Week in Review – 11 March 2018

How has your week been everyone? I’m not going to dredge over old ground, the bipolar is still being a royal pain in my backside and I’m doing what I can with the motivation I have but it’s damn hard. I will be so glad once I’m back on track, the meds are reduced and I’m functioning at my normal level.

Confession time, I had to give up on the February TBR Topple read, I restarted it four times and couldn’t get more than 10% into it. I tried I really tried, it wasn’t enough of an effort to fairly deserve a review of any kind so I’ve just put it aside but as it was a TBR Topple read I wanted to mention it. I’ve read another of the authors books and I flew through it so I know I get on with her writing, I just couldn’t connect with this particular book for some reason.

Book of the Month

With being sick I didn’t read much during February so the pool of books to choose from is pretty small for a change. Despite the small pickings, they were high quality and I’ve gone with three again this month, one urban fantasy, one romance and one sci-fi romance.

 

Clockwork City by Paul Crilley – This was a book I was desperate to read from the moment I knew it was coming and it didn’t disappoint in way shape or form. Continuing from where Poison City left off there are magic and monsters galore as Gideon Tao and his spirit guide, Dog, get themselves into seemingly unending amounts of trouble.

Baby Girl by C.M. Stunich – I swear C.M. Stunich can see into my soul and knows exactly what to write to tear me apart and have me hang on her every word. Baby Girl see’s two people have to deal with the death of his best friend and her fiance, and how they cope with that and eventually find solace in each other. It sounds cliche summarised but it was one of the most heartbreaking and equally uplifting books I’ve ever read.

Sins of the Father by Nikki Landis – Nikki Landis very quickly became a must read for me. I am still playing catch up on her back catalogue but am just about managing to keep up with new releases. Sins of the Father is on the surface a straightforward MC Romance, but Nikki has thrown some wapping great surprises in there which I can honestly say floored me and had me physically reeling from the shock! Outstanding novel and I can’t wait for number two.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

No reviews this week…sorry!

Other Posts

I had an excerpt from Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop as part of the blog tour. I had Taking Dawn on Music Monday this week. I had a special edition of The Bookshelf as part of Rebecca Bradley’s blog tour for Fighting Monsters. Round two of Getting Cozy With… went live, this time I was pleased to introduce Randy Richards. Sandy Day was our visiting author on The Bookshelf this week.

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Week in Review – 11 February 2018

My mental health has continued to be a battle this week. I’ve had another week off work and my GP has signed me off for the rest of the month, not how I wanted to start my new job, but that’s how this goes sometimes. Living with Bipolar is a constant battle harder at times like this than at others. But I’m determined to get through this and get on track. I’m keeping up with exercise, of course getting bitten by a dog when running doesn’t make that easy! I kid you not a Greyhound (I mean could it have been a more docile dog?!) decided my thigh was breakfast!

There are a few things I really want to share with you this week, I’ve tried really hard to keep my head in the game, and not just fall into the “lazy” trap so here goes…

Coming soon is a new feature, the first one should be the 23rd assuming all the parts come together. It’s quite a big feature to put together, I’m collaborating with somebody else, who isn’t a blogger and does something not connected to books but has an awesome online presence and flatters the book vibe massively. We will also then jointly be collaborating with another organisation. I know I’m being super vague right now but let’s just say that at this point everyone is saying yes to the project and we just have to iron out the details for it to go ahead! At a time when I’m not feeling enthusiastic about anything this is pressing all my buttons.

I’ve also finished writing book two (insert cake here). I need to do a read through to check for mistakes, continuity problems etc but by the end of next week I want to have it out with Beta Readers…which is where you guys come in. If you fancy helping me out by reading and feeding back the brutal truth about this book which is an Adult Contemporary Romance then please let me know. I’ve put a convenient contact form below.

I have set up a group in Facebook for authors. It’s aim is for new authors especially those who are unpublished/first timers to have somewhere to ask questions and get real and honest answers from experienced authors. So far the group is being really helpful and honest and we’re learning loads from each other. If you would like to join come find us at the Fledgling Authors Support Group.

Right, here are this week’s book updates, I’ve struggled with reading this week which means I am epically behind with tour reading so I need to find my mojo and quickly next week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Won

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: Clockwork City by Paul Crilley
Four Star: Charmed by Mila Young, The Needed by Nikki Hunter and Spring at Lavender Bay by Sarah Benett.

