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 – Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (Dystopian YA)
- 4.5 Star Review – Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Urban Fantasy)
- 4 Star Review – Poison by Sarah Pinborough (Fantasy)
- 4 Star Review – Bittersweet by Brooke Moss (Contemporary Romance)
- 4 Star Review – Wicked as She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson (Steampunk Rom)
- 4 Star Review – Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Urban Fantasy)
- 3.5 Star Review – In This Life by Teri Herman-Ponce (Paranormal Rom-Susp)
- 3.5 Star Review – The Search by Nora Roberts (Romantic Suspense)
- 3 Star Review – Dark Magic by James Swain (Urban Fantasy)
- 3 Star Review – Blaze of Glory by Sheryl Nantus (Urban Fantasy)
- 2 Star Review – The Host (2013) (Friday Film Review)
- Sunday Love-in: Author Jennifer Lane and her Favourite Smexy Scene from With Good Behaviour
- Bookish News: Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes Made into Movie, Charlaine Harris Novel Leaked, Bookish Deals & More!
- UK Publisher Month: Meet Becca Sharpe from Head of Zeus
- New Series Alert: London Undead by P.J. Schnyder
- UK Publisher Month: Meet Lusana Taylor from Choc Lit
- Discussion – Bookish Snobbery: What Makes a ‘Real’ Reader
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I had quite a slow reading week last week, but things seem to be picking up this week! I have finished reading Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas which was a really nice gentle contemporary romance with a paranormal twist. I’m now On The Edge by Ilona Andrews. This is in preparation for May’s Book Club read, it’s really very good so far and I would definitely recommend it. Is anyone else going to be joining me with the book club discussion this month?
On the audiobook side I’m still listening to The Daylight War by Peter V Brett, I could be listening to this one for a couple of weeks yet as it is a rather giant fantasy, but honestly it’s epic and so, so good!
I’ve also bought a couple of books this week (whoop!), one after a super lovely recommendation from fellow review Gemma I quite simply had to buy On Dublin Street by Samantha Young, I’ve heard good things about it, so I’m really looking forward to it. I have also ordered the new Catherine Anderson book Perfect Timing, I’m a huge fan of hers and this one is meant to have a paranormal twist so I can’t wait!
This week I’ve been going through my TBR pile again, after a great review from Rebecca, I picked up and read Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, I very much enjoyed it, so much so I bought the second book in the Anna Series, Girl of Nightmares, which I’m currently reading.
I didn’t intend on buying any new books this week and as usual I slipped up with the unexpected purchase Girl of Nightmares, I also received one new download from NetGalley, Ink by Amanda Sun.
I’m not sure what to pick up next week, I have a few series that have had the final book released, I’m thinking I would like to finally have some closure, I may have a game of book roulette to choose, which one will be first. How do you pick your next book, when you have so many to choose from?
This week I managed to finish Pride and Pleasure by Sylvia Day. I picked this book up as I was in a bit of rut on what to read next. Recently, I have been finding it really difficult to get into any Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy books. Therefor I’m drifting towards Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance and Erotic Romance. I’m not sure why that this is the case, but I think it must be a phase I’m going through.
I rather enjoyed Pride and Pleasure as it had that wonderful historical feel to it, along with Day’s signature strong female character and dashing heroine. I have a couple of other Historical Romance books by her and I hope to read them in the future.
I then picked up Down London Road. This has been on my must read list as I adored the first book On Dublin Street. The reviews for both will be up later this month. The author, Samantha Young, is just a brilliant writer. I have found out that she also writes Paranormal Romance books too, so I can see these being on my to read pile very soon.
I am still battling through London Falling by Paul Connell. I must admit, this isn’t turning out how I thought it would and I’m not really enjoying it. I’ll battle through it because other reviews say that it does pick up.
Next I am going to read Vigilant by Angel Lawson. which looks like an interesting read. I really enjoyed her other book Fangirl but from the summary it seems to be an Urban Fantasy and sounds very different from Fangirl.
After this, I have decided I am going to tackle Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ve tried reading it before but only got 10% through it. However, I keep seeing books tagged as sexier, darker, and edgier, so in order to properly see if this is true, I’m going to pop open my bottle of Morgans Spiced rum and try to read this book to the end. Wish me luck.
Finally, this week I went to Star Trek: Into the Darkness and have to admit it was really good. I also have a slight crush on both Carl Urban who plays Bones and Benedict Cumberbatch who plays John Harrison. My Review will be up soon.
Finally, this week I have been really good and only bought Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris. This is the last Sookie Stackhouse book. I am a bit behind in the series, but I now have a good reason to catch up and see how it all ends.
Yay! Finally a good reading week! This week I managed to fit in quite a lot of reading in and around work. I read Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare, which I really enjoyed but I wish that it had been a full length novel. I also read Moon by Laurann Dohner which was a quick, easy and fun read along the lines of the Breeds series by Lora Leigh (it is quite far along in the series, but you don’t need to know a whole lot of back story for it to make sense. I also managed to fit it Real by Katy Evans, which was enjoyable, if not a little predictable and OTT. I thought that was me done for the week, but I managed to fit in The Weird Girls (A Novella) by Cecy Robson on Friday night.
Next week I intend to carry on this streak and get a tonne of review books read and reviewed. I’m starting Sealed With a Curse by Cecy Robson today, and although I enjoyed the novella sequel, I think I will like the full length novel better as it seems as though there will be more story to sink’ my teeth into (if you will pardon the pun).
Of course, I also bought books this week. I don’t know if any of you watched it, but there’s a two part programme called Murder on the Home Front which started on Thursday, and I found out that it was based on a book by a woman called Molly Lefebure, who was the personal assistant/secretary to forensic pathologist Keith Simpson during the war. I find anything like that really interesting so I ordered the book Murder on the Home Front by Molly Lefebure, and then amazon recommended Forty Years of Murder which is Keith Simpson’s autobiography, detailing the cases he played a part it during his career- so I ordered that as well. More in keeping with the tone of BCC, I also bought a couple of kindle books: Keeping Secrets in Seattle by Brooke Moss, which was reviewed last week I believe, and really caught my attention, and Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis.
I hope you all enjoyed your week, and have a good one ahead.
This week I have mostly been reading Chuck Wendig. I’ve just finished the second superb Atlanta Burns story Bait Dog which has been on my to-read list for an age. I love the character of Atlanta, she’s like Veronica Mars with a huge slice of violence. I believe that he’s writing more and I can’t wait to see what he does with her next. The other novel I’ve just started is The Blue Blazes again by Chuck Wendig. He has created a really gritty urban fantasy version of New York that I can’t wait to see unfold. I’m loving it so far. Other than that I’ve had a light week reading because I’ve been working on some fiction of my own.
Once I’ve finished The Blue Blazes I shall be starting Cyrus Darian and the Deathly Hoarde because it has started calling to me, dying to be read. I’ve also got a few days away next week where I’ll be travelling by train so I’ll be getting my reading hat on. Hope the week has treated you well, I’m looking forward to being able to read in my garden with a glass of pimms, it is nearly warm enough.