I had high hopes for this one, but unfortunately I didn't enjoy it. It wasn't the writing style that bothered me so much as the story itself. I am not a huge consumer of what is considered 'dark' romances and the idea of an African American woman being 'sold' to a man with ties to white nationalism and then becoming the love of his life just isn't the romance for me. June's trauma of beatings, starvation, and complete powerlessness wasn't what I could bring myself to appreciate being the foundation of a relationship with a self reforming racist. I understand the appeal of love conquering racism for some people. However, for me, there are just too many issues that I couldn't overlook or accept as being romantic or desirable.
The Myth Hunters (The Veil #1) by Christopher Golden
This was one of my library book sale finds and it was a good start to the series. It has an interesting world and I loved Jack Frost over all of the characters introduced. I do wish that Oliver was a more interesting main character, but hopefully he will grow as the series progresses. Oliver is a hesitant hero without a lot of decisiveness, but he does get better as the story moves along. The mythical creatures and the developing trouble really drives the story and makes me want to eventually continue the series. I'm glad that I grabbed them all at a library book sale so that I can continue the series over the next year.
Immortal Danger (Night Watch 0.5) by Cynthia Eden
Immortal Danger is an entertaining paranormal romance and a very good introduction to the Night Watch series. I enjoyed that we don't find out exactly what Adam is off. The story is fully under way when we find out what his abilities are. I especially enjoyed the fact that although Adam has a strong personality, he is also confident enough to step back and have Maya in the lead in much of the action. I will continue this series over time. If you are looking for a well written paranormal romance series with lots of steaminess, I do recommend picking this one up.
This beautiful book was a disappointment. You can read my review of it here.
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
I loved this short fantasy read and am now looking forward to the next book in the series. This was the only book this month that got added to my favorite reads list. You can read my review here.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
I just finished this one yesterday and really enjoyed it. I'm not familiar with any Russian fairy tales so I went into this one blind. The Bear and the Nightingale is a great winter read. The writing is very atmospheric and I loved that Vasilisa is willing to go against others and not give in to pressure in order to do what she knows needs to be done. If you enjoy fairy tales with female characters who aren't waiting to be saved this is a good one to pick up. It is due to be released January 10th. and I'll have a full review up soon.