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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#Review: The Gunslinger by Stephen King @StephenKing @HodderBooks

Description

‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.’ The iconic opening line of Stephen King’s groundbreaking series, The Dark Tower, introduces one of his most enigmatic and powerful heroes: Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger.

Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey toward the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

On his quest, Roland begins a friendship with a kid from New York named Jake, encounters an alluring woman and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

Review

A huge thanks to you, my readers, for choosing this in my first ever TBR Topple for June. I had actually read this before back in the 90’s when I was a just a teenager, I think I was about 15 when I first read this series, well the first four books. I never did finish the series and I promised myself I would re-read the first books before finishing up. I’ve been promising myself this for some time so you have definitely helped kick start things.

In The Gunslinger we meet Roland, a lone ranger of sorts who is pursuing The Man In Black, a mysterious man who seems to be leaving a trail of devastation and confusion in his wake. Roland is the last Gunslinger and is obsessed with his task.

As we follow him across the desert we join him meeting an eclectic cast of characters, most who end up dead in weird and wonderful ways. His relationship with the young boy Jake which is pivotal to his pursuit of The Man In Black is deeply moving and despite Jake being so young he holds his own as a strong and capable character.

There are tie-ins with biblical lore and the obvious tie-in with the wild west. Yet this is a world which feels completely set apart from ours, somewhere harsher and more deeply ensconced in a brutal reality of getting by with the bare minimum. It is almost dystopian in it’s formation but still very firmly a fantasy novel. The magic we see in this novel isn’t the magic of the fae or wizards it is something darker more corrupt and far more dangerous than we usually are confronted with.

This is a short book, and very much feels like an introduction, just as things start to feel like they are getting going the book ends. In most fantasy novels this would have been just where things were kicking off but here was where this book ended, meaning the pleasure of settling in for an epic journey didn’t get going for me.

Roll on book two and the story continuing!

Rating

 

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Gunslinger
Series: The Dark Tower #1
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 10 June 1982
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Audio
Pages: 340
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstone’s | Foyles | Book Depository | Speedy Hen | Wordery

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.

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New Feature – TBR Topple – June

Like many of you I’m battling between reading ARC’s and books I’ve bought for myself. As the latter list continues to grow I’ve decided to create a monthly feature to try and get at least one of those books read each month (clever eh?!) I’ve seen a few variations of this across blogs, so apologies to anyone if I’ve borrowed your ideas here. I have tried to keep this as original as possible but you know what it’s like in the land of blogs!

Basically what I am going to do is each month I’m going to pick up to five books from my TBR, they will be books which were all published that month (but not necessarily that year),  I will give you the cover and blurb, then there will be a poll, the poll will stay open until the middle of the month and whichever book has been voted for the most I will read and review.

Now as you can see I have called the feature TBR Topple, because, well, my aim is to topple the TBR!

So, here are my five books for June and at the end of the post you will find the poll!

The Gunslinger - Stephen KingThe Gunslinger by Stephen King
‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.’ The iconic opening line of Stephen King’s groundbreaking series, The Dark Tower, introduces one of his most enigmatic and powerful heroes: Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger.

Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey toward the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

On his quest, Roland begins a friendship with a kid from New York named Jake, encounters an alluring woman and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

Green Sky & Sparks - Kate CoeGreen Sky & Sparks by Kate Coe
In a world of magic, wind, and electricity, Catter Jeck is offered the chance to explore a myth. Travelling from city to city, his search for the centre of the magic catches others in its coils. When the Lord Heir of Meton offers to continue the search in his flying machine, the consequences of their crash – and Toru’s accidental link to a dying Healer – suddenly become of central importance to all of their lives.

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The Hundredth Queen - Emily R KingThe Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

If I Break - Portia MooreIf I Break by Portia Moore
Fresh off of a broken heart I met Cal Scott.

He was just what I lacked a beautiful distraction.

At six-foot-two, with ebony hair, storm gray eyes, and a smile that
could only hide an agenda, I knew he was trouble. And for the first
time in my life, a little trouble was just what I needed.

No. What I wanted.

It wasn’t like I’d ever marry the guy.
Until I did.

What I thought would be my happily ever after, was only the beginning.

Cal has a secret. One that makes loving him come with a price, and
being his wife cost more than I bargained for.

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride - Kristen PainterThe Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…