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

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.

MELANIE’S ROUNDUP

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.

GEMMA’S ROUNDUP

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.

BECS’S ROUNDUP

This week I have only managed to read Sister Assassin by Kiersten White, this is down to spending so much time at the car auctions and researching prices on-line after my car finally died. :(

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. :D Over the next few months I will be reviewing lots, including Possessed and Witch Crag by Kate CannThe Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterRift by Andrea CremerThe 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.

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 speciality teas (Teapigs anyone?). Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

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Laura January 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm

@Carolyn ooh I’ve never tried or read an m/m book, but there is nothing like an addictive series, it’s what makes the day of any glorified bookworm – looking forward to your reviews :-)

@Melanie whaaatttttt!!!!!! *jaws hits the floor so hard it nearly breaks* you don’t like the BDB books??!!! I’m on book 8 now and it’s awesome, but you do really need to read them in order

@Gemma how much longer are you going to be able to stick to the resolutions lol ;)

@Becs sorry to hear your car died,, I hit a lamppost this week! :-( hope you get a nice one x

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Gemma January 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

WELLLLL! I did buy 1 book after I submitted my post, but it was with a gift voucher so it technically doesn’t count….. does it? :S

@Melanie: I’m with Laura on this. How can you NOT like the Brothers????

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Becs January 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Hitting a lamppost is worse than my car finally dying, I hope you are ok.
I have ordered a brand new lease hire car but it will take 8 weeks to get here, so going to borrow my mum’s car until then, I just have to go home to Wales to pick it up.

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Gemma January 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

It the lamposts fault. We believe it was suicidal.

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Laura January 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I know! Evil lamppost and totally my fault too. Thank God for car insurance! And all ok, I even had a parking sensor on the bit I hit *sigh*

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Melanie January 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

I know ladies I am sorry! I knew I was going to get a smack down from you both at my lack of BDB enthusiasm. I find it hard to resolve myself to the fact that the brothers are all 100s of years old and talk like they are part of a Detroit street gang
plus the Virgin Scribe can cure cancer and make ghosts corporeal but they haven’t figured out who John is?
Does it make you feel better that I liked book 5 better (apart from the ending…a ghost???)
Have either of you read the Lara Adrian series though? very very similar….there would be way more of them if they teamed up :)

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Gemma January 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I have the whole Lara Adrain series on hindle. I bought them all when they were really cheap. Yet to read them!

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Laura January 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I may have to buy the Lara Adrian series then.
Point taken on the vocabulary lol & personally I think their names are stupid!
But I think Ward writes really great, page turning plots.
I was not a fan of the ghost ending of series 5.

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Melanie January 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Well according to Gemma you can get it quite cheaply
Yes there names are redunkulous.

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Gemma January 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

They aren’t cheap now. I got them a year ago.

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Melanie January 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

really cheap? I paid full price. I still have 1 book at least to read.

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Gemma January 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Yeah, I think the cheapest was 99p and the deares was £1.49. Goes to check* Yup, thats how much I spent. Got up to book 8

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Melanie January 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

10 is just under £5…..I bought the actual books and think I paid full price each time. NUTS!

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Gemma January 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I hate when that happened, though I did buy the books about a year or so ago

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