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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

A Secret to Die For (Secret McQueen) - Sierra Dean

I found this slightly disappointing. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and the ending just seemed so generic and boring. She didn't come across as smart and made a lot of impulsive decisions.Part of my disappointment is her

choosing Desmond over Holden. I kept thinking she'd change her mind and realize she made the wrong choice.

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It wasn't meant to be, I guess. There were good moments though, so it wasn't a bust overall. It just wasn't the ending I envisioned for Secret. 

Chaos in Death - J.D. Robb

This is the first time that I did not like the mystery involved in an In Death series. While some of them have been just ok, this one was ridiculous. The whole

Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde

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 thing did not work at all, IMO. I know this is set in the future, but it was too incredulous. I guess they can't all be wonderful.

 

Night Shift - Nalini Singh, Lisa Shearin, Ilona Andrews, Milla Vane

I only read Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews, 2.5 stars

Magic Rises  - Ilona Andrews

This was excellent! Best book in the series so far and one of the better books I've read in a while. There were so many twists and turns and nothing played out how I thought it would. Kate continues to amaze me and the relationships she has built are fantastic! I was in tears the last chapter and I'm anxious to see what happens next.

Hex Appeal - P. N. Elrod (Editor)

I only read the Ilona Andrews story, 3 stars

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2) - E.L. James

This was my second time reading this and I didn't like it as much. I may have been wearing blinders on regarding Christian's issue, but they were off this time and I wanted Ana to run far away from him. This man is damaged and love won't fix that. His possessiveness and controlling ways were troubling. I still liked Ana but she was meek and didn't come across as strongly as she did in the first book. I'm not even sure if I want to re-read the last one.

 

Originally read: 5/1/12 - 4 stars

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.