Sunday, 27 May 2018

Weekly Update #13


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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 week has mostly been a big ol' bag of I don't give a crap. 
I gained 1lb at my Slimming World group, neglected my blog all week and had the most frustrating week at work... But the little dude came second in his school sports day races on Friday and this weekend is a bank holiday weekend (3 days off!) so I just need to pick my motivation up off the floor and make next week a good one!


Branded By Fire by Danielle Annett


⭐⭐

This kicked off my reading week and resulted in major rage face.
I just... WTF?
If this is the final book in the series, I'm frickin' returning every one of them for this is not an ending!
All the things not resolved... The abruptness. 
I shit you not, I thought the file was corrupted and I was missing half the book the ending is that abrupt and frustrating.
😠

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata


Re-Read

After the frustrations of my other read this week, I wanted something soothing, sweet and funny so I turned to a favourite. 
I think I loved this book even more the second time around.


Full Price


I bought it, I read it, I'm so pissed off with it I'm seriously contemplating returning it.

Freebies!


I've read a few Mia Sheridan books before and enjoyed them. Picking up some more while free was a no-brainer.

99p Reads


Apparently, the freebie Mia Sheridan books I bought are two-parters... But the other halves were on sale at 99p (nice marketing ploy there!) so I picked them up too. It'd be really annoying to read the freebies and then realise I don't have the rest of the story!

Kindle Unlimited


There are 3 Mariana Zapata books that I haven't read. 
Lingus is one of them but it's now available on KU, therefore, it's time I read it!


GDPR.... 
GDPR, aka the devil, came into effect and I swear to the big man upstairs I've never had so many unsolicited and unwanted contact from random companies than I've had this past week!
Good news is most all of them will now legally have to disappear off my radar forever.
😀



This week I finished S2 of SOA and got almost caught up on The Big Bang Theory. 


Cover Reveal: Cry Baby by Ginger Scott
Book Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews


Next week... What on earth do I have next week?
I don't remember and I can't find my notebook. 
I REALLY need to blog ahead a bit to avoid the slumps and save myself from disorganisation.


I haven't progressed any of my reading challenges....


Have a great week all!



Saturday, 26 May 2018

Review: Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews




The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.




ebook.


Full Length Novel.


Third Person.


No.


No.


No.


Yes.


No.


No.


Yes.


I’m an Ilona Andrews fan. 
Anybody who spends more than 5 minutes flicking through my book reviews will know this, therefore it won’t be a surprise that I really enjoyed Bayou Moon. 

This book focuses on a different part of The Edge, a weird place between a magical realm and Earth as we know it. 
It is the book of William from book one in this series, On The Edge, and a new bunch of characters. 
The leader of the new motley crew of individuals you grow to like and love is Cerise, the kick-ass head of her family and, oddly enough, she turns out to be a perfect match for our wolf.

The book is action packed from the get go and combined with the chemistry between William and Cerise it was an addictive read and hard to put down!

I particularly liked the ending and catching up with Rose and Declan and others from the first book… William’s relationship with little shapeshifter Jack was too adorable for me to handle and I just wanted to jump into the book and squeeze them!

I hope we get to see more of the characters introduced in Bayou Moon in future books. 


This cover isn't bad. It captures the characters and the feel of the book pretty well. Much better than the cover for book one!


“The judge's massive eyebrows crept up. "Kaldar. Are you the one speaking for the plaintiff today?" 
"Yes, Your Honor."

"Well, shit," Dobe said. "I guess you're familiar with the law. You hit it over the head, set its house on fire, and got its sister pregnant.” 

💬

“Fuck easy, Ceri. If you love him, fight for him. Nothing worth keeping is free in this world.” 

💬

“Life was too short and ended too suddenly. If you didn't take advantage of what you had today, tomorrow it might be ripped from you.” 

💬


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Cover Reveal: Cry Baby by Ginger Scott


Check out the cover for Ginger Scott's upcoming release, Cry Baby!

To be honest, I'm a bit underwhelmed by the cover but the blurb sounds awesome and her books always get me in the feels so I'm excited to get around to reading this one!


FYI
Cry Baby releases on 22nd June and is a YA, contemporary romance.


Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his.

He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his face was touched by the cold metal of the rival gang’s gun. Loyal even though his mom begged him to run the moment she returned home from rehab.

He thought about becoming someone else. It was hard not to crave the life of a regular 17-year-old. It’s the only reason he stayed in school—to pretend. But he always fell back in line.

Loyal.

Riley Rojas didn’t belong in Tristan’s real world. She should have only been part of the fantasy, one of the many faces he got to pretend with amidst rows of metal chairs and desks and whiteboards with assignments. But there she was, moving boxes from the back of an old pick-up into a house Tristan had shot up on a dare with his friends only a few months before.

Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, Riley took up space on his streets, her loud mouth fearless in the face of the gang leaders who terrified everyone else. She pushed Tristan around on the hard court, and she balled better than his friends—better than him
sometimes. She challenged him. She needed him. He liked it. And when her pale blue eyes stared into his, he quit wanting to pretend.

He couldn’t ask her to leave because she’d only dig her heels in deeper. He couldn’t ask because he didn’t want her to go. She was blurring his lines. She was testing his loyalty.

He was falling in love.

And it was going to tear him apart.




😍



Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).