Week in Review – 26 March 2017

This week has been so busy, my feet have barely touched the ground. I would really like to take a week and run away to somewhere with no internet connection so I can just read and start catching up on all my books. I have this inability to say no to books that sound good as my influx of ARC’s shows this week! Aargh!

I was also asked to be a beta reader on a new novel this week which has significantly slowed down my normal reading as I’ve very much got my head in the game with this novel. I’m also still having some trouble around meds and sleeping which is really causing my reading mojo some issues!

The very lovely Lorraine over at The Book Review Café had me as her featured blogger this week in her #TopFiveThursday feature! If you missed it the post can be found here, an absolutely huge thanks to Lorraine for having me, I’m so honoured to have been featured on such a wonderful and popular blog.

So onto this week’s book activity!

Currently Reading

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What I’ve Read

New Books

Every week I say this is the week where my TBR won’t grow and every week I fail miserably! Well this week that was a fail of epic proportions!

Bought

The Rook - Daniel O'Malley

Book Post

 

eARCs

Hot Shade - Tamara Lush         

Reviews

I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!

Sleepless In Manhattan - Sarah Morgan norse-mythology When the floods came clare morrall

Other Posts

Lots going on this week other than the reviews, had a few great guest posts, and a couple of blitz posts for some interesting looking books. The very popular Carol Wyer stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.

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Giveaways

  • $10 Amazon or Nook Gift Card with Claimed by the Succubus (International) Rafflecopter
  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter

#Review: When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall @SceptreBooks

Description

In a world prone to violent flooding, Britain, ravaged 20 years earlier by a deadly virus, has been largely cut off from the rest of the world. Survivors are few and far between, most of them infertile. Children, the only hope for the future, are a rare commodity.

For 22-year-old Roza Polanski, life with her family in their isolated tower block is relatively comfortable. She’s safe, happy enough. But when a stranger called Aashay Kent arrives, everything changes. At first he’s a welcome addition, his magnetism drawing the Polanskis out of their shells, promising an alternative to a lonely existence. But Roza can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to Aashay than he’s letting on. Is there more to life beyond their isolated bubble? Is it true that children are being kidnapped? And what will it cost to find out?

Clare Morrall, author of the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Astonishing Splashes of Colour, creates a startling vision of the future in a world not so very far from our own, and a thrilling story of suspense.

Review

I’m really quite annoyed with myself. I’ve had a copy of this on my bookshelf for months, and I just kept putting off reading it. I don’t know what it was but something just didn’t sit right with me about it, and then I decided it was time to pick it up and give it a go and I devoured every single word in absolutely no time at all. So that will teach me won’t it?!

In When The Floods Came we meet Roza, she lives just outside of Birmingham with her family, they are survivors of a virus which all but wiped out the human population. Their lives are now controlled by the erratic weather conditions which include severe flooding for months at a time. If they want to go anywhere they have to cycle, food is grown or delivered in drops from other countries, the government is in Brighton, and they work via the web for the Chinese.

Children are rare, most people are infertile so Roza’s family are an anomaly as they have been able to have children and Roza being the eldest at 22 is about to get married in the hope that she can also have children. She’s never met her fiance but he is cycling from Brighton to meet her. When Aashay turns up things get weird do they trust this charming stranger?

I was completely drawn into this world, I don’t think any of us find it hard to imagine a world like these people are living in anymore (well I don’t)! Roza and her family have lived an isolated existence and whilst they want desperately to meet new people they are also extremely wary when Aashay turns up.

I felt for Roza’s plight, I felt her pull towards him and also her need to pull away from him. He represented so many things she wanted, he was able to offer answers to questions she didn’t even know she had, he was able to offer experiences she didn’t think she could have but at the same time she was terrified he was a danger to her family. Reading through her journey and watching as she unpicked the situation and grew closer to the answer was so tense.

