Week in Review – 10 September 2017

This week I have been working hard at the next draft of my book which is proving a slower job than writing the first draft, there is definitely an irony in there somewhere! That being said I’m starting to feel like it’s coming together now and that the reworked chapters are no longer a complete embarrassment so that’s a start!

Next Saturday I’m taking part in the 10-mile walk, Walking out of Darkness. Hopefully it won’t rain like it did last year! You can find out more here. I’ve also signed up to do a 5km infalatables obstacle course at the end of the month with a friend. They say it’s suitable for anyone aged 7+ so I figure I should be OK!

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed The Dragon in the Garden by Erika Gardner, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, Beautiful Survivors by C.M. Stunich, and I Cried to Dream Again by Tani Hanes.

Other Posts

I took part in the Music Monday meme again this week and I had an excerpt from First Crush, Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna. On The Bookshelf this week was fantasy author Errin Krystal. I was tagged for the Sunshine Blogger Award and The Miranda Sings Award.

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#Review: I Cried to Dream Again by Tani Hanes @TaniHanes

If you missed my review of the earlier books in this series I’ve linked to them below. Reviews of the rest of the series are to follow, I will keep these as spoiler free as possible but keep in mind if you haven’t read the earlier book(s) that it’s impossible to keep things completely spoiler free!

Book 1 – Living in the Shallows
Book 2 – Diving Deep
Book 3 – Learning To Fly
Book 4 – Before the Tempest
Book 5 – Surviving the Hurricane

Description

Birdie’s life is nearly unrecognizable from what it was when she met the boys of UK Crush. What was once a fairy tale, a love story, a romance worthy of being a movie, has morphed into a nightmare, an unending stream of one trauma blending into another. Her dreams of being a concert pianist, a mother, even a happy person, have been crushed, possibly forever, by the appearance in her life of monsters she didn’t even realize existed in this world. And Teddy, and to a lesser degree the other boys, too, have to deal with the guilt of having brought these people into contact with her.

Birdie has to wake up from the lovely dream which was her life up to this point and deal with the horrible humiliation and publicity of a trial, where even her most private life becomes fodder for the tabloids. The boys, too, have to see their beloved girl through new eyes, and see the real woman she is. Birdie and Teddy have to be strong in ways they never thought they would, and face reality, maybe for the first time ever, and move forward into it together.

Review

Tinker Bell is now facing the realities of her brutal attack, she’s remembered the intricate details and relayed them to the police. With the culprits caught she has to face a trial and this book centres around that trial. This book is quite harrowing in places with the details of the rape not glossed over in any way. It made me pretty uncomfortable to read because of how close to reality the details were.

The trial was harsh and Tinker Bell was definitely put through the ringer, having the support of the band was her only saving grace and one of those times during this series that the bond between the five of them really shone through.

A lot of time was spent on developing those relationships, and especially the one between Tinker Bell and Teddy during this book it showed how something like this affects all involved, but also strengthens the relationships between all involved.

The outcome of the trials were disappointing to say the least, not to mention a little unlikely. I felt a little cheated and feel that the story would have played better if the outcomes had played out differently, but can see why they played out the way they did.

I’m a huge fan of this series and love that Tani Hanes hasn’t been afraid to take these characters to some really dark places. I’m looking forward to digging into book seven soon!

A huge thanks to Tani Hanes for sending me the eBook copy which I have read and reviewed honestly.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleI Cried To Dream Again
Series: UK Crush #6
Author: Tani Hanes
Genre: New Adult | Romance | Erotica | Music
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 3 August 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 143
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 20 August 2017

So this is an update covering a couple of weeks as I had a small break to go to Bloodstock, a heavy metal festival. This is becoming an annual migration to the midlands for me and a great chance to see loads of really good metal bands! Highlights this year were Amon Amarth, King 810, Skindred, Arch Enemy, and Megadeth. They’ve already announced two headliners for next year and as they are two of my favourite bands I’ll be getting myself tickets as soon as I can.

This week I want to send congratulations to an absolutely amazing blogger. You all know Jay at This is My Truth Now, well Jay has just signed a publishing deal for his first novel, Watching a Glass Shatter. Jay is a really good friend and has given me huge amounts of help recently so I wanted to send him a huge virtual hug to congratulate him I couldn’t be happier for this. I absolutely can’t think of anyone who deserves this more.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m trying (trying being the word here) to write a book. Juggling everything I’ve been doing has been really stressful and something had to give so I’ll be winding down things on the blog a little, there will still be posts, I’m not closing the blog but I’m going to slow things down a bit. It’s going to take me until probably mid-September to wind down everything I’ve already committed to but once that’s done things should get a little easier for me to cope with. I’m starting to feel like I’m drowning trying to keep up with the blog, writing, and volunteering and I had a bit of a meltdown this week and became so glad if my new workout regime which is really helping to work the stress out!

