Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…

GUESTS

ALL HALLOWS EVE GUESTS

  • Ilsa J. Bick, author of Ashes and Shadows, stops by with a short story. There’s also a chance for you to win both books (ends 31/10/12)
  • Author of the Disillusionist Trilogy and the soon to be release Mr Real, Carolyn Crane, talks about Character and Reader Fear Levels: Some Handy Graphs! - you can also enter to win a copy of Mr Real (ends 31/10/12)
  • Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of the upcoming sci-fi romance novel, Ghost Planet, talks Ghosts? Um, well, you see… plus Tor are offering a giveaway of three copies of Ghost Planet (ends 31/10/12).
  • Young adult author, James Dawson, stops by with a guest post about The Real-Life Haunted Forest - there’s also a chance to win a copy of Hollow Pike (ends 31/10/12)
  • Author of Nightshifted, Cassie Alexander, talks about Things that Go Bump in the Night at the Hospital – there’s also a chance to you to win Nightshifted (ends 31/10/12)
  • Karen E. Taylor’s guest post is about Halloween and the Vampire Legacy - Kensington Books are offering a giveaway of the first book in the series, Hunger (ends 31/10/12)

REVIEWS

GENERAL POSTS

LAURA’S ROUNDUP

At the beginning of the week I finished reading LUCKY PENNY by Catherine Anderson which I thoroughly enjoyed and have moved onto my first Christmas read of the year! Which is DARN GOOD COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Carolyn Brown, not only is about Christmas, but it has hot cowboys in it too! Sounds like bliss to me ;-) It’s got off to a good, if a bit of a silly start and has left me in happy, romance escape heaven!

My audiobook continues to GRACELING by Kristin Cashore, but my word did I forget just how good this book is! It’s getting into 4.5/5 territory, which is very rare for me as you know I can be a real meanie with my ratings! It’s very compelling and well written and Katsa is such an unusual and fascinating main character. I think I will be listening to FIRE the second book in the series immediately after.

GEMMA’S ROUNDUP

This week hasn’t been a great week of reading for me. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed what I’ve been reading, I just don’t seem to be making much headway. By the time you read this post I will have finished a book called ZOMBIE GAMES: ORIGINS by Kristen Middleton. It’s really rather a good read and the author’s writing style is very good for an independent author.

I’m also more than two thirds of the way through THE FALL by Guillermo Del Torro and Chuck Hogan. This book is very different in tone to the first book, The Strain. You can see the conclusion careening down the track. I can just tell that this trilogy will not be ending well at all. The other book I’m reading is THE TAKEN by Vicki Pettersson, which is really different from what I was expecting. It is very Film Noir. I like this author and this is very different from the usual PNR/UF fare that is out there.

I’m not sure what I’m going to read next. I think I will probably read either A PERFECT BLOOD by Kim HarrisonHEART OF BRASS by Kate Cross or THE ANGEL by Tiffany Reisz. I’ll see where the spirit takes me.

This week I went to see Frankenweenie at the cinema. I really enjoyed this film. It was such a sweet tale, wrapped up in a good old fashioned monster movie.

My book buying ban suffered a bit of a slip. I had gift vouchers so I bought SMOLDER and THE REPLACEMENT by Brenda Yovanoff and PARTIALS by Dan Wells. I also picked up GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvian Renard for £1.99 during Amazon’s Lightening Deals. Amazon also has a Kindle Autumn Book Harvest event going on. So I bought an anthology called HOME IMPROVEMENTS: UNDEAD EDITION. This contains 14 short stories by authors such as Patricia Briggs; Simon R. Green; Charlaine Harris; Stacia Kane; Seanan McGuire; Suzanne McLeod; among others and is edited by Charlaine Harris. I also bought CURSED by Michelle HaufSAFE HOUSE by Chris Ewan and THE WARD by S. L. Grey.

BEC’S ROUNDUP

I finished reading THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern from last week, it was different and magical, I finally got to finish off the Hush Hush series with FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick, Patch mmmm, sigh! I have also read GUARDIAN OF FATE by L. J. Kentowski. I was pleasantly surprised by this, I had never heard of the book or the author and it was much better than I thought it would be, review to come soon.

Amazingly I have not bought any new books this week, I’m a little shocked myself!

