Sunday, 19 August 2018

Weekly Update #25

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!

I did something scary but incredibly liberating... I walked away from Facebook.
I deleted the app, logged out and removed it from my quick browse list on the laptop.
I've had enough.
I'd had enough of seeing posts from the same people and missing everyone elses.
 I've had enough of random group notifications, clickbait, ads and random bile being spewed everywhere. I've had enough of how much time I waste aimlessly scrolling through the news feed.
So, I'm done.
I'm taking a break and depending on how the break goes I'm deactivating my account, and then if that goes well I'm deleting it.
I'm torn, though.
It's one of the main ways I keep in touch with a lot of family and friends but I've just had enough, you know?
So break time it is!

Anyone else deleted Facebook and found themselves happier for it?

Beyond saying bye bye to Facebook, it's been a hectic week of family visitors, work and doctors appointments!
I'm not going to go on about the doctor's appointments beyond saying I've been feeling off for quite a while and this week decided to speak to the doc. They took a load of blood, called me in about the results, ordered more blood and now I'm waiting to see a specialist.

What I am going to complain about is my poor arm!!
It was still bruised up from the 12 vials they took on the Monday when they decided they needed four more on the Thursday and rather than using the other arm they took it from the same one!
It's every colour under the rainbow now.

At least my mum has arrived to take care of her poor daughter for the next couple of weeks.

Storm of The Gods by Amy Braun


I loved this book SO much. It's UF, with a male lead, and was freaking awesome!
I'm seriously gutted that I can't give it five sparkly shiny stars because I really did love it, however, there were just a few little things that bugged me and that made giving this one a five star feel a bit dishonest (despite how much I loved it)... So four stars it is!

I'm on the blog tour for this one so I won't say anything more before then but if you enjoy UF, and Greek myths and Gods, then please keep an eye out for this one and give it a try!
I'm so excited for the next one already.

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews


This one was a re-read and, man, I love this series too.
I love these authors... I'm a total fangirl and I can't stop and I'm not sorry.
Re-reading this one reminded me that I still haven't reviewed the Innkeeper books from my first read through at the end of last year so I should probably do that at some point...


Kindle Unlimited


Two words: DICK SOAP.
(Sorry it's off-centre! I can't make it behave...)

This buzzfeed article lays everything out better than a twitter thread if you want to know more!

I watched season 1 of The Office (UK version).
This was prompted by a couple of colleagues insisting that I must because it was so funny.
There were only 6 episodes and they were 30min long so it didn't take long and while I laughed - sometimes a lot - I was mostly confused as to how the hell the show became such a hit and spawned spin-offs around the world. 
I mean, it's essentially a load of crap packed full of misogynistic bollocks and is so 'non-PC' that I'm surprised people weren't going after it with firey pitch-forks back in the day... Although it was pre-twitter (pre-social media in general) so that's probably why it escaped.
But oh well... I'm going to watch S2 because I'm rooting for Tim and Dawn to become a thing for her fiance is obviously an asshole and she should be with Tim, lol.

Readathon: Bout of Books Sign Up Post
Cover Reveal: The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
Blitz: The Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I'm joining in - for the first time ever -  with Tressa's Can't Wait Wednesday... Virtual high five if you can guess what book I can't wait to get my hands on?
I'm also taking part in the Blood Cure (by KA Linde) blog tour on Friday and can finally discuss the final book in this awesome trilogy!
Beyond that, I have some reviews to get posted and seeing as I'm off work I'll see what other mischiefs I can get myself into. 
Have a great week all!

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Bout of Books 23 - I'm In!

Ever taken part in Bout of Books?
I have!
But not for a really long time... I could be wrong, but I think the last time I took part was back in the Book Lovers Codex days so it's been at least two years and therefore I'm excited to be signing up and joining in once more!

For those who aren't familiar with Bout of Books, I give you the official spiel...

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

So, yeah. Another read-a-thon, but it's a fun one! 
And I haven't taken part in any other read-a-thons this summer, and I'm on leave for a week so it's a golden opportunity to reduce/eliminate that deficit on my goodreads reading challenge.

I've no idea what books I'm going to read during the readathon but my target is to read 7!
A book per day.
That's a huge challenge for me given that I read far slower now than I used to.

Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Cover Reveal: The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

Yes, today I double booked myself... I signed up for Jennifer L. Armentrout's, The Prince, release blitz AND this cover reveal by Rebecca Yarros. It was a rookie mistake but I'm not sorry for THIS BOOK SOUNDS AWESOME!
Oh my god... It sounds like a book that'll rip your heart out, dance on it, dust it off and put it back in your chest all mended.

I cannot wait for its release!! 
But, for now, I bring you the cover!

The right words can save your life.

For fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult... A soldier falls in love with his battle buddy’s sister through their letters and returns home from Afghanistan with a secret that could destroy their fragile relationship. Don’t miss THE LAST LETTER by Rebecca Yarros! 


If you’re reading this, well, you know the “last-letter” drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there were any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: Get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.


Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee and chocolate. She is the author of the award-winning Flight & Glory series and The Renegades. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to her Apache pilot for seventeen years. 

When she's not writing, she's tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with her husband, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, and their menagerie of pets. Having adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, Rebecca is a passionate advocate for children through her non-profit, One October.

Blitz: The Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I know there are a fair few Jennifer L. Armentrout fans amongst the blogs followers (and I'm one too of course!) therefore I'm so excited to squeal that The Prince - a novella in her Wicked series - is OUT NOW!

I will admit, I haven't read the Wicked series yet - for I was waiting on the trilogy to be completed - but I've heard nothing but good things and I can't wait to read them all!

There is a little excerpt below as well as the links etc.

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

Did it make you a bad friend if you were completely, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No? Kind of?

I figured it was somewhere in between.

That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.

At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.

I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.

But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eye monster that was sitting on my shoulder.

Ivy was just such a… badass.

Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.

If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.

If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.

The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae were.

The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human faΓ§ade to the creature that lurked beneath.

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.