I have a bad habit of buying way too many books faster than I can read them. Most of them end up in boxes because I don't have that many book shelves. My DVDs take up most of the shelf space.
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Nika’s last login was Saturday, June 16, 2012.
Hey, Nika, long time, no talk!
I just checked out Madeline Urban's blog and saw that she and Abigail Roux are taking May and June to vacation and rest from writing Fish & Chips, the next in the Zane and Ty saga (that I'm SO anticipating). I know you're as big a fan of the guys as I am so I thought I'd pass the info along. Also says that Madeline's given up producing solo work to focus on the Zane & Ty series with Abigail, and I sure can't say THAT news disappoints, as maybe it will be a long series! Here's hoping. I'm currently in the process of setting up my own blog with all the many reviews I've written in the past year. I like the format and I've set it up to allow for the ease of searching by genre, author, series, and rating. If you get a minute and have any interest, I'd love you to check it out and let me know what you think. It's called One Good Book Deserves Another and it's on blogspot. www.one-good-book.blogspot.com, is the direct link.
Have to go read some more. Catch you soon!
Thanks for the friendship I so love this site. I am such a book addicted that this site is perfect for me. Looking forward to chatting about our books that we read or have in common. Feel free to recommend books always love to find new authors I chat about the books I read and also up coming books you can always find me at my book blog too links are under my profile, Thanks again a have a great day..
Hey Nika! I found another one - and in fact, an author pairing that totally rocks, as I'm almost through with a third I think lives up to Zero at the Bone. If you're looking for killer reads in the m/m mystery/thriller genre, try Warrior's Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux - and then try their psychological thriller, Cut and Run. I'm not through with that one yet, but it is currently blowing me AWAY - maybe even MORE so than Zero at the Bone simply because I have a twisted fondness for reading about characters that are damaged, yet manage to work with the damage or around or through it - and the two leads in Cut and Run are excellent examples of that. If you try them, let me know what you think!
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A girl after my own heart! I LOVE the BDB series. Out of all the paranormal romance series I have read or am reading, that series impresses me the most with the complexity and interwoven plot lines though each book - above and beyond the "romance" aspect. You're never just reading about the leading couple, you're also experiencing the brotherhood's goings-on, and I admit, that sort of storytelling has spoiled me, leaving some other previous favorites of mine feeling rather two dimensional.
So tell me - what was the final take on Zero?
Hahaha I'm the same with The Lord of The Rings, even though Im a huge fan I just can't bring myself to finish the extremely detailed book.
And yeah there are better things you can read, liiike Vampire Academy, The Huntress Series, J.R. Ward, Sookie Stackhouse...
Hey, Nika. I'm happy to hear you're another m/m fan, and I hope you enjoy Zero at the Bone as much as I did. We share similar feelings about m/m books - I try to steer clear of m/m erotica (or what I call porn-with-plot) for the very reasons you mention - the story gets lost or the characters are just shagging it up all the time. I favor full and well told stories (romance, suspense, mystery, etc.) that happen to have m/m relationships instead of m/f. And I've been lucky enough to stumble across quite a few (admittedly, Zero at the Bone is still reigning champ in that area...it's just such a well written book that it's a shame that more people WON'T read it because of it's m/m pairing) as I've honed in on the alternative relationship genre. I admit, though, I don't know what yaoi is.
Paranormal romances are (obviously, if you've looked at my shelf) the genre that I've read the most of, as the m/m books are a relatively new and wonderful find that I've just gotten into this year, though I do read several other genres as well.
I'd be happy to recommend some great m/m books...or, well...books that I thought were great anyway, and that I think you might like. If you like mysteries (like the m/m version of a hipper, more modern Agatha Christie, try Josh Lanyon. I've read a couple by him and enjoyed them - especially "The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks". For a bit of m/m paranormal romance, J.L. Langley has a the With or Without Series. I've read three in the series and they weren't bad - they have less depth and complexity than Zero at the Bone, but they're okay. For the straight (no pun intended) m/m romance, you can't often miss with authors like Z.A. Maxfield - her "ePistols at Dawn" was a layered, emotional, complete book that I really enjoyed. My first real "find" in the m/m romance genre was Claire Thompson's "Handyman" and it's still one of my favorites of the genre.
