Monday, November 8, 2010

R.I.P. Challenge Wrap-up


Well, it's the end of another fantastic autumn R.I.P. challenge reading season.  I love that spine-tingling feeling I get reading otherworldly creepy or ghostly things as the leaves change color and the temperature turns chilly.  I also love the feeling of community I get, knowing that all over the world, readers who share my love of the darker side of literature are also getting that same, delicious spine-tingling sensation.  I love reading everyone else's reviews, and I already have a ton of books that I learned about from other readers that I'll be saving up - if I can wait that long - for next autumn.  I have read R.I.P. books for myself, and books to my children, too, and we've all had a wonderful time.

This R.I.P. season, I read the following books.  Some have yet to be reviewed, but I hope to get to them soon.


Can you tell how much I enjoy my seasonal Halloween reading?  Many thanks to Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings for hosting this excellent challenge.  May there be many more!

9 comments:

  1. Did you love The Reckoning? I love Armstrong and I was completely lost in her Darkest Powers trilogy!

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  2. Rachel - Honestly, I haven't decided how I feel about it yet. There were things I loved about it, but the ending felt a bit too rushed to me. Did you read all three books at the same time? I read them as they came out, more or less, but spaced out. I'm wondering if the series lost a bit of momentum to me because of that. I enjoyed them, but somehow the conclusion just wasn't as satisfying as I'd expected.

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  3. I read all 3 at the same time. I found the first one slightly slow, but I was full on into the second. By the third...well it only took me a couple of hours to read it. I could see how it might not be as good spaced apart, since they all take place in such a short amount of time. I truly loved them though. I love how Armstrong writes romance too. How it's not the focus of the story and how it's not all about looks. I think it's really refreshing and definitely more realistic and a better example for actual teens reading the books.

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  4. Rachel - I think I would have enjoyed them more if I'd read them all together like you did. I agree about the romance, too - I liked that it wasn't just superficial, the usual, and I also liked that the characters were complicated, not all good or all bad, like Tori and her aunt, etc. Yes, there are some pure villains, but also characters who are misguided, or frightened, or who simply made poor choices. Have you read her books for adults?

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  5. I have read all of her books except for her two non preternatural adult books. I have them coming in to my local library though. I loved them all!

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  6. I didn't know she even had any books that weren't supernatural. Good to know! I've read the first in the Women of the Otherworld series, and I kind of got stuck in the middle of the second one recently, so I have set it aside for now, thinking maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for it.

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  7. She only has two, and I doubt she'll write more of them. I believe they're murder mysteries. I found Bitten a bit slow, but after that I was pretty into them, although I wasn't crazy about Haunted.

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  8. Just finished her two Nadia Stafford books. They were great. More thrillers, sort of murder mystery. I was thinking she wrote them quite a while ago for some reason, but they only came out in 2007 & 2009 so she probably will write more in that series, probably slowly.

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  9. Good to know! Thanks for the feedback. I'll add them to the list. :-)

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