I had three possible outcomes for the ending that I had decided were the most viable ways for the novel to end and Clare Morrall totally threw me through a hoop by having an ending that wasn’t even in my realm of possibility! I hadn’t in a million years seen things ending the way they did.

This was a fabulous dystopia with the feel of Margaret Atwood, I’m just sorry I didn’t read it sooner.

A huge thanks to Clare Morrall and Sceptre Books for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

Rating

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Book & Buy Links

TitleWhen The Floods Came
Series: N/A
Author: Clare Morrall
Genre: Dystopia
Publisher: Sceptre Books
Publication Date: 11 February 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: Hardcover | eBook | Audio
Pages: 353
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | SpeedyHen

Week In Review – 12 March 2017

It’s been a slower week this week, I spent a few days away visiting my Sister and Niece in Lincolnshire and so spent some time away from the blogging world, I had some posts scheduled, but didn’t have time for reading blogs or keeping up with thank you’s. So thank you to everyone who shared posts this week and I will get back to reading all of your lovely blogs post haste!

As for Lincolnshire, it was what I needed, some fresh air and time away from the city. We visited Lincoln, my first time there and what a lovely place it is. I also started giving my Niece some music lessons, it was lovely watching her pick up the basics and start to understand how to make a tune and start to read music from her book. I’ve left her with some exercise books which should help her learn some more.

I’ve still been struggling with getting my bipolar under control with the new medication changes so the reading has crawled to a snails pace. Hopefully it will start picking up again soon although there has been a serious miscommunication between the mental health team and GP leaving me minus any medication this weekend so I’m far from amused!

aven-ellis-quoteI did get some great news though, the lovely author Aven Ellis dropped me a line to say she had dropped one of my quotes in as her top review on the Amazon page for her most recent novel Sugar and Ice. I’m so flattered, this was such a pleasant book to read and I do hope others enjoy it just as much as I did.

I have also had a couple of great prizes donated for my blogiversary next month! Can’t wait for you guys to see what is up for grabs!

Right, onto this weeks update…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

I read When the Floods Came as part of my Discoverability Challenge this month and I can’t wait to write my review for you it far surpassed my expectations.

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New Books

This week started off slow, then I had an explosion of Blog Tour books sent to me! At least they are mostly for tours right?! haha! I also received the book I won in Rachel Gilbey‘s birthday giveaway, this looks like a treat, thank you so much for that Rachel!

Bought

wicked-lil-brat-alexis-angel the-guardian-nikki-landis

Book Post

eARCs

songs-of-insurrection-jc-kang Souljacker - Yasmine Galenorn    

Reviews

Some great reviews this week, oddly all the books are young adult which considering I’m trying to pull away from the genre is a bit weird!

angelbound-christina-bauer curse-of-stars sirens-fury-mary-weber

Other Posts

This week I’ve had a book blitz, a cover reveal and Zoë Markham was featured on The Bookshelf.

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Giveaways

  • 1x eCopy of Holdfast by Kate Carter (International) Rafflecopter
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card from Songs of Insurrections (International) Rafflecopter
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card from The Monster Upstairs (International) Rafflecopter
  • Multiple Prizes from Curse of Stars (International) Rafflecopter
  • $10 Amazon or Nook Gift Card with Claimed by the Succubus (International) Rafflecopter

The Discoverability Challenge – 2017

I was looking to add a challenge to my reading this year in addition to the Goodreads Reading Challenge which is just about the number of books you read. I enjoyed keeping tabs on how Joanne Hall was doing with her Discoverability Challenge last year, a challenge to read more female authors, especially within the SFF genre. When she posted she was doing it again this year and within the post put a call out for others to join her this seemed the perfect challenge to join, especially as I have quite a pile of books waiting to be read by female authors I’ve not read before.

The rules are simple, read at least one book per month in any genre, fiction or non-fiction by a female author you’ve not read before. As I take part in blog tours and pick up books from NetGalley this will be easily achievable so I have set myself the goal of making sure that I read at least one SFF novel by a female author I’ve not read before each month to chip away at that pile I mentioned earlier!

