Bargains and new series

Well, I’m discovering how it took me a year to get through The Iron Queen. I keep getting distracted by shiny new books from other authors I love. Namely, Amanda Hocking.

Spent last Saturday doing some therapeutic book shopping, and my oh my…Made a run up to Half Price Books and found what I’ve been searching for for over a decade. A hardback, very minty copy of The Test of the Twins. For $7.99.

The book I’ve seen go for $800 on eBay is now mine for 1/3 its original MSRP. Can we say Nerdgasm? =-)

Also ran to Barnes & Noble and finally found Amanda Hocking’s newest book, Wake. I have to say, I started reading it IMMEDIATELY and pretty much didn’t stop. If I had been off work Sunday I would’ve been up all night reading and finished it in one shot. I’ll do a mini-review in another post, because it deserves it’s own space.

Now I’ve been side-tracked yet again, this time by another series from author’s that are new to me. The Noble Dead by Barb & J.C. Hendee. I honestly don’t know how I’ve missed this series until now, especially with the tagline on the first book in the series..

Dhampir US Cover Magiere, Leesil and Chap - saga-of-the-noble-dead Photo

[Image from fanpop.com]

Lord of the Rings meets Buffy??? Where has this book been all my life?!?!

Anyway, I’m 1/3 through Dhampir already and I’m loving it. I also love the word Dhampir. Regardless of how you say it. Dam-PIRE. DAM-peer. It’s an awesome word.

Oh, any the story’s pretty good too. And I saw someone on Goodreads say that Leesil (a blond half-elf) reminded them of a drunk Legolas. They are so right, and now this image is stuck in my head.  And Chap is only making me want a dog that much more.  Time to start cracking down on the Puppy Fund!

Huzzah!

Finished The Iron Queen on the 7th!  Just getting around to writing a review cause I’ve been sick, meh.
Very good, but I’m so relieved that Ms. Kagawa didn’t end the series with this book. I started reading it under the impression it was a trilogy. Luckily, before I finished this one, The Iron Knight came out, so I had some idea that it would continue on. Unless of course, she was doing a Midnight Sun….fortunately not. =)  I’m sad to see that the series is ending (apparently) with Iron Knight, but I see there’s also a collection of novellas just released too, so I’ll be checking that out soon as I finish the last book.

Unfortunately though, I did get the tiniest bit spoiled on something that would happen at the end of this book. But after speculating the entire time I was reading today, I still didn’t guess it 100% right and managed to be somewhat surprised at how it played out.

Overall Iron Queen was very enjoyable. I could say predictable in some spots, but whatever. When you deal with Oberon, Titania, and Mab, how is anything not predictable? But speaking of Mab…I really did like the brief glimpse we had of her actually giving a crap about her son for once. The Ice Queen melted just a little, aww.

As always, love the chemistry between the trio. And Puck. Gosh, I think he may have grown up just a little. Looking forward to seeing more of him and Ash interacting in Iron Prince, its bound to be awesome.