Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Winter Vacation Reading List

by Kathy F.

Everyone had a wonderful holiday, I hope. And you all asked for and received some wonderful new lovelies to read, yes? Whether the weather was horrible or strangely springlike, if you are like me, you carved out some time to curl up with a book or 2 (or more). Here's my list.

Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti

This was my December read. I mentioned that I was a tiny bit scared to read it after waiting so long to get my hands on it, but I am happy to say I really liked the book. Interesting world and characters, and wonderful gadgets along with intrigue - good stuff. Yes, a triangle but not over-angsty. The relationship is resolved by the end. Book 2 is out in the spring.

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I grabbed Issue 1 of this one as a Kindle freebie, then quickly bought Volumes 1 and 2. I dug the little family trying to make it in a completely effed up universe. Edgy and wonderful.

Vol 1 Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

Vol 2 Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

Taste of Passion by Renae Jones

This is a quick, steamy Sci Fi Romance. I really liked it and I'm hoping we someday get more in this universe. Being as this is me, you are probably expecting that there were lots of battles, space chases and alien heads exploding amidst the smexing, but no. This is set on an alien world and deals with cultural issues between two people from vastly different upbringings. Add in that they are living next door to each other because his planet conquered hers and it ups the ante. Just the right pace and I liked the give and take.

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Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

Houdini's illegitimate daughter is a skilled magician in her own right, but is hiding a deeper secret - she really does have psychic powers. Throw in mother-daughter issues, shadowy organizations, and the attentions of 2 possible suitors as well as twists and turns set against 1920s New York. I know triangle is usually the kiss of death, but I thought this worked (sometimes they do, people).

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Duke's Diamonds by MC Beaton

This was not a freebie, but it was cheap (it isn't now) and different from my other reads, so I decided to give it a shot as a palate cleanser. The good news is that it was a very quick read. The bad news is that it was a very quick read. The hero's feelings were resolved too quickly and the HEA felt meh. I did like the heroine, she was not a doormat, and considering this was written in the 80s I feel that says something.

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The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

Book 3 in the Miriam Black series and it was so, so good. I was expecting maybe a bit of middle book syndrome, but nope. A story arc is completed, there is a new goal, the action was intense, the stakes high, and Miriam was her usual crass self.

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How about you? What did you read over the holidays?
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