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Vaginal Fantasy August 2013

As much as I’d like to claim otherwise, only one of these fulfills goal #1 of my September 2013 Simple Monthly Goals.

Assassins in Love (Assassins Guild, #1)Assassins in Love by Kris DeLake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Classical badass & witty characters (attractive leads being attractive), in an environment that’s set up nicely. Very interesting technology. Unfortunately, as fascinating as that was, as can be expected given the title, the world building takes a backseat to sexy!times. The overall pacing was problematic, with an an ending that felt very rushed. In spite of that, I might still read the next one in the series, mostly because I want to know more about that particular character.

Born of Night (The League, #1)Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I started reading it, I immediately liked it more than the main Vaginal Fantasy pick; it may have been the overall writing style. Throw in charming and intriguing characters (gotta love unapologetically dour assassins) occasionally providing relatively complex moral convictions, and I’m sold.

But then things began getting very… domestic. Now, I’m not just talking sweeping, romantic, emotional admissions, or sex, but really blasé activities. Food tasting! Shopping! However, the environments were fabulous enough to be me through the couple-y mundanities, especially since I imagined the different worlds through a very Cowboy Bebop filter. While I had no real issues with the main characters, the supporting cast was really what helped me get through the book; Nemesis’ crew is wonderful and I’m hoping that in the next books, the more I discover about them, I more I like them.

Finally, random fancast note, for any Haven (Syfy) fans: I definitely imagined Eric Balfour as Syn. Gotta love ‘im.

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Kushiel’s Dart

So far this has been my favorite choice from the Vaginal Fantasy bookclub. Albeit, there have only been six books, of which I’ve only read four, having missed the first and fifth book- but still, I loved this. The Iron Duke is a very close second though; need more Archimedes Fox in my life- obviously, I’m going to read the second one in the series!

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kushiel’s Dart is set in an incredibly rich world that slightly resembles a France of days long past with an intriguing Apochryphal-esque mythology. Phedré, the heroine, is both pensive and brazen, without a clichéd spunkiness. Not that it’s always a bad thing! There’s strong characterization throughout the whole novel; even the antagonists are well fleshed out. Although, that should always be the case, right? Perhaps it’s because of all of these strong characters that it’s not surprising that political chaos ensues.

Suffice it to say, it’s a dense read. Not merely a lengthy one, but quite complex as well, with the political history and drama more convoluted than Phedré’s intricate tattoo marque. However, following in the vein of algolagnia, whatever pain is required for comprehension is immensely pleasurable.

(That’s not too bad a joke, is it? Anyhow…)

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25 in 2012 January/February

You may or may not have noticed, but I’ve halted Sunday Sounds for the past few weeks in an attempt to get a stronger focus on my own words and ideas (and images!).

But I’m also trying to get my 25 in 2012 reading resolution rolling, so a little bit a review and commentary is gonna trickle in. We’re still cool right? ;)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a bittersweet end; not so much in content but because of the history of the series itself. When considering as a “trilogy,” this tied everything up well, but The Girl Who Played With Fire and this felt very much like a two-parter in a longer series, so it’s saddening to know that there can never be another book when that was the intent.

The ending itself felt a little hokey, but after everything the characters went through, I’m happy for them!

Silent in the GraveSilent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thanks to the ladies of the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout group, I read my first ever Victorian Mystery Romance novel!

I enjoyed the storyline, but it’s the characters that kept me going. I love the crazy March family. And Fleur!

There were at times when I felt that there was too much world-building/explaining, but it goes by quick enough and returns to amusing character interactions that it’s not too much of a problem.

I’m excited to see Julia learn more about herself and grow, and that Brisbane tones down the arrogance (I know, I know, he’s ~tortured~!). Mostly I hope to see more Portia and Valerius. haha

What have been your recent reads?