Week in Review – 10 September 2017

This week I have been working hard at the next draft of my book which is proving a slower job than writing the first draft, there is definitely an irony in there somewhere! That being said I’m starting to feel like it’s coming together now and that the reworked chapters are no longer a complete embarrassment so that’s a start!

Next Saturday I’m taking part in the 10-mile walk, Walking out of Darkness. Hopefully it won’t rain like it did last year! You can find out more here. I’ve also signed up to do a 5km infalatables obstacle course at the end of the month with a friend. They say it’s suitable for anyone aged 7+ so I figure I should be OK!

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed The Dragon in the Garden by Erika Gardner, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, Beautiful Survivors by C.M. Stunich, and I Cried to Dream Again by Tani Hanes.

Other Posts

I took part in the Music Monday meme again this week and I had an excerpt from First Crush, Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna. On The Bookshelf this week was fantasy author Errin Krystal. I was tagged for the Sunshine Blogger Award and The Miranda Sings Award.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

Week in Review – 23 April 2017

It’s been a funny old week this week. I had a book that I’d been chomping at the bit to read that I had to admit defeat on just past the halfway mark. I will write a brief review on it next week as I did make it far enough to form some valid opinions and it only seems fair, but I was genuinely gutted to be making the decision to walk away from it.

I’ve been really busy with my volunteering, I’ve done two whole days this week which has wiped me out, I’m not used to that anymore (I know, I know, most people work full time but I’ve been out of commission for three years!), I’ll hopefully be doing more of this kind of thing as I build up towards working again (yay!) so fingers crossed the old bipolar cooperates!

I won a couple more giveaways, I don’t have all the books yet so they aren’t all on here but I’m not sure where all this luck is coming from lately! Speaking of Giveaways my blogiversary giveaways are still open and I’m running one in conjunction with Sybil Bartel at the moment to win a copy of her book Thrust, the links are in the Giveaways section below.

I also have spaces throughout May for people to take part in my The Bookshelf feature. It’s open to Bloggers and Authors so if you fancy it drop me a line via the form over on this page and I can send you the questions! It’s a great bit of fun and I would love to get more Bloggers involved.

So, onto my update this week… (as always click on the covers for more info/to see the posts)

Currently Reading

There Is Always More To Say - Lynda Spiro

What I’ve Read

the-unlikeable-demon-hunter-deborah-wilde    The Dragon's Legacy - Deborah A. Wolf  The Darkness of Love - Catherine Green 

New Books

This week I picked up a novella I’ve been hearing loads about The Old Man At The End of the World, hopefully I will have some time to read it soon, it sounds a hoot. I also won a historical novel which sounds a lovely read at a giveaway run by the lovely Danielle at Books Vertigo and Tea. I don’t read much historical fiction anymore but this one really stands out for me so I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

Bought / Freebies

 

Giveaway Wins

Book Post

Shattered Minds - Laura Lam

eARCs

The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters - Jaimie Admans   Save The Date - Aven Ellis

Reviews

 Rough - Sybil Bartel  Then. Now. Always - Isabelle Broom

Other Posts

I had a lovely guest post from dual-timeline novelist Kathleen McGurl this week,

  The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters - Jaimie Admans Fractured Silence - Carrie Ann Ryan Legacy of the Mind - H.R. Moore  the-authors-bookshelf-logo

Giveaways

  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
  • The Last Days of Magic Paperback & Tarot Cards – Blogiversary Giveaway (International) Rafflecopter
  • Caraval Novel & Second Place Prize of Caraval Goodies – Blogicersary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter
  • Bookishly Stationary Set & Second Place Prize of Book & Nook Candle – Blogiversary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter
  • eBook Copy of Thrust by Sybil Bartel with Rough (International) Rafflecopter
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card with Rough – Tour Wide (International) Rafflecopter
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card & eBook of Legacy of the Mind with Legacy of the Mind – Tour Wide (International) Rafflecopter
  • Amazon Kindle Fire or $100 Amazon Gift Card and FREE eBooks from Prowlers & Growlers – Blitz Wide (International) Rafflecopter

#Review: The Year of Saying Yes: Part 3: She Who Dares by Hannah Doyle @HannahShowbiz @headlinepg

Description

Dear Readers

Ahoy there! Welcome to Part Three of my ‘Year of Saying Yes’ which is shaping up to be a corker. I’ve been chock-a-block with your dares:

– I’m now a health guru (I officially know what an ‘alfafa sprout’ is… bow before me)

– I faced my fears and shared my wisdom with others #realtalk

– After years of resenting Princess Perfect Pants – aka my sister, Olivia – we finally made up. In Paris, no less. Très bon!

