My love for the so-called “chick lit” books by English authors is not a recent thing. I have fond memories of when I discovered Sophie Kinsella and Hester Browne. Although I occasionally cry my eye balls out, thank god my flatmate (notice I didn’t say roommate) is usually never around to witness this debacle, I finish almost every book feeling happy and giddy for the happily ever after endings. Recently, I developed an addiction to the works of Paige Toon. I’m not sure if it was the cute pink cover or the fact that the book kept popping up my Goodreads and Amazon recommendation lists, but I finally decided to read “Chasing Daisy” by Paige Toon. A week later, I have read all 8 of her books and both of the short e-books. Now I have to patiently wait for the next book that comes out in late May, that’s more than two months away. *sigh* This may sound a bit weird, but I really want to start using “cuppa” when offering someone tea and “cow” when insulting a particularly b**chy person. I want to try Penguin bars and I also want to let the world know that I am about to toss my trainers in the rubbish, but I don’t think anyone in America will know what I am talking about.
I’m not quite sure what prompted me to finally buy On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. I had read a few of her of other books such as the Warriors of Anhk and The Tale of Lunamorte series, and enjoyed both. On Dublin Street had been popping up on my recommended reading list on both Amazon and Goodreads, and I had ignored it for months. A few days ago while I was stocking up on cold remedies at Target, I came across the book and decided to read the synopsis in the back. I don’t remember being particularly interested in the synopsis but for god knows why, I decided to buy it on my Kindle when I got home. I think it was my subconscious’ attempt to avoid having to read the rest of Norwegian Wood. Because the previous works that I’ve read from Young was in the supernatural genre, I had expected the same from this book. Now anybody that read the synopsis on this book would probably be like…you must have been smoking something. In my defense, I was groggy from the DayQuil. I had expected the main characters to possess some type of supernatural abilities, but they only had money. It was a very contemporary romance set in a very contemporary Edinburgh. I was so sure Braden was going to be a werewolf or something, especially with his “caveman” attitude toward Joss and him being Scottish and all. Although the fey were not present, and there were no shapeshifters in sight, I still thought the book was quite enjoyable. I would recommend it to my girlfriends.
Book 1: Demon Lost of the High Demon series by Connie Suttle was popping up left and right on my Amazon recommended book list for a good part of December. I noticed that the book had pretty decent ratings so I decided to give it a go. AND for $3.99, why not? So what have I been doing for the first two weeks of 2013? Reading a lot. I read the first three books in the High Demon series (and just downloaded the fourth) and all ten books of the Blood Destiny series. Vampires, shapeshifters, fae, demons, etc…it’s all there. There are an insane amount of characters and sometimes I have a hard keeping up with who belongs to which race, but the series overall was a pretty enjoyable read. If Dee’s was a real ice cream cookie shop, I would definitely apply to visit Le-Ath Veronis. If my application was approved, I would bring back boxes and boxes of oxberry wine for all my friends. A picture with Flavio, the third most beautiful man according to Lissa, for my Instagram would be nice also.
Dark Descendent by Jenna Black is about a young woman in her mid-twenties, Nikki, that finds out she is a descendent of the Greek goddess Artemis. Nikki’s world is flipped upside down when she walks right into a world of supernatural beings claiming to be descendents of gods and accidentally acquires immortality.
My expectations for Dark Descendent wasn’t very high so I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself unable to put my Kindle down. Black’s story takes on a different twist to mythology by creating a world based on the descendents of the gods in modern day D.C. She gifts each character with some of the strengths and personalities traits of their supernatural predecessors so it is definitely interesting reading about how these characters use their powers for good or evil. I can’t help but wonder if any of the gods themselves are actually going to pop in to regulate the shenanigans their descendents are getting themselves into.