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 – The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- 3.5 Star Review – Unforeseen by Lauren Grimley
- 3.5 Star Review – Scent of Magic by Maria V.Snyder
- 3 Star Review – Chime by Franny Billingsley
- 3 Star Review – Barely Human by Trace Riles
- 3 Star Review – Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
- 2.5 Star Review – A Good Day to Die Hard (Friday Film Review)
- Feed Your Fiction Addiction: March’s New UK Releases in Urban Fantasy and Romance
- Debut Author Spotlight: Dorothy Dreyer “My Sister’s Reaper” (YA Urban Fantasy)
- BCC Event: Meet the Boys of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
- Guest Author: Dana Cameron Talks About Discovering the Fangborn
- Cover Art: Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal (US Edition) & Magic for a Price by Devon Monk (UK Edition)
- On Carolyn’s Radar: “New Adult” Novels
- New Series Alert: The Split Worlds by Emma Newman
- Monday Mashup -February Issue: Romance Writer Turns Out To Be 89 Year Old Man, 4 Million UK Adults Never Read For Pleasure, 25% 0ff at Bagabook & More…
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This week I read contemporary romance Phantom Waltz, book #2 in the Kendrick/Coulter series by Catherine Anderson. This was a recommendation from Laura as she loves this book to bits. Sadly, I didn’t feel the same, in fact I didn’t really like it that much at all – it just wasn’t for me. My review will be coming soon.
I’m still reading Stars & Stripes by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux (Cut & Run #6) and Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #5) – I’m half way through both of them so hopefully I will have at least one finished by middle of next week. I think I will then start Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane the latest instalment in the Downside Ghosts series. I love Chess and Terrible, but I wasn’t all that impressed with Chess in the last book, I’m hoping she’s sorted herself out a bit. I will admit though, I can’t wait to see Terrible again…
Well, I’m still reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I’m about halfway through Lover Reborn at the moment and it’s definitely a better book than Lover Unleashed. Helped by the fact there are lots of John Matthew scenes in it. I’ve also received very exciting news that an early copy of Lover At Last is on its way to me – yippee!
I’m also still listening to Bed of Roses book two in Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet for my audiobook. But, I did have a rather lovely audiobook buying splurge last weekend though and bought Savour the Moment and Happy Ever After books three and four in Roberts’ Bride Quartet, Queen of Song and Souls and Crown of Crystal Flame books four and five in C.L. Wilson’s Tairen Soul series and finally after a recommendation from Jo from Vampire Book Club who also listens to audiobooks, I got The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole. So I think that’s enough to keep me busy
I’ve been a naughty girl this week, I’ve not managed to finish Fragments by Dan Wells or start any other book. Please do not think that Fragments is holding me back as the only reason I’ve stopped is because I was writing the review for Partials and I wanted to avoid confusion. With my February reviews completed, I will be cracking on with Fragments.
As I have not read any books this week, I have taken my reading addiction out on my purse and purchased The Pledge by Kimberley Derting and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I have downloaded a Kindle freebie The Hunted by Kristy Berridge and received Infinite Days by Rebecca Maziel (see Rebecca’s great review) and The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa. 😀
Next week to save my purse I hope to get through a few books, Pure by Julianna Baggott, Pretty When she Kills by Rhiannon Frater and if I’m a good girl and get through those, I will pick up The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead. I’m also interested in trying to get to Waterstones, Piccadilly on Tuesday to meet Stephanie Meyer, I hope I can make it.
So, had a marginally more productive reading week than last. I finished reading The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater. I enjoyed it. I thought it had some interesting parts but was a bit perplexed by the ending. Not for what happened but for the choices made by one of the main characters. I needed another quick read and found The Prince of Cats by Susan Bliler. I am not sure what made me download this book. I know it was free but it was highly predictable and not that enjoyable. I also downloaded The Scarlet Dagger by Krystle Jones which I just started to read so can’t really decided what I think of it yet. I was about to get behind my reading/reviewing schedule so picked up Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper which has a fantastic cover, but you will have to keep your eye out for whether I thought the inside was as good as outside! Just this morning I started another one of my review books, Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. This has started out to be quite an amusing read and despite the hefty 800 pages, I am sure looking forward to finding out what it is all about. That’s it for me, happy reading!
This week was a very slow reading week for me. I only finished two books; Wilde Ride by Maegan Lynn Moores, and Until the Sun Falls from the Sky by Kristen Ashley, neither of which I enjoyed very much. I’ve been finding some really good self-published books lately, but I think I may have to have a break from them to read some of the books that I already have. I am also part way through all of my review books; A Patch of Darkness by Yolanda Sfetsos, Divinely Ruined by Diane Alberts and The Dead of Winter by Lee Collins. All of them are interesting in different ways, and I’m looking forward to reviewing them for next month.
Next week, I’m going to finish my review books and start on the reviews. I preordered Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs early last year, and it has finally been released and dispatched, so I will undoubtedly be reading that too.
I bought books (again!) this week. Most of them were for my Kindle, which is good as it’s getting hard to move in my bedroom now. I got Hector by Elizabeth Reyes, Ceaseless by Abbi Glines, Raid by Kristen Ashley, and Wait for You by J. Lynn. Technically, I bought Frost Burned as the money will have been taken this week, but we don’t need to get into technicalities, do we? I also preordered two Kresley Cole books – Endless Knight (which is the second in her YA series) and the as-yet-untitled second book in the Dacian series. I have a bit of Kresley Cole addiction so I’m happy to know that these books will be out this year.
That’s all from me, I think. Hope everyone had a good week.
First of all, I have two apologies to make. One, for the lack of Friday Film Review last week. Real life got in the way of things and time slipped away and before I knew it, Friday was already upon me. Second, for my absence of weekly roundup. Again, this was tied up with real life, where I was busy with work. I have been justly punished by being stuck in a room with Justin Bieber and One Direction songs on a continuous loop for three full nights. (Apologies to Bieber or One Direction fans, but this is punishment for me).
Anyway, on to my update. Last week I managed to finish two books in very different genres. One was the second book in the Play by Play series called Changing the Game, by Jaci Burton. I’ll admit, it took me a little while to warm to the heroine, but by the end of the book I was sold. My review is currently WIP. The other book I managed to finish was Bittersweet Blood by Nina Croft, the first book in her new series, The Order and our Book of the Month! If you are a long time follower you will know I love this authors other sci-fi/paranormal romance series consisting of Break-Out and Deadly Pursuit. Bittersweet Blood is a bit of a departure from the previous series, but it is just as good. Again my review is WIP.
I’m currently reading Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake and by the time you read this I should be at least half way through. I loved the little shorts I have read that are set in this universe and this is just as good. After this, I am hoping to read either Dead Mans Deal, the second book in the series or The Lost by Vicki Pettersson. I’ll see how the mood takes me.
As I said two weeks ago, I did manage to go see Beautiful Creatures at the cinema. Overall, I thought it was ok, but it was VERY loosely based on the book. Becs and I are planning to review this together. I also managed to see A Good Day To Die Hard, which was ok. Read my full review here.
This week I hope to go see Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Hello there, the future Mr Gemma Harding; Jeremy Renner) and also Mama (And hello to you too, the future Mr Gemma Harding #2, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau AKA Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones).
Finally, though I haven’t bought any books this last fortnight, the pull of the Amazon freebie has been too much due to me taking over duties on updating the freebie pages on the blog. In the short time I have been covering this, I have 26 books….. (This is all Carolyn’s fault!!! Only Joking )
So I hope that this roundup has more than made up for the failings from last week. And remember people in the UK, Mother’s Day is Sunday 10th March, so go get your mother a book.