Week in Review – 9 July 2017

Well, it was great taking a week off, my holiday was a bit of a wash out, literally as the tent flooded and we had to come home but these things happen and I’m just glad that we got some time out and managed to get some day trips in.

I’ve combined this update to show what I’ve been reading over the two weeks since my last update so there’s quite a lot here, or not considering it’s been two weeks!

Book of the Month

June was a great reading month for me and it has been really difficult to choose a book of the month, which is why I chose three! I know, I know and I’m sorry but these were three epic books and picking between them was torture so I just didn’t!

Skullsworn was the first novel I have read by Brian Staveley but I will definitely be going back and reading his previous work, it deeply affected me and aside from being a brutal and bloody epic fantasy it was also a heartbreaking read. The Lost Sentinel was the second novel by indie author Suzanne Rogerson, and after her first novel I had high hopes which she completely knocked out of the ballpark. This exceeded every expectation I had and was a superb start to a new series with characters that you become completely entwined with! Godblind is one of the most brutal books I’ve ever read, there are scenes in this book you will never forget. Anna Stephens writing is sublime and haunting and you just can’t stop reading it. There are some awesome characters but that ending, my God, that ending!

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What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

My most recent reviews are: The Château of Happily Ever Afters, Home Field, A Gathering of Ravens, Living in the Shallows, Cheater, The Gunslinger and Blood Bank.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for In Her Blood, and Dirty. Content blog tours for The Corner Office, Hold Me Captive …Forever, and Blood Bank. I also had the very lovely Ashleigh on the Bloggers Bookshelf and revealed my picks for this month’s TBR Topple which you can now vote on.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#Review: Christmas At Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin #Giveaway @hollymartin00 @BonnierZaffre @bookouture

In my last post before Christmas it seemed only right to review my final Christmas themed novel of the year…and as an extra little gift I am running a christmas giveaway for a Paperback copy of the book for one lucky reader, see the link at the end of the post!

I hope all of my readers have a very Happy Christmas and I will see you all on the other side.

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Description:
Snow is falling on White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air . . .

Penny Meadows loves her cosy cottage with its stunning views over the snow-topped town of White Cliff Bay, but not even the roaring log fire can keep her personal life from feeling frozen.

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Review: Christmas Under A Starlit Sky by Holly Martin @hollymartin00 @bookouture

Description:
Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she’s spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?

It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley’s career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she’d only hold him back. She had to end it with him – at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.

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Review: Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin @hollymartin00 @bookouture

Description:
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

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Blog Tour: Review: Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin

Welcome to my stop on the Summer at Rose Island blog tour which has been organised by Star Crossed Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review.

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Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance.

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Book Review: Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

Fairytale Beginnings CoverTitle: Fairytale Beginnings
Series: N/A
Author: Holly Martin
Genre:  Romance / Chick-Lit / Comedy
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 10 July 2015
Format: eBook / Paperbook
Pages: 320
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones

Book Blurb:
Love is an open door…except when it keeps slamming in your face.

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of an historical building in the village of Clovers Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.

As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

A deliciously enchanting read that will delight fans of Rachael Lucas, Lucy Diamond and Miranda Dickinson or anyone who has ever blubbed at a Disney movie. Who says real life can’t be a fairytale?

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

My Review:
This was a book I wasn’t 100% sure was going to be a good fit for me from the start, I’m more of a Disney Villains fan rather than the Princesses.

That being said I do enjoy this genre and I enjoy a lighthearted romantic comedy. I also love castles and a whole book set around a castle was something worth trying!

I can say Holly Martin fulfilled the brief on the comedy aspect. There are aspects of this book which are laugh out loud. I loved the concept, and that there was so much history, and talk of areas of historical study (one of which I have a friend who works in) that many haven’t even heard of!

I absolutely see why so many people fell in love with this book, and why it has received the ratings it has. For me though it was just a little too sickly sweet. The small aspect of drama which was introduced was simple to predict, and the character involved wasn’t much of a villain for me.

I think this book is definitely for the girly girls, those like me who aren’t fans of disney princesses and all things girly probably aren’t going to get as much from this book.

Thank you so much to NetGalley for the ARC of this book in return for this honest review.

About Holly Martin:
Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 6 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.

Follow her on Twitter @hollymartin00

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