Day 5 of Smugglivus
Who: Carolyn Jean from The Thrillionth Page
The Thrillionth Page is one of our favorite blogs and it is all down to the gloriously creative CJ. Her reviews come in many formats: thoughts as she reads the books or post-reading reflections in which she examines her reactions and how she enjoyed the books , all wrapped up with depth and imagination. She sometimes blogs with her other persona, the
creepy sweet little CJ and they are both here today!
Carolyn Jean and Little CJ’s Smugglivus post!
Happy Smugglivus, everybody from Carolyn Jean
and little CJ
I read so many great books that came out this year, it’s hard to pick my favorites, and I’m not going to rank them. But I want to talk about a few of my standouts, not in any specific order.
The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne
Fabulous historical about a lady French Spy and a hunky English spy. Honestly, this book took over my mind and swept me off my feet—the characters, the plot, the twists and turns. So good. I never wanted it to end.
Carolyn Jean was so excited about this one, she made her husband read it. He was going on a trip on a plane and she made a fake cover for it, so he wouldn’t be embarrassed reading it in front of the other passengers. He thought the book was lame. She still can’t understand it. Hello, it’s a chick book!
Demon Night by Meljean Brook
Another of Brook’s exciting and inventive Guardian series. This one was about a kind of rough and tumble Wild West angel and a scrappy girl bartender. Pure reading pleasure! I loved the way the characters’ personalities fed into the conflict here. Lots of plotty yumminess and psychological goodness.
Psychological goodness…ah yes, Ms. Freud, you are so astute. Tell the truth. You liked the way Ethan talked during sex in that desert scene. You thought it was so hot to read about, because you are into sex talk! And let me just say, certain people who have girlhood portraits hanging on the wall should monitor the ways they act and the things they say!
Dark Desires after Dusk by Kresley Cole
Book 5 from the Immortals series. I just didn’t want to put this one down! I loved the characters, the conflict, the entertainingly high stakes. It was just tons of fun. I can’t wait for her next, Demon King, out in February!
Carolyn Jean is really in awe (coughjealouscough) of Kresley Cole for how she balances her stories. Carolyn thinks Cole can never top this book; furthermore, she believes Cole possesses a unique ability to make things look simple that really aren’t, as well as a special recklessness and detachment that makes her an excellent author, qualities Carolyn Jean knows she can never gain by force of will. Boo hoo!
Death of a Pirate King by Josh Lanyon
Wow, all my books are parts of series this year! Anyway, this is book 4 in the Adrian English mystery series. These books are just so thoroughly entertaining and witty. I love being inside Adrian’s head, and this one managed to be both funny, plotty and poignant all at the same time.
Carolyn Jean is one of those smug people who think they can figure out the endings of things, and if she can’t, she thinks the ending either wasn’t somehow “earned” or else was a ‘ghost in the machine’ that is, a cheat. However, this book totally defied her. It had an ending that she didn’t guess, but it flowed perfectly from the text when you look at the book in hindsight, shocking the hell out of Carolyn Jean. Snap.
Predictions for 2009!!
Eric and Sookie will get together. I strongly feel it will be Eric in the end, because he has that core of sweetness she uncovered in a certain book, and it will be back again, I know it!
Sookie goes with Tiger guy. He bites her and turns her into a tiger and she mauls Eric.
Shape shifters, vampires and demons will continue to be strong. Fae will be middling, and ghosts are a non-starter. (Aside from Kresley Cole’s book #4)
2009 will be the year of the were-elephant, where normal humans magically transform into giant lumbering beasts who can’t fit into their jeans. Oh, wait, that’s just Carolyn Jean. She overdid it on the cookies this holiday.
Alpha heroes will continue to be popular.
* gasp! * Here’s the deal: Carolyn Jean couldn’t think of any more predictions, so she went with this one. Yeah, that’s really a bold one, Carolyn Jean.
Budding authors will contemplate redoing their office décor, removing certain childhood portraits that their great aunts painted of them and put up other portraits instead.
* gulp! *
Thanks CJ and Little CJ! : D
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