Sunday, 27 May 2018

Weekly Update #13


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 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 disorganization.


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.” 

 

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Weekly Update #12


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 has been a fun week... 
The professor was ill with a crazy fever and throat infection, the little dude had a bad cold and on Wednesday I was flattened by a migraine, the after-effects of which lingered for a couple of days.
Oh, the joys!

At least there was a royal wedding to amuse on Saturday.

Outwith the house of lurgy, I lost another 0.5lb at Slimming World bringing my total to -12.5lbs. 
I wish I'd lost a bit more, but considering how hit and miss I've been with sticking to the plan the last few weeks losing anything is a huge plus!


Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book One in the Chicagoland Vampires and I really liked it!

Friday Night Bites - Chloe Neill

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book two in the Chicagoland Vampires and I liked this one too!
Definitely going to continue working my way through this series.

Twice Bitten - Chloe Neill

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh, I loved this one!
Action, shapeshifters and some delicious romantic drama!

Burned by Fire - Danielle Annett

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I ramble about my hesitancy about this book below but I'm glad the last book didn't put me off for this was my favourite so far. 
Much, MUCH, better than the mess of the last one, which to be fair was mostly the editing's fault.
Now I'm excited to read book four at some point soon!


Burned by Fire by Danielle Annett


I wasn't going to do it. 
I was going to wait to see if it released on KU after the absolute shambles of alleged editing in the last book but, as I said in by Kissed by Fire review, I'm a glutton for punishment and I'm too curious for my own good.

Plus, the author has posted a lot in the last few days about 'reports of poor editing' and stating the errors have been corrected and a new copy uploaded so we'll see if it has been corrected and we'll see if it applies to this new one too!


I saw this post from Dani at Perspective of a Writer - 5 Cold, Hard Facts About Commenting Back - and felt the need to share it. 

I love returning comments to those who comment on my blog. I also love visiting blogs I like, reading the posts and leaving comments independently of 'commenting back' but sometimes life gets in the way, I'm not online much, and then I feel guilty about missing comments or not commenting regularly. 
Therefore, I'm going to employ the notebook and set aside a half hour everyday to just sit with a brew and visit.


Try Something New 
I'm trying Dark Romance and have read 3 so far. 

The Series That Never... Ends Challenge 
I'm aiming to catch up with the Dark-Hunters series 

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge 
I'm aiming for 104 and I've currently read 34. 
That puts me 5 behind schedule. 



TV watching consisted of S2 of Sons of Anarchy.
Movie watching was The Last Jedi.


Giveaway Hop: Love in Bloom
Review: Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Book Blitz: Marked by Drew Elyse
Review: Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan


Lets see... I have a RDL for Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward's latest joint novel. I have a cover reveal for Ginger Scott's upcoming release, Cry Baby, and I'll be posting a couple of reviews.
If I have the time, I'll also try jump onto one of the weekly memes.

Have a great week all!