But it hasn’t all been green smoothies and gadding about in gay Paris. There I was, floating on Cloud Nine with the man I thought was my dream guy until I crashed down to earth with a big fat bump when I discovered a big fat secret. Ouch.

But don’t fear, ye of little faith! New Izzy is made of tough stuff. Right?

Love

Izzy xx

Review

When I started this four part novella series I was laughing at almost every page turn, I found the concept fresh and original and I was enjoying the scrapes Izzy was getting herself into. Somewhere between parts 2 and 3 that has got lost and I didn’t get the same enjoyment reading part 3 as I did with the earlier one’s.

I didn’t laugh, not once with this, the story seems to have taken a more serious turn and the lighthearted feel we had in the beginning seems to have gone. The dares aren’t as much fun and Izzy has changed, which you would expect, but I don’t actually like the person she’s turned into so I’m not enjoying reading about her and the way she is being.

I get annoyed that she equates having lost some weight and now being a size 8 as a reason for being happy. As though being skinny is an answer to happiness. I found her quite whiney and immature, and her taste in men is pretty damn appalling (but I have been saying that since the beginning)!

I think much of what is happening is supposed to be funny but it’s lost on me. I’m just not getting it, where i was finding this a funny lighthearted read in the beginning, and I really was belly laughing for much of the first two parts, I just couldn’t get with the programme with this one and read it in a stoney silence waiting for the penny to drop and wake up my sense of humour.

Overall, taking the whole story as one I’m still enjoying it and if it was a novel I think this would be that unfortunate section you sometimes get to where you just read through quickly to get back on track. I’m going to buy and read the final part and I’m hoping that the excitement I felt initially will return.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Year of Saying Yes: Part 3: She Who Dares
Series: The Year of Saying Yes
Author: Hannah Doyle
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 26 January 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 78
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Week in Review – 16 April 2017

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely long weekend, and for those of you who eat chocolate I hope you are buried knee deep in it.

I’ve been a reading beast this week, I’ve read so much I’m a little confused how I’ve managed it as I’ve also been extremely busy! This is by no means a complaint mind you! I’ve also succeeded in acquiring less books than I’ve read which means my to read list is actually shorter now than it was this time last week which is the first time in about six months I can say that! (Hoorrraaayy!)

This week saw my second blogiversary, I can’t believe I’ve been at this book blogging game for two years now! I said this in my post but I want to repeat it here, a huge thank you to all of you who have supported me both from the beginning and along the way. The book blogging community is like no other blogging community and it’s not something I ever forget. To celebrate I pulled together some pretty nice giveaways, if you missed them I have links to them in the giveaways section below, or you can head to my blogiversary post to find out more details about the prizes on offer.

I also got to meet the lovely Laini Taylor this week. My review of her latest book, Strange the Dreamer, is linked below if you missed it. Laini was over here on a book tour promoting the new book and as she came to Bristol is was a great opportunity for me to stop by the signing and say Hi! Robin Hobb is over here and in Bath in a few weeks so I’m rather excited to be going along to that event, I must make sure I keep the fangirl under control or I may just end up being an incoherent imbecile!

So, onto my update this week…

Currently Reading

the-unlikeable-demon-hunter-deborah-wilde

What I’ve Read

  Right Here Waiting For you - Rebecca Pugh     

New Books

I’m still on a mission not to keep adding to my TBR right now…as you can see this is still not going so well! But I at least managed to read more than I acquired this week so that’s something and I never bought any books this week which is something of a miracle!

Competition Wins

  

Book Post

Master Professor - Tara Sue Me

eARCs

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)!

Saving Mercy - Abbie Roads Strange the Dreamer - UK Cover Reveal My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes Right Here Waiting For you - Rebecca Pugh

Other Posts

This week was my Blogiversary and paranormal romance author, Catherine Green stopped by for The Bookshelf this week. Speaking of The Bookshelf, I don’t have anyone locked in for May yet so if anybody fancies it you can sign up here, it’s open to bloggers aswell as authors.

