Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Not bad for £1.40

So if you are following me on twitter to read my boring day to day tweets (@ClaraBrown17), you may of seen my obsessive tweeting about my local hospice charity shop selling books for 10p. ANY and ALL books!!! So me being me, with this latest discovery, I have gone over and over again looking at their selection of books. Some books I bought which I've already read, but in ebook form so I was excited to buy the book, other books I've had on my Goodread to-read list in ages, and others where just random picks of books that I'd heard about, but not in great much detail, but hey they were 10p! I'm never gonna get a cheaper book!

So here goes my book haul post #1

The books that I bought which I have already read in book form, but bought as I KNOW I will be reading them again as I love them so much!
1. Matched is a book that I read years ago on ebook but never really got into the series. It was a very memorable series as I still remember what happened in it, even little things such as that there are only 100 poems etc that exists in the Matched world. I would like to re-read the book and hopefully this time get stuck more in this series. Also I LOVE the book cover!! It is gorg!!

2 & 5. You probably already know how much I loved Magic Study as I have raved about it before...A LOT!! Maria V. Snyder is just so amazing! I love love love love her books and her characters and her fantastical worlds and her love stories!! Aaaaaaand...Just kidding, no more 'and's' to add on!

3. So...I don't think anyone needs to be told which book this is :P And Yes, I read this series as ebook so don't actually own the book form of Hunger Games.

4. Kim Harrison's series The Hollows is such an under rated urban fantasy series! I love the series and is a great New Adult, humorous series to introduce you to urban fantasy, similarly to Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series. The book I bought is the 3rd in the series but there are 13 so far, and I'm afraid I haven't read all of the series yet, but I am up to book 5.

And that is it for the books that I bought that I have already read, and are well more trophies that I have read them than anything! Though they wont be gathering dust, staying on my book shelf as I will definitely re-read these!

The books that have been on my to-read list
Now these got me seriously excited as I have had these on my Goodread to-read list for AGES!!!

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone...there are no words! Everyone who reads this goes stark raving mad and goes on about the characters you have no clue who.

Well sign me up!! I want to be one of these stark raving mad people!!

2. Next is embarrassing that I haven't read! For my first year essay at uni we had to write an essay about a costume designer that inspires us, or we find has achieved a certain excellence in their area. Our tutor also warned us not to do the conventional costume designers that most people know about, and are well...obvious.

I chose Sharen Davis who designed for the film The Help, which is one of my favourite films. But yes, embarrassing on my part that I haven't read the Help, even though the essay wasn't specifically about The Help, I could of use the essay as an excuse to read the novel :P But I can not wait to read it! Especially about the part where Minny gives Hilly the 'chocolate' pie!!!

3. In an earlier post, I mentioned the British author Samantha Young, and how she can't write a bad book, so any book of hers is a Must Read. So I am taking my own advice and finally going to read On Dublin Street which is a first of three in a series.

4. Lastly, The Other Boleyn Girl is a book classic for a costume designer! It is another embarrassment that I haven't read it, (even more embarrassing that I haven't watched it)! but this just means that I can have a themed weekend. Read the book through the weekend and then do a little movie night with some Graze popcorn I have to spare and a lot of chocolate!!!

That is it for the books that have been on my to-read list on Goodread

The books that I randomly picked up after reading the blurb, or I have heard about randomly.

1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets nest is the third instalment of the Girl who played with Fire series, or as I like to call it, the series read by 40 year old business men on the tube to appear well educated and cultured. *Eye role. But the funny thing is now that my sister who started working in London is taking my copy of the Girl Who Played with Fire up to London with her to match the 40 year old men.

Anyway, I haven't read this series yet, one because I've tried a few times and just can't pass the first chapter as its just well...dull, compared to the adventurous books I have read. I sort of got this book more for my sister tbh, though till I have the 2nd instalment it's not that useful to her.

