Hi all! Kat here with this week’s Friday Reads. I decided to have a theme for my first ever Friday Reads and what's better than to suck you into some new, or new to you, series. I love stand alone books, but I get really excited for books in a series. Being able to follow a character through two, three, seven or thirty-seven books let's you grow to love them, or hate depending on the character, even more. Typically, I lean towards paranormal reads, but I've included some books that are not so that everyone could play along.
My first choice is The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White. I have to say I love this series. The first book tells the story of 16 year old Meghan Powers whose mother, a US Senator, is trying to be elected as the first woman president. We follow Meg and her family as they deal with the drama, angst and excitement during the election. I first read this series when I was a teenager and there were only three books, The President’s Daughter, White House Autumn and Long Live the Queen. The books handle some pretty difficult issues, like an assassination attempt and a terrorist abduction, and deal with the damage these things can cause a family. In 2001, White revisited the series and re-wrote the first three to make them current with references to things like cell phones and the internet. Did I mention the first book was written in 1984? Am I dating myself? In 2007, she wrote a fourth book, Long May She Reign, which is by far the longest book and deals with the aftermath of all of the above. Did I mention I love this series? I did? Good.
My next choice for today isNaked in Death by J.D. Robb, which is a pen name for Nora Roberts. This book was published back in 1995 and is the first of 37 full length novels with several novellas and at least two more books to be published within the next year. The book starts in the year 2058 and tells the story of New York City Detective Eve Dallas and her investigation into the death of a senator’s daughter. Complicating things is her interest in Roarke, who might possibly one of my favorite book boyfriends. Wealthy beyond measure, gorgeous and with an Irish accent… Yum! Eve is a strong woman, with a tragic past and a need to catch the bad guy. I typically don’t read futuristic books, but Roberts’ world is extremely well developed from the societal changes to the technological advances and her stories are exciting A new book comes out in this series approximately every six months so you’re not waiting long which is something I appreciate when I get involved in a series.
Richelle Mead is known for her Vampire Academy series which was made into a movie earlier this year. And while I did love those books and the spinoff, that’s not the series I’m going to focus on here. Succubus Blues is the first book in the series about Georgina Kincaid, a succubus living in current day Seattle. She spends her days working in a book store for free books and all the white chocolate mochas she can drink. Oh and access to the one guy she can’t bring herself to touch, sexy author Seth Mortensen. But something is going down in Seattle and she needs to work with all of her friends, both angel and demon, to set it right. I enjoyed the mythology employed in these books along with Mead's sense of humor. The banter between the characters made me laugh out loud more than once.
I picked up this next book completely by chance and I never looked back. Full Moon Rising is the first book in the Riley Jensen Guardian Series by Keri Arthur. Riley and her twin brother Rhoan are rare hybrids - half vampire/ half werewolf. They both work for Melborne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to monitor and police the supernatural. Riley works in the office but when her assassin brother goes missing she takes to the streets to find him. There are currently nine books in this series which follows Riley through her work with the Directorate and her love life. Lots of sex in this one, ladies. Just a warning for some of you. Obviously, I enjoyed the books. It has the right amounts of lust, love, passion and fear to drag you in and keep you wanting more.
The next series was also picked up by chance, but this time in audio book form. Life As We Knew It, in the Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer, tells the story of high school Sophmore Miranda. Her world is rocked when an asteroid hit moves the moon closer to Earth, setting off catastrophic events. With volcanic ash clouding the skies, earthquakes and tsunamis, Miranda tells the story of her survival in journal entries that document the disaster as it unfolds over the first year. Its powerful and moving as she, and her family, deal with a world they never thought would exist. This is the first of four books most of which are told from different perspectives. I thought this was a great idea because it really demonstrated the enormity of the disaster and the damage it caused to the USA.
Next up is Born at Midnight, the first book in the Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter. There are currently eight books in this series, Kylie Galen was having a rough go of it. Her parents, worried about her state of mind, sent her to a psychologist who recommends that Kylie attend Shadow Falls. They think its a camp for troubled teenagers. Instead, its a camp for supernatural kids and Kylie's one of them, if only she could figure out what. I don't want to spill too much of the plot on this one but there's lots of twists and turns, friendship and cute paranormal boys to keep you reading!
Last, but certainly not least, is one for the guys, and gals too of course. What book is that you ask? It's Hounded, the first in the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne. I picked up this book because some of the reviewers said it was similar to the Dresden series and I am glad I did. There are currently six books out with a seventh in the works. Hounded is about Atticus O'Sullivan, a 2000 year old druid, who's on the run from the Fae ever since he stole a magic sword from them sometime during the 1st century. Hiding in Tempe AZ, which seems the place to hide for paranormal creatures, he's going to need help from as many of them as possible when an angry Celtic god tracks him down for the sword and revenge. What can I say? I loved this book. There's tons of action and magic, plus I love Celtic mythology and there lots of that as well. I'm kinda obsessed with Ireland a little (which means a lot). This book kept me reading, and guessing at just what might happen.
I also wanted to throw out a couple of my faves that were not included on this list. First off, the Harry Potter series, one of my all time faves that I never would have read if not for my sister-in-law, so thanks Tina! Also, honorary member, Rachel Higginson's Star Crossed series is one that I recommend again and again to people looking for new books to read. I read the first 4 books in 5 days then had to jump on her page to let her know how much I loved them. Plus her fan page is where the Rebels met so she will forever be a Rebel as well. Links to the books are in the comments above and below, so happy reading!
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