Monday, 27 August 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Storm of The Gods by A.R Braun

Thirty years ago, the gods of Greek legend returned to the world. Their return restored their powers, which had been spent in a cataclysmic battle with the Titans. With the ancient deities imprisoned in Tartarus, the Olympians now reside in Néo Vasíleio, formerly known as California.

Twenty-four-year-old Derek Aerios is a war scion, a descendant of Ares, the God of War. He and his brother, eighteen-year-old Liam, capture mythological creatures and rogue scions as part of Ares's elite military force. As he struggles to cope with his violent powers and the scars of a traumatic childhood, Derek tries to keep the two vows he has made: protect his brother, and never kill a human again.

But when Ares forces him to hunt and kill four rogue scions under Athena's control—by threatening Liam's life—Derek chooses to go after the scions in order to save his brother and keep his promise to himself.

Yet the closer Derek gets to the scions, the more he realizes that his orders are part of a deeper conspiracy that put him at odds with his mission and his conscience. Athena may not be the enemy, a traitor could be in their midst, and the Titans could be closer to freedom than ever before.

*Review copy received as part of the tour*


Full-Length Novel

First Person - Single


No, book one in a new UF series.

The story for this book wraps up but the overarching story will continue. 

There's Gods, war scions, and mythological creatures... Of course there is violence.

This was an interesting Urban Fantasy and I really freaking enjoyed it!
The book was packed full of action.
The twists and turns kept me on my toes and the book rarely went in the direction I expected (I only guessed correctly once!).

It was written from the pov of a male protagonist which is something that I don't very read much in my UF and thought was pretty cool. 

Derek, and his brother Liam, are War Scions, descended from Ares.
Despite their war-mongering progenitor and fiery tempers, both Derek and Liam are good guys, trying to balance doing the right thing with trying to survive.
With their power and bloodline, it would have been so easy for the pair of them to justify being monsters but they were balanced and moral, never shying away from violence but striving to never go too far.

I adored Derek and how much he cared for his brother. Liam is most definitely Derek's weakness. He'd do anything to protect Liam including sacrificing his morals, his freedom, and his life.
To some, this may get annoying but, for me, Liam is the reason that Derek hasn't went off the deep-end and turned into the sociopath Ares wishes him to be.
It's obvious that although they're both Scions of Ares, Derek and Liam are cut from a different cloth.
Derek's power is greater and his instincts harder to control.

My only grumble about this book was how much Derek got his ass kicked considering that he is a freaky powerful war scion. He should have been able to annihilate most who faced him down but he was always so distracted - usually by what was happening to/with his brother - that he seemed to constantly be getting spanked!
His reluctance to kill - while admirable - was also a teenie bit annoying. I respected that both Liam and Derek are not murderers but they are war scions and when at war / in battle, there will be casualties. Half the problems in this book would have been solved if they'd just manned up and killed the fucknuts who repeatedly tried to kill them.

I'm really excited to see how this series develops!

It fits the character and the feel of the book.
I kinda like it but it doesn't do the book justice. The book is far more awesome.

Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action.

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Weekly Update #26

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, I've been on leave from work, my mum is visiting, and so we've been out and about day-tripping to various places with the little dude and it's been lovely!

The professor was in Colorado for work and brought back a load of American candy and cookies that we can't get over here (or that we prefer from the US) so I'll be spending next week in a sugar coma.

Folks! Be proud!

Ancient Magic was an audiobook! 
Not only do I feel I deserve a 'well done' for actually listening to an audiobook from start to finish (because it was a first) I really deserve a well done because I straight up lost my shit so many freaking times with the god-awful abomination of a Scottish accent the narrator voiced for one of the characters. I'm serious, it was beyond awful. So awful, I was going to return the bloody audiobook but refrained. After a while, I think enough blood had built up in my ears that I became numb to the torture.
However, the audiobook I bought was the five book audio boxset, aka the complete series.
I just don't know if I can bear to listen to that accent again... I may finish the series by reading the ebooks. Or I may be so mentally scarred by the accent that I never again read this series for fear of it popping back into my brain.

I also read these with the little dude.

Bought = Nothing!

However, I got another eARC...

This one sounds like it's going to push me right out my happy place, lol, but I'm so curious!
A married couple who, one night a week, are free to be with other people. 
An open marriage... I just don't know if I can handle it!
It's also a duet so I'm betting the ending is going to leave me screaming either on a cliffhanger or whatever but I'm reading it anyway!

It was Bout of Books week!

We've been on a movie binge. Let's see... We watched The Mummy Returns, Thor: Ragnarok, Ready Player One, Mamma Mia 2 (again), and Bride Wars.

Some of these were family activities, others were just a me and mum thing. 

Ready Player One is something that the little dude and professor loved when they saw it at the cinema. I hadn't seen it so was happy to watch it for family movie time but it was just too long! They could've easily shaved 30 minutes off the movie and it would have been so much better for it. But oh well... Can't like everything!