2. Well I love Les Miserable the west end show, and sort of the film, but I have never read the book, (bad me), so this summer I am definitely going to read the book with a box of tissues in hand.

3. The next book is a VERY YA book. I was very indecisive about this book as I remember coming across Heist Society years ago when I was still in high school and leaning towards not getting it then. Maybe I thought the plot sounded bad, but now I think it actually sounds really good, though I do have to admit as I have left school, I don't like reading books about school girls as I end up feeling like I'm at a different stage of my life and its dull reading about it, when I could be reading about things to look forward too, e.g. a girl getting her first job, or going to college, or moving to a new city. Not high school!!

4. I have been recommended this book several times in the past, and tbh, after reading the blurb, I got really excited about it. The Language of Flowers sounds like a very deep contemporary, which based on the blurb sounds like it will have both up and down moments.

5. And Last Looking for Fireworks sounded like such a fun novel in the store. I've never heard of it, but I can tel it will be a great summer read with a lot of humour and good times!!

Officially out of my Reading Slump!

Thank You and Keep Reading!!

Ally Condy
Maria V. Snyder
Suzanne Collins
Kim Harrison
Laini Taylor
Kathryn Stockett
Samantha Young
Philippa Gregory
Stieg Larsson
Ally Carter
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Holly Cavendish

Monday, 23 June 2014

Reading Slump

After reading several books too fast, I hit a slump.

My theory is that my brain wont allow me to read any more books as it needs time to store all the fabulous plots and characters. It doesn't want to loose any story line that I want to reminisce on later. Everyone will probably say that's crap, but I find that once I've read a REALLY good series that I can't read for days, maybe a week. A lot of book lovers know this as the mourning period.

When I finish a good series, for instance, once reading the Mortal Instruments, my slump got so bad that I craved for more MI. I re-read the infernal devices and mortal instrument series to correlate with the publishing dates. But after that, I then didn't read for two whole weeks. People are probably laughing at me for that, but that is a big deal for me!

The fact that I had to face the real world :O Fake shock horror!!


Anyway, once I have finished a fantasy series, I usually then find a book that can help heal the wounds that the end of the fantasy series has given me. Usually this is a contemporary novel or 'New Adult' fiction series which is set in the real world and is usually some lovey dovey chick lit book.

However then comes the book after the happy, lovey dovey book, comes the sad contemporary, which again is usually from a real life world and looks at deep topics in society, or a small part of society.

And after I have wiped my eyes from the tears from the sad, bitter sweet ending of the contemporary, I am then ready to go to the next high fantasy book/ series and discover a whole new world, and find new adventures to embark upon.

Some would probably say its a vicious circle, but hey, it works.

Yet, as this blog is to recommend books to people and give reviews, why not say which books caused me to go into this reading slump.

So the first book I read was the latest instalment of an Urban Fantasy Fiction series called the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. The book is called Night Broken, and is yet another great Mercy Thompson story. This series is also one of the great examples of creating a fantasy world around the real world like Cassandra Clare did with mortal Instruments. Its also a great series with a lot of context around the story line, like the use of mythical and religious research of different cultures. Briggs gives us a world surrounded in Fae, walkers, werewolves, vampires, immortals and human politics.

The series is also really about finding your place in the world and is a very beautifully written series about a girl with attitude, who is also selfless and great at baking brownies, and not those type of brownies :) Real chocolate chip brownies!!

In addition to this series, there is a spin off series called Alphas & Omega which is based on one of the characters you only meet in the Mercy Thompson series once or twice, but still become intrigued by the character from MT that you will be forced to buy the Alpha & Omega series following Charles and Sunny.

The other book is by an author I have mentioned several times in my posts, not that I'm obsessed with her and her writing (which I am), but as she has written so many books in this serious, its impossible not to talk about her. But Jennifer Estep's most recent book in the Elemental Assassin Series, The Spider was just Perfect. From the first chapter where Gin receives a mysterious, deadly looking package to the last page of the book was all just amazing. I also loved the twist at the end of the book about the meaning of the package from the start of the book.

