They don't TELL you it's THIRD in a series
So I go to B&N the other night to get a book. As everyone should know, I'm an AVID reader and I ALWAYS have to have a book in progress. I've read so many books though at this point, that I generally just grab almost anything out of the sci-fi/fantasy section just because it's impossible to find things if I'm picky.
So. I see this one - Dime Store Magic
- and I skim the back cover. Looks good enough. Some witch, yada, protecthing another young witch from some bad guys. Fine.
Take it home, start reading and I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of background here. I look and see she's written two other books so far, but....they're about werewolves. This is about witches. I read some more but the nagging way they keep barely referencing events which clearly happened in the past like you already know about them forces me to put it down. And go on a book hunt.
Nowhere is it clearly labeled that this book is really the third in this series. The first two have a different main character, but....I do discover the first book has an extended title: Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1)
. Now, nowhere on the book I bought does it say anything about being book three in that series, BUT, it does
have a little blurb on the front cover: Smart, sexy and supernatural: meet the women of the Otherworld.
So while I guess technically, it's a very loose series in that it's all set in the same world but not necessarily contain all the same characters from one book to the next, there's definately been some world set-up that I'm just missing out having picked up this, her third, book.
Which brings me to the rant part: I HATE WHEN AUTHORS and/or PUBLISHERS FAIL TO CLEARLY INDICATE THE ORDER OF BOOKS IN A SERIES!!!!!! ARG!
Do you know how ANNOYING that is?? Had I known
I needed to pick up the FIRST book in the series, I would have bought that one instead. Now I have a book that I can read, but kinda not really, because I need the other two instead. Dammit.
I don't really have the cash for this
one. I'm broke until Friday. So it's not like I can go out and grab another
book just so I can have something to read and so that I can read the book I've already purchased. Bah.
To make matters worse, the first in the series isn't actually out in paperback yet. Just in hardcover and a trade paperback. Though they came out a few years ago, making them troublesome to track down. And of course, more expensive then the $6.99 I paid for the paperback.
Bitten - on Amazon, new for $10.40
*sighs* There's also apparently tons of audio cassette versions but who wants the damned book on tape? *grumbles* Not I, that's for sure. I just want to, oh, I don't know, read the book and possibly have it make sense. Is that too much to ask?
Anyone feeling generous and want to buy my disgrunted and broke self the first one so I can actually read the book I already bought?