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 Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- 4 Star Review – Django Unchained (Friday Film Review)
- 4 Star Review – Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
- 3 Star Review – Alternity by Mari Mancusi
- 2 Star Review – No Reservations by Lilly Cain
- DNF Review – Elijah by Jacquelyn Frank
- Debut Author Spotlight: Kerry Schafer “Between” (Urban Fantasy)
- Cover Art: Death’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden (UK Edition) & On Pins and Needles by Yolanda Sfetsos (US Edition)
- Author Interview: Kendare Blake
- New Series Alert: Finishing School by Gail Carriger
- Monday Mashup – January Issue: New Dan Brown Book Announced, Jim C. Hines & Sexism in Book Covers, Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures Trailers & More!
- Thoughtful Ramblings: What Age is YA?
- Immortal Surrender by Claire Ashgrove
WINNERS: Marilyn Nawara, Chelsea Foust and Daniel Thornton
- Haunted Sanctuary Blog Tour: Excerpt from Sanctuary Unbound & Enter to win all FOUR of the original Red Rock Pass ebooks
WINNER: Gary Martindale
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So, you may have noticed that I have been absent from the blog for a few weeks. I took a short break as I have been poorly for a while and I just needed a bit of time out. The good news is that I’m feeling much better now, and I have managed to still do a nice amount of reading in this time
I have been on a bit of a Black Dagger Brotherhood binge in preparation for our fab event in March. Reading Lover Enshrined, Lover Avenged and I think my favourite to date, but I do have a major soft spot for John-Matthew, Lover Mine. In between all of the sexy brother goodness I also snuck in a sweet contemporary romance by Lisa Kleypas called Rainshadow Road, I read book number one Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor back in December for our SmeXmas event.
I’m currently reading an erotic romance, Wedding Games by Karen S. Smith, but I have to admit I’m not sure how much more I can read. There seems to be very little storyline, the heroine appears to sleep with anyone going, and it uses a word I completely hate in sex scenes, you can probably guess what it is… it begins with ‘c’ and ends with a ‘t’. It’s like nails on a blackboard whenever I read it!
I’ve also been listening to a couple of audiobooks, finishing the rather lovely Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson. It had a bit of a slow start, but a super ending. If you read my review last year you will know I thoroughly enjoyed Graceling by Kristin Cashore, I’m now half way through the second book in the series Fire and it’s turning out to be just as good!
This was a week of finishing things and trying something new for me. I was wooed by Carolyn’s review of Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, and decided to take the plunge and read it. I haven’t read romance for ages and it’s not usually my kind of thing. I did quite enjoy it though. It was a quick, easy read and any book that has a chapter dedicated to a cat’s inner dialogue is pretty good in my book (get it? my book…book review….sigh….). I finished Osiris by E. J. Swift which I ended up loving, but it was very bleak and had an ending where I was a bit like ‘what just happened there?’ and ‘what happened to X and Y?’ The Hubinator read it but finished a few weeks before me, so didn’t exactly remember the ending. So if anyone out there has read it let me know what you think happened at the end to the two main characters.
I also finished Planesrunner by Ian McDonald which I also really enjoyed and will be reviewing, so keep your eye out for that. I then spent the majority of the week reading Wool by Hugh Howey which I loved! It was sooo tense that I think I had a stomach ache for nearly the whole thing. I will also be reviewing this one so stay tuned for the review.
Last night I wanted something quick and easy to read and made the mistake of ordering Waterlocked by Elizabeth Hunter. This was pretty much your typical bland vampire plot where everyone is gorgeous and they have amazing sex non stop. Luckily it only took an hour to read so not too much of an investment in time.
I just started Wrayth the 3rd Book of the Order series by Philappa Ballantine. I had to go back and re-read the last few chapters of book 2 because I couldn’t quite remember what happened, and that made everything click into place, so enjoyed this third instalment a lot.
In other exciting news I have joined the mobile generation and bought a tablet. I held out and waited for the Google Nexus. I have named it Tiberius. Why you may ask? Well as a lifelong fan of Star Trek I knew it had to be named after someone in the series and James Tiberius Kirk died in the Nexus in the movie, Generations, so Tiberius it is. It’s Captain Gibbs for short. So off discovering strange new worlds….. Until next week, happy reading!
It is hard to believe that January is now behind us and we are already into February. Though for me, I’m glad as I have now been paid! (Woo Hoo!) January is always such a long month!
Anyway, onto this week’s roundup. As I said last week, I did indeed start reading Beautiful Creatures. I’m just over a third of the way through and so far it’s good, not great, but it has potential. I hope to get this finished by the beginning of next week. Then I am going to read Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion in preparation for the film coming out. I’m really looking forward to seeing it. If I don’t finish Beautiful Creatures before the end of next week, then I will read my next review book, Eternity by Tmonique Stephens.
For all those interested in how my resolutions are going, they are ok. However, I almost crumbled. I did order Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, but I returned it. It was a close one people! The other resolutions are ok, though I was over ambitious about the three day period for my reviews. This has stretched out to five but that’s not too bad.
Until next week!
This week I finished Pantomime by Laura Lam, I thought it was amazing and it’s one of those books that you keep going over and over in your head. I have finally started Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, although after Pantomime it will have a lot to live up to.
This week I have still managed to keep to my book buying ban, however, my addiction has been appeased through a few new downloads from NetGalley. These are Fragments by Dan Wells, the second book in the Partials series, Devil’s Due by Rachel Caine, the second book in the Red Letter Day series and Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza.
Next week I intend to read Devil’s Due and Partials, what will you be reading?
So this week I managed to finish Changeling Moon by Dani Harper, a new shapeshifting series which I quite enjoyed. I then moved on to King of the Dead by Joseph Nassise, the sequel to Eyes to See and the next in the Jeremiah Hunt series. This book didn’t thrill me as much as the first book did, but I’ll share more on that in my review!
I’ve just finished Deep Down by Deborah Coates, the sequel to last year’s Wide Open. I’m not that far in yet, but so far it seems like the plot holds a lot of promise, and I’ll share more of my thoughts in next week’s roundup! I hope to move onto Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone next, and the cover definitely looks intriguing so hopefully I’ll enjoy it.
Last week I mentioned that I’d ordered a Kindle Paperwhite, and it arrived on Wednesday this week! I was excited when I opened it, and although I haven’t had much time to use it yet I think I’ll be able to get on with it just fine. It is definitely different to reading a paperback, and I look forward to exploring more of its features as I go along.
Well, hello again, long time no see. Yes yes, I know, I am a complete slacker. Sadly for me, real life has been getting int he way of my reading of late… I know, disgusting right!! I am still struggling to cram in some reading, however, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read Immortal Trust, the next instalment in The Curse of the Templars, one of my newest favourite series. The Templar Knights have once again dragged me out of the mundane and back into the realm of good and evil, angels and demons, and it was well worth the visit. Review to follow in the next few weeks.
I keep looking at my tbr pile and continue to feel guilty. I have a couple of short ebooks to read and then have Game Over by Taylor Keating to dive into, which is a new author for me, so looking forward to seeing how that goes. I seem to have an affinity for Tor books, so fingers crossed they have dropped another star writer Into my hands.