Also the twist with Owen was also very sneaky, but I loved that too, and as more than half of the book is set in the past, that must of been difficult to write as all of Estep's other books have a lot of context about Gin's past, and by adding this story, it would have been difficult not to ruin the time line of... things. ('things' is my attempt not to spoil the book to much).

And now after feeling rejuvenated from writing this  post, I may actually feel up to reading a new book!

Hmmm...let me see...Rebel Belle?   What I thought was true?  Paper town?   My Life Next Door (or re-read it anyway)?   If I stay?

Ah can't decide! But you can guess that I've been ready for this summer! the end of Mortal Instruments is just the beginning with Heir of Fire coming out and finishing one of my favourite series!

*Sigh

But as they say, when one door closes another one opens.

Thank You and Keep Reading!!

Patricia Briggs
Jennifer Estep


My Goodread review of The Spider (SPOILERS):

"As ever, Estep has done another fantastic job with this book. I love that she has written a book going back into Gin's past ad that we find out that Owen and Gin meet at a different occasion. I also like the idea that Gin acted as Charlotte's sister from a distance all those years by keeping an eye on her, and help when needed!

Also the weird links between character are getting more crazy, like through Charlotte, Gin could have possibly met Bria earlier than the books have suggested. I also am excited for the introduction of the new character of Charlotte and can't wait to see if she has a bigger role in the next book!!!"

Friday, 20 June 2014

Well Here Goes Another Round...

As stated in my first post, here are another batch of books that are, yes, you guest it, 'a must read'.

These all have a strong female role, not because I'm a feminist, but as I struggle with confidence, reading about sassy women, who are either kick ass, or have overcome all barriers to a certain goal, it gives me a personal strength and confidence to push myself out of my shell, and experience the world.Whether its getting a job at a pub, or talking to new people.

This first book series I discovered fairly early in my book craze, and is one of a few series that I have re-read, over and over again.

Similar to Jennifer Estep's series of Elemental assassin, she has written into her series a history for the character, and past experiences. This author Maria V. Snyder, is one author that I never get bored of. I first read her 'Study' series, which consists of Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study. She also has a few novella's which include Assassin study, set after the first book, and power study and ice study which are set after Fire Study.

However, Maria V.Snyder has had 3 more books added to this series which was meant to finish at Fire study, but I guess she isn't finished with the characters. (I write while dancing around, screaming with excitement). The titles of these books are Shadow Study, Night Study and the sixth book is still Untitled.

Snyder also has another series set in the same world, but with a character we only loosely meet in the Study series. It is called the 'Glass' series as the girl has a specific, but powerful power over glass! This may not sound like much, but believe me, it is plenty powerful!!

In the series, it has three books, Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass. Plus, if you follow me on twitter, I actually got Spy Glass from my local charity shop for 10p! So basically I got a book that I've wanted for ages, and helped my local charity. And if you haven't guessed yet, I'm probably going to be walking down again tomorrow with my first tip I got today at work! It was only £1.50, BUT that is 15 books!!!! Also a but though, is the walk up the hill afterwards :(

Anyway, back to the incredibly, brilliant Maria V.Snyder. Her last series (that I've read, she has other series I haven't read yet), is her 'Healer series'. I discovered this when I went to America to visit my sister. It wasn't out in England yet so when I went into Barn&Noble, which is my HEAVEN!!!! I looked for new releases, so I could be like, mwhahaha I'm holding a book that everyone in England has to wait for it!! Also Its probably the closest I've got to holding a semi-ARC! But let me just say this, I started reading Touch of Power (the first book) on the flight from America. By touch down at London Heathrow, I had finished!

I then went through a withdrawal stage that most book lovers feel. And I realised that I have to wait for the next book but for an even longer time period as I'd gotten the book in America! I wouldn't be getting the next book American time! I was like 'W-W-What do I do?!?!!?!!'