It's just occurred to me that since I FOUND m/m pairing books, I've actually read quite a lot of them. I have an Amazon Kindle and I think it's just easier to find the alternative-relationship books on there. I have more recommendations, but I'll hold off for now. You may hate Zero at the Bone by the end, after all, and not want any more recommendations.
I hope not though - that one has a warm place in my heart.
Hope to talk to you soon!
Actually I'm not xD I just haven't taken that one out. I started reading it but got distracted with something else. And I don't watch the TV show either, I think it will ruin the whole book (Elena is not even blonde).
Hahaha the movie is bad, but the books are not. I'm not a hardcore fan, the enchantment of the book left me when the big fan people entered the picture.
I always say that the books are always better than the movies. Read the books. =]
Thanks for the request. I have not yet gotten to the BDB series. I will though. I do have a couple recommendations for you. First is the Demonica series by Larissa Ione. I see that you already have her fist book Pleasure Unbound on your shelf. Very good series. Second is Primal Instinct series by Rhyannon Byrd. It is kinda slow at first but it picks up. Hope you enjoy your reading. Keep in touch.
Some recommendations of the top of my head:
A warning on the Lord of the Underworld series. The first book is very much a "set up" and introduction to all the characters like the Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. Unfortunately, so many characters referred to by different names/sin can be confusing, but the series does improve with the sequels. Just thought I would warn you as the first book was so weak and rushed.
I would strongly recommend Ilona Andrew's Magic series. The first book is a bit confusing on the first few chapters, but it has turned into my favorite series that I must have as soon as each book is released. It is urban fantasy and has a unique take on various supernatural creatures including creepier vampires.
Another to give a whirl if you like strong female leads is the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine. They are addictive so be warned. It is also original in its idea as it deals with weather, elements and the wardens dealing with d'jinn/genies. NIck Sagan does some good sci-fi. Also, Black Magic Woman by Justin Gustanias you might enjoy as his is urban fantasy/horror.
Do you have any books that you avoid like the plague or writers? Do you like fairies, vampires or witches? And do you prefer sci-fi or sci-fi fantasy? (like star trek vs. star wars). If you like historical mystery with some fun, I recommend giving Elizabeth PEters a whirl. I loved her Crocodile on the Sandbank which is the first in her Amilea Peaboy mysteries.
IF you have read a lot of typical D&D fantasy novels, I highly recommend Jim HInes's Goblin Quest. One of the funniest satires on the whole thing I have read recently.
I also recommend giving any of Terry PRatchett's discworld novels a spin. My favorites are those featuring Death or the Witches or the Nightwatch. Fantasy satire at its finest.
Also, there is E.E. KNight's Valentine series dealing with "vampires' from space set in the future alternate earth. Just something different. ;)
Good lookin shelf!! Okay.....
I just started the True Blood/Sookie series. I read the first book and was not doing any cartwheels. But it was entertaining and I'm looking forward to reading more of them. However, I am on the 2nd book in Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly series and I love these books. You should give them a try. They are Grave Sight, Grave Surprise and An Ice Cold Grave.
Def keep reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. Prob my very favorite of all the series' I read.
The Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian is great too. Similar to the BDB books, but different enough to be entertaining. Tegan's story (bk 3) is my favorite in that series.
Larissa Ione's Demonica series is awesome. I've only read the first book but it's one of the favorite things I've read this year. I have the 3rd book but have been trying to get the second book either from paperbackswap or a used book store. (I read so much that I rarely allow myself to buy new/full price books).
And I also recently read Gena Showalter's first book in her Lords of the Underwold series. I really enjoyed it and see great potentional in that series as well.
I think you'll find out very soon that 12 books a year is a very mild goal. Once you get hooked on some of these books, especially those in series, you'll be a reading fool!