Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Happy New Year Guys! I hope you’ve all had a really great festive period and are going into the New Year full of positivity.

So…I thought I would highlight some of the books I’m most looking forward to in 2018. I’m sure I haven’t got them all listed here, I don’t actually keep a list of unreleased books so this has been done from memory! We won’t even go into how bad my memory is!

The Viper’s Nest (Kit Davenport #4) by Tate James

The Viper's Nest - Tate JamesI’ve just finished the third book in this series (reviews of books 2 and 3 coming very soon) and I’m totally hooked. I already have this book on pre-order and waiting to read it will be painful. This series is a paranormal reverse harem, meaning it combines some of my favourite genres. Kit is a superb character, she’s strong and feisty taking no nonsense and she’s got this harem of strong soldiers who will do anything to protect her while they all work together as a team. Tate James has done a superb job of ensuring that the characters have unique and individual personalities so that it’s very clear who each person is and how they fit into the novel.

The Bitter Twins (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #2) by Jen Williams

The Bitter Twins - Jen WilliamsOK, this is a bit of a cheat addition as I’ve already read an ARC of this novel, but it isn’t released until March and I have the book on pre-release because I desperately want the paperback to add to my Jen Williams section of my bookshelf! What can I say about this novel other than it’s just everything I had hoped for, my full review will be up shortly, but continuing where The Ninth Rain leaves off The Bitter Twins takes our characters deeper into the war with the Jure’lia, Jen Williams writing is stunning as always and I can’t recommend this highly enough.

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence

Grey Sister - Mark LawrenceRed Sister blew my mind, about a girl who trains to be an assassin in a convent unlike any we know. Grey Sister is the sequel to this and sees Nona in the more senior class at the convent before she leaves.  I’m really looking forward to this and seeing what happens with this girl and her classmates.

Reverie (Rock-Hard Beautiful #4) by C.M. Stunich

This book doesn’t have a cover or a release date yet, but I have been foaming at the mouth since C.M. Stunich announced it is coming. This series was originally written as a trilogy so I was settled with the fact that I wasn’t getting anymore but pretty sad as I completely loved all of the characters and feel totally connected with this rock band and the woman they are in love with. Knowing their story isn’t over yet has made me super happy, I can’t wait to see what comes next for these guys.

Inferno (Talon #5) by Julie Kagawa

Inferno - Julie KagawaI have loved this series, quite unusual as I’ve gone off YA in recent years but this one has really held my attention and the final installment is due out in April. This has been a really interesting story about dragons warring against each other while a faction of soldiers known as St George intend to wipe them all out.

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Week in Review – 1 October 2017

Great week this week (hooray!) Monday was all about the books! I went to the Fantasy Faction Grim Gathering in Bath which turned out to be a blast, big up to Marc at Fantasy Faction for putting on a great event. On the panel was Peter V. Brett, Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie, Peter Newman, and Anna Stephens. A pretty epic line up I have to say. Having just read and reviewed both Anna and Mark’s releases I was keen to get them signed and say Hi to them both.

The panel discussion was great, lots of talk around, what is grimdark, are their books actually grimdark and what does hope contribute to these books. It was a really interesting discussion and the authors were charismatic and funny. It was also interesting to see the breadth of answers between authors, especially around planning where some plan meticulously where others wing it and just write and see where the writing takes them.

Something quite random did happen, I got myself seated for the panel discussion, and someone came along and asked if they could get into the seat next to me. He got seated and started chatting with the guy on the other side and I thought to myself “he looks familiar” and I heard him mention his publisher to the guy he was talking to. So my head is spinning, thinking he can’t be who I think he looks like surely? Once the panel had finished I started talking to him and shock he was Ed McDonald and the guy he was talking to was sci-fi author Tom Toner.

We all ended up around the corner in a local pub and I had a great night chatting with everyone, there were some absolutely hilarious moments and lots of book talk. I got to meet seven authors, and hung out with four of them properly over drinks so an absolutely great night.

On Friday, I  joined a few friends at a rock and metal club night. I used to go to this every Friday night back when I was a wee whipper snapper. This is the first time I’ve been out to a club since I stopped drinking so it was an interesting test of the sobriety. Turns out I had a fantastic time, lots of dancing, laughing, singing and drinking far too much lemonade. I was on quite the sugar high when I got home! I think the plan is for us to go to the next one they run just before Halloween which should be good, I might even dress up!