So I go back and re-read her entire Study series :)

And whoever has ever felt this state of panic, whether from Cassandra Clare's books, etc. You know that it's the only way! But as I've read all the books now, it's fine, I'm great and am no longer clawing at my brain going crazy for more of Snyder's books. That made me sound like a serious book addict :) But hey, we've all been there.

So, while I haven't really talked about the plot, or story line for any of Snyder's books as there is just so much that I want to express and share about her series, Snyder has probably created one of the best fantastical worlds for both the Study/Glass series and the Healer series. The female lead characters are all brilliant, and not similar at all in personality which you sometimes get when an author write more than one series with female leads. They are all individual and the author brings them alive into their selves, both with attitude and flare!

The next author, people will probably guess from the theme of this post (and the picture on the left). Strong female lead, overcoming barriers, and if I add that the story line starts, like Poison Study, with the lead being in prison, and it's not Shatter Me?...Yep, its Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas. I have read both her first two books in the series with Heir of Fire pre-orders. I have also read a few of her novellas online but seriously want the book Assassins blade which is a book combining all of her novella's and it is as thick as one of her books!

What I love about this series is that the book is so original. The world she has created is nothing like any other I've read before. Yes I compared the start to both shatter me and poison study, but the fact that she was in prison is the only comparison. ToG is surrounded with a strong history for how the country is as it is, with the illegality of magic and the disappearance of Fae. Where you can travel through realms, but it also means things from other realms can travel to this fantastical realm...

The series also has the classic love triangle, but what ever you say, that your bored of love triangles since the obsession of Team Edward and Team Jacob, or Team Stephen and Team Damon (go Delana!!). This triangle you want to be in the know about! You will change your team 3 or 4 time, you will at one point just wanting to hate both so you don't have to be on a team, just because of the confusion, and then by the end of the 2nd book (where I am now), your team will be solidified (TEAM CHAOL).

So, my next book series that, I kinda read a little younger than I should of. Especially the third book :P But in my defense, the book covers didn't seem bad, and they aren't, they are completely YA friendly, but this also was the first book series I read that had sex in it, and i didn't know it was coming ('scuse the pun), so I was a little shocked. And reading over it again, It isn't even that detailed compared to some books I've read (now).

Anyway, the series is called Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill. Its about a girl called merit who is turned into a vampire against her will. She then has to change her whole life. Also did I mention that the whole world knows about vampires in this book :O Similar to Charlaine Harris's series in that aspect, but the way the vampire society is presented, in Houses is completely different. Also, if it were ever turned into a TV show, it wouldn't be HBO, it would be the CW or in British standards ITV2, I don't know what the British version of HBO would be? hmmm?!

What I will say about this series, is that it is an emotional roller coaster, one minute you will be laughing with Merit and Mallory about Darth Sullivan, and how annoyingly sexy he is, the next you will be crying your eyes out, especially at Hard Bitten.

Me after Hard Bitten
Woow, used a gif for the first time! Go me! Anyway back to my book recommendations.

One criticism which I have to say, but hate saying as I worship authors for creating these little pieces of heaven (just for me :P) is Mallory's story line in Drink Deep. I guess no story line could have competed after Hard Bitten. But it didn't have the structure that I have come to know and love in Neill's books :( And again I hate to mention it as its like going to Monet and saying 'Yo, your water lilies are too pastel', and my response would be, 'can you do that? NO? Then deal with it'. So what I'm saying is that I'm being seriously hypocritical as I would never be able to write anything as good as any of these author, or any author for that matter. Contrary to this blog I''m not a writer, I'm a costume designer at heart, and love designing costumes. But hey, if any book I ever recommend is turned into a TV show or film, and is filmed in England, possibly pinewood studios (as im sooooo close to it), like Vampire Academy was, SIGN ME UP!!!

