Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…
- 4.5 Star Review – Pantomime by Laura Lam
- 4.5 Star Review – Wool by Hugh Howey
- 4 Star Review – Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis (Alternative Romance Review)
- 4 Star Review – Skylark by Meagan Spooner
- 4 Star Review – The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans
- 4 Star Review – Impulse by Moira Rogers
- 3.5 Star Review – Dream House (Friday Film Review)
- Debut Author Spotlight: Melissa F. Olson “Dead Spots” (Urban Fantasy)
- Book Chat: Swoon-Worthy Heroes
- Cover Art: Darkness Unmasked by Keri Arthur & Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler (UK Editions)
- New Series Alert: Lone Star Witch by Tessa Adams
- A Natural History of Dragons Blog Tour: Marie Brennan talks about writing A Natural History of Dragons
As I mentioned last week I had started reading Wedding Games by Karen S. Smith, I’m afraid I didn’t last very long. About 57 pages to be exact… It just wasn’t my cup of tea. In four chapters the heroine had had sex with five different people and pleasured herself twice. The storyline itself was pretty bare and every sex scene use the hideous ‘c’ word. I just couldn’t finish it. Shame, as I thought the back cover summary sounded really good.
Moving on I’m now reading Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane, it’s definitely better than the last instalment in the series. Lots more Chess and Terrible, but I had to put the book down last night and I’m almost scared to pick it up again as I’m scared that Chess is going to do something awful and I’m not sure I can forgive her! I really hope I’m wrong!
I’m still listening to Fire by Kristin Cashore as my audiobook. But, I’ve got a hire car this week as I unfortunately hit a lamppost *sigh* and I’m not sure if it has an iPod dock, so I may have to put my listening on hold until my car is fixed. Which is annoying on two fronts, the fact I’ve crashed my car and that I’m very nearly the end and it’s really good!
On the buying book front I was led astray by Carolyn’s 99p Kindle deals this week! You all know I love a good time travel romance, which meant I quite simply couldn’t resist that one-click button and bought The Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance.
I haven’t really made much progress this week as I am still battling through Beautiful Creatures. At nearly 600 pages long it’s a massive book, but the length of time it’s taking me to read, isn’t a reflection on how I am enjoying it. On the contrary, its not too bad at all.
I have also started to read The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance by Delilah S. Dawson. This is a novella set before her next full length novel, Wicked As She Wants. I’ve been reading this during my commute and as with Wicked As the Come and The Mysterious Madam Morpho, its a cracking read.
Movie wise, I have seen two movies in the house and two in the cinema. The ones I watched in the house were The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen and Dream House with Daniel Craig. Two completely different films, but both of them were enjoyable in their own ways. I’ve written my review of Dream House and am contemplating writing a review for The Dictator.
At the Cinema I have seen Hitchcock with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren and Zero Dark Thirty. My review for Hitchcock is WIP, but I may not write a review on Zero Dark Thirty. This is because I walked out of the movie after about twenty minutes.
By the time you read this review, I will have hopefully also been to see Warm Bodies. I can’t wait to see this film as it seems really out there. Though I don’t like zombie books that much, I don’t mind watching films and TV shows about them. A review will be written on this.
Finally, to my resolutions. I’m still sticking to them pretty well. The only book I bought this week was Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger and that was with a gift voucher I had kept back from Christmas
I have read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia this week and I did enjoy it. It’s quite a big book, so I didn’t get chance to read anything else, my first joint review will follow shortly, oh and I’m even more excited for the cinema now.
My book buying ban is still going well as in I’ve not bought any, the cravings for a new book is at an all time high and I think I will need to add a few next week. For this week I have downloaded another one from NetGalley, The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett.
Next week I will finish Devil’s Due by Rachel Caine and aim to start Partials by Dan Wells, I desperately want to read it as I’ve seen great reviews and I’m hoping it will live up to the hype. Do you have a book you desperately want to pick up?
This week has been a bit slower in terms of reading as I’ve been busy preparing a presentation for uni, but I managed to finish Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone at the weekend. This book was definitely unique in terms of its plot, and my review will be up soon.
I then moved on to read my very first book on my shiny new Kindle, which was Dead Silent by Shirley Wells, the sequel to Presumed Dead which I reviewed a few weeks ago. I am growing to love this series, as the mysteries are well-crafted and you can never be sure where they will go next!
I’m currently reading Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel, which is the first in a new YA series about a vampire who becomes human again. It definitely makes an interesting twist to see a vampire-turned-human rather than the other way around! I can’t wait to see what happens at the end, as I’m only half-way through so far.
I have been very naughty on the book buying front and despite having loads of books to read I bought 3 books. I wanted a bathtub book and came across the first in Shelley Adina’s Magnificent Devices series which was free so therefore, guilt free. Despite only just liking it I went onto buy books 2 & 3 which were not free. The books were exceptionally quick to read and I think on average only took me 1.5 hours each so that turned out to be about £2 and hour. I have spent more money on less fun so counting myself quids in. I thought the heroine was far, far too young and sheltered to end up becoming the head of a cockney street gang of prepubescent waifs and strays. In fact it was a bit like reading Dick van Dyck’s dialogue from Mary Poppins. Lots of ‘ther’s nun t’other better then you Lady’ and , ‘appy in t’aft gonderla’. The next book is released in Feb and I know I will end up buying it and wishing I hadn’t.
Keeping on the steam punk theme I discovered that The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke had popped onto my Kindle (also not free). I really enjoyed it and wish Vex was my boyfriend. Too much steam makes a girl feel punky so I changed genres and went back to finish Wrayth by Phillappa Ballantine which was excellent. It was all action, action, action and then a big cliffhanger. Now when is book 4 coming out?
I just finished Scent of Magic, the second in the Healer series by Maria V. Snyder which I will be reviewing soon so keep a look out for what I thought. So onto find my next book to read. Will I be good and read what I already have? Stay tuned! Happy reading.