I didn’t do much reading for the first 2/3 of the month, but then ended up reading six books in the last 10 days of the month, thanks mostly to some amazing books that helped pull me out of my reading slump. Beside each book, I’m also going to list the challenges it satisfies. (BR= BookRiot Read Harder Challenge, MMD=Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge, GNM=Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge)
- Treasure of the Abyss by Tiffany Roberts. 5 stars. I absolutely LOVED this SF romance about a woman from the distant future who lives on a planet colonized by humans. A storm nearly claims her life when she’s out at sea, but instead she’s rescued by an almost mystical creature, called a kraken. They seem so different, but the tension quickly builds and soon it becomes clear that there is nothing the unlikely lovers won’t do for each other. Roberts’ writing is amazing: the descriptions make you feel as if you’re right there with the hero and heroine, and the history and backstory of this particular world is fascinating. The romance will leave your little HEA-loving heart happy.
- Undying by Tiffany Roberts. 5 stars. Yes, another Tiffany Roberts read, a SF romance set on a world that is totally uninhabited by humans. The heroine’s prison ship crashes and she finds herself on this alien world, all alone. Or, at least she is at first, until the last remaining Valos finds her and the two team up rather than facing both the dangers of the wilds and the unceasing loneliness of being the only ones of their kind on the planet. The mythology behind this story is so interesting and the romance is breathtaking. Absolutely loved it. (Disclaimer: Tiffany is a friend and I proofread this particular book. I would have loved it just as much even if I hadn’t.)
- Hooked by Jayne Blue. This is the story of an MMA fighter and the daughter of the CEO of the league he fights in, who has found her life turned upside down after the deaths of her parents. Not my usual genre, but I enjoyed it. (Disclaimer: I was hired to proofread this book.)
- INK: A Love Story on 7th and Main by Elizabeth Hunter. 5 stars. Holy fuck. This book is getting its own post in a day or two. For now: I loved it and I want to crawl into this book and live there.
- Amulet #1 by Kazu Kibuishi. 5 stars. The first book in the popular Amulet series about a young girl who discovers a crazy and magical world full of mystery and danger after her family moves to her great-grandfather’s house after the tragic death of her father. The story pulled me in immediately and the artwork is absolutely stunning. I’ll be reading the rest of this series for sure. We have the full collection and my teenage daughters both highly recommended it; I don’t know why it took me so long to start reading it. (BR, GNM)
- Lazarus Volume 1 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark. 5 stars. This was actually a re-read for me. I think I’ve read this one a couple times before this but I want to catch up with this series and a re-read seemed to be in order. If possible, I love it even more than I already did. This story of a dystopian America in which a few families own all of the resources and constantly guard against or outright battle the others for power is absolutely gripping. Told mostly from the POV of the Carlyle family’s “Lazarus” — their protector, a woman dedicated to them, created by them, virtually unkillable — and her path from obedience to rebellion. I’ll be reading Lazarus vol. 2 next month. (GNM)
So, those were my reads for this month. I want to read at least 10 books in February to start getting back on track. I’m starting by finishing up a read/edit of the next book in my friend Amy Cissell’s Eleanor Morgan series, The Broken World, and reading The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman, as well as Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis. Also finishing up Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Should be a good month of reading!