March 25th Book Giveaway

Today we have another ARC giveaway, this one generously donated by Jeri Smith-Ready for her upcoming book, BAD TO THE BONE

BAD TO THE BONE (Pocket Books, May 19, 2009), Book 2 in the WVMP RADIO
urban fantasy series and sequel to WICKED GAME (which will be
available in mass market paperback March 31)

Back cover blurb:

Turn On. Tune In. Drop Dead.

If you’re just joining us, welcome to radio station WVMP, “The
Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll.” Con-artist-turned-station-owner Ciara
Griffin manages an on-air staff of off-the-wall DJs–including her new
boyfriend Shane McAllister–who really sink their teeth into the music
of their ‘Life Time” (the era in which they became vampires). It’s
Ciara’s job to keep the undead rocking, the ratings rolling, and the
fan base alive—without missing a beat.

For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash sure to raise the dead. They’ve
got cool tunes, hot costumes, killer cocktails–what could go wrong?
Well, for starters, a religious firebrand ranting against the evils of
the occult preempts the station’s midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciara
tracks down the illegal transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded
by what appears to be…a canine vampire? And behind it all is a group
of self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and are willing to
stake their lives on it).

Now Ciara must protect the station while struggling with her own murky
relationship issues, her best friend’s unlikely romance with a
fledgling vampire, and the nature of her mysterious anti-holy powers.
To make it to New Year’s in one piece, she’ll need to learn a few new

“Smith-Ready pours plenty of fun into her charming, fang-in-cheek
urban fantasy” — Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

For more info on BAD TO THE BONE, click here

For an excerpt, click here

Isn’t that an awesome cover? And the story sounds rockin’! I haven’t read the first book yet, so I need to go get it.

To be entered in today’s contest to win this book, let’s talk about books in a series. Are you a ‘read in order’ kind of person? If book 2 is out and you haven’t yet book 1, do you have to get both books, or can you read book 2 without having read book 1? I can read out of order as long as I don’t need to have the storyline in the first book for it to make sense. Otherwise I’ll go ahead and read in the order the books were released.

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Because my blog is being a giant pain in the ass and holding comments in moderation and in spam and it takes me a bit to go find them, I’m going to choose winners at the end of every week, on Saturday, instead of every day. So check back every Saturday to see if you’re one of the weekly book winners. Because I’m not going to hunt the winners down. You have to come here to see if you’ve won and then contact me with your info (Other than ARCS being sent by the authors offering them, I’ll be shipping all the winning books directly from Amazon). Otherwise, come back every day for a new book giveaway. And don’t forget the grand prize contest plus all the rules about the daily contest giveaways here

89 thoughts on “March 25th Book Giveaway

  1. 1
    Jess says:

    Yay! I’m a must read straight through person. At all costs.

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    Lillie A says:

    I prefer to read in order but that rarely happens for me. I have a habit of spotting a book, buying it, reading it, then realizing it’s in a series. Then I read the rest of the series as I find the books. Eventually, I do reread them in order.

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    I was reading some of Jeri’s excerpts this morning and they are great. 🙂

    When I read a series, I have to read them in order. I’ll purchase on release week, but I won’t touch it until I can get my hands on the previous books.

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    Teresa W. says:

    I read many different series and yes I always read them in order!

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    Erin T. says:

    I am anal about reading my books in order. I have to have an entire series before I will even think about starting them. Right now I am reading Shannon McKenna’s McCloud Bros. series. And I waited until I had all 6 books to start them. I am on book 4 right now.

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    Lexee says:

    It kind of depends. But I like to read them in order. If it’s a book that I’m not too sure of but want to try, I might just get the first one or the second one, then if I liked it come back for more. But I prefer to read them in order for the fact that sometimes you get to meet the characters that are the main characters in the next. I love to revisit characters.

