Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…
- Fantasy author, Rowena Cory Daniells, stops by to talk about her latest release. She’s also giving away a copy of Besieged (ends 12/09/12).
- Our Debut Author Spotlight is on young adult author, Gwenda Bond. Her debut novel, Blackwood, is released this month.
- 5 Star Review – Wolfsbane by Gillian Philip
- 4 Star Review – The Guardian by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- 4 Star Review – God Save the Queen by Kate Locke
- 4 Star Review – Headhunters (Friday Film Review)
- 3.5 Star Review – Dark Soul: The Complete Collection by Alexandr Voinov (Alternative Romance Review)
- 3 Star Review - Tempest by Julie Cross
- 2.5 Star Review – The Last Man Standing by Davide Longo
- 2.5 Star Review – Shattered Magic by Rebecca York
This week was another bad week for reading and I only managed one book. Actually it wasn’t even really a book, more of a novella: PROTECTOR’S MATE by Katie Reus. I read and really enjoyed Destined Mate a while ago, so was excited when I received an eARC from the author. The story, characters and writing were great and I will be reviewing this next week.
I’m still reading FULL BLOODED by Amanda Carlson, but as my attention span is so short at the moment, it’s taking me some time to get through. This has no baring on what the book is like, as I’m actually really enjoying it. Hopefully I’ll finish it this week.
This week has been kind of crazy, I’m not quite sure whether I’m coming of going. Do you ever have weeks like that? Which means I’m still reading THIRTEEN by Kelley Armstrong although I’m nearing the end, I haven’t quite made it to a new book. On the plus side, it’s really good! I would definitely recommend it. I plan to read BLOOD THERAPY by Lynda Kilburn next. I’m hoping I will have started it by the time you read this post
On the audiobook front I’m listening to TWENTIES GIRL by Sophie Kinsella. I had a bit of a slow start, but OMG it’s so funny! Honest it God, full out belly-laughs for some of the scenes.
I also had a bit of an audiobook buying binge as I had a few credits on my Audible account and bought the following audiobooks: BED OF ROSES by Nora Roberts, COVET and THE PLAYER by J.R. Ward, KING OF SWORD AND SKY and LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS by C.L. Wilson. Enough to keep me busy for a few weeks I think!
What a good week, all my children have now started school/pre-school giving me more free time and and I have enjoyed every minute of it. This week I have read COLD SPARKS by Peter Giglio and Catherine Cavendish, as I have not read adult horror before I was a little hesitant but as it turns out I was worrying over nothing. I read THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE by Rhiannon Frater and loved it quickly purchasing the next in the series. I have also picked up A BOOK OF HORRORS by Stephen Jones, I won a signed copy from the publisher on Twitter and it’s a collection of short stories, my nerves can only take one story at a time so I maybe reading this for a while and sleeping with the light on, all reviews to come in ALL HALLOWS EVE 2012.
My buying ban was unsuccessful this week, I bought IRON’S PROPHECY by Julie Kagawa and it has already been read, it sets up the scene for the new series THE LOST PRINCE. And after enjoying THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE I downloaded THE VENGAENCE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE and PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS both by Rhiannon Frater and a few eBooks courtesy of NetGallery, GUARDIAN by Heather Burch, it’s the second book in the HAFLINGS series, BROKEN by AE Rought and FADE by A. K. Morgen.
Next week reads will include more horror as I continue to read A BOOK OF HORRORS by Stephen Jones and ONE BLOOD by Amaru Qwantu, my heart is already racing at the thought.
This week I managed to finish two books. The first was the little Amazon Freebie, FANGIRL. I really enjoyed this book, though it wasn’t what I expected. The author managed to capture what it is like to have a cult hit explode over the media. While reading it, I couldn’t help but think of a young Carolyn, since the heroine loved Zombies.
The second book was THE UGLY DUCHESS by Eloisa James. I loved this book a lot. James hasn’t lost her knack at weaving such a charming little tale. This author is my go to author if I want something light and fluffy, without any supernatural elements. My review for this will be up soon.
I’m still battling through THE STRAIN, which is a pretty tough book to read. Its my first forray into true horror and I’m really finding it difficult to pick up. I think this is why I ended up reading The Ugly Duchess.
I think after The Strain, I will read BORN OF FIRE by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I really enjoyed the first book, so I want to see where this series go.
My book buying ban is still doing well. Still haven’t bought any books. I hope this continues. Apart from that, its been a really quiet week. Wish there was more to report, but I am trying to save up for my holidays. Expect the next few posts to be rather boring.
This week was a real mashup of books for me and not just different genres. I started the week by finishing (which sounds odd) PRINCE OF THORNS by Mark Lawrence. This is a truly excellent book. The hero is much more of an anti-hero, the plot is interesting and not that predictable and it’s very, very gritty. Loved it, but can’t buy book 2 until I knock a few things of my TBR pile, which grew substantially after recently receiving some more review books. I completely switched genres and themes by reading HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger. I really enjoyed THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE and this was quite a bit different. I can’t say much more as a joint review with Laura is on the cards for later this month. Then to really switch themes again I got HOW TO DRIVE A DRAGON CRAZY by G.A.Aiken delivered magically to my Kindle. This series is pure brain candy for me and not books I typically go for, but for some reason I do love reading them and think they can be quite amusing.
I am looking forward to what seems to be our last weekend of summer this weekend and hoping to finish off ROOK by Daniel O’Malley and maybe squeeze in some of my books to review for next month. A nice little parcel arrived this morning with 2 more to add to my ‘books to review’ shelf. Exciting times ahead!
This has been another week filled with books for the All Hallows Eve event for me, and I’m sorry to keep taunting you all about it, but there are some brilliant books included in the line up!
First up I finished THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP by Catherine Jinks, which I wasn’t overly impressed with but it was still an okay read. I found the same problem with KRONOS by Guy Adams, that I didn’t really take to the book, but I still look forward to sharing my views of these books with you in my reviews.
Next up was the book I’ve been waiting to read for months, as ever since I reviewed Anna Dressed in Blood I have been desperate for the sequel. Needless to say there was copious amounts of fangirling when GIRL OF NIGHTMARES by Kendare Blake arrived, as the cover for the book is absolutely beautiful. I wasn’t disappointed, as the book was fantastic, and I really can’t wait for my review to be up.
I’m now reading HANDS OF THE RIPPER by Guy Adams, and I haven’t been impressed by this book so far, but there’s plenty of time for it to convince me otherwise.