Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Hits and Misses of 2007

Nath: One of the greatest thing in 2007 for me, was to get to know Ames better. I've started blogging back in the summer 2006, but at first, I was only lurking. Then, I got more involved and got to meet wonderful people. Then, back in March, I started to email with Ames. It's really great to meet and get to know someone that shares so many things in common with you... Especially reading and book tastes.

Ames: One of the best things for me in 2007 was the Canadian blog trip. I had gotten to know Nath really well through emails and it was such a pleasure to meet her, Kristie, Cindy and Chantal. We all love books so much and for me, there was no awkwardness between any of us. That's just amazing, meeting people you've met online and having a blast with them. It was good fun.

Not so fun, but a blessing in and of itself, was my car accident, which happened right after the trip. And Nath also had a car accident. Not only do we have car accidents in common, but we're both single, live at home, recently graduated from University and spend way too much money on books. Also, we're both sick of our jobs, but are too lazy to do anything about it. It's funny, but it's kind of scary how much we have in common, aside from books. LOL

To tell everyone the truth... Ames and I wanted to start a buddy review blog... But there was a lot more planning than doing. Then, we gave up the idea... the girls at Book Binge had just launched their blog and we thought too many stuff we planned would be similar. Also, both of us was unwilling to give up our blogs or make it less bookish. So instead, we thought we're buddy reviews more... that also never happened ^^;

So as a compensation for your loss (LOL), we'll be reviewing the year together! We'll have our own list on our blogs of Top 10 and all, but for now, here are some books we've both read and want to share with everyone :)

Surprises of the Year

Blame It on Paris by Laura Florand - I'm not one of biography or mémoires, but this book was truly awesome! It was sooo funny and the fact that most of the events were true just made it more incredible. I can't wait for the author's next book... and I can't wait for Ames to read it... and I've been bugging her for a while now!

Count to Ten by Karen Rose - I'm not a fan of romantic suspense, but there was enough blogger buzz to interest me in Karen Rose. I'm so glad I did. This book has quickly become one of my top faves of 2007. The book was made by the two main characters, Mia and Reed. They just fit, and that really struck a chord with me. Woot.

Disappointments of the Year

Lover Unbound by JR Ward - At this point, all I’m going to say is, I’m just going to keep reading this series for John and Blay. I lub them.

Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts - Overall, the book wasn't bad; however, it didn't meet my expectations :( I admit that perhaps, my expectations were high... but I was so excited to read it, hoping that it'd be in the same style as The Chesapeake trilogy... the romance, story-telling, even events and characters weren't balanced in my opinion. I hope that the next one will salvage the trilogy.

Best Book Event of the Year

Ames & Nath: For us, without question, the Canadian Romance Bloggers Meeting. It was just so great to meet bloggers, people that really share your passion.

Disappointing Book Event of the Year

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder - I was really sad when I learnt that the book date release was pushed back... a YEAR!! One whole year! That was just insane... but March 2008 is coming soon!

Where did Patience by Lisa Valdez go?

Books that met our expectations

Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey - This was the book most anticipated by me this year, and it was worth the wait. All about forbidden love, this novel had me crying and then banging my fists in frustration for the next installment. I want to make sure my characters get a happy ending! But I won't know that until June, when Kushiel's Mercy comes out. *sigh*

No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong - This was the 7th book in the Women of the Otherworld series and the main characters were Jeremy and Jaime. I was anticipating this book greatly and I seriously wondered how Kelley Armstrong was going to deal with Jeremy and Jaime's relationship. All I have to say is Jeremy was hot and Jaime is one lucky woman... and that balcony scene... wow!

Best Come-back Author of the Year

Jennifer Crusie with Agnes and the Hitman - It might have been a collaboration, but I thought there was a lot more of Jennifer Crusie than Bob Mayer in that book... and Agnes and the Hitman felt like a classic Jennifer Crusie. I'm happy that Jennifer Crusie is back at her best and hope that she'll have a book of her own in 2008.

Ames: None

and now... our Top 3!

Her Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

I loved this book! The bond between Temeraire and Laurence was what made this book so enjoyable for me.

I loved this book as well! It truly was awesome!! I love Temeraire and his relationship with Laurence. There's a lot of laughs and Temeraire is soooo cute!

Count to Ten - Karen Rose

This was Ames' surprise of the year and one of the best romantic suspense I've read in a while. The great thing about this book is that it was all well-balanced - the mystery, the romance and the main characters' development. Although it's loosely part of a series, it stands on its own very well... and the Hero and Heroine, Reed and Mia, were just great. Strong ppl with their share of past, but without being incapacitated by it.

