Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week…
The last couple of weeks have been pretty slow for me with regards to reading. I was hoping to get a few books I had on the go finished, but alas time was not good to me and went by too quickly. I only manage to finish one and that was Plague Nation, a great zombie novel, by Dana Fredsti. I still have Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson, but I’ve only got about 50 pages left.
Once Hot Blooded is done I’m going to read two e-novella’s: Bite Me by PJ Schnyder and Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies by Avery Flynn, both are Zombie-Apocalyptic Romances and sound really fun. Reviews of all will be up in the next few weeks.
This week, I have finished reading On The Edge by Ilona Andrews and now I can’t wait to chat with you all about it in May’s Book Club discussion. I am now reading River Road by Suzanne Johnson. Carolyn and I joint reviewed the first book in the series Royal Street last year to mixed views. I loved it, but Carolyn was more on the fence. You can read our review here. I have been eagerly anticipating picking up this book. It’s slightly strange as the story takes off five years after the end of River Road, but so far so good.
I’m afraid I’m still listening to The Daylight War by Peter V Brett, and it’s still epic and three weeks in I’m only half way through! I don’t mind long books so much on audiobook though for some reason. Whereas a giant book often does put me off. Enjoy your week
This week I managed to finish two books. The first was the fantastic Down London Road by the incredibly talented Samantha Young. This is the second in the On Dublin Street series, of which I recently read and reviewed the first book, with the same name. (Review here). Down London Road was just as brilliant as the first and I’ll be reviewing this very soon.
The second book I finished was A Cutthroat Business by Jenna Bennett. This was also really good and reminded me of the Stephanie Plum series of books. They were a nice mix of mystery and romance, with bad boy Rafe Collier. I mean, who doesn’t like a guy with a motorbike?
This week, I also started Fifty Shades of Grey. Carolyn and Laura have challenged me to read this book, especially with the recent bout of books I have read. I’m just under-half way through. I won’t go into too much detail as I am saving my thoughts for my review, but to be honest I am neither loving nor hating the book. That can be even worse!
At work, I am still reading London Falling by Paul Cornell. This London based Urban Fantasy is very much hit and miss. I am really struggling to read through this book as it seems more Crime than Urban Fantasy. I’m not a Crime fan so this is proving to be a bit of a struggle. Right now I am just under half way, but determined to finish the book.
Next up, I have a number of books I am mulling over. I have Dead Mans’ Deal by Jocelyn Drake, The Naughty Girls Book Club by Sophie Hart and Vigilant by Angel Lawson. I am going to see which book strikes my fancy next.
This week has been a very busy cinema week for me. Last Friday (and Sunday) I went to see Star Trek: Into Darkness. This was really good and you can read my review here. Then on Thursday, I went to see The Great Gatsby. This was a bit of a strange film because when I came out I felt very indifferent about it. However, the more I have been discussing this film, the more I am coming to realise that I really did like it quite a bit. My review for this will be up soon. Lastly, on Friday, I went to see Fast and Furious 6. This was a high octane, action movie. It was really good fun and I enjoyed it a lot, even though I haven’t seen any of the other films.
I’m signing off this week with a bit of a cryptic note. By the time you read this post, I will have interviewed an author I adore. I hope you will all look out for this as I am really excited and nervous for this interview as it is my first face to face interview. Till next week….. Toodles!
This week I finished Sealed With a Curse by Cecy Robson, which I really enjoyed and intend to review soon. Although I didn’t manage to actually finish any others, I did start reading both Heart of Iron by Bec Macmaster and Black Dawn by Rachel Caine. Rachel Caine is actually in my home city on Monday to do a signing for the latest book in the Morganville Vampires series, but alas, I will be at work and unable to attend (stupid responsibilities). Anyway, both books are really good so far, I just don’t seem to have found as much time this week – although that might be because I have watched Les Miserables three times since I got the DVD on Wednesday.
Next week I intend to finish the books I’ve already started and then get on with some review reading and writing. I do want to read On Dublin Street by Samantha Young, as I have heard nothing but good things about it, and I believe that the next book in the series is out now so I won’t have to wait so long if I do like it.
I don’t actually think I bought any books this week – which is a weird feeling, although I have had to get quite strict with myself lately as I have to climb over piles of books in my room. I also seem to have accumulated quite a few on my kindle – it’s like I’m stockpiling them for some reason.
Anyway, just a short and sweet roundup this week. Hope everyone’s enjoying their weekend.
So I haven’t been doing too much reading this week, what with the amount of revision I’m having to do, but last week I received Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I absolutely loved the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, and this book has been sitting there tempting me to read it for the past few days. Needless to say, I caved in, but am trying to limit myself to only a few pages each day, which is proving really difficult as the book has completely gripped me! I can’t wait to review this book for BCC, as I have a feeling it could be another 5 Star read…
I am also dying to see the new film of The Great Gatsby, but as yet I have no cinema plans. Hopefully I will make it there before the end of the week!
What a crazy past couple of weeks, no time to read a lot but what I did read was pretty darn good. Alaskan Fire (Guardians of the First Realm #1) by Sara King, was a pretty decent read. Blaze MacKenzie buys herself a fishing lodge in the Alaskan bush and finds herself face to face with Jack, the resident wereverine. The book started off a bit slow in the character building but the story was great. I had a hard time putting it down and was bleary eyed one morning at work.
The other book I read was The Oak Leaves (The Oak Leaves #1) by Maureen Lang. This book was an emotional experience for me, so much so that I actually emailed the author after I finished it. Talie Ingram finds a journal written by an ancestor that describes a curse that has struck the family. A curse that leaves children feeble-minded. Disturbed she puts the journal away until she starts to see some delays in her son. Initially, I picked this book up because I love genetics and genealogy. I can only dream of finding an artifact like this journal. However, It was not the genetics, nor the genealogy that got to me. I found myself relating to the Talia’s struggle as she comes to accept that her beautiful perfect son is not like everybody else.
A mother wants to see her children happy and healthy and perfect. It is hard to accept when they begin to show signs of not being “perfect”. My own son, has some delays that could fall into the autism spectrum. He has yet to be formally diagnosed because he is so young but we have begun speech and occupational therapies to help him try to catch up. The struggle to accept the fact that your child has special needs is not easy. I love my son and he is perfect in my eyes but knowing he might have some struggles in the world around us is hard. I can not remember being touched by a book like I was this one.
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