Sunday, 20 May 2018

Weekly Update #12


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

This has been a fun week... 
The professor was ill with a crazy fever and throat infection, the little dude had a bad cold and on Wednesday I was flattened by a migraine, the after-effects of which lingered for a couple of days.
Oh, the joys!

At least there was a royal wedding to amuse on Saturday.

Outwith the house of lurgy, I lost another 0.5lb at Slimming World bringing my total to -12.5lbs. 
I wish I'd lost a bit more, but considering how hit and miss I've been with sticking to the plan the last few weeks losing anything is a huge plus!

Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill


Book One in the Chicagoland Vampires and I really liked it!
My Thoughts on the book.

Friday Night Bites - Chloe Neill


Book two in the Chicagoland Vampires and I liked this one too!
Definitely going to continue working my way through this series.

Twice Bitten - Chloe Neill


Oh, I loved this one!
Action, shapeshifters and some delicious romantic drama!

Burned by Fire - Danielle Annett


I ramble about my hesitancy about this book below but I'm glad the last book didn't put me off for this was my favourite so far. 
Much, MUCH, better than the mess of the last one, which to be fair was mostly the editing's fault.
Now I'm excited to read book four at some point soon!

Burned by Fire by Danielle Annett

I wasn't going to do it. 
I was going to wait to see if it released on KU after the absolute shambles of alleged editing in the last book but, as I said in by Kissed by Fire review, I'm a glutton for punishment and I'm too curious for my own good.

Plus, the author has posted a lot in the last few days about 'reports of poor editing' and stating the errors have been corrected and a new copy uploaded so we'll see if it has been corrected and we'll see if it applies to this new one too!

I saw this post from Dani at Perspective of a Writer - 5 Cold, Hard Facts About Commenting Back - and felt the need to share it. 

I love returning comments to those who comment on my blog. I also love visiting blogs I like, reading the posts and leaving comments independently of 'commenting back' but sometimes life gets in the way, I'm not online much, and then I feel guilty about missing comments or not commenting regularly. 
Therefore, I'm going to employ the notebook and set aside a half hour everyday to just sit with a brew and visit.

Try Something New
I'm trying Dark Romance and have read 3 so far.

The Series That Never... Ends Challenge
I'm aiming to catch up with the Dark-Hunters series

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge
I'm aiming for 104 and I've currently read 34.
That puts me 5 behind schedule.

TV watching consisted of S2 of Sons of Anarchy.
Movie watching was The Last Jedi.

Giveaway Hop: Love in Bloom
Review: Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Book Blitz: Marked by Drew Elyse
Review: Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

Lets see... I have a RDL for Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward's latest joint novel. I have a cover reveal for Ginger Scott's upcoming release, Cry Baby, and I'll be posting a couple of reviews.
If I have the time, I'll also try jump onto one of the weekly memes.

Have a great week all!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Review: The Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

I’m going to do something a little bit different for me. Rather than review each book of this series individually, I’m going to share my thoughts with the series as a whole. The reason for this is that I read all five books pretty much back to back and what I loved about each of the books is pretty much the same for each book and I don’t fancy writing five separate reviews that all say more or less the same thing! That’s a waste of time, energy and web space. :)
So, the ‘My Thoughts’ section covers off the entire series, and my usual info breakdown (story length, format, violence etc etc) will be generalised for the series as a whole too unless there is a specific example in only one book that I want to flag. 

Book One 
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Book Two 
Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. 

In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

Book Three 
Percy Jackson and The Titan's Curse

It's not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.
But when you're the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive...

Book Four
Percy Jackson and The Battle of the Labyrinth

Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth - a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

Book Five
Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. 

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.


Full-length novels

Third Person, Singular


No, events from previous books are recapped as the series goes on but I do think you'll miss a lot if you don't read from the beginning

No, each book concludes it's own adventure but builds the over all story arc which is resolved in book five.

Mild violence... There's fighting of mythological monsters, Gods and the like.

I liked this series. No, that’s not quite right… I loved this series. I loved it lots and lots. 
In fact, I’d say that I loved this series in the same way that I loved the first Harry Potter series. It was just so… Good and familiar but oh so different. 
This series follows the adventures of Percy Jackson. When it begins you have a twelve year old boy who after some strange events discovers he’s a demigod. A son of Poseidon. That discovery was like Hagrid bursting into a hut and announcing, “yer a wizard Harry.” It was that kind of awesome. 
Then after adjusting to the truth bombs, Percy and his friends have to go on mission and battle many mythological monsters and I was hooked! 
I inhaled one book after another until they were finished and I’m bracing myself before beginning the Heroes of Olympus series because I know that will suck me in too, but I digress...
In each book you see Percy evolve. He learns more about this world he is a part of, he’s loyal, strong, fierce and funny. His friends are awesome. His frenemies are awesome. The Gods made me laugh and were so annoying and so cool… Each person, given anything more than a passing mention, is their own character and each has their part to play in the epic adventure. 