Finally, don’t forget there’s a chance to win a copy of Sybil Bartel’s Thrust, by leaving a comment on THIS POST, before next Friday! Want to know what I think of Thrust? Check out my review here.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

I’ve been beta reading a novel this week which is very hush hush but very exciting. I’ve also been beta reading a few chapters of another novel in it’s early stages so lots of exciting things happening on top of my normal reading.

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve reviewed Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett as part of the Blog Tour. There was also Surviving the Hurricane by Tani Hanes, Grind by Sybil Bartel, Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash, and Dirty by R.L. Kenderson. I also reviewed How to Build Confidence and Overcome Fear by Daniel Riding over on my mental health blog.

Other Posts

I had excerpts from The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett, and The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal. I had Anna from The Bibliotaph on The Bookshelf this week.

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#Review: Surviving the Hurricane by Tani Hanes @TaniHanes

If you missed my review of the earlier books in this series I’ve linked to them below. Reviews of the rest of the series are to follow, I will keep these as spoiler free as possible but keep in mind if you haven’t read the earlier book(s) that it’s impossible to keep things completely spoiler free!

Book 1 – Living in the Shallows
Book 2 – Diving Deep
Book 3 – Learning To Fly
Book 4 – Before the Tempest

Description

Birdie has met the boys of UK Crush, fallen in love with Teddy, and become engaged to him in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge. She’s accompanied the boys to the Bahamas while they write their new album, and settled in to her new life as the significant other of a world famous rock star.

Now, due to cataclysmic events beyond her control, she finds herself alone and adrift in a foreign land, living a life she no longer recognizes as her own. She has to learn to love Teddy all over again, not to mention Ronan, Geth, Matty, and even herself. She has to come to terms with a terrible world and the terrible people in it, and learn the dark side of being in the public eye.

Review

Book four ended in a shocking cliffhanger, I literally had no idea what had happened but I did know it was bad. At the beginning of Surviving the Hurricane we meet Tinker Bell in a hospital bed, waking up from a coma where she doesn’t recognise Teddy or any of the UK Crush boys. What she has been through is devastating, traumatic and the stuff of nightmares.

I found reading what she was put through hard and heartbreaking, knowing she couldn’t remember anything was a small comfort, but knowing it would come back to her at some point gave me this awful anxiety like some awful wave of nausea was going to come crashing down at some point.

There were parts of this book that I found hard because it cut a bit close to the bone for me but Tani Hanes really handles the hard topics well and quite realistically. This was the first book where I really felt connected to Tinker Bell and wanted nothing more than to wrap my arms around her.

The boys are very different in this novel. Teddy is broken and hurt from the pain he has been through while Tinker Bell has been through her trauma, he is trying to be strong but there is a lot he blames himself for and he needs to find his inner strength to be able to be strong for her again.

Cracks appear with the other boys as their own feelings for Tinker Bell become more prominent and their feelings about what happened become hard to handle. My heart broke over and over as I read this book. Wanting to give each of these guys a hug and make them feel loved and comforted.

This book had so much more depth and grit than the previous books. Tani Hanes has definitely taken things in a darker direction, but she’s kept the love and closeness that makes Tinker Bell’s story so addictive. It’s pretty hard to keep a series riveting by book five but I’m in deep!

A huge thanks to Tani Hanes for sending me the eBook copy which I have read and reviewed honestly.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleSurviving the Hurricane
Series: UK Crush #5
Author: Tani Hanes
Genre: New Adult | Romance | Erotica | Music
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 19 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 245
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 6 August 2017

Is anyone else sick of all this rain or is it just me? I mean, seriously, it’s supposed to be summer!

So my Sister and Niece arrived from Lincolnshire this week! I love having them in Bristol, I won’t see too much of them as I’m away from the end of next week and I have a busy week coming up but I will squeeze the time I have. I’m going to Lincolnshire at the end of the month to spend a week with them aswell so we can have some fun then!

Next week the blog will go quiet for a bit, I’m heading to Bloodstock Festival for some heavy metal! If you follow my social media I’m sure you will see lots of hilarity as I update with me in the mosh pits and other such nonsense! I’ll have the blog back on track the middle of the following week once I’ve recovered my hearing and my bruises have gone down!

The writing is going well, I’ve hit a few snags, but I’m working through them, I’m getting a good flow out so I’m pleased with that. I’m going to make a few changes around here over the coming weeks though as it’s all proving too much keeping up with my blog schedule, my life commitments and the time I want to put into writing.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Book of the Month

So it’s that time again to pick another winning book, I swear I’m reading some amazing books this year and it just keeps getting harder to pick my top books. I’m dreading having to do the Top 10 in December!

