Week in Review – 1 April 2018

Hi Guys,

For those who celebrate it, Happy Easter.

I saw the psychiatrist this week, have a plan for med changes the first of which has been implemented already so I have everything crossed that by this time next month things will be feeling a bit more ‘normal’.

I’ve had something of a nightmare with getting my DVLA medical carried out the health centre they assigned me to, to get it done have been nothing short of imbeciles and it’s looking like I may lose my driving licence just because the medical hasn’t been done in the correct timeframe, completely out of my control. I am putting a complaint in what little that will do.

My new feature, Unsung Heroes, will start next Wednesday. I hope you enjoy it, please let me know your thoughts and if you want to know more/take part take a look here.

Book of the Month – March

My Mum once told me the older you get the faster time goes…I think she might be right because I can’t keep up with it anymore!

Callan - Sybil BartelCallan by Sybil Bartel
Callan was a hands-down winner this month. Sybil Bartel’s naive alpha male won my heart and while I could easily line up her books for a book of the month award there was something special about this one, Callan’s background gave him a childish innocence which when mixed with his natural alpha male was just something else entirely. The best thing was that Sybil Bartel made it come across as completely natural. Combine that with the forbidden romance of falling in love with his step-sister. Damn this book was pure perfection.

 

You can read my full review here, but really you should just be going out to buy it already!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have posted the following reviews:
Five Star: The Viper’s Nest by Tate James, and Callan by Sybil Bartel.
Four Star: The Wanted by Nikki Hunter

Other Posts

I had an excerpt from Callan by Sybil Bartel as part of the release book blitz. I featured Slipknot on Music Monday. I had an excerpt from Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson. Richard Dee stopped by for The Bookshelf this week. I discussed how Amazon are censoring indie novels in the reverse harem genre.

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#BlogTour: Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson @XpressoTours #Excerpt

Welcome to the blog tour for Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson. I have an excerpt for you today and if you want to follow the tour you can do this at Xpresso Book Tours. This is the second book in this reverse harem series, you can catch my review of book one here!

Description

I failed…

My name is Ryder Carter, future heir of Realm Five, Minato.

I was destined to do great things, to walk alongside my fellow star knights, as we desperately searched for the woman who would lead our galaxy to salvation.

My spirit and I had failed her once, unable to prevent the chain of events and challenges she’d faced for sixteen cycles. Then, we finally found her – alive.

Within two rotations, she’d blossomed into a beautiful rose – such delicate petals, filled with purity and life. My mission was to guide her home, to where she truly belonged, as our Princess and saviour from the approaching darkness. She was more than just our Princess; I loved her with all my heart.

But…I failed. My once perfect rose, damaged by my failures. Would she ever forgive me, her star knight who’d sworn to protect her? Will I ever get the chance to tell her how much she means to me…to us?

Only the Starlight gods can tell. Please…bring my Firefly home.

~In Stars We Trust~

Tainted Rose is Book Two in the new, paranormal reverse harem series. 
Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language. Tainted Rose - Tour Banner

Excerpt

“Fuck me, Ryder.”

 

I watched his pupils dilate, expanding quickly before constricting back to their normal size. I felt the hardness between his legs grow, as his breath caught in his throat.

 

“Makoto.”

 

The sound of my name as it left his lips was somewhere between a prayer and a curse. I never knew I could want something as badly as I had once wanted freedom, yet here I was, sitting in front of a man I loved.

 

He held me in his arms as he stood from the couch.

 

“Are you sure you want this? Once I start – I won’t be able to stop.”

 

There was no hesitation, no doubt in my soul. This was what I wanted.

 

“I’m sure.”

About Yumoyori Wilson

Yumoyori Wilson - Author ImageYumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can’t wait to share them with everyone.

https://www.facebook.com/yumoyoriauthor/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1995186624098141/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17086384.Yumoyori_Wilson

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Book & Buy Links

TitleTainted Rose
Series: Starlight Gods #2
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 10 November 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 446
Buy: Books2Read (will redirect you to your preferred retailer)

Week in Review – 18 March 2018

Oh what a week it has been. My mental health is taking a nose dive, and getting what is supposed to be an emergency appointment with a psychiatrist is proving to be the usual song and dance. I finally got an appointment scheduled on Friday, two weeks after I was referred, the appointment will be a further two weeks away. So four weeks for an emergency appointment. I was told if things get too bad to call the crisis line or go to A&E. I know I still have some control because I’m finding some sarcasm to deal with things.

I have to announce that the model feature Getting Cozy With… has been axed, not my choice nor the models but there were some external issues that despite my best efforts couldn’t be resolved. The timing pretty much couldn’t have been worse for me with it all happening on one of the days when I was sickest this week and didn’t have the strength to fight so I just gave in and gave it up.

