Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…
- 4 Star Review – Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
- 3.5 Star Review – Shield of Fire by Boone Brux
- 3 Star Review – Chasers byJames Phelan
- 3 Star Review – Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City by Meljean Brook
- 3 Star Review – Sister Assassin by Kiersten White
- 3 Star Review – Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson
- 3 Star Review – Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney
- 2 Star Review – Dead Romantic by C. J. Skuse
- Debut Author Spotlight: Amber Belldene “Blood Vine” (Paranormal Romance)
- Thoughtful Ramblings: Print or Ebook – Which Side of the Fence Do You Sit?
- Cover Art: Rising Darkness by Thea Harrison & Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon (UK Editions)
- Authors Top 10: Evie Manieri – “Top 10 SFF TV/Movie Characters I Have Fantasized About Being”
- New Series Alert: The Farm by Emily McKay
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Ok, so I was meant to read Warrior’s Cross by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux, before I read Armed & Dangerous, the 5th book in the Cut & Run series by the same authors, but I just couldn’t get over how Divide & Conquer ended (what a cliffhanger!) – I had to find out what happened next and so after only a few chapters into Warrior’s Cross, I put it down and picked up Armed & Dangerous. I’m glad I didn’t read Warrior’s Cross as I didn’t particularly like one of the characters. It was however, full of Ty and Zane goodness, so all was not lost.
I finished Armed & Dangerous pretty quickly and I’m now reading Stars & Stripes, book #6. I can’t wait until the next instalment, Touch & Geaux, but it’s not released yet… I have to wait until APRIL!!!! I suppose that’s good in a way as I haven’t been able to read anything else really, other than Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh, which I read in the bath (well, can’t take my iPad Mini in there!) This gives me a couple of months to finish off the other books I’d started but put down because of Ty and Zane, including Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis and Disintegrated by David Moody. Those FBI boys have my complete and undivided attention, and it seems there’s nothing I can do about it!
This week, like quite a few weeks lately has mainly been dedicated to the lady that is J.R. Ward and her magnificent Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I am just forty pages from the end of Lover Unleashed, it will probably be finished by the time you read this. Next on my list, predictably is Lover Reborn and then I will up to date waiting with impatience for the release of Lover At Last. Anyone else excited about our Meet The Boys event next month?
I’m still on Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts as my audiobook, I have overcome my problem with the narrator, I find sometimes it takes a few chapters to get used to a new one anyway and I’m enjoying a bit of contemporary romance. I actually have 6 credits on my Audible account, so I can see a bit of audiobook shopping coming on! I keep browsing the site and can’t quite make up my mind. I think I’m leaning towards trying some Kresley Cole, some more of C.L. Wilson’s Tairen Soul series, but I’m open to recommendations!
This week after finishing Partials by Dan Wells I had to find out what happened next and went straight onto Fragments, review for both coming soon. I also finished Murmurings by Carly Anne West, which started off better than it ended. Also I’ve finally watched Beautiful Creatures at the cinema, to say I was less than impressed would be an understatement, yes I do understand why they changed some of it, but the ending of the movie changed too much for my liking. On a more positive note, I saw my first cinema trailer for City of Bones, I even squealed with delight as my excitement bubbled over
A few book fixes this week, I downloaded Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell from Edelweiss and The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay and Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead from NetGalley, which I can’t wait to read. I also downloaded two Kindle freebies, Out of Sight Out of Mind by Evonne Wareham and The Torn Wing by Kiki Hamilton. I also bought The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, I could no longer fight the temptation.
Next week I will hope to finish Fragments by Dan Wells and read Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater, I will then catch up with writing all my February reviews.
This has been a very, very unproductive reading week for me and I am not sure why. Over the weekend I started and finished Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster. This is the second in her steam-punk series and the ARC came from the good people at Netgalley. I will be reviewing this book so keep your eye out for what I thought of it. I then decided to tackle one of the books on my TBR and started The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. This book is epic in every way and after a week of reading I am still only halfway through. There are only so many mornings you can read about torture scenes so I thought to give myself a reading break and thought I would start something light hearted. I oddly decided to start reading the Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater. Not sure why I thought a z-poc novel was going to be light hearted. I have only just started it so it’s a bit too early to tell. I am still trying to figure out what the front cover is all about. I would not have pegged it as being a dystopian, z-poc novel on the basis of the front cover. That is it for me. Hopefully, I will get through a few more books next week, but until then Happy Reading!
This week I wrote my review for Pack of Lies and finished Bloodlines – and after that my plans kind of went downhill. I saw Carolyn’s review for Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis a couple of weeks ago, and put the series on hold at the library – and the rest, as they say, is history. So this week was devoted mainly to reading the entire Lucky Harbor series: Simply Irresistible, The Sweetest Thing, Head Over Heels, Lucky in Love and At Last. They were all really quick, enjoyable reads that focused mainly on the relationships of the main protagonists. I also read With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley and Raphael/Parish by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright. I also managed to finally finish Etiquette and Espionage which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I am looking forward to the next in the series.
This week I have a few review books to read so I will be making a definite dent in them now that I don’t have the Lucky Harbor series to distract me. I enjoyed the foray into contemporary, but I’m glad that my review books lean towards the paranormal to balance it out.
I buy books most weeks (blame the addiction), and this week was no exception. I got Strange Neighbours by Ashlyn Chase, and Sins and Needles by Karina Halle for my Kindle, as well as taking advantage of some freebies. I bought the paperback of Wicked as They Come by Delilah S Dawson from Amazon and because I can’t order a single book, I also got Moonshifted by Cassie Alexander.
This week has been a fairly slow reading week for me, as I’ve only managed tofinish Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman and Silent Witness by Shirley Wells.
Between Two Thorns was an exciting read and the first in the new Split Worlds series from publisher Angry Robot, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It features alternate worlds, Fae and magic, what’s not to love! I then moved on to read Silent Witness, the third in the Dylan Scott Mystery series, which I absolutely love. It’s fast becoming one of my favourite series, as Dylan is just one of those characters you can easily associate with and I love reading from his laid back perspective. I love the series so much that I’m moving straight on to read Dead Calm, book four in the series.
I also managed to get to the cinema this week and saw Wreck It Ralph, the latest Disney film. I have to say that I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I’d be, and I think the trailer is quite misleading as Ralph only travels into two other video games and I was expecting more than that. However, it was still a great movie and one I’d definitely recommend!