dinsdag 25 juni 2013

Recommendations from Karin and Maia

In order to bring some more variety to my blog, I have asked my best friend Maia, and my new friend Karin from Austria to give us their recommendation of the month. They will tell us how many books they have read in the past month, and which they have enjoyed the most, and which one they do recommend to you all.


I have read 10 books in the past month, and the 3 books I enjoyed the most are:

1. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

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2. Sleight of Hands by Mark Henwick

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(Aurian: I have never heard of this author before, but the blurb is intriguing!)

3. Relentless by Cherry Adair

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The one I can recommend to all Aurian’s readers is:

Nalini Singh – Heart of Obsidian

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Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…
A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career—one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.

(You can find my spoiler free review here).

Short summary of thoughts, why this one:
I think Singh outdid herself with this book. She has been constantly building the story up to a point where one would think she can do no better – but she can. She made an utterly dangerous, coldhearted abused hero into someone almost loveable. She didn’t magically turn him into a pacifist or something alike but the reader understands his actions and actually I could identify with a lot of the things he did.
I also loved the heroine. She recovers remarkably well although not without setbacks from a seven year torture. The Protocol never took hold of her, she is reasonable, passionate and fierce.
I feared that with this book the story would come to a natural ending and I wondered what Singh would have left to tell – now I know that I still want to know more about the world of the Psy and the Changelings.


I have read 6 books and 4 novella’s in the past month, and the 3 books I enjoyed the most are:

1. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

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2. Can’t get enough by G.A. Aiken (in: Everlasting Bad Boys)

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3. Captain Corcoran’s hoyden bride by Annie Burrows

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The one I can recommend to all Aurian’s readers is: Can’t get enough by G.A. Aiken (Shelly Laurenston). I’ve read and enjoyed Heart of Obsidian immensely, but Karin’s writing says it all. That’s why I want to ‘push’ one of my favourite authors to the front.

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Even for a dragon, Ailean the Wicked has a bad reputation. For 150 years he's been renowned for his fighting prowess, but now he's got a new conquest in mind - a gorgeous dragoness known as Shalin the Innocent.
Ailean suspects he's anything but. And while he's saving her from her enemies, he plans to prove that, even in human form, a bad-boy dragon can show a girl a good time that's truly off the scale...

Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken is my favourite go-to writer when I want to reread. Because I had an exam this month, I did not have time to dive into many new books, which is why I grabbed one of her stories, to relax with. This is a novella, the third part in a series, but chronologically the first part. Shelly first told the story of the grandson, the second book was about the son, and in this one the father of the Cadwaladr-clan of Dragons.

I am a big fan of her dragon stories. They are filled with humor, violence, love, loyalty and the stories are delicious. In this novella we get the story of Ailean the Wicked and Shalin the (not so) Innocent. Both the lovestory as the dealings with the family are funny and loving.
Combined with the humor and the little connections to the other stories, this makes a fun read.

Thanks for the recommendations ladies! I have also loved and read Heart of Obsidian, and Maia, after reading all Shelly Laurenston’s shifter books I will borrow your dragon collection soon!

So readers, tell me, have you read these books? Do you want to?

© 2013 Reviews by Aurian

13 opmerkingen:

  1. I might have to start Singh's psy-changeling series.

  2. I love the variety and recommendations..thank you ladies!

  3. I do think I got that one book as a freebie

  4. Oh this is an evil post! Makes me want all of these. Great recommendations!

  5. It was fun to do this! Next month new recommendations.

  6. My review of Sleigh of Hand is here