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





I’ve not had a very good reading this week, in the fact that I have unfortunately only managed to read a little. A combination of being unwell myself and my son being unwell, has limited my reading time. I did manage to finish CIPHER by Moira Rogers, which is book number 4 in the Southern Arcana series, and boy was it good! The best in the series so far, and I really did just love finally see Kat and Andrew getting together after a very painful wait! A highly recommended read.

I’ve just started reading, although only admittedly managed a couple of chapters, EMBRACE THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR by Anita Clenney. This is book number two in her Connor Clan series, I really enjoyed Awaken the Highland Warrior book one when I read it back in July, so let’s hope this one is just as good! On the audiobook side I’m nearing the end of HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF, I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to listen to next, but it may be book one from J.R.Ward’s Fallen Angel series, but I could still change my mind! 😉


Well, I finally managed to finish MISTELTOE COWBOY and have to admit I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. This was disappointing as I do love a good cowboy romance, but this book didn’t hit the spot at all. My review is coming up very soon.

After finishing this I did start my second review book, which was an anthology of Christmas themed romances. I’ve gotten about 2/3s of the way through the first short story in ROMANCING THE HOLIDAY. So far it seems ok, but it does have one of my favourite authors Jaci Burton in it. Hopefully this won’t turn out to be a dud.

I also started reading THE PRINCE by Tiffany Reisz, book 3 in the series The Original Sinners, which I am obsessed over! I’m a third of the way through it and already it has gripped me in its deliciously sexy story. Honestly, these books should come with a hazard warning! Lol! I’m reading this at home in paperback form, while reading ROMANCING THE HOLIDAY at work on my kindle. (Less embarrassing reading it in the canteen)

Next up, I am really stuck for choice on what to read. I have ANGELS INK by Jocelyn Drake, RAPTURE by J. R. Ward, THE MAD SCIENTISTS DAUGHTER by Cassandra Rose Clark or BLACKWOOD by Gwenda Bond. So any suggestions, please put them in the comments.

I failed miserably on my book buying ban this week. A few of my pre-orders came in. These were COLD DAYS by Jim Butcher, ROGUE RIDER by Larrisa Ione, TRAPPED by Kevin Hearne and LONDON FALLING by Paul Cornell.

What didn’t help matters was the fact that amazon has a promotion going on with lots of Sci-Fi and Fantasy books under £2. I ended up buying about six books. I hang my head in shame.

I didn’t manage to go to the movies this week, but I did manage to go see SHREK on the West End, when I was down in London. It was really good and was a complete departure from the film. If you haven’t seen it yet, try your very best to catch it as it finishes on the West End in February.


This has been my worst week for reading, can you believe that I didn’t even manage to pick up one book! I’ve been watching I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! and this was my final week to ensure I earned enough MyZone Effort Points at my gym to win 6 months free membership, I am quite a competitive person and do not like coming second, plus it would save me around £300. I’ll let you know next week how I did, fingers crossed I did enough.

I have received two new review books this week, BARELY HUMAN by Trace Riles and THE BOOK OF THE FORSAKEN by Yannis Karatsioris. I have bought a few more to add  to my ever increasing TBR pile, the final book in The Declaration Series THE LEGACY by Gemma Malley, LOVE LIES BLEEDING by Meghan Ciana Doidge and SHADOW’S EDGE by J.T. Geissinger.

Next week I will hopefully pick up my new review books THE BOOK OF THE FORSAKEN by Yannis Karatsioris and BARELY HUMAN by Trace Riles. Hope you’ve had a great weekend.


So I am back in the UK and back to reading after two weeks in Canada at my Mom’s. I started GILDED by Karina Cooper on the plane and finished it last Saturday. I am just busting to say something about it but as I am doing a joint review with Gemma soon then I don’t want to spill any beans (even though I could almost combust I am so wanting to ‘share’). Then I went into a post GILED jet-lagged enhanced funk and needed to read something easy and light hearted. Note to self…don’t make a book reading selection in the bath from an Amazon recommendation list while in the doldrums….it doesn’t turn out well. I can’t even mention the name of said book because I am so embarrassed I actually read it. I did moan and groan and roll my eyes constantly throughout  as it was so bad. Back to work on Monday had me back to reading better books. I read BITTER SEEDS by Ian Tregillis and THE WRONG GOODBYE by Chris F Holm both of which I will be reviewing soon. Normally, I don’t like to blab what I thought of books that I am going to review but can’t resist with THE WRONG GOODBYE as it was excellent but to find out why then stay tuned for the review. My TBR got knocked down a little bit by my next read which was YESTERMORROW by Stefan Petrucha. Perhaps you have read my reviews of Petrucha’s zombie series about Hessius Mann which I love but there was something about YESTERMORROW that didn’t capture me. It was an interesting premise but a bit too YF even though I quite like good YF…hard to pinpoint but hoping the next book bring things together a bit better for me. I just started BONESHAKER by Cherie Priest which has started out to be quite interesting so hopefully it won’t disappoint.

