It seems that October is paranormals month. Maybe it has to do with Halloween being this month, but all I seem to want to read are paranormals. I started out with older Kay Hoopers (Out of the Shadows, Whisper of Evil) and then moved onto her newer books. To be honest, I had all but given up on this series back in 2009-ish because it just wasn’t doing it for me. The writing had definitely changed and not in a good way. I couldn’t even put my finger on what it was that wasn’t working for me; I just know that something was missing. Now, I know what it was: the romance. Many of the newer books are romance-lite. For instance, Hostage, which was the first book in her most recent trilogy, didn’t feature any romantic interactions between the hero and heroine, and that is just not okay. If you’re going to brand your books as romance, there need to be romance in there. The only reason I kept reading after that book was because I was interested in Hollis’s storyline. (Hollis first appeared in one of the earlier books, Touch of Evil, which is actually one of my least favorite books in the series, and she’s been popping up more and more as the series continues.) It is actually ironic, because I wasn’t really keen on the fact that it appeared Hollis was taking over the series back when I stopped reading the books and now she’s the only reason I wanted to keep reading it.
Once I finished the last Hooper novel, I started in on the three most recent Krewe of Hunters trilogy by Heather Graham, who is one of my guilty pleasure authors. I’m currently on the most recent of those books, The Betrayed, which takes place in Sleepy Hollow, New York and involves the legend of Sleepy Hollow. I’m really enjoying the book, but there’s just something about it that’s putting me off. I’m not quite sure what it is. Maybe when I finish it, I’ll figure it out.
When I finish this, I’m not sure what I’m going to read next. I’m suddenly feeling the need to re-read the Harry Potter series, even though I just finished the last book back in May. (I didn’t read the entire series at the time, but now I feel like starting with number 1 and making my way all the way through the series, something I have never been able to do.) I’m also thinking about re-reading the Ivy League series again. I also want to read some historicals, since I haven’t read any of those since I finished the most recent Pink Carnation novel back in August.