Chris of binge reading, what did I do? Ummm. Yeah. And I'm not done yet. Will finish off the first series this weekend. Two long books, yay me! Well, relatively speaking. Shades of Grey is calling my name and at 400 pages may mean I won't have much to post in the next bit. But I do try to change my hottie every evening. A friend has also asked me to beta read his children's fantasy novel he finished so that should keep be busy as well. I'm very honoured.
InDescent by KZ Snow (146 pages)
It seemed to take me a bit to get started on this one but once I got going I didn't want to stop. More of Jackson (wizard) and Adin (former vampire). Jackson is feeling conflicted about his relationship with Adin, he hardly gets to see him and misses him and some weird shit is starting to happen. At the same time his wizard enemy has devised a cockamamie plan to suck Jackson into a magical crystal and be free of him at last. (Cue evil laughter) While Jackson's trying to figure out what the hell is going on, Adin comes to visit and is starting to revert to vampire which causes problems for the couple as well. In the end Jackson finds out he has to enter the crystal and repair some damage which is letting other worldly creatures out and has to face up to his relationship fears and deal with Adin. It's a very complex story with a spirit guidey thing and Polish fairy tale characters thrown but I really enjoyed it. Some humour, some tears, some danger. I was especially impressed with all the stuff inside the crystal, the imagination (unless KZ's been in said crystal) and also with Jackson having to face up to the realities that is his relationship with Adin and his own personal truth about himself. So a terrific read. I'm looking forward to the next book this weekend. Oh, one of my favourite sentences with a phrase I am going to try and use in the next week or so: Miki had always struck him as a half-bubble off plumb.
Utopia X 4: Finding Utopia by KZ Snow (95 pages)
This is the final book in the Utopia X series and a fine wrap-up. The guys are finding it impossible to engage the Celestine crystal with sexual energy since they all have their own men and really don't want to be together that way. They go off to the head office to explain and while they are gone Pablo heads out to the clubs with his old friends. Win gets home and finds Pablo passed out, a used condom next to the bed and their house trashed. After a fight Win kicks him out and Pablo can't remember what happened but is sure he'd never cheat and is determined to find out what really did happen. Meanwhile some dark elves are planning to take over the city and manage to capture the three guys causing Win to shift because he's so upset about Pablo and the whole situation. Pablo manages to ride to the rescue (on a scooter? LOL) and save the day thanks to some magical help. You really have to read the whole series to read this one or you'll be lost. But they are so worth it. I loved that when Pablo gets kicked to the curb he doesn't resort to that whining "but let me explaaaaaiiiinn" stuff and gets just as pissed off and leaves in a righteous huff when Win is so harsh. (Though it did look bad.) I also liked that he was willing to come back and fix things once he'd figured it out. There weren't 40 pages of him being stubborn and refusing to address the issue. So that I loved. I did wish there had been more Ridley but as KZ said, it was almost impossible to include everyone from the other books so she chose and I can live with that. There is more about their neighbor Skeep and a run-away elf he helped which would be fun to find out more about and you find out more about Andrew and his background. So lots of fodder for future explorations of this world which maybe some day she will write for us. So I thought it was a very appropriate ending, with some relationship drama, some action and a nice HEA for all concerned. Great series though, really, for those who like fantasy or UF it's so worth it.
So that's it. Not much in way of quantity but definitely higher quality than a few of late. Have a super weekend.