Here’s the bookish update for this week…

Book of the Month

Raising Fire - James BennettThis month’s winner is a no-brainer, I reviewed it this week but my love of the lead character and the fact I’ve been chomping at the bit to read it for almost a full year meant that it was almost guaranteed a slot in book of the month short of it being a complete flop! Raising Fire by James Bennett was actually better than I expected, completely propelling the main character on from the first book and taking the story onto a new level. An absolutely fantastic read!

My review can be found here.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

I’ve actually been reasonably well behaved this week…patting myself on the back!

Bought / Freebies

ARCs

Reviews

This week started with a review of The Sullivans Box Set by Bella Andre. I then reviewed Raising Fire by James Bennett, Thousands of Candles by Tani Hanes, Wicked Grind by J. Kenner, and The Christmas Holiday by Maxine Morrey.

Other Posts

I had Lacuna Coil featured on Music Monday this week. I featured an excerpt of By Blood Sworn by Janice Jones. I did a review of Paperless Post this week as something a bit different. Jackie from Never Imitate Blog joined me for The Bookshelf this week.

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Week in Review – 4 June 2017

I’ve had a bad week this week, the dark cloud of depression has knocked me for six and a few things have made me doubt blogging. I had an author ask me to change my rating on their review which hurt more than I thought it would when I’d heard other people talking about similar encounters. I obviously said no, I think it’s safe to say as bloggers we all value our integrity and to do something like this undervalues all of our reviews not just that one.

My infection didn’t shift with the antibiotics so I’ve been given another, longer course of antibiotics which will run into my operation next week, it always makes me really angry and moody which is not helping my depressive mood or my reaction to negative situations any! I also ended up in hospital again on Friday with suspected Lithium Toxicity (which is a kind of blood poisoning) so I’m starting to feel like a real frequent flier in that place at the moment! All being well, my operation is next week, I have posts scheduled to go live while I’m away but I will likely be AWOL for a few days at least. So please don’t take it personally if I don’t visit you or don’t reply to any messages. I will be back!

Then there is my ongoing drama of trying to get a ticket to BristolCon a fantasy/sci-fi convention in October. On their website they say they offer an unwaged “membership” (their form of a ticket). I’ve been trying to get one for about 3 weeks now and it’s impossible. Last year I couldn’t go because I couldn’t afford it, this life on benefits is hard but I’ve tightened my belt a lot and have a bit to spare so could afford the early bird unwaged membership and with Jen Williams one of their guests I was well chuffed to go.

You can’t change the ticket option on the website so I tweeted them and sent an email to the address on the ticket page, after a few days I put a message up on my facebook page as I know a few people who go every year and know the people who run it and asked them if they could help me out with a contact. A few days later I got a reply on Twitter with a different email address and a promise someone would reply. I sent the email and nothing, nada, nil. And on June 1 the prices went up so I guess I won’t be going after all, which sucks! I have to say though they shouldn’t offer alternative prices if they aren’t going to honour them…that is really, truly, crap! I also won’t be trying to go again, even once I’m back in work and can afford full ticket price, I’ll go elsewhere.

Finally, in more positive news I’m taking part in Walking out of Darkness at the end of the month, it’s a mental health awareness event, walking ten miles in Weston super Mare. I’m taking part with my Brother and a mutual friend of ours and we are raising money for Bipolar UK. We have a fundraising page where you can donate if you feel so inclined or details of our text to donate are in the sidebar. We are grateful for anything you can spare for this amazing charity. Although as it’s just a couple of weeks after my operation I may be biting off more than I can chew! HAHA!

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Book of the Month

I swear I only did this last week! How has it come around so quickly?!

Red Sister - Mark LawrenceI had a few books that were in the running this month with 5* reviews but only one stood out hands and feet ahead of them all and that was this one.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 

Red Sister was the kind of read that glues you to the page from the first word to the last. It was enthralling and fantasy writing at it’s very best. If this doesn’t become a classic in the genre then I will eat my fluffy hat.

“I ended up spending the last hundred pages or so with my breath held, toes clenched,  and grinding my teeth, there was just so much tension.”

For the full review click here.

To Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | BookDepositorySpeedyHen

Most Viewed In May

the-last-days-of-magicIn contrast my most viewed page in May was Mark Tompkins The Last Days of Magic, this was actually one of my Books of the Month for May. But I found out on Friday by chance that Mark is actually running a sponsored post on Facebook using my review which I’m both very flattered about and grateful for aswell.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

Giveaway Wins

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed My Beautiful Disaster Part 2 and The Modern Girls Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitz for Smoke and Mirrors, When Smoke Rains Down, Lone Wolf and Damned Either Way. a blog tour for The Velvet Chair, my new feature TBR Topple, and on The Bookshelf was the very lovely Louise Rose-Innes.

Giveaways

  • Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box (Intl winner would get eBook prizes) (Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $30 Amazon gift card & ebook copy of The Velvet Chair / 4x ebook copies of The Velvet Chair (International tour-wide giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $100 Amazon gift card / A set of signed copies of the A Breed MC series (International Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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Week in Review – 28 May 2017

A huge thanks to Janet and Susan who both let me know that I had been quoted in the recently released paperback version of Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell. This was a wonderful surprise and I am in great company with Whispering Stories, From First Page to Last, Paper Love Story, and By The Letter Book Reviews all being quoted aswell.

This is the second book I’ve been quoted in and it feels wonderful! I can tell I’m not going to get bored of seeing my words in print!

After feeling ill last week, I ended up in hospital this week for a brief stint! Turns out I had a really bad UTI. I’ve had a course of antibiotics, and am now on the mend (I wrote a full post on the whole drama on the other blog). Of course it all coincided with when I was supposed to see Iron Maiden so I was not only really unwell, I was really annoyed aswell and everyone was getting the brunt of my bad mood, so apologies to all of my loved ones for my epic sulk!

I have a couple of new features in the pipeline, one will kick off in June and the first post is already written and ready to go. The other I’m planning for July, I have a few posts that I’m working on but I have a facebook post over on my page looking for some feedback on the overall idea as I’m still not 100% sure this idea will fly. If you have time to take a look and give me your thoughts that would be great! It’s the pinned post on my page.

Finally, I have come up with the idea of arranging a Book Bloggers Meet Up in/around Bristol. I have one blogger on board already but it would be great to have an idea of who may be interested if this went ahead and the types of things you might like from such a get together… i.e. Would you like authors there aswell? Speakers? Food and drink? And so on… I can’t guarantee I can meet all requests but it’s worth knowing what the wish lists look like! Drop me an email and I will start plotting and planning!

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Currently Reading

I’ve had real trouble reading with being so ill and being on super strong painkillers, trying to get my head into my fantasy books this week has been impossible, I tried a slightly lighter fantasy read I have for an upcoming blog tour but still couldn’t concentrate so ended up slipping back to the trusted romance and have even been a lot slower with that than usual.

What I’ve Read

New Books

I’ve been on a bit of a spree this week, as well as the one’s below I’ve pre-ordered a bunch which I will put in as they arrive! Oh dear I need to sprout a couple of extra heads at this point!

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed, Kiss Me at Willoughby Close, Red Sister, Groupie, Alice in Brexitland, and Roadie.

Other Posts

I had a book blitz for Dark Illusions this week and on The Bookshelf was the very lovely Book Blogger Lorraine from The Book Review Café.

Giveaways

  • Head to my pinned post on Twitter to enter to win a book of your choice from BookDepository up to the value of £10. This is international to celebrate reaching 2,000 followers on Twitter.
  • £10 Amazon Gift Card / Paperback copy of Find me at Willoughby Close (Tour-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $50 Amazon gift card + signed copy of Groupie (Tour-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • Signed copy of Dark Illusions / $25 Amazon gift card from Dark Illusions (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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#Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence @Mark__Lawrence @HarperVoyagerUK

Description

It’s not until you’re broken that you find your sharpest edge

A brilliant new series from the bestselling author of PRINCE OF THORNS.

“I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin”

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Review

Nona isn’t your typical hero, she isn’t an orphan but she doesn’t come from a happy home. After losing her Father her Mother abandon’s her and a nine-year old Nona ends up at the Convent of Sweet Mercy. This isn’t somewhere that normally takes in waifs and strays. There is a fee for girls to go here it’s somewhere the richer families of Abeth send their daughters, and the fee is not something Nona can pay, but the Abbess seems to have her own reasons for taking Nona in, reasons she isn’t sharing with anyone, especially not Nona.

Most novels which start when our hero is a child finish when our hero is an adult, we skip over them growing up and boom they do their heroic deed in their adult form. This is not the case here. Nona is a child hero. She is a child fighter, a child warrior. The oldest we see her is about 11/12 but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a childs book or even a young adult novel.

