June 2010 Read Books: Part 1

July 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm 17 comments

The month of June flew by, and I’m just getting around to posting my books from the first half of June, and July has already started! Part 2 of my June read books will be posted later this week.

The only thing that surprised me in the first half of June was that I only listened to 3 audiobooks. This is because The Well of Ascension is a really long book, at 29 hours. But boy, was it worth it. Awesome book.

Actually, I lucked out with all the books this month. The most I can say is that I found The Dead-Tossed Waves and Shalador’s Lady to be good books, and the rest were very good to great.

So, these are my books I from the first half of June:

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Diving in DeepDiving in Deep (Diving in Deep series, book 1) by KA Mitchell 6/15/10

I love the childhood friends/friends younger sibling trope in romances, and this one really worked for me. What I liked about Diving in Deep is that Noah really struggles to be seen as more than Cam’s best friend’s “little brother”, and even when they become involved, Noah works hard to assert himself so that he doesn’t get swept aside by Cam’s tendency to control and care-take.

Very HOT, and if there hadn’t been significant character development and relationship angst, it might have been too much sex. (Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing.) lol. But, the substance was there, so it worked.

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The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie RyanThe Dead-Tossed Waves (companion to The Forest of Hands and Teeth) by Carrie Ryan 6/14/10 Audiobook

Audiobook read by Tara Sands.

This book wasn’t a true sequel, as it doesn’t continue the story from TFoHaT‘s narrator, Mary. However, the story picks up with Mary’s daughter, Gabry.

I love how the world is filling in, and seeing things through Gabry’s eyes makes some of the events and assumptions from book 1 new. Gabry’s sometimes a frustrating character, making poor and implusive decisions. But, some of them make sense, given her age/maturity, and that she’s given a chance to grow over the course of the story.

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Shalador's LadyShalador’s Lady (A Black Jewels Novel, sequel to The Shadow Queen) by Anne Bishop 6/10/10 Audiobook

Audiobook read by John Sharian.

The Black Jewels world was as compelling as ever. I loved seeing Cassie come into her own as a queen, and rebuild Shalador/Dena Nehele. However, I would have liked some more focus on Cassie and Gray’s relationship, which felt like a minor plotline in this book.

I listened to the audiobook, and while I could think of a couple of narrators I’d love to see read this series (Anne Flosnik and Claudia Black come immediately to mind), narrator John Sharian is really good with the voices of Saetan, Daemon and Lucivar.

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The Well of AscensionThe Well of Ascension (Mistborn trilogy, book 2) by Brandon Sanderson 6/8/10 Audiobook

Audiobook read by Michael Kramer.

I am so loving this fantasy trilogy. Vin is just coming into her power as a mistborn, and is now the defender of the new democratic monarchy of Luthadel. Of course, the danger is still coming at the crew from all sides, especially in the form of Elend’s father, Straff Venture.

The appearance of a new mistborn throws Vin into some major confusion. Can we say morally ambivalent and delicious twistiness? Love. It.

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Instant TemptationInstant Temptation (Wilder Adventures trilogy, book 3) by Jill Shalvis 6/7/10

Such a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. I think this was my favorite of the 3. Mostly because the story was so focused on Harley and TJ’s character development and their relationship.

I just love Jill Shalvis’ writing.

  • Jill Shalvis’ site.
  • Excerpt for Instant Temptation.

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Skin GameSkin Game (Skin series, book 1) by Ava Gray 6/5/10

I was worried that the hype of this book was making my expectations unrealistic. However, I should have remembered that I love Ann Aguirre’s (Ava Gray’s alter ego) writing.

Kyra and Reyes are both morally conflicted characters with major trust issues. Yet they quickly become protagonists that are easy to root for. Kyra is the total scrappy underdog who uses her gift of “borrowing” people’s talents to make a life for herself, and exact revenge on the man who had her father killed. And, Reyes was an awesome nurturing, alpha hero.

The storyline was completely original, the chemistry between Kyra and Reyes was HOT, and the action was suspenseful. So glad #2 in the series, Skin Tight just came out!

  • Ava Gray’s site.
  • Scroll down linked page for excerpt.

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Magic BleedsMagic Bleeds (Kate Daniels series, book 4) by Ilona Andrews 6/1/10

I was really worried this book wouldn’t live up to my high expectations. Each book in this series has gotten better. And, this installment promised to take Kate and Curran’s relationship to the next level.

