Monday, March 01, 2010

Monthly Reads: February 2010

Guess what? I was able to squeeze in a re-read yesterday for February, so now, all I have to do is review it :D

Guess what? I reviewed all the books I wanted to (you know, when I write "Review to come" in my monthly reads list), except for one and I plan to do it this week... LOL, I mean, it's so rare for me to review all the books I read. So to review all the books I want to review, that's quite an accomplishment as well :P In addition, I was also able to review a couple of books I've read this month! Wow, I'm impressed at myself, LOL.

So here is my list of reads for the month of February:

1) Ravishing in Red by Madeline Hunter: B
Review to come at Breezing Through

2) Lessons from a Scarlet Lady by Emma Wildes: B+
Review to come at Breezing Through

3) Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh: B++

4) Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep: A-

5) Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis: B-

As a whole, I did enjoy Slow Heat more than Double Play. It's the feeling I got while reading Slow Heat, more fun I guess. However, Slow Heat was definitively not a perfect read and I had some issues with it, mostly Sam. I was looking forward to this book from the teaser we got in Double Play and while I really liked Wade, Sam disappointed me. Mostly, I found Sam too uptight, nervous and almost with a lack of self-confidence, which made it hard for me to believe she was a successful PR... and I felt she didn't understand her clients either. For example, when she discovered that Wade's father was still alive, she immediately brought up the issue with Wade and ask if they could both participate for the Father/Son day. She didn't take two seconds to think. Coming from a dysfunctional family, I thought she would have been smarter than that. Obviously, if Wade doesn't want people to know his father is alive is because there's something going on somewhere. Whether it's bad blood between them or his father preferring a secret life or whatever. Yes, she's focused on her work, but it almost made her stupid. I'm not saying she shouldn't have brought it up, but I think she should have taken 2 seconds to think about.

I thought the whole "pretend" relationship was ridiculous at the end. It dragged way too long in my opinion. Seriously, when you cannot keep your hands off the other person and you'd have sex several times together... It's not a pretended relationship anymore and obviously, it's not a one-night stand. So sit down and discuss about it. Seriously, I thought they figured it out that it wasn't pretended anymore... till the one month was up. So Sam wants to know what is it between her and Wade, but she won't even take a step to figure it out... Instead, she just breaks if off. Wow, tha's going to advance your relationship Sam.

I did Sam's nephew, Tag. He was entertaining, unfortunately, I didn't "feel" that storyline. I usually enjoy this type of storylines where the hero or heroine suddenly become a guardian... but something was off in this one. I felt that at the end, it didn't impact the storyline that much. Also, I can't believe she's only  met her nephew three times in his 10 years of existence. It makes sense when you live in different states, but in Sam and her family case, when they move around so much... it was just weird. Also, Wade's father storyline - meh. I thought it was quite superfluous and it didn't bring much to the storyline, especially with the ending we got.

So yeah, it does sound like I did have a lot of issues with it and I did... but somehow, I ended up enjoying it more than Double Play. Go figure.

6) Truly, Madly by Heather Webber: B+
Review to come.

7) Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb: C
Review to come.

8) Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen: B

I bought this book because Ames enjoyed it so much and I've heard a lot of good things about Sarah Dessen. Now I understand why Ms Dessen is such a hit. While the story didn't quite reach me, I thought the book was cute and the writing was very engaging. It's fun to see characters like Auden discover themselves, reaching a new phase of their life. I like that most of the characters in this book were very mature. I like how Ms Dessen says looks are deceiving... and I'd have enjoyed it more if Auden didn't break with Eli that first time... So yes, I enjoyed it but didn't really connect.

9) Present Danger by Susan Andersen: B-
Review to come; TBR Challenge (either February or March :P)

10) Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr: C
Review to come - I'm going to do a twofer this week, Angel's Peak with Moonlight Road.

11) Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen: B

Another Sarah Dessen's book. I got this one because the blurb really got me curious and like I said earlier, I like hero/heroine becoming guardians. I really enjoyed this book for Ruby, Jamie and Cora's interaction. Jamie was so much fun :) Again, the book was a little bit about a young girl discovering herself and the world around her. I like how Ms Dessen deals with very dark issues, without over-dramatizing it in her books. What happens to the characters feels very realistic and I think that's why she's such a hit. It's great to find young adult straight contemporary :P

12) Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole: B
Review to come.

13) Shadalor's Lady by Anne Bishop: A-
Review to come.

14) The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop: B+
Review to come; Re-Read Challenge.

So 14 books this month :) Not bad considering there was the Olympics and February is a shorter month after all :) And I'm very happy because I've read some really good books :) So quality over quantity, right? :) As you can see as well, lots of reviews to come :) Hopefully, I'll be a good blogger and write them out.