Other Posts

Rotting Christ were featured on Music Monday. I had an interview with Elizabeth Corrigan about her novel Oracle of Philadelphia. This week, author Helen Matthews joined me for The Bookshelf.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#Review: Clockwork City by Paul Crilley @paulcrilley @HodderBooks

This is book two in the Delphic Division series if you missed my review of book one, follow the link to read it now. Poison City.

Description

Cop. Drunkard. Low-grade magic user. My name is Gideon Tau, but most people just call me London. (Because that’s where I’m from. Get it? Hilarious.)

Three years ago, someone killed my daughter. I sacrificed everything (the human race included) to learn his name – and then had to allow that knowledge to be erased from my mind in order to save the world I’d doomed. Fantastic.

Now I have to start over from scratch, and who do I have to help me find my daughter’s killer? The reanimated corpse of my boss, a low-rent P.I. who’s heavily into conspiracy theories, and my alcoholic, foul-mouthed demonic sidekick dog.

Our journey will take us from Durban, South Africa to London, England, where we’ll have to contend with Fae gangs fighting for territory, the murder-suicide of two Delphic agents and the seven deadly sins.

Oh, and did I mention planning a heist to break into the most secure bank in Faerie? Because that’s on the agenda too. And if we fail? An ancient horned god will destroy London. (The city, not me. Although, to be fair, I don’t think I’ll survive either

Review

Gideon Tao, nicknamed London because that’s where he comes from is on a mission, he needs to know what happened to his daughter, to take down the monster, literally, responsible for taking her and countless other children.

This time his investigations take him and his spirit guide, the alcoholic smartarse dog, back to London where he has to investigate what happened to two of his Delphic Division agents who were murdered and he somehow gets caught up in a fae bank heist.

It was wonderful to be back in the world of Gideon and Dog. Their relationship lightens the mood when things get serious. Dog is hilarious and while he should be a great reassurance to Gideon he often opts for the easy way out as his first choice and is instead dragged into danger by Gideon.

Gideon hates his situation, he hates that he is running headlong into danger, but he needs answers and will die before giving up on his search, his desire to know what happened to his daughter means he makes some terrible decisions and acts like he is invincible at times. But he also gets shit done and somehow he manages to get answers, even if he does come across as desperate…well, he is, so…!

This is a superb book, as expected. I love how this ended, untied story arc’s that lead me to hope there will be a third book, I’m so not done with these characters yet.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleClockwork City
SeriesDelphic Division #2
Author: Paul Crilley
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy | Magic
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 14 December 2017
Review Format: Hardcover
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback | Audio
Pages: 320
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | SpeedyHen | Wordery | Audible

Week in Review – 28 January 2018

I just don’t have words for this week, so I’m going to just let the books do the talking…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Gifted

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Four Star: Shadow Walker by Tiffany Shand, and Elements of Mischief by Tate James and C.M. Stunich
Three Star: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley, and Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt.

Other Posts

This week I featured an excerpt as part of a spotlight for Catherine Green’s new novel Return of the Vampire Hunter. Cheap Trick were my choice for Music Monday this week. I had a guest post from Tate James and C.M. Stunich as part of the Elements of Mischief blog tour. This week I welcomed J Aislynn d’Merricksson onto the bookshelf.

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Top 10 Books 2016 #Giveaway

So another year is over, I’ve read 100 books this year, which is bang on target. I’m quite pleased with myself, reading a lot of fantasy many of the books I read have page counts to rival the Bible so 100 is quite an achievement! Narrowing down my favourites to just 10 is hard and my list changed at least 100 times itself before I settled on what you see below. These are the one’s which I couldn’t get out of my head, which have lingered and made a long lasting impression.

I’ve linked to the full reviews for those who are interested but have also provided a short comment on why I have shortlisted each book. This list is in no particular order, it contains books I have read in 2016 but they may not necessarily be published in 2016 (although most are).

Continue reading Top 10 Books 2016 #Giveaway

#BlogTour: #Review & #Feature: Poison City by Paul Crilley @paulcrilley @HodderBooks

Welcome to my stop on the Poison City Blog Tour, written by Paul Crilley and published by Hodder & Stoughton. I’m very pleased to be taking part in the tour especially as today is the book’s release, I have a treat for you today, with my review, a Q&A with one of the characters from the book, and the start of a drinking game which will continue through the tour!

Description:
The name’s Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service. My life revolves around two things – finding out who killed my daughter and imagining what I’m going to do to the bastard when I catch him.

Continue reading #BlogTour: #Review & #Feature: Poison City by Paul Crilley @paulcrilley @HodderBooks