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    Sandy says:

    I’m a read-in-order person. The only time I’ve accidentally read a book out of order was Kim Harrison’s The Good, the Bad, and the Undead. I figured out it wasn’t the first book in the series about a third of the way through, finished it, then went back and read book 1. The out-of-order thing made book 1 not as good as it would have been if I’d read it first. 🙁

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    Read in order person. I hate it when I pick up a book not knowing its in a series and I read it. I feel like I am missing something.

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    Pamk says:

    I am a read in order kind of gal. Must have them in order. Cause I hate to be going WTF halfway through a series and not being able to understand what is going on.

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    Melanie C. Maddox says:

    I am definitely a read them in order kind of girl. There is nothing worse than finding out what happened in a previous book. Especially because you don’t get all the detailed description of the event.

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    Don Renaud says:

    Must read in order. I have been known to wait until the next to the last book is published until I start the first book, so that when I am ready for the final book it is out. When a series is good I don’t like to wait.

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    Lea says:

    Good Morning Jaci, or is it afternoon?

    I’m not quite sure at this point. lol

    Anyway, yes I am a read in order series person and really do my best to get the first book and read in order.

    This sounds like a great read!

    Thank you for the contest.

    Warm Regards

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    Jonathan W says:

    I’m DEFINITELY a read in order kind of person. I started reading a series, bought the wrong book in the series, started reading it, and got so confused it’s not even funny. Besides, all the fun stuff happens when you read in order. You get to see all the fun little details you wouldn’t know about if you didn’t read a series in order.

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    Lori Ann says:

    Most of the time I read books in order. It helps me to not get confused and to know who the characters are.

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    Definitely a read in order kind of girl! Tragic but true. Not to mention a suffer at all costs to not read until the book is completed as well… hence why I’m DYING to read Stephenie Meyer’s “Midnight Sun” but it will ‘drive me crazy’ having to stop half way because there’s no end …. yet…

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    I read in order when I can, but I’ve read out of order before and that didn’t adversely impact my enjoyment of the series.

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    sara hurt says:

    I would much prefer to read in order and to have all books lined up so I can snag the next one as soon as i finish one. I have read them out of order before.

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    Becky Ward says:

    I prefer to read a series in order, but I usually don’t. I normally end up getting a book that is in the series and then go back to the ones that I miss besides reading anything after the one that I read. Some series it does help to read them in order though, since some make references to something that happen in one of the earlier books, but it doesn’t bother me to read them out of order.

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    Erika R says:

    I have no problem reading out of order, because I know I’ll get around to the prior books eventually. But if the plot is written to make it necessary to read the books in order, then I will.

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    Tamsyn Takamiya says:

    For me, it depends on the series. Some series you can read out of order without losing the thread of the stories but some you can’t. But I have bought and read books that I can’t understand what’s going on because it kept referring to something that was from a previous book!

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    azteclady says:

    I am more than a little anal retentive erm compulsive about reading series in order–particularly when the main characters are the same through the series, but even when the books are simply set within the same universe.

    The few times I’ve skipped the first installment *coughRiding Wildcough* I fret, certain that I’ve missed important stuff.

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    Natasha A. says:

    I’m along the same lines as you. I try VERY VERY hard to read everything in order, but I have gone out of order if it doesn’t screw up the entire series lol.

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    Read in order is the only way to go.

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    ann marie says:

    I can read either way, but if I re-read it’s always in order.

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    Leslie says:

    With most series I have to read in order. Most definitely if it’s a PNR or UF series where the world building keeps developing and there are a lot of reoccurring characters. I’ve tried reading a series out of order. I get book 2 without realizing that it’s a series. Start reading, find out I’m reading book 2 and have to stop and get book 1.

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    Donna S says:

    If the books are in a series. I have to read them in order. I cant read book 2 if I have not read book 1. If they are just written by the same author but not in a series I can read them in any order.

    Wicked Game was a great book, I loved it and cant wait for Bad to the Bone.

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    Lisa J says:

    My preference is to read in order. There are so many series that if it is not clearly marked as book whatever, I will buy the book read it and then discover there are books before it.

