Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…
- 5 Star Review – The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
- 4.5 Star Review – Splintered by A.G. Howard
- 4 Star Review – The Demoness of Waking Dreams by Stephanie Chong
- 3 Star Review – The Proposal by Mary Balogh
- 3 Star Review – Harbor by Jon Ajvide Lindqvist
- 3 Star Review – The Damnation Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
- 2 Star Review – Gangster Squad (2013) (Friday Film Review)
- 1 Star Review – Crossing the Rubicon by R.C. Richter
- Giveaway Winners: Seraphim Prize Pack
- Debut Author Spotlight: Steve Bein “Daughter of the Sword” (Urban Fantasy)
- Cute Bookends
- Giveaway: Immortal Surrender by Claire Ashgrove (Ends 23/01/13)
- Cover Art: Slashback by Rob Thurman (UK Edition)
- Author Interview: Claire Ashgrove
- New Series Alert: Game of Shadows by Thea Harrison
- Giveaway Winners: 30 Shades of Zombie (Part 2)
This week has all been about two guys… Ty and Zane. If you read my roundup last week you’ll remember I said after reading the first book in this contemporary m/m romance series, I was going to go back to urban fantasy and paranormal romance, having been on a bit of a contemporary romance binge, starting with Archangel’s Storm. But after reading Cut & Run at the beginning of the week, I just haven’t been able stop. I’ve now read book #2: Sticks & Stones, book #3: Fish & Chips, and I’m now on book #4: Divide & Conquer. These books are so addictive and I just LOVE Ty and Zane. I just can’t get enough of them. I will be reviewing all the books in the series soon, so keep an eye out for them as part of our Alternative Romance feature every Saturday.
January has been a really bad, naughty month for me regarding book buying, I have bought A LOT. Mostly kindle books so I’ve been able to smuggle-buy with the hubby not knowing – I know, sneaky or what. Another positive aspect to ereaders 😉 I will be going through a selection of these soon in my new feature, Carolyn’s Postbag Highlights, which is posted at the end of the month.
This week I decided to find out what all the fuss is about. Yep, this week was the week of the Black DaggerBrotherhood by J.R.Ward. My fellow reviewers have given high scores to this vampire series. I think I am going to be in their bad books when I say this….. I am not that fussed….. SORRY ladies! I have read books 1-3, skipped 4 and currently reading book 5, Lover Unbound. I prefer it to the others but think it is much too similar to Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series, plus I don’t really like when they refer to their love interest as ‘woman’ all the time. A tad misogynistic if you ask me. As the series progresses it is getting grittier with more and more terrible things happening to the heroes. I may skip ahead but will wait a few weeks before I try another one.
I am still reading Osiris by E.J. Swift and it is getting really good. It’s a bit depressing and political at times so I find that I can’t read it all in one go. I gave up on Darkness Falls by Jessica Sorensen. It’s one of my new years resolutions not to finish books that I don’t like… not unless I have to review them. This dystopian tale got too ridiculous when the heroine spent too much of the story swooning over the local hunk than fighting for her life. I got 2 boxes of books to review! So will have to decide what to read next.
Hope you have a great week of reading.
This week I managed to finish off both Blood by Midnight anthology and Gilded by Karina Cooper. I really enjoyed both books and must admit I am dying to read the next in the St Criox Chronicles. Both books will be reviewed soon, with Gilded being a joint review with Melanie.
I’m now reading Unforeseen by Lauren Grimley. I’m only one chapter in, but so far it seems ok. It does bare a slight resemblance to the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward, but I’ll wait and see. After this I am going to read Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake, as I really loved the short in Blood by Midnight.
As I said last week, I did manage to go see Les Misérables and Gangster Squad. I did have slight reservations on Les Misérables , but in the end I really enjoyed it. My review is currently WIP for this and should be up soon. As for Gangster Squad, well I was less than impressed which is a shame as the trailer looked so good. You can read my review here. This week, I am hoping to see Django Unchained and I am also going to see an advanced showing of Wreck-It-Ralph.
As for my resolutions, so far I have been holding strong and not broken any of them. I know it is only a week, but I am determined to stay on track.
I have been talking with my friends about a girlie evening at the cinema to watch Beautiful Creatures, I have therefore bought the entire Caster Chronicle Series by Kami Garcia, as I got a little over-excited. I just have to fit the first book in before our cinema night. Check out the trailer, I think it looks great.
I’m now officially on a book buying ban, especially as my next set of review books landed on my doorstep this week. 😀 Over the next few months I will be reviewing lots, including Possessed and Witch Crag by Kate Cann, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Rift by Andrea Cremer, The Reckoning by Alma Katsu, and White Cat by Holly Black, with so much to get through I had better get cracking.
Next week I will be reading Partials by Dan Wells, I’ve heard so many good things and can’t wait to get stuck in. I hope you have a great week and enjoy the snow.