TBR Topple – April 2018

It’s April which means a new set of books to consider for my TBR Topple read. This year each book I offer qualifies for my Mount TBR challenge. So far this year I am failing miserably at this challenge so hopefully, I will do a little better at getting a few more books read from the pile moving forward! As always the poll is at the end of the post for you to cast your vote.

Waiting for Prince Harry - Aven EllisWaiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis [Romance]
Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house when she meets her future husband when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer. Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and fears not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger guy—yes, even more, gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this encounter. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to live in the present?

Losing Me Finding You - C.M. Stunich

Losing Me Finding You by C.M. Stunich [Romance]
Twenty-one year old Amy Cross’s idea of a hot Saturday night is curling up with her favorite book boyfriend and secretly sneaking a bottle of her mother’s wine. That is, until she meets Austin Sparks, the biker boy with a past that burns like fire and a gaze she can’t look away from. Without knowing what she’s doing or why she’s doing it, Amy ends up on the road with Austin traveling from one city to another while learning things she’s only ever read about in romance novels.

At first it seems like Austin is Amy’s fantasy come true, but as their journey progresses, she starts to sense that Austin is running away from something. Amy knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to help him find himself. What she doesn’t expect is that she’ll lose herself in the process and how good it will feel to be free.

A Stroke of Midnight - Laurell K. HamiltonA Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K Hamilton [Paranormal Romance/Reverse Harem]
I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far from the peril and deception of my real home–because I am also Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faerie has to offer. The Unseelie Court infuses me with its power. But at what price does such magic come? How much of my human side will I have to give up, and how much of the sinister side of faerie will I have to embrace? To sit on a throne that has ruled through bloodshed and violence for centuries, I might have to become that which I dread the most.

Enemies watch my every move. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now from his prison cell. But not all the assassination attempts are his. Some Unseelie nobles have waited centuries for my aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, to become weak enough that she might be toppled from her throne. Enemies unforeseen move against us–enemies who would murder the least among us.

The threat will drive us to allow human police into faerie for the first time in our history. I need my allies now more than ever, especially since fate will lead me into the arm of Mistral, Master of Storms, the queen’s new captain of her guard. Our passion will reawaken powers long forgotten among the warriors of the sidhe. Pain and pleasure await me–and danger, as well, for some at that court seek only death.

I will find new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and I will show all of faerie that violence and sex are as popular among the sidhe as they are among the lesser fey of our court. The Darkness will weep, and Frost will comfort him. The gentlest of my guards will find new strength and break my heart. Passions undreamed of await us–and my enemies gather, for the future of both courts of faerie begins to unravel.

Embrace the Night - Karen ChanceEmbrace the Night by Karen Chance [Paranormal Romance]
Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire – the sizzling-hot Mircea – are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own …

The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex’s location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found – the past.

But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world…

Magesign - Alan BaxterMagesign by Alan Baxter [Fantasy]
Three years have passed since Isiah’s run-in with Samuel Harrigan and the Devil. He has some time on his hands- a perfect opportunity to track down the Sorcerer, Harrigan’s mentor. It should have been a simple enough task, but the Sorcerer has more followers than Isiah ever imagined, and a plan bigger than anyone could have dreamed. With the help of some powerful new friends, Isiah must track down the Sorcerer and his cult of blood before they change the world forever. In this long-awaited sequel to the highly acclaimed RealmShift, Baxter once again maintains a breathless pace and blistering intensity, with gods, demons, and humans in the grip of magical conflict. This is dark urban fantasy at its best.

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Week in Review – 16 July 2017

Another week has gone by, how is this year flying by so quickly? Wow!

So this week I got roped into joining a couple of fitness classes with my good friend Jen! She is super fit already being an archaeologist who spends all her time working outside digging in trenches! Despite my massive weight-loss and regular exercise routine I am not fit, not even close, and after going to the first one which was like a military exercise I bowed out of the second on Thursday as I literally couldn’t lift my arms!

I mentioned a while back I’m writing a book about my experiences with mental health, I’ve had a really good author friend beta read the first six chapters of the book to help me gauge how it is coming together and had fantastic feedback which has really given me a boost for continuing to write! Thank you my lovely friend for taking on that challenge with my completely unedited rambling!

I also got invited to interview for a role working in a mental health support role I really wanted. I honestly thought they would laugh at my application so whatever happens just getting an interview is awesome.