Next week’s reading will include OF LIGHT & DARKNESS by Shayne Leighton and I think I will start to get into the Christmas spirit by reading BAH, HUMBUG! by Heather Horrocks and A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS by Felicity Heaton. Hope you have a fun Halloween.

MELANIE’S ROUNDUP

I think I am going to have to do something drastic and be more organised with my reading as yet again, I can’t remember what books I have read! I am busy trawling through my almost depleted memory banks to last Friday and what I have read since then. I think I have it covered. So… here goes…

I finished off DEAD HARVEST by Chris F. Holm which I loved and will be reviewing so watch for it, as well as, an advanced copy of MR REAL by Carolyn Crane, which I really enjoyed too. Another book that has been on my review pile for some weeks is HERETIC LAND by Tim Lebbon, which I finally finished yesterday but to find out why it took me almost a month to read you will have to keep an eye out for my review. Sorry! I am all about the suspense today. I even managed to finish one of my xmas review reads – A CLOCKWORK CHRISTMAS, an anthology of loosely themed steampunk/Christmas stories. I started to read THE BLADE ITSELF by Joe Abercrombie but switched to something a little more light hearted because I have not had much luck with fantasy recently. I will defintely pick this back up next week as it started out quite good and I am looking forward to finding out what it is all about.

So, for me this week is the third book in the lighthearted Peter Grant series by Ben AaronvitchWHISPERS UNDER GROUND. I am hoping to get a chance to review this one as well but if you are a fan of this series it has started out on another hilarious roll! That’s it for me. May not get much read next week as it’s Halloween on Wednesday and I always pencil in a diabetic coma just in case! Happy Halloween for next week everyone!

REBECCA’S ROUNDUP

So no weekly roundup from me for a while, and this is mainly because I’ve just started back in my second year at uni, so have been busy re-adjusting to university life and getting to grips with my new modules.

However, the past few weekends I have managed to find the time for a little bit of personal reading, and have sped through LOVER ETERNAL and LOVER AWAKENED, books two and three in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. Gemma and Vickie got me hooked on this series a while back when I was practically bullied into reading book one, and I have to say the series is definitely worth their praise! If I have time this weekend I’m planning on delving into LOVER REVEALED, book four of the series, and with any luck I’ll be up-to-date before book 11 is released next year!

Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

9 Comments


Becs October 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Gemma, I’m jealous you have bought PARTIALS by Dan Wells, you will have to let me know what you think as this is a book I’m wanting to buy.

Rebecca, lol, bullied into the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, you are making me want to pick it up quickly especially as I have book 1 sitting on my Kindle, so glad Gemma and Vicky’s favourite series is living up to the hype.

Melanie, I can’t wait to read your review for HERETIC LAND by Tim Lebbon as it’s a book that appeals to me and you are being so cryptic, is it good or bad?

Laura, you are making me more intrigued to try audio books and I must start my Christmas books to get me into the right spirit.

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Gemma October 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I’ll let you know what its like. The cover was what drew me to picking up the book. I really liked the synopsis on the back too

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Melanie October 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm

My air of mystery isn’t working for you? I am happy to send you Heretic Land if you like….although you may want to read my review first.

is this where I go mwahahahahaaaaaa?

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Becs October 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm

LOL I think I’ll wait for the review first as I’m not trusting your little mwahahahahaaaaaa although it did make me smile x

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Laura October 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Oh I do love my audiobooks, I mainly listen to them driving to and from work they make the drive less tedious. But they were good when Logan was tiny & I was up in the night a lot too. I have to be careful what I have on in the car now, or I could be teaching my boy some early moves lol! ;-)

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Becs October 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I read while I’m at the gym but can only do so on the bike so maybe audiobooks while running maybe a solution to save my butt. I think you have convinced me to give them a try. Thanks x

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Carolyn October 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

@Laura / @Becs – think I’ll start on my Christmas reads too. I’m feeling a bit low at the moment and can’t seem to get into any of my normal genres I love. Maybe a bit of fluffy Christmas romance will be just the ticket?

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Laura October 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Christmas reads might be just the ticket *hugs* x

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Becs October 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I was thinking about starting the Christmas reads with a bit of Bah, Humbug maybe not the right way to start getting into the Christmas Spirit ;)

I hope your fluffy Christmas romance will help lift your spirits though xxx

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