Books Read, April and May 2012

I have been in a horrible reading funk recently. I keep picking up books, reading them partway and putting them down. I’m rereading a bunch of series I’ve read before just because none of my current book options are all that appealing to me. Things were pretty bad in April and got better towards the end of May. I’m probably still on track with my general average of a book a week or so.

Books

Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase
Fayfever series (reread)
Poison Study Series by Maria V Snyder (reread)
Devil’s Kiss by Zoe Archer
The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – I did enjoy the Vampire Academy series, so it was fun if a bit familiar to read the first volume of this spin-off series.
Unraveled, Unveiled, Unclaimed, Unlocked, and The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan – Good, affordable romance ebooks! Better than average characterization and humor. Milan is one of those authors where I’ll now happily read whatever new novels she produces, much like Loretta Chase.

A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee – This is my YA book club pick for June, and I suggested it. This is a story of a poor girl who ends up being recurited into a top secret agency of Victorian Lady-Spies. This might seem frivilous, and it is a fun book but it is notable for YA historical fiction in a couple ways. It actually deals with race in an interesting way, which you don’t often find in other books of this genre. The other thing I enjoyed is the fact that the characters actually commented on and were affected by the horrible sanitation practices of the time. The Thames is wretched during the summer, and it was an issue in the book. Too often in historic fiction unpleasant details like this are glossed over.

Manga and Graphic Novels

Tesoro by Natsume Ono
We Were There Volume 14
Story of Saiunkoku Volume 7
Oresama Teacher Volume 9
Hana Kimi 3 in 1 Edition Volume 2
A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 3
Dawn of the Arcana Volume 4 by Rei Toma
Daredevil Volume 1 – I feel like in many ways Daredevil has been the misery king of the Marvel universe, so it is just fun to see him actually enjoying himself for a change. And the art in this series is both stunning and incredibly clever in portraying Daredevil’s unique powers. Looking forward to the second volume.
Skip Beat 27
A Bride’s Story 2
Dawn of The Arcana 3
Stepping on Roses 6
Blue Exorcist 3

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