Sunday, 25 February 2018

February Round Up!


Woohoo! February is almost at an end and spring is coming! I'm so excited for spring. It's not my favourite season, by a long shot, but seeing those daffodil shoots spring up alongside the snowdrops fills me with happiness that the cold and dark will soon be over!

This post is going to be a long one as it's a monthly re-cap, but from now on I think I'll join in weekly... Much more manageable that way!
Life

This month started off pretty rubbish as the professor's car was rear-ended by an aggregate lorry. 
Long story short, the professor is fine, his car is a write-off, and the lorry didn't have so much as a scratch.
Go figure.
We're still dealing with the insurance companies, and the professor has just disappeared to the States - work - for the next week, so God only knows when everything will be straightened out (and a new car sorted) but at least no one was hurt!

We're still in an annoying holding pattern with regards to the house buying. It's a new build and we have no confirmed handover date beyond 'late spring'.
😠


I just want to move, already!
I'm so ready to give up renting and to live in my own house.

Lets see, what else has happened this month...
The little dude and I went to see The Greatest Showman and thought it was fantastic.
I also saw Blank Panther, which I enjoyed, and now I'm super excited for Infinity War!

Yesterday, we went Dinosaur hunting on the Jurrasic Coast and then spent a lovely afternoon wandering around Dorchester and visiting some of its museums, including visiting 'Dippy on tour!'


Reading

I've had a slow reading month, this month. Only 5 and most were short novels or novellas! 
I also had 1 DNF.

Satan's Spawn by K.J. Dahlen


DNF

OMG, this was bad. Hideously bad. 
Inconsistent characters, paper-thin story, and BADLY in need of an editor.

Strawberries at Wimbledon by Nikki Moore


⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was a nice, feel good, summary novella. 
I haven't written a review yet, but I will. 

Dirty English by Isla Madden-Mills


⭐⭐⭐⭐

I haven't written a review yet, but this one was pretty good!

Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley


⭐⭐⭐

I was so disappointed by this... It wasn't a bad novella but just not up to expectations.


Four Horsemen: Chaos by LJ Swallow


⭐⭐⭐

This is part of a serial, urban fantasy, reverse harem series. 


Four Horsemen: Guardians by LJ Swallow


⭐⭐⭐


Buying, as per my book buying embargo, has been minimal.


Scarred: The Complete Series by Kylie Walker
(Only cost 0.99 and was paid from my gift card balance.)

Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher
(0.99 from the gift card balance)

Mistaken by Talia Ellison
(Freebie)

Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley
(2.99 from the gift card balance)

From Lukov with Love by Marianna Zapata
(Kindle Unlimited)

Satan's Spawn by K.J. Dahlen
(Kindle Unlimited)

On The Blog

Release Blitz: The Off Season by Megan Green
Blog Blogger Hop: Specific Genre or Eclectic?
Giveaway: For The Love of Books
Release Blitz: Memphis by Ginger Scott
Book Blogger Hop: Dust Jackets, on or off?
Reading Challenge: Take Control of Your TBR Pile

Coming Up Next Week

Next week, I'll be taking part in the release blitz for Hawkyn by Larissa Ione and my March giveaway will also go live!
Beyond that, I'll be catching up on some reviews as I have about a dozen to write including some from last year! I may have a cull and decide to not write reviews from last year but the plan, at the moment, is to catch up.

🌻 

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Review: The Four Horsemen - Chaos by LJ Swallow (Book Five)



Questions will be answered. Trust will be rebuilt. And the true threat to the world will be revealed.

The threat to the Four Horsemen and the world continues, but now they have solid leads and are closer to uncovering who is behind the attacks. Vee and the Four become closer as barriers fall and trust grows, yet one person remains worried about what will happen if Vee reaches full power.

An opportunity to regain Portia's trust, some help from a supernatural mercenary, and an investigation into the Myriad Foundation reveal more answers about the chaos surrounding them. 

Suddenly, everything slots into place but the big picture isn't what they expected. What will happen if the only way forward for the Horsemen is an alliance with their enemies?

*Kindle Unlimited*


ebook.


Short novel.
(aka longer than a novella but not as long as a 'typical' novel)


First-person, alternating POV


Possibly. 


Yes.
The novels in this series build on each other, they don't stand alone in any way.


