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11 October 2015

Spell of the Ball (8 Magical Halloween Reads)

Spell of the Ball was NOT originally on my TBR for the month ... but then I was gifted a copy by one of the authors ahead of tomorrow's publication date and it ended up being perfect for SO many reasons. Well, three in particular:
  1. I had it readily available when I decided to stop trying to force myself to like something that was on my TBR
  2. Several of the authors/series included I've been interested in checking out and this gives me a lots of little tastes ... even though I've had a bit of hyperventilation over the whole "not reading in order" deal
  3. Today has been declared "Boys Day Out" for my son, his dad and HIS dad so after a quick trip to the grocery store I've stayed curled up reading without a care in the world

Spirits, Hurricanes, and the Krewe of Ghoul by Deanna Chase
Pyper Rayne (spin-off series of Jade Calhoun series)
Thoughts: I already know and love Pyper from the Jade Calhoun series but haven't read the first book of her spin-off yet. It's now moving way up on my TBR list because, well, I still adore Pyper and I really have to know more about her ghost sidekick/nuisance Ida May.

The Witch’s Halloween Hero by Kristen Painter
Series: Nocturne Falls
Thoughts: Kristen Painter isn't an author I was familiar with but I hadn't made it more than a third of the way through "The Witch's Halloween Hero" and I was scouring Amazon for books in the Nocturne Falls series. If the books are as delightful as this short then I'll gladly make regular visits to the little supernatural community. 

Bad Moon Rising by Michele Bardsley
Series: Angelica Mortis
Thoughts: As you probably know (unless you're new here), I skim the steamy stuff almost all the time. There was a LOT of skimming here. Angelica is a demon hunter with a drag queen bestie and a new wizard guardian which would normally make for a must-read series for me ... but the steamy stuff? Not my thing. After some looking I've discovered the author writes a bit of erotica so I should have known ... but ... at least I'm good at skimming!

A Charming Death by Tonya Kappes
Series: Magical Cures
Thoughts: I know that reading this without reading any of the others in the series (7 books plus two other novellas so far) has subjected me to big ol' plot-line spoilers, but sometimes it just has to be done. A cute little tale but I'm not really sure if I'll be diving in to the whole series. The first one is free on Amazon for Kindle, though, so there's really no reason not to at least give a full-length installment a shot!

Mission Impawsible by Melanie James
Series: Karma Inc.
Thoughts: Humor, werebears, and a whole lot of snark. I love snark. The series is apparently new and a spin-off from James' Literal Leigh series. Great. Now I have TWO more series to add to my list.

One Charmed Evening by Rose Pressey
Series: Halloween LaVeau
Thoughts: I've read a couple of Pressey's books from before but not from this series and not in several years. With how much I loved this short I'm now kicking myself for not keeping up with her books more because I have a whole lot to get my grubby little hands on. I'm beginning to think that this collection of short stories wasn't the best idea for me to read ....

Catatonic by Liz Schulte
Series: Sekhmet Bounty (forthcoming spin-off series of Guardian & Jinn trilogies)
Thoughts: Dangnabbit. Of the 8 short stories in this book I've read seven so far ... and have six new series added to my TBR ... BUT I don't ... I have MORE than that since this one if a spin-off of two others and then there's the James book above that was a spin-off of another series ... and good ol' Pressey has multiple series that all look good ... and ... and ... and ... there's a HOLIDAY anthology coming out in November with many of these same authors and some more new-to-me ones, to boot!

Desperate Housewives of Olympus by Saranna DeWylde
Series: Ambrosia Lane
Thoughts: I'm a bit of a mythology junkie but this just didn't do it for me. Fictional twists on gods and goddesses typically fall flat for me (except for when they're written by Rick Riordan ... most days I would pick a trip to Camp Half-Blood over a trip to Hogwarts). Not a bad story, just not one that has me clamoring to get the series for. I will, however, read any future anthology installments I come across. Maybe it'll grow on me over time.

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