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!
It’s been a good month for me in terms of rollback reads, I picked up quite a few older books. Some were successful…some not so much! So, I am dividing this in to The Good, The Bad and The Meh.
I’m pleased that I read more good than bad and meh this month and started off with my February Pick it For Me Read from Francesca POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole. I’m going to be honest, before I started I would have expected this book to come under the heading “The Meh”, I didn’t have high expectations. However, although there were a few aspects that I didn’t like, overall I really enjoyed it. Cole is a great author with a wicked fun sense of humour and a fantastic imagination. I am definitely going to be reading more in this series.
This month I have also come to love Tiffany Roberts! A husband and wife author team who I discovered whilst reading the sci-fi series Valos of Sonhadra. This then prompted me to start reading their Isle of the Forgotten series, which is a fantasy romance series choc full of demons, mages, elves and angels. If you like your romance to have a heavy fantasy element then this is a series you need to pick up, if you are a Grace Draven fan this is for you! I also picked up their Kraken series, which I admit will not be for everyone due to the ummmm…tentacles that hero has.
I’m sorry guys…I know this book is really popular and I have been meaning to read it for a while, so I was pleased when Annie picked it for me in our March Pick it For Me challenge. But I really disliked it. I’m talking about CUT AND RUN by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. I’m not going to go too much detail, I fully intend to have a mini rant in our upcoming April Pick it For Me video, but suffice to say I didn’t like the characters, the story or the writing!
WICKED AS THEY COME by Delilah S Dawson is another book that I have been meaning to read for years but never quite got round to. I actually thought I would love this book, it seemed just my kind of thing; steampunk; weird hero; strong heroine; interesting new world. And it did have all those things. But I just couldn’t gel with it, it never held my attention and I found myself getting bored. So although it has all the right ingredients guaranteed to bake me up a treat, somehow they just weren’t quite mixed right for me to devour the finished product.
I read a couple of Marie Harte’s older Paranormal Romances which include DUNCAN’S DESCENT and THE DRAGON’S DEMON. However, I never went on to continue with the other books in the series. I will have to make time for those next month.
I also finally listened to HELLO STRANGER by Lisa Kleypas on audiobook and I have to say, I’m still in love with the way LK writes. She just writes such amazing banter and I especially loved the couple in this book. I can’t wait for the next one!
The other standout for me was NEW YORK TO DALLAS by J.D. Robb. As a big fan of this series, I have a ton of faves in this series but this book absolutely blew me away! It gave me chills and I found myself truly creeped out by the villain of this book, making that urgency even more pronounced to catch him!
And lastly, I read A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab. This one wasn’t a win for me, but I think it was mainly because I wasn’t connecting to the main lead. I don’t know if I will continue on with this series but it was still nice to try something different.
Oh boy! March was a big fail for me. I fell behind on my ARCs and I didn’t read for quite a few days (maybe a couple of weeks total without actually picking up books if you add up the days). So it comes as a surprise I managed to even read a few older releases, but I did!
Starting off with my Pick It For Me book for February which I ended up reading the first few days of March LOL. BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn was a cute read, but I still think I enjoyed the previous book I’ve read by this author more. I definitely see the theme of her books and I do plan on going back to read more of them when I need that kind of pick me up.
For the Roundabout Challenge I picked up STEAL THE LIGHT by Lexi Blake. OMG finally!! I’ve had this book on my TBR forever and I actually really enjoyed it. I plan on reading the rest of the series for sure. AMERICAN QUEEN by Sierra Simone was my erotic romance pick for this month and this is also another book I was scared to read thinking I wouldn’t like it and ended up really enjoying it. And I also made progress with my Vivian Arend catch up reading and picked up ROCKY MOUNTAIN DEVIL. It was kind of simple but a sweet childhood best friends to lovers story.
My March Pick It For Me was LORD OF THE FADING LANDS by C.L. Wilson and I breezed right through this one. It was a sweet and endearing fantasy story involving fated mates and the fae. I was planning on continuing but I was told that may be the best book in the series. Anyone have any thoughts on that?
To finish up the month, I wanted to get some more wintery reads in (ha! because it’s still snowing damn it!) and I read UNMASKED by Magan Vernon. Definitely new adult in feel and maturity and ended up being just ok for me. It did hit the spot for winter sports and the Olympics I was looking for. Should’ve read a couple of months ago.
After my binge of Rollback reads last month, I had to catch up with new releases for this month so, I’ve only got one to present to you today. The book is by Rin Chupeco called The Bone Witch which was actually a reread for me. The second book of the series was due to come out and I needed a refresher. Zombies, witches, and magic, what’s not to like. I rated it this one at a solid three stars. The world building was good, characters awesome, and the potential of the good series is there. There were a few things I didn’t like, but a overall, it was a good book.
Have you read any older books this month?
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