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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: 2011 Paranormal Reading Challenge -Discussion Topic
Date Posted: 12/26/2010 5:48 PM ET
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We will use this topic to discuss our challenge books. Tells us what was good and what what ones to stay away from. Happy Reading.

Alice

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Date Posted: 1/3/2011 7:38 AM ET
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I finished my first book for the challenge!!! It was the Angels and Demons category. 

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 It was pretty good, simple story fast read. I generally am not to wild about Demon books but ths one was good. I put the sequal on my WL.

Alice



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Date Posted: 1/3/2011 2:22 PM ET
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I was going to ask you what you thought of it when I saw it in your siggy line, Alice.  Great to hear that it's good--I've got it sitting in a box in my bedroom, so I'll plan on getting it read!

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Date Posted: 1/3/2011 7:29 PM ET
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Renee, It is a fun fast read. Probably not the best paranormal romance, but very readable. I do have trouble believing 4 sisters could get along that well.

Alice

 

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 9:16 PM ET
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I remember reading that - it seemed pretty fluffy, and some of the plot points were silly enough that I haven't read the rest of the series (I likewise quit reading her Garnet Lacey series at about #3, although I did like those better). But if I were stuck in an airport and one of her books (in either series) was all I could find to buy, I'd read it.

For my part, I just finished "Paranormalcy," by Kiersten White (which I put in the YA category, although it could go in at least one other) and I really liked it! I'm not automatically a YA fan, although I like a lot of it, and my usual beef is the plots seeming a bit thin and the teen angst parts seeming a bit too much (and/or just hokey), but this had plenty of plot and I really liked the characters and found their teenagedness believable but not annoying. 4+ stars.



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Date Posted: 1/4/2011 1:46 AM ET
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I've finished my first book for the challenge--Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones.  They've created an interesting world and some interesting characters. I like idea of conduits.   BUT the constant repetition of information was extremely annoying.  Some scenes could also have used tighter editing.   The ending could also have been handled better.  I realize that this is the first of a series but it felt like the ending of a chapter rather than a conclusion to a book.   I'm hoping for improvement in the second book.

 

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 12:59 AM ET
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I finished my first 2 books-- I'll Be Slaying You by Cynthia Eden in the Oh So Alluring Vampires category, which I loved--a great vamp book!  and Menage A Magick by Lora Leigh--pretty good if you like Lora Leigh, it's her typical spicy storyline with wizards instead of shifters, so it's in The World of Magic category.

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Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:26 PM ET
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Starting my first book for Witch/wizard category, Waking teh Witch by Kelley Armstrong. I love the OtherWorld Series but some of the laterones have not been that good. I am afraid the series may be getting stale. Lets hope this is a good addition to the series.

Alice

 

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 7:34 PM ET
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 My first book was witch/demon  hmmm... where to put it



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/8/2011 8:22 PM ET
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Rachel there is a magic category and  demon category (angles/demon). So just pick one if you have more books that fit or the other category let that guide you.

Not Loving Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong(:

Alice

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Date Posted: 1/9/2011 8:00 AM ET
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I finished Waking the Witch while watching football last night. I was trying to think what it is I didn't like about the book. Lets start out positive. I like that Kelley Armstrong is trying to develop some of her minor characters to into major ones, Savannah and Adam. I liked having Jamie appear in this book. Jamie and Jeremy are my two favorites in this series. I liked having Eve make a brief appearance What I didn't like  was not enough supernatural and too much detective work. I love mysteries and I read a lot of them but too much in this one. If I hadn't read all the other books in this series I may be a bit confused about this world and probabaly wouldn't pick up anyore of the books. With that said has anyone else read this book?

Alice

 

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 9:53 AM ET
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Finished Eternal Flame, 3rd in the Night Watch series after "I'll Be Slaying You" by Cynthia Eden, and I LOVED it.  An awesome vamp book!  Also finished Velvet Haven by Sophie Renwick, which could go in one of several categories because is has shifters, witches, and demons/angels.  Loved it as well and can't wait to buy the 2nd book in the series which happens to be coming out 2/1/11. 