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    Jody F. says:

    As a totally type-A person, I do have to read the books in order. Otherwise, I worry that I’ll miss out on something.

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    Karin says:

    I’m generally a read in order type of girl unless I can read each book as a stand-alone and not feel like I’m missing a ton, especially when I unknowingly pick up a book in the middle of a series. Of course, once I know it’s in a series, I try to go back and read them in order.

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    Melissa says:

    I like to read them in order if I know about them, but many times I’ve just picked up a book, read it and realized it was part of a series, and I’ll read them as I get them. I do rereads sometimes after I get them all, so I make sure I don’t miss something, lol. I know people who still haven’t read authors, like Sherrilyn Kenyon, because they have to wait until they have them all. I just don’t have that much will power, lol.

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    CrystalGB says:

    I prefer to read a series in order. I like to collect all that are currently out in a series and read them one after another.

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    Obviously I’m not entering the contest ;-), but I wanted to add my thoughts.

    I usually try to read series in order, but sometimes I purposely pick up Book 2 as a learning experience, to see how other authors accomplish the difficult task of bringing new readers up to speed.

    As a writer, I try to make sure that I find a new-to-the-series critiquer to read each book so I can discover what might be confusing to those “just joining us.”

    Thanks for holding the giveaway, Jaci!

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    Suzanne McLeod says:

    I prefer to read them in order if they’re something like a trilogy, but if the individual plots wind up each book, then I’m not so worried about it.

    Can’t wait for Bad to the Bone, Jeri’s Wicked Game was awesome 🙂

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    I read out of order. If I really like the book I’ll go back and start at the start 🙂 *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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    I try to read series books in order, but since I am a book reviewer alot of times I end up with books from a series that I’ve never read before. Usually it works out and I have a new series to check out. Other times I ruin the series for myself by reading ahead. Bad to the Bone sounds so good!

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    Elaine says:

    Yes I have to read in order. If you read out of order you can miss minute details. This is why I keep a list which tells me the order of the series, 1 star if I have the book and 2 stars if I don’t. I also keep them in order on my bookshelf.

    Even if an author says ‘yes this is part of a series, but you don’t have to have read book 2 to read book 4’ I will still wait to read them in order.

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    Kathy Erb says:

    I’m definately one to read a series in order. Unless a series is just a book line, ie: harlequin desire, with a mystery or something that connects(continuity) each story, but each story has completely different characters, so no real connection then, to me…then in this case, i rarely finish the series, although i always have them all, just in case, and do usually plan to get back to them, but rarely do. Mountainous tbr anyone? lol

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    Raonaid Luckwell says:

    I use to be the type to read “series” books in the order of the books I find/purchase. Friend asked how I could do that and not get confused, so she made me promise from now on to read series books in the proper order.

    Now if I didn’t know at the time and found out in the middle that it belonged to the series I was forgiven.

    Now if I find a part of a series, and the price is too good to pass up, I’ll buy it and put it up until I can find the rest of the books. I did that with Stephanie Lauren’s Cynster book.

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    Angelique Gibson says:

    I judge a book by three things…its synopsis, its cover and the first page. The idea is that if I like the plot and style I will probably enjoy the book. Until recently, I did not read series books. I have found that my rule of three still applies, usually by the first page I can tell if I will be totally lost if I missed the first installment. If I really like what I see in book 2, I then buy book one and two at the same time, or I hit the library. I prefer chronology since characters are built through time, not against it. Series are not based on circumstance, they are based on the shoulders of its characters.

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    Jane says:

    I will try to read books in order, but it doesn’t bother me to read books out of order.

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    Paula says:

    I prefer reading series in order, but sometimes I’m just not that interested in eg. book #1 but really want to read book #2. If the series is loosely connected, then I have no problem going for the book I want to read.

    Or, I might have a book by a new-to-me author in the middle of their series, then I’d give it a try first before deciding to go for the rest of it.

