May was a much better reading month for me than April. I still only read a handful of books, but a lot more of them fit within my challenges for the year. So, I felt more accomplished at the end of the month. Plus, I managed to read and review most of them.
The following two books are ones I read in May, but don’t have enough to say about them to justify a review post of their own.
Wild Things by Jennifer Ashley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Serie: Shifters Unbound #7.75
This is one of Ashley’s novellas set in her Shifters Unbound series. It was a cute story that focused on wolf shifter Mason McNaughton going on a quest to find a healer for his people. I loved the parts that took place in New Orleans and wished we could’ve stayed there longer than we did. Things started to feel a little old hat when Ashley brought Mason and his psychic back to the shifter town. Still, this was a solid novella.
Jabril by D.B. Reynolds
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Vampire’s in America #2
I picked this one up on a whim. P.I. Cynthia Leighton takes a missing persons case in Houston to get away from L.A. and avoid her ex for a bit. She quickly figures out that Jabril, the vampire who hired her, only gave her the job to piss off his rival. After seeing how he treats his young ward, Cynthia decides to turn the trip into a rescue mission.
This was a pretty good urban fantasy. I wasn’t a huge fan of Cynthia’s love interest. I felt he was pretty bland, but I really enjoyed her character. Bonus points for Cynthia saving herself on multiple occasions and for her just being a plain old human.
Reading Challenge Progress
I’m doing horrible on the “Read Your Own Damn Books” challenge. At this point, I think I’m just aiming to get my TBR pile down to 150 by the end of the year. On the bright side, I’m on track for most of these other challenges. I even successfully completed one already!
2016 Goal: 25 “New to Me” Authors
Total Goal Progress: 10/25
- D.B. Reynolds (Jabril)
2016 Goal: Clear my TBR pile down to 100 books
TBR count at the beginning of the month: 189
TBR count at the end of the month: 204
Yikes! I knew that number was definitely going to jump up with going to BEA. I just didn’t expect it to jump up 15 books! I really need to work a little harder on this challenge if I’m going to get it down to 100 by the end of December. Honestly, I would be proud if I could get it trimmed down to at least 150 by then.
2016 Goal: 1 – 15 books – New Release Newbie
Total Goal Progress: 9/15
- The Vampire’s Fake Fiancee by Kristen Painter
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- Paranormal Romance
- Fantasy/Urban Fantasy