Ames: see above

Demon Angel - Meljean Brook

Ahhh, Hugh and Lilith. How were they ever going to come together? It was crazy good how these two meshed.

This book was great!! It was very different than the usual romance novel or even paranormal romance... it's a difficult book to go get through, because there is so much either story-wise, character-wise or even detail-wise... but it's worth the time and concentration required... and Hugh and Lilith!! I just love them!! and Colin and Sir Pup LOL :P

One thing about 2007, there was a large number of new authors for both of us. It made it impossible for us to choose who we enjoyed the most out of the bunch. Let's hope that 2008 is just as enjoyable as 2007. I know March will be another good month for meeting up with bloggers...

I seriously can't wait to see what 2008 has in store for us. I'm sure it'll be another amazing year for us :D


  1. I promised you more comments for 2008 so here we go: I love working with you on blog stuff. We have so much fun! LOL

  2. I don't think Ames really comments on anyones blog, does she? I rarely see her commenting on mine anyways. Where's the love?!? *sniff*

    Anywho, happy new year Nath. Like you, I am impatiently waiting for Fire Study, but I have been waiting for over a year, so it better be March soon... I have it preordered already, in any case.

    You know, come to think of it, you don't comment on my blog very often either. hehe

    Great post, though.

  3. Another one who's waiting for Fire Study! Can not wait!!!

  4. Ames - LOL, me too!!! I don't understand why we don't do it more often!

    Kailana - chalk it up to laziness LOL :P at least, she reads all of our blogs :P

    Happy New Year to you too Kailana!!

    Marg - I wonder if Fire Study is going to be the book of the year... at least, me say it's the most anticipated one for me :P

  5. I love the joint post. It's great. And darlings, you could have started a joint review blog..we wouldn't have minded. Or you can come join ours! That could be tons of fun! :)

    I'm so anxious for Fire Study! I want it NOW!

    And you know, I still haven't read Count to Ten. *sigh* I need to get rid of my freaking TBR pile already!

  6. We will do it more often! Let me catch up on some books and then February will be a kick ass joint review month. LOL

  7. Meljean's Gaurdian series rocks, doesn't it? Did you guys read Demon Moon yet?

  8. very cool girls!

    All those boobs- I mean books- two get through and you cut it down for us!

    (read the comments on Ames's post and you'll get that! ::winks at chantal::)

  9. Holly - we weren't worried that you would mind... it's just, we couldn't come up with something that would have seen to be truly ours. Then, at the same time, we both started being lazy about reviewing and posting... so it just didn't make sense to start a new blog :P and LOL, you really want to run after two more persons?

    Ames - we'll definitively have to do it again :D but you have to start reading new releases LOL :P

    Lisabea - I thought Demon Angel was better :D For me, Demon Moon was very hard to get into too... there's lots of things I still don't understand... I've been telling myself to re-read it, but didn't have time yet ;) But I can't wait to read the next Guardians book :D

    Zeek - LOL, I hope it can help some ppl out there :D and Boobs are our speciality right? LOL :P

  10. You guys should totally come and review with us on Book Binge, I think you guys would be a fantastic addition to the blog cause I lubs you both! =)


  11. I said on Ames that I'm really looking forward to meeting up in 2008. First I'm counting down the months, then it will be weeks, then days, then hours!! It's cute seeing these duo posts!

  12. I really enjoy your duo posts too. Somehow both of your personalities shine through. I really like seeing what everyone liked (or didn't) about their reading for 2007 too.

  13. Cool, some of those i have not read, I have some books to look out for. I just requested Count to Ten by Karen Rose, I have not read her before. I like the joint post. Good job nath and ames!!

  14. Rowena - LOL, Holly has convinced me... so I'll be contributing a little :P I don't want to give up my blog, but I'll be submitting reviews :D

    Kristie - Me too, me too! I can't wait for this year meeting... now, I have to schedule all the things I want to do :( it sucks not to have vacation days, seriously :(

    Rosie - Thanks :P It's funny, because we're quite a like :) do you have a list coming up?

    Kris - me thinks you're going to enjoy Count to Ten :) that's what soooo great about these lists... it's that you get some very good suggestions for your next read :D

  15. I loved the Canadian Bloggers meeting too!! I have Count to Ten in the TBR but that Noami book might have to be brought into the house!


  16. Cindy - For this year's Canadian Blogger Meeting, we're coming to your house, LOL :)

    Count to Ten is definitively up your alley, but I'm not sure about His Majesty's Dragon - it's a fantasy book and there's no sex in it ^^;