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Subject: The Others series by Christine Warren - Opinions Needed, Please
Date Posted: 8/26/2009 8:49 AM ET
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Well, i am trying to cull/wade through my Reminder List, and i have some of thise series on my list. I looked today at reviews, and most people either day they didn't like it, or they give cover blurbs and generalized 'Quick read' and '1st book in series' crap that is SUPER helpful.

Before i spend hard earned credits on these books, if and when they become available, i wanted some opinions on the series from people who read a lot of Paranormal fiction.

What did you like about them? What didn't you like about them? Are they worth reading? Are they good, or just passable? I read a few of Kenyon's Dark Hunter/Dream Hunter series and while they were entertaining for a few hours, i am not rushing to find all of them and read them in order and put them on my Keeper shelf for ever and ever and ever, lol. A couple of them were better than the rest. So i don't want to bother with the whole spend a credit, post a book, wait to send it out and get my credit back thing if they are just a filler series between really good reads, lol. I loooove Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series though. Yumm-ay.

Thanks in advance for any non-spoiley info you might be able to toss my way to help me decide!



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Date Posted: 8/26/2009 9:20 AM ET
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Which series are you asking about?  Author?  Sorry, I'm drawing a blank at the moment on "Others" lol

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 12:52 PM ET
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If your talking about Christine Warren's series, The Others, than I like them a lot!  I've already read the first...eh..5 in that series?  I think..lol.  I read books in order, and I have the next book..but with as many review books as I have piled up I haven't gotten to read the next one in this series yet.  I will tell you, that there are better series out there, in my honest opinion.  Each book is about a different couple, and the supernatural problems that go on with them...and pretty much how they end up saving the world (the paranormal world and sometimes even the human world!) from some psycho paranormal creature.  Some of the books were ok..but more often than not I've flew through them because I couldn't put them down.

I hope this helps!

Jenni

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 1:38 PM ET
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Yes, it's Christine Warren's series i am asking about. Sounds pretty standard for Paranormal. Thanks for your input, Jennifer!

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 1:44 PM ET
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No problem Tracey!

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 2:29 PM ET
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I tried to read those but couldn't get through the first one.  Just didn't grab me.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 3:42 PM ET
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i think they're fun, but not great.  i read the first three in the series a while back, and this month have been reading the rest of them.  i just couldn't resist the "She's No Faerie Princess" title when i saw it.  :)  if you want to give them a try, you could start with the first one, or i think you could also start with Walk on the Wild Side (The Others, Bk 5) as that one can pretty much be read as a standalone.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 4:44 PM ET
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Christine Warren writes well, but The Others is kind of like the Lynsay Sands Argeneau Vampires, you like lighter stories with humor or you don't.   I do, so I enjoyed books Wolf at the Door, The Demon you Know, and She's No Faerie Princess.  Didn't like Howl at the Moon.  Walk on the Wild Side was very different and was a decent read, but not great.

Warren started this series as Fantasy Fixed for Ellora's Cave and they sold well there.  When she went mainstream, the contract lasped with EC and she got her books back.  She "spiffed up" Fantasy Fix and it was sold as One Bite With a Stranger.  Being neither erotic romance nor mainstream (a little too much D/s for that), it was not well liked by her fans.  Next she did You're So Vein and that was just bad story-telling.  She had her heroine totally out of character.  Cry Wolf due out this fall is yet another 'spiffed up' version of a book from the EC line, the second in the original series of the Fantasy Fixed books - the original title was Fur Factor.  These books not only screw up the time line, the characters themselves are so different from the Fantasy Fix ones she originally developed, they aren't big successes.  IMHO she should have left them alone, but I'm sure she and her publisher make more money this way. 



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Date Posted: 8/26/2009 5:03 PM ET
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There okay...I think a lot depends on what you like to read.  They are pretty standard pnr...which I'm not a huge fan of.  There not bad, just predictable.  I'd call them good beach reads. 

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 7:11 PM ET
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Warren's earlier books (e-books from Ellora's Cave) are really good!!  She is coming out with them in paperback now.  I really enjoyed this series and my 2 favorite were her e-books about Graham & Missy and Rafe & Tess.

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 12:08 PM ET
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I think they are just okay. Not keeper shelf material, but worth a read if you dont have anything else to read, but with this genre exploding that probably wont be a problem.

I've noticed that most people who love this series read it when they first got into paranormal romance, maybe I would have loved it if it was my first taste but I started out with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series and Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series, so The Others series just doesnt compare for me.

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Date Posted: 8/27/2009 8:48 PM ET
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I have to agree and say they're just okay... I loved the first book, the second I liked, and after that I was only able to get through books 3 and 4 before I couldn't take them anymore.
Date Posted: 8/27/2009 11:23 PM ET
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They are very quick reads where the relationships have no depth, and aren't even very interesting. Its just kind of meet, fall into bed, save the world, fall into love in 4 days, all in 300 pages. You won't ever think about the characters or their world again after you've read them. You can see every single plot twist coming from the first page.

I think the reason that people don't give indepth reviews of these is because ... there is really nothing else to say about them, except ... "it was OK". Nothing special.

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 11:26 AM ET
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Well, i won't worry about getting these books, then. There are a lot of other books i have to read, and life is too short to read books you aren't going to love, if you can know in advance, lol.

Thanks for the input, everyone!

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 3:51 AM ET
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I just got back to this series - I read the first book Wolf at the Door last year I think...now I'm reading book #2 She's No Faerie Princess..well it seems I've missed a couple of stories that should have been..like the Alpha Graham and Missy and I think the other is a werejaguar Rafe? um, did they not get stories? I'm kinda confused because seems like they'd have made good stories.

oh and btw I'm finding this one cute but the overall storyline about the demon killing people is dragging a bit LOL

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 5:13 AM ET
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Susanna, you haven't missed Missy & Graham - you just haven't gotten to them yet.  :)

apparently before Wolf At the Door there were at least a couple of stories in this world published by Ellora's Cave which have now been tweaked and republished.  One Bite with a Stranger = Fantasy Fix, which is why it's both book 6 in the series and the first chronological book.  the newest book, book 8, is Big Bad Wolf = Fur Factor (but an expanded version), where we go back to only weeks after the ending of book 6 and get Missy & Graham's story.  You're So Vein, book 7, came out between them but jumps forward about five years.  there were four friends in on the Fantasy Fix of trying to set each other up, so i'm guessing that the fourth friend will get her book too.

though i'm not sure if Rafe has had a story yet.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 5:59 AM ET
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thanks Ellen.it's confusing! they say book 1 is Wolf at the Door then book 2 is this Faerie Princess one but in this one there's the main hero along with Rafe and Graham..Rafe and Graham are both already mated..heck Graham and Missy have kids! and this business with the Council going on like it's gonna keep carrying over. so I guess the later book go back in time then? hoo boy! I liked this one though but got a little confused with all the magic stuff at the end.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 11:27 AM ET
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I like this series but I don't like how it skips around.  But I will keep reading them!  LOL

Date Posted: 11/20/2009 1:07 PM ET
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I like this series, I didn't read them in order so they seemed to jump around quite a bit.  However if you read them in order it follows along quite nicely.  They are standard paranormal with fae, shifter, vampire, ware-beings, and demons.  I love all of the books except for the newest Big Bad Wolf.