Best Books of August: Book Lovers Pick of the Litter

Filed in featured , Pick of the Litter , The Rocket Lover Posted on August 28, 2013 @ 7:00 am 5 comments


It’s that time again!

Storm Glass by Maria V. SnyderWe’re back for another edition of “The Pick of the Litter”–the Book Lovers chance to squee a bit about the books we loved reading during the month.

Let the adoration begin…

Amanda: Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

I loved the Study series. Poison Study being a favourite of mine and Storm Glass was a great beginning to the Glass trilogy. I was almost afraid to start this series because the Study series was so good. Naturally I’m kicking myself now because I need more. Thankfully I have the next two books on my TBR.

I just love her world and her magic. I want to become a glassmaker at the moment and make a Swan.

magic rises by ilona andrewsCaro: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

I haven’t read much this month but the 1 book I read was awesome!  I read Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews and I ended up devouring the pages. Honestly it didn’t start well…I guess I had high expectations and the first 100 pages or so left me unconvinced. The main characters seemed to be a bit out of character…I don’t know. Anyway I was a bit wary but then BAM BIM BOOM (I even do sounds effect! lol) it got awesome. Kate ended up even more bad-ass than usual (yes I was worried she was turning into a kitten) and I remembered why I loved this series. We’re learning so much about Kate and I LOVED that for once she got to let loose. Also I should mention that I looooooved Hugh. Don’t you enjoy it when you end up loving the bad guy? I do!!!

HasMagic Rises by Ilona Andrews and Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha

Ashford Affair by Lauren WilligMarlene: The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig

How many books can manage to tell a fascinating family story and remind you of Downton Abbey, Brideshead Revisited and Out of Africa, all at the same time? The Ashford Affair was one of those deliciously decadent multi-generational family sagas that you just wallow in. I loved it. It had a mystery and a contemporary love story and the search for identity and a poor little rich girl and it was just loads of fun. And a happy ending. Yummy.

Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is pretty awesome, too, but covers a totally different time period. Secret spies in the French Revolution, a la the Scarlet Pimpernel, except that these spies were all women. The first book was marvelous, but I haven’t kept up with the series.

pitch perfectStella: Pitch Perfect by Sierra Dean

 I LOVE Sierra’s Secret McQueen series but as this one is a contemporary (sports) romance I didn’t know exactly how it will be. Well Sierra blew me away once again, I loved the characters, the story, and I can’t wait to read the next books in the series! So if you are looking for a romantic yet sexy sports romance I urge you to pick up Pitch Perfect, I enjoyed it despite having no clue whatsoever about baseball and its rules!

Stella again: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

I love everything Jennifer Estep writes: love her Elemental Assassin series, love her Bigtime series and of course I love her Mythos Academy series as well! I don’t know how come I lost track and stopped following the series after book #2 (got a shock when I saw that book #5 just got released!), so it was big time I finally read Dark Frost, Book #3 in the series. It was fun, it was a thrill ride and made me want to read more of Gwen and Logan and co.’s adventure! Thankfully now I have 2 full length books and 1 novella to satisfy my craving, maybe being a bit behind isn’t such a bad thing after all… 😉
The kitten at the top has to be the cutest kitty ever, doesn’t she? She’d be picked out of any litter! But what were your faves this month? Do tell!

About Marlene

Marlene is a librarian, ebook advocate, science fiction fan, and RPG fan who lives in the Atlanta suburbs. She and her husband are owned by four cats, just ask them. She's a geek and a nerd and proud of it. She's also an avid reader of everything, including the back of the cereal box, and has been blogging since April 2011 at Reading Reality and is a reviewer at Library Journal as well as active on Goodreads. She is also the publisher of Ebook Review Central.

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  • aurian August 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Hellfire by Jean Johnson got 11 out of 10 stars, Magic Rises 10 stars, and the old Anne McCaffrey books I read for the umpteenth time, also 10 stars.

    • Susan August 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      I’ve really enjoyed the Johnson series, too. Kills me when I finish a book and realize I need to wait a year for the next one.

      • Marlene September 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        I finished Hellfire last night. At about 2 am. I think I must have stalked Jean Johnson at Worldcon. Seriously. But the entire series is complete awesomesauce, which just spoilered my review.

        • aurian September 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm

          O wow you met her? How is she in real life? I am such a big fan of her, not only Ia’s books, but all of them.

  • Susan August 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    The Kate Daniels/Magic books are my favorite UF reads–really right at the top of my favorite reads regardless of genre.

    I love stories within stories, so Lauren Willig’s book are also favorites of mine. With the Carnation books, it’s difficult to switch from present to past because I get so involved with each.

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