Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…
- 4 Star Review: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole
- 4 Star Review: Dinner With a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs
- 3.5 Star Review: Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas (Alternative Romance Review)
- 3 Star Review: Warm Bodies (Friday Film Review)
- 3 Star Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda
- 3 Star Review: Three Parts Dead by Max Stone
- 3 Star Review: The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf by Tia Nevitt
- 2.5 Star Review: Redemption by Susannah Sandlin
- Debut Author Spotlight: Heather Reid “Pretty Dark Nothing” (YA Paranormal Romance)
- BCC’s Top 5 Books: The best books you should be reading right now! (#5)
- Cover Art: Known Devil by Justin Gustainis (UK Edition)
- Vampires Gone Wild Blog Tour: Short Q&A with Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista and Kim Falconer
- The Blood Singer Blog Tour: Cat Adams talks about where ideas come from when writing
- New Series Alert: The Pheonix Pack by Suzanna Wright
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I hope everyone’s having a lovely relaxing Sunday and fitting in a nice amount of reading time. Before we delve into the books we’ve all been reading this week, I’d like to introduce a new member to the BCC reviewing team – Bobby. Bobby joined us a couple of months ago when we put out a call for someone to help us behind the scenes in the running of BCC (Admin Role). Bobby’s got on so well we asked her to join the reviewing team too! So everyone, please give a warm welcome to the very lovely Bobby. I for one am really looking forward to reading her very first review for the site :-D.
Well, it hasn’t been the best week for reading for me. I’ve finished reading Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane, but it’s taken me nearly two weeks to read. It’s just been a couple of weeks where I’ve just been really tired, a bit grotty with a cold and not managed to fit much reading time in. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy reading the book, because I really did.
I’ve now started reading Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward, book number nine in the series, getting all of my reviews organised for our exciting event in March. What can I say I’ve been reading it for one day and I’ve already read 70 pages, I honestly just love this series!
Despite my car mishap, I did manage to get some audiobook listening time in, I’ve finished Fire by Kristin Cashore (really good!) and I’m now listening too Bed of Roses, book number two in Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet. I’m not sure on the narrator so far, but I did enjoy book one, so I shall persevere.
So this week I have managed to finish Beautiful Creatures. I’ll be honest. I’m quite torn over this book. It wasn’t terrible and I didn’t want to slap any of the lead characters like I did with Bella from Twilight. However, I found this book to be a bit of a slog and even now I can’t say why I enjoyed the book. My review with Becs should be up soon.
With that finished, I picked up a little novella sized ebook, called Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee. I have had this on my kindle for ages. (In fact Carolyn sent me it to review about a year ago.) I’m kicking myself because I am really enjoying it and by the time this post is up, I hope to have finished it. My only critisim is that I don’t like the new cover. I much prefer the old one, but for some reason it has been changed. Thankfully it’s book one in a series and I still have Succubus Lost and Lycan Unleashed to read.
Next Up, I am going to read A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison. I have fallen behind in this series and really need to get caught up. I also have the latest book Ever After to read. These books kept getting pushed back due to review books and I have missed this world dearly.
This week, I managed to go see Warm Bodies and Wreck-it Ralph. I’ve already reviewed Warm Bodies and I’m in the middle of writing up my review for Wreck-it Ralph. Both were good films, but Warm Bodies lacked that certain something. Check out my review for more details. By the time this is up, I will have hopefully been to see Beautiful Creatures. The trailer looks good, but I’m not optimistic on how much I will enjoy it based on the book.
I was very good this week and bought zero books, either with vouchers or money! Go me!
Anyway, that’s it for me this week.
This week I have finished Devil’s Due by Rachel Caine, I liked it but nothing overly special, review to come soon. I’ve finally started Partials by Dan Wells, it’s a little disturbing so far, only 40,000 people left alive and the population is decreasing as babies are not surviving this new cruel world, it’s quite graphic but good and I’ve also picked up The Murmurings by Carly Anne West, it’s reminding me a little of the movie, The Ring but using mirrors rather than the TV, a little creepy so this will probably be a slow read for me, I’m not very good with creepy/scary reads.
I have bought a new book this week Death’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden, I’ve been looking forward to this angel the most in the Lost Angel Series and can’t wait to have a chance to sit down and read it. I have also downloaded a book from NetGalley, Through Dead Eyes by Chris Priestley, I’m already a little bit scared and I’ve yet to pick the book up.
Next week I will finish off The Murmurings and Partials, then if I get chance, I’ll read Pure by Julianna Baggott or Fragments by Dan Wells depending if Partials lives up to its hype. I’m also going to the cinema to watch Beautiful Creatures and I’m super dooper excited!
I discovered after submitting my roundup last week that I actually missed one of the books I had bought - Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger. I was a tad disappointed though as it was geared towards the much younger end of YA. It was a bit like reading a more amusing Harry Potter without the magic. I loved the Parasol Protectorate series but thought this was just a bit too ‘cutsey’ for me. I switched genres and read Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin which was a solid fantasy and good start to the series. I will be reviewing it so keep your eye out for my thoughts on this. I also read The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke which I loved. This is an excellent, beautiful book and I get to review it too….lucky me! I just started Knife Sworn by Mazarkis Williams but just discovered its book two in a series so no wonder it doesn’t make sense! Guess I need to go back and read book 1 first. That’s it for me. Happy reading.
This week I started and finished Shield of Fire by Boone Brux, which was a pleasant surprise and I will be reviewing it in the near-ish future. Apart from that, I haven’t got a whole lot of reading done: I was too worried about writing my first review – and first article, and first Weekly Roundup, for that matter – for Book Chick City :). I am rereading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, having bought the next two books in the series recently. I have also read Pack of Lies by Staci Weber and Sara Dailey. I’m still formulating what to write in my review.
Next week my main priority is writing my review for Pack of Lies. Hopefully I’ll finish Bloodlines so I can move on to the next book. I also started Etiquette and Espionage a couple of weeks ago, but got sidetracked, so I may have a go at finishing that.
This week I bought Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, having gotten caught up in the excitement of the release day. I also got Severed by Sarah Alderson but that was free in the Kindle store at the time, so it doesn’t really count.