1. The Taker by Alma Katsu. It felt like literary fiction trying to horn in on genre fiction to bump up sales. Post here.
2. The Perfect Day by Josh Lanyon. Extremely short story, standard Lanyon but way overpriced for what it was.
3. One Man’s Treasure by Nicole Kimberling. Mystery that I would’ve forgotten about but for LibraryThing. I finished it, though, so it can’t have been terrible.
4. Marriage of Mercy by Carla Kelly. Harlequin Historical, set in the UK during the American War of 1812. I am not sure that Kelly has it in her to write a bad book. Having said that, this is not her best work — it dragged in places and a couple of plot points stretched the bounds of credulity for me. I’m curious now about the effect of getting an LDS publisher contract and doing other work (which she has said on her blog engages her more) on the last few HH’s she’ll publish. While I expect publishing to be a money-making endeavour, knowing that an author has signed on for one last book just to remodel the kitchen does not inspire a huge amount of confidence. TMI for me maybe.
5. Tumble Turn by Charlie Cochrane. Contemporary short with a para-Olympic athlete as narrator. DNF. Nothing wrong with it, just not engaged by the narrator who felt somewhat juvenile.
6. That Summer by Sarah Dessen. Standard YA from this author.
7. A Gentleman’s Game by Greg Rucka. Loved this book, wrote about it here. Currently am reading the follow up, Private Wars. I’ve got several of the Queen & Country graphic novels TBR now, too.
8. Goldilocks and His Three Bears by A.M. Riley. Bored by this book and disappointed, because I loved this author’s The Elegant Corpse. Thought the narrator was twee, irritating and uncharming, and there was a lack of plot development or character development.
9. Bared to You by Sylvia Day. I have a lot to say about this book, very little of it positive. Working on a post.
10. Shooting at Midnight by Greg Rucka. Suspense/mystery. Well-written, tightly plotted, with an independent, flawed heroine. I struggled with this book because of the way addiction characterizes the MC and her behavior. My issue isn’t the addiction itself but how the MC deals with it — she doesn’t accept that it’s a problem and that she needs help, she utterly isolates herself, and she puts herself into situations where she’ll be tempted to use again. Her loyalty to her friend was…unconvincing, and felt like an excuse to use again. Beyond that, she manufactured evidence, obstructed a police and DEA investigation, and perverted the legal system to get her guilty pal off. In the end, I’m unconvinced that she’ll stay clean, and I don’t really believe how/why any of the relationships work (major or minor, professional or personal).
11. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold. eARC — available at Baen.com now if you can’t wait until November for this last Barrayaran book. It was worth the price, IMO, but it’s another book that I have a lot to say about. I’ll probably hold that post until the final version is published, in case there are significant changes.