A few years ago I picked up a few books of a series about werewolves. It was by the author Quinn Loftis, and I have been dying to finish the series as it was so good but I couldn't find the books. The series is called the Grey Wolves. The series starts off following a group of teenage girls finding
love, with each book for each girl. I haven't read further yet but I want to sooooooo badly. I also discovered that Loftis has another series following a world with ELVES!!! I am really excited to read them as well!!!

And though my blog is basically now sounding like I give authors a shout out if the tweet me on twitter or follow, but seriously, my blog isn't at all popular, and I just think it is amazing when ever an author takes their time to tweet a fan, or FOLLOW them like our Quinn here did (and Sherry Gammon)!!!  You don't know how excited I was when I looked at my notifications and saw this amazing author and followed me, AND that I had read her books!! I was embarrassingly excited, nearly as excited when Jennifer Estep and Sherry Gammon, and Laini Taylor tweeted me!!! had to mention that!!!

Me after seeing Quinn Loftis followed me 

And  I will leave you with the Gif(t) of Emma Stone

Thanks and Keep reading



Here are the authors goodread pages


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Utterly Spiffing Authors

British authors are overlooked a lot of the time. Especially as access to other authors are so much easier now, whether its on Kindle, Ordering online, or just simply getting them in WH Smith.

Now there are a lot of obvious authors that aren't over looked, such as J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, J. R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman. The crazy thing is, that out of these authors, I've only read the books of two of them, and tried to read a book from one other, but I think I wasn't in the right mood so couldn't finish it.


Not that this goes for all British Authors. have forgotten about the classics such as Charles Dickens, with his novels which take you into the past where railways are haunted, Orphan boys find their families and cities collide. What about the Bronte sisters which show just how far women have come, as changing their names to a male name so their books would be sold is a cleaver idea but also shows the position women were in at the time. Not that this practice hasn't stopped in Britain with authors of best selling Harry Potter Series changing their name to a male name on their new books series to disassociate their new books with the old, so that the book isn't judged or compared to the HP series.

And where is good old Mr. Darcy? Oh yes, in Jane Austen's novel of Pride and Prejudice, or the Gothic story with dark monstrous creatures of the night, in the novel of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

So what else can I say about British authors... One word.

Shakespeare

So how can any British author compete with that? Whats the point?


But!!!! That doesn't mean Britain has given up!

One author that is a definite must read, is any and all books by Samantha Young! I can't even say how amazing her books are to read in one sitting and get immersed into her world with Ankh Warriors and Soul Eaters fighting it out. Or if you are more into Werewolves, definitely check out her Lunamorte series! You will fall in love with Lucien. Or why not learn a little about a world with Jinn in it, and what that means for Ari in Young's Fire Spirit Series.

If your not a YA reader, (meaning these books are for a more mature audience), check out her 'On Dublin Street' series. Which ever series you read, you will love.

 Also preferably for adults more than teens, is Joanne Harris, who is mostly known for her Chocolat series! You have probably seen the movie and gawked over Johnny Depp, well then, read the books! What about the TV show 'The White Queen'? Enjoyed it? Get Phillipa Gregory's books, which is in my personal to read this summer list!

I also feel that people sometimes pick up a book at the shop, and don't realize that they are a British author, I didn't know that Sophie Kinsella was from the UK until I started writing this post! I vaguely remember aspects of them which were British that only another person from the UK would get, but I was shocked, as so many Booktubers have reviewed it, and didn't mention it.

And then there are the very British Books that are iconicly Britain, such as Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones Diary which is a great summer read, have to admit, or when your home ill.

Or...thinking of summer reads, I read last year the book Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher. I read it by the pool at the hotel I was staying, in Portugal where me and my Gals had the whole goodbye sixth form, hello university holiday. WARNING! If you have Irish skin and are reading a book in the sun, remember not to stay out too long, you don't want to end up like me with a full on sun burn face to toes, with a bikini outline. I had factor 50 on for flip sake!! So basically, because I got so caught up in this book, I didn't even realize I was getting sun stroke, which I later discovered when I fainted in the supermarket on the 2nd Day in Portugal! Not. Fun.

