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 

 

#BlogTour: The Many Colours of Us by Rachel Burton @bookish_yogi @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review

Welcome to day two of The Many Colours of Us blog tour from Neverland Blog Tours. When you are done here you should check out today’s other stops at Rachel Brimble and With Love for Books. Today I have a review for you which I hope you will enjoy!

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What if your life was built on lies?

Julia Simmonds had never been bothered about not knowing who her father was. Having temperamental supermodel, Philadelphia Simmonds, as a mother was more than enough. Until she discovers she’s the secret love-child of the late, great artist Bruce Baldwin,  and her life changes forever.

Uncovering the secrets of a man she never knew, Julia discovers that Bruce had written her one letter, every year until her eighteenth birthday, urging his daughter to learn from his mistakes. As Julia begins to dig deeper into the mysterious past of her parents, opening up a history she’d never have imagined, but as she discovers the truth she needs to decide if she is willing to forgive and forget?

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Review

Julia is in for a rocky ride, she has just inherited all of her Father’s estate, her millionaire Father. Except she never knew her Father, she had no clue who he was. And now she is sat being told by a solicitor not only who he was but that almost everybody in her life knew and nobody told her.

As the deceit and lies unravel Julia has to decide if she forgives the people in her life, how she moves on and what she does with this fortune which has landed in her lap. And as an attraction grows between her and the solicitor, Edwin, she needs to decide if she is ready to take some risks of her own.

Julia was a very likeable character, her reactions to the situation she was in were very understandable and to be expected. Her feelings of betrayal and confusion profound and deep. Her desire to preserve her relationship with her Mother while being angry and undeniably betrayed was completely relate-able and easy to support, as she made decisions you could see why she went down the path she did.

The tension with Edwin was palpable and yet so romantic, the awkwardness between them so sweet and new, two people who just didn’t know how to be forward and honest about their feelings, I honestly had no idea if anything would happen thinking they may go their separate ways.

This is a beautifully romantic and heartfelt book, tackling family, love, trust, and betrayal. It pulls at the bonds that bind us with those we love and asks just how much can we sustain before we break. A spellbinding debut.

Sending a huge thanks to Rachel Burton, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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Rachel Burton - Author ImageAbout Rachel Burton

Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk, prodigiously early. In 2013 she finally started making one up that was worth writing down.

She has a BA in Classics and an MA in English and has never really known what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a legal secretary, a yoga teacher and a paralegal. She never quite made it to law school.

She grew up in Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes

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TitleThe Many Colours of Us
Series: N/A
Author: Rachel Burton
Genre: Romance | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 26 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 209
Buy: Amazon UK | SpeedyHen

Week in Review – 14 May 2017

Lovely week this week, Tuesday my walking group joined up with another for Bristol WalkFest and Mental Health Awareness Week, it was a beautiful blue sky day and it was great to see some of the guys from the other group and catch up with them (our groups occasionally join up so I know most of them already).

Also, as it was Mental Health Awareness Week, I wrote a piece for the charity I volunteer at which is up on their website. If you are interested you can read it here. The piece was also published to the Huff Post, which we were pleased about. I love volunteering with this charity which is also the charity who provide my mental health care, well for the next few weeks at least as I’m being discharged soon (eeek!) They are absolutely amazing, and unlike many of the national campaigning charities, these guys work on the frontline doing work that the NHS isn’t able to provide or has contracted out, which is why I had care from them, and I can tell you that the service they provide is a thousand times better than anything I have ever received from the NHS.

On Tuesday evening I went to see the musical Wonderland with some of my family. This is a musical retelling of Alice in Wonderland. It was a bit different from how I was expecting it to be but still very enjoyable, I was pleased that many of the songs had a more rock feel to them and that it was an original score (I have a particular dislike for musicals made up of “real” songs).

Unfortunately, during the early hours of the next morning we were woken up by someone trying to break into our flat through our bathroom window. The friend they had with them was trying to steal Hubs motorbike just outside. The bike theft is becoming a bit of an ongoing problem, Hubs had a bike stolen just before Christmas, and this is at least the fifth time we know of that the replacement one has almost been taken. Luckily Hubs woke up before the person got inside and scared them off, the police were brilliant and got here within a few minutes, had the helicopter up searching for the little buggers (I guarantee they were teenagers around here), but having heard no more they haven’t found them. We are at the point of phoning them so often that we are pretty sure we have our own personal police guard now which is why they arrived so quickly!

Ironically, we were talking only a few days ago about not feeling comfortable here anymore, partly because it’s so small (it’s the tiniest flat in the world, I swear nobody could find somewhere smaller than this) and partly because of all the crime problems we’ve had in the last six months. Then this happened, it’s like someone is telling us to get lost!

