What I read at any given time varies widely depending on my mood, which can be difficult for reviewing purposes. But that is beside the point sometimes I get fixated on an author and I don’t want to read anything but their stuff and then other times I am figuratively wandering around the kitchen thinking “I’m hungry, but I don’t know what I want to eat!” Isn’t that the absolute worst feeling? I don’t know if it is the weather or some other conditioned response but I seem to gravitate towards sci-fi/fantasy in the first months of the year, perhaps it is the same reason Blade Runner is the go to movie on New Year’s Eve?
Regardless, I am fortunate to be able to do my day job AND listen to audiobooks (at the same time) and as such the availability thereof at my local library also impacts what I happen to be read/listening to at any given time. The latest Nalini Singh happened to be available at the library and even though I had only read a few of the epic Psy-Changelings series the synopsis of Shards of Hope intrigued me enough to break with my typical reading protocol and not read each and every installment before reaching the fourteenth entry in this massive series. I was not disappointed. In fact I was inspired to read the whole thing to catch up with the characters who I had missed.
Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14) – Nalini Singh
Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.
And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.
This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.
My Two Cents Worth – From it’s Saw-like beginning to the perfectly satisfying ending Shards of Hope proves that Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling universe is still uniquely fresh and entertaining in a genre that can be more than a little rote and trite in the wrong hands.
Enamor (Hearts of Stone #1) – Veronica Larsen
The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there’s one to begin with. Here’s mine. My new roommate is a conceited, womanizing jerk. He pushes my buttons and drives me so crazy I want to strangle him daily.
There’s a million reasons why I should stay far away from him, the most obvious of which being that I hate him with the fire of a thousand suns.
Except that I don’t hate him.
It’s a reckless game we’re playing, treading the edge of an attraction so intense it might as well be a grenade.
My Two Cents Worth – Enamor started of slowly in my opinion but once the story got it’s hooks into me I was all in. While there was some angst in this N/A, what set it apart was the exquisitely depicted romance between Julia and Giles. If anything their affair was the anti-thesis of “love at first sight”. I will definitely read the rest of this series.
I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straight edge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
My Two Cents Worth – Last but not least was another excellent read, I don’t have much else to add to other than Ms Demetrios is a fantastic writer and I recommend this one to well pretty much everyone. It goes on the short list of books that made me cry and I pride myself on being a stoic reader and not resorting to water works for anything less than the best.
I was left with a bit of a reading hangover following the one-two punch of Enamor and I’ll Meet You There and wasn’t sure what to follow up those excellent novels with. While I am still flirting with the idea of reading Emma Chase’s next entry in the Tangled series I started to get over stimulated and had to abandon that idea in favour of reading it rather than listening… boundary issues you know? I was left with no other choice than to dig down in my e-reader and see what treasures I could unearth.
Frigid (Frigid #1) -J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.
Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.
But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.
My Two Cents Worth – My only complaint so far is why oh why would this young man insist in going around in winter as evidenced by the cover in a jacket WITH NO SHIRT!?!? But I assume I am just too old to understand.