Top Ten Tuesday – ALL TIME Favorite Authors

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The Perpetual Page Turner’s 5th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2014 Edition!

This is the first year that I’m participating in Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner’s annual end of year survey. Big thanks to Kristen at Super Space Chick for turning me on to it.

2014 Reading Stats

Number of Books You Read: Goodreads has me at a total of 32 books this year. I’ve been utterly terrible about updating goodreads this year, so I know that is low. But I also know I read nowhere close to the 65 books I read (and remembered to enter into Goodreads) last year because things have been so crazy. Hopefully, I’ll find a happy medium for 2015.

Number of Re-Reads: 2 (The Witch of Blackbird Pond and A Clash of Kings). There’s so many new books to read I never seem to make the time to re-read my favorites.

Genre You Read the Most From: paranormal fantasy and romance

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Review: Shady Lady

Shady Lady (Corine Solomon, #3)Shady Lady by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this one! So glad I continued to read the series after being non-plussed with the first book (Blue Diablo). This one kind of gets back to the mess that was initiated in Blue Diablo, but this time Corine is without Chance. (That may be why I liked it so much). Instead, Kel Ferguson, the Hand of God, has returned to aid her trials. I love the story and details created around Kel.

****Spoiler Alert********
I’ve always loved stories that bring in some of the religious histories. Ann Aguirre identifies Kel as Nephilim, a fallen angel born of an archangel and a human woman. This brings up all sorts of interesting pieces and revelations and changes the relationship between Corine and Kel – in a very HOT way. And I love it. I am now completely on the Kel Team. I love how Ann was able to craft this character who we feared as a convicted murderer coming after Corine in revenge of putting him behind bars into a (still scary) but powerful force avenging evil. The revelation of Corine being a descendant of King Solomon also was a great twist. One that I am eager to explore through Corine’s (and hopefully Kel’s) eyes.

I can’t wait for the fourth book in this series, although I’m a little concerned as it will undoubtedly have more of Chance in it, considering the way Shady Lady ended. But if Ann keeps bringing in the unique connections and twists based on old biblical and religious myth, I’m all for it!

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Review: Hell Fire

Hell Fire (Corine Solomon, #2)Hell Fire by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I definitely liked this book better than Blue Diablo. (I also love that the book titles are alcoholic concoctions that Corine chooses to imbibe in). I’m still having a hard time really liking Chance. Admittedly, I wanted to like him more, especially because he is different in this book from the last (for several reasons), but I just can’t/don’t. The book starts with just Corine and Chance on an adventure. I think if Jesse Saldana hadn’t eventually shown up (and another character been introduced), I don’t think I could have stuck with the book. I can’t even really place what bothers me about Chance. Anyone else having trouble liking Chance?

Overall, I liked the story but I feel like Corine is a little slow at putting the pieces together. This book has convinced me to stick with the series because I hope my opinions of them will continue improving. Plus (SPOILER ALERT), I really want to see Corine explore her new powers and perhaps end up with all of her mother’s talents, find out how the relationship with Jesse develops (as her mentor if nothing else), find out whether Shannon ends up in trouble because of guiding the dead, angry spirits and shadows.

Thanks for keeping me reading Ann!

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Review: Blue Diablo

Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon, #1)Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is not my favorite from Ann Aguirre. It took me quite awhile to get into it and I suppose tha has somehting to do with just finishing some of the Ava Gray "Skin" series books. The "gift" just seemed to familiar in some ways, despite its supernatural origins. I also found it very tough to like Chance and I can’t exactly put my finger on why (definitely liked Jesse Saldana more). I think because I didn’t like Chance it was hard to like the story since it was based on his mother being missing. I liked the supporting characters and would love to find out more about Booke. I enjoyed the supernatural aspects, but I’m not sold. I’ll read the next book, but this series has not captivated me from the beginning (unlike the Sirantha Jax series).

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