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!
August was an emotional month for me. There was dramatic fist shaking, hand wringing, tears and tantrums. Why do you ask? Because my favourite series in the whole world released its final book. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. This meant that I spent most of my time in August rereading the previous books in preparation. There wasn’t room in my life for anything else (yes I am still feeling dramatic about it).
It was worth reading again. Some books in the series I have already read many many times. Other books, especially at the latter end of the series I had only read once. Reading them all again, once after the other really brought it all to life, I remembered things I had forgotten, rediscovered my love for some of the characters that appear only towards the end of the series. I so completely immersed myself in the Kate Daniels world that when I started shouting the power word for kneel to people at work they thought I had gone a little crazy…on reflection, maybe they were right.
I’m a little sad it’s all over now, but I am sure it won’t be the last time I read through the Kate Daniels series.
Also, if you haven’t already check out the Kate Daniels Series Guide and Fantasy Cast I put together!
The first rollback read for me was NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer. I’ve had this book on my shelves for literally years but I never touched it. Now I finally did and I’m pretty happy with how it went. It’s a shifter series and I haven’t read too many of them recently anymore so it was a nice change of pace. I finally caught up on BORN OF DARKNESS by Lara Adrian for another paranormal fix. Then I tried a Thriller from Rachel Caine called STILLHOUSE LAKE. Not my usual taste, but it was a pretty fast-paced and interesting read. I haven’t decided yet if I will continue the series but we shall see. And lastly, since September is here I always turn back to me Cozy Mysteries around this time, so naturally I went for another Lee Hollis book. This one is Halloween themed! DEATH OF A PUMPKIN CARVER was everything I wanted and more! I would definitely check this series out if you haven’t already! It’s one of my absolute favorites!
I didn’t have too many older releases in the month of August. I read LEO LOVES ARIES by Anyta Sunday which I was really excited about because it’s a m/m romcom and it didn’t live up to my expectations, sadly. Then I read BURN by Suzanne Wright which was a fun story with demons and lots of politics. And last one I really enjoyed was my PIFM book that Annie recommended, MIDNIGHT’S MASTER by Donna Grant. It was like old paranormal heaven. Definitely need to make a priority to read all of Donna Grant’s books!
I was lucky enough to have read a few rollback reads the past month, but the one book that stood out is totally out of this world. While I occasionally go outside the box, I’m not one to go that far, but Suzanne managed to convince me to read Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon. Boy, was I surprised? The beginning of the book was a little cheezy and I wasn’t sure I was liking the planet Dixon had created. It felt incomplete or short but what saves the book is to stop imagining the hero as Avatar. Instead, I imagined Khaleesi and Khal Drogo From ‘Game of Thrones’ and from then on, I was able to enjoy this out of this world novel. It was sweet and pretty damn hot. Eeeks. Yes, I admit, I enjoyed it.
Have you read any older books this month?
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