Is the Slump over?

Posted 3 February, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 7 Comments

I certainly hope so! I’ve been in a reading slump since about September. Rather depressing (incredibly depressing, to be honest. Reading is both my sanctuary and escape). Sure, there were a couple of good books along the way but, for the most part, I’ve had months of meh reads. And it’s not the poor books’ fault (well, some of them were just terrible and that’s not the slump talking but mostly, it wasn’t their fault).

However, I think there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Along with a handful of good reads, I’ve had some really terrific reads, too. (Trust me, I did a massive happy dance. Hopefully, it didn’t scare more good reads away. It certainly scared my dogs.)

What’s hit the spot lately? (And by “hit the spot”, I mean completely stopped everything I was doing and read. Well, I did get up to let out the dogs and get tea but seriously, that was about it.)

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The Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince, Prince’s Gambit, and Kings Rising). Y’all. On the outside, these books were not that appealing to me. The covers aren’t the pretty, pet-able covers I usually go for. It’s a sub-genre I don’t always read–fantasy m/m romance. But, damn, it is so freakin’ readable. The interplay between Damen and Laurent is fascinating to watch as the two develop a connection and slowly — oh, so slowly — deepen that connection even as they both work to save their kingdoms and regain their thrones. (source: publisher)


Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop. Again. Y’all. If you haven’t started this series, you need to get on the stick (right, Jenny? See what you were missing out on?). This story sees the Humans First and Last movement making some pretty stupid moves against the Others, who are done with the idiot humans and ready to wipe them from the planet (seriously, I’m totally with them. Thin the herd.). To me, it reads like the final book in this series (even though there are *some* loose ends) but, woo-hoo, there’s a fifth book scheduled! Pretty darned excited about that because Sam and Meg 4-evah!! (I swear, Bishop is getting her kicks teasing us with these two. Will they? Won’t they? WHEN?!?) (source: publisher)


The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal and Scoundrel #1) by Sarah MacLean. How much do I love Sarah Maclean and her amazingly awesome historical romances? To the stars and back. And that’s a long way. I love how this story plays off of the tweets, periscopes and Kardashians of this world and hold that up like a mirror to the scandal sheets and ton of the Victorian era. The world certainly loves its scandals and gossip, doesn’t it? MacLean excels at creating strong female characters and confident men who fall for them. *swoon* This one’s going on my shelf for a future reread. (source: purchased)

Come on, books! Keep the awesome coming, will you? Well, I’m off to read. Fingers crossed that it joins the pile of devoured and avoids the black hole of DNF.

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7 Responses to “Is the Slump over?”

  1. I’m so happy to hear you loved Marked in Flesh! I’ll be reading that in the next week or two.

    I think I’m going to read the Captive Prince series too soon. I have a feeling I’ll get sucked in so I’m getting my review reads out of the way first.
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  2. I absolutely love the Others series and can’t wait for the fifth book as well! Marked in Flesh was wonderful as always and I really want Meg and her wolf to finally get together! Hope you find some more good ones to read!