I ended up spending the rest of the holiday in bed, unable to move, and listening to the only channel that was in English, yes, you guessed it, the music channel with the same songs repeated every half an hour. Not. Amused.

But I became good mates with the maid that came in everyday, while I was just lying down, unable to move. Embarrassing right?

But my misery also shows, just how good this book is! And the author is married to one of the McFly, also very British! What I also loved about this book, was that it reminded me of home, especially as I live on a hill, and well, while it isn't a tea house, it's a pub, when I was reading this, I imagined my local pub (which I now work at), was the tea house!

So after writing this little blog, I have kind of realized that I too am guilty of not reading enough books by British authors. I also admitted that I've not read any of the Lord of the Ring's which people are probably shocked about, also as I do actually have all the books, but they are left unread on my shelf, passed down from my book loving older sister who has practically worn them out. This summer I will probably try reading more British books, but as I have a stack of other books I also want to read I may not get to them. Need to prioritize people!

Thanks and Keep Reading!

Once again the authors goodread pgs will be linked below:
J.K Rowling
Terry Pratchett
J.R.R.Tolkien
Neil Gaiman
Philip Pullman
Charles Dickens
Emily Bronte
Anne Bronte
Charlotte Bronte
Jane Austen
William Shakespear
Samantha Young
Joanne Harris
Philippa Gregory
Sophie Kinsella
Helen Fielding
Giovanna Fletcher

Monday, 16 June 2014

Nostalgia over the first time...

Before becoming a mass fan of books, I had money in my savings account, I spent my free time out with friends or walking my dog, and my over all personality was...well...self centred and only thought about make up and my appearance. (though that could of just been me being a 14 year old :-P)

Since then, I have read about great adventures, some from fictitious worlds and others different time periods. The day I randomly picked up a book (embarrassingly enough it was twilight), my future path changed forever. If I told that girl 6 years ago that I would be studying Costume Design at University instead of fashion design or fine art, she probably would have laughed at me before putting on more eye liner!

I've wanted to write a blog or vlog for a while now, and though more people now look at 'booktube', I definitely don't have the confidence to get in front of a camera and talk, even if its just in my room, and I'm taking to a camera. The idea that people would see me would probably make me turn bright red in front of the camera.

Anyway...

For my first blog I had the idea of writing about books that I wish I could re-read for the first time. Some are obvious for other book lovers, but some you may not have read before and are a definite MUST READ!!

So first, I would definitely choose the Harry Potter Series! What? You guessed that! ha ha mhm, well, I bet you wouldn't of guessed the Mortal Instrument series and Infernal Devices ;)

Sigh*

Yep I thought so, well as I've got the obvious ones out of the way, Why don't I start with the 'Non Best Sellers', or 'Less Obvious Ones'.

So one of the book series I discovered was when the first one came out. It really touched me as it woke me up to sensitive topics that I don't really hear much about, coming from a great family in the 'Countryside' though before going to Uni, I didn't see myself as living in the country side but if you say just outside of London they expect you to be on the underground, but as the Met line ends just 10 miles from me, I apparently can't say I live just outside of London.

Back to the book, the authors name is Sherry Gammon, and she has written 3 beautiful books (haven't read the 3rd and last one yet, need to still get it). The series is called Port Fare Series and consists of Unlovable, Unbelievable and Unbreakable. They are three love stories revolving around three unusual circumstances. They are all based with the same characters but each book is in the eyes of a different character, finding love. They include real life issues, specifically topics people dismiss in society because they aren't nice to be reminded about. However, the overall message I took from the books where that your family doesn't have to be by blood, though they too are as important as you family you've created. However, especially with book two, though in book one biological families aren't always a treat, I felt by the end of book one, the mum did redeem herself a little (very little). In book two, we also see biological family's can disappoint sometimes, and  the old saying 'we don't choose our families' applies largely in that book. Like I said before, these books stuck with me, especially Unlovable which I think I have now read 6 or 7 times. I do warn you that it is emotionally draining, so John Green lovers, check this series out. And have tissues on hand!!

