Violet has a dilemma, and she needs your help.
I have a problem that I hope the Bitchery can help me with. (Perhaps some of you have the self-same problem?) I call it the “What to read? What to read? The May 31st dilemma.”
May 31st is coming, which ordinarily wouldn’t mean much. Just another day. But it’s a Tuesday this year, which means it’s a book release day. Again, ordinarily it mightn’t mean much. Maybe something interesting is being released, maybe something not. But this year, I have a problem.
Two books that I really, really, really want to read are being released that day. (Did I mention that I really want to read them? Both of them? I say again ‘cause I can’t emphasize it enough: I really want to read them.) Of course, I’ll be reading both of them, but which one should I read first? That is my dilemma.
Y’all know what I’m talking about: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews, and Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh. Both authors have created wonderful, compelling stories and characters. (I know I don’t have to tell you that.) I am caught up in the worlds they created and can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series. Both authors are on my auto-buy, auto-read list. I mean, they don’t even make it to the TBR pile to begin with. Whatever I’m currently reading gets put aside until I’ve finishing devouring the latest Andrews or Singh book.
Magic Slays is Book 5 in the Kate Daniels series. So far, Ilona Andrews has maintained the momentum established thus far in the previous books. I’ve never been disappointed, and love how Kate’s relationships with her friends and Curran are revealed and evolve as the books progress. In Magic Slays, I know I’ll get a good, solid tale in the Kate Daniels saga. Along with Kate, I’ll learn a little more about her father, her abilities, her relationships, and the magic-riddled world of alternate Atlanta. I know when the book is finished I’ll feel satisfied and fulfilled, and will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
Kiss of Snow is Book-Number-Something-Double-Digits-Already? in the Psy-Changeling series. Some of the books are better than others (i.e., have more interesting characters and stories). In general, for me, the earlier books are the ones that really captured my interest; some of the more recent ones have been hit-or-miss. (Could it be because in every recent book I’ve grown increasingly impatient for the Hawke-Sienna story to come to fruition? I mean, we know this is where it’s headed, so get on with it already. Grr.) I’m worried, of course, that there’s been too much anticipation (on my part and perhaps the author’s as well), and I’ll ultimately be disappointed because I’ve built it up too much in my mind. But I still have to read it and hope for the best.
So, since I can’t choose which I’d like to read first, I thought I’d ask the Bitchery for their thoughts and suggestions.
OK, then, it’s poll time! Which one do you think Violet ought to read first? Whichever you pick, she’s agreed to read first.