    So in the end, I guess I’m not that obsessive about the order of books. lol

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    Mishel says:

    I’m definitely picky when it comes to series and I have to read in order. It just bugs the crap outta me if I don’t do it.

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    bridget3420 says:

    I read books in order if at all possible. It helps me keep up, especially if it’s a series I think I’ll really get into.

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    It really depends on the book for me. Most of the time I like to read in order – like when I got hooked onto the Anita Blake Series, it took me three months to read 16 books in order. But when I read the Riley Jensen Series, I read the last one first and then went backwards (The last book was the only one available in my library at the time), but I still enjoyed reading the other books even though I knew what would happen. If I read the first book of a series and dislike it, I may try another book in the series to see if I can like the series, if I like the series then I will try and read the rest of the books… I know it’s weird. If I pick up a random book in a series (and knowing that it is part of series) and I get confused throughout the entire time, then I read them in order. This decision also depends on if my library has the next book or if I have to request it from another library and wait forever to get it. But thankfully my library had Wicked Game.
    But basically I am a read in order person – unless there is some kind of exception.

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    Brandy W says:

    I guess it just depends for me. There are some series that I must read in order for example Larissa’s Demonica Series that I haven’t started yet but have the first two books of. There are others series where I can just pick up wherever like I did for Lacey Thorn’s Bare series. I started on #3 and had no issues.

    No idea what makes one a pick up anywhere and another a get at the beginning. I do a bit more research now though to see if they really should be read in order these days.

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    Ruby Blotzer says:

    Most of the time I usually read in order, especially series that need to be like those that involve the sam main character. Others that are different charaters telling each story, I don’t. It just depends if I start reading whether I’m lost or not by the start of chapter two.

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    Bethany C. says:

    I ALWAYS have to read in order. If I go to a bookstore and see something interesting, then find out it’s part of a series, I write down the author and series/title then go online and buy the first book. It’s probably the only thing I’m really that anal about. I just really wish that all books that are part of a series had that info somewhere extremely obvious on the outside (and which # in series it is.) Sometimes it’s hard to tell when you open a book (if it doesn’t specify outright) whether the other “books by this author” are really just other books by the author, or the rest of the series of the book you’re holding.

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    Carmen R says:

    I always read in order. I just can’t bring myself to do otherwise. Maybe I have a type of OCD or something lol. One of the only things I do in life that isn’t in order is that i eat my dessert first before dinner.

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    shartyrant says:

    I prefer to read a series in order. But there are a few authors that I read out of order and would do so again if I had no choice. Depends on if I can understand the storyline without the first book. And I have to admit, lately, I have been coming across second books in the series and having to go back and buy the first after finding out at the end there was a first book. ARgh! The advertisements at the end gave it away.

    There are some authors like Jim Butcher that if you read out of order, the books can spoil events from previous books as he has consquences to almost every action that the lead takes. Then you have authors like Terry Pratchett where you can start anywhere in his discworld series (I think there is over 20 some so far) and understand what is going on.

    So yeah, I definitely prefer to read in order. And as an example, I got a book I have been looking for ages in a trilogy. The Terminator 2 series by S.M. Stirling and have read the first book and the third book, but it feels like I am missing something big without reading the second. I found it today! So now I must re-read them all in order to be happy. >:)

    But note, I went ahead and read the first and last because I couldn’t wait. I am worse with paranormal books. Gotta know what happens next.

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    blodeuedd says:

    It all depends, if the books doesn’t make sense then I have to read them in the right order.

    But today I started a book by Eloisa James, just to notice taht it was the 3rd book in a series. But with this one you didn’t have to rad them all (though it did make me wanna read the 2 first too 😉

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    Roberta Harwell says:

    I’m just a little anal when it comes to series books. I have to read them in order. Please enter me in the contest. Have a great day.

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    Rhonda Barnes says:

    I prefer to read series books in order. It helps build the anticipation of the continuing story for me.

    Rhonda :0)

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    Lisa W. says:

    I always try to read them in order. That way if anyone is mentioned from previous book nothing has been spoiled.