Kiddie's Corner: Mini Reviews of Children's Books
Blog Tour & Review: Blood Cure by KA Linde
Can't Wait Wednesday: Magic Triumphs!

I'm on the blog tour for Storm of The Gods by Amy Braun and I loved that book!
I'm also taking part in the release blitz for 10 Reasons To Stay (the arc I mentioned above) so if you're curious about it pop back on Thursday!
Think I'll also be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday which has a back to school prompt but I'm still working on that post at the moment...

Have a great week all!

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Kiddie's Corner: Mini Reviews!

The Brightest Star - Danielle Schothorst

Expected Release Date: 1st September 2018

‘Why are some stars so big and other ones so small?’ Fox asks.
‘Maybe stars are growing,’ Dog answers. ‘When you look at a star and think of something nice, it grows.’

My Thoughts:

This was a short, charming, read about the power of compliments and nice thoughts complete with gorgeous illustrations.
This is exactly the type of book I'd have read with the little dude when he was little (under 5) but would now be way too simple and short to engage him now (at 7).

Dr. Brainchild and Radar: A Popcorn Discovery - Cole Williams

Expected Release Date: October 2nd, 2018


Kids of all ages will be inspired to explore and create by "Dr. Brainchild & Radar: A Popcorn Discovery."
Join the fun as Dr. Brainchild and Radar discover how a little bit of creativity, some wacky inventions, and a whole lotta science can transform the ordinary into something EXTRA tasty! Boy, girl, wolf, or anything in-between--it doesn't matter so long as YOU are there! Science is for everyone, so come along and enjoy the ride!

My Thoughts:

I requested this to read with the little dude as he's science obsessed and a fun story that gets the cogs in his brain whirring is always a plus.

Dr. Brainchild is a scientist and Radar is his faithful dog. Together, through a series of fun experiments, they discover microwaves. The book explains what a microwave is and how they work when it comes to cooking our food in a fun and educational story with cool and quirky illustrations.

It's not one the little dude and I are likely to read again, for the little dude's brain is like a giant magnet and he doesn't need to be told twice how microwaves work, but it was definitely worth a read if your kid is science-minded!

Friday, 24 August 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Blood Cure by KA Linde

Finally! The conclusion of the Blood Type series has arrived!
And guess what? It was epic and satisfying and didn't have a cliffhanger!


For those that have been curious, but hesitant because of the cliffhangers, you can now binge-read the entire series one after the other.
Just saying...

Read on for my thoughts on the finale!
(Plus a couple of little teasers.)

The stunning conclusion to the Blood Type series finds the world in chaos and turmoil with one final battle left to determine who will survive—humans or vampires.

She had the world on her shoulders. Now she has nothing.

Reyna Carpenter was twenty-one when she became a live-in blood escort for the ruthless and darkly handsome vampire Beckham Anderson. She thought this was just a small price to pay for feeding her brothers back home.

But nothing went as planned. Not even her tumultuous relationship with Beckham. And now she wonders if anything will ever be the same again.

As she finds herself in the midst of a losing rebellion, she and her trusted friends must flee from a city conquered by the vampire elite. With their plans blown to pieces and everything they knew and loved gone, their future hangs in the balance.

Despite all she has lost, Reyna must rise from the ashes, reclaim the life that was stolen—and complete her mission, once and for all.

*eARC received as past of the blog tour*


Full-length novel

First person - Reyna

I wouldn't say so.

You really need to have read the first two books in the trilogy.

It's the first time in this series I can say that.
There's even a happy epilogue!





Blood Cure picks up right where book two, Blood Match, left off, which was a bloody good thing seeing as the book ended on an absolute beast of a cliffhanger!

Elle, the human/vampire rebel organisation fighting to prevent the insidious enslavement of humans by Visage, is in chaos their leadership and the majority of their members missing or dead and the survivors trying to evade capture and rally.

Our leading lady Reyna is reeling from the fate of her love, Beckham, and her remaining family. Rather than completely fall apart, Reyna steps up to the plate to pull together the tattered pieces of the organisation she unwittingly became a part of and eradicate the corruption of Visage, once and for all.

The book was full of action and moments that pulled painfully on the heartstrings with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting.
(Although one twist was painfully obvious if this was going to be considered a romance…)

I can't say a huge amount more without risking spoilers (and spoilers would seriously spoil this series) but what I can say is certain characters get their comeuppance (and I may have cheered and ranted that the manner of their deaths was too good for them) and other characters are lost who didn't deserve to die.
The blood match between Reyna and Beckham is explored and a discovery made that will revolutionise this world.
 Good conquers evil and the world becomes a less miserable, and bleak, place in which people have hope and options again.

It was a very good end to a very good series.

Fits with all the others!
Sexy, smouldering and passionate... Pretty much sums up Reyna and Beckham.

Start At The Beginning...

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.