Catherine’s January 2012 Recommendations

I am amazed to say that I read 19 books this month and 9 of them were A reads.  Can you believe it?  Then again, 5 of them were low C‘s and under, so that kind of brought my book high down…but I’ll ignore that for now.  Reading so many great books so close together seems to be rarer and rarer for me, so I’m just going to sit and bask in the afterglow of having 9 such excellent reads.  Obviously I won’t list all 9 of them here, but here are 5 of them. :)


A Brush of Darkness - Allison Pang


A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang: I absolutely fell in love with this book.  It was so much fun!  The world was unique, the heroine was likable, and there was a complex and compelling relationship.  The author also skillfully blended the humor in with the serious moments.  What more can a girl ask for? 😉  You can read my review for this book here.  I gave it an A.

Favorite Quote:

“Throw me a goddamned rope!” I wasn’t sure if he could hear me, given the howl of the wind, but he signaled my words with a shrug.

“I tried to bring one, but it couldn’t come through the *bleep*.” His voice was husky, a midnight fury laced with the metallic edge of bullets. He paused. “Hold on! I’ve got something here, but it won’t be quite long enough, so you’re going to have to time it with the waves.”

“You’d better not be talking about your dick. I mean, you’re well hung and all, but it’s a Shadow Realm, not Fantasyland,” I snorted, trying not to laugh.


The Shadow Reader
The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams: This book went from being an almost DNF to an A-!  I can’t remember the last time I’ve had that kind of a turn around in a book.  I had a hard time with the writing style in the beginning (it’s in First Person, Present Tense) but my enjoyment of the characters and the plot eventually outweighed that.  I also really liked how the author kept the dual love interests from turning into the typical UF love triangle.  I actually ended up enjoying that aspect of the book–shocker!  You can read the full review of this book here.

Favorite Quote:

My eyes shoot open when Kyol grabs my arm. Aren holds on a moment more, his lips and hands lingering as if this is his last breath. As if this is the only breath in his life that has ever mattered. Then his eyes lock with the sword-master.

“You have competition now.”


Vengeance In Death

Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb: I have been slowly working my way through this series in audio format.  Sophia gave me the great idea of listening to audiobooks while I clean, so now I get to listen a little bit everyday.  Unless it’s this particular book, of course.  Then I’ll do nothing but listen to it and in doing so manage to creep my husband out by smiling or laughing at nothing–he didn’t see the headphones.  I really, really loved this book!  The serial killer and his phone calls to Eve were deliciously creepy and the murder scenes were disturbing (in a good way).  The way everything tied in with Roarke’s past gave us tons of page time with him and a deeper look at his (and Summerset’s) past in Ireland.  I can safely say that this is one of my favorite books in the series so far.  I give it a strong A.


The Last Twilight

The Last Twilight by Marjorie M. Liu: This is the 6th book (ignoring the novellas) in the Dirk & Steele series and the excitement is as strong as ever.  The author brings back a lot of familiar faces from the 2nd book, Shadow Touch, and throws us into the Congo with the heroine, Rikki, a virus hunter.  Eddie, Rictor, and Amiri are all back and better than ever.  Some interesting things develop with Rictor and a frightening new complication pops up for Eddie.  The action is fast paced, but the romance holds its own, treating us to a very sweet and romantic bond forming between Amiri and Rikki.  I thought this was a great entry in the series and it got me amped up to read the rest of them.  The review for this A worthy book will be posted soon.

Favorite Quote:

Rictor grunted. “I can’t believe you just quoted Shakespeare at me.”

“It seemed appropriate.”

“He was a mouth breather and his farts smelled like onions.”

Amiri closed his eyes. “You just ruined me.”

“My pleasure.”



Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark, #11)

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole: I think this is the most compelling book I have read by this author.  I had a bit of a struggle overcoming Declan’s treatment of Regin, and all the other people in the Lore, enough to believe in the romance, but I still enjoyed the book.  I absolutely loved the way the author showed the dark side of a fated mate pairing.  Declan’s bond with Regan practically drove him crazy, turning him down a dark path.  I liked that the author strayed from the typical use of that kind of pairing and showed how that bond twisted him and turned him into the weapon that was eventually used against her.  Very dark and compelling.  Me likey.


  1. says

    I came this close : pinches fingers: to buying that first bk you mentioned, but it’s UF therefore I hesitated.

    • says

      I was really surprised when I went over all my books for the month. I hadn’t realized that I had read so many good ones.

      Where are you at in the In Death series?

  2. says

    I’m glad you had so many great reads in Jan. Lets hope this keeps up in Feb.
    I wish I was able to read a lot in Jan but it was a slow month filled with moving to WordPress.

    • says

      I hope it continues too! Too bad you were stuck fiddling with you WordPress move all month. I hope you’ll have more reading time in February.

  3. Lexi says

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior is my favorite IAD book, so well written and amazing characters.
    Can’t wait to read Shadow Reader!

  4. Annie @ UTC says

    Because of you Catherine, I grabbed a couple of the In Death audiobooks. I’m listening to it right now and laugh whenever Eve says something funny. it gets me some weird looks sometimes.

    • says

      I’m glad you tried them out! Don’t you love the way the narrator does the voices? I especially love Roarke’s accent. 😉 I sympathize with the weird looks. I get them from my husband a lot.