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    Tasha W. says:

    I’m a definite in order kind of gal. If I find a new author I want to read, I even read their books in the order they were published, series or not.

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    Lisa F. says:

    I like to read in order. I usually wait ubtil I got all the books to read them in order. It has happen a few times that I would buy a book, then right before I read it I notice it is a series. I have sometimes read out of order. Pretty much all of Lori Foster’s books I have read out of order. I didn’t notice that it was connected to another book. Until I got into it.

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    april s says:

    I used to be read them in order kind of gal….now if I find a book thats out of order, then i will read it right away. Then go back and read the series first book….weird, I know but im such a bookaholic that I have to read immediately 😉 It was like that with JD Robb’s in death series- i think i picked up “reunion in death” and loved the book sooo much, that I ran out and got the previous books 🙂

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    Jeanette Juan says:

    I can read books out of order as long as the storyline still makes sense without having to read the first one. If the book is really good I usually go back and read the first one too.

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    Cindy Holub says:

    read in order definitely except if I happen to win a book in a series that I haven’t read Book 1.

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    I absolutely have to read a series in order or my head explodes. Really!

    So if I win this book, I’ll know you’re trying to kill me.

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    BevQB says:

    I’m not completely OCD about reading in order if it’s a series that’s new to me. I found some of my favorite series by NOT starting at the beginning. However, I do PREFER to start at the beginning, unless it’s already such a huge series that catching up seems like a daunting task. In that case, I’ll often check around to see if I can start elsewhere or else skip some of the middle books.

    BTW, Bad to the Bone is already on my must-buy list. It’s such a brilliant concept and I enjoyed Wicked Game immensely.

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    Dori Klaproth says:

    I have always had a problem with book series. If its a new one I read the 1st and then wait (very unpatiently) ofr the next one. But if someone tells me about one, I will go out and buy them. You know how it goes though. The first is always sold out. So I buy 2-3-4 whatever. Then like a kid on christmas I devour them. Guess what I missed the first. Really messes you up.

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    Marie says:

    For me it doesn’t really matter. But if I have to read them in order to understand who’s who in the series etc I do it.

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    I have to confess. I have to read in order. I always feel so lost when I pick up a series in the middle.

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    Christine M. says:

    I’ll order the previous books in the series and I’ll wait to read them in order, so I don’t ‘spoil’ myself.

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    Terri says:

    I perfer to read series in order but I’m frequently given books that are the second or third book in a series. If they are good, I immediately go looking for the beginning books. While I like to read series in order, life isn’t always orderly.


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    Lori T says:

    Oh my goodness, I LOVED Wicked Game and I can not wait for the release of Bad to the Bone.

    I am definitely a read in order kind of girl. It drives me crazy to read out of order. Even when I am into the heart of a series…I still cannot skip around.

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    Amy S. says:

    I have been known to read out of order sometimes, but I always go back and read the other book.

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    Sharon M. says:

    I’m a read-in-order girl! If I find a book that looks good and see that it’s part of a series I’ll wait until I’ve read the earlier works before I start the 2nd or 3rd. Even the series books that are written with the intention of being able to stand alone (as well as being part of the series) usually have some tidbits that you wouldn’t pick up on if you haven’t read what comes before them.

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    Sharon M. says:

    BTW – Saw an applicable FAQ on Kelly Armstrong’s site…
    Can a reader skip books?

    Short answer? Yes.
    Long answer…
    People ask me whether they can jump right to the witch books, or skip from Stolen to Broken. Yes, they can. The books are written so you can (I hope) pick it up anywhere and not be totally confused. Mildly confused, feeling like you’ve missed something? Yes. But you can follow the story.

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    Elaine Chang says:

    I prefer to read books in order and I’ll often not read a series until after the whole thing comes out. That way I’ll never be at a cliffhanger and I’ll get to know what happens all at one go.

