For a month filled with the sparkle and shine of Christmas decorations, December turned out to be a month of very unstellar reads. The best, by far, was Nalini Singh’s Angel’s Blood. Though filled with clichés, the concept was unique enough to catch, and keep, my interest.
- The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – I love Eugenides’ Middlesex, but found The Virgin Suicides to be extremely dull. Sure, the plight of those girls was both tragic and melodramatic, but the book almost bored me to snores. Rating: 2.75
- Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh – I found the author’s approach to this subject to be unique and interesting. Usually, angels and vampires are enemies. Good versus evil, and all that. In Ms. Singh’s world, however, angels aren’t wholly good, and vampires are their slaves. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and definitely intend to continue with the series. Rating: 4
- Tanner’s Scheme by Lora Leigh – The Midnight Breeds series is another that I haven’t read, but wanted to try. Unlike Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunters, the Breeds didn’t spark any real interest in me. This book was more paranormal porn than paranormal romance. I found the emotional depth of this book to be very shallow. The heroine was extremely tortured but seemed to get over it way too easily, the villains were nearly cartoonish, and the hero seemed to exist just to have kinky sex with the heroine. Rating: 3
- The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk – A very long novel about a thirtysomething spoiled brat of a hero who, after being abandoned by the mistress he’d repeatedly lied to, metamorphoses into a pathetically creepy pervert who even steals the handle off of the toilet of her childhood home in order to be close to her. Rating: 2
- The Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands – Many years ago, I read the first Argeneau novel and was so disgusted by the utter brainlessness of the heroine that I resolved to read no other. However, being bored nearly out of my mind changed my tune. I wish it hadn’t, though this time, at least, Sands achieved some balance. The hero is every bit as stupid as the heroine this time. The entire conflict in this novel would have been completely unnecessary if he, and pretty much everyone else but the ditzy heroine, had put two and two together and got something besides twenty-five. So, why do I say she’s stupid and ditzy if she figured it out? Because, while being stalked by a renegade vampire and having a bunch of rogue hunters after her and her man, she actually uses her ATM card and is surprised when they find her. Not to mention the fact that she does this while walking her dog and thinking about stopping for pizza. Never again! Rating: 2