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.
Kate Danley’s Maggie MacKay, Magical Tracker series
This is one of those series that takes ridiculous to an art form. The best example I can give of that is the fact that this series has both werepires and vampweres (portmanteaus of vampires and werewolves). The main character is this kickass chick, Maggie MacKay, who lives in a separate dimension offside of Earth, though her sister lives in LA, and her parents are magical, too. Her partner is the elf Killian. And she gets into a whole bunch of trouble that starts ridiculous and just gets even more so. I used to really like reading this series, but I’ve backed off of reading it because of the unpredictability of release and the fact that the author is going to write in this series for as long as she can. I’ll probably get back to the series when it ends, but until that time I just don’t have the space for it.
Stephanie Nelson’s Gwen Sparks series
Gwen Sparks is very new adult, and it was very all over the place. Overall it is very cliched. But I enjoyed reading it at the time. I don’t think I would enjoy reading this if I read it today, because of how disorganised it is. Unfortunately, shortly after I read this series, the author decided to take a small break and has stopped updating everything I can find for about the past three years now. I don’t expect another release.
Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series
I read the first five books of Fever, which was apparently a really good time to read it in because book five is the end of the major arc that started the series. After that is something new that I have yet to read. Fever features MacKayla, who moves to Ireland to figure out why her sister died. What she finds is the fae, and their world is trying to take over our own. I really enjoyed reading this series a lot. It is really dark, and very high stakes. I recommend it, though I cannot say anything about how the series stands as of today. I will never, ever understand why this is shelved under romance, though. To my knowledge, there isn’t even any romance at all in the first book, I think it takes until book three or four to show up.
Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom and Broken Magic series
Allie Beckstrom is one of those series that I’ve never quite been able to get over after I finished reading it. The first book is very different than the other books, but I really like the main character and her love interest. I really love the world Devon Monk builds, too. I wouldn’t say the series is aimless, because it isn’t. But it appears to not have an aim. All very odd. However I…vehemently disagree with the end of the series. The end is what I can’t get over. I could not in any way have predicted that would be the ending to this series. 5 years later, still don’t understand why.
Broken Magic is the spinoff, featuring my favourite character Shame. It is a shame this series is so short (two books, and then an aborted second try), because I loved it. Mostly because I wanted it to “correct” what the author did at the ending to the first series. But it doesn’t. Yet Shame and Terric are amazing, so they make it worth the read.
Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series
The story of Shaede Assassin closely mirrors the story of Gwen Sparks. I enjoyed the series while reading it. It had a lot of interesting ideas that I wanted to see more of. However it also was a bit disorganized. Then, it released one more book in the series, the author told us her plan for the series as it stood at the moment of writing the post, and nothing since. I don’t expect another book out of this series, and as such I probably won’t reread it. It just doesn’t have enough draw for me.