Thursday, 16 January 2020

Mini Reviews: Tracker's End & Dirty Ride by Chantal Fernando


The Wind Dragon's MC books are the type of MC books that are heavily focused on the romantic relationships and the brotherhood within the MC. They're not super violent (there is some) and any major shady business the club is involved in happens 'off screen' and isn't a key component of the story which I like... Some MC "romances" really dive down a rabbit hole of depravity but the Wind Dragon's does not.
A warning though: The books are super sexualised and the guys can be whorish assholes who treat the women they are not involved with like sex toys without feelings.

Both Tracker's End is a full-length novel told from an alternating pov between the two main characters. Dirty Ride is a novella. Both have HEAs.

Below are my mini-reviews for them both!
(My thoughts on Book 1 and book 2 in the series can be found here.)

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Tracker is everything I’ve ever wanted.
I see him. I’ve watched time change him.
I’ve been patient, but he still hasn’t noticed me. Not the way I want him to. The more time I spend with the MC, the more I understand.
When you want something, you have to take it. You have to fight for it.
And Tracker is more than worth fighting for…


I've loved Tracker from book one. He seemed like one of the good ones... Then in book two, he annoyed me with a girlfriend (even if she was a horrible skank) who he wouldn't/couldn't get rid of when he was obviously falling for Lana.

Then, we get to this book - his and Lana's book - and I loved Tracker wholeheartedly once more... Until he does something epically stupid near the end of the book which inspired complete rage.
A stupid stupid misunderstanding and a betrayal of trust was so out of character and thrown into the mix by the author for no other reason that I could see than creating drama for drama's sake and it almost ruined the book for me.
This book would have easily been a five star read if not for that epic mark of stupidity and if I'd have reviewed the book before I calmed my shit down it would have demoted it to a 2/2.5 star. But I took a breath and here I am, still spitting mad, but able to be more balanced.
I really did enjoy it.
Lana was fun and sweet and Tracker was perfect for the quiet chick with a wild side.
Their chemistry was explosive and the heat level of the book was off the charts!
I loved how they balanced each other. I loved their banter and how Lana fit with the MC even though she is 100% not a typical MC chick.
It really was such an easy, sexy, and fun read until we got to the stupid.
The author somewhat managed to pull it back from the stupid but I'm still salty about it.

Regardless, of the stupid, it was probably the strongest of the series so far and I'm definitely in for continuing.
I want to see more of Talon - the other MC's President. He seems yummy and hopefully, his book won't be almost ruined by stupid.

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Even by Wind Dragon Motorcycle Club standards, Irish was always a bit of a dark horse. Not one to confide his secrets, such as where he got that mysterious scar across his neck, he’s quick with his fists and even quicker to jump to the defense of his MC. But is he nimble enough to handle the woman he never saw coming? Or will she leave him with a matching scar across his heart?


I like Irish.
He's the quiet one in the background with a funny sense of humour and a backstory that is obviously dark, dangerous, and interesting. Or, that's the way he seemed in the earlier books of the series but it's a damn shame that in this novella we get to know exactly nothing about his past, how he got his scars or anything about him that we didn't already know!
Did the character development all get spent on Valentina then?
Nope! We get to know as much about her as is absolutely necessary for the plot and no more, no less.

The novella was fast paced and everything happened so fast between Irish and Tina that it may as well be classed as instalove.

It wasn't a bad novella. It was quick to read, it was enjoyable and it was hot but it was completely unsatisfying really. There was so much here that, if properly explored, would have made a fantastic novel.
Valentina was running from an abusive ex who happened to be a dirty cop! Irish has a heart of gold but is a bad boy biker! Think of all the possibilities... All wasted.
Sigh.
As I said, it wasn't bad and it passed the time quite nicely but it could have been so much more than it was.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop!


Happy New Year (again) folks!
Since January always sucks, I'm brightening it up by joining another giveaway hop.

This time, we're talking Best of 2019 but I've already answered that question!
So, here is the original post and here are the books for those that don't want to check it out. 😜



I'm giving away a $10 Amazon giftcard to one winner so they can treat themselves OR you can choose a book (up to the value of £/$15) to be delivered via The Book Depository. 
Giveaway is open internationally (but Amazon/Book Depository must be accessible in your country).
Entrants must be 18 years and over.



Monday, 13 January 2020

Review: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles # 2)



Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.

First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?

Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.



Audiobook

Narrated by: 
Joseph May & Jane Collingwood


12 hrs and 15 mins


Alternating first person POV.


Yes, you need to listen to/read The Red Pyramid.


Nope.
This book's objective is achieved but the overarching story continues!


Battles with mythological monsters and magic.
Nothing that should be of concern as long as a listener is at least within the target age range for middle-grade.