What surprised me most though in February was the number of 2010 releases I've read. I mean, on 14 reads, 10 of them were 2010 releases... and I mean, we're only 2 months into 2010 right? So it was just one new book after the other... which brings me to some more numbers...

Books bought: +21
Books read: -14
TBR pile: +7

LOL, okay, so I've been a buying machine these past two months... However, can you imagine, I've saved more than a 100$ in 2 months?!?! It's insane no? I definitively blame all the coupons and promotions that Chapters/Indigo/Coles are having. Anyway, I'm going to try to control myself for the next 2 months... since I'm going to RT convention in April. Wish me luck!!


  1. I really did like The Shadow Queen a great deal. I wanted to beat Theran with a big stick. Then I started Shalador's Lady and want to beat him even more! lol I must read more to see what happens. :)

    Great list!

  2. Great reads, Nath! I just finished reading Double Play and am planning on reading Slow Heat, so I skimmed your review. I really liked Wade's character... so I'm looking forward to reading more about him.

    Also just finished Pleasures of a Dark Prince. Can't wait to read your thoughts on that one.

    I'm also interested in the Emma Wildes book -- never read her, but that book looks interesting. :)

  3. 14 is Great! But both Robb and Carr got Cs? :(

    I'm also waiting to hear what you thought of the Cole. :)

  4. Looking forward to your reviews of Moonlight Road and Angel's Peak. I like MR A LOT more than Angel's Peak. AP was one of my least favorite in the series so far...


  5. Go Nath! :-) A "C" for Fantasy In Death hmmm? I'm thinking I liked this title a lot more than most.

    Looking forward to your Breezing Through reviews...particularly of Hunter's book.

  6. I just bought Shalador's Lady. I wasn't overly enthusiastic about The Shadow Queen, so am approaching this one with some reservations.

    And I'm glad to see you starting on the Dessens. I need to get Along for the Ride soon, it's just come out in the UK. I agree with your L&K comments, I loved Jamie as well!


  7. Tracy - I thought The Shadow Queen was quite good, but you know what? Shadalor's Lady is better!! and LOL, yes, Theran needs a beating and someone shaking him real bad!!

    Hilcia - I hope you enjoy Slow Heat, Hils :D Are you palnning to review Double Play?

    The Emma Wildes book was quite good!! The review is going to be quite positive...

    As for Dark Prince, I'm a bit torn :P

    Leslie - Yeah, both the Robb and Carr got Cs. I'm trying to be tougher, does it show?

    I hope I get to review Dark Prince soon. Soooo many books!!

    Mollie - Hmmm, it's hard for me to say which one was better, AP or MR. The problem is there's something in MR that really bugged me and that brought the grade way down :(

    My least favorite in the Virgin River series would be a toss up between Second Chance Pass or Paradise Valley...

    Jennifer - What about you? Where's your list, Jennifer? :P

    LOL, see, everyone has different tastes :P My main problem with Fantasy in Death is I just couldn't "see" it.

    Li - I think you're going to enjoy Shadalor's Lady, Li. I thought it was better than The Shadow Queen.

    I wished I had an older brother like Jamie!! LOL.

  8. Wow, you are on a roll with your reading and reviews!

    I read Angel's Peak and have a review on it too. Lol. I have Moonlight Road but haven't a chance to read it yet. I recall you saying that you like the pairing with MR so I'm curious to the grading then. Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  9. Tabitha - Yeah I know!! Now, how to maintain the roll? That's the big question :)

    Can't wait to read your thoughts on Angel's Peak :) As for my review, I'll try to have it up this week... if not this week-end... hopefully.

  10. Ooh, I can't wait to get my hands on Shalador's Lady!

    I've also got to read Spider's Bite. Keep hearing good things about it.

    I know what you mean about reviewing the re-read book. sigh.

  11. So I see you read Ravishing in Red and give it a B. That's good to know. I seem to recall you being on the fence about buying this one. I have it on the TBR.

    Also glad to see Truly, Madly got a B+! I've got that on my wish list. Looking forward to your review! :)

  12. Renee - It was really good!! Better than The Shadow Queen in my opinion!! :D

    I hope you enjoy Spider's Bite :)

    Christine - LOL, I have so many books to review!! LOL :)

    Yeah, Ravishing in Red turned out to be a pleasant read :) As for Truly, Madly - I thought it was a very cute and fun read :)

  13. Great reading month Nath! Woot.

    I'm glad you liked the Dessens, even if you didn't like them as much as I did. LOL

  14. Ames - LOL, great month, but not as good as you!! :)

    For contemporary YA books, I think the Dessens are very good :D I guess I just like fantasy YA more :P