Boy, was I happy that it did satisfy those expectations and then some. I loved how, when obstacles came up, as much as Kate and Curran power-played (which was a total crack up), in the end they really do work great together, both to get the really scary bad guy and make their relationship work.

  • Ilona Andrews’ site.
  • Scroll down linked page for excerpt.

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Both Diving in Deep and Instant Temptation started me on mini-binges by KA Mitchell (DiD author) and Jill Shalvis (IT author). Those books will seen in my next read books post! 😉

How was your June?

Read  more about my 2010 Read Books here.

Entry filed under: 2010 Read Books.

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tracy  |  July 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Of the books I’ve read in your list I agree completely. Except maybe Shalador’s Lady – which I adored. Have you read the rest of the Diving in Deep series?

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    • 2. Renee  |  July 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

      Yes! The series was SO good! And, I really enjoyed Chasing Smoke, as well!

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  • 3. Chris  |  July 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    The KA Mitchell’s the only one I’ve read, but it was a good one. 🙂

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    • 4. Renee  |  July 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      Yes, I really like her stuff!

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  • 5. orannia  |  July 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Oh, great list Renee. I loved Shalador’s Lady and so enjoyed the rebuilding aspect. The only thing is…Saetan, Daemon & Lucivar are so powerful that…well, not much stops them. I kind of want a really juicy villain, but then I’m not sure where Anne Bishop is going with the series after next year’s anthology. I want Surreal’s story though.

    I haven’t read any of KA Mitchell’s books. Is Diving Deep a good place to start?

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    • 6. Renee  |  July 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      Yes! Surreal’s HEA is needed! As much as I enjoyed Dreams Made Flesh (and Lucivar’s romance) I was bummed to see that next years Black Jewels book is short stories. A good juicy book for Surreal is what’s needed. (And a hero worthy of her.)

      Diving in Deep is a great place, and I loved the entire trilogy that it starts!

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  • 7. nath  |  July 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    29 hours? Really? Wow LOL. I don’t know, reading the book might have been a lot faster 😛

    I loved Shadalor’s Lady 😀 Happy you enjoyed it too. I wished there’s been more romance, but then, it’s fantasy… so I didn’t mind that too much.

    As for Magic Bleeds, it was pretty awesome. Difficult to see how the authors are going to up that one 😛

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    • 8. Renee  |  July 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      I always figure the long reading time is worth it, since I can listen while driving and doing chores. (Time I couldn’t read, anyway. 😉 )

      For some reason, I don’t miss the romance so much when it’s strict fantasy, but with Shalador’s Lady, I really wanted more.

      LOL, yeah, Ilona Andrews has a pretty high bar, now.

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  • 9. ~ames~  |  July 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Good stuff on the KA Mitchell! That’s my favorite theme too so I’m definitely going to check it out. Thanks!

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    • 10. Renee  |  July 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

      Me, too! And, it seems a common one for m/m.

      Enjoy! 🙂

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  • 11. Lori  |  July 5, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I really like th KA Mitchells, too. And agree completely on Instant Temptation!

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    • 12. Renee  |  July 8, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Yes, I’m now keeping my eye out for more Jill Shalvis. LOVED Slow Heat, btw. Thanks so much! 🙂

      Reply
  • 13. Leslie  |  July 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

    That’s why I love audio books – takes my mind off the mundane tasks. 🙂

    June was pretty good reading wise, although I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped. Still have Magic Bleeds and Instant Temptation on the tbr pile. And so many good books coming out this month!

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    • 14. Renee  |  July 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

      Yes, there are a lot of chores I don’t mind so much when I know I can listen while doing them!

      Oh, you have 2 winners there!

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  • 15. Hilcia  |  July 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

    The only one I read from your read was Magic Bleeds and it was the best! I think for IA’s next book I’ll expect the same quality… nothing higher than that, lol!

    I’m going to start on the Black Jewels trilogy soon. I look forward to Shalador’s Lady and the rest.

    K.A. Mitchell seems to be very popular ATM. I have some books on my TBR, but for some reason I just keep putting them off for later. I need to try at least one. 🙂

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    • 16. Renee  |  July 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

      lol. I know. How does she/they keep doing it?

      I love the Black Jewels books, and the trilogy is still my favorite.

      I had Collision Course on my tbr for a while before reading Diving in Deep. SO glad I finally read it!

      Reply
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