I don’t think it’s any secret how much I love Rick Riordan’s books. He beautifully blends mythology and fantastical adventures that are packed full of action with a healthy dose of real-life teenager and all that goes with it.
The Throne of Fire is no exception!

Picking up months after the events in The Red Pyramid, we find Sadie and Carter Kane as the de facto leaders of Brooklyn House while their uncle Amos is back at the first nome in Egypt recovering from his ordeal with Set.
Sadie and Carter are mistrusted by the Magical community due to their insistence on following the path of the Gods but have managed to recruit a cadre of untrained young magicians who they are training to use their magic while preparing for whatever the evil god Apophis has in store for them next.

It doesn’t take long for Apophis’s evil plan to begin unfolding which thrusts the Kane siblings and their recruits into a high stakes race against time to bring back the Sun God, Ra.
Here we have a tale of friendship, family, and first-loves. Of growing up and never giving up… The characters shoulder so much responsibility but they’re still kids. It results in a fast paced story that entertains from start to finish packed full of wacky humour and soul.
Riordan has an amazing gift… His story-telling is absolutely wonderful and I’m left in happy awe whenever I dive into one of his worlds.
If you haven’t read this series - and Egyptian mythology is your thing - then you absolutely must give it a try! You won’t be disappointed. The characters may be teenagers but the themes represented are universal.

On a side note, I’ve been listening to this series in audiobook and the narrators are absolutely amazing! They both do such a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life, giving each a distinct voice and, where applicable, a different accent. Even more amazingly, they mimic the other narrator's accent, tone and inflection, for a character so well that even though the narrator switches between male and female - Sadie and Carter - you are never in doubt who is speaking regardless of who is narrating that chapter. It is a freaking skill!


Nah, I'm not a fan of the cover but I did get a happy jolt when I reached the part of the book that explained the cover!


“The right choice is hardly ever the easy choice.”

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“Sometimes, it takes us a while to appreciate something new, something that might change us for the better.”

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“Sometimes you have to lose a piece to win a game.”

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“Don't get starry-eyed about somebody you can't have, especially if it blinds you to somebody who's really important.”

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Weekly Update #94


Welcome!
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 year sucks. 
Yes, yes, we're less than two weeks in but I'm telling you, this better not be an indication of how the rest of the year goes or they can take it back. Reset it or something. 
Gah, it's been horrid... Seriously. 
First week back at work and it's been BRUTAL. I don't think I've had a week as hard as this one in the five years I've worked there. I've tried my best to shield my team from the worst of things but pending the outcome of decisions in the coming week, it may have been all for nothing. 
It's a case of wait and see and I hate to wait and see!
But that's all we can do. 😫

Despite a crappy week at work, I got some reading done, binged some TV, and caught up on blog visits! I also got some errands done this weekend and I'm going into the coming week of misery fairly well organised. 
It's the little victories folks...

In other news, the professor adopted a cat. 
Her name is Vesta.


She's an adolescent tortie ragdoll (16 months) and we brought her home just before New Year's as she urgently needed rehoming. I haven't mentioned her until now as we were seeing how she'd settle in but I'm pleased to say she's settled in extremely well. Her breed is incredibly laid back so I probably shouldn't have been so surprised but I am. Even my devil cat - Dora - has decided to accept her into the family. I had so many mixed emotions about taking on another cat so soon after losing Athena but I'm a big softie who loves cats and couldn't say no when he brought her listing to me.
So here we are with another fluff ball. 


99p Sale


I've seen a few 4 & 5 Star reviews for this lately so I couldn't resist grabbing it while it was on sale!
Plus, I love the cover. 😍



Moon Called - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I read this book when it released years ago and wasn't a fan. Decided to try again (over 10 years later!) and what do you know? I really enjoyed it! Much different from what I remember.
I'm looking forward to continuing with the series as part of Books of My Heart's read-along!

The Serpent's Shadow - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A wonderful end to a wonderful series! I really enjoyed Rick Riordan's Egyptian Gods and Magicians and will miss them... That's why I HAD to move straight onto the Kane/Jackson crossover novellas!

The Son of Sobek - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Carter Kane and Percy Jackson crossover novella. Fabulous! I will never not love Percy and Carter is pretty awesome too. Combine them? So much fun!
I'll probably finish the other two novellas this coming week on the commute and that's something to look forward to!



The Good Place.
There are so many other shows I'd rather be watching but the professor has had this on as background viewing and now I'm hooked. It's pretty funny and the episodes are short. We've already finished the second season and are going onto the third...


(Ooops! Didn't get all my posts finished... Oh well. No one died.)

Review: Glass Half Full by Katia Rose
2019 Year In Review!
Book Blitz: Glass Half Full by Katia Rose
Mini Reviews: Dragon's Lair & Arrow's Hell by Chantel Fernando


Erm... Whatever I manage to get finished today!

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Have a great week all!