Since I’m such a book nerd, I thought I would share some of my most…and least…favorite books with my readers from the genres I read the most (romance/fantasy). I read a TON of books, but these are a few that stand out. I may add to this list as time goes on, and I may review more genres, when I have more time to pursue my nerdhood. Since this page is entitled “Random QUICK Reviews,” I’ll try to keep them short and sweet.
Harry Potter (series). Young adult/fantasy (but don’t let that scare you off). At its core, the story is all about good versus evil, love versus hate. Loyalty, friendship, duty, and honor all play a part. There are strong role models (male AND female). I most definitely recommend it.
Outlander (series). Romance. These are HUGE books. Any fan of historical romance would most likely love this series. Scotsmen, kilts, time travel, love, war. And again, a strong female role model. Recommended.
Twilight (series). Young adult/romance. I can’t stand these books, for a myriad of reasons, but the biggest, for me, aside from the undertones of abuse, is the fact that Bella Swan is an awful character. If there is one thing I cannot stand in a book, it is a weak female lead character. There is no character development. The characters are basically the same people at the beginning of the series and the end with only a few (although big) physical changes. And there is no real conflict. The entire last book is a giant lead up to something that just fizzles out and doesn’t happen. I do not recommend.
Fifty Shades of Grey (series). Romance. *sigh* Take twilight, remove vampires, add some BDSM, and you have 50 Shades of Grey. Even the romance (sex) scenes weren’t really all that steamy…and those were supposedly what all the hype was about. Not recommended.
The Belgariad series. Fantasy. Do you like LOTR? You will like the Belgariad. Eddings is not as “wordy” as Tolkein, which (in my opinion) makes it a little easier of a read. Recommended.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Romance. Looking for a GOOD vampire romance? Check this series out. Strong characters, great plot/conflict development. Recommended.
A Song of Ice and Fire (series). Fantasy. This is the book series that the HBO show Game of Thrones is based on. Warning: this is a very brutal series. Lots of blood, war, and yes, sex. Fantastic character development, plot, and conflict. Recommended.
The Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries aka TrueBlood) (series). Fantasy/Horror/Mystery. These are the books that the HBO show True Blood is based on. It is very rare for me to say that an adaptation is better than the books, but in this case, I think it is true. In the books, Sookie comes off as a bit of a snotty brat with a “woe-is-me” attitude. The books started off strong in the plot department, but the latest few seem like they are just being written to cash in on the show’s popularity. Not really recommended.
One Second After. Post-apocalyptic fiction. (I know, not romance/fantasy, but I JUST finished this book, so it’s all still fresh). This book is about what happens to a small town after the power is knocked out by an EMP attack. Very eye-opening as to what COULD happen. It is scary because all of it could be real. It is a book that will make you think, “What if?” Recommended.
Sara Donati, Into the Wilderness. Into the Wilderness commences in the fictional town of Paradise on the west branch of the Sacandanga River, New York State1792. Nathaniel Bonner, son of Hawkeye (from The Last of the Mohicans), meets spinster Elizabeth Middleton, an Englishwoman determined to start a school. The townsfolk consist of free African-Americans, slaves, and Kahnyenkehaka (Mohawk) as well as white Americans. It’s an adventure and a love story with many twists and turns and a surprising visit from characters from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander (or Cross Stitch in the UK) series. Recommended.
Do you have a favorite book or series to recommend? I am always looking for something new to read.
*DISCLAIMER* These reviews are just my opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. We do not have to agree. Just because we disagree does not mean that your (or my) opinion is any less valid. No trolls, please. I will discuss books, but I will not argue them. Any attempt at arguments will be ignored and deleted.