Blackwing - Ed McDonaldBlackwing by EdMcDonald
When I thought about my book of the month this was the first book that came to my mind, it took me a week to even begin to think about how to put my thoughts into words, this was such an astounding piece of fiction. It has everything any fantasy fan could look for from a novel and is just so damn good. I’m not alone in thinking this either, every single review I have read for this book has been absolutely glowing.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

Definitely seeing a drop with everything I’m doing at the moment, although The Final Empire is quite a tome so I can’t complain at managing that and four other books!

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

My most recent reviews are: Twice in a Lifetime by Kierney Scott, Before the Tempest by Tani Hanes, The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal, and Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown.

Other Posts

This week I shared an excerpt as part of The Sullivans Boxed Set Book Blitz, and excerpts from the Myths & Magic collection and The Little Cottage in the Country. A new month means a new TBR Topple poll, don’t miss out on voting! The Bookshelf this week featured blogger Kate from Bibliophile Book Club.

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This is over the next couple of weeks until there will be another review post.

#Review: Before the Tempest by Tani Hanes @TaniHanes

If you missed my review of the earlier books in this series I’ve linked to them below. Reviews of the rest of the series are to follow, I will keep these as spoiler free as possible but keep in mind if you haven’t read the earlier book(s) that it’s impossible to keep things completely spoiler free!

Book 1 – Living in the Shallows
Book 2 – Diving Deep
Book 3 – Learning To Fly

Description

Aileen Foster, poor, orphaned, musically gifted, never imagined her life could change so much, so fast, but getting a job as interpreter for boyband UK Crush pitched her headfirst into tumult and a glamorous life she never thought she’d have. Now, engaged to band member Theo Shelley, and having survived her audition to Hamilton Conservatory in Manhattan, she’s off to the Bahamas with the boys while they write their new album. Life has never been easy for her, but she’s trying.

Review

Now that Theo has proposed to Tink their bliss seems to have reached new heights. Most of this book is set in the Bahamas, while the band record their album. Don’t think that the whole band being together puts a dampner on the couple’s sexual antics though. Tani Hanes has kept these to romping like a pair of bunnies, I’m sure severe is exhaustion would be on the cards for them both if they were real people!

As always reading the dynamics between the band and the band members and Tink is always really interesting. Hanes keeps the book on the edge of but not quite at reverse harem level. Personally I would love to see that switch but that’s just me! We see Tink get involved with the band musically in this book which is wonderful although I would have loved to see a bit more as I’m certain she had more to give.

Gethin remains my favourite character, he just stands out to me as an all round good guy but he’s also got this grit and gumption that I really like. I really want to see Gethin happy as he doesn’t come across as a happy character and I find that really hard to read.

Teddy is really proving himself as a changed man, he does everything he can to be the man deserving of Tink’s love. He is very insecure and despite his famous status and his relationship he needs a lot of reassurance.

This is the first of the books which has a real cliffhanger in and it left me reeling. It’s a real doozy of a cliffhanger and I was left trying to piece together what on earth happened and how did it happen. Tani Hanes well and truly nailed it.

A huge thanks to Tani Hanes for sending me the eBook copy which I won in a Giveaway and have read and reviewed honestly.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleBefore the Tempest
Series: UK Crush #4
Author: Tani Hanes
Genre: New Adult | Romance | Erotica | Music
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 21 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 225
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 23 July 2017

It seems you all really liked my new feature Marketing Monday, my stats which I don’t often look at but I couldn’t miss them for this, went through the roof for this post! I’m so pleased as I really agonised about creating this feature. I wasn’t sure if I would come across as a bit pompous! The feedback in the comments and the fact the stats were, well, awesome shows me I’m on the right track. I’ll start planning next month’s post for you and hopefully you’ll like it just as much!

You’ll be pleased to know that I made it to both fitness classes this week! hooray! I can’t walk now though I think I’ve pulled a few muscles but no pain no gain right?! haha!

I should also let you know that you picked The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson as my TBR Topple read this month! I’m really looking forward to diving in so look out for the review early next month!

Aaaand, Here is my bookish update for this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

My most recent reviews are: Worth Remembering, Thrust, Learning to Fly, and Ellie’s Encounter.

Other Posts

This week I launched my new monthly feature Marketing Monday. I had an author interview on the blog tour for Taking Chances. A Spotlight for The Redcliff Novels Series. An excerpt on the book blitz for Addicted to Love. And Annabelle Anders a debut author this week came to visit for The Bookshelf this week.

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