Finally, I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had taken part in the Grimbold Books podcast. It is now up on their website for all to listen to. We talked about book blogging and being a book reviewer. It was great fun, I’ve never taken part in a podcast before but would definitely do it again. I was with a group of seasoned pro’s including their other guest BookTuber Thomas Wagner from SFF180. You can listen to the Podcast here.

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

Currently Reading

Roadie - C.M. Stunich Legion - Julie Kagawa

What I’ve Read

The many colours of us Into the Hall of Vice - Anabelle Bryant  Save The Date - Aven Ellis Groupie - C.M. Stunich

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Connectivity - Aven Ellis The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square - Lilly Bartlett Roadie - C.M. Stunich Real Ugly - C.M. Stunich

Giveaway Wins

  

 

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve got one 5* review this week in Into the Hall of Vice and I took part in a Mental Health Awareness Week blog tour this week with Loving the Life Less Lived, I was honoured to be included on this tour given my connection to the subject.

Cry Wolf - Greta Stone Into the Hall of Vice - Anabelle Bryant Loving The Life Less Lived - Gail Marie Mitchell

Other Posts

Vicki from Cosy Books joined me on The Bookshelf this week, if you missed it do head over and check it out. I also had a really lovely guest post from Pat Abercromby earlier in the week about writing a book from the point of view of a carer.

Just One Life - Pat Abercromby The Bloggers Bookshelf Logo

Giveaways

  • 1 Copy of Loving the Life Less Lived available to UK Readers of my Blogs! Rafflecopter
  • Variety of Cry Wolf Prizes including Necklace & $25 Amazon Gift Voucher (International Tour-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter

Week in Review – 7 May 2017

This week has been a bit of a shock to the system, after several very busy weeks I got hit quite hard with a dose of mania and psychosis coming back this week. A warning shot from the bipolar that I was doing too much, and when I saw my support worker on Friday she told me as much as well, reminding me that I knew better and had to look after myself. So I’m re-evaluating what I am doing with my time, how much time I’m spending running around, volunteering, helping family etc so that I don’t end up really sick again and totally incapacitated because that’s just not good for anyone.

Friday evening saw me tootling over to Bath for the Robin Hobb event I’ve been rather excited about. It was held in Christ Church which despite my lack of religion and dislike of the uncomfortable seating was a really nice venue for this type of event. There was an hour of “in conversation” with Jane Johnson who is the Publishing Director over at Harper Voyager, she’s pretty much a legend herself given she launched the imprint and Robin Hobb, thanks Jane! It was a wonderful conversation covering Robin Hobb’s books, characters, writing processes, life, and family. There were many funny moments and many relatable moments and as someone who started reading her books right at the beginning when the first one was launched twenty years ago it made me feel nostalgic to go back to the beginning and start again, maybe I should!

At the end of the evening there was a signing and the chance to meet the lady herself, along with the fantastic jacket illustrator Jackie Morris.

Now I may have mentioned before that I have a problem with going mute when I really admire someone’s work. I used to do this a lot with bands I had to interview, and yes, it happened with Robin Hobb. In all honesty it’s a great privilege to whoever I meet if I go mute, it means I think very highly of them! I managed to squeak out a “It’s a great honour to meet you” asked to get a photo then scuttled away! Some people stood there talking for ages, I envy those people greatly! All those things I wished I could say but my voice was broken…thanks anxiety!

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

Book of the Month

It’s time for me to announce my Book of the Month for April, I had a few in the running and I couldn’t decide between two so I’ve doubled up this month because of that.

dragon-of-ash-stars the-last-days-of-magic

The Last Days of Magic was also my most visited post during April so you guys obviously enjoyed it aswell so thanks for that!

Currently Reading

The many colours of us

What I’ve Read

Cry Wolf - Greta Stone  

New Books

My no adding to the TBR fell apart this week… but I have got some brilliant new books on there!

Bought / Freebies

 

Book Post

Holiday In the Hamptons - Sarah Morgan 

eARCs

Shifter_Clans_Series_Box_Set   The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square - Lilly Bartlett 

Reviews

There Is Always More To Say - Lynda Spiro Memortality - Stephen H. Provost HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Other Posts

This week Kate Coe was featured on The Bookshelf and was the first blogger to take part. I hope you enjoyed her answers, I came out the other end with a huge list of books to go on my wish list!