Also quick note, if you do enjoy the Port Fare Series, I found this other contemporary book with similar topics called 'Heart on a Chain' by Cindy Bennet. Again, tissues are needed!

The next book series is Elemental Assassin's by Jennifer Estep!
I have to admit that there are A LOT of books in this series, but defiantly worth it! I discovered this series last year and read all the books with in a month. Some were in one sitting, others where all nighters, but I got through them all! The characters are written with such great detail and the amount of character history is amazing. You feel like you know the character, and that she is real! And come on, being named Gin just makes you sound kick ass! But then to top it all off, having an assassin name ('The Spider') with cool powers that Elsa from Frozen couldn't compete with, and being nearly invulnerable from bullets or knives with her Stone action, just makes her the best assassin ever!

Also just to mention...on Twitter, Jennifer Estep actually talked to me :O :O I know, i know, she's only a person, but she is the BEST person ever! The fact that she replied to a fan shows that she cares about her readers and that she still loves churning out her amazing books! Same goes for Sherry Gammon actually who was my first friend on Goodread! Not that those two things caused them to be in my top Fave books! Compete coincidence!

So.... two more quite obvious authors, but still a must read. As, they are obvious for a reason! Are Richelle Mead, And Jennifer Armentrout. Your probably hating me for squashing both of them in the same section, but I can't decide between both of them! Richelle mead is most known for her Vampire Academy series or Bloodline series which I do really love! (42 days till Silver Shadows)!!!

BUT, I feel that the Georgina Kincaid series is overlooked too much! Yes the titles seam X-rated, (or if your in America R-Rated :P) But just because the title has the word Succubus and therefore means that there are sex scenes in, and yes I said sex, deal with it! Isn't exactly true! I'm not saying there aren't any 'S' scenes (happy now), or suggestions of 'S', but they aren't the overall topic in the books. They are basically mystery novels and its just coincidence that the main character is a succubus! The books have many themes, and looks at different religions and mythical beings more than the book actually being sex related. And if your still not sold on this series.....Georgina Kincaid works in a bookshop! Have I blown your mind yet!!!!

Also I wont go in much detail with Mead's other forgotten series Dark Swan, which this I feel DOES need to be for older teens. Does have a great storyline and get characters, though the characters you love in the first book, you hate by the last.  Also I can't mention Age of X as I'm just reading that now.

Jen, Jennie, Jennifer, You great author!!! I seriously want to hug you for getting people excited about alien again! After the end of Roswell all things alien disappeared, and then one day I'm looking at listopia's on Goodread and see a new book to be published! Oooo I'm intrigued! A sexy Alien and a human girl! Where have I seen that before!!! Then I read Obsidian and Its more than I've expected, and I mourn over reading it so quickly and go back to goodread trying to find more and more books you've written and I...I...I find the Covenant series about children of Greek Gods and I'm like to myself, 'WHY HAVEN'T YOU READ THEM SOONER'!!! And then I feel like a bad book lover:( BUT I have now read all your books so it is fine! and great work with Don't Look Back! It gave me hope for other amnesia themed books which I had dismissed as I've though the idea of amnesia themed books were silly (sorry) and tried reading an ATB before and was severely disappointed.

So that is probably the first group of authors I'm going to recommend but definitely not the only ones. I've got a lot to say about my favourite authors and a lot more about other authors. And this post is getting very long, and its practically an essay now. But hopefully an enjoyable one!

Enjoy and Keep reading!

Clara

Links to these authors Goodread pages will be linked below.

Sherry Gammon
Heart on a Chain by Cindy Bennet
Jennifer Estep
Richelle Mead
Jennifer L. Armentrout