I’m trying very hard to keep things ticking over here, but it’s a struggle and with the loss of my favourite feature and this reading slump I’m in I am finding it very hard to find any enthusiasm for the blog right now.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Reviews

This week I have posted the following reviews:
Five Star: Groupie by C.M. Stunich
Four Star: The Vixen’s Lead by Tate James, Dark Glitter by Tate James & C.M. Stunich, and A Fighter’s Love by Lily Harlem.
Two Star: Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson

Other Posts

Fozzy was featured on Music Monday this week and A. Bello appeared on The Bookshelf yesterday.

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#Review: Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson Plus #GuestReview @PaRoyle

Dark Wish is another book that I had to skip reviewing while I was in my reading slump, I just didn’t get to it in time for the blog tour. I’ve now read it and have my review below and as a bonus, I have a review from the lovely Siobhan who has been reviewing a few books to add some variety to things here. I thought it would be interesting to post both reviews together!

Description

What do you get when you add free and dumb? 
FREEDOM

My name is Makoto Heart and I’ve always wished for a chance at freedom. Every day, I prayed before the Starlight gods, asking for their divine assistance in accomplishing such a difficult task.

Being an experiment for as long as I can remember, my hopes of obtaining freedom have diminished, drastically. The disappointment haunted me, as myself and my spirits struggled to survive. I had no hope left, believing my final plea fell upon deaf ears, yet again.

But what happens when my prayers are finally answered? I’m thrust into fulfilling a destiny, with the help of six star knights. Suddenly, I am no longer experiment 555, but the stolen princess of Heila.

Freedom, how you have teased my troubled soul. May the Starlight gods guide me and my knights, on this path towards the unknown.

~In Stars We Trust~

Dark Wish is an extraordinary new paranormal reverse harem series. 
Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language. 

Review 1 – Claire

I had high hopes for Dark Wish, it was getting rave feedback in the reverse harem groups I’m in on Facebook, the few reviews I had read were glowing and everything I had read about it shouted: “this is for you Claire”. Unfortunately when I actually started reading it quickly became clear that I was not getting out of it what I was expecting and it became a book that I was really not enjoying.

Makoto Heart is in captivity from a young age, and this alone should warm you to her. But I didn’t, not from the very first page when it was clear what was happening did I feel any kind of warmth towards this character, she is naive, immature and quite honestly a real whiny bitch. She isn’t rescued until she is in her twenties by the men that will be her harem and her personality does not improve post-escape. It escapes me what they see in her though. I truly felt nothing for this girl despite all of her troubles. Some of my biggest issues were:

  1.  This is a group of people in their mid-twenties yet they are going to a school which is set up as though they are in their teens. It just didn’t work for me. It felt all wrong like it was an adult book trying to be YA.
  2. Makoto is always asleep, I am not kidding at least once every single chapter she is sleeping, I mean how the hell am I supposed to bond with the MC when all she does is sleep?
  3. There is virtually no dialogue between Makoto and her “Knights”, yet quite early on she talks in her dialogue about how she is falling for them, this just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t feel that when I didn’t know these guys properly.
  4. There is a great concept in this book that shifters, which is what Makoto and her Knights are, hold different spirits in their body, like angels, demons etc. I loved this concept, but it comes across clunky and awkward. I was confused quite often, and the multiple dialogues switching from internal to external and back again was just far too confusing. I get the author was trying to be funny but it fell short.
  5. This is a book set in a huge world, but the world building isn’t thorough enough for the multiple planets and different world ideologies to not be confusing. There was a glossary at the beginning but the author really needs to work on world building within the text to make this more powerful and easier for the reader.

Then we get to the writing. It just didn’t flow for me, it felt stunted and awkward. There wasn’t that natural flow that you need with a novel to really fell embraced by the words. There are a lot of typos and issues with the incorrect form of words being used and in some cases the completely wrong word being used such as interacted instead of interaction. It didn’t feel as though an editor had got anywhere near it which I always feel is a real shame because it always lets a book down terribly not to be properly edited.

Overall, I got to the end but will definitely not continue the series, it was just too much hard work for me.

I had an eARC of this book to review courtesy of the author and Xpresso Book Tours.

Rating

Review 2 – Siobhan

This is a hard book for me, I was confused with all the different planets, and such creatures, or gods. The beginning of the story started off as an escape plan, but I didn’t understand until later why they were trying to escape, the main female character was funny and kind of childish in my opinion, although she’s been sheltered and abused, her different personalities where hard to keep up with.

The Male leads were interesting all very different and intriguing, and sweet but in the story I feel that there wasn’t enough background information to each character, and I tried very hard to get into the story but found it hard, but please don’t be put off by my review although this isn’t my cup of tea I will recommend it to someone whom enjoys these types of books.

