english books as good as I read german-translations) and I would never say no to a book :) If you want you can send me a message on FB :) I would be glad!




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