I spent a lot of the first half of the month reading and skimming my way through a good portion of J. D. Robb’s In Death series. After finishing the latest, Brotherhood in Death, I thought of a few scenes from previous books that I just had to revisit. It kind of snowballed from there. Scene by scene, I hopscotched my way through over a dozen books. Sometimes I re-read the entire thing, but, mostly, I skimmed as a looked for particular moments. It was fun. Other than that, nothing really stood out. Not that there was much. Just four new reads for the whole month.
The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda – I loved Leena’s story. It was gripping and compelling, tragic and triumphant. Anil’s story, however, didn’t do anything for me. I found it difficult to sympathize with is character. I would have enjoyed this book more if we’d stayed in India. Maybe focused a little more on Anil’s siblings and the contrasts between his favored status and theirs, between his book education and their real world experience. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Brotherhood in Death by J. D. Robb – I nearly always enjoy my visits with Eve, Roarke and company. This one especially because Eve isn’t the only one with a crush on the adorable Dennis Mira. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Noah’s Wife by Lindsay Starck – This was one of my most anticipated debut novels of the year, and I won a copy of it at Goodreads. It was an interesting spin on the Noah Flood story. I liked the writing, though I found the story a little to slow for my taste, but I did not like the ending. It was unsatisfying and I didn’t feel like anything was actually resolved. Especially between Noah and his wife and between Noah and his god. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton – This month’s brain candy. It was okay, though what conflict there was felt contrived. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars