What Are You Reading Today?
Been a bit under the weather for the past week, but I’m vertical today, and ready to catch up with my blogs again. I thought I’d start the ball rolling with a quick “What Are You Reading” post. I’m actually reading two books at once, currently. I guess lying around all day with no desire to lift a finger to do anything productive in the house or garden means I can read double time. It’s something I do now and then, anyhow, but feeling “puny,” as my grandmother would say, gives me a legitimate excuse to indulge in as many books as I want. That’s MY story, anyway!
I finally started Kim Harrison’s latest Hollows book, Ever After, and, as usual, Harrison’s “Itchy Witch” is involved in yet more trouble as the Mother of All Demons tries to bring about the end of…well…pretty near everything. Normally, I read a Hollows book straight through, but this one was making me so nervous and tense, I had to take a break. Bad things were happening. And more bad things were ABOUT to happen. And I didn’t like some of the directions the plot was headed. Since I haven’t finished the book, I’ll wait to see how it all turns out before I say anything else. But it DID rile me up, considerably, and sometimes I just don’t want to watch my favorite characters in a series suffering so much. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the last half of the book gives me something positive to hold on to, since the series is winding down, and right now, things look grim.
While taking a break from Ever After, I picked up a book I downloaded for my Kindle for FREE last week. Oh, I love free books! Even if I don’t know if the book is going to be all that good, if it’s free, I grab it and put it in my To Be Read Kindle Folder for a later date. For some reason, this one looked like something probably light and unremarkable. I thought it would take my mind off of the nail-biting drama of Ever After. Well, it did that, all right! Turns out A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book 1 by Elizabeth Hunter is NOT a lightweight paranormal romance, at all. It’s not a lightweight anything! It’s a very well written and thoroughly engrossing tale. Yeah, it’s got vampires, but not quite like any I’ve read about before. No sleezy, bare-chested, bodice-ripping blood suckers here, though there are some moonlight swims sans suits, now and then, just so you won’t forget that the guy is built like a Greek god. The heroine is intelligent, funny, and very appealing, without much in the way of IHS (Idiotic Heroine Syndrome), and there is a very intriguing mystery to be solved, too. I am totally caught up in this carefully paced tale of history, treachery, and…tada!…BOOKS. Lots of books, and historical letters, and documents, and libraries, and…oh yeah, 500 year old vampires, too.
I can’t wait to finish this one and review it. And I am definitely planning to read the rest of the series. More on that, too. Now back to A Hidden Fire for me, and the slow burn that carefully constructed sexual tension can create when a writer takes the time to let the characters gradually discover what they feel for each other.
So…what are YOU reading? As always, I can’t wait to hear, and I likely will be making notes for my Wish List from some of your responses, so please jump in and tell us.