I also had an unusual day out this week. I was invited to spend a day at the offices of OVO along with a few other customers. If you aren’t familiar with OVO, they are one of the smaller energy suppliers, so being invited to the offices of an energy supplier isn’t exactly your run of the mill day. I switched to them away from EDF four years ago, and I chose them not just for their 100% green tariff’s but because they had really good social responsibility policies. What going to their offices has shown me is that they actually live and breathe their policy. In my entire adult life I’ve never been in an office where people are so laid back, and happy, even their call centre staff were relaxed and visibly enjoying their jobs. Which actually explains why when I phone them I actually get answers and someone being nice on the phone! I’ve always been a huge advocate of theirs but now I’ve seen them up close I’m an even bigger fan.

Finally, I launched a new feature over on the mental health blog yesterday if you are interested, it’s called Boxed Up and it’s highlighting Subscription Boxes. The first one I have is Literary Vacation Club (hence highlighting it here) which is centred around reading!

Aaaand, Here is my bookish update for this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Won

Reviews

My most recent reviews are: Wyvern Awakening, Diving Deep, Seduced by Moonlight, Pack Ebon Red, Lost and Found Sisters and Marry Me At Willoughby Close.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for The Rainbow Player, R&R Launch Party, and Clearing the Ice. Plus a Content blog tour for Starshine.

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#Review: Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton @LKHamilton @TransworldBooks

Description

To some I am Meredith Gentry, P.I. To others I am Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Faerie. And there are those who whisper that I am both of these and more.

My aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness, no long distracted by her sadistic pastimes, now focusses unwaveringly on me. I spend each night with my immortal guards, but still no child has come of our decadent pleasures. But something IS happening to me. I appear to have awakened a force that’s lain dormant for thousands of years and I haven’t the damndest idea how or why…

It all began with the chalice. I dreamed it, and there it was – cool and hard – when I awoke. My guards know this ancient relic well – its disappearance so many ages ago stripped them of their vital powers. And here it is with us now. My touch resonates with its force. A strange, dazzling magic now courses through my half-mortal half-Sidhe body. But while my guards cherish me for this unexpected gift, there are those who loathe me for it and would rather the Unseelie court suffer than have it ruled over by me, a mongrel queen. My enemies grow in number every day. If only they knew what I am capable of. But come to that, if only I did too.

This is the world of Meredith Gentry, a twilight world of gods, shapeshifters and immortal souls, a world full of sensuality, wild magic, treacherous deceits and latent powers about to be unleashed…

Review

I’ve been away from the Merry Gentry books for far too long. Unlike many people I think these books are leaps and bounds ahead of the Anita Blake series (which I’m equally behind on!) Merry Gentry is fae royalty, but she’s not immortal like the rest of the fae, being half-human she is mortal and this makes her wildly unpopular among the Unseelie court. But her Aunt the Queen is determined she should be her heir and has given her members of her guard so that she can become pregnant and qualify as the next heir to the throne over her cousin who is a treacherous ass.

People unfamiliar with LKH’s style of writing will need to adjust, unlike many paranormal romance where the protagonist has one love interest which carries through several books. LKH is far more open and flexible with her characters. By this point in the series Merry is now the central figure in a reverse-harem. But far from being awkward or uncomfortable it is beautifully tied into the story which is written with such imagination that it it becomes a true wonder to follow.

The relationship between Merry and her ‘bodyguards’ is strong, and sensual, and quite sad at times. Merry is developing new magical powers and these powers are passing on to the men in weird and wonderful ways. The way this has been written by LKH was brilliant, very original and with such vivid imagery.

There are a few fight scenes which are graphic and detailed, nothing left to chance and no detail left undescribed. A harsh and bloody battle towards the end of the book was several pages long and gripped me from beginning to end.

Overall I loved this as much as I remember loving the previous two Merry Gentry books! I already have the next book on my shelf and promise myself not to leave it years until I read that one!

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleSeduced By Moonlight
Series: Merry Gentry #3
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy | Erotica | Fae | Magic
Publisher: Bantam / Transworld
Publication Date: 14 January 2005
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Hardcover | Audio
Pages: 512
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | Speedy Hen | Wordery

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!

Currently Reading

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.

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Week in Review – 25 June 2017

Well, what a glorious week! I have to say this weather really has brought out the best in me! I am sorry to all of you who turn into vampires and melt at the sight of the sun but I absolute adore this heat and the sun it’s really quite wonderful and I haven’t slept so well in ages. I hope now the temperature has dropped it doesn’t get all dark and gloomy again.

I started my new book feature on the mental health blog this week, it’s a monthly feature where I will review and spotlight a book with a mental health focus. This month was Boys Don’t Cry by Tim Grayburn. A book where Tim talks frankly and honestly about life with clinical depression, it’s well worth a look.