Rating

About Siobhan

I love too read all and anything,
I am an author PA on Facebook,
I love all things Marvel and DC comics,
I love vampires and werewolves,
I’m a huge football fan, and I’m in love with Jon Snow,😘
But most of all I love my two children and partner more than life its self

 

 

Book & Buy Links

TitleDark Wish
Series: Starlight Gods #1
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 8 September 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 422
Buy: Books2Read (will redirect you to your preferred supplier)

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 – 4 March 2018

I’m taking a moment this week to think about a friend that I heard lost her fight with anorexia and depression this week. As the words wrapped their way around me and the tears started to fall it was a stark reminder of how close I have come to losing my life to my bipolar so many times. She was a beautiful person, with a beautiful smile and she fought hard for people who couldn’t find their own voice. We had worked together on a social media project which ran for about 18 months and despite a significant age difference became good friends. I visited her in the hospital making the trip to Wales and taking books and bath treats for her because despite being stuck in a hospital bed she loved a pampering as much as the next person. Her death is not just a personal loss but a loss to the world of mental health, she had powerful things to say and always said them well. I will miss her, I will miss talking to her. I don’t believe in heaven or hell, I don’t believe in any God, but I do hope that whatever she believed in she found it along with the peace she was desperately seeking. I understand the desperation, the need to let go and I will never judge someone for that but my heart has broken just a little knowing I won’t ever see her again.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Order

Reviews

There were no reviews this week 😦

Other Posts

I had Metallica on Music Monday this week. I reviewed the Harry Potter themed Rosie Lea Tea I received as a gift. I took part in the cover reveal for Callan by Sybil Bartel. Sue Johnson appeared on The Bookshelf this week.

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Week in Review – 25 February 2018

Bleugh, that just about sums this week up. It’s been high stress, hard to manage but I’ve also seen some huge successes. I’m just about done with my Bipolar now, if there is a permanent cure I’d like to see it, please.

My new feature launched this week and, I love it honestly I could do that feature 24/7 because working with models, it turns out, is an absolute pleasure and not just because they are gorgeous. They are just bloody nice fellas and honestly, we could all do with more nice people in our lives right? I’ve decided I’m going to run it every 2-3 weeks because there are plenty of guys who want in, and quite frankly I enjoyed setting it up so much. There were a few hitches along the way which I’ve learned from, I have a few ideas to improve it which I will implement in the next one and believe me the guy who is coming in next you won’t want to miss. I’ve known him longer than I’ve known Michael who was our first guest and he is an absolute darling. I swear I feel like I’m going to be saying that a lot! I’m not announcing who he is yet, we only confirmed things yesterday, but he will blow your minds!

I’m obsessed with going to the gym again, it’s the only time when my brain isn’t running at about 1000miles per hour. So far I’ve bumped into my post lady and a guy I went to school with there though, I didn’t even pick a gym on my doorstep so I am curious to see who I run into next!

Speaking of exercise, back in the early summer I was asked by BALP (Bristol Active Life Partnership) to put myself forward for the This Girl Can campaign in Bristol to talk about walking and how the BALP walking group has helped me. Turns out Bristol was getting its own centralised version of the campaign Bristol Girls Can. I went through the vetting process and while I didn’t get chosen as one of the ‘main’ girls I was asked to write a piece for the website. and here it is. Reading this now, I can’t believe how much my life has already moved on since then, how much fitter I am, stronger even. And now with my workout regime at the gym I’m going from strength to strength.

OK…book update…it’s thin, I’ve totally lost my mojo which I know is down to the medication increases. My concentration is shot to hell. I’ve been backing out of blog tours and my schedule is a mess. All I can do is apologise to authors, tour hosts and anyone else involved. Despite pulling off some things at the moment, I’m sick as all hell right now and doing my very best. Any missed tour reviews will be reviewed at a later date and that’s a promise. I’m going to try reading a book that I know gets my juices flowing so to speak. Honestly, something has to work, right?

TBR Topple Winner

OMG I’ve got a new winner and I still haven’t read the last one…this is how bad this bloody slump is!

Animal Magnetism - Jill Shalvis

The winner was Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis…it’s on my list with everything else and I again, promise from the bottom of my heart to read it as soon as humanly possible once I’m through this rough patch.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Four Star: Reality Blurred by Aven Ellis

Other Posts

I had an excerpt from H.A. Leuschel as part of the My Sweet Friend blog tour and another excerpt from Yumoyori Wilson on the Dark Wish tour. We had an impromptu Authors Bookshelf as part of Jennifer S. Alderson’s blog tour on Thursday. Karen Ankers was on The Bookshelf this week.

My new feature launched on Friday. I’m so proud of this feature, it had so many different elements and people involved and has just been a lot of hard work as well as so much fun. I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did. I can’t wait until next month.

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