January 2017 Wrap-Up

Posted January 31, 2017 by Minx

What a month! I read a lot, reviewed most and recovered from the holiday season. Now I am ready to do a wrap-up. You can check out my goals for January 2017 HERE. I can say that I met my ARC goals and my Indie Author goals, but unfortunately I did not get much time to read off my TBR shelf though. Here was my goal:

For the month of January I am planning to read the following books off my TBR shelf:

   Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco   Bryant & May- Strange Tides by Christopher Fowler   United by Melissa Landers

Yeah, I only was able to read Bryant & May: Strange Tide. Sheesh right??


Not only was it a busy reading month it was also a ginormous book haul month for me.

January 2017 Book Haul:

January 2017 Book Haul. The Genre Minx Book Reviews.

I have the books separated into two piles for a reason. The pile on the left are books that I have read and needed to add to or complete my collection. My most exciting books from that pile are Moon Called by Patricia Briggs and Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher. They both cost me a pretty penny and were needed since they are the first books in their series.  On to pile #2. This pile are books that I have not read but are excited to. Also in some cases they are to add to the series that I have already started to collect. Yay Book Haul!!


Here is a quick wrap-up of the books I reviewed on the blog this month:

Did I redeem myself a little?? Well those are just the books I reviewed on the blog. Here are some additional books I read with a mini-review:


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, The Genre Minx Book Reviews4 Stars! Dark Matter by Blake Crouch:

I wanted to read this book because it sounded like the kind of story that will bend your mind and IT WAS! This is a fast paced book with twists and turns throughout! The entire concept behind this storyline is unique and sensational. I enjoyed every minute of this story and the ending is such that it is satisfying but leaves opportunity for another installment. A job well done!


Dark Magic by Christine Feehan4 Stars! Dark Magic (Dark Carpathians #4) by Christine Feehan:

I have enjoyed the entire Dark Carpathians series thus far. I will say  that in this one I had a few issues with Gregori’s over the top dominating behavior. Especially the scene where he almost turned vampire. That was hard to get past for me, but Christine Feehan’s writing managed to make that happen for me.


The Emperor's Revenge by Clive Cussler, Boyd Morrison4 Stars! The Emperor’s Revenge (The Oregon Files #11) by Clive Cussler, Boyd Morrison:

Clive Cussler is my favorite Author. I love all of his books and the writings of his co-authors as well. So I have no real input to add other than this book was fantastic as always!


Demon Moon by Brad Magnarella4 Stars! Demon Moon (Prof. Croft #1) by Brad Magnarella:

I found this story entertaining and for fans of The Dresden Files or the Alex Verus you will either love it or hate it. It is very similar to both series with a few differences. I am not bothered by the similarities as I love both of those series and find this type of writing to be just entertaining.

This urban fantasy is set in NYC and Professor Croft is a single guy who is a professor by day and a demon hunter by night. This story is action packed, fast paced and has some decent world building. I found it to be an enjoyable read and I am absolutely on board for reading the next book in this series!

Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster4 Stars! Of Silk and Steam (London Steampunk #5) by Bec McMaster:

I am a big fan of this series and I will say that this was probably the most stressful of the bunch. There was a lot of action as well as subterfuge in this story. I was filled with dread at several points because there was so much hanging on the line. I was crushed for Barrons so many times, I willed Mina to trust Barrons a million times and then to lose one of the characters who’s been with this series since the beginning…sadness. What a fab series!


Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews4 Stars! Steel’s Edge (The Edge #4)by Ilona Andrews:

Richard Mar has been in several (if not all) of the books in this series and I always enjoy his character. He will do whatever it takes to get the job done without apologies. He is an edger and his loyalty is to his family. He takes on what was almost an impossible task of wiping out the slavers so that his niece Sophie does not try to take on the same quest in order to slake her thirst for vengeance. Charlotte is a talented healer but she has been hurt very badly and seeks to live in the edge away from all that she had ever known. It was by unfortunate circumstances that these two characters were brought together. Those circumstances were heart breaking and forged a precarious relationship between Richard and Charlotte. He thought she was a liability but she soon became a pivotal force that threatened to crumble more than just the defenses he had around his heart.

The team work with Richard and Charlotte was nicely written. You can really “see” how affected they were by the slavers and how the quest to stop slavery was truly the focus. There is also some of that Edger madness from Richard but plenty of great humor as well. I loved Charlotte’s internal battle between good and evil. I of course think that anything that kills bad guys is on the “good” side but it does come with some nasty consequences. Ya know, potential plague bringer and all…. There was a relationship build between Richard and Charlotte and there was a sprinkle of sexy times but really the story was about revenge.

The book starts out with action and the story really keeps its focus there. In addition to having Richard return, there were also the characters of George, Jack and Sophie aka “Lark” in this story. I had enjoyed the characters of George and Jack since book one and now to see them coming into their strengths and really taking part in the overall plot is just great. I like reading about George’s powers with necromancy because it is so creepy and creative. Sophie has had my heart since book 2. She went through so much and to see how things are moving along for her was very nice. I am hoping that since these characters were deeply woven into this book that we will be able to read their stories in the next installments. This was a great read and I enjoyed every minute of it! I highly recommend!

Whew! Lots of books I read (31 is not so shabby), but just wait until you see my TBR shelf now, yikes!

There are a few ARC’s that I read that did not make this wrap-up mainly because I actually have to write the review. They won’t count towards my total read count in February either, lol, I don’t double count.

Thanks as always for stopping by! 


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