Happy Friday guys and gals. After an unexpected three day weekend thanks to a humongous stone chipping then cracking my car windscreen… I have had a top reading week. In 4 days I read 6 books, which leads me handily onto what I’m….
I am half way through Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series and I am loving it. I enjoy devouring urban/paranormal fantasy series every now and again when I need quick escapism as they’re generally fast paced with a strong crime/mystery element but I tend to run out of steam after three books and never get round to finishing them (ahem, Kate Daniels). Notable exceptions being Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series and Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series which are both 5 books long – except Fever, technically, but we don’t talk about the books after number 5 – and both are my absolute favourites of the genre (along with Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series, currently a trilogy). So it’s surprising that I’m still going with Chicagoland Vamps. It’s just so addictive. We have vampires, shifters, fairies, sorcerers and even nymphs – but our protagonist is a kickass sentinel vampire. Okay, so everyone is ridiculously and unrealistically good looking, but there is no overly angsty romantic drama that can sometimes overtake the plot in this genre and our main girl Merit has strong friendships with other women and men which is refreshing. I’m not sure I’ll keep my momentum all the way up to book 13 (plus novellas), but I’m really enjoying my binge at the moment.
Continuing my fantastical tv discoveries, I have started watching Grimm. I’d heard about it before but I was put off by the idea of people being part animal ( an episode of Goosebumps where the kids got stuck in pig bodies has a lot to answer for) but I’ve stuck with it for a few episodes and it’s really good! The main man is a detective descended from the infamous Grimm bothers (i think? He’s called a Grimm anyway) thus he can see the evil supernaturals masquerading as humans, and the good ones I presume – if there are any, in our modern world. It comes as a bit of a shock so he’s still trying to work out what he can/is supposed to do to beat them. I’m only a few episodes in, and I get that due to the premise there has to be surprise supernaturals/mythological creatures popping up here, there and everywhere, but I’m finding it a little unrealistic that every case he gets called into involves a creature of some kind. It is fantasy, I know, but still.
Continuing the binge reading theme: my kindle. It allows me to binge series with minimal trouble and only a few overnight charges. I have a kindle paperwhite so I can read with the lights off which is one of my favourite things ever. I dislike brightness, a true bookworm, so being able to lie in bed and keep reading is perfecto. I also find I read a lot quicker on my kindle which also helps the binge-reading. I will always adore print books and I buy them regularly enough, but my kindle is my best friend when it comes to big books and paranormal/urban fantasy.
Adios, and happy reading 🙂