Yes. OMG yes.


N/A
Book five in an Urban Fantasy series.


No... But the series is reverse harem so the central relationship is polyamorous. 


No, but as I said, it's a multi-person relationship.
1 girl + 4 men = reverse harem!


Yes, a little.


Chaos picks up where book four, Guardians, ended, which follows the pattern of the series, and was awesome as I didn't like the cliffhanger we were left with.
Once again, the book was action packed and it's finally starting to make sense!!!! The threads are starting to come together! We have some answers! Huzzah!
But! The cliffhanger! 
Oh my GOD the cliffhanger... It was an actual cliffhanger. Not a 'I'm just going to leave this hanging, okay?' type cliffhanger like the other books but an absolute EVIL of a cliffhanger.
What in the actual hell?!
And now I'm all caught up and having to actually wait on the next book being released! 
😭
It's not cool. Not cool, at all.


I really like the cover! It's eye-catching but simple.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Hardcover dust jackets, on or off?


This Week's Question: 
Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or why not? 

My Answer: 
Oooh... It's been a really long time since I read a hardcover. 
I avoid them like the plague. 
They take up too much space on my shelf, they're heavy and, in my humble opinion, a complete rip-off.
I especially detest it when a series starts off in paperback and then part way through flips to hardcover. I mean, seriously?! What is the point? You suddenly realise that people like it and decide to milk them for as much cash as you can? Not only by making them spend double - or more - on a hardback but my manipulating a bookworm's OCD and forcing them to re-buy the previous books in hardback so their shelf matches? Or forcing them to wait months more for the continuation of the story when it finally releases in paperback? 
Not cool publishers. Not cool.
Don't even get me started on publishers charging hardback prices for an ebook... 
However, long before Kindle, I did cave to the machine and buy hardcovers on occasion, because I couldn't wait to continue a series. 
When I did this, I always took the dust jacket off and stashed it somewhere refusing to put it back on until I had finished reading. 
They're fiddly and pointless and just make an already fiddly book even harder to read unless it's stripped off. 

What about you? Do you like hardbacks? Do the dust jackets annoy the ever-loving bejeezus out of you? 

🌻

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

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Review: The Four Horsemen - Guardians by LJ Swallow (Book Four)



Assassins, ancient magic, and the mysterious Collector bring new challenges to the Horsemen. Can the five find the answers they need before it's too late?

Three humans are dead, and the search is on for the surviving member from Vee's online group. If he's alive, Seth could hold the key to who's behind the attacks -- and why the group are targets.

Thanks to their broken alliance with the fae, the Four Horseman and Vee must turn to others for help and are pulled deeper into the supernatural underworld. The danger the world faces is greater than they imagined and someone is determined the Horsemen will fail.

The Four Horsemen will each do whatever it takes to protect Vee, but as Vee's relationship with the guys intensifies, so does her power. How powerful can she become and at what cost to the Four Horsemen's future?

*Kindle Unlimited*

 
ebook.


Short novel.
(aka longer than a novella but not as long as a 'typical' novel)


First-person, alternating POV


Possibly. 


Yes.
The novels in this series build on each other, they don't stand alone in any way.


Kind of. 
The book doesn't leave you dangling on the edge of your seat but the ending feels like the end of a chapter, not the end of a book.


N/A
Book four in an Urban Fantasy series.


No... But the series is reverse harem so the central relationship is polyamorous. 


No, but as I said, it's a multi-person relationship.
1 girl + 4 men = reverse harem!


Yes, a little.


Picking up where Hunted left off, Guardians provides a quick, action packed read that really moves the Four Horsemen series forward. 
This is GREAT because, even though I'm still enjoying the series, I'm starting to lose my shizzle with the constant plot thickening without any bloody answers or resolution.
I mean, these guys are supposed to save the world yet they're coming across as barely capable of untangling the knot in their shoelace! 
The general confusion and incompetence is beyond frustrating. 
Anyway...
The book presents some interesting new characters, strengthens, and strains, Vee's relationship with her men and ends in a nice little cliffhanger.
Yeay! 🙄

Oh, and I hate Seth. 
He's creepy and weird and should have been eaten by the vampire.
Yes, I realise this doesn't make sense unless you've read it but still... Needed to be said. 
I really hate Seth.


I really like the cover! It's eye-catching but simple.