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

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CAROLYN’S ROUNDUP

At the start of the week I DNF’d A WINTER FLAME by Milly Johnson. I was hoping it would be a romantic, warm and Christmassy read but instead I got a silly story, with silly characters. After 150 pages in I called it a day. You can read more about why I didn’t like it in my review, which should be up very soon.

I then started and finished DIRTY by Megan Hart, a contemporary erotic romance, which I really enjoyed. Quite a dark undertone, but written so well and I really loved the leading lady. Review to come soon. I then went on to WALLBANGER by Alice Clayton. I really didn’t know what to expect with this one, but I was totally surprised as it’s a fab read. The characters are so likeable and the story is just to die for. There’s wit and banter galore between the two main characters and the result is hilarious. But there’s also tender moments and steamy moments between them too making this a very romantic read. I’m nearly finished and so the review should be up in a few weeks time.

Next I’m going to read SWEET AS SIN by Inez Kelley, as recommended to me by Mandi from Smexy Books - she hasn’t steered me wrong yet. This sounds as though it could be quite an intense read but a good one. Bring it on!

Lastly, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and that Santa brings you everything you wish for :) xoxo

LAURA’S ROUNDUP

I think I may find myself on the BCC naughty step this week, as I’m completely failing in reading at the moment. :-( In my defence I’ve been really quite poorly with viral arthritis for several weeks, which is unfortunately keeping me awake at night, or else the painkillers are leaving me really sleepy, so I’m struggling to read. I even missed my work Christmas party this week because of it. Which means despite my best intentions, I’m still reading EMBRACE THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR by Anita Clenney. I absolutely will finish it this week and move onto IMPULSE by Moira Rogers as promised last week!

In other news I’m very excited about Christmas and can’t wait to see my little boy’s face when he opens his presents. I’ve also bought his a really cool Christmas jumper for Christmas day with Rudolph on the front with a pom pom red nose! I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and gets lots of books in their stockings :-).

GEMMA’S ROUNDUP

Why is the best laid plans never run smoothly? This week has been a big fat dud for me, though I did manage to get through 2/3d’s of the way through SOMETHING FROM TIFFANY’S by Mellisa Hill. Yes, I know I said I was going to read THE MAD SCIENTIST’S DAUGHTER by Cassandra Rose Clark, but the other book was waving at me, taunting me with its lovely blue cover. It’s been ages since I’ve read a book like this and I have to admit I am throughly enjoying it.

I am not commiting to anything next week, because it’s Christmas and everything is so hectic. I think I may just see how the mood takes me, but I do have A PERFECT BLOOD by Kim Harrison on my TBR pile and I do have the next one, EVER AFTER, ordered so I may just stump for that.

I hope everyone has a brill Christmas and that Santa is really good to you! Laters!

BECS’S ROUNDUP

After reading CROSSING THE RUBICON by R.C. Richter and then going on to ALTERNITY by Mari Mancusi I have officially gone off reading! I have not managed to pick up any other books this week, as both of these books were incredibly draining, more to come in my reviews.

I know I have already mentioned that I loved SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard, however, because I’ve enjoyed a few books with links to the classic and as I have never read them, I bought ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS by Lewis Carroll and intend to read them with my children. I have also received LINKED by Imogen Howson and THE MURMURINGS by Carly Anne West. I also won a couple of titles from Mira Ink’s Facebook page, CRAVE by Melissa Darnell and TOUCH OF POWER by Maria V. Snyder. :D

Next week with Christmas I’m not sure what I’ll manage to pick up, but with all my Christmas preparations this month I am hugely behind on my scheduled reviews so hopefully I’ll get a few books read while the children play with their new things. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope you have a wonderful time.

MELANIE’S ROUNDUP

Well this ends my last week of work for 2012…WHOOP WHOOP *please insert cheers here* and with that my last week of concentrated reading time.

I finished TEARS IN RAIN by Rosa Montero last weekend, which was only OK but again, another author heavily borrowing almost an entire plot from somehwere else… this time Blade Runner. Towards the end I wondered if it was an english translation as some of the wording and descriptions of the scenes seemed a bit odd.

I then read the novella AMITYVILLE HORRIBLE by Kelley Armstrong which was a feature with Jaime and Jeremy from the Otherworld series. It was really good especially as it included Jeremy, who I love and made it in my Top Ten Fictional Fantasy Boyfriends.

I switched genre again and read THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah Maas which was reviewed by Becs in August. I quite enjoyed it but thought there were a few minor flaws and our heroine was just a bit too perfect for words… but that’s the good thing about fantasy isn’t it? I also read THE ASSASSIN AND THE UNDERWORLD which was a novella that preceded the first book. I was going to read the rest but I decided I didn’t really want to know what happened to the main character Celaena before the first story. My name is Fickle!

Switching genre again I read THE DAMNATION AFFAIR by Lilith Saintcrow which I had mixed feelings about. I will be reviewing this book soon (possibly January) so stay tuned to find out why.

I am currently reading TRICKSTER by Jeff Somers which is has started out to be a great UF murder mystery. I have a early release digital copy and the formatting is a bit wonky so its a bit like a puzzle in places to figure out which words belong in which sentences. Again this is another book I hope to be reviewing in January so keep your eyes peeled for it.

That is all from me on the book reading front this week. I would like to wish you everyone at great Christmas and hope that you find some great reads under the tree on Tuesday. Happy reading!

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!

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Becs December 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Laura I’ll be joining you on the naughty step this week, although I think this whole month has been a bad one for reading.

Melanie, wow, you got through some books this week. I’m glad you liked Throne of Glass, I didn’t think The Assassin and The Underworld, the first novella was not as good but we got to see the arrogant side to Celena, which was refreshing from all her perfectness.

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Laura December 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

The whole month has been a disaster for me on the reading front, I’m on book two now :(

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Melanie December 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm

hmmmm..this was a normal reading week – 2 hour commute don’t forget. I agree about Throne of Glass and the novella! I didn’t read your review until after I had read the book and totally agreed with you. Still want to read book 2 though…

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Becs December 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I’m glad you agreed with me, book reading and reviewing is still quite new to me and sometimes I’m a little unsure of giving my opinion. I will definitely be reading the next in the series too.

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