Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…
- Katie Reus, author of, Primal Possession, stops by to talk about her latest release. She’s also giving away a copy of Primal Possession (ends 06/09/12).
- Our Debut Author Spotlight is on young adult author, Kim Curran. Her debut novel, Shift, is released this month. Kim is also giving away two copies if Shift. (ends 08/09/12).
- 4.5 Star Review – Soul Beach by Kate Harrison
- 4.5 Star Review – Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
- 4.5 Star Review – Immortal Surrender by Claire Ashgrove
- 4 Star Review – A Delightful Arrangement by Cecelia Gray (Alternative Romance Review)
- 4 Star Review – Spider’s Lullaby by James R. Tuck
- 4 Star Review – Immortal City by Scott Speer
- 4 Star Review - Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig
- 4 Star Review – Wide Open by Deborah Coates
- 3 Star Review – Underworld: Awakening (Friday Film Review
It was with much excitement that I started reading THIRTEEN by Kelley Armstrong this week. I love this series and while I’m only 130 pages in (of a 445 page book), it’s already really good! Although I do hope we get to see some of Elena as she is the best character of them all in my opinion. There is a certain sadness as it’s the last book in the series too. I first read BITTEN over ten years ago, I remember it quite clearly as my husband, then boyfriend and I had just moved in together.
I’m really enjoying getting back into listening to audiobooks now I’m driving to and from work again. This week I have finished VISION IN WHITE by Nora Roberts, I will definitely be listening to the second one soon, it was sedate, but a lovely, happy love story. And, after much indecision I am now listening to TWENTIES GIRL by Sophie Kinsella after Gemma’s recommendation last week. I find her stories very witty and I like that this one has a supernatural element.
The book birdy bought me another new book to review this week, BLOOD THERAPY by Lynda Hilburn *yippee*, the second instalment in her Vampire Psychologist series. I shall be delving into that one next after I have finished THIRTEEN! I have also discovered I have six credits quietly sitting there on my Audible account, so I feel an audiobook buying binge coming on!!
Another poor week of reading from me, I have finished THE LAST MAN STANDING by Davide Longo, it was a little slow and maybe too grown-up for me, review to come soon and I sneaked in SPELLBOUND by Cara Lynn Shultz for fun as it has already been reviewed on BCC.
I have finally kept to my book buying ban although I have been very tempted to break it with some fantastic reviews from my fellow reviewers at BCC, Girl’s you are burning a hole in my pocket.
I’m very excited for next week, the kids go back to school! THE HUNGER GAMES movie is released, I go back to the gym after breaking my toe and I should get some extra reading time between school runs. Next week I hope to read THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE by Rhiannon Frater, A BOOK OF HORROR by Stephen Jones, which contains fourteen short stories and COLD SPARKS by Peter Giglio; Catherine Cavendish, maybe I’ll be sleeping with my light on!
Well, this week I finished WOLFSBANE and already I am going through majorwithdrawal symptoms. This is a series that is going from strength to strength. This round-up just can’t provide me with enough space to describe what I’m feeling about this book. You will all just have to wait for the review, coming very soon.
While on my commute, I’ve been reading a little freebie e-book called FANGIRL on my kindle. It’s actually rather good, though it doesn’t have zombies in it like I thought it would have, considering the cover. I’m half way through the book and am really enjoying it. Review will be up soon.
At last I have started THE STRAIN. Only about 60 pages in, but you can see that its written by someone who has a background in films. It’s still very early into the book, but I remain optimistic.
My book buying ban has gone really well this week. No books! Go me! Long may it continue. AND to coincide with this, I’ve had another clear out of books. My TBR mountain is too high and there are lots of books I won’t get round to reading, so I’ve had another cull.
Well I had a slightly more productive reading week than last. I re-read THE IRON WYRM AFFAIR by Lilith Saintcrow as I had to write my review of it. I have to say that I was slightly disappointed with it on my second read through. I totally loved it the first time around but things that didn’t bother me started to bother me this time. Luckily I did this before I wrote the review! I also finished two super fantastic books that I started last week. These were RIVERS OF LONDON by Ben Aaronovitch (which I had in my head was called Rivers of Blood…even put that in my roundup last week….sorry Ben!). I LOVED this book. It was so funny and insightful. I also finished FIREBRAND by Gillian Philip. This book totally deserved the 5 stars that Gemma gave it.
I also spent last week buying books and I don’t think I have ever had so many to read. I started with HEART OF STONE by C.E. Murphy but couldn’t finish it. I am afraid that I just couldn’t accept that the male romantic character was a gargoyle. A GARGOYLE!!! Who has ever heard of a hunky gargoyle? So I went back to fantasy and started PRINCE OF THORNS by Mark Lawrence. It is BRILLIANT. It is so gritty and the main character is completely ruthless and a bit insane but I still love him. I also started the first few pages of ROOK by Daniel O’Malley because I couldn’t read about murder and mayhem before I go to bed and it has started out really engaging. Then I received a whole bunch of books to review so I am going to be busy over the next few weeks and totally excited!
This week I have been spoiled for choice when it comes to Swedish fiction, finishing off both HARBOR by John Ajvide Lindqvist and THE CIRCLE by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg (as featured in Debut Author Spotlight). These were both great books, and I can’t wait for my reviews to be up as part of All Hallows Eve 2012 (As you can tell we are all excited for this event!)
I then moved on to read HORNS by Joe Hill, which was an odd horror story to say the least, and was surprised to find that a movie is in the works for which Daniel Radcliffe will play the lead! Not sure if I’ll go to see it though, you’ll see why when my review of the book is up!
I’m now moving on to read THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP by Catherine Jinks, which will also be part of All Hallows Eve!