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.
November was a very short month. I had to prepare for finals and boy did I not have much free time.
P.C. and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series
This is a young adult series that I started as a young adult, but set aside until I was an adult because that was when it finally ended. The reason I set it aside? I didn’t like where the series was going and decided to wait it out.
The thing is that even as an adult I really love the early House of Night books. The story is awesome: some people, when they’re teenagers, just randomly become vampires. And they have to learn how to become vampires, and be around other vampires, to learn how to survive.
So what goes wrong: the author dragged on the series too long. I feel like I keep saying this again and again, but it’s true. So many series in urban fantasy go on well past the natural end point. We have all these cool plots in the first 5 or so books. And then practically nothing happens from books 6-12. There is actually an entire book where literally nothing happens. Which is where I dropped the book the first time around.
It sucks because an amazing concept is ruined by me saying that it is too long.
Christina Henry’s Black Wings series
Black Wings is one of those series that I love despite itself. It is also one of those series that made me hurt inside. There is a strong correlation between those two: make me cry, and I love your stuff. However, Black Wings is one of those series that I refer to as “power creep”. The main character starts out basically as nothing, and ends the series next to godly in power. She keeps having to get more and more powerful throughout the series to keep up with her enemies. Not my favourite type of story. The interesting part of Black Wings is that it was written when people were sooo certain grim reapers were going to be the next vampire: so the main character is a grim reaper. Also the series does some relationship stuff I respect.
Alex Archer’s Rogue Angel series
Now, I didn’t read the entire Rogue Angel series in November, thank god. There are something like 58 books out as of writing this and that would be insane. But, I read this series throughout the year. And before 2014, too. I started the series when it had 25 books out, and I just kept going.
Rogue Angel is..not a good series. But it can be interesting occasionally. The story is about a woman, Annja, who has a magical sword that she can instantly summon and banish. And that sword puts her into all sorts of dangerous trouble. She is also an archaeologist, who is part of a TV show about archaeology.
Each book is completely standalone. They each follow Annja do a different adventure. In fact, a lot of them are even written by different authors – Alex Archer is just a pen name that Harlequin made so the series was all under one author. These books aren’t the best. In fact they get pretty damn ridiculous at times. But they are mildly entertaining. And bonus: there are a lot of them!
Carmen Caine’s Monster
Utterly and completely forgettable. There just wasn’t anything unique about it. I stopped at one book, because that is all that is out at that time, and because I never had a desire to go back. And also I never know what is going on with this series. Is it over? Is the next book going to come out anytime soon? I just can’t deal with this level of uncertainty.