In book buying news I would like to spank my reviewing colleague Gemma for drawing my attention to a sale on Amazon. I bought TEARS IN RAIN by Rosa Monetero, DEAD SPOTS by Melissa F Olson and REDEMPTION by Susannah Sandlin…which the title sounds really familiar but I can’t figure out why. I am in a real conundrum was to what I am going to read next. Should I start from the bottom up or top down of my TBR? Advice anyone?


HELLO Everyone, I am still alive! I need to apologise… I have been sorely lacking in my blogging duties so far as weekly updates are concerned of late.

So here I am trying to make amends!

OK, so what have I been up to…Well… Gemma has talked me into buying new books (THE SIREN and THE ANGEL by Tiffany Reisz), I have read a fabulous YA, POISON PRINCESS by Kresley Cole and had a great find in a new author with Sharon Lynn Fisher…but I am now reading christmassy books getting ready for SmeXmas. I have read and reviewed one so far, called A GIFT FOR ALL SEASONS, by Karen Templeton, which was nice, and I am halfway through THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS by Liz Talley, which I am finding it hard to get through if I am honest. Looking forward to sinking my teeth into something juicy though in the not too distant future as I have ordered SHADOWS CLAIM by Kresley Cole, and am just waiting on it plopping on my mat any day now. Whoop!


I haven’t had much time for reading recently, what with university deadlines and everything, but this week I got straight back into review writing with MURDER TAKES THE CAKE by Gayle Trent. This is a great light-hearted book to snuggle up by the fire with, and comes with free recipes at the back! My review of this should be up some time soon, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on this book.

I’m now moving onto reading LADY SOPHIE’S CHRISTMAS WISH by Grace Burrowes, which I am quite looking forward to. Who doesn’t love a historical Christmas?

Outside of reviewing I have been going to the cinema recently, and I must say that I agree with Gemma’s review of SKYFALL, it was impressive but there was just something missing to truly make it a Bond movie. 


We love Christmas here at BCC and because of that we wanted to do something special throughout December. SmeXmas 2012 is a revamp of our usual Christmas Week event that we’ve run each year since the blog started in 2009, but we  wanted to pimp up our Christmas here at Book Chick City, an event where the BCC girls could binge and binge until they were sick on festive romance reads. Plus, you get to find the best festive romances for your Christmas stocking.

We’ll be reviewing Christmas romance novels in all romance sub-genres; from steampunk and cowboy to historical and paranormal, to hopefully get us all into the Christmas spirit. However, if this isn’t your thing, don’t worry as we will also have our usual schedule of urban fantasy and paranormal romance reviews too. So, hopefully there will be something for everyone!

Also, a quick thanks to our very own Laura who thought up the fab name for the event, and Emily White Designs for the awesome banner! :)

We hope you enjoy SmeXmas 2012 – we can’t wait to get started! 😀

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kara-karina December 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Melanie, your haul is the one close to my heart this week :) I’m just gonna start Gilded and all psyched out about it. Also looking forward to reading new Chris F. Holm, the previous book was excellent. Bitter Seeds were a very decent, gripping read and Boneshaker was refreshing take on steampunk. Pretty raw with powerful characterization. Hope you like it!

To the rest of the girls, – enjoy all your reads! Gemma, you have to tell me what you think of The Prince when you finish :) Have a great week!


Gemma December 3, 2012 at 9:23 am

Well so far I am really loving The Prince. Its one dark book


Melanie December 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Kara-Karina – OOOOH tell me the SECOND you have finished reading Gilded. I am all angastional about it. If you liked Dead Harvest then WAIT until you read The Wrong Goodbye. It is exceptionally written. I loved it. Loving Boneshaker. It really builds up the tension…zombies and steampunk is quite an odd mix


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