Into The Heat - Tamara Lush The Bloggers Bookshelf Logo

Giveaways

  • 1 Signed Copy of Memortality (International Tour-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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

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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

The Discoverability Challenge – 2017

I was looking to add a challenge to my reading this year in addition to the Goodreads Reading Challenge which is just about the number of books you read. I enjoyed keeping tabs on how Joanne Hall was doing with her Discoverability Challenge last year, a challenge to read more female authors, especially within the SFF genre. When she posted she was doing it again this year and within the post put a call out for others to join her this seemed the perfect challenge to join, especially as I have quite a pile of books waiting to be read by female authors I’ve not read before.

The rules are simple, read at least one book per month in any genre, fiction or non-fiction by a female author you’ve not read before. As I take part in blog tours and pick up books from NetGalley this will be easily achievable so I have set myself the goal of making sure that I read at least one SFF novel by a female author I’ve not read before each month to chip away at that pile I mentioned earlier!

I will keep a list here of all the authors I read who qualify for the Discoverability Challenge, and for all the books I specifically read for the challenge I will tag them and link them back to this page. I’m looking forward to seeing how many new female authors I discover in 2017!

My 2017 Discovered Female Authors

  1. Victoria Aveyard – Cruel Crown
  2. Jill Mansell – Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay
  3. Sheila Norton – The Vets at Hope Green
  4. Anabelle Bryant – The Den of Iniquity
  5. Lele Iturrioz – Seasons Within
  6. Cassandra Piat – Stuck With Me
  7. Anne Bishop – Written In Red
  8. Judith Colquhoun – A Country Practice: New Beginnings
  9. Nikki Landis – Dark Promise
  10. Sarah Morgan – Sleepless in Manhattan
  11. Donna Compositor – Curse of Stars
  12. Liz Gavin – Celtic Fire
  13. Clare Morrall – When the Floods Came
  14. Jane Ederlyn – Reborn
  15. Tamara Lush – Hot Shade
  16. Abbie Roads – Saving Mercy
  17. H. Leighton Dickson – Dragon of Ash & Stars
  18. J.D. Hughes – My Beautiful Disaster
  19. Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer
  20. Sybil Bartel – Rough
  21. Harper Sloan – Lost Rider
  22. Deborah Wilde – The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
  23. Catherine Green – The Darkness of Love
  24. Deborah A. Wolf – The Dragon’s Legacy
  25. Lynda Young Spiro – There is Always More to Say
  26. Greta Stone – Cry Wolf
  27. Gail Marie Mitchell – Loving The Life Less Lived
  28. Rachel Burton – The Many Colours of Us
  29. C.M. Stunich – Groupie
  30. Cristina Hodgson – A Little of Chantelle Rose
  31. J. Aislynn d’Merricksson – Mother of Wolves
  32. Patricia A. McKillip – Alphabet of Thorn
  33. Tiffany Shand – Shifter Clan Series
  34. Lilly Bartlett – The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square
  35. Jaimie Admans – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters
  36. Anna Stephens – Godblind
  37. Laurie Winters – Home Field
  38. Tani Hanes – Living In The Shallows
  39. Rachel Van Dyken – Cheater
  40. Joanna Mazurkiewicz – Wyvern Awakening
  41. Holly James – Worth Remembering
  42. Caitlyn Lynch – Ellie’s Encounter
  43. Chantelle Griffin – Made In The Image Of The Goddess
  44. A.L. Michael – Cocktails & Dreams
  45. Errin Krystal – The Last Dragon Rider
  46. Aimee Brown – Little Gray Dress
  47. Sarah Bennett – Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove
  48. Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever
  49. Terry Tyler – Tipping Point
  50. Erika Gardner – The Dragon in the Garden
  51. Pepper Winters – Tears of Tess
  52. Brittainy C Cherry – The Air He Breathes
  53. Sylvia Ashby – The Sinking Chef
  54. Maxine Morrey – The Christmas Holiday
  55. J Kenner – Wicked Grind
  56. Nikki Sex – Abuse
  57. Natalie K. Martin – What Goes Down
  58. Keary Taylor – Branded
  59. Alexandra Weis – Damned
  60. C.M Stunich & Tate JamesElements of Mischief
  61. Violet Blaze – Biker Rockstar Billionaire CEO Alpha
  62. Summer Cooper – Professor Next Door
  63. Leigh LaValle – Breathless
  64. Allie Burns – The Lido Girls
  65. Lilac Mills – And A Sixpence For Luck
  66. Ellen Wiles – The Invisible Crowd
  67. J Mercer – Dark and Stormy
  68. Mhairi McFarlane – You Had Me At Hello
  69. Jackie Ladbury – Air Guitar and Caviar