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




Well, you know I said I didn’t have a good week last week, well I’ve had an even worse week this week and have read about 20 pages in total :( both my son and I have been ill and sleep deprivation and reading obviously do not mix! So I’m still reading EMBRACE THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR by Anita Clenney, as I’m only 20 pages on from last week I’m still waiting to see if it will be a good one. I have a quiet afternoon today, so I’m hoping to fit some reading time in!

I have fared a little bit better on the audiobook side, having finished HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF by Molly Harper, I have now moved on to LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS by C.L. Wilson, which is book two in the Tairen Soul series. I so enjoyed the first one, this one seems to have had a bit of a slow start, but I’m hoping it will pick up.

I have managed to do a bit of Christmas shopping this week, and hope that by the time you read this I will have completed it and even got my Christmas cards written over the weekend. Our Christmas tree is up and looking lovely and sparkly in the corner of my eye as I type this. I do so love Christmas! How’s everyone else’s prep going?


Well this week as a pretty bad week for me too! (Must be catching? Could it be due to christmas just around the corner?) I never managed to get any books finished. It has been a bit hectic due to work, visiting my sister and my little nephew and just general Christmas stuff.

Anyway, I’m still battling through both THE PRINCE by Tiffany Reisz and ROMANCING THE HOLIDAYS, anthology. I should finish these pretty soon as I am more than two thirds of the way through both and am on the last story in the anthology. Next up I’m going to read SOMETHING FROM TIFFANY’S by Melissa Hill. This has been sitting on my TBR for ages. After that I am going to read an advanced copy of THE MAD SCIENTISTS DAUGHTER, that I mentioned last week.

Book buying has went a lot better this week, with only a few buys via the daily deals by amazon. I also bought THE KEY by Lyndsay Sands. I was intrigued by the fact that the heroine uses a chastity belt to starve off the advances of the hero. Before you think I have gone off my rocker, I must mention that this is a historical romance book. I’ve never read any of this authors Historical Romances, but I do like her vampire books.

Non-book related, I went to the cinema to see ALEX CROSS. I wasn’t over impressed with it, but you can read more about my thoughts here.

I’ve also almost got all of my Christmas shopping done, which is great. Just a few little bits to get and then I’m done.

Anyway, I hope you all have a good week!


I’ve had another awful week for reading, I’m behind on reviews so I have decided to not read another book until I’m up to date, so next week I’m sure I will make up for my lack of reads.

This week I only have one new book, it’s from NetGalley SISTER ASSASSIN by Kiersten White, it’s the UK title for her new Mind Games series, which will be released in January. I enjoyed Kiersten’s Paranormalcy series and I thought I would give this new series a try.

On another note I won the competition at my gym and have won six months free, I worked so hard at the gym last month that I’m now in need of a little rest, which will be good to catch up on all those jobs I ignored during November. Hope you are all getting into the Christmas cheer, I’m starting to feel a little more Christmassy and have my tree up already.


This has been a middling week for me and reading as I only read 3.

I completely forgot in last week’s roundup to say that I bought STEEL’S EDGE by Ilona Andrews. I haven’t enjoyed the Edge series as much as the Kate Daniels books but I have to say that this final one was quite enjoyable.

I also finished BONESHAKER by Cherie Priest and loved it. What a great steampunk/scifi/zombie horror. Priest should lay claim to the word ‘mashup’ there was so many genres in it. I was all ready to buy book two when I realised that its not a continuation but rather a standalone novels set in the same time period. As much as I loved it I am not sure another is going to be as good with different characters. Have any of you read any of the other books? Let me know if I should take the plunge.

I also finished THE LEFT HAND OF GOD by Paul Hoffman which was a sort of medieval, alternative history. It was gritty and gruesome in parts but really, really good. I then started one of the books I bought last week – REDEMPTION by Susannah Sandlin. I haven’t finished it but I can’t help thinking that if I was Lara Adrian I would be a bit concerned that Sandlin had almost copied my plot…sooooo similar its like reading the same book.

Other than that I can proudly announce that my Christmas tree is up. I would post a picture but almost got hypothermia finding it and still haven’t thawed out yet. Maybe next week! Happy reading!


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kara-karina December 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Girls, girls! I hope all of you feel better next week!

Melanie, BONESHAKER is marvelous, right?! So glad you enjoyed. By the way I didn’t know they are all standalone books. I might skip Clementine then which is only available second hand and buy another of her steampunkish books. Did you read her Cheshire Red series? It’s very good as well. Also The Left Hand of God is n my opinion better that the book #2 The Last Four Things (which was less about individuals and more about general picture, although it was still very interesting).

Happy Sunday to all!


Gemma December 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

Kara-Karina:- You should be able to get the next in Preists Steampunk series as I saw that Tor UK have now published it.


kara-karina December 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

For some reason I thought Clementine is the second book, but looks like it’s Dreadnought, and you are right – it’s available and for a decent price! 😉


Melanie December 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Kara Karina – I LOVED Boneshaker…I am just glad that I read the book descriptions before I went and bought any of them. I haven’t read her Cheshire Read series. I will look those up.
I read some reviews about The Last Four Things and they weren’t that good. How disappointing….as I really enjoyed book 1….if you can enjoy a book that has a big paragraph involving maggots…BARF!


kara-karina December 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

It was very graphic, wasn’t it? Interesting though. I haven’t read anything like that in a long time. Still try book #2, they should have it in the library as it came out awhile ago.


Melanie December 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Yeah me too!

Have you read the Riyria Revelations by Michael J Sullivan? They were very good but epic fantasy


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