I’m started a series where I look at past months in previous years and see what I was reading. What I liked, what I didn’t like. What I have kept up with and what I have set aside. What was a favourite, and what fell from grace. It is also a way to give a review to some past series that I’m probably unlikely to ever review in full.
May 2014 actually had so many series on the list, I decided to break it into two parts. Look for part two next week!
Kathleen Collin’s Realm Walker series
The Realm Walker series were one of those series that surprised me in 2014. It looked vaguely interesting, but I didn’t expect to love it nearly as much as I did. I really loved the romance between the main character and her husband. I really loved both of the characters. I loved her job, and what she got into. I well and truly loved her best friend and the family of the best friend. I just loved this series. After the third book came out in 2015, it was a long, long wait until book four, the final book in the series. The final book finally came out a month ago, in April 2019, and I was so happy to receive it. It was something I had been looking forward to for a long, long time. I’ve read the books since the last one came out, and the reviews should be up soon.
Melissa F. Olson’s Scarlett Bernard series
The Scarlett Bernard series is another one of those series that I’ve reviewed since starting the blog, here, as well as the sequel series Boundary Magic and Disrupted Magic. Back in 2014, I found that while it was readable, it wasn’t something I was going to keep up with. And I didn’t. I read the two books that were out at the time and set it aside until there were 7 more books out. Then I read Scarlett Bernard, Boundary Magic, and Disrupted Magic all in one go. On the second read, I found that I hated Scarlett Bernard as a character, I absolutely despise the actions she takes within the series, and the series itself had a lot of potential, but it still wasn’t going to be my favourite. Boundary Magic on the other hand, I actually liked the characters and the story. I honestly think all my problems with this series lie in Scarlett herself.
E.J. Steven’s Ivy Granger series
The Ivy Granger series was another one that I read all the books that were out at the time, and I just never got back to. The series wasn’t bad, in my memories. But, I don’t actually have that much memory of the series in general. It just didn’t stand out against all the other great things I read in 2014. And I just didn’t trust the author to release when she said she was going to release. Boy am I glad I didn’t follow this series closely, because I have honestly no idea what is going on with this series, and the spinoff series, five years later. At the time of reading, there were two books out, now there are five, the last of which was written in 2016 and nothing since then? I think? It’s not actually all that clear really.
This is one of those series that if I ever notice it ends, I’ll get back to it. But until that time I just can’t trust the author.
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
This was around the time the movie was coming out, and I kept seeing promotional material for it. I either was going to read this, or reread My Sister’s Keeper. I decided that The Fault in Our Stars was going to hurt me, but it wasn’t going to leave me a ball of crying goo for a week again. It was the smart choice, because I wouldn’t have survived My Sister’s Keeper again.
The Fault in Our Stars was predictable. I knew exactly how it was going to end from very early on. Didn’t stop the waterworks. But, it was a good read. I’m glad I read it.
Rhiannon Held’s Silver series
Silver was one of those series that I suspect strongly was a standalone, and the publisher asked for more. The author agreed (because who wouldn’t, right?!). Yet the sequels to the first book just weren’t as good as the first. I loved the concept of the first book, and I still remember it now, even though I only read it once, in 2014. The sequels, though? Forgettable. I remember bits and pieces, but that’s it. The series recently finished, and I was waiting for that final book for a while. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I wasn’t really impressed the first time, despite the amazing concept in the first book. My biggest problem was that the series started out as a very good core couple, and then the sequel books spread out to other characters, with less-than-stellar effect. One day I’ll get around to the end, but that some day isn’t now.
Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series
The biggest crime of the Merry Gentry series is that Laurell K. Hamilton writes some of the best goddamn fae I’ve ever read, wrapped up in the one of the worst stories I’ve ever read. I fucking love fae, in part because of the fae in Merry Gentry, and these fae are so.damn.good! Yet the story is so, so bad. I like it a little less every time I read it.
The whole premise of the series is that Merry Gentry is the niece of the Queen of the Unseelie court, and the Queen has decided that either her or her cousin, the Queen’s son, is going to be the next ruler of the court. Whoever gets pregnant first wins. The catch? It is very, very difficult for fae, even half-fae like Merry, to conceive.
So Merry sleeps with anyone she likes enough to sleep with, and some she doesn’t like. And I do mean everyone. And she falls in love with every single one of them. She can redeem all of them. They’re just all so broken, right? How can she not love them!
Gods I wouldn’t have a problem with the story if it didn’t last 9 books already. I reread this series because the ninth book was due to come out, and I really wanted to read it because of the way book 8 finished, and Hamilton took her sweet time to get back around to Merry Gentry. It took nine books for her to have those kids. And that isn’t the end of the story. The ninth book came out in 2014, and there isn’t even the hint of another yet, five years later in 2019. Hamilton has no book, only ideas. To be written at some time in the future, not any time soon. Basically, I’m done with this series until it ends.
If only the fae weren’t so damn good. Christ. I wish someone else would take this world she built and use it better, sometimes.