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

  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
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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

the-last-days-of-magic

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.

 Darkstorm - M.L. Spencer the-authors-bookshelf-logo

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: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman @neilhimself @BloomsburyBooks

Description

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling – from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman’s own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman’s gods are thoroughly alive on the page – irascible, visceral, playful, passionate – and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman’s prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

Review

I was in my early teens the first time I remember falling in love with Norse Mythology, as soon as I discovered the tales of Loki, Odin, Thor, the Valkyrie, Hel and all the other wonderful and powerful Gods of the Vikings (who I was also obsessed with) I ate it up, I would pull books from the library and devour them. That appetite for tales of my favourite Gods has never wavered. I love to see what spin different authors can put on the stories, or even what new stories they can come up with in some cases.

When I heard Neil Gaiman had written his own book of re-tellings I was desperate to get my hands on it and when I picked up the book in the store it was a thing of beauty. With Thor’s hammer embossed in gold on a black background this is a book which is made to feel as special as the contents inside are.

Anybody could pick up this book and start reading the stories inside. Gaiman has opened the book with an introduction to his love of Norse Mythology, and also some background to Norse Mythology itself with a small glossary for those who may be unfamiliar with the main players. The way he has written the stories ensures that people unfamiliar with the stories will get enough explanation to keep up and feel at ease reading while those who are familiar with the stories and characters won’t feel they are being spoon fed.

I was familiar with all of the stories in the book, some more than others but they all felt different with a new tone and that definite Neil Gaiman feel to them. He ensured that each character had an individual personality based on how he wanted to interpret them and followed this through beautifully in each story.

As is often the case (but maybe because he is by far my favourite) Loki was outstanding, playful, cheeky, and devious. I loved how Gaiman played Loki’s cards but he also played some innocence into Loki’s character here and I’ve not seen this so much before which I liked.

It’s very hard to pick between the stories as I thoroughly enjoyed them so much but there were a few which were just completely outstanding and they were:

  • The Treasures of the Gods – about how Thor gets his hammer
  • The Children of Loki – I have a soft spot for Hel and her story, this is the beginning of it along with that of her brothers.
  • Freya’s Unusual Wedding – By far one of the funniest of the stories, and Gaiman tells it wonderfully
  • The Story of Gerd and Frey – I loved Gaiman’s telling of this unusual love story
  • The Last Days of Loki – I always find this story heartbreaking, Gaiman doesn’t hold back in his telling and it really hit it’s mark

This is an outstanding book which will reignite your love for the Norse Gods, you don’t have to read in one sitting, but can definitely be gone back to time and again.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleNorse Mythology
Series: N/A
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy | Mythology | Norse Mythology
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: 7 February 2017
Review Format: Hardcover
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback | Audio
Pages: 260
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | SpeedyHen

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!

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Giveaways

  • 1x eCopy of Holdfast by Kate Carter (International) Rafflecopter
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Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017

So, I came across the Flights of Fantasy reading challenge and thought this was another challenge that would be great to get my teeth into this year. To ensure I stick with reading some books off of my massive TBR and give myself some time with my favourite genre and don’t get too bogged down with ARC’s, which as we know, can happen!

What is it?

This is a challenge which is organised by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly. You set your own reading target but they also run giveaways and a kind of reading club within the challenge so I will certainly try and read some of the books I’ve not already read within those aswell, some of the books they have listed are on my TBR so it shouldn’t be too hard!

I will keep a list here of the Fantasy books I read throughout the year, with a link to my reviews, as I am doing with the Discoverability Challenge, and I will aim for half of my Goodreads Challenge Target of 100 to be fantasy, so 50 books!

Good luck to anybody else who is taking part!

  1. Fantastic Creatures – Fellowship of Fantasy
  2. Cruel Crown – Victoria Aveyard
  3. Runemarks – Joanne M Harris
  4. The Ninth Rain – Jen Williams
  5. The Art of Forgetting: Rider – Joanne Hall
  6. Seasons Within – Lele Iturrioz
  7. A Facet for the Gem – C. L. Murray
  8. Written in Red – Anne Bishop (Flights of Fantasy Book Club)
  9. Dark Promise – Nikki Landis
  10. Angelbound – Christina Bauer
  11. Siren’s Fury – Mary Weber
  12. Curse of Stars – Donna Compositor
  13. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
  14. Celtic Fire – Liz Gavin
  15. When the Floods Came – Clare Morrall
  16. Reborn – Jane Ederlyn
  17. The Last Days of Magic – Mark Tompkins
  18. Saving Mercy – Abbie Roads
  19. Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon – H. Leighton Dickson
  20. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
  21. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter – Deborah Wilde
  22. The Dragon’s Legacy – Deborah A. Wolf
  23. Memortality – Stephen H. Provost
  24. Cry Wolf – Greta Stone
  25. Legion – Julie Kagawa
  26. Red Sister – Mark Lawrence
  27. Mother of Wolves – J. Aislynn d’Merricksson
  28. Skullsworn – Brain Staveley
  29. Alphabet of Thorn – Patricia A. McKillip (Flights of Fantasy Book Club)
  30. Shifter Clan Series – Tiffany Shand
  31. The Lost Sentinel – Suzanne Rogerson
  32. Nightseer – Laurell K Hamilton
  33. Fallen From Grace – Nikki Landis
  34. Godblind – Anna Stephens
  35. A Gathering of Ravens – Scott Oden
  36. The Gunslinger – Stephen King
  37. Wyvern Awakening – Joanna Mazurkiewicz
  38. Seduced By Moonlight – Laurell K Hamilton
  39. Pack Ebon Red – C.M. Stunich
  40. Made In The Image Of The Goddess – Chantelle Griffin
  41. Blackwing – Ed McDonald
  42. The Last Dragon Rider – Errin Krystal
  43. The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
  44. Darkfever – Karen Marie Moning
  45. Tipping Point – Terry Tyler
  46. The Dragon in the Garden – Erika Gardner
  47. Spring – Lele Iturrioz
  48. Raising Fire – James Bennett
  49. Firestorm – Rachel Caine
  50. Branded – Keary Taylor
  51. Damned – Alexandra Weis & Lucas Astor
  52. Elements of Mischief – C.M. Stunich & Tate James
  53. Seventh Decimate – Stephen Donaldson
  54. The Year of the Knife – G.D. Penman
  55. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K Dick
  56. Split Feather – Deborah A. Wolf
  57. The Vixen’s Lead – Tate James
  58. The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson
  59. Dungari Rise – Nikki Landis
  60. The Dark Highlander – Karen Marie Moning
  61. Pack Violet Shadow – C.M. Sunich
  62. Full Moon Rising – Keri Arthur
  63. The Bitter Twins – Jen Williams
  64. Elements of Ruin – C.M. Stunich & Tate James
  65. Allison’s Adventure’s in Underland – C.M. Stunich
  66. Lindisfarne – Terry Tyler
  67. The Dragon’s Wing – Tate James
  68. Patient Zero – Terry Tyler
  69. Fractured – Nikki Landis
  70. Arcanum Unbounded – Brandon Sanderson
  71. The Tiger’s Ambush – Tate James