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My rating scale:

 

5: Loved it

4.5: Great

4: Good

3.5: Liked It

3: OK

2-2.5: Didn't like it

1-1.5: Hated it

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five - George R.R. Martin

Things are finally picking up! I don't know where Dany's story is going, but I don't like it.

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

Gunmetal Magic -  Ilona Andrews

Raphael is a dick and I don't know if I want him and Andrea back together. Other than that, I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would.

Treachery in Death (In Death, #32) - J.D. Robb

This was a solid read until the ending. I liked how Eve was weaving her magic to bring down the bad guys, but then it just kind of fizzled at the end. I guess because of the enormity of the crime, I wish we could have been given the results after the arrest.

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Gone Country - Lorelei James

I'm sad to admit that this is pretty boring. I don't care about Rielle or Gavin. There's little chemistry between the two and I'm just not interested in their problems.

Reading Goal for 2015

I meant to post this a lot sooner, but my reading goal this year is to do some series' catch-up. I decided to rotate between three at a time so I don't get overwhelmed. My initial three picks were:

 

In Death by JD Robb (http://www.fictfact.com/series/209/in-death). Before the start of the new year, the last book I read was Missing in Death (#29.5). I've finished the next three so far this year and have ten more before the latest release.

 

Rough Riders by Lorelei James (http://www.fictfact.com/series/2001/rough-riders). The last one I had read was Chasin' Eight (#11). I've finished the next two and have four more before I'm caught up.

 

Fallen Angels by JR Ward (http://www.fictfact.com/series/128/fallen-angels). I only read the first one, Covet, and that was in 2009. I plan on re-reading it and then I'll have five more before I'm caught up. However, this has been put on the back burner until I finish the Kate Daniels series (http://www.fictfact.com/series/370/kate-daniels).

Magic Dreams  - Ilona Andrews

This was just ok for me. I didn't see the attraction between Dali and Jim. I think it's because Dali doesn't have enough face time in the series, so I haven't had a chance to get to know her. It was interesting reading about her family and her abilities.

Magic Bleeds  - Ilona Andrews

Kate was bad-ass in the book! Her family is crazy and her friends are accepting. Love the relationship between her and Andrea & her and Curran. 

My Worst Read of 2014

While I rated a few books low, this was the book that I absolutely hated. It's a rarity that I will rate a book one star, but this one totally deserved it.

 

Torn from You by Nashoda Rose.

My Favorite Reads of 2014

In no particular order, these were the books I rated the highest and thoroughly enjoyed:

 

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost 
Dirty by Megan Hart
Grave Secret by Sierra Dean
Secret Unleashed by Sierra Dean
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mystery, #1) - Josh Lanyon

This is a generous 3 stars. I liked Adrien, but the rest of the story didn't do much for me. The mystery was predictable and the future romance between Adrien and Riordan was non-existent, IMO. I have no plans on continuing with this series.

Magic Strikes  - Ilona Andrews

This book was freaking amazing! As I was reading it, I thought it had a solid story line (I preferred this one over the first two books) and it reinforced how much I like Kate. I remember thinking that one of the downfalls for me was her relationship with Curran; I really wasn't feeling it. However, the last chapter in the book blew that right out the water. The entire scene involving the final fight in that pit had me experiencing goosebumps and tears in my eyes. What Kate did to protect her friends fit right into the person she is becoming and I loved it. I also liked the tidbits we got involving her training and her father. I am really looking forward to the next one now and I thought I would be done with this series after the second one.

Reading progress update: I've read 31%.

Magic Strikes  - Ilona Andrews

So far, so good. I really, really like Kate in this one. She is a no-nonsense BAMF. I found this line to be especially funny for some reason:

 

I was still pissed. "What kind of shapeshifter has orange fur anyway? "Weredingo." Now I'd seen everything. Well, at least he didn't steal my baby.

 

 

A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 - George R.R. Martin, Roy Dotrice

What a fantastic, epic read. I was pretty much enthralled from the beginning. I enjoyed all the story lines and I liked seeing how these characters have grown and changed. Arya is still my favorite, Tyrion breaks my heart, Jamie is growing on me, I love Jon Snow, Davos has become a very interesting character and poor Sansa. They were some things that made me so happy

Joffrey dying

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and things that made me so sad

Tyrion learning the truth regarding his first marriage

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. This author has spun a tale that has me 100% invested and I can't wait to see where it goes.

Lovely Wicked - Kari Gregg

I must be in a funk. I didn't care for this one either. I thought everything happened too quickly without me getting to really know the characters. The "I love you's" were too soon, with no real feeling behind them, IMO. If she were to ever write that second book, I would probably read it. I want to see if there could be a complete HEA.

Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews

The book started off promising, but the further I got along, the more I realized that I am not invested in these characters at all. I like Kate well enough, but I don't find her story or struggles engaging. I felt that story was too slow and it was hard for me to care about what was happening. I may give the third book a try, but if I don't like it any better, I probably won't continue with this series.

Reading progress update: I've read 71%.

A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 - George R.R. Martin, Roy Dotrice

Holy crap!

Ding, dong the king is dead! I am so happy Joffrey got his, but am dismayed that Tyrion has been arrested for it. I was totally shocked that Littlefinger was the one behind Sansa's escape (not sure if that is a good or bad thing yet. I guess I'll find out).

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