Nona, has moments where she shows her young age, and these moments are refreshing and made me giggle and remember that I was reading a story with someone who was young, who should be innocent, but wasn’t. Then she would jump straight back to being her grown self. Her life experiences have shaped her to being so much older than her years. She was tenacious and loyal but she had a terrible temper which risked getting her in trouble.

The convent and it’s training is harsh but not unfair. I never felt like the girls were being treated unfairly, that the Nuns were bullying them or that the girls were at risk. But they were toughening the girls up, making warriors out of them. The work they were doing had an end game and sometimes the girls may get hurt. In our world what they were doing would definitely seem cruel but they don’t live in our world and their world is cruel!

Nona isn’t afraid to stand up for what she deems is right, even if that means going up against powerful people. She is willing to fight for what she believes is right, and does to the detriment of her own safety. This leads to Nona’s final battle which is excruciating to read, I honestly didn’t see how she was going to make it through, even though I knew this was the beginning of a new series I couldn’t see a way out. Oh and I forgot to mention she has a Wolverine style power. Yeah! So, I ended up spending the last hundred pages or so with my breath held, toes clenched,  and grinding my teeth, there was just so much tension.  And no, I’m not going to tell you how it ended!

Red Sister is a stunning piece of literature. I was swept away by this novel, the intricately woven narrative which wastes no time starting at page one and keeping you entwined until the final word. I highly recommend this not only to fans of fantasy but to people looking for a novel that is going to dig deep into their soul and grasp their heart tight.

A huge thanks to Mark Lawrence and Harper Voyager for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleRed Sister

SeriesBook of the Ancestor #1

Author: Mark Lawrence

Genre: Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Grimdark
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: 6 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Hardcover | Paperback | Audio
Pages: 512
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | BookDepositorySpeedyHen

Week in Review – 21 May 2017

I’ve been quite unwell this week, lots of pain and pain meds so not much happening. However, I finally got a date for my surgery which was supposed to be in February and I only have a few more weeks to wait, this should help with weeks like this so I’m actually quite looking forward to going under the knife!

The Bookshelf didn’t happen this week as I didn’t have any takers, if anybody would like to take part it’s open to Book Bloggers and Authors. As you know from the features which have already run it’s a very simple Q&A. Just drop me a line!

Giveaway

In honour of reaching 2,000 followers on Twitter I’m running a new Giveaway! Yay! This one is international aswell, a book to the value of £10 from Book Depository…now you know you want that one! Thank you all for your support! Now to take part you just need to RT the pinned post on Twitter. The Giveaway ends midnight 1st June!

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

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

Roadie - C.M. Stunich Legion - Julie Kagawa 

New Books

Bought / Freebies

 

eARCs

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Reviews

Another good week for reviews this week, another two 5* review in here with Aven Ellis’ Save the Date and Julie Kagawa’s Legion. With all these high reviews this month I’m wondering how I will pick my book of the month!

The many colours of us Save The Date - Aven Ellis Legion - Julie Kagawa

Other Posts

The Future of Sex - Aubrey Parker 

 

Week in Review – 2 April 2017

So, this week I decided to finally join the ranks of bloggers take a break from social media and blog reading once a week to focus on my own reading and general life needs! I’ve chosen a Wednesday as this is my busiest day of the week anyway and having tried it out this week I had a far less stressful day.

Not much to say this week, so onto the bookish update…

Book of the Month

norse-mythologyIt’s that time again to name my book of the month, it will hardly be a surprise that for March I’m naming Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman my book of the month. This book met all of my expectations and beyond. It is also a beautiful book just to look at and will not be leaving my bookshelf any time soon!

If you want to read my full review, you can find it here.

Currently Reading

Strange the Dreamer - UK Cover Reveal

What I’ve Read

the-last-days-of-magic  Hot Shade - Tamara Lush   My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes

New Books

Ah sigh! A bunch of books on my wish list went on sale this week so yeah, I did really well with resisting…not! I also had a bunch of quite old NetGalley requests that I’d totally forgotten about approved (eeek!) If I go missing you can find me under book mountain.

Bought

     

Competition Wins

eARCs

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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)!

 Reborn - Jane Ederlyn meet-me-at-willoughby-close-kate-hewitt

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 lovely Lynda Spiro stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.

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Giveaways

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