Recently: Point of Knives

Scribd is driving me nuts with this mass deletion of romance novels. Apparently they don’t actually know how to do it. Books are available, then they’re not, then they’re expiring, then they’re gone. Then they’re back, and so are half the books that were deleted last month! I keep having to check and recheck my library to see what I can read and what’s gone for good. Ugh. point of knices

That said, I’ve been getting a lot of reading done! Currently I’m reading Point of Knives, the second in the Astreiant series. It disappeared for a week and then came back (as did book #3), so I’m hoping I get to finish it before it disappears again.

Other books I have read this week:

  1. Point of Hopes – Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett ★★★★ A pseudo-French Renaissance fantasy mystery with MASSIVE AMOUNTS of female characters. They’re everywhere! It’s so great, especially since the protagonists are two dudes. (Two dudes who might fall in love with each other if they ever get a break from solving crimes. It’s not actually a romance book, so any relationship development is slower than a glacier.)
  2. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal – KJ Charles ★★★½ Short story collection about a ghost hunter and his partner-boyfriend who chronicles their adventures. The later stories are much better than the earlier ones, tbh.
  3. Glitterland – Alexis Hall ★★★★ My first AH contemporary romance, about a writer who has BPD/anxiety problems and his super sweet Essex model boyfriend. Many relationship bumps, some humor, overall a lovely story.
  4. Selume Proferre – EE Ottoman [DNF] Really wanted to like this as it’s a contemporary fantasy set partly in a bookstore and partly in a supernatural law firm, but I just hated the writing style.
  5. Restless Spirits – Jordan L. Hawk ★★★★ A scientist and a medium fall in love while running from deadly ghosts. JLH’s newest series and I LOVED IT! More on that later. Definitely a good place to start with her books, if you’re interested.
  6. Fair Game – Josh Lanyon ★★★ Ex-FBI agent runs into a serial killer case and has to work with his ex-boyfriend to solve it. Good, on the whole, especially the relationship with the protagonist and his father. I do wish that the romantic relationship had taken a little more time to develop– felt like it went from “I hate you” to “let’s move in together I love you forever” in about two chapters.

At my current rate of reviewing I’ll be getting to these books in about two to three months. I wish I was a faster writer, or that I cared less about if they’re well-written or not. I try to balance between personal reflections and more objective recommendations, and it’s super hard. If I just wrote for myself I’d be flying through posts, no problem. I’d just have to write comprehensive reading notes and be done with it. It’s when I have to stop and explain things for other people that my writer’s block kicks in.

What’ve you been reading lately?

2 Comments

  1. I tentatively think I prefer Alexis Hall’s contemporaries to the steampunk stuff. I really want to read For Real — power negotiations in relationships are among my favorite things to read about, and not nearly enough romance novels do it — but his books will probably be gone from Scribd long before For Real would have become available on there. SIGH.

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