April in books

Okay, this is the reading for the month:

1.  Promises by Marie Sexton.  I wrote about it briefly here.  And good thing, since I’d already forgotten about it.  Which could be good or bad, depending on your perspective.  Nothing terrible about it but also not a book that made me hunt down the author’s backlist or want to squee all over the internet about it.  B-/C+

2.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.  YA, GLBT fiction.  This book was mentioned in the comments of Sunita’s post on the lack of GLBT books among the RT awards.  The premise of the book is that there are two Will Graysons living in the suburbs of Chicago, and their lives collide one evening.  The two of them narrate the book in alternating chapters.  I did not love Levithan’s Will Grayson.  In addition to coming across like an emo cliche, his chapters were written without upper case letters, which I found profoundly irritating.  (I blame ee cummings for writing like that.)  Green’s Will Grayson was more accessible to me as a character, in part because of the writing, which suited my tastes better, and in part because his Will seemed like less of a cliche to me.  Am interested in checking out more of Green’s backlist.  B/B-

 
3.  Shady Lady by Ann Aguirre.  Urban fantasy, third book of the series. Enjoyed it as I read. Feels a little Anita Blakish – everyone loves/wants her. Increasing power is disconcerting. Power was also weakness earlier, but now not so much. Ending predictable (foresaw when spell was cast). At the end, Corinne seemed a little adrift to me, and she grasped at Chance like driftwood. B
 
4.  Doubleblind by Heidi Cullinan.  Gay romance. Like the writing style, like the story type. Needed much better editing in terms of pacing. Extremely slow beginning plus boring exposition about gambling was off-putting. Only recs from two trusted readers kept me reading. B-/C+
 
5.  Simply Perfect by Mary Balogh.  European historical.  Mentioned here.  C
 
6.  A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh. European historical.  Mentioned here. C-
 
7.  Mahu Surfer by Neil Plakcy.  Gay mystery.  B
 
8.  Mahu Fire by Neil Plakcy.  Gay mystery.  B  
 
The Mahu books are set on O’ahu, narrated by Kimo Kanapa’aka, a police detective who was forced out of the closet in the first book of the series…which I have not read.  The other books of the series are Mahu (first book), Mahu Vice (first book I read), Mahu Blood (recent), and Mahu Men (a series of short stories, some featuring Kimo).  The early books were published by Alyson Press; the ebooks appear to have been published by MLR Press.  Although I’ve sampled them for Kindle, I haven’t bought them because of wonky formatting:  the treatment of the backward apostrophe and other pronunciation markers is a mess.  Words like tktk appear instead of tutu (with bars over the u for emphasis).  So I’m waiting for hard copies to become available at the library or via PBS.
 
9.  Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts.  Romantic suspense.  This is going to sound derogatory and I don’t mean it to: I got exactly what I expected with this book. It was a pleasant read. Liked the characters and setting. Typical Roberts. Didn’t feel really intrigued by the suspense, which was predictable, but still enjoyed the story.  B
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