Remember last week when I kept going on and on about how much I missed reading Alex Craft novels and I was soooo desolate and just, generally inconsolable? Me neither.
I had a couple of candidates for placeholders until August. One was Darynda Jones' First Grave on the Right, which I reviewed here. I can be counted on to mostly only review books I don't really like. I need to work on this.
Another was/is Sarah J. Mass' series beginning with Throne of Glass. I think I am like 20% through that. That's enough for me. I doubt I will finish it. It is quite terrible.
But but BUT, I did try out Ilona Andrews' Magic Bites. Kate Daniels is my kind of protagonist. She is requisitely Buffy/kickass, but she has flaws too. Like, she makes mistakes. And sometimes apologizes for them. HALLELUJAH.
But really, these books are pretty freaking good. I'd recommend them to anyone, whether they like urban fantasy or not (I scoff quite disdainfully at those who do not).
The series is written by husband-and-wife team Gordon and Ilona Andrews. Ilona is from Russia, so one can be reasonably certain the Russian language and folklore mentioned in the books is accurate, and Gordon is ex-Army. It's kind of weirdly comforting to think how accurate some of the weapons/tactical information in the series must be. A lot of authors do staggering amounts of research (and some, like Laurell K. Hamilton+ are actually real life semi-gun-nuts), so I suspend very little disbelief about weapons. However, I doubt any of these well researched people have had the occasion to shoot a person while researching firearms. Maybe Gordon hasn't either. WHO KNOWS REALLY. Maybe I should email him and ask? Would that be rude? I would like, work up to it, obviously. But he's a busy man, I'm sure, and it's not like there is ever a good segue into "Hey, by-the-by, have you ever killed anyone?"
ANYWAY. So I like this Kate Daniels series. I read all the way through to Magic Slays. The next book in the series is called Magic Rises. Guess when it comes out?
July 30th. Sir, I do not shit you. I can't catch a break, can I? Oh well. YOU WIN, PUBLISHERS. I will wait patiently. And beg for ARCs the whole time.
+ For some inexplicable reason I mention Laurell K. Hamilton a lot when I talk about books, and writing. And like, guns. And vampires? I don't even know how it works. She just comes up a lot. I mean, I like her writing. I follow her on twitter. Sometimes I read her blog. But I am not particularly fanatical about her? Seriously though, just look through my reviews. It's uncanny. Let's just call it the LKH Phenomenon.
Labels: raves, the lkh phenomenon