The pace of each book is full on and by the time the series ends, Percy is sixteen and has become one hell of a dude. 

I totally understand why this series is so beloved of so many kids - my own kid included - for if it takes you away on an amazing adventure in an amazing world. I wanted to be a demi-god battling the mythological monsters! I wanted to be a member of camp half-blood! I wanted to save the world using my awesome powers!
My little dude is seven and it has sparked so many wonderful conversations about ancient civilizations, various pantheons of gods, myths and legends… It’s totally awesome (yes I’m using awesome a lot, sue me) and I can’t recommend the series highly enough!

They're not fabulous but they're not bad either!

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”


“The real world is where the monsters are.” 


“You weren't able to talk sense into him?"
"Well, we kind of tried to kill each other in a duel to the death."

"I see. You tried the diplomatic approach.” 


“Love conquers all," Aphrodite promised. "Look at Helen and Paris. Did they let anything come between them?"
"Didn't they start the Trojan War and get thousands of people killed?"

"Pfft. That's not the point. Follow your heart.” 


“Be careful of love. It'll twist your brain around and leave you thinking up is down and right is wrong.” 


“People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed.” 


“It's hard to enjoy practical jokes when your whole life feels like one.” 


“Why do you need to gallop while you fly?"

"Why do humans have to sway their arms while they walk? I dunno boss, but it just feels right.” 


“Well . . . sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror. Oh, look. It's our floor.” 

Friday, 18 May 2018

Book Blogger Hop: What Are Your Worst Movies Based Off Of Books?

What were your worst movies based off of books?

I think it'll always be universal fact that the book is better than the movie but there are some where I've read the books, and then watched the movies, and still really enjoyed the films. 

For example, I really enjoyed the first Twilight movie. I thought that was pretty close to the book and well done.

The Hunger Games movies I thought were excellent.

The Lord of The Rings movies (extended editions) were pretty damn awesome too.

The Notebook will always be a romantic favourite.

There are countless others that I quite enjoyed, and even more that I know are from books but I've never read the book so can't comment on whether I thought the adaptation was good or not.

A book to film doesn't always have to go badly... It's just maddening how off the mark they can be sometimes.

Here are some perfect examples of what I considered a horrible book to movie translation:

Vampire Academy. 
Did you SEE what they did to that book? To Dimitri? To all of it? Gah! 
I shudder in horror every time I think of it and seeing as I only watched it recently the horror is still fresh. 

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. 
The book is awesome, the film is garbage. 
The little dude enjoyed the film and is so very confused - now he's listened to the book - over why the film is so different. 

I had to give him the 'Hollywood like to butcher lovely books' talk. 
I mean, they butchered The Lightning Thief movie too but I think because I saw it before reading the book that I'm possibly more forgiving of the changes made in that one... 

Harry Potter. 
Yep. I've said it. I hate them. 
And I'm not sorry. 
I will always hate them and I will argue in great amounts of detail with anyone who thinks they were done well... 
Except for The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets. They were okay. 
The rest should be cast into a fiery pit and tortured for all eternity for being the abominations that they are.

Confessions of a Shopaholic
It doesn't matter how annoying I found the book, the film was worse. A bazillion times worse with a cherry on the top.
If you haven't seen it, be thankful.

I'm sure there are more, in fact I know there are more, that I've found appalling but these are the ones that jumped immediately to mind.
 I'm really looking forward to seeing other people's answers to this question!


To view the linky list of this weeks Hop participants, please visit The Coffee Addicted Writer.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Blitz: Marked by Drew Elyse

I'm loving the sound of this book and look at that cover!!!!
Long haired men just tick my boxes...


I would never say as much to the people I love, but it’s the truth. 
They want to see me doing better.
They want to see me living for more than just my son.

So I let them.
Everyday is about putting on a face, pretending to get over the loss of my husband.
And every day is a lie.


I’m not about to claim I’m a genius, unless we’re talking with a tattoo gun or woman in my hands, but I’m smart enough to know the beauty serving up my cupcake fix is off limits.

Really, I know.
Too bad the lure of putting a real smile on Kate’s face is so strong.
When she visits Sailor’s Grave Tattoo Parlor, I can’t help but want to leave my mark.

*Available in Kindle Unlimited!*

Drew Elyse spends her days trying to convince the world that she is, in fact, a Disney Princess, and her nights writing tear-jerking and sexy romance novels.

When she isn't writing, she can usually be found analyzing every line of a book, binge watching shows on Netflix, doing strange vocal warm ups before singing in a variety of musical styles, or screaming at the TV during Chicago Blackhawks games.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, she still lives outside Chicago, IL, where she was born and raised, with her boyfriend and her fur babies Lola and Duncan.