Phyl's 5 Phaves from September

Well, according to that list on the right I only read 10 books last month. Unusual for me as I tend to average 15-20 books per month. But I guess it makes it easier for me to choose my 5 phaves:

5. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. This was my first book by PB. And I know some other bloggers have said this book can stand alone, but I strongly disagree. The novella "Alpha and Omega" appeared in the anthology On the Prowl and I am so glad I read that first. I think many nuances would have gone straight over my head had I not. Several times I saw references to what had come before and I couldn't imagine NOT having read AaO first. That said, Cry Wolf was very entertaining and an interesting way for a newbie to enter PB's world.

4. One with the Darkness by Susan Squires. This is her latest entry in her companion series, a different take on the whole vampire thing. This was done with a time travel (TT) twist. The book begins and ends in 19th century Italy, but the bulk of it takes place in 1st century Rome. The unusual historical setting alone made it worth reading. In the best of situations, TT is hard enough to wrap my poor brain around; this book seemed a tad too illogical in its explanations of the consequences of the TT. Nonetheless, I liked the story and the main relationship well enough that I had a hard time putting it down.

3. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. See my post from 3 days ago.

2. Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh. This is another strong entry in NS's Psy/Changeling series. I do agree with some bloggers/commenters who feel that not enough attention was paid to the central relationship. However, there is some great world-building going on in these books and I was drawn in by the ongoing conflicts between the psy and changeling groups, and hints that humans have entered the fray as well. The romance was satisfying enough, but I wouldn't have minded had there been more of it.

1. The Price of Desire by Jo Goodman. I should have blogged about this when I read it. I meant to, honest, but then we had that stupid wind storm; the power went out, blah, blah, blah. This was one awesome book. Layer upon layer gently peeled back in this story that focused primarily on the relationship. There is a small suspense part to the plot, but it doesn't take away from these wonderfully long, intense scenes between our main protagonists. I come away from reading JG's books totally in awe of her talent as a writer. This was no exception. I wish she wrote more than one book a year, but when they're as well-written as this one, she should take all the time she needs.


  1. Hi Phyl, I've given you an award. :-)

  2. I loved "Alpha and Omega" and Cry Wolf and agree that readers HAVE to read both, and in order. Would you believe that I liked the short better than the full length novel? I loved Cry Wolf, but had really hoped there would have been more with Anna and Charles' relationship. I'm really looking forward to the next.

    I highly recommend Briggs' Mercy Thompson series as well.


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