Next up is Black Widow by MacKenzie McKade.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 10:13 PM ET
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Okay, question:  In the bonus category of finishing 2 series that you've already started that have at least 3 books.  Is that 3 books or more in the series or that you have at least 3 books left to read in the series?

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Date Posted: 1/11/2011 11:18 AM ET
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It can be what whatever you want but my intention was at least 3 books left to read in the series.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 12:14 PM ET
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Ooh, better change one of my entries then!

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Date Posted: 1/12/2011 9:17 AM ET
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I started Feast of Fools last night by Rachel Caine. It is book 4 of the Morganville Vampire series. I think I will use it for the vampire catogory although it could go into YA or series. I am missing book 5,6,7 so I won't use the series. I like this one better than book 3. she brought in some new vamps makes for a good story line.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 9:53 AM ET
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For those of you who have read Changeless by Gail Carriger, where would you put it?  I put it in shifters because of her husband, but I'm not quite sure where it fits.  General urban fantasy?  We don't seem to have a steampunk category....

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 9:59 AM ET
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I put it in the "Who Dunits" catagory.

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Date Posted: 1/12/2011 12:45 PM ET
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Christine that is  book that can go in several categories, werewolves, vampire characters or mystery. Where ever you need to fill in for categories.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 1:00 PM ET
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Yeah, that's what I thought.  I'm going to keep it in shapeshifters/werewolves for now, and I'm sure there will be some reorganization as the year goes on.  I'm six books in to the challenge, but now I'm re-reading Silver Borne in (early) anticipation of River Marked - I can't wait, Mercy for me is one series that is better with every book.

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 2:28 PM ET
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I'm reading Changeless right now, and I'm having a very hard time getting through it.  This is my 3rd day, and I'm only halfway through it (and I usually finish a book in 2 days tops).  Don't know what it is, but it's just not grabbing me--makes me kinda dread reading the next one, which I owe to someone, so I have to read it right away. It seems like everyone has raved about these books so I feel like there's something wrong with me!  I thought Soulless was pretty good, but I don't remember really loving it either.  Maybe steampunk just isn't my thing!

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Date Posted: 1/13/2011 5:58 PM ET
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Finished anohter one for the challenge, AFterlight by Elle Jasper. I put it under nice to Meet you. She is a new auhtor. I really enjoyed the book, 2nd half realy picked up. Definately want number two in the series.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 7:05 PM ET
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Just finished Atlantis Betrayed and decided to put it in the fae category because a lot of the main characters were fae in this one.  I held off, because although I love the Atlantis series, you have to give yourself a break in between and I had read like four in a row.  This was my fave so far.  I really like it and found myself laughing out loud quite a bit.

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 7:15 PM ET
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I'm looking forward to reading Afterlight, Alice.  Good to hear it's worth it.  I'm still trying the finish Changeless (on my 4th day now)--got about 20 pages left and then I'm going to start Black Wings by Christina Henry tonight.  She's an angel of death, so not sure yet where I'll put it--possibly under new authors. 

I'll also be working on getting the 3rd Parasol Protectorate book, Blameless, read over the weekend.  Hope I enjoy Blameless more than I have enjoyed Changeless, which I'd give about 3 out of 5 stars.  From the description and the reviews, I do think I'll enjoy Blameless more.  And in Changeless's defense, although much of the story seemed to drag on and on for me, the last 50-75 pages really picked up and piqued my interest.

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 7:21 PM ET
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Warriors of Poseidon is another series I want to start this year--don't know if I'll get it finished for this challenge, though.  I have Atlantis Rising, Unmasked and Redeemed and I'm #4 on the FIFO wishlist for Awakening and Unleashed, so as soon as I get both of those, I'll start reading the series and hopefully pick up Betrayed along the way in a swap or virtual box.  I also want to get the 2 anthologies, Wild Thing and Shifter so I don't miss anything. 



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