The TBR Topple book has also been decided and I don’t think it will be much of a surprise that the winner was The Gunslinger by Stephen King, I will be reading it next week so expect a review early July.

I’ll be away for a week after this, I’m heading to Cornwall with the tent and Hubs. I’m hoping to get in plenty of reading time though so will be battling to catch up on the reviews when I get home. There will be one blog tour posting during the week as I signed up before I knew I was going away but otherwise things will be very quiet here.

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

As though I don’t have enough problems with willpower, I signed up to Kindle Unlimited! I’m doomed!

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed Nightseer, Ethan’s Daughter, Fallen From Grace, Godblind, and a blog tour for The Second Chance Cafe at Carlton Square.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for Shades of the Gods and Come Undone. A cover reveal for An Impossible World. A blog tour for We Have Lost The Coffee. Katherine from BibliomaniacUK joined us for The Bookshelf this week.

Giveaways

  • Seducing the Heartbreaker Prize Package incl signed copy (Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
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#Review: Nightseer by Laurell K. Hamilton @LKHamilton @AceRocBooks

Description

Keleios was a child when her mother, Elwine the Gentle, was slain by the malevolent witch Harque. Now Keleios’s prayers of avenging her death have finally been answered: she has been granted powers beyond anything she has ever known. But she has also acquired something else–the demonmark. As magical as it is terrifying, the demonmark can open the door to undreamed possibilities. It can also expose her soul to the darkest and most forbidden forces of sorcery.

Review

I remember the day I bought this book, I was in one of the many second hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye and buying a ridiculous number of books, as you do, and I spotted this bright yellow cover calling me and when I picked it up I realised it was Laurell K. Hamilton’s debut novel. Well I wasn’t going to not buy it. That was eight years ago and I have finally taken it from my bookshelf to read, I know I know!

I have never been able to keep up with LKH’s books I am so far behind with her work that it is laughable, but I persevere, there are just so many good books people, you feel my pain right? Anyway, I love LKH because she knows how to write a female protagonist, love or hate her work her female protagonists kick arse and don’t apologise for it either. I was so interested to see what her initial work was like.

Nightseer is actually a fantasy novel, how happy was I to read something by this amazing author that was in my favourite comfort zone? Keleios is a half elf/human with immense power, but like anyone in her world she can only use her power for so long before draining herself and needing to refuel. She is also a dream walker who see’s prophecies in dream and when she see’s a great danger coming she does everything she can to prevent it.

This book is pretty much non stop action from beginning to end, high fantasy with magic and sword play, it’s exhausting to read because there is hardly any let up from one battle to the next. There are a lot of special and named weapons which do start to become a bit confusing to keep track of as one gets destroyed  or lost and another is miraculously found.

Keleios is joined by a band of sidekicks who help her along her journey, including Lothor a dark healer and prince who wants her to marry him, in true LKH style there is much resistance on Keleios’ side but I could never work out why as I was really drawn to his character.

The ending left a lot of unanswered questions and I felt that this was intended to be a series but never went in that direction, probably because Anita Blake and Merry Gentry came along. I’m quite sad about that because more of Keleios and this wonderful world would be absolutely fantastic.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleNightseer
Series: N/A
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Fantasy | High Fantasy | Magic | Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: Ace Books
Publication Date: 1 March 1992
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: Hardcover
Pages: 304
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US | Book Depository | Wordery

Week in Review – 18 June 2017

It’s been a fairly quiet week this week recovering from my surgery and slowly getting back onto my feet. It’s given me plenty of reading time though so I’m pleased with that!

There are still a couple of days left to vote in the TBR Topple poll if you haven’t already. This will determine which book from my TBR I have to read this month! The new poll will start the beginning of July.

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

I’m very pleased as one of these is one I’ve had on my TBR for almost a decade! It finally got taken from the shelf and I read it really quickly…just goes to show what taking that leap can do!

New Books

It’s official I have no willpower, no, none at all!

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed Under the Tuscan Sky, Mother of WolvesMoxieThe Shifter Clans Boxset, and The Lost Sentinel.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for The Dragonian’s WitchSeducing the Heartbreaker, and Joy Ride. There was also a cover reveal for Eye of the Tiger.

Giveaways

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  • £10 Amazon voucher, eCopy of Under a Tuscan Sky & a signed notebook (UK Only Tour-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • Seducing the Heartbreaker Prize Package incl signed copy (Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
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