So my dear friends, let us rollback to the days of yore, when the books were paper only and a kindle was but a dream. Well, I may be exaggerating! But with Rollback Reads, we want to celebrate some of the older books that we have read in the month. Whether they really are before the time of kindles or were just last year. We wanted to give some space to books that may no longer be in the spotlight, but are still worth highlighting … or ranting about. So please come and join us in our discussions of these rollback reads!
Francesca: This may be a shorter one for me. I think every month I manage to sneak in quite a bit of older books but this month I was actually reading more current stuff and I completely failed at my goals for the Roundabout Challenge. That being said, there are some books to talk about here.
Suzanne: I have actually had a really successful month! Not so much with current reads but with my older ones. See, I have been on a mission. I love Laurann Dohner’s New Species series and I will looking for something similar so I tried a few things out.
Suzanne: Actually the first thing I did was reread some of my favourite New Species books, I just couldn’t resist! I also asked on Facebook if anyone had any recommendations for me and a few people said, why not try Dohners VLG series. So I did. I read DRANTOS and KRAVEN the first 2 in the series. And, I am sorry to report it wasn’t the same. They were okay, but they weren’t New Species. Then I moved on and tried Cynthia Sax’s Cyborg Sizzle series. This has started a whole new obsession for me. I LOVE those books, they aren’t quite New Species, although they do remind me of Dohner’s Cyborg Seduction series, but I raced through them. So, if you are a lover of the New Species and Cyborg Seduction series by Laurann Dohner like I am I highly recommend you start the Cyborg Sizzle series by Cynthia Sax – bonus some of the books, including book 1 is free.
Francesca: That’s so awesome Suz!!! First off for me, a flop. THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon. I had such high hopes for this book because of all the hype. And I tried, I really did try so hard to get into it. What ended up doing me in was the info dump. Massive. Eye-rolling. I was bored to tears from the info dump and just couldn’t cope so I had to throw in the towel.
Annie: I’ll share my flop as well. Unfortunately, this was also my Pick It for Me read for this month and it was STUCK UP SUIT by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. I’ve never read anything from these authors and the main reason is because the stories just don’t hold my attention. The main issue for me was the writing style. I’m not a big fan of it. It just wasn’t eloquent or detailed enough and really just felt like it glossed over everything. I know this book is meant to be lighthearted and sexy, but I still do look for some substance in my books.
Suzanne: Sorry Annie! I thought you would like STUCK UP SUIT, I promise to do better next time. I didn’t have any flops with my older reads this month, I am pleased to report that I liked them all! Including my Pick It For Me read, which was GOOD BOY by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I started off reading US by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, as GOOD BOY is a spin off of that series. Well, that started a bit of a binge and within one day I finished US, GOOD BOY and STAY (which was the second in the WAGs series). Needless to say I loved them all. Especially GOOD BOY and US. There was laughter, there was tears…I now have a massive obsession with Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.
Francesca: Yay!! I knew you would love it. *pats self on the back for the good pick this month* Next up for me is another YA that I’ve had on my TBR for a while because of the hype around release. HUNTED by Meagan Spooner. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it does a really good job of spinning this tale in a fresh way. I just didn’t really connect with the characters enough to care about the process. It’s a slower pace read as well and I found myself getting distracted quite a bit. Not sure if it’s the writing or the story itself. But something didn’t wow me about this. It also reminded me a bit of THE GREAT HUNT by Wendy Higgins which wasn’t a favorite either but this felt a lot like that vibe.
Annie: My YA pick for this month is STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. I’ve had this one on my radar for quite a while but then I forgot about it when the release date was changed. I’m really regretting not reading this book sooner. This book was just so amazing. Well-written and intricate, it’s definitely not a book just for young readers. Taylor’s characterization, worldbuilding and narration is truly out of this world and worth the read.
Francesca: I’ve been wanting to read that book! So good to hear it’s a winner, I’ll have to add to my soonish TBR. My Pick It For Me read this month was FOR 100 DAYS by Lara Adrian. Annie picked this one for me and I’m happy to report I liked it! I haven’t been reading a lot of erotic romance this year so I wasn’t sure I wanted to pick this up but thanks to Annie I finally gave it a shot and as always Ms. Adrian’s writing is flawless in this. I think that’s always something that stands out with her books. She can make even the most overused plot lines interesting and keep you turning the pages. But gahhhh this doesn’t have an HEA and I now have to read the rest of the series LOL I may wait and make it my picks for the Roundabout Challenge next year since I struggle with picks for this category.
Annie: My last rollback read might be surprising to you. I still haven’t read DEVIL’S CUT by J.R. Ward until now. I know, what’s wrong with me right? But I’m not as crazy with this series as I am with her BDB one so I waited a little bit until I had time to truly enjoy it. And actually, I did! You never know what’s going to happen with this series and I’m glad to see that Ward stuck to her normal routine. There’s always something very comforting about reading her books and I absolutely enjoyed this one!
Francesca: So glad you liked this one. I thought it was a great close to the series as well.
Suzanne: I know it’s akin to sacrilege in UTC to say this about JR Ward, but I don’t like the Bourbon Kings series by her! Too much rich people BS drama for me!
Francesca: LOL I had one more big flop at this end of this month and that was WHO WE TRULY ARE by Victoria Sue. I found the premise in the first book (it’s a sci fi m/m) to have a lot of potential but honestly I couldn’t be bothered much with the second book. I thought it started out a bit lackluster and I quickly gave up on reading it and DNF’d it. I most likely won’t be going back to this series.
Francesca: And lastly for me, I picked up the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series. CHANGELES by Gail Carriger was not as good for me as the first book in the series. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because out of all the older books I read this month it was my favorite. But there’s quite a bit of time where Alexia and Conall take two different directions on a case and that resulted in the chemistry and dynamic that I loved in the first book to be missing in this one. Don’t worry Suz, no cheating and no issues with their marriage. Conall’s past does come knocking and has to be dealt with. I actually found that part of the story to be very entertaining, and like I said, once Alexia and Conall are together that magic was back. So overall, this was still an enjoyable installment in this series and I can’t wait to continue. Can you believe I’m saying that about a steampunk series? I’ve been cured!
Suzanne: That’s good to know, I may pick up that series again Francesca! My last read this month was WITCH FIRE by Anya Bast. This book has been languishing on my bookcase for years, but I finally picked it up. I was very excited to start as everyone I spoke to seemed to love this series…which makes me really hesitant to say this…but, although I liked it, I wasn’t wowed by it and I am in no particular rush to start the next one.
Have you read any older books this month?
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