I will keep a list here of all the authors I read who qualify for the Discoverability Challenge, and for all the books I specifically read for the challenge I will tag them and link them back to this page. I’m looking forward to seeing how many new female authors I discover in 2017!

My 2017 Discovered Female Authors

  1. Victoria Aveyard – Cruel Crown
  2. Jill Mansell – Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay
  3. Sheila Norton – The Vets at Hope Green
  4. Anabelle Bryant – The Den of Iniquity
  5. Lele Iturrioz – Seasons Within
  6. Cassandra Piat – Stuck With Me
  7. Anne Bishop – Written In Red
  8. Judith Colquhoun – A Country Practice: New Beginnings
  9. Nikki Landis – Dark Promise
  10. Sarah Morgan – Sleepless in Manhattan
  11. Donna Compositor – Curse of Stars
  12. Liz Gavin – Celtic Fire
  13. Clare Morrall – When the Floods Came
  14. Jane Ederlyn – Reborn
  15. Tamara Lush – Hot Shade
  16. Abbie Roads – Saving Mercy
  17. H. Leighton Dickson – Dragon of Ash & Stars
  18. J.D. Hughes – My Beautiful Disaster
  19. Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer
  20. Sybil Bartel – Rough
  21. Harper Sloan – Lost Rider
  22. Deborah Wilde – The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
  23. Catherine Green – The Darkness of Love
  24. Deborah A. Wolf – The Dragon’s Legacy
  25. Lynda Young Spiro – There is Always More to Say
  26. Greta Stone – Cry Wolf
  27. Gail Marie Mitchell – Loving The Life Less Lived
  28. Rachel Burton – The Many Colours of Us
  29. C.M. Stunich – Groupie
  30. Cristina Hodgson – A Little of Chantelle Rose
  31. J. Aislynn d’Merricksson – Mother of Wolves
  32. Patricia A. McKillip – Alphabet of Thorn
  33. Tiffany Shand – Shifter Clan Series
  34. Lilly Bartlett – The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square
  35. Jaimie Admans – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters
  36. Anna Stephens – Godblind
  37. Laurie Winters – Home Field
  38. Tani Hanes – Living In The Shallows
  39. Rachel Van Dyken – Cheater
  40. Joanna Mazurkiewicz – Wyvern Awakening
  41. Holly James – Worth Remembering
  42. Caitlyn Lynch – Ellie’s Encounter
  43. Chantelle Griffin – Made In The Image Of The Goddess
  44. A.L. Michael – Cocktails & Dreams
  45. Errin Krystal – The Last Dragon Rider
  46. Aimee Brown – Little Gray Dress
  47. Sarah Bennett – Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove
  48. Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever
  49. Terry Tyler – Tipping Point
  50. Erika Gardner – The Dragon in the Garden
  51. Pepper Winters – Tears of Tess
  52. Brittainy C Cherry – The Air He Breathes
  53. Sylvia Ashby – The Sinking Chef
  54. Maxine Morrey – The Christmas Holiday
  55. J Kenner – Wicked Grind
  56. Nikki Sex – Abuse
  57. Natalie K. Martin – What Goes Down
  58. Keary Taylor – Branded
  59. Alexandra Weis – Damned
  60. C.M Stunich & Tate JamesElements of Mischief
  61. Violet Blaze – Biker Rockstar Billionaire CEO Alpha
  62. Summer Cooper – Professor Next Door
  63. Leigh LaValle – Breathless
  64. Allie Burns – The Lido Girls
  65. Lilac Mills – And A Sixpence For Luck
  66. Ellen Wiles – The Invisible Crowd
  67. J Mercer – Dark and Stormy
  68. Mhairi McFarlane – You Had Me At Hello
  69. Jackie Ladbury – Air Guitar and Caviar