  My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes the-authors-bookshelf-logo

Giveaways

  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
  • 2 x $25 Amazon Gift Cards with Saving Mercy (International) Rafflecopter
  • The Last Days of Magic Paperback & Tarot Cards – Blogiversary Giveaway (International) Rafflecopter
  • Caraval Novel & Second Place Prize of Caraval Goodies – Blogicersary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter
  • Bookishly Stationary Set & Second Place Prize of Book & Nook Candle – Blogiversary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter

Week in Review – 5 March 2017

I’ve decided to start doing a review post each week…hopefully it will last but I think it’s nice to see what’s been happening and I always enjoy others posts like this! I’m not 100% on the layout of this post yet, I may tweak it a bit over the next few weeks while I get my head around how I want it to look but hopefully it will settle in! Clicking on the covers will take you to their Amazon page or the blog post, depending on the section they are in.

I’ve been having a few issues with the old bipolar this week so haven’t read as much as I would have liked as I’ve been on extra medication to sedate me which doesn’t help but I’ve still managed to get through a few! I also had a day out with Hubs at Warwick Castle, it wasn’t as good as I expected, I kinda feel like Merlin have ruined the castle vibe a bit (I really like my castle’s) with all their trying to turn it into a low-key theme park. Honestly I like going to a castle and crawling around all over the castle sucking in the atmosphere and learning about the history. Anyway it was nice for Hubs and I to get some time together before he heads off and starts his new job next week.

the-ninth-rain-quoteThis is technically from last week, but as I wasn’t doing these posts then I’ve put it in here. My pre-ordered copy of The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams arrived and there on the first couple of pages was a quote from me! This is the first time I’ve had a quote in print and it just happens to be in my current favourite author’s book so pretty much a striking gold moment!

I’ve also booked tickets to go and see Wonderland the musical with some of my family this week. It isn’t until May but it does look quite magical so I’m looking forward to that.

I’m now planning my blogiversary celebration next month and what goodies I can giveaway to you lovely people! If any authors reading (or even you crafty type people) want to get involved hit me up as I’m always happy to talk collaboration for these things!

Book of the Month

I’ve also decided to pick a book of the month which I’ll include in this post, I’m hoping this will help me at the end of the year when I do my Top 10 as it took me literally hours to narrow it down last year! Now as I wasn’t doing this before I’ve included January aswell so without further ado here are my books of the month for January and February, with links to the reviews if you click on the covers…

runemarks-joanne-m-harris the-ninth-rain-jen-williams

Currently Reading

When the floods came clare morrall

What I’ve Read

Considering I’ve been quite ill this week I’ve done fairly well this week, I’m only counting three of these given the Ladybird book took me five minutes!

curse-of-stars norse-mythology the-ladybird-book-of-the-zombie-apocalypse celtic-fire-liz-gavin

New Books

I’m still gaining more books than I’m getting through each week! I know, a common problem but still, we need some brakes to go on here people!

Bought

dragon-of-ash-stars serve

Gifts

the-ladybird-book-of-the-zombie-apocalypse

Book Post

living-in-the-shallows-tani-hanes

eARCs

the-vets-at-hope-green-pt3 the-last-days-of-magic lost-rider-harper-sloan the-idea-of-you-amanda-prowse

Reviews

Dark Promise was the first paranormal romance I’ve read in quite some time and it was awesome, The Year of Saying Yes is turning into an enjoyable chick lit novella series, and The Zombie Apocalypse Ladybird book had me in stitches and was a great gift from my Niece!

dark-promise-nikki-landis the-year-of-saying-yes-hannah-doyle the-ladybird-book-of-the-zombie-apocalypse

Other Posts

a great mix of fantasy book blitzes this week, and I launched The Bookshelf a weekly Q&A feature, it will be for bloggers and authors, this week it kicked off with author Kierney Scott who had some awesome answers and a bookshelf to die for!

the-collective-r-s-williams the-oracle-k-s-marsden life-is-but-a-nightmare-erin-hayes songs-of-insurrection-jc-kang the-authors-bookshelf-logo

Giveaways

  • 1x eCopy of Holdfast by Kate Carter (International) Rafflecopter
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card from Life is But A Nightmare (International) Rafflecopter
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card from Songs of Insurrections (International) Rafflecopter

#Review: The Year of Saying Yes: Part 2: A Dare to Remember by Hannah Doyle @HannahShowbiz @headlinepg

Description

Dear Readers

Welcome back! It’s Izzy (or should I say New Izzy) reporting for duty. It’s time for Part Two of my ‘Year of Saying Yes’.

