Wednesday, 17 July 2019

CWW: Brave The Tempest by Karen Chance

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. 
Generally, they're books that have yet to be released. 
It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Brave The Tempest by Karen Chance

Pritkin! My lovely prickly war mage is back with his powers completely unconstrained! How excited am I?!!
I actually cannot wait to see what is next in Cassie's adventures, how the dynamic with her and Pritkin changes and I'm crossing every appendage I have that Mircea gets eaten in the Fae realm.
(Yep, I detest him, sue me Mircea shippers!)

Cassie Palmer has been the chief seer of the supernatural world for a little over four months. In that time, she's battled two gods, fallen in love with two men, and confronted the two sides of her own nature, both god and human. So it's not surprising that she currently finds herself facing two adversaries, although they have a single purpose: to wipe out the supernatural community's newest fighting force, leaving it vulnerable to enemies in this world and beyond.

To prevent catastrophe, the vamps, mages, and demons will have to do the one thing they've never managed before and come together as allies. Cassie has the difficult task of keeping the uneasy coalition intact, and of persuading her own two opposing forces, a powerful mage with a secret and a master vampire with a growing obsession, to fight at her side. She just hopes they can do it without tearing each other apart. 

What's getting you excited this week?

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

TTT: Auto-Buy Authors

What is Top Ten Tuesday?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Auto-Buy Authors

This question isn't as easy as it should be to answer.
The simple fact is, I don't automatically buy many authors any more and the ones I do? Well, I fear the answer is all too obvious as I talk about them constantly and they feature almost constantly on my lists!
I'm going to sound like a broken record but here we go again anyway!

Ilona Andrews

Yes. I love their work.
They can write an instruction manual on the upkeep of daisies and I'm going to read it.

Kalanya Price

She wasn't on my auto-buy list until I read the Alex craft series back in May but now she absolutely is!

Annette Marie

Another author who wasn't on my list two months ago but now is! Especially until the Guild Codex series (plural) are finished but likely beyond!

Mariana Zapata

The queen of slow-burn romance and a definite auto-buy.

Karen Chance

The Cassie Palmer series is a big love of mine so Karen Chance is on this list!

Sarah J. Maas

I know people have a love/hate relationship with Maas's books but I love them so I'm going to keep buying them even if it takes me a while to get around to read them!

Kylie Scott

Funny, sexy, books that give me all the feels. Some are better than others but all have been worth a read and that's why Kylie Scott is still an autobuy.

Rick Riordan

Fun, quirky, sarcastic, brave and 100% wonderful characters. Action-packed adventures. Myths and legends. What is not to love?


Who are your auto buys?

Monday, 15 July 2019

Review: House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea's strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can't exactly launch a frontal assault.

Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

Join the demigods as they face their biggest challenges yet in The House of Hades, the hair-raising penultimate book in the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

(Narrated by )

~ 597 pgs

Third person, alternating pov.

Yep, you must have read the others or you'll be lost.

No, but the tension is building and everything is coming to a head so it has that same level of argh! that ending on a cliffhanger does.

This is the first in this series that I haven't rated as five stars. This may give the impression that I didn't love it as much as the others, and that's not entirely true, it doesn't mean that it wasn't a great read, for it was. It was just more... I don't know. Disjointed than the others?
In the previous books in the series, there have been multiple pov but the characters have been on the same track. They've been together, working towards the same goal even when one group has broken off to take care of something.
In this book, you have Percy and Annabeth fighting their way through Tartarus and the rest of the Heroes fighting their way towards the House of Hades.

Both groups are fighting towards the same goal, close the doors of death, but maybe it's because of the physical distance between them or maybe it's because the two groups don't interact until the very end of the book but the House of Hades felt... odd.
You'd be on the edge of your seat, tense and desperate to find out what happens next to Percy and Annabeth and then the next chapter would jump to Hazel et al on the surface and you'd have to wait another 3 or 4 chapters to get back to Percy and Annabeth.
By the time the book moved back toward Percy and Annabeth you'd be engrossed in what was happening on the surface with the others and wouldn't want to jump back towards Tartarus.
At one point, Leo breaks off from the group and then you have three distinct but connected plots interweaving and the poor emotions take a battering!

This grumble aside, the House of Hades packs a punch.
The stakes have never been higher. The Heroes must push themselves to the absolute limit to close the doors. Alliances are formed, sacrifices are made and each of the seven Heroes (plus Nico) will never be the same.

I loved how Nico came to prominence in this book. The son of Hades has been around since book three of the Percy Jackson series. He's had page time and character development, but we still don't know a lot about what makes him tick. In this book, you get inside Nico's head and he broke my heart. He's been through so much and is capable of terrifying ruthlessness but he fights for what is right even if his methods are sometimes whacked. I developed a serious affection for the underworld's princeling and actually feel scared for him as he sets off with Reyna to continue their part in the fight against Gaia.

And that's the thing with these books! They make you care! They make you care for these characters as though they were living, breathing, beings that you could reach out and touch!
Rick Riordan has a freaking gift and when you combine it with humour and warmth and excellent story-telling you get something that is truly magical.

I'm immediately moving onto book five because I need to know how this ends - and I hope and pray none of them dies! I couldn't bear it! - and I'm already sad that this journey is almost over.
The crew of the Argo II (and Nico!) have stolen a piece of my soul and I already miss them even though there's one more book to go before the journey is over!

"Psyche had been right. Cupid was a monster. Love was the most savage monster of all.”


“It's natural to feel fear. All great warriors are afraid. Only the stupid and the delusional are not...”


“I figure the universe is basically like a machine. I don't know who made it, if it was the Fates, or the gods, or capital-G God, or whatever. But it chugs along the way it's supposed to most of the time. Sure, little pieces break and stuff goes haywire once in a while, but mostly...things happen for a reason.”

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Weekly Update #68

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!

Monday to Friday was pretty quiet with just work and life. I re-read a couple of books and started a new series. I watched some TV. I visited blogs and tried to catch up on all the comments (sorry if I missed you!). It was nice.

We had a parent's evening at my son's school to round off the school year and I'm so pleased with how his school year has been. He's always excelled on the academic side of things but social interactions and the inter-personal stuff utterly stump him. This year, he's found his rhythm. He's still my odd little duck but he's happy, has friends, isn't disruptive or stressed, and both the professor, myself and his teachers are so freaking proud of how far he's come.
I'm just so happy that others are now able to see the quick-witted, sweet and funny little boy that we've had at home rather than the kid that keeps to himself and doesn't know how to react when someone says hello to him, you know?

Continuing the flow of good... My friend got married yesterday! She was beautiful and it was such a lovely event. A great time was had by all.

And today, we're picking the kid up from his grandad's and we're going to go see Spiderman: Far From Home.


This one was okay. I didn't love it but the characters and the world have potential.

And more re-reads!

I'm obsessed I tell you! Obsessed... Why is it so long for the next one! I needs it!!! 😭

99p Sale

Kindle Unlimited

Sophie at Beware of The Reader asks whether diversity is required to be a good writer/reader...

I started watching Stranger Things season 3 and binge-watched North and South while curled up super exhausted on the sofa... Mmmm, Richard Artimage. 😍

Mini-Reviews: Hard Pressed and Ask Me Why
Review: Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
Can't Wait Wednesday: Sweep of The Blade
Book Blitz: Only Ever You by CD Reiss

Have a great week all!