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    Bexx says:

    I gotta read ’em from start to finish! BUT! I have been hoodwinked! a coupla times, in that I’ve picked up some books.. not knowing that they were #2 or #3 in a series. I end up reading them.. but I get a feeling that I’ve missed something… so I’ll go back and start from the beginning. I especially love coming across books that are just starting out. Even though you gotta wait for the next in line!

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    Caffey says:

    This sounds fab!

    Oh I’m so bad about the reading books in order! I call it one of the Readers Rules Of Commandments, LOL. Must read books in order. I’m pretty much one who sticks to that. But I’ve found some recent series and there is like book #15 out and I wanted to be able to get where it is today, so I read the first book then went to the new book (I broke the commandment!) but then I go back and read now and then another book in the series to see what was in between.

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    Diane M. says:

    I like to read in order because you understand what’s happpening in the story better.

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    Ruthie says:

    Oh, you have to read books in order. unless you like being all messed up LOL I have too! And I have to read them from start to finish. I can’t just read the first book and then not the others, expecially if I loved the first book!

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    Kendra says:

    I usually like to read a series from beginning to end. Sometimes it doesn’t happen that way though. If I see a book that sounds really good, I will read it, and then if I find out it belongs to a series I will go back and read them from the beginning. I feel like I am missing something, otherwise.

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    Larena Wirum says:

    I usually read a series in order but if the storyline doesn’t depend on it and I am dying to read one of the books that isn’t the first and I don’t have the first ones I will read them out of order, but it has to be that they can stand alone.

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    mindy says:

    it does not matter to me if i do or do not i can usually get the grasp thanks for the giveaway

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    jeanne sheats says:

    I am a read in order reader. I wish I wasn’t but I can’t help it lol. I want to be in on all the inside comments and hate it when I know they’re referring to something that happened in another book. I usually wait until I have all the books in the series. I will start the series if I have the first book and up until there is a missing book.

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    Christina Brunetti says:

    This sounds really interesting and right up my alley. I would really love to read this.


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    Shell Bryce says:

    If new to a series I like to start with the first one but I can jump on in then go back without hurting. I have read Wicked Game and absolutely love it and the Voice of Crow series is frekking awesome too!! Need to win this book!!!! Getting desperate!!!

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    I usually like to read series books in order so I am not lost for info and so there’s no spoilers. If a series is already out and up to book 15, I am less likely to go out and buy them all. If there’s only about 5 books out, I might just go and get them all and read them in order.


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    Danny says:

    I have to read them in order, because otherwise it’s driving me nuts. LOL

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    Katie says:

    While I have read things out of order, I like to read things in order.

    Most authors have plot threads that are woven through the whole of the series and it annoys me to no end when I hit one of them and don’t know the back story. What usually happens is if I am reading a book in the middle of a series and I like the book, I find I have to go back and read all of the previous books.


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    Fedora says:

    I admit that I’ve occasionally read out of order, but generally I prefer to read in order. I’ve gone so far as to avoid starting a series until the last book’s published… Sad 😉

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    Karen in TN says:

    I definitely try to read in order. Almost any series will have spoilers when read out of order, plus most authors tend to get better as they mature, so reading out of order often means a much rougher edit after the later, more mature books (although that isn’t always true, especially as some start trying to pop out two books a year to cash in on their popularity, or the series drags on for a dozen books and the author really is out of ideas, but keeps going because “the fans demand it”).

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    Theresa Brundage says:

    I’m definitely a read ’em in order kinda girl. Sometimes when a new book is coming out in a series I read, I’ll fill the time by going back and reading the entire series over from the first book.

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    Greta says:

    I can read out of order if I don’t know the book is part of a series. But hten I have to go back and read in order. Now if I know the books is part of a series then yes I definitely have to read in order.

    I haven’t read anything from this author I’m adding her to my must check out list for this year.

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    manhoarder says:

    oh definitely I try to read the first book in series if the bookstore has it in stock…

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    Marilyn says:

    I am a read in order kind of girl

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