Thanks to your amazing challenges and fabulous feedback, I’ve been up to all sorts over the past few months. Drumroll please…

– I asked a total stranger for his number (what can I say, he was hot and wearing a pirate’s hat)

– I modelled for a life drawing class (yes, starkers!)

– And somehow I performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury *gulp*

All this gallivanting around means that the new, improved me is in full flow. And guess what? For the first time in forever I have an actual LOVE LIFE, with a real-life man! But in between the fun and frolics there’s been a whole lot of #drama.

Buckle up, guys, we’re in for a bumpy ride…

Love

Izzy x

Review

I downloaded this as soon as I got a gap in my reading schedule and got reading as I enjoyed the first part immensely and really wanted to find out what happened next on Izzy’s dare journey.

During part two you get to know Izzy a little bit better as well as some of her friends and a few of the guys she has encountered/introduced us to in the first installment. I will be honest and say Izzy is not my favourite of the characters in this story. I lean much more towards her best friend who is having a rough time and speaks her mind.

Gorgeous George, Izzy’s love interest since forever is quite frankly one of the biggest idiots to walk this planet, I’m yet to work out what this girl see’s in him, beyond their interactions making amusing fodder for the book!

Beyond my personal grudges against characters though part two again left me laughing out loud and enjoying the situations Izzy found herself in. I’m thoroughly looking forward to reading parts 3 and 4 and seeing where this journey takes Izzy.

Rating

blb-four-star

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Year of Saying Yes: Part 2: A Dare To Remember
Series: N/A
Author: Hannah Doyle
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 12 January 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 89
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US

#Review: The Year of Saying Yes Part 1: It Started with a Dare by Hannah Doyle @HannahShowbiz @headlinepg

Description:
Join Izzy on her journey from January blues to joy. THE YEAR OF SAYING YES by Hannah Doyle will make you dirty-laugh, feel warm and fuzzy, and rediscover life’s magic – all thanks to one little word: yes. Fans of Lindsey Kelk, Mhairi McFarlane and Lucy-Anne Holmes, you’re in for a real treat.

The first of four exclusive part-serialisations of THE YEAR OF SAYING YES by Hannah Doyle.

Dear Readers

It’s drizzling outside, which totally matches my #currentmood. Pigs in blankets, all the mince pies and a festive Baileys or five are distant memories. You know the drill – it’s January. Everyone’s banning booze (terrible idea) or cutting carbs (impossible). To add to the misery pile, my plans to seduce the man of my dreams at the stroke of midnight flopped spectacularly.

I’m Izzy. I don’t just need a New Year resolution, I need a whole new life. And I need YOU. My dreary life is about to get a total makeover – it’s my ‘Year of Saying Yes’. And this is where you come in. It’s up to you to #DareIzzy. I’m saying yes to your challenges, no matter how nuts, adventurous or wild they are. The sky’s the limit – I’m at your mercy, readers!

Wish me luck. I have a feeling I’m going to need it.

Love

Izzy x

Review:
I’ll be honest this is the first eBook I’ve received through the post! And the packaging with the hashtag #yessquad peaked my interest straight away. So much so that I, quite unusually for me, picked this up straight away and read it in one sitting.

OK, so it’s a novella so reading it in one sitting isn’t a huge task but even novella’s need to be engaging to be read in one sitting as they require a few hours of dedicated reading time.  The Year of Saying Yes will consist of four novellas, all featuring Izzy, a young journalist who has become despondent with making the same failed new years resolutions each year.

We meet her at her family’s new years eve party where she fawns over her brother-in-law (an annual tradition) who she fancies far more than she should, gets far too drunk, and then regrets it all the next day. During a new years editorial meeting she admits to her failed resolutions and the year of saying yes is born. Each month she has to take on a dare chosen for her by somebody else, and she has to say yes to it.

Izzy is hesitant and shy, taking on these dares dips into her deepest fears and goes against all of her routines and comforts. But she intends to embrace the project wholeheartedly and does so with some hilarious consequences. The Year of Saying Yes: Part 1: It Started with a Dare is an hilarious, light hearted read and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on Part 2: A Dare to Remember!

A huge thanks to Hannah Doyle and Headline for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

TitleThe Year of Saying Yes: Part 1: It Started with a Dare
Series: